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Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Lassus: Masses for Five Voices, Infelix ego (1993)

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Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Lassus: Masses for Five Voices, Infelix ego (1993)

Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Lassus: Masses for Five Voices, Infelix ego (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 68:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550842 | Recorded: 1993

Kyrie, the Missa Entre vous filles is Lassus at this freshest and most telling, and the Sanctus is particularly beautiful. The Missa Susanne un jour, however, is more ambitious, based on what Jeremy Summerly describes as ‘the most famous song of the 16th century—the l’homme arme of its day’. Moreover, as it deals with the Apocryphal Susanna who was accused of wanton behaviour by two elders after she had spurned their sexual advances, this was just the sort of parody model that had caused the Council of Trent to be upset, two decades earlier. However, it inspired Lassus to his richest polyphony, and many of his celebrants may not have been aware of the implications of the original chanson’s text.

Filippo Ravizza - Geminiani: Complete Music for Harpsichord (2022)

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Filippo Ravizza - Geminiani: Complete Music for Harpsichord (2022)

Filippo Ravizza - Geminiani: Complete Music for Harpsichord (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 3:00:12 | 1,2 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Brilliant Classics

A new instalment of the complete Geminiani Edition on Brilliant Classics: the Complete Harpsichord works.
Francesco Saverio Geminiani (1687-1762) was born in Lucca. He began his study at an early age with his father, but his most important lessons followed in his years with the great Roman Master, Arcangelo Corelli. Composition lessons with Alessandro Scarlatti helped inspire and solidify his craft. In 1714 Geminiani settled in London, where he quickly gained fame as an ensemble player, concert violinist, and teacher. Here he became friends with Handel and led the orchestra during many performances together. Geminiani enjoyed great success not only in London, but also in Ireland where he spent a considerable amount of time. In 1760 he settled in Dublin, dying there in somewhat impoverished circumstances in 1762.

Ilya Gringolts - Tchaikowsky: Violin Concerto Classico - Kancheli: Libera me (Quasi-Requiem) (Live) (2022)

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Ilya Gringolts - Tchaikowsky: Violin Concerto Classico - Kancheli: Libera me (Quasi-Requiem) (Live) (2022)

Ilya Gringolts, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrey Boreyko - Tchaikowsky: Violin Concerto Classico - Kancheli: Libera me (Quasi-Requiem) (Live) (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 239 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:38
Classical | Label: CD Accord

Despite the rather numerous and diverse orchestral line-up, the idea of concertare has a more chamber-like character here. The soloist is usually not directly confronted with the massive sound of a full orchestral tutti, but rather is involved in dialogues and interactions with small groups of instruments. With exceptional naturalness, André Tchaikowsky managed to achieve in this concerto a balance between solo violin and a full-scale symphony orchestra, employing textures of a linear, quasi-polyphonic character – enriched, however, by intense and refined harmony and contrapuntal devices drawing on the Baroque tradition.

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc. (2003)

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Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc. (2003)

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc. (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 66:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10024 | Recorded: 2002

'There is plenty to delight ear here, in the delicate dances and variations of the Suite No. 3, in the dramatic vigour of the introduction to the opera Nal and Damayanti, and in the charming little Intermezzo.' (The Telegraph)

Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 1 etc. (2003)

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Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 1 etc. (2003)

Valeri Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Anton Arensky: Symphony No. 1 etc. (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 73:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10086 | Recorded: 2001

Polyansky continues to record some great off the beaten track repertoire for Chandos with this latest version of Arensky's First Symphony. The disc also includes a number of rarities that are making it onto disc as first recordings.
I don't recall that Svetlanov's thrilling Melodiya version of this work was ever issued on CD so I believe this has the field to itself, at least for the moment. Polyansky directs with a firm hand and his knowledge of the score is palpably evident in the beautiful First movement with its quirky 'Allegro patetico' tempo.

Robert Dornhelm, Bertrand de Billy, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-Ray]

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Robert Dornhelm, Bertrand de Billy, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Robert Dornhelm, Bertrand de Billy, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29996 kbps / 1080i / 25 fps | 109 min | 27,4 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3827 kbps / 24-bit | Audio2: German / Dolby Digital Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 4500 kbps / 25 fps | 109 min | 6,52 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2304 kbps / 25 fps | 109 min | 3,08 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Warner Home Video | Sub: German

Oscar-nominated director Robert Dornhelm lends the story a darker glow, with Bertrand de Billy's soft-centred but warm conducting and two superb star performances. Villazón as Rodolfo, less… sings with a focused intensity which at time recalls Caruso, and makes a scruffily credible hero… Netrebko's creamy-voiced Mimì is no naïve little seamstress; her scarlet satin and glamour-girl make-up suggests she's been around… but her anguish in Act III is no less heartfelt. Dornhelm's sombrely sumptuous images capture a credibly chilly, squalid, yet defiantly romantic milieu.

La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra & Ben Glassberg - Britten: The Turn of the Screw (2022)

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La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra & Ben Glassberg - Britten: The Turn of the Screw (2022)

La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra & Ben Glassberg - Britten: The Turn of the Screw (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 414 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 242 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:45:07
Classical, Opera | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Nothing is as it appears in the old English manor house of Bly. A new governess takes up her post and discovers that the children who are her new charges are under the influence of the ghosts of the previous governess and her depraved lover. As one disturbing event unfolds after another, the questions become more pressing: What horrors happened here before her arrival? Are the children innocent? Do we really see what we are seeing?

Tim Allhoff & Leonkoro Quartet - Morla (2022)

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Tim Allhoff & Leonkoro Quartet - Morla (2022)

Tim Allhoff & Leonkoro Quartet - Morla (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | 01:12:43
Classical, Jazz | Label: Neue Meister

With his eighth album MORLA, ECHO award winner Tim Allhoff shows curiosity, self-confidence and a stylistic diversity that reflects his various musical influences. For many years he has been one of the most important pianists on the German scene. The magazine JAZZTHING calls him the "Piano Shooting Star of the Republic" and the SÜDDEUTSCHE congratulates him, at the latest with this release, on his "ascent into the royal class of solo pianists".

Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

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Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena: Lulier, Bononcini, Caldara, Perti, Handel, A. Scarlatti (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 62:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5186867 | Recorded: 2020

On her second PENTATONE album Maria & Maddalena, star soprano Francesca Aspromonte explores the Two Marys in oratorios by Lulier, Bononcini, Leopoldo I d’Asburgo, Caldara, Perti, Handel and Scarlatti, partly in new editions, documenting the extremely bloom of the genre in the years around 1700. She performs these works together with violinist Boris Begelman as well as the seasoned players of I Barocchisti under the baton of the eminent Diego Fasolis. Traditionally seen as two feminine opposites, with far-reaching moral implications, Aspromonte brings the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene together as two beautiful and strong women who turned their lives upside down by making the choice to dedicate themselves completely to an ideal. Her interpretation of these exceptional pieces explores all the emotions of the Two Marys, constituting a fascinating and profoundly moving portrait of what it means to be a woman.

Gidon Kremer - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2005) 2CDs

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Gidon Kremer - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2005) 2CDs

Gidon Kremer - J.S. Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 693 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 347 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1926/27, 476 7291 | Time: 02:11:18

Gidon Kremer has again recorded the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin of Bach and while his facility and technical grace are intact, in this recording he appears to have been deeply influenced by his time with the moderns (Adams, Pärt, Schnittke, Piazzola, Glass, et al). For this listener it seems that studying and performing these contemporary composers' manipulation of sound and instrumental scope has enriched Kremer's thought about the perfection of Bach. Not everyone will agree with Kremer's approach to these works on this new recording, but for those who know Bach's solo violin pieces there are pleasures in store. Remaining technically suave and with a luxuriant tone, Kremer seems to be communicating with the psychological Bach, offering different tempi and more soulful approaches than those of his colleagues. The results are mesmerizing. Highly recommended.

St. Florianer Sangerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus (2017)

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St. Florianer Sangerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus (2017)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus etc (2017)
St. Florianer Sängerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria; Gunar Letzbor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Accent | # ACC24325 | Time: 00:59:08

Several masses with large orchestration attest to the outstanding compositional skills of the Salzburg master Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) in coping with large ensembles. As usual in Salzburg, Biber expects polychoral performances. The church music at the Salzburg cathedral drew its orientation from the performance practice in Venice. The Missa Alleluia was probably composed after 1690 and certainly before 1698, because a manuscript was made in Kremsmunster that year. The original score and sheets from Salzburg are lost. Excellent copies have been preserved at the Upper Austrian abbey at Kremsmunster: they serve as a basis for the present recording. Biber has fully exploited the possibilities of Baroque Instrumentation in the Missa Alleluia: a chorus with 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 bass voices grants him a large number of combinations of voices and thus constant change of timbre. The strings choir also has six parts, with both violins often conducted virtuosically. A chorus with 3 trumpets and 2 cornetti is even surpassed in tonal mass by the chorus composed of 2 clarini, 4 trumpets, and timpani. This large number of trumpets emphasizes the cheerful character of the work and is very luxurious by Austrian standards.

Stephen Hough - Chopin: Nocturnes (2021)

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Stephen Hough - Chopin: Nocturnes (2021)

Stephen Hough - Chopin: Nocturnes (2021)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 279 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 268 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:51:25
Classical | Label: Hyperion Records

‘Some of the finest operatic arias ever written’ is Stephen Hough’s brilliant characterization of the Nocturnes, one which holds the key to his intensely lyrical interpretations of these most perfect of bel canto masterworks.

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Adams: Harmonium; Rachmaninov: The Bells (1996)

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Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Adams: Harmonium; Rachmaninov: The Bells (1996)

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Adams: Harmonium; Rachmaninov: The Bells (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 73:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telarc | # CD-80365 | Recorded: 1995

Robert Shaw and Telarc have released another disk of not-too-often performed choral/orchestral works, but they are ones that are important: John Adams' Harmonium and Rachmaninoff's The Bells, two works featuring texts by important authors.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 124 min | 7,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2005

It was hard to muster much enthusiasm for Welser-Möst’s soft-grained, untheatrical approach to Mozart’s score and his careful avoidance of appoggiaturas, though it has to be admitted that the clarinet and basset-horn obbligatos — their players not credited in the program — sounded ravishing. Welser-Möst’s beat could certainly have been fueled by some extra zest, his syncopations by stronger incisiveness. Little was made of the explosive clashes of contrasting keys, Welser-Möst’s opera gentile dallyings replacing Mozart’s needed opera seria gravitas.

Tomás Cotik - Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25 (2022)

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Tomás Cotik - Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25 (2022)

Tomás Cotik - Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 262 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:20
Classical | Label: Centaur Records

Georg Philipp Telemann wrote a huge body of music, with many great pieces. The 12 Fantasias for Violin Solo stand out among his greatest. Violinist Tomás Cotik, who has made other exceptionally well-received recordings for Centaur Records, turns in magnificent performances of these masterpieces. Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as “an excellent violinist,” Tomás Cotik is internationally recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and professor. A much sought-after recording artist, Dr. Cotik has released fifteen recordings for Naxos and Centaur Records, which have received over three million streams and more than two hundred enthusiastic reviews from the international press. Committed to passing on his passion for music, Dr. Cotik is the violin professor at Portland State University.