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Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg - Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)

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Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg - Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)

Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)
Ellen Nisbeth, viola; Bengt Forsberg, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2182 | Time: 01:20:19

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience.

Thierry Fischer, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Arthur Honegger: Horace victorieux; Une Cantate de Noël (2008)

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Thierry Fischer, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Arthur Honegger: Horace victorieux; Une Cantate de Noël (2008)

Thierry Fischer, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Arthur Honegger: Horace victorieux; Une Cantate de Noël (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 311 Mb | Total time: 75:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67688 | Recorded: 2007, 2008

Honegger’s Une Cantate de Noël is a Christmas number with a difference. His last work and one of his most popular compositions, it was written for the Basle Chamber Choir and Orchestra in 1953. The text of the cantata is derived from liturgical and popular texts— including Psalms and part of the Latin Gloria. A notable feature is the intertwining of traditional carols in French and German: appropriate for multilingual Switzerland and also perhaps symbolizing peace among nations seven years after the conclusion of World War II. Honegger scored the cantata for solo baritone, mixed chorus, children’s choir and an orchestra including organ. The combination of the different texts and forms creates a wonderfully uplifting effect.

Sol Gabetta, Berliner Philharmoniker - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Concertos (2016)

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Sol Gabetta, Berliner Philharmoniker - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Concertos (2016)

Sol Gabetta - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinů: Cello Concertos (2016)
with Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle & Krzysztof Urbański

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88985350792 | Time: 00:55:45

Sol Gabetta’s first recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, with the Danish National Symphony, was much admired when it appeared six years ago. This one, taken from a concert in the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus in 2014, is a far glossier affair orchestrally. Simon Rattle’s tendency to overmould the phrasing is sometimes too obvious, but Gabetta’s playing is intense and searching, less introspective than some performances in the Adagio, perhaps, but epic in scale in the outer movements, and always keenly responsive. Those who possess her earlier disc might not think they need to invest in this one, but would then miss Gabetta’s vivid, pulsating account of the Martinů concerto, which went through a quarter of a century of revisions before the definitive 1955 version she plays here, with Krysztof Urbański conducting. She finds real depth and intensity in it, both in the slow movement and in the introspective episode that interrupts the finale’s headlong rush.

Ursula Oppens - Fantasy (2021)

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Ursula Oppens - Fantasy (2021)

Ursula Oppens - Fantasy (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps -161 Mb | 01:10:02
Classical | Label: Cedille Records

Fantasy: Oppens Plays Kaminsky is the culmination of a decades-long personal and musical friendship between Ursula and composer Laura Kaminsky. Listen to learn more about this intriguing new collection of contemporary piano works through the esteemed pianist’s personal insight.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Takashi Harada, Royal Concertgebouw, Riccardo Chailly - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie (1993)

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Takashi Harada, Royal Concertgebouw, Riccardo Chailly - Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie (1993)

Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (1993)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Takashi Harada, ondes martenot
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 436 626-2 | Time: 01:16:36

Along with Wit's Naxos recording, this is one of the best versions of Messiaen's phantasmagoric Turangalîla-Symphonie available, and it's very different: swifter, more obviously virtuosic in concept, perhaps a touch less warm in consequence, and engineered with greater “in your face” immediacy. The playing of the Concertgebouw, always a wonderful Messiaen orchestra, is stunning throughout. Chailly revels in the music's weirdness. The Ondes Martinot, for example, is particularly well captured. It's interesting how earlier performances tended to minimize its presence, perhaps for fear that is would sound silly, which of course it does, redeemed by the composer's utter seriousness and obliviousness to anything that smacks of humor. In any case, it's not all noise and bluster. The Garden of Love's Sleep is gorgeous, hypnotic, but happily still flowing, while the three Turangalîla rhythmic studies have remarkable clarity. Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the solo piano part magnificently, really as well as anyone else ever has.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2001 (2021) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2001 (2021) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2001 (2021) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24961 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 96 min | 21,3 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2248 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 96 min | 6,53 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

To celebrate their traditional New Year's Eve Concert, Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker encouraged the audience to dance. The result was a lively whirl of catchy and melodious numbers selected from over 300 years of music history - a heady cocktail of old and new that put a spring in the steps of both connoisseurs of brilliant orchestral miniatures and lovers of Latin American rhythms.

Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

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Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)
Hilary Hahn, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 474 5042 | Time: 01:06:04

Elgar’s Violin Concerto has a certain mystique about it independent of the knee-jerk obeisance it has received in the British press. It probably is the longest and most difficult of all Romantic violin concertos, requiring not just great technical facility but great concentration from the soloist and a real partnership of equals with the orchestra. And like all of Elgar’s large orchestral works, it is extremely episodic in construction and liable to fall apart if not handled with a compelling sense of the long line. In reviewing the score while listening to this excellent performance, I was struck by just how fussy Elgar’s indications often are: the constant accelerandos and ritards, and the minute (and impractical) dynamic indications that ask more questions than they sometimes answer. No version, least of all the composer’s own, even attempts to realize them all: it would be impossible without italicizing and sectionalizing the work to death.

Víkingur Ólafsson - Debussy – Rameau (2020)

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Víkingur Ólafsson - Debussy – Rameau (2020)

Víkingur Ólafsson - Debussy – Rameau (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 250 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 181 Mb | 01:19:07
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Fresh from his hugely acclaimed and multi -award-winning album Johann Sebastian Bach, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s third Deutsche Grammophon recording pairs works by two revolutionary French composers separated by a century and a half: Jean-Philippe Rameau and Claude Debussy.

Simon Rattle - Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater; Litany to the Virgin Mary; Symphony No. 3 (1994) [Re-Up]

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Simon Rattle - Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater; Litany to the Virgin Mary; Symphony No. 3 (1994) [Re-Up]

Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater; Litany to the Virgin Mary; Symphony No. 3 (1994)
Elzbieta Szmytka, soprano; Florence Quivar, mezzo-soprano; Jon Garrison, tenor; John Connell, bass
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 55121 2 3 | Time: 00:56:04

Three of Szymanowski’s most important works show Rattle’s ability to energise music in which he believes. Sensuality and cogency blend in refined sound.

Párkányí Quartet - Ravel, Debussy: String Quartets (2004)

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Párkányí Quartet - Ravel, Debussy: String Quartets (2004)

Párkányí Quartet - Ravel, Debussy: String Quartets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 56:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 250 208 | Recorded: 2003

This record is dedicated to the frequent association of two French scores, gems from "la Belle Epoque" (more or less the Edwardian Era), played by a string quartet which, following their mentor Sandor Vegh's example, is undertaking a new career : after a first and brilliant appearance (1976-84) under the name of Orlando, the quartet is back as Párkányí Quartet, from the name of the Hungarian born "primarius", István Párkányí. Only one member was changed, the cellist Michael Müller replacing Stefan Metz.

Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

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Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CDs
Fanfare For The Common Man; Appalachian Spring; Lincoln Portrait; Quiet City;
Music For Movies; Ceremonial Fanfare; El Salón México; Old American Songs;
Dance Symphony; 4 Dances From 'Rodeo'
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta; Gregory Peck, speaker
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Sinfonietta, conducted by Elgar Howarth; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Doráti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 554 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 261-2 | Time: 02:12:18

If you want a good sampling of Copland's orchestral works, then this 2-CD compilation comes highly recommended, with excellent performances of works such as Appalachian Spring, Quiet City, El Salón México and others. (Presto Classical)

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 1999: Grand Finale [Blu-Ray]

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 1999: Grand Finale [Blu-Ray]

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 1999: Grand Finale [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19998 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 108 min | 19,8 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 108 min | 6,45 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

An extraordinary program for an extraordinary night: The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrates the final day of the 20th Century with Grand Finales in the first part and heralds the leap into the 21st Century with an explosion of sparkling music pieces in the second half of the program. For the Grand Finales, maestro Claudio Abbado conducts masterpieces including Beethoven's finale of the 7th symphony, excerpts from Stravinsky's "Feuervogel" and the final movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony. In the famous Finale of Arnold Sch+Ýnberg's "Gurrelieder", the internationally renowned actor Klaus Maria Brandauer plays a leading role.

Deborah Riedel, Della Jones, Michael Kraus, Lawrence Foster - Waxman: The Song Of Terezin (1998)

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Deborah Riedel, Della Jones, Michael Kraus, Lawrence Foster - Waxman: The Song Of Terezin (1998)

Deborah Riedel, Della Jones, Michael Kraus, Lawrence Foster - Waxman: The Song Of Terezin (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:04 | 260 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 4602112

Waxman is best known as a writer of film music, like Korngold. He was also a fine composer, again like Korngold, and in his threnody in memory of child holocaust victims, he composed a masterpiece. This work is roughly comparable in subject matter with Survivor from Warsaw, or the War Requiem, but is more accessible than the former and more sincere than the latter sounds (or so it seems to me). This is one of those odd masterpieces that should be well known but isn't. The recording is clear and immediate.

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set
Beethoven - Shostakovich - Wagner - Mozart - Tchaikovsky - Mussorgsky - Glinka - Glazunov

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.5 Gb | Scans included | Time: 09:57:02
Genre: Classical, Orchestral | Label: Erato | # 2564-69890-5

This compilation covers 20 years of live recordings made by conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and the then-named Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for Erato. Mravinsky led that orchestra for nearly 50 years, from 1938 until his death. His last recording was that of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, made in 1984, found on Disc 3 here. His interpretations of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky were highly regarded, so it's not surprising that several of their symphonies are here. There are also symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven in this set; tone poems by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky; and orchestral excerpts from operas by Wagner, Glinka, and Glazunov. The final disc contains a rare recording of a rehearsal led by Mravinsky, something few outsiders were ever allowed to witness. Even though he was an elder statesman of Russian music at the time of these recordings, there is still precision and energy in his interpretations.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniil Trifonov - New Year's Eve / Silvesterkonzert 2016 [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniil Trifonov - New Year's Eve / Silvesterkonzert 2016 [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniil Trifonov - New Year's Eve / Silvesterkonzert 2016 [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25957 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 90 min | 21,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3400 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 90 min | 6,15 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

The annual New Year’s Eve Concert is one of the highlights in the calendar of every classical music fan in Berlin - and beyond: On New Year‘s Eve, the Berliner Philharmoniker invite an exceptional soloist for a festive gala. Together, the musicians bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new.