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Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Works for Voice and Orchestra (2019)

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Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Works for Voice and Orchestra (2019)

Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Works for Voice and Orchestra (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 72:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos ‎| # 8.573882 | Recorded: 2017

Beethoven's permanent move to Vienna in 1782 allowed him direct contact with the operatic and Italianate culture of the city. He took lessons in Italian word setting from Salieri and almost immediately began the composition of a series of arias in that language, including Primo amore, piacer del ciel and later the dramatic recitative and aria Ah! perfido. Beethoven also set strophic songs in German that form part of the popular Singspiel tradition which are genial and rare examples of his art. Leif Segerstam has said that he has a special place for Beethoven between his ears, having grown up with the composers music and conducting it frequently during his years in Vienna during the 1970s and 80s.

Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra Soloists - Beethoven, Mozart: Quintets for Piano and Winds (1986)

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Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra Soloists - Beethoven, Mozart: Quintets for Piano and Winds (1986)

Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra Soloists - Beethoven, Mozart: Quintets for Piano and Winds (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 199 Mb | Total time: 52:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: PCBS Masterworks ‎| # MK 42099| Recorded: 1986

…[O]utstanding…with Perahia's playing wonderfully refreshing in the Andante and a superb response from the four wind soloists… Clearly all the players are enjoying this rewarding music.

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Beethoven: Sonata No.32, Op.111; Galuppi, Scarlatti (1986)

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Beethoven: Sonata No.32, Op.111; Galuppi, Scarlatti (1986)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Beethoven: Sonata No.32, Op.111; Galuppi, Scarlatti (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 189 Mb | Total time: 49:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 417 772-2 | Recorded: 1965

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995) nevertheless left only a small body of recordings due to his perfectionism. Nor did he give live concerts often, frequently canceling them at the last minute for flimsy reasons. Still, his playing was prized for its clarity, directness, and unique interpretations.

Artemis Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets (2011) 7CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Artemis Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets (2011) 7CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Artemis Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets (2011) 7CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.27 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.16 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 0708582 6 | Time: 08:36:29

This 2011 box set from the Artemis Quartet marks Virgin Classics' first complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets. Over the past two seasons, the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet has been performing Beethoven around the world. The New York Times hailed them as "one of the most impressive of the new generation of string quartets," and has described their Beethoven performances as "organic… riveting… engrossing… brilliant." the first of the Artemis Quartet's Virgin Classics CDs of Beethoven Quartets was released in the Fall of 2005. Now, nearly six years later, the complete Beethoven cycle becomes available in a box of seven CDs, which includes two previously unreleased items: The quartet No 10, op 74, known as the 'Harp', and a transcription for string quartet, proudly made by Beethoven himself, of the Piano Sonata No 9, op 14.

János Starker, György Sebök - Beethoven: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (2019)

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János Starker, György Sebök - Beethoven: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (2019)

János Starker, György Sebök - Beethoven: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 501 Mb | Total time: 112:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029553487 | Recorded: 1959

The cellist János Starker and the pianist György Sebök, both born in Hungary in the early 1920s, made a musical team for some 60 years. These recordings were made in 1959 in Paris, where they both found themselves after the Soviet crackdown on Hungary. “Starker [is] at the peak of his form,” wrote Gramophone. “The cello's timbre is refined and subtly coloured … and the pianist is completely in harmony with his partner.”

Paavali Jumppanen - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 4: Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 (2016)

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Paavali Jumppanen - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 4: Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 (2016)

Paavali Jumppanen - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 4:
Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 (2016)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE1290-2D | Time: 01:58:52

This double-CD release is a fourth volume in pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s ongoing recording cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas. This release includes Piano Sonatas Nos. 16–18 & 24–27 – written between 1801–02 and 1809–14, and belonging to the middle period of the composer’s oeuvre.

Yevgeny Sudbin - Beethoven: Sonatas Op.110 & Op.111; Bagatelles Op.126 (2018)

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Yevgeny Sudbin - Beethoven: Sonatas Op.110 & Op.111; Bagatelles Op.126 (2018)

Yevgeny Sudbin - Beethoven: Sonatas Op.110 & Op.111; Bagatelles Op.126 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 207 Mb | Total time: 62:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | BIS-2208 SACD | Recorded: 2014, 2016

Yevgeny Sudbin has previously recorded Beethoven’s piano concertos – releases which have received international acclaim, for instance on the website ClassicsToday.com: ‘A Beethoven experience you will not want to miss.’ For his first disc featuring solo works by Beethoven, Sudbin has chosen the two final sonatas and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 – late works written between 1821 and 1824, just a couple of years before the composer’s death. There are numerous anecdotes that testify to the fact that Beethoven was highly temperamental. But in his liner notes to this disc, Sudbin writes of another, contrasting side to the composer: ‘warmth, generosity and wisdom – with unexpected outbursts of cheeky humour – are also unmistakably among Beethoven’s qualities and particularly evident in the works on this recording’.

Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015) [Re-Up]

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Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015) [Re-Up]

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68086 | Time: 01:16:08

This is the fifth volume of Angela Hewitt’s cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and she is recording a full set of Mozart’s concertos too; and yet she is still probably best known for her Bach. So perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s when Beethoven slips into Bach-style fugues in the final movement of Op 110 that Hewitt sounds most masterful. Elsewhere she is incisive and thoughtful too, even if the two earliest works here, Op 2 no 2 and Op 10 no 1, demand a certain lightness of touch that they don’t quite get – the flurries and flourishes sound like collections of notes rather than single, self-propelling gestures. The second movement of Op 78 is a deft dialogue of question and answer, and Hewitt brings an inevitability to Op 110 that makes sense of its changes of direction even if she doesn’t obviously revel in the full extent and novelty of its inspiration.

Maria Joao Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart (2005) 5CD Box Set

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Maria Joao Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart (2005) 5CD Box Set

Maria João Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985 (2005) 5CD Box Set
J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.21 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 780 Mb | Scans ~ 22 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564612482 | Time: 05:30:10

Maria João Pires “shapes and colours every phrase, and with immaculate taste, and she makes sure the phrases end as eloquently as they begin,” wrote Gramophone in 1974. “She conveys not just the details but the relevance of every note to the whole … Best of all, she communicates everything she has discovered about the music, and it is worth having.” This Portuguese pupil of Wilhelm Kempff, Pires was one of the artists who defined the Erato label in the 1970s and 1980s. This 5-CD box gathers together the recordings she made over the period from 1976 to 1985 and it reflects the consistent focus of her repertoire, with its special emphasis on Austro-German composers of the Classical and early-Romantic periods. Embracing solo works, piano duets and concertos, it contains works by Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, but also by Bach and Chopin.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Adagio (1994) [Re-Up]

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Adagio (1994) [Re-Up]

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Adagio (1994)
Mahler, Pachelbel, Massenet, Brahms, Vivaldi, Grieg, Mozart, Albinoni, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Sibelius

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 282-2 | Time: 01:18:51

In light of the "chill-out" trend of the 1990s, major labels released many albums of slow, meditative pieces to appeal to listeners who wanted relaxing or reflective background music. Deutsche Grammophon's vaults are full of exceptional recordings of classical orchestral music, and the performances by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic are prominent in the label's catalog. The slow selections on Karajan: Adagio are in most cases drawn from larger compositions, though these movements are frequently anthologized as if they were free-standing works. Indeed, many have come to think of the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 as a separate piece in its own right, largely because of its evocative use in the film Death in Venice. Furthermore, the famous Canon by Johann Pachelbel is seldom played with its original companion piece, the Gigue in D major, let alone in its original version for three violins and continuo; it most often appears in an arrangement for strings.

Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)

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Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)

Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:14:45
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 6288 GH

This release features a previously-unreleased recording of pianist Emil Gilels, captured live in an acclaimed 1964 Seattle recital. With the exception of a single work, this recital has never before been made available to the general public and is now being released for the first time. Released in time to celebrate the pianist’s 100th anniversary, the recital includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and more.

Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

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Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 484 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 262 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Wigmore Hall Live | # WHL0073/2 | Time: 01:53:30

At the heart of Beethoven’s life’s statement as a composer lies the cycle of sixteen string quartets, which, to this day, has retained a special status and reverence. Since 2012, the Elias String Quartet has been immersed in its Beethoven Project, performing all Beethoven’s string quartets at venues throughout the UK. In this live recording, the ensemble captures both the intimacy and grandeur of the works. With an ever-expanding recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim, the quartet is delighted to release this disc, the first volume of its complete Beethoven cycle to be recorded live at Wigmore Hall over the coming Seasons.

Pavel Kolesnikov - Beethoven: Piano Sonata 'Moonlight' Op. 27/2; Piano Sonata Op. 14/2; Seven Bagatelles Op 33 (2018)

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Pavel Kolesnikov - Beethoven: Piano Sonata 'Moonlight' Op. 27/2; Piano Sonata Op. 14/2; Seven Bagatelles Op 33 (2018)

Pavel Kolesnikov - Beethoven: Piano Sonata 'Moonlight' Op. 27/2; Piano Sonata Op. 14/2; Seven Bagatelles Op 33; Variations on an original theme WoO80 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 193 Mb | Total time: 76:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68237 | Recorded: 2017

The young Novosibirsk-born pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has made a splash in London not only by virtue of his technical facility – perhaps nobody on the scene today can manage a perfectly smooth surface at low volumes the way he can – but also with unusual programming. Some may find his programs perverse, but there is generally some method to them, and in cases like the present one they may be revelatory. Beethoven's sonatas are routinely presented in various kinds of groupings, but it is rare indeed that they are put down in the middle of groups of small pieces, many of them "WoO," or without opus number.

Mari Kodama, Kent Nagano - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set

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Mari Kodama, Kent Nagano - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set
Mari Kodama, piano; Kolja Blacher, violin; Johannes Moser, cello
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Kent Nagano, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 804 Mb | Scans included | Time: 03:30:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0300597BC

Passionate, dramatic, yet poetic and richly nuanced Mari Kodama brings all these qualities to her interpretation of Beethovens Complete Piano Concertos. This exceptional recording with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin shines with extraordinary intensity and contrast, due in no small measure to the artistic bond between Mari Kodama and her husband, the conductor Kent Nagano. Beethovens Piano Concertos are undoubtedly amongst the most influential works in the history of music. Art demands of us that we shall not stand still, the composer once wrote, placing the idea of development at the heart of his music. His five piano concertos saw Beethoven take piano music out of the salon and into the concert hall, playing a crucial role in advancing the genre towards the symphony, whilst simultaneously creating a bridge from the First Viennese School to the Romantic period. Mari Kodama, whose virtuosic mastery of the piano made her a household name all over the world, has completed the Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle with her husband Kent Nagano, the international star conductor.

Alexei Lubimov - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas: No.14 'Moonlight'; No.21 'Waldstein'; No.17 'The Storm' (2013) [Re-Up]

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Alexei Lubimov - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas: No.14 'Moonlight'; No.21 'Waldstein'; No.17 'The Storm' (2013) [Re-Up]

Alexei Lubimov - Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight - Waldstein - Storm (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans ~ 120 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | # 194 | Time: 01:06:47

There are projects on which the artistic director of a record label straightaway asks himself a few questions. For example, when it comes to recording Beethoven’s three ‘greatest hit’ sonatas, recorded a multitude of times by the leading pianists. However, a forte-pianist of the calibre of Alexei Lubimov already constitutes one good reason to implement the project, as does the choice of the facsimile of an Erard piano (1802, copy made by Christopher Clarke) of which the original was within Beethoven’s reach.