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Jazz Nocturne - American Concertos of the Jazz Age: Johnson, Reser, Gershwin, Suesse (2011)

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Jazz Nocturne - American Concertos of the Jazz Age: Johnson, Reser, Gershwin, Suesse (2011)

Jazz Nocturne - American Concertos of the Jazz Age: Johnson, Reser, Gershwin, Suesse (2011)
Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Rosenberg

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:10:41
Orchestral Jazz, Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.559647

This unique album is a wonderful snapshot of American jazz in an orchestral setting. Most classical music aficionados are familiar with George Gershwin and his works such as Rhapsody in Blue, but there are also a number of less-famous composers who wrote around the same time who are no less brilliant. These composers also interacted with and influenced each other. For example, James Price Johnson also wrote a rhapsody, entitled Yamekraw, Negro Rhapsody, which is a sophisticated work full of tempo changes, varied rhythms, and various moods and character. (William Grant Still orchestrated this piece.) Yamekraw swings and is syncopated, giving it a very dancelike feel, and the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra does an excellent job bringing the music alive without ever making it rigid. Not only do it play beautifully on this first piece, but also through the rest of the album, where it truly captures all the moods jazz pieces require while never losing strong classical technique. It is much to conductor Richard Rosenberg's credit that all of the pieces have energy and good musical taste.

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

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Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:05:54
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1679, 465 1372

This CD's title, Messe Noire, and its dark cover art may mislead some into thinking this album is filled with evil, forbidden things; but the only selection that suggests the diabolical is Alexander Scriabin's macabre Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass," and it comes at the very end, after Igor Stravinsky's light, neo-Classical Serenade in A, Dmitry Shostakovich's sardonic Sonata No. 2, and Sergey Prokofiev's witty but brutal knuckle-buster, the Sonata No. 7, which all have their dark moments, certainly, but not the same sinister mood found in Scriabin. If pianist Aleksei Lubimov's aim in bringing these Russian masterworks together points to some other unifying idea – perhaps the significance of the piano in these composers' thinking – then some other title might have been more helpful. As it is, though, this album seems most unified in Lubimov's vigorous style of playing, brittle execution, and emphasis on the piano's percussive sonorities, evident in each performance. This spiky approach works best in Prokofiev's sonata, and fairly well in Shostakovich's and Stravinsky's pieces; but it seems too sterile in Scriabin's music, which needs more languor and sensuous writhing than clarity or crispness.

Bernstein Celebration: Yugen; The Age of Anxiety; Corybantic Games (2018) [Blu-ray]

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Bernstein Celebration: Yugen; The Age of Anxiety; Corybantic Games (2018) [Blu-ray]

Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon - Bernstein Celebration: Yugen; The Age of Anxiety; Corybantic Games (2018) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 105 mins + 14 mins (bonus) | 29,9 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3815 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 105 min | 7,31 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernsteins birth with this all-Bernstein collection. The Companys three associate choreographers respond to the varied styles of Bernsteins music in ballets that are lyrical, beautiful, exuberant and moving. Wayne McGregors Yugen is set to Chichester Psalms. In The Age of Anxiety Liam Scarlett responds to Bernsteins eclectic Second Symphony, itself a response to W.H. Auden's poem. Corybantic Games by Christopher Wheeldon responds to the Serenade after Platos Symposium.

Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk - French Impressions: Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel (2012) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk - French Impressions: Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel (2012) [Re-Up]

Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk - French Impressions (2012)
Camille Saint-Saëns, Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697891822 | Time: 01:07:19

Unusually the liner note deserves a mention ahead of the music: the fine pianist Jeremy Denk, half of this regular duo, manages to encapsulate the elusiveness of French romantic music with such insight in a few sharp sentences, his words almost shape the way we listen to this superbly played disc. Saint-Saëns' wistful and emotional Sonata No 1 and Ravel's bluesy, ironic sonata have a whipped, airy quality. Joshua Bell plays with fire and finesse, with Denk a powerful ally. Franck's dark-light violin sonata, mysterious, ardent and far more than the sum of its parts when played as majestically as here, forms the centrepiece of this seriously beguiling disc.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This performance of Strauss' opera Salome, recorded in London, but based on an earlier performance at the Salzburg Festival, could be the perfect Salome on DVD for several years to come. In the first place the casting is superb. Malfitano and Terfel as Salome and Jokanaan are not to be surpassed in the next years. Malfitano does the Dance of the Seven Veils herself, which gives the performance an extra thrill. Herod is good too and as a bonus we see Anja Silja as Herodias, a well-known Salome herself in her younger days.

Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)

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Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)

Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 68:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 6523 | Recorded: 1977, 1978

Gibson’s virile, plain-speaking account of Elgar’s glorious Second Symphony refreshes in its directness and honesty. Included also is a sumptuous rendering of the rare Crown of India suite.

Raphael Wallfisch - British Cello Concertos (2016)

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Raphael Wallfisch - British Cello Concertos (2016)

Raphael Wallfisch - British Cello Concertos (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 569 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 331 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:22:52
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

This two-album set features British cello concertos from Raphael Wallfisch’s best late-1980s recordings. He has always worked closely with leading British composers of our time and is now regarded as the finest performer of their works for cello. As International Record Review asserted, ‘no British cellist has done more to advocate British composers than Raphael Wallfisch… [His] playing evinces that attention to detail, tonal finesse and understated conviction which has long made him an exponent of new and unfamiliar music.’ Those works are probably among the finest of the twentieth-century British repertoire. The original recordings won enthusiastic reviews, helped by such champions of British composers as Vernon Handley, Norman Del Mar, and Bryden Thomson, here conducting top British orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and London Philharmonic.

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Ravel, Bartók (2015) [4xBlu-Ray]
4xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 600 min | 21,1+22,5+22,0+22,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese

Masters of Classical Music is an informative and captivating guide to twenty of the most important works in music history. Outtakes from the original scores within the documentaries, assist the viewer by making it easier to follow the music and to overall comprehend the structure of the works. The viewer will travel back in time to experience the birth places of these compositions and will thereby gain insight into the lives of the composers whilst receiving a thorough introduction to the works.

Denis Lupachev & Peter Laul - Denizov, Hindemith, Nagovitsyn, Prokofiev: 20th Century Flute Sonatas (2020)

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Denis Lupachev & Peter Laul - Denizov, Hindemith, Nagovitsyn, Prokofiev: 20th Century Flute Sonatas (2020)

Denis Lupachev & Peter Laul - Denizov, Hindemith, Nagovitsyn, Prokofiev: 20th Century Flute Sonatas (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 00:56:00 | 130 Mb
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Written over the course of a quarter-century, these four flute works reflect the individual approaches to the flute sonata taken by their composers. Hindemiths aim was to offer new music of buoyancy and brio, tempered by elegiac moments. Prokofievs famous sonata has Classical formal elegance, while the sonatas of Denisov and Nagovitsyn are single movement works that explore the flutes extreme registers, as well as its dynamic contrasts and virtuosic capacities.

Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)

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Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)

Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naïve | # V 5272 | Time: 01:07:18

For all the agony as to the status of classical music in the modern musical landscape, the three 20th century string quartets on this fine French release can be said to have entered the repertory, with a reach that extends far beyond the U.S. They go quite well together, which is the first point in favor of France's Quatuor Diotima here; both Steve Reich's Different Trains, for string quartet and tape, and George Crumb's Black Angels for electric quartet feature an artificially enhanced string quartet, and even Samuel Barber elected to "enhance" his String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11, by orchestrating its central movement and making it into the famous Adagio for strings. Highly recommended.

Alexis Kossenko, Anna Reinhold, Emmanuel Olivier, Sabine Devieilhe & Magali Mosnier - Soir Païen (2020)

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Alexis Kossenko, Anna Reinhold, Emmanuel Olivier, Sabine Devieilhe & Magali Mosnier - Soir Païen (2020)

Alexis Kossenko, Anna Reinhold, Emmanuel Olivier, Sabine Devieilhe & Magali Mosnier - Soir Païen (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 247 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:08:13
Classical, Vocal | Label: Aparté, Little Tribeca

Flautist Alexis Kossenko’s latest offering is evocative, impressionistic: a programme in which flute, piano and voice together have pride of place.

Víkingur Ólafsson - Debussy – Rameau (2020)

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Víkingur Ólafsson - Debussy – Rameau (2020)

Víkingur Ólafsson - Debussy – Rameau (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 235 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 182 Mb | 01:19:10
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.

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, Op.4; Alban Berg: Lyrischen Suite; Anton Webern: Passacaglia, Op.1 (2007)

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Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, Op.4; Alban Berg: Lyrischen Suite; Anton Webern: Passacaglia, Op.1 (2007)

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op.4;
Alban Berg: Lyrischen Suite; Anton Webern: Passacaglia, Op.1 (2007)
Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:59:29
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # UCCG-5148

Karajan reportedly felt so strongly about his recordings of the Second Viennese School that he agreed to finance them himself when DG balked at picking up the tab. These are great performances, to be sure. Indeed, there may be some others that are comparable, but none are superior. The Berg pieces never have sounded so decadently beautiful, nor the Webern so passionately intense, or the Schoenberg so, well, just plain listenable. The Berlin Philharmonic strings make their usual luscious sounds, but here the winds, brass, and even percussion rise to the occasion as well. And sonically these were always some of Karajan's best efforts. Essential, then, and a perfect way to get to know these three composers on a single disc.

Jaime Martín, Gävle Symphony Orchestram - Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Parry: Elegy for Brahms (2019)

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Jaime Martín, Gävle Symphony Orchestram - Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Parry: Elegy for Brahms (2019)

Jaime Martín, Gävle Symphony Orchestram - Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Parry: Elegy for Brahms (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 53:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1314-2 | Recorded: 2017

This new recording by Gävle Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jaime Martín is a tribute to the work of Johannes Brahms (18331897). The art of Brahms has inspired countless of artists and composers since the 19th century up to our times. Arnold Schoenberg was one of the composers who greatly admired Brahms work. Schoenberg was particularly fond of Brahms 1st Piano Quartet (Op. 25) and when Otto Klemperer suggested him to orchestrate it in 1937, Schoenberg took the task without hesitation. Schoenberg regarded his reworking of the Piano Quartet often dubbed as Brahms Fifth as an act of homage to Brahms, and he believed he had finally succeeded in addressing the composers concerns about the original score. No wonder that Schoenbergs masterful arrangement has remained in the concert programs of symphony orchestras.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgards - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (2020)

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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgards - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (2020)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgards - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 224 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:45
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

1905 was a year of revolutionary upheaval in pre-Soviet Russia. Shostakovich based this work on the events of one episode of that year, when thousands of workers and their families converged on the Winter Palace in St Petersburg to petition the Tsar over their working and living conditions. The Tsar had been advised to leave, no-one was there to accept the petition, and the authorities resorted to cavalry charges to disperse the crowd. With 200 dead and 500 wounded, this incident damaged the Tsar’s reputation and flamed the fire of revolution in the masses. Whether the work was intended as a politically correct commemoration to please his Soviet paymasters, or actually as a commentary on the 1956 Hungarian uprising, remains under debate. There is no doubt, however, that this majestic score, almost filmic in its conception, remains a milestone in Shostakovich’s output. The BBC Philharmonic under John Storgårds captures the tremendous intensity of the work in this recording.