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Vadim Repin, Truls Mørk, Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (2008)

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Vadim Repin, Truls Mørk, Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (2008)

Vadim Repin, Truls Mørk, Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 72:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 7470 | Recorded: 2008

Vadim Repin’s DG debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti gave the musical world and his many fans exactly what was expected of this first-class violinist: an incomparably refined, technically brilliant and at the same time highly emotional interpretation of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 (2005)

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Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 (2005)

Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 60:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 61946-2 | Recorded: 2005

Nikolai Lugansky and Sakari Oramo conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with the Second and Fourth Concertos, generally matching the proficient (though somewhat generic) standards characterising earlier releases in this series. The Second’s ample rubato and incisive climaxes are far better judged than in the recent, horrifically indulgent Lang Lang/Gergiev recording (DG, 4/05). And although Lugansky’s piano dominates in the mix, the first movement’s rolling arpeggios do not pull focus from the orchestra who, of course, have all the thematic material. In the slow movement I’d prefer a firmer, chamber-like profile between the pianist and first-desk wind soloists. You’ll also glean more ferocity and shapely characterisation from Stephen Hough, Krystian Zimerman, Sviatoslav Richter and Julius Katchen throughout the finale, but this is not to disparage Lugansky’s fleet, assured and world-class fingerwork.

Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2003)

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Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2003)

Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 68:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 0927 47941-2 | Recorded: 2002, 2003

One of the aspects that appeals to this listener about Nikolai Lugansky's approach to the perennial favorite piano concerti of Sergei Rachmaninov is the commitment to the organic feeling of each work. So often these concerti are served up as early career, flamboyant exercises to introduce the young pianist du jour to already accepting audiences. And at times the imprint on the works imposed by the various pianists is what remains in the hall after the performance, not Rachmaninov.

Evgeny Kissin, Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 (1993)

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Evgeny Kissin, Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 (1993)

Evgeny Kissin, Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 201 Mb | Total time: 59:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | # 07863 57982 2 | Recorded: 1988

Evgeny Kissin, in case you missed the New Year's Eve international telecast from Berlin, is an 18-year-old Russian who is already the veteran of many a 'sensational' debut. As he proved in his accompaniment to Karajan's Tchaikovsky, he is already a considerable artist, with all the traditional Russian strengths of deep tone production, strong rhythm, clarity and expressiveness even under extreme virtuoso pressure. His Rachmaninov gives further evidence of an outstanding talent which one hopes his advisers, RCA included, will nurture patiently.

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)

Sviatoslav Richter, Stanisław Wisłocki, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 71:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 447 420-2 | Recorded: 1959, 1963

This 1995 release from Deutsche Grammophon combines two memorable concerto recordings by Sviatoslav Richter. Almost all of Richter's recordings are considered legendary – particularly since he did not like recording in the studio – but these are rightfully so. They were some of the first that were released widely in the west, where he was still something of a new talent in the late '50s-early '60s, although a middle-aged man by then. The Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 with Stanislaw Wislocki and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra dates from 1959 and was met with high praise from most for its detail and the depth of Richter's knowledgable interpretation. It is not as ardent as most other pianists' readings, but its clarity speaks volumes and can still move the listener.

Johan Dalene, John Storgårds, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Sibelius, Nielsen: Violin Concertos (2022)

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Johan Dalene, John Storgårds, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Sibelius, Nielsen: Violin Concertos (2022)

Johan Dalene, John Storgårds, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Sibelius, Nielsen: Violin Concertos (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 73:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2620 SACD | Recorded: 2021

Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, alongside Grieg the two giants in Nordic classical music, were both born in 1865. Both also received their first musical training on the violin, earning valuable insights when it came to writing for the instrument. Their respective violin concertos were composed some six years apart – Sibelius’ in 1904-05 and Nielsen’s in 1911 – and belong to the most performed works of either composer. They are nevertheless as different from each other as are the artistic temperaments of their makers. While retaining the traditional three-movement concerto form, Sibelius composed something closer to a Late-Romantic orchestral tone poem giving the orchestra unusual prominence. Nielsen on the other hand opted for an unconventional form, reminiscent of the Baroque concerto grosso: the spiky, neoclassical work is nominally in two movements, but with each movement having a slow and a fast section.

Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre National de France - Henri Dutilleux: Violin & Cello Concertos (1995)

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Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre National de France - Henri Dutilleux: Violin & Cello Concertos (1995)

Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre National de France - Henri Dutilleux: Violin & Cello Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 201 Mb | Total time: 51:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 444 398-2 | Recorded: 1993

French modern composer Henri. Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France, was active in the second half of the twentieth century. The work combines the styles of Ravel, Debussy and Albert Roussel, as well as the style of his own creation. In addition to being influenced by Impressionist music, he also used serialism and atonality to write.

Thomas Zehetmair, Amsterdam Bach Soloists - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Thomas Zehetmair, Amsterdam Bach Soloists - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (1994)

Thomas Zehetmair, Amsterdam Bach Soloists - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (1994)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 336 MB | 01:01:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

This disc has a lot going for it. Thomas Zehetmair is a world-renowned violinist; the Amsterdam Bach Soloists comprise a little over a dozen players from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra; and while they perform on modern instruments, they adhere largely to historically informed performance practice. Thus, we get the best of all worlds: world-class playing; smooth, mellifluous sound; and convincing interpretations.

Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bylsma, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies; Cello Concertos (2000)

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Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bylsma, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies; Cello Concertos (2000)

Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bylsma, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphonies; Cello Concertos (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 586 Mb | Total time: 54:17+70:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 61794 2 | Recorded: 1988

Gustav Leonhardt's account of [the symphonies] is the one to have if you want them on period instruments. They are lively and alert, and distinguished by fine musical intelligence… It is difficult to imagine a better partnership to provide authentic versions of these three fine works.

Ewelina Nowicka, Agnieszka Duczmal, Ann Duczmal-Mróz - Weinberg: Violin Concertino, Symphony No. 10 (2015)

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Ewelina Nowicka,  Agnieszka Duczmal, Ann Duczmal-Mróz - Weinberg: Violin Concertino, Symphony No. 10 (2015)

Ewelina Nowicka, Agnieszka Duczmal, Ann Duczmal-Mróz - Weinberg: Violin Concertino, Symphony No. 10 (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 411 MB | 01:09:08
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO

For some years the extensive and highly significant oeuvre of the Polish-Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg has been recognized in the West – a process documented on internationally renowned cpo recordings. The Symphony No. 10 is the most stylistically advanced and experimental composition among his purely instrumental works. The Polish violinist and composer on the disc, Evelina Novicka, has recorded several premieres of his works, including the Concertino op. 42 and Rhapsody op. 47 heard on this most recent CD. She herself has arranged the lost version of the Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for violin and orchestra.

András Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos (2021)

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András Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos (2021)

András Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 94:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM New Series | # ECM 2690/91 | Recorded: 2019

Sir Andr s Schiff's remarkable new recording finds the great pianist reassessing interpretive approaches to Brahms in the inspired company of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Their collaboration in a series of concerts was widely acclaimed and led to them recapturing the experience at Abbey Road where it was recorded in December 2019. Schiff plays on a Blthner piano built around 1859, the year the D minor concerto premiered.

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Late Vivaldi Concertos (2002)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Late Vivaldi Concertos (2002)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Late Vivaldi Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 438 Mb | Total time: 71:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 87733 | Recorded: 2002

Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and conductor Andrea Marcon have served up another reminder that Vivaldi, in the right hands, is so much more than sonic wallpaper. These late Vivaldi concertos, given their premiere recordings here, are, for sure, more of the same musical illustrations, birdsongs, and harmonic sequences; what stands out is the aural handling they are given by Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Marcon.

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (2001)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (2001)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: Late Violin Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 458 Mb | Total time: 74:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 89362 | Recorded: 2000

This premiere recording of six Vivaldi concertos is full of surprises. The works are entirely unknown because, unlike his other compositions, they were written not for publication but for substantial private commissions from wealthy patrons. Dating from his most mature years, they exhibit a style very different from his earlier concertos, which often sound almost mass-produced. Though they are still cast in the customary three movements and are full of the usual sequences, they are more unpredictable, dramatic, and daring; adventurous in form, harmony, and texture; with sudden contrasts of mood, character, and expression. The slow movements are meltingly beautiful, but no two concertos are alike, either in detail or overall effect. Some movements hardly seem to hang together; they appear to consist of collages of motives, punctuated by bursts of virtuosity.

Salvatore Accardo - Tartini: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Salvatore Accardo - Tartini: Violin Concertos (2016)

Salvatore Accardo - Tartini: Violin Concertos (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 580 MB | 01:44:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Salvatore Accardo, born in Turin in 1941, brings an Italianate warmth and intensity to the music he plays – not just to fellow countrymen such as Vivaldi, Tartini and Paganini, but also to Austrian and German composers. By the age of thirteen he had performed Paganini’s Caprices in recital, and he was an international competition winner before he even had left his teen years. His career as a soloist quickly blossomed. Nevertheless, he did not neglect chamber music – in 1992, he founded a string quartet that bears his name – and he also has led chamber orchestras, including the renowned I Musici. He recorded extensively for Philips and for Deutsche Grammophon.

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, 3 Violin Concertos (2000)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, 3 Violin Concertos (2000)

Giuliano Carmignola, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni, 3 Violin Concertos (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 71:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 51352 | Recorded: 1999

Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra use a slightly different scoring of Vivaldi's masterpiece, the 1996 Ricordi critical edition, and somehow unveil world premieres of three Vivaldi concertos. Their period-instrument performance of The Four Seasons is beautifully played and recorded. Andrea Marcon's conducting stretches the Adagio movements out, but the group makes up for lost time in some feverish Allegro sections.