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Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

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Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar, Elliott Carter: Cello Concertos; Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2735 | Time: 01:02:25

Making her debut on Decca, Alisa Weilerstein presents three major works of the cello repertoire with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star vehicle, naturally, is Edward Elgar's Concerto in E minor, which Weilerstein plays with commanding presence, rich tone, and emotional depth. Most listeners will be drawn primarily to this performance because of the piece's familiarity, and Weilerstein's charisma and passionate playing make it the album's main attraction. Yet listeners should give Weilerstein and Barenboim credit for following the Elgar with an important if not instantly recognizable or approachable modernist work, Elliott Carter's powerful Cello Concerto. Weilerstein is quite bold to play this intensely dramatic and angular composition, and while it's unlikely to appeal to the majority of fans who adore the Elgar, it deserves its place on the program for its seriousness and extraordinary displays of solo and orchestral writing. To close, Weilerstein plays Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, a Romantic work that returns the program to a mellow and melancholy mood and brings the CD to a satisfying close. Decca's reproduction is excellent, putting Weilerstein front and center with full resonance, but not leaving the vibrant accompaniment of the orchestra too far behind her.

Dong-Suk Kang, Gothenburg SO, Neeme Jarvi - Jean Sibelius: Humoresques, Serenades, Overture, Ballet Scene (1990)

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Dong-Suk Kang, Gothenburg SO, Neeme Jarvi - Jean Sibelius: Humoresques, Serenades, Overture, Ballet Scene (1990)

Jean Sibelius - Six Humoresques, Two Serenades, Overture in E major, Ballet Scene (1990)
Dong-Suk Kang, violin; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-472 | Time: 01:01:42

The two Serenades ‘sung’ by the more rapturously Oistrakh-like Kang are sentimental and are recorded with rich immediacy. The Six Humoresques also arrive courtesy of Kang. These are magical bonbons - each weighted and balanced to perfection even though I favour the rawer vintage set glowingly recorded by Rosand and still available on Vox. True Sibelians must not miss these works and Kang and his orchestra do catch these silvery spells and confident little drinking songs - pride and eloquence, seduction and midnight poetry haunt these pages and it's all one especially well.

Sir Michael Tippett - Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Symphonies, etc (2005) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Sir Michael Tippett - Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Symphonies, etc (2005) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Sonatas 1-3; String Quartets 1-3, Fantasia Concertante
Double Concerto, Concerto for Orchestra; Triple Concerto; 4 Symphonies, Ritual Dances
Paul Crossley, piano; György Pauk, violin; Nobuko Imai, viola; Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
Lindsay String Quartet; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Barry Tuckwell Horn Quartet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Sir John Pritchard
Academy of St Martin in the Fileds, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.92 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.03 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6750 DC6 | Time: 07:36:50

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Anyone who loves twentieth century music, who loves English music, or who just plain loves music will love this collection of the music of Michael Tippett. Culled from previously issued but long out-of-print Philips, London, Argo, and l'Oiseau-Lyre LPs, most of these recordings were world premieres made in close consultation with the composer and in the hands of conductors Colin Davis, Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, pianist Paul Crossley, and the Lindsay String Quartet, they receive what can fairly be described as definitive performances. From the ecstatic lyricism of the Suite for Double String Orchestra of 1939 through the luminous vitality of the First Symphony of 1945, the radiant sensuality of the Ritual Dances of 1955, the blues-based modernism of the Third Symphony of 1972, to the glistening transcendentalism of the Fourth Symphony of 1977, Tippett's unique fusion of line, drive, color, and form is performed throughout with passionate dedication and absolute faith in the music's greatness.

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27470 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 79 min | 20,9 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3704 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 79 min | 5,55 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major

This Blu-ray disc features rising star conductor Andris Nelsons leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of popular Richard Strauss orchestral works: Till Eulenspiegel, Macbeth and Also Sprach Zarathustra. Andris Nelsons is one of todays most sought-after young conductors, having worked with the worlds most important orchestras including the Berlin, Vienna, New York, Royal Concertgebouw and Philharmonia Orchestras. He is a regular guest at Covent Garden, the MET, Wiener and Deutsche Staatsoper and at Bayreuth.

Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)

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Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)

Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 329 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 165 Mb | 01:11:23
Classical | Label: Avi-music

The third album from Trio Image follows the success of their releases of the Piano Trio by Mauricio Kagel and Chamber music by Hans Sommer. The new album consists partly of world premiere recordings of unknown repertoire.

Jerusalem Quartet - Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (2020)

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Jerusalem Quartet - Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (2020)

Jerusalem Quartet - Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 323 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 178 Mb | 01:17:29
Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

From the opening funeral dirge of the Quartet No.1 to the incandescent frenzy that concludes the fifth, this disc offers a genuine panorama of the Bartókian universe. It's a world unto itself, constantly stamped with the heritage of Hungarian folklore so dear to the composer. Two years after a first volume devoted to the even-numbered works (Nos. 2, 4 and 6), the musicians of the Jerusalem Quartet expertly complete their recording of a key cycle of modern chamber music, a musical saga drawn on the scale of a lifetime.

Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)
Final of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition (Previously unpublished)
Van Cliburn, piano; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1440 | Time: 01:19:54

Deep in the heart of the Cold War, there was once a miracle in Moscow – Texas-based classical pianist Van Cliburn, of whom no one had heard, conquered at the First Tchaikovsky Competition, an event set aside to showcase Soviet talent. Cliburn was warned by his own government not to go, given the tense political relationship between the United States and Soviet Union at the time, and once he arrived he was greeted as a party crasher, subject to hostile stares and animosity of the kind he had never dreamed of back in Texas. And it was Cliburn, at the end, which brought down the house, and held the award. Back in America, he was greeted with a ticker tape parade and was the subject of a best-selling biography by Abram Chasins, The Van Cliburn Story, copies of which continue to clog the shelves of American thrift stores five decades hence. Ultimately, though, Cliburn's celebrity lost its luster. Nerves, ultra-picky perfectionism, and mishandling by management led to his early retirement from the concert scene; his greatest latter-day achievement being the force behind the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, America's most prestigious such event.

Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)

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Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)

Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 66:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD/DSD 250 270 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

The back cover of this Czech release promises "certainly the most intense chamber programme that might be dedicated to the joint memory of Sviatoslav Richter and Dmitry Shostakovich," and the performances live up to the billing. The first half of the program is given over to a pair of string quartets from the year 1960, around the point where Shostakovich's inward turn following his denunciation by Soviet cultural commissars merged with his reflections on the violence of modern war to create a uniquely modern tragic dialogue.

Behzod Abduraimov, James Gaffigan, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Rachmaninoff in Lucerne: Rhapsody Op.43, Symphony No.3 (2020)

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Behzod Abduraimov, James Gaffigan, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Rachmaninoff in Lucerne: Rhapsody Op.43, Symphony No.3 (2020)

Behzod Abduraimov, James Gaffigan, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Rachmaninoff in Lucerne: Rhapsody Op.43, Symphony No.3 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 69:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 19075981622 | Recorded: 2019

Switzerland has always had a great attraction for Russian composers. Peter Tschaikowsky, Sergei Prokofjew and Igor Stravinsky were impressed by the beauty of the Swiss Alpine landscape. The composer Sergei Rachmaninoff should even find his new home here. Not far from Lucerne, on Lake Lucerne, the famous composer and pianist built a magnificent house, the "Villa Senar", in 1930 and found the peace and quiet here to compose famous works today. In the summer of 1934 he wrote his highly virtuoso "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" for piano and orchestra, and a year later his 3rd symphony.

Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)

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Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)

Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 557 Mb | Total time: 79:21+72:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 7243 5 62037 2 3 | Recorded: 1990

Rachmaninov’s three symphonies reflect three very different phases in his creative development: the First (1895) is a stormy synthesis of contemporary trends in Russian symphonic music, the Second (1906-07) an epic study in Tchaikovskian opulence, and the Third (1935-36) a seemingly unstoppable stream of original ideas and impressions. The Second was the first to gain wide acceptance, and with good reason. It shares both the key and general mood of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. Cast in E minor, its initial gloom ultimately turns to triumph, and the symphony includes enough glorious melodies to keep Hollywood happy for decades.

Stéphane Denève, Liceu Grand Theater Orchestra - Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-bleue (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Stéphane Denève, Liceu Grand Theater Orchestra - Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-bleue (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Stéphane Denève, Liceu Grand Theater Orchestra - Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-bleue (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 17995 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 22,4 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4120 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 121 min | 6,53 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Dukas’ opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, based on Maeterlinck’s symbolist version of the classic tale, sees free spirit Ariane become the sixth wife of the infamous Barbe-bleue, who gives his new bride seven keys to seven doors, but prohibits the use of the last. Ariane discovers an array of glittering jewels behind the first six doors, but a terrifying reality awaits her as she unlocks the seventh. José van Dam is cast as the villainous Barbe-bleue, while taking on the immensely demanding role of Ariane - who does not leave the stage throughout the entire opera - is American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.

Xavier de Maistre - Serenata Española (2018)

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Xavier de Maistre - Serenata Española (2018)

Xavier de Maistre - Serenata Española (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 233 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 147 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:14
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Serenata Española features the unique collaboration between Xavier de Maistre and Flamenco legend & castanets soloist Lucero Tena. Xavier and Lucero were introduced to each other by conductor Jesús López Cobos. Xavier de Maistre fell in love with Lucero' story and personality. Shortly after, they decided to record a repertoire they had in common: Spanish Music. The album features compositions by Albeniz, Granados, Tarrega and de Falla, arranged for harp and castanets.

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)

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Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 4836217 | Recorded: 2018

Sol y vida is Elīna Garanča’sjourney to the South, from Spain to Italy and Latin America, and is her first album focusing entirely on non core-classical repertoire. Be ready to expect a personal album from the mezzo-soprano, whose centre of life has been Spain for many years. A selection of songs, canzone and tango pieces, both mirroring and spreading a flamboyantly emotional array of beaming happiness, passionate longing and exuberant joy. A feast of vocal colours, and a firework of passion, from the well-known Granada to the intimate world of La Llorona.

Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008) [Re-Up]

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Gautier Capucon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody: Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev (2008) [Re-Up]

Gautier Capuçon & Gabriela Montero - Rhapsody (2008)
Cello Sonatas by Rachmaninov & Prokofiev

XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 00946 385786 2 8 | 01:15:07

The nearly uninterrupted string of strong, successful albums produced by cellist Gautier Capuçon (and indeed his violinist brother, Renaud) demonstrates that the CD debut Face à Face was not just a fluke produced by child prodigies. Rather, Face à Face was a springboard for what has proven to be an enduring career and ever-improving musicianship. On this latest album without his brother, Gautier collaborates with pianist Gabriela Montero on the cello sonatas of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Fans of Capuçon's playing will recall that he had previously released a recording of the Rachmaninov sonata with pianist Lilya Zilberstein on the EMI label in 2003. While it may seem questionable to make duplicate recordings when he has recorded so little of the cello repertoire, it offers listeners an opportunity to see how his playing continues to mature even over a short span of five years. While some of the tempos are a little different than the 2003 recording, the most notable difference is that of sound, which has developed impressively with the help of his magnificent 1701 Gofriller cello. His command of sound is most obvious in the solo opening of the Prokofiev sonata.

Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

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Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

Sergey Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008
Han-Na Chang, cello; London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 5 18189 2 0 | Time: 01:01:41

This is a fine recording of two vastly under-appreciated works by young cello virtuoso Han-Na Chang. She has the extraordinary technique to play the excruciatingly difficult cadenza in the central movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the sustained tone to play the long, lyrical melodies in the opening movement of the cello sonata. Antonio Pappano is a faithful accompanist whether he's directing the London Symphony Orchestra in the Sinfonia Concertante or playing the piano in the cello sonata.