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Diego Dini Ciacci - Giuseppe Ferlendis: Oboe Concertos & Trios (2008)

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Diego Dini Ciacci - Giuseppe Ferlendis: Oboe Concertos & Trios (2008)

Diego Dini Ciacci - Giuseppe Ferlendis: Oboe Concertos & Trios (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:24 | 357 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777368

Ferlendis composed four oboe concertos which, up until now, existed only in nineteenth-century copies of the scores, with only one being recorded. This is the first time these have been recorded on CD. Although the concertos contain some clear elements of Mozartian coinage, their melodic wealth of ideas and natural elegance point to the composer’s Italian temperament. Six trios, here in the instrumentation for oboe, flute, and bassoon, round off the recording.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:24 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099964470

The Martha Argerich Project, presented annually at Lugano, Switzerland, has yielded many exciting sets of live recordings for EMI, all starring its namesake but prominently featuring many musicians she enjoys working with, both established artists and rising talents. Live from Lugano 2011 encapsulates the tenth of these festivals, and this three-disc package offers selections by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Ravel, and a name new to many of the participants: Juliusz Zarebski. This 19th century Polish composer is represented by a piano quintet he composed a few months before his death in 1885 at age 31, and Argerich has recorded this piece for the first time here.

Adelina Oprean - Two Romantic Violin Concertos: Fiorillo, Viotti (1986)

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Adelina Oprean - Two Romantic Violin Concertos: Fiorillo, Viotti (1986)

Adelina Oprean - Two Romantic Violin Concertos: Fiorillo, Viotti (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:38 | 262 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66210

This is a delightful disc. The minor problem is that listening to the Fiorillo, one feels that one has heard this all before. Mind you, it is a lovely piece with Mozartian elegance and super hunting horn sounds. It is very fresh in sound and hugely enjoyable. Federigo Fiorillo was born in Germany in 1755 and his date of death is uncertain. It is thought to be after 1823. He travelled extensively and wrote much music for the violin some of which may be well known to students today. Apparently he wrote four violin concertos.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:12 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7211192

EMI Classics is pleased to release the 10th annual 3CD set of highlights from the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, “the delightful festival where youth meets experience and both benefit” (Gramophone). The Times described Argerich’s Lugano Festival as “community music-making on a deluxe scale, with performers and listeners mutually uplifted by music’s wonders”. The set is being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2013 season. Reviewing the 2011 Live from Lugano release, Nicholas Kenyon wrote in The Observer, “There are not many reliable annual treats among classical CDs these days, but the series of live recordings from Martha Argerich's Lugano festival are now a highlight of each year.”

Peter Maag, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1998)

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Peter Maag, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1998)

Peter Maag, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 575 Mb | Total time: 103:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | 47536-2 | Recorded: 1998

Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice is an opera whose historical value is as great as its musical worth. It stands as a starting point for what is often referred to as the “Gluck reform” of Italian serious opera, and the first performance of Orfeo, which took place in Vienna on the 5th of October 1762, is considered to be one of the key moments in the history of music in the eighteenth century.

City of London Sinfonietta, Álvaro Cassuto - Marcos Portugal: Le donne cambiate (2000)

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City of London Sinfonietta, Álvaro Cassuto - Marcos Portugal: Le donne cambiate (2000)

City of London Sinfonietta, Álvaro Cassuto - Marcos Portugal: Le donne cambiate (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:09 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Marco Polo | Catalog: 225154

Talk about forgotten composers! Marcos Portugal (1762-1830) composed some 50 operas, all of which have disappeared. This present one was premiered in 1797 in Venice but the version recorded is one that was reassembled for Lisbon in 1804. Shorn of what I can only assume were the quasi-endless recitatives that were in style at that time in farces, what we get is 69 minutes of delightful music that makes you want to hear more of this Portuguese composer. Rossini might've been pleased with the plot about two women, one a Countess and the other a peddler, who have their identities switched by a playful magician/pilgrim and who wind up better for it (and their husbands) when all is set right.

Maria João Pires, Daniel Harding - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (2014)

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Maria João Pires, Daniel Harding - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (2014)

Maria João Pires, Daniel Harding - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:28 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx Classics | Catalog: ONYX 4125

This release on the Onyx Classics label has no right to be as good as it is. Pianist Maria-João Pires, 70 years old when the album appeared in 2014, has never been known as a Beethoven specialist. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding is a competent group, surely, but hardly on Europe's or even Scandinavia's A-list. The Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, hardly lack for varied and incisive interpretations. Yet there it is: this one delivers ideas that nobody else has offered before. In a nutshell, Pires makes the piano the quiet partner to a rather martial orchestra in these works.

Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2004)

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Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2004)

Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:43 | 317 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | Catalog: 0183882

Judged on the musicality and style of the performance, Kurt Masur's live 1981 reading of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is comparable with many mainstream interpretations of its time, and may be regarded as a reasonable choice among the affordable CDs put out by Berlin Classics. Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra are certainly at home in this symphony, and the interpretation and the execution are well-matched. For historical value, this recording is significant for marking the opening of the new Gewandhaus hall, which Masur was instrumental in planning since he began his tenure in 1970.

L'Amoroso & Guido Balestracci - A Schubertiade with Arpeggione (2020)

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L'Amoroso & Guido Balestracci - A Schubertiade with Arpeggione (2020)

L'Amoroso & Guido Balestracci - A Schubertiade with Arpeggione (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 258 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:42
Classical | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

The arpeggione, invented in 1823 by the Viennese luthier Johann Georg Stauffer, had a curious destiny. As its alternative names ‘guitar violoncello’ and ‘guitare d’amour’ suggest, it is in fact a guitar fitted with a bridge, held between the knees like a cello and played with a bow. The instrument enjoyed some success for around a decade, but, oddly enough, almost nothing has survived from its specific repertory except one supreme masterpiece: the sonata Franz Schubert wrote for it in 1824. The guitar was very popular in Vienna at that time, and Schubert was also fond of it; the original version of Die schöne Müllerin was published with guitar accompaniment! Guido Balestracci and the musicians of L’Amoroso have built a delightful Schubertiad around this famous sonata, combining the arpeggione and the piano with voice and guitars to appropriate a rich selection of the Viennese composer’s lieder.

Beaux Arts Trio, Kurt Masur - Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Choral Fantasy (1995)

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Beaux Arts Trio, Kurt Masur - Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Choral Fantasy (1995)

Beaux Arts Trio, Kurt Masur - Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Choral Fantasy (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:24 | 252 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 438005

Since the Beaux Arts Trio last recorded Beethoven's Triple Concerto in 1977 two of its personnel have changed, with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley taking over from Isidore Cohen and Bernard Greenhouse. That leaves Menahem Pressler, now in his seventies, as the ever-lively survivor. Not only does Pressler's playing sparkle even more brightly in the concerto than before, he is an inspired protagonist in the Choral Fantasia, setting the pattern of joyfulness in this performance from his opening improvisation-like solo onwards. The other prime mover is Kurt Masur, who has rarely conducted more electrifying Beethoven performances on disc.

Ophélie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra - Luigi Boccherini (2018)

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Ophélie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra - Luigi Boccherini (2018)

Ophélie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra - Luigi Boccherini (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CIC | LT1101 | Recorded: 2018

Cellist Ophélie Gaillard and Pulcinella Orchestra focus on Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer and first virtuoso cellist in history. Born in the Tuscany, Boccherini then went to the Court of Prussa and Spain. His musical education looks like a journey around Europe, as it used to be. Long eclipsed by the violin, star of the string instruments, the cello slowly fit in the eighteenth century repertoire thanks to composers who played the instrument themselves. The now famous Suites of Johan Sebastian Bach are the first master pieces composed for the cello. Then Luigi Boccherini strengthened its place in the musical creation, thus becoming to cello what Vivaldi was to the violin one generation earlier. With rhythms of dance from Andalusia and melodies dug along the streets of Madrid, Boccherini draws with notes his adopted country such as his contemporary Francisco Goya did with colours.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Haydn: 4 Masses, Stabat Mater (2011)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Haydn: 4 Masses, Stabat Mater (2011)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Haydn: 4 Masses, Stabat Mater (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 05:59:30 | 1.7 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | Catalog: 699398

Throughout this Warner Classics six disc set one remains impressed with Harnoncourt’s tightly controlled direction of his magnificent forces, employing tempi that always feel appropriate. The sound quality is of a high standard as is the interesting and informative annotation. A valuable set of Haydn sacred music that is perfect for dipping in and out.

Brigitte Meyer - Haydn: Four Sonatas (2020)

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Brigitte Meyer - Haydn: Four Sonatas (2020)

Brigitte Meyer - Haydn: Four Sonatas (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 175 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:29
Classical | Label: Genuin

Like Friedrich Gulda and Martha Argerich, the Swiss pianist Brigitte Meyer comes from the Viennese talent factory of the great teacher Bruno Seidlhofer. Her long international career has taken her to the world's foremost stages and together with outstanding musicians. Now she is releasing a CD with works by Joseph Haydn with GENUIN in the Artist Consort series. In a period of more than thirty years, Haydn wrote over sixty piano sonatas: from the beginning of his service at the court of Esterházy to the years of his fame in Europe. Brigitte Meyer plays four of these esprit-packed works with great delicacy and elastic drive.

Peter Schreier - Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass (2001)

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Peter Schreier - Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass (2001)

Peter Schreier - Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:43 | 358 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 464720

Peter Schreier brought a lifetime's experience as a singer to the conductor's rostrum in his accounts of Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and motet Ave verum Corpus. The performances were recorded in Dresden between 1982 and 1992. A major plus is highly disciplined singing by the Leipzig Radio Chorus, whose clarity of diction and finely balanced ensemble adds much to your enjoyment of these performances; they're heard on their own account in the motet that concludes this reissue. The Requiem (in Süssmayr's completion) is powerfully and urgently driven.

Carlos Kleiber - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2010)

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Carlos Kleiber -  Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2010)

Carlos Kleiber - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 3 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1,7Gb | Digital booklet | 12:17:57
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

In celebration of Carlos Kleiber's 80th anniversary, here, for the first time ever, is a unique, limited-edition 12-CD box-set of his complete Deutsche Grammophon recordings: each one a classic — presented in top audio quality.