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Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)
Nicola Benedetti, violin; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 8758 | Time: 00:59:03

This has the look of a career-making recording from Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti, putting her up against difficult repertory that diverges from the crowd-pleasing fare that formed the basis of her career up to this album. It would have been hard to predict just how well she pulls off her task here; few could have heard the profound interpreter of Russian music in the Italia and Silver Violin collections from earlier in the 2010s. The Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99, is an emotionally thorny work in five movements anchored by a tense passacaglia in the middle. The composer withheld it from publication during the period of renewed Stalinist repression in the late 1940s. It was premiered in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and in endurance and elevated tone even if not quite in lyrical grandeur, Benedetti brings that master to mind. Sample the Stravinskian "Burlesque" finale for a sense of how Benedetti gets outside herself here. The Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op. 82, is a more stable work, rooted in pre-WWI conservatory traditions, and Benedetti's reading is nothing short of letter-perfect.

Ida Haendel, Bournemouth SO, Paavo Berglund - Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978/1992) [Re-Up]

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Ida Haendel, Bournemouth SO, Paavo Berglund - Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978/1992) [Re-Up]

Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978) Reissue 1992
Ida Haendel (violin); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDM 7 64202 2 | Time: 01:02:27

Ida Haendel’s sinewy and athletic reading of the often under-rated Britten combines toughness with a cumulative dramatic impetus which is hard to resist. Berglund and the Bournemouth players respond with a terse and argumentative vigour, suitably balanced between resignation and defiant rhetoric, especially in the closing Passacaglia. The Walton Concerto, also dating from 1938-9, is played with an apposite blend of inscrutable panache, as in the irrepressibly brilliant central movement, and elsewhere, a sensuous, if occasionally over-indulgent languor. Rare lapses in the finale can be safely overlooked, in a performance of eloquence and undisputed stature.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CD
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Berglund, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 626 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 388 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 69773 2 7 | Time: 02:33:33

This double CD from EMI features the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Finnish principal conductor at the time (1970s), Paavo Berglund. It doesn't have to be that a conductor originates from the same country as the composer whose works he or she is conducting, but it often happens that this combination seems to produce performances of greatest sensitivity. So it is here, as Berglund conducts 10 works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The discs include quite familiar works like En Saga, one of Sibelius' first compositions when he was in his late 20s. We also have Pohjola's Daughter, The Bard and two of the four Lemminkäinen Legends, and a beautiful version of Luonnotar sung by the Finnish soprano Taru Valjakka. The rest of the discs is made up of less frequently heard pieces. We have the five-movement suite from the incidental music Sibelius wrote for Adolf Paul's play King Christian II (1898); the Spring Song (Vårsång) of 1894; the suite of incidental music from Maeterlinck's Pelleas and Melisande.

Olga Mykytenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - I vespri verdiani: Verdi Arias (2020)

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Olga Mykytenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - I vespri verdiani: Verdi Arias (2020)

Olga Mykytenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Kirill Karabits - I vespri verdiani: Verdi Arias (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 307 MB | Tracks: 13 | 74:04 min
Style: Classical | Label: Chandos

The Ukrainian soprano Olga Mykytenko has won numerous international awards, including the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas International Singing Contest in Athens. Her extraordinary musicality, solid vocal technique, easy coloraturas, and strong expression allow her to sing major roles, from Iolanta, Mimì, and Nedda to Gilda, Violetta, and Lucia. Engaged for many years as a soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev, where she made her debut, Olga has performed in opera houses and concert halls around the world.