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Idil Biret - Rachmaninov: Piano Transcriptions and Arrangements (1998)

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Idil Biret - Rachmaninov: Piano Transcriptions and Arrangements (1998)

Idil Biret - Rachmaninov: Piano Transcriptions and Arrangements (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:10 | 214 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 550978

Rachmaninov was not only a brilliant pianist but also a composer, like Franz Liszt in an earlier century. They both demonstrated their talents in these areas by taking well known pieces by other composers and arranging them for concert performance on the piano. On this Naxos CD, Turkish pianist Idil Biret plays a dozen of these pieces that were worked on by Rachmaninov. One of the pieces is Liszt's own famous Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in c sharp minor, with the addition of a cadenza by Rachmaninov.

David Geringas - Hindemith: Complete Cello Concertos (1997)

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David Geringas - Hindemith: Complete Cello Concertos (1997)

David Geringas - Hindemith: Complete Cello Concertos (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:05:54 | 302 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999375

This is Paul Hindemith's only mature cello concerto for full orchestra. (Two earlier ones are a student work and one of his Kammermusik series, for only eleven instruments.) It is a fortunate work that is well regarded, played by several leading soloists, but outside the common repertory just enough that it is not-so-often picked for performances and recordings, by those that are other than strongly committed to the concerto. This writer's favorite recording is by Hungarian cellist Miklos Perenyi, but as he does not own a copy of it on CD, he is quite happy with this release by David Geringas, accompanied by the Queensland (Australia) Symphony Orchestra, with Werner Andreas Albert conducting. The disc is part of Albert's series of seemingly complete music with orchestra by Hindemith on the cpo label, a project that is highly admired.

Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schoenberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw - Leos Janacek: Choral Works (1995)

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Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schoenberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw - Leos Janacek: Choral Works (1995)

Leoš Janáček: Choral Works (1995)
Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schönberg Ensemble, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 198 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Classical, Choral | Label: Philips Digital Classics | # 442 534-2 | 00:59:54

Some of Janacek's most characteristic invention is to be found in the many choruses he wrote for local choirs who were moved by both a love of singing together and a demonstration of their national identity. There is a good selection here. Even the earliest, a touching little lament for a duck, has a quirkiness which saves it from sentimentality; the latest, the Nursery Rhymes, are marvellous little inventions from the dazzling evening of Janacek's life. One must resist any temptation to say that they take Stravinsky on at his own game: Janacek is his own man. In between comes a varied diet here. Schoolmaster Halfar (or Cantor Halfar) is set with a dazzling range of little musical ironies as the story unfolds of the teacher who ruined his life by insisting on speaking Czech. The Elegy on the death of his daughter Olga goes some way toward dignifying a conventional text with some heartfelt music, but the pressure of grief has not drawn the greatest of his music from him: perhaps more time was needed, and indeed the piano pieces he entitled Along an Overgrown Path re-enter ancient griefs more expressively.

Ivo Pogorelich - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 54 & 78 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 (2019)

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Ivo Pogorelich - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 54 & 78 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 (2019)

Ivo Pogorelich - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 54 & 78 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 (2019)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 00:54:05 | 125 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

As the climax of his hugely successful 2018/19 season, in which he celebrated both his sixtieth birthday and the fortieth anniversary of the launch of his sensational career, legendary Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich releases an eagerly-anticipated new recording on Sony Classical. This will be his first new album since 1998. The repertoire comprises two sonatas by Beethoven - No. 22, Op. 54, and No. 24, Op. 78 and a work written just over a hundred years later, Rachmaninoffs Second Piano Sonata Op. 36.

François Kerdoncuff, Quatuor Louvigny - Gabriel Dupont: Poème, La Maison dans les dunes (2003)

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François Kerdoncuff, Quatuor Louvigny - Gabriel Dupont: Poème, La Maison dans les dunes (2003)

François Kerdoncuff, Quatuor Louvigny - Gabriel Dupont: Poème, La Maison dans les dunes (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:52 | 331 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | Catalog: 1C1072

Gabriel Dupont, born in 1878, was a pupil of Massenet and Widor and, probably encouraged by his friendship with Vierne, dipped more than the odd toe into Franckian waters. Franck’s influence is clear in the Poème for piano quintet of 1911, a steamy work requiring considerable virtuosity, and here receiving it. The progress of the three movements from ‘sombre and tormented’ through ‘clear and calm’ to ‘joyous and sunny’ is unmistakably charted by the composer and these players are alert to every signal.

Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire - Music for Two Pianos: Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Lutoslawski (1983)

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Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire - Music for Two Pianos: Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Lutoslawski (1983)

Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire - Music for Two Pianos: Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Lutoslawski (1983)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 37:18 | 150 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 6514 369

Like her other duo-recording venture with pianist Alexandre Rabinovitch, this album again demonstrates why pianist Martha Argerich is the grand dame of two-piano works. This album, with pianist Nelson Freire, offers another interpretation of the Rachmaninoff Second Suite for Two Pianos as well as a transcription of Ravel's La Valse and Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme of Paganini. Unlike many other piano duos, Argerich and Freire are capable of drawing an amazingly convincing, almost symphonic sound out of their two instruments.

Quartetto Prometeo - Karol Szymanowski & Claude Debussy: String Quartets (2015)

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Quartetto Prometeo - Karol Szymanowski & Claude Debussy: String Quartets (2015)

Quartetto Prometeo - Karol Szymanowski & Claude Debussy: String Quartets (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94744 | Time: 01:03:18

This recording presents an unusual pairing of the complete string quartets by Szymanowski and Debussy. Szymanowksi is one of Poland’s most famous composers. Influences on his style are many (Bartók’s percussive and motoric drive, Ravel’s coloristic sonorities) but he found his own personal language, lush, opulent, rich and sometimes exotic, always expressing a deep emotional content. Debussy’s string quartet dates from his early years, a beautiful and romantic work, the French answer to Wagner’s richly chromatic language.

Adrian Leaper - Xavier Montsalvatge: Laberinto; Sortilegis; Folio Daliniana; Sinfonia Mediterranea (1999)

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Adrian Leaper - Xavier Montsalvatge: Laberinto; Sortilegis; Folio Daliniana; Sinfonia Mediterranea (1999)

Xavier Montsalvatge: Laberinto; Sortilegis; Folio Daliniana; Sinfonia Mediterranea (1999)
Orquesta Filarmónica De Gran Canaria, conducted by Adrian Leaper

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ASV Digital | # CD DCA 1060 | Time: 01:08:50

Apart from his popular Canciones negras, written more than half a century ago, the compositions of the now 87-year-old Montsalvatge (in 1999) have made little impact on the musical public in general: many of his works remain unrecorded – the opera Puss in Boots, the Indian Quartet, the five Invocaciones al Crucificado and the virtuoso Harpsichord Concerto, to name only four. But there are two Montsalvatges – one with a more traditional manner, and a later more trenchant, experimental and individual. From his earlier period comes the Sinfonia Mediterranea, composed three years after the Canciones negras; its lack of fashionable ‘modernity’ tempted him at one time to consider rejecting it completely. I’m glad he didn’t, for it’s an attractive (if slightly overlong), warmly romantic work that includes melodies of a popular cast.

Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen - Viola Bouquet (2018)

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Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen - Viola Bouquet (2018)

Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen - Viola Bouquet (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 340 MB | 01:15:27
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Nobuko Imai has been a leading viola player since the early 1990s. She studied at Tokyo's Toho Gakuen Music School before continuing her training in the United States at both Yale University and the Juilliard School. Following her graduation from Juilliard, she triumphantly vanquished all competitors to win the highest prizes at the Munich and Geneva international competitions. She is a former member of the prestigious Vermeer Quartet, known for sharp performances of the Mozart and Beethoven chamber repertoire. Since leaving this ensemble, she divides her time between performing as a soloist with the world's major orchestras, such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and teaching in Europe and Japan. She returns regularly to her native land where she serves as artistic adviser of Casals Hall in Tokyo.

Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Vladimir Sofronitzky - Historical Russian Archives: Vladimir Sofronitzky Edition (2008)
Works by Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev, Borodin, Beethoven, Mendelssohn

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.29 Gb | Scans ~ 23 Mb | Time: 09:05:14
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 8975

Vladimir Sofronitsky was among the greatest Russian pianists of the twentieth century, and, while he had become a somewhat less prominent figure following his death, he must be still considered in the company of Richter, Gilels, and Yudina. In his time, Sofronitsky became widely recognized as the leading interpreter of and authority on the music of Scriabin in Eastern Europe. He was also highly praised for his interpretations of the piano works of Robert Schumann and he was a highly respected teacher.

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)

Sarastro Quartett - Weingartner: String Quartets, Vol.2 (2010)

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Sarastro Quartett - Weingartner: String Quartets, Vol.2 (2010)

Sarastro Quartett - Weingartner: String Quartets, Vol.2 (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:54 | 365 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777252

Felix Weingerner est de ceux qui obligent à affirmer que les chefs font « rarement » de bons compositeurs et non pas «jamais ». Sa musique de chambre n’est pas simplement d’un romantisme tardif et post-je-ne-sais-quoi, il apporte la preuve que le vingtième siècle n’est pas que de cette musique que l’on dit « contemporaine » depuis plus de cent ans. Au contraire, Weingartner est de ces compositeurs qui ont su trouver à la tonalité mélodique des voies propres à se développer et à se perpétuer. Mais Weingartner n’est pas qu’un continuateur, il est un authentique créateur dont l’œuvre se conservera non pas pour sa valeur historique mais pour sa simple beauté ; je ne vois rien d’autre qui justifie une écoute. Le quatuor Sarastro est parfait.

Sarastro Quartett - Weingartner: String Quartets, Vol.1 (2008)

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Sarastro Quartett - Weingartner: String Quartets, Vol.1 (2008)

Sarastro Quartett - Weingartner: String Quartets, Vol.1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:12 | 389 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777251

Contrary to Harold C. Schonberg's patronizing remarks about Felix Weingartner's creative output, recent releases from CPO prove that the noted conductor was a much better composer than he's given credit for. There's plenty in his First and Third string quartets to hold your attention. The former's Adagio assai alternates a plaintive, lyrical theme with animated, conversational material that prides itself on unexpected key changes. Also striking are the Scherzo's declamatory unison passages and a tender Trio theme cradled by an eerie, high-register accompaniment.

Sir Alexander Gibson - Elgar: Coronation Ode, The Spirit of England (2006)

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Sir Alexander Gibson - Elgar: Coronation Ode, The Spirit of England (2006)

Sir Alexander Gibson - Elgar: Coronation Ode, The Spirit of England (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:22 | 310 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN6574

Soprano Teresa Cahill leads an excellent quartet of soloists in this recording of the Coronation Ode, and Sir Alexander Gibson draws pleasingly bold and brassy playing from the Scottish National Orchestra. The final movement, with its famous setting of Land of Hope and Glory, is especially satisfying here.

Mila Vilotijevič, Francesca Giovannelli - Petar Konjović: Songs from 'My Country' (1999)

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Mila Vilotijevič, Francesca Giovannelli - Petar Konjović: Songs from 'My Country' (1999)

Mila Vilotijevič, Francesca Giovannelli - Petar Konjović: Songs from 'My Country' (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:33 | 209 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 9762

Konjovic is the most significant representative of the nationalism of the Serbian modernism in music. His most famous works are his operas. The period between two world wars was defined by Konjovic who introduced several genres into Serbian music. His Czech experience encouraged his natural inclination toward folk sources and he began developing melodies, like Janacek, out of the inflection of speech. Konjovic's mature style strives for direct communication with broad audience while incorporating a sophistical harmonic vocabulary. His work includes over one hundred folk songs arrangements and twenty original choral pieces.