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Emil Gilels in Ensembles (2014) 4CD Box Set

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Emil Gilels in Ensembles (2014) 4CD Box Set

Emil Gilels in Ensembles (2014) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 915 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb | Time: 04:04:38
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02210

Firma Melodiya presents a set of rare recordings by Emil Gilels.The world knows many talented pianists and a few great masters who tower above them all. Emil Gilels is one of them. The titans of piano like Gilels are borne once in a century. Those were the kind of reviews that accompanied Gilels throughout his pianistic career beginning with his victory at the all-union competition in 1933 in Moscow. However, this set will open new sides to Gilelss repertoire even to those who is well acquainted with his recordings. We will hear Emil Gilels as an ensemble musician.The titan of piano, who roused the audiences and orchestras, was able to turn into a fine chamber musician, a wonderful ensemble partner as though he dissolved his brightest individuality in a piece he performed. The more so because Gilelss partners were truly brilliant soloists such as Yakov Flier and Yakov Zak (piano), Elizaveta Gilels (violin), musicians from the Beethoven Quartet Dmitri Tsyganov (violin), Vadim Borisovsky (viola) and Sergei Shirinsky (cello). The set features compositions from various periods.

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)
Music for horns and pianos of the 19th century
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Franz Strauss, Gioacchino Rossini,
Camille Saint-Saëns, Alexander Glazunov, Paul Dukas, Gilbert Vinter

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2228 SACD | Time: 01:05:56

The 19th century saw huge developments in the design of many musical instruments. In some cases changes were adopted more or less universally: the fortepiano that Mozart knew, a five-octave instrument constructed entirely of wood, had by around 1900 grown into the modern grand piano with over seven octaves and a cast-iron frame. With other instruments, progress was less streamlined. As late as 1865, the natural, valveless horn of Beethoven's time remained the instrument of choice for Brahms when he wrote his famous Horn Trio, and when valves began to be introduced, makers and musicians in Germany, France and Vienna favoured different solutions, offering different results in terms of sound and requiring different playing techniques. The present disc is a unique combination of recital and history lesson, with a young British team performing music from between 1800 and 1942 on no less than eight different historic instruments: four horns and four pianos.

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

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

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.

Rosanne Philippens & Julien Quentin - Dedications: Works by Kreisler, Faure, Ysaye, Chausson, Saint-Saens (2016)

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Rosanne Philippens & Julien Quentin - Dedications: Works by Kreisler, Faure, Ysaye, Chausson, Saint-Saens (2016)

Rosanne Philippens (violin) & Julien Quentin (piano) - Dedications (2016)
Works by Fritz Kreisler, Gabriel Fauré, Eugène Ysaÿe, Ernest Chausson, Camille Saint-Saëns

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS38516 | Time: 01:12:59

Rosanne Philippens is considered one of the greatest violinists in the Netherlands. Her open and communicative style of performance won her first prizes at competitions including the Dutch National Violin Competition (Amsterdam Concertgebouw 2009) and the Freiburg International Violin Competition (2014). Rosanne has the honour to play on the Barrere Stradivarius (1727) from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, the violin that Janine Jansen used to play for the past fifteen years. "Rosanne Philippens’s brilliantly focused, expressive sound is coupled with an inspired programme of music by and for virtuoso violinists of the Romantic period. An absolute joy from start to finish." (BBC Music Magazine, 5 stars)

Julia Zilberquit - Three Centuries of Bagatelles (2007)

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Julia Zilberquit - Three Centuries of Bagatelles (2007)

Julia Zilberquit - Three Centuries of Bagatelles (2007)
Works by Couperin, Beethoven, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Lyadov, Bartók, Tcherepnin, Denisov

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570237 | Time: 01:17:11

Three Centuries of Bagatelles: what a neat idea! Although most of the music comes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – the only work that comes from eighteenth century is Couperin's Les Bagatelles (Rondeau) from Book Two of his Pièces de Clavecin – the selection is so cool – Beethoven's supremely well-known Bagatelle Für Elise, plus other far-less-well-known works by Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Bartók, Lyadov, Tcherepnin, and Denisov – and the performances are so sweet it's almost impossible to resist this disc. Superbly played by Russian-born, American-based pianist Julia Zilberquit, each little work comes alive with its own personality and its own melodic charms and stylistic quirks. With an agile technique and a brilliant tone – listeners may recall her superlative 1996 recording of Shostakovich's concertino arranged for piano and string orchestra by the performer – Zilberquit never fails to find what's distinctive about each tiny piece – the 36 pieces here average only a bit longer than two minutes – and never fails to make it appealing. Recorded in clear, round digital sound by producer Vadim Ivanov in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory in 2001, this disc will delight all but the stubbornest fans of musical giganticism.

Camille Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 'Organ Symphony'; Charles-Marie Widor - Allegro from Symphony No. 6, Op 42/2 (1985)

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Camille Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 'Organ Symphony'; Charles-Marie Widor - Allegro from Symphony No. 6, Op 42/2 (1985)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 'Organ Symphony';
Charles-Marie Widor: Allegro from Symphony No. 6, Op 42/2 (1985)
Jean Guillou, organ; San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Edo de Waart

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 412 619-2 | Time: 00:44:39

On this disc, Jean Guillou teams up with Edo DeWaart and the San Francisco Symphony for a lush performance of Camille Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3, popularly known as the Organ Symphony. This is a lush performance of the Organ Symphony with spot-on tempi, great orchestral balance, and unsurpassed balance between organ and orchestra. This symphony has one long melodic line after another, and DeWaart keeps a long view that prevents any sense of meandering. The organ is stunningly recorded. Brass blaze with glory. Strings are lush. Timpani are extremely well-defined. The clarity of the recording provides an excellent window into finer details. It is difficult to imagine how anything could have been improved upon. The disc is filled out with a strong performance of Widor's Allegro from his Symphony No. 6. This account of the Organ Symphony has everything going for it. There are no obvious weaknesses. If you have excellent subwoofers, they will get the workout of their life. Very Highly Recommended!

Bergen PO, Neeme Jarvi - Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Le Carnaval des animaux; Africa (2016)

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Bergen PO, Neeme Jarvi - Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Le Carnaval des animaux; Africa (2016)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Le Carnaval des animaux; Africa (2016)
Truls Mørk, cello; Louis Lortie, piano; Helene Mercier, piano;
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5162 | Time: 01:15:30

The essence of Camille Saint-Saëns' music comes through perhaps most clearly in his music for solo instrument and orchestra, which exemplifies his elegant combination of melody and conservatory-generated virtuosity. The two cello concertos are here, plus a pair of crowd-pleasing short works for piano and orchestra, and the evergreen Carnival of the Animals, with pianists Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier joining forces along with a collection of instruments that includes the often-omitted glass harmonica. There are all kinds of attractions here: the gently humorous and not over-broad Carnival, the songful cello playing of Truls Mørk, and the little-known piano-and-orchestra scene Africa, Op. 89, with its lightly Tunisian flavor (sample this final track). But really, the central thread connecting them all is the conducting of Neeme Järvi and the light, graceful work of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; French music is the nearly 80-year-old Järvi's most congenial environment, and in this recording, perhaps his last devoted to Saint-Saëns, he has never been better.

Various Composers - Classic Cinema: Part 2 (2008) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

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Various Composers - Classic Cinema: Part 2 (2008) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

Various Composers - Classic Cinema: Part 2 (2008) 3 CD Set
EAC | WV (Image) + cue.+log ~ 1.04 Gb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 480 Mb | Scans included | 03:29:08
Soundtracks, Neo-Classical, Classical | Label: Sony BMG/Sony Classical | # 88697290382

2008 three CD collection of soundtracks from classic movies of our time. With a generous playing time of over three hours, this stunning set offers something for everyone: fromthe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's 'Pirates of the Caribeean-Dead Man's Chest' and 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' to other orignial perfromances as heard in the classic films like, The Godfather, Cinema Paradiso, Taxi Drive, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands to name but a few! Enjoy unforgettable movie themes from a wide range of famous composers from Yo Yo Ma, John Williams, John Barry and more.

Olivier Latry, Jean-Willy Kunz, Kent Nagano - Camille Saint-Saëns, Kaija Saariaho, Samy Moussa (2015)

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Olivier Latry, Jean-Willy Kunz, Kent Nagano - Camille Saint-Saëns, Kaija Saariaho, Samy Moussa (2015)

Camille Saint-Saëns, Kaija Saariaho, Samy Moussa (2015)
Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano, conductor
Olivier Latry, organ; Jean-Willy Kunz, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Analekta | # AN 2 8779 | Time: 01:06:28

This album is the recording of the inaugural concert of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at the Maison Symphonique in Montreal. For grandeur, majesty and sheer tonal opulence, few symphonies can stand beside the Third Symphony of Saint-Saëns. The prominent contribution from the organ, the “King of Instruments,” provides an additional measure of imposing sonority to the work. The entire symphony is based on the principle of continual transformation of a “motto” theme. This theme makes its first full appearance in the restless series of short detached notes in the violins, following the slow, mysterious introduction. The attentive ear will pick out this theme in its rhythmic and coloristic metamorphoses throughout the symphony – at varying times flowing and lyrical, detached and fragmented, broad and noble, or agitated and restless. Olivier Latry is organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and organ professor at the Paris Conservatory. His appointment to France’s premier cathedral in 1985 at the age of 23 propelled him onto the international scene: he has appeared in more than 50 countries and on all five continents, as a recitalist or with orchestra.

Piers Lane - Camille Saint-Saens: The Complete Etudes (1998) [Re-Up]

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Piers Lane - Camille Saint-Saens: The Complete Etudes (1998) [Re-Up]

Piers Lane - Camille Saint-Saëns: The Complete Études (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67037 | Time: 01:12:10

Saint-Saens’s Etudes offer an intricate and scintillating panoply of the French school of technique (the basis and prophecy of what Jean-Philippe Collard so mischievously called Marguerite Long’s ‘diggy-diggy-dee’ school of piano playing). Yet as Piers Lane tells us in his alternately wry and delightful accompanying essay (obligatory reading for all lovers of French pianism), they can be as evocative (‘Les cloches de las Palmas’) as they are finger-twisting (‘En forme de valse’, to name but one). The left-hand Etudes, too, given their self-imposed limitation, are a fragile and poetic surprise. In other words Saint-Saens’s Etudes are more comprehensive than their equivalents by, say, Moszkowski or Lazare Levey (superbly recorded by Ilana Vered on Connoisseur Society and Danielle Laval on French EMI, respectively – neither issued in the UK).

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

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Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs
Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, Elizabeth Maconchy
Camille Saint-Saëns, Joseph Szulc, Federico Mompou, Jules Massenet, Henri Duparc
Claude Debussy, Ernest Chausson, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Fauré

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD443 | Time: 01:20:42

Described by The Telegraph as "the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent", and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their "irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton", the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by founder members Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton. Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording: "The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the sun's rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs, and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of 'Clair de lune' by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc".

Christopher Herrick - Power Of Life (2015)

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Christopher Herrick - Power Of Life (2015)

Christopher Herrick - Power Of Life (2015)
Mons Leidvin Takle, George Shearing, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Marius Monnikendam
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hans-André Stamm, Marcel Dupré, William Walton,
Camille Saint-Saëns, Vincenzo Petrali, Peter Warlock, Franz Wagner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Organ | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68129 | Time: 01:07:06

Christopher Herrick makes no quasi-intellectual claims for this album: its intention is to entertain. And with twelve tracks of (largely) ridiculous organ fare, and the beast of an instrument that is the new Metzler organ of Poblet Monastery in Catalonia, the requisites quickly fall into place. If you like your organs meaty, but with a good sense of humour, this one is for you.