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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.

Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)

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Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)

Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 81:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296676253 | Recorded: 2020

Shani Diluka releases a great project dedicated to Marcel Proust and composers he loved, to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of his birth in 2021 and the 100-year anniversary of his death in 2022. It features Reynaldo Hahn's rarely played Piano Concerto and works by Fauré, Gluck, Massenet, R. Strauss, and Debussy. The album is recorded with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Hervé Niquet. The Proust album features Pierre Fouchenneret (violin), Natalie Dessay (soprano), and Guillaume Gallienne (narrator, from the Comédie Francaise).

Shura Cherkassky plays Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov (1987)

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Shura Cherkassky plays Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov (1987)

Shura Cherkassky plays Cesar Franck, Edvard Grieg, Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Rachmaninov (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus | # NI 5090 | Time: 01:01:51

This is the first of two selections displaying the variety and panache of typical Cherkassky programme. The artist embraces renowned keyboard classics such as Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue and Grieg's Sonata in E minor, Op. 7, with same technical prowess and abandon as he applies to modern masterpieces such as Messiaen's Ile de feu.

Michael Collins, Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Volume 3 (2020)

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Michael Collins, Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Volume 3 (2020)

Michael Collins, Michael McHale - The Lyrical Clarinet, Volume 3 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 70:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 20147 | Recorded: 2019

Michael Collins MBE is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. Continuing his distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor and in 2010 took up the position as Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia, and works with leading orchestras around the world both as a soloist and as a conductor. Committed for many years to expanding the repertoire of the clarinet, he has premiered works by some of todays most highly regarded composers, including John Adams, Elliott Carter, Brett Dean and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In addition to commissioning and supporting new compositions, he is also a champion of well-crafted arrangements of other works for the clarinet.

Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih - Music from Proust's Salons (2021)

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Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih - Music from Proust's Salons (2021)

Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih - Music from Proust's Salons (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 83:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-2522 SACD | Recorded: 2019

With this programme of music for cello and piano, Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih transport us to the world immortalized in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu – the Parisian high society and its glittering salons. For the composers of the time these provided a perfect platform for the introduction of new works, performed by the finest musicians in France for a sympathetic, educated and rich (!) audience. And for the music-loving Proust they offered countless opportunities to meet the composers that he so admired (and others that he may have admired a bit less…)

Mami Shikimori, Wihan Quartet - César Franck, Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintets (2020)

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Mami Shikimori, Wihan Quartet - César Franck, Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintets (2020)

Mami Shikimori, Wihan Quartet - César Franck, Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintets (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 68:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus Alliance | NI 6397 | Recorded: 2018

Composed in 1879, the Piano Quintet in F minor by César Franck belongs to the fruitful final period of his creative life. It heralded the start of an impressive sequence of late orchestral and chamber pieces which set the seal upon his career. The Piano Quintet was premiered in Paris on 17 January 1880 by the Marsick Quartet with Saint-Saëns at the piano. During the last quarter of the 19th century and into the 1920s, it was Gabriel Fauré who made the most substantial and lasting contribution to French chamber music. Faurés Piano Quintet no.1 renews the powerful concentration of his earlier Piano Quartets in its outer movements, while also looking forward to the composers later works in the sophisticated phrasing and chromaticism of its extended Adagio. Vibrant and spirited, it may be counted among the composers finest creations.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 11: Honegger, Fothner, Blacher, Berlioz, Verdi & others (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 11: Honegger, Fothner, Blacher, Berlioz, Verdi & others (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 11: Honegger, Fortner, Blacher, Berlioz, Verdi & others (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.03 Gb | Total time: 13:52:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Martha Argerich & Guy Braunstein - A Romantic Take (2020) [Blu-ray]

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Martha Argerich & Guy Braunstein - A Romantic Take (2020) [Blu-ray]

Martha Argerich & Guy Braunstein - A Romantic Take (2020) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29892 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 85 min | 26,2 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7295 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 88 min | 7,07 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 96.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

She is a piano legend, he has collaborated as a soloist with all leading conductors and orchestras around the world. Now Martha Argerich and Guy Braunstein come to the Pierre Boulez Saal with their first-ever duo program—an artistic encounter that promises to be an extraordinary musical experience.

Gautier Capuçon, Yuja Wang - Franck, Chopin: Cello Sonatas (2019)

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Gautier Capuçon, Yuja Wang - Franck, Chopin: Cello Sonatas (2019)

Gautier Capuçon, Yuja Wang - Franck, Chopin: Cello Sonatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 79:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | ABCD 374 | Recorded: 2019

"Finesse and fire from a starry musical duo… A recital that showcased the very best in collaborative music-making," was how the Toronto Star described the concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto that formed the basis for this recording. The program for the album comprises two works by Chopin, his Sonata in A Major and his Polonaise brillante in C Major, and Franck's Sonata in A Major, a transcription by the 19th century cellist Jules Delsart of the Belgian composer's glorious violin sonata.

Véronique Gens, Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Visions (2017)

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Véronique Gens, Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Visions (2017)

Véronique Gens, Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Visions (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 55:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 279 | Recorded: 2017

After an album of French songs (Néère, Alpha 215) that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s.

Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Franck by Franck: Symphonie en ré mineur (2020)

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Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Franck by Franck: Symphonie en ré mineur (2020)

Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Franck by Franck: Symphonie en ré mineur; Ce qu'on entend sur la Montagne (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 67:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics ‎| Alpha 561 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

Some music lovers are familiar with Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne, Liszt’s symphonic poem based on Victor Hugo. But who knows that, ten years earlier, César Franck was inspired by the same poem? This early piece is recorded here by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Mikko Franck. They couple it with the famous Symphony in D minor, dedicated to Henri Duparc and premiered, without much success, in 1889. Even if the score is quite well-known today, in the end it is performed quite rarely, which is a pity, because it really has all the characteristics of a masterpiece: melodic and harmonic inspiration, refined orchestration, variety of mood, an ingenious structure.

Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)

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Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)

Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 77:39+30:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 2249 | Recorded: 2001-2009

This compilation of selections from a number of Cecilia Bartoli's recitals from between 1994 and 2009, plus several newly released tracks, is unified by the theme of sighs, "sospiri." The music expresses a variety of moods, including sighs of resignation, relaxation, grief, ecstasy, and romantic pleasure. The first of the two CDs is devoted to secular music, much of it operatic, and the second to sacred pieces. The album should offer few surprises to anyone who has a preconceived opinion of Bartoli's vocalism.

Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Les Eolides (2001)

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Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Les Eolides (2001)

Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Les Eolides (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 61:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9875 | Recorded: 2000

With so many versions of the Symphony and the Symphonic Variations available, it's surprising that these two favourite orchestral works aren't coupled more often. Here Tortelier adds an attractive bonus in the evocative tone-poem Les Eolides.