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Lawrence Power, BBC Scottish SO, David Atherton - Paul Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music, Vol. 3 (2011)

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Lawrence Power, BBC Scottish SO, David Atherton - Paul Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music, Vol. 3 (2011)

Paul Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music, Vol. 3 (2011)
Lawrence Power, viola; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; David Atherton, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67774 | Time: 01:12:52

Vol. 3 of Lawrence Power's survey of the complete Hindemith work for viola features a cluster of works written for viola and orchestra in the short time between 1927 and 1930. Though Hindemith did not write a traditional concerto in the classical sense, the Op. 48 Konzertmusik, Kammermusik No. 5, and Der Schwanendreher each put the viola's abilities at the forefront of the orchestra. His personal knowledge of the instrument's technical, lyrical, and emotive abilities become quickly apparent as the viola is made to scurry around as nimbly as a violin in Konzertmusik, as emotionally rich as a cello in Trauermusik, or as colorful and evocative as a piano in Der Schwanendreher. All of these many moods are captured effortlessly by Power. His playing balances the clarity needed to execute agile passagework with the richness and depth needed for more lyrical sections. What's more, Power never gives the appearance of trying to make the viola sound like a violin; instead, he celebrates the viola's idiosyncrasies and transforms them into a rich, satisfying tapestry of sound. Joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under David Atherton, Vol. 3 of Power's hefty undertaking is just as worthwhile and engaging as the previous two and is certainly worth checking out.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs (2021)

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs (2021)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 313 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:47
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics

Bartók’s ‘The Miraculous Mandarin’ (published as ‘A Pantomime in One Act’) was composed at a time of violent unrest in Hungary. The Soviet Hungarian Republic had collapsed in 1919 and was replaced by an ultra-nationalist regime which persecuted communists, Jews and leftists and left over 1,500 dead and thousands imprisoned without trial.

Alison Balsom - Seraph: Trumpet Concertos by MacMillan, Takemitsu, Arutiunian, Zimmermann (2012)

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Alison Balsom - Seraph: Trumpet Concertos by MacMillan, Takemitsu, Arutiunian, Zimmermann (2012)

Alison Balsom - Seraph: Trumpet Concertos (2012)
by James MacMillan, Toru Takemitsu, Alexander Arutiunian, Bernd Alois Zimmermann
with Scottish Ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Renes

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 196 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 6 78590 2 3 | Time: 00:56:05

Alison Balsom is the world’s preeminent female classical trumpeter. She is an unique and independent artist who have broken through to the mainstream whilst retaining her integrity and core musical values. Exceptional talent, a glamorous stage presence and a witty and engaging personality make Alison one of the most exciting and bankable artists in the core classical world today. Alison’s new recording of modern and contemporary repertoire marks an important artistic stepping stone in her career. This labour of love features the world premiere recording of Seraph, James MacMillan’s trumpet concerto written for Alison, works by Takemitsu and Zimmermann and includes her long-awaited recording of the ever popular Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

Steven Osborne - Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007) 2CD [Re-Up]

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Steven Osborne - Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007) 2CD [Re-Up]

Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007)
Steven Osborne, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 324 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67461/2 | Time: 02:20:47

What the world needs more of is intelligently planned, stupendously played, and brilliantly recorded collections like this one. These two discs contain all the piano works of Michael Tippett, works that come from every period of the composer's very long life except his very last. It includes the youthful, tuneful Piano Sonata No. 1 written between 1936 and 1938 and revised in 1941, the massive Fantasia on a Theme of Handel from 1941, the exuberant Piano Concerto from 1955, the experimental Piano Sonata No. 2, the gnomic almost Beethovenian Piano Sonata No. 3 from 1973, and the gnarly post-Beethovenian Piano Sonata No. 4. It features a bravura performance by pianist Steven Osborne that makes the best case for all the music, no matter how outré or recherché its harmonic proclivities or rhythmic audacities.

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Kullervo (2019)

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Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Kullervo (2019)

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Kullervo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 73:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA68248 | Recorded: 2018

Kullervo represents not only the confident first step in Sibelius's symphonic odyssey, it is also a viscerally exciting experience on its own terms. It is little wonder that the first performance in 1892 was such a triumph for the young composer. This recording from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an unmissable acquisition for anyone who knows only the numbered symphonies.

Danny Driver, BBC Scottish SO, Rebecca Miller - Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade, Dorothy Howell: Piano Concertos (2017)

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Danny Driver, BBC Scottish SO, Rebecca Miller - Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade, Dorothy Howell: Piano Concertos (2017)

Amy Beach, Cécile Chaminade, Dorothy Howell: Piano Concertos (2017)
The Romantic Piano Concerto Series, Volume 70
Danny Driver, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Rebecca Miller, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68130 | Time: 01:09:31

Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series reaches its 70th album with this program of three concertos by women. The ongoing success of the series suggests that audiences are ready and waiting for wider repertoire, and pianist Danny Driver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Rebecca Miller deliver a real find here. The Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 45, of American composer Amy Beach has been performed and recorded, but it's been in search of a recording that captures the autobiographical quality of the work, well sketched out in the booklet notes by Nigel Simeone. Essentially, Beach faced creative repression from her religious mother and to a lesser extent from her husband, who allowed her to compose, but only rarely to perform. These experiences, it may be said, poured out in this towering Brahmsian, four-movement piano concerto, which sets up an unusual quality of struggle between soloists and orchestra. It's this dynamic that's so well captured by Driver and Miller (who happen to be married to each other). Sample the opening movement, which has lacked this quality in earlier performances.