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Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées (2019)

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Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich  - Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées (2019)

Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich - Messiaen: L'Ascension, Le Tombeau resplendissant, Les Offrandes oubliées, Un Sourire (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 64:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA548 | Recorded: 2019

Paavo Järvi inaugurates his new contract as conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with a programme devoted to Messiaen. Alpha Classics will accompany this extremely promising combination: ‘I’ve always admired French music very much. (…) I think Messiaen is the most original voice, someone absolutely unique. You need only listen for three seconds to a work by Messiaen to be sure that it is by him. His style is so clear, so unmistakable. In his two early works Les Offrandes oubliées and Le Tombeau resplendissant, religion and mysticism play an important role. If you listen carefully, you will notice how a harmony is continually transformed, so that you can never predict what sound will come next. But Messiaen’s harmonic language is not experimental: it produces an inevitable meaning, and you get the feeling that the chord sequence can be that way and no other.Music is a language of its own; music begins where words leave off.’

Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2021)

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Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2021)

Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 497 Mb | Total time: 128:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Prfeo | # C996202 | Recorded: 2014

This live recording of Ariadne auf Naxos in October 2014 took place not only at the site of the opera premiere of the version of the opera that we are best familiar with these days, but it also testifies Christian Thielemann’s first conducting engagement of a scenic performance of a Strauss opera at the opera house on the Ring. The cast includes Soile Isokoski as Ariadne, Johan Botha - in one of his latest performances before his untimely death - as Bachus, Daniela Fally as Zerbinetta, Sophie Koch as the composer, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as the music teacher and Peter Matic as the dancing master. Many attendees of the premiere of Strauss’ first version of Ariadne - which was intended to succeed Moliere’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme and for this reason was six hours long - felt that they had just been part of a first-rate funeral.

Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Sospeso, Ursula Oppens - Elliott Carter: Quintets & Voices (2004)

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Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Sospeso, Ursula Oppens - Elliott Carter: Quintets & Voices (2004)

Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Sospeso, Ursula Oppens - Elliott Carter: Quintets & Voices (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 351 MB | 01:18:39
Genre: Classical | Label: Mode Records

After what seems like years of delay, Mode has released this CD of chamber and vocal music in time for Elliott Carter's 95th birthday, which fell on Dec. 11, 2003. It was worth the wait. The Quintet for Piano and Strings (1997) is one of the two or three pinnacles of Carter's prolific eighties. Though undeniably an example of the his late style, it harks back to the First Quartet (1951!) in its long-lined writing for strings. The music is expansive and concise, light-hearted and dramatic all at once, and it is played to perfection by Ursula Oppens and the Arditti Quartet, the performers for whom it was written.

Chicago SO; Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) (1988)

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Chicago SO; Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) (1988)

Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 1; Symphonie No. 10 (Adagio) (1988)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 565-2 | Time: 01:19:00

Mahler's First Symphony was originally conceived as a tone poem in two parts. Loosely based on Jean Paul's novel Titan, the structure was this: Part I: "From the Days of Youth," Music of Flowers, Fruit and Thorn – 1. Spring and No End; 2. Flowers; 3. In Full Sail; Part II: "The Human Comedy" – 4. "Stranded!" Funeral March in the Style of Callot; 5. D'all Inferno al'Paradiso (From Hell to Heaven). These titles were accompanied by more extensive programs describing the metaphorical content of each movement. In Jean Paul's Titan we have a youth gifted with a burning artistic desire that the world has no use for, and who, finding no outlet or ability to adapt, gives way to despair and suicide. Mahler apparently saw himself in this figure, as he described this work as autobiographical in a very loose sense. On the other hand the music, some of which Mahler actually accumulated from various earlier works, contradicts this program in so many ways, especially in the triumphant conclusion, that Mahler later withdrew it. He eventually came to scorn the application of specific programs to his symphonies in general.

Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak: Works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass (2011) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak: Works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass (2011) [Re-Up]

Bruce Levingston - Nightbreak (2011)
works by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm, Philip Glass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sono Luminus | # DSL-92144 | Time: 01:03:45

In his release, Nightbreak, acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston has recorded an album of works that display the light and dark of the human soul. From the dramatic sound-portraits of Franz Liszt’s powerful and moving “Vallée d’Obermann” and Brahms anguished “Edward” Ballade to the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s brilliant and thrilling “Dracula Suite”, Levingston’s virtuosic and deeply searching performance on this CD captures a panoramic range of colors and emotions. The second release in a triptych by Mr. Levingston for Sono Luminus, Nightbreak also contains Mr. Levingston’s signature creative programming with elegant and poetic interpretations of nocturnes and waltzes by Liszt, Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm. In addition, he has recorded Liszt’s magnificent, impressionistic “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”, a tour de force of color and chiaroscuro in sound.

Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Iacob a Labano fugiens (2015)

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Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Iacob a Labano fugiens (2015)

Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Iacob a Labano fugiens (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 78:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573237 | Recorded: 2011

Bavarian-born Simon Mayr spent much of his life in Italy where he promoted Viennese classical composition but also absorbed much from his studies in Bergamo and Venice. Though he was one of the most admired operatic composers of his day—he taught Donizetti, who revered him—he was particularly noted for his sacred oratorios. Jacob’s Flight from Laban is marked by his characteristically vibrant musical palette, with important writing for wind instruments, operatically-based arias and confidently-handled ensembles and choruses. Franz Hauk is Mayr’s leading interpreter and acclaimed for his many recordings.

Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)

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Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)

Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 163 min | 7,68+4,05 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2001

David Daniels' Rinaldo is surely the equal of his illustrious 18th -century predeccessors. His countertenor is one of the most accomplished voices I have heard… As Arimda, Noemi Nadelmann's voices started where her legs ended, and shet hrew coloratura at us as though it was going out of fashion (astride her pet Hydra being a particularly fabulous show-stopper). David Walker as Goffredo is no vocal sluch either; his voice is brighter edged than Daniels', and almostb as fluent.

Alexandra Oehler - Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works (2012)

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Alexandra Oehler - Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works (2012)

Alexandra Oehler - Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:48 | 183 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777 584-2

German pianist Alexandra Oehler, whose name has come to stand for high keyboard skill and an extraordinarily varied repertoire, now turns to the music of Ferdinand Hiller. His piano sonatas represent a special case in that their three movements continue without a break. His contemporaries Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn universally agreed that his sonatas and other piano compositions possessed a great wealth of imagination.

Örebro Symphony Orchestra, Stig Westerberg - Oskar Lindberg: Symphony, Rhapsody, Suite (1998)

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Örebro Symphony Orchestra, Stig Westerberg - Oskar Lindberg: Symphony, Rhapsody, Suite (1998)

Örebro Symphony Orchestra, Stig Westerberg - Oskar Lindberg: Symphony, Rhapsody, Suite (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:30 | 290 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sterling | Catalog: CDS-1015-2

Oskar Lindberg was a composer of popular organ and choral works. I have previously reviewed his Requiem, an impressive score of richly melodic bent. It is hardly surprising he veered towards these particular genres, as he was organist at the Engelbrekt Church in Stockholm for forty years. He also taught music at the city’s Royal College of Music. A homebird by inclination, he never strayed further afield. His orchestral music includes one symphony, two rhapsodies, four suites, five symphonic poems and six small orchestral pieces. Two of the works on this release, the Symphony and Fiddler Per, He Fiddled are receiving their world premiere recordings.

Jean-Pierre Loré - Ignaz Pleyel: Requiem (1990)

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Jean-Pierre Loré - Ignaz Pleyel: Requiem (1990)

Jean-Pierre Loré - Ignaz Pleyel: Requiem (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:03 | 195 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erol | Catalog: ER 97001

Puisque tout compositeur des XVIIIème et XIXème siècles qui voulait plaire à la bonne société se devait de composer de la musique sacrée, et notamment un Requiem, Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) y est allé du sien. Il a même composé, outre ses 40 symphonies, ses quatuors, ses cantates et hymnes patriotiques, plusieurs messes et motets, hélas détruits accidentellement lors d'un incendie.

Borys Demenko - Valentin Silvestrov: Metaphoric Music (Метафорична Музика) (2012)

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Borys Demenko - Valentin Silvestrov: Metaphoric Music (Метафорична Музика) (2012)

Borys Demenko - Valentin Silvestrov: Metaphoric Music (Метафорична Музика) (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans ~ 79 Mb
Classical | Label: Національна Радіокомпанія України | # none | Time: 01:15:59

Ukrainian composer Silvestrov is known for his "metaphorical" style of music, which sounds transparent, but is technically and emotionally complex. "Music should be so transparent that one can see the bottom and that poetry shimmers through this transparency." (Valentin Silvestrov)

Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Helller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope: Heggie, Schubert, Mendelssohn (2021)

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Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Helller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope: Heggie, Schubert, Mendelssohn (2021)

Kay Stern, Dawn Harms, Patricia Helller, Emil Miland - Violins of Hope: Heggie, Schubert, Mendelssohn (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 75:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186879 | Recorded: 2020

Violins of Hope presents instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust, representing strength and optimism for the future during mankind’s darkest hour. They have been refurbished by luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, founders of the Violins of Hope project. On this album, recorded live at Kohl Mansion, the instruments are used to perform two string quartet masterpieces by Schubert and Mendelssohn, alongside a new composition by Jake Heggie, inspired by the violins’ histories. Schubert’s unfinished Quartettsatz is often considered Schubert’s first mature work and displays a typically Schubertian mix of impetuous agitation and sublime lyricism.

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55346 | Time: 01:08:40

This fabulous recording featuring Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers was first released in 1989 at a time when they were recording the standard repertoire for small choirs for Hyperion, and this disc of Brahms' motets and shorter sacred choral pieces was, and is, one of their finest. From the smooth and lovely Ave Maria for women's choir and organ through their hard and harsh "Warum is das Licht gegeben?" to their craggy yet consoling "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein," Best and his choir deliver technically impeccable and deeply moving performances. The Corydon Singers tend toward a big, lush, and slightly fruity sound, as is common with English choirs. But one cannot fault their diction, articulation, pronunciation or their tone, blend, and balance. Best's interpretations are soulful but not sentimental and expressive but not excessive. Recorded in full-bodied digital sound, these performances will likely please fans of Brahms' sacred choral music.

Alberto Zedda, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo - Rossini: Tancredi (1995)

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Alberto Zedda, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo - Rossini: Tancredi (1995)

Alberto Zedda, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo - Rossini: Tancredi (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 574 Mb | Total time: 75:20+72:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660037-38 | Recorded: 1994

Tancredi, which was based on Tasso’s epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata and was first heard in 1813, is most widely remembered for its overture, but this excellent Naxos set makes a strong case for the piece. It completely displaces the previous versions from Sony and RCA, and the eminent Rossini scholar and conductor, Alberto Zedda, proves a far more resilient, generally brisker and lighter Rossini interpreter than his predecessors. Sumi Jo is superb as the heroine, Amenaide, in dazzlingly clear coloratura, as well as imaginative pointing of phrase, rhythm and words.

Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Il Sogno di Partenope (2014)

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Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Il Sogno di Partenope (2014)

Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Il Sogno di Partenope (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 65:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573236 | Recorded: 2012

Franz Hauk and the Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble have spearheaded the revival of the music of Johann Simon Mayr who was born in Bavaria but lived in Italy. In the latest instalment of their critically acclaimed recordings they turn to Il sogno di Partenope, an allegorical staged cantata composed to mark the rebuilding of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples following a fire in February 1816. Mayr’s significance as an intermediary between the opera seria of the late eighteenth-century and the melodrama of the early-nineteenth is reflected in this important work, a unique kind of ‘cantata opera’ of which only the second act survives.