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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 50:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 885-2 | Recorded: 1969

Claudio Arrau, one of the greatest piano masters of the s. XX, leaves us astonished with this intense and majestic version, showing his immense knowledge of German Romanticism of which he was an excellent exponent. Excellent temps and wonderful nuances. Here Bernard Haitink shows us why he became a benchmark in conducting by one of the best ensembles on the planet: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2013)

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Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2013)

Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 401 Mb | Total time: 68:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Agogique | # AGO016 | Recorded: 2010

It may be a little surprising, or disconcerting, but it is not the demonstrative, furioso Vivaldi, the Vivaldi full of striking contrasts, that you will find here. The ardour, the spirit, of his music is there of course, but our aim is rather to bring out the more intimate, more complex side of his work, its many timbres, colours, textures and emotions all the variety that is to be found in the music of this extraordinary composer, loved by some exponents of early music and shunned by others. Les Basses Runies have chosen to use many different instruments and timbres for these pieces, and to transcribe and transpose some of them, the aims being to present little-known works, show well-known ones in a new light, and to highlight the rich palette of sound and the many possible timbral combinations afforded by the instruments of Les Basses Runies, thus expressively and movingly revealing the composer s very soul.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Piano Concertos K.453 & 482 (2012)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Piano Concertos K.453 & 482 (2012)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Piano Concertos K.453 & 482 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 72:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902147 | Recorded: 2012

Mozart places melody at the very heart of his concertos. Introverted and sometimes uncertain at the start of K453, it is subsequently transmuted into birdsong - foreshadowing Papageno - and leads to a finale worthy of an Opera buffa. Imbued with majesty in K482 (contemporary with Le nozze di Figaro), it takes on a tinge of bitterness in the work's slow movement, before returning to more joyful melodic motifs, one of which will recur in Cosi fan tutte. Never have opera and concerto been so close. Partnering with the Freiburger Barockorchester, acclaimed forte pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout brings out all of the singing lines and sparkling bravura of these two great concertos.

Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pierre-Alain Volondat, Kees Bakels - Lalo: Concert russe, Piano Concerto (2012)

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Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pierre-Alain Volondat, Kees Bakels - Lalo: Concert russe, Piano Concerto (2012)

Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pierre-Alain Volondat, Kees Bakels - Lalo: Concert russe, Piano Concerto (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:36 | 360 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BISSACD1890

Jean-Jacques Kantorow follows his critically acclaimed recording of music by Édouard Lalo with a second disc featuring two further works that were originally intended for Sarasate, the brief Fantaisie-ballet on themes from Lalo’s ballet Namouna, and the large-scale Concerto russe. The Concerto russe borrows themes from two wedding songs included by Rimsky-Korsakov in his collection 100 Russian Folk Songs.

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 52:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 702-2 | Recorded: 1969

Claudio Arrau, one of the greatest piano masters of the s. XX, leaves us astonished with this intense and majestic version, showing his immense knowledge of German Romanticism of which he was an excellent exponent. Excellent temps and wonderful nuances. Here Bernard Haitink shows us why he became a benchmark in conducting by one of the best ensembles on the planet: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 (2020)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 (2020)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 195 Mb | Total time: 45:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902413 | Recorded: 2017

In their own way Beethoven’s five piano concertos relate a part of their composer’s life. In the previous volume of this complete recording, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the musicians of the Freiburger Barockorchester explored the beginning (Concerto no.2, a springboard to Viennese fame) and the end (the ‘Emperor’) of the story. They now turn to the most personal of all the Beethoven concertos, the Fourth which, at a time when the spectre of total deafness threatened his career, shattered the conventions of the genre - as did such orchestral works as Coriolan and the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus.

Karin Kei Nagano, Cecilia String Quartet - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 13 (2014)

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Karin Kei Nagano, Cecilia String Quartet - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 13 (2014)

Karin Kei Nagano, Cecilia String Quartet - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 13 (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:12 | 214 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Analekta | Catalog: AN28765

Mozart did, it's true, "authorize" the performance of some of his piano concertos by piano and string quartet, as the notes to this Analekta release point out. But, as a Vienna freelancer in uncharted territory, he could hardly have done otherwise, and to suggest, from the perspective of 21st century Canada and its social safety net, that this indicates anything about the desirability of such a performance is questionable. Truth to tell, these two concertos from 1782, although their wind parts are not as prominent as those in some of the later ones, still sound a bit bare in their contrasts between solo and tutti here.

Barockorchester Capriccio Basel - Richard Mudge: Six Concertos (2009)

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Barockorchester Capriccio Basel - Richard Mudge: Six Concertos (2009)

Barockorchester Capriccio Basel - Richard Mudge: Six Concertos (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:13 | 480 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tudor | Catalog: 7173

A graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford, Reverend Richard Mudge (1718­-1763) was appointed curate of both Great and Little Packington in 1741. He may have been private chaplain to Lord Guernsey, who would later become the Earl of Aylesford. The family had significant musical connections, the best known being Handel's friend and librettist, Charles Jennens. In 1750, Mudge obtained a position at St. Martin's, Birmingham, where he became a popular preacher. In 1756, we find him in the post of rector at Bedworth, where he lived until his death. Even though Mudge's liturgical career is well documented, there is almost nothing pertaining to his musical pursuits.

Christophe Coin, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Violoncello III (2019)

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Christophe Coin, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Violoncello III (2019)

Christophe Coin, L'Onda Armonica - Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Violoncello III (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 74:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30574 | Recorded: 2018

Cellist Christophe Coin has embarked on a project to record all of Vivaldi’s cello concertos. With this third instalment (the sixty-first volume of the naïve label’s complete Vivaldi Edition) he now has twenty cello concertos under his belt. Christophe Coin has become a noted authority in the work of the brilliant, tirelessly prolific Venetian composer, performing it with a host of different ensembles, such as L’Onda Armonica, the ensemble founded by Sergio Azzolini. As with the first two volumes he alternates between the cello and the violoncello piccolo, providing a palette of highly varied sound colours.

Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)

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Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)

Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 376-2 | Recorded: 1955, 1958, 1962

This version of Brahms's massive First Concerto was an instant classic when released in 1962 and recommending it now is still a no-brainer, especially in this effective remastering. Curzon gets to the heart of the music. He captures the high drama of the symphonic opening movement, and his rapt concentration makes a profound effect in the Adagio, famous for his controversially slow tempo. Szell is his equal here, conducting with passion. The way he screws up the tension in the orchestra's opening statement and then, through judicious rubato and a warming of the string tone, makes the second subject come alive is a mini-lesson in great conducting. With Boult, Curzon's Franck is on a similarly lofty plane, and the Litolff is a worthy filler.

Vladimir Spivakov, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (2005)

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Vladimir Spivakov, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (2005)

Vladimir Spivakov, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 735 Mb | Total time: 76:16+79:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 86528 2 | Recorded: 1977, 1979, 1983

The answer to the question what would post-Oistrakh Soviet Mozart sound like? is Vladimir Spivakov. The answer to the question what does Spivakov's Mozart sound like? is lightly, lively, elegant, and, every once in a while, extremely intense. In these recordings from the late '70s and early '80s of Mozart's violin concertos and Sinfonia Concertante with the English Chamber Orchestra and violist Yuri Bashmet, Spivakov plays and conducts with graceful artistry, consummate virtuosity, and deep humanity. In opening Allegros, Spivakov is airborne in the zephyrs of spring. In the closing Rondos, Spivakov is dancing in the ballrooms of Europe. But sometimes, especially in the central Andantes, Spivakov can sing with an intimacy and intensity that reveal a more profound Mozart, a Mozart touched not only by eternity but by mortality.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Concerto Köln - Antonio Salieri: Concertos for Fortepiano, Flute & Oboe (2004)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Concerto Köln - Antonio Salieri: Concertos for Fortepiano, Flute & Oboe (2004)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Concerto Köln - Antonio Salieri: Concertos for Fortepiano, Flute & Oboe (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 75:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Elite Classic | # AS-401-a | Recorded: 1983, 1994

Salieri's own autograph work-list contains the following entry: 'Two concertos for the pianoforte, written for two ladies." Unfortunately we do not know who these two ladies were. All that we can say for certain is that they must both have been technically accomplished and trained to the highest musical standards. Salieri's demanding concertos are distinguished in the main by their middle movements, traditionally the genre's most fertile field of experimentation.

Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2012)

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Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2012)

Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 511 Mb | Total time: 93:27 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Tafelmusik Media | # TMK1004CD2 | Recorded: 1994

The Six Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) are considered by musicians, critics and audiences alike among the finest musical compositions of the baroque era. Bach presented the concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Ludwig, in Berlin, March 24, 1721, with the hopes some patronage would come his way. The music was preserved in the Brandenburg archives, and when rediscovered in the 19th century became some of the most beloved music of all time. Beloved is the operative word in this re-release of the masterpieces in the hands of Jeanne Lamon and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Ulf Hoelscher, Karl Klingler, Michael Raucheisen, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach - Klingler: Violin Concerto & Viola Sonata (2018)

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Ulf Hoelscher, Karl Klingler, Michael Raucheisen, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach - Klingler: Violin Concerto & Viola Sonata (2018)

Ulf Hoelscher, Karl Klingler, Michael Raucheisen, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach - Klingler: Violin Concerto & Viola Sonata (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 426 MB | 01:22:25
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Archive

The Klingler Quartet was regarded as the best string quartet of its times and as the rightful heir to the legendary Joachim Quartet. Karl Klingler, the musician who gave his name to the quartet, had studied with Brahms' friend Joseph Joachim and had joined his teacher's quartet as a young violist. MDG's sleuths have now found two remarkable historical documents in the archives of the Bavarian Radio that show us Klingler as a composer and as an interpreter: his Violin Concerto with Ulf Hoelscher and the Berlin Philharmonic under Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach and the Viola Sonata performed by the composer himself along with Michael Raucheisen at the piano.

Dina Ugorskaja, Peter Gülke, Brandenburger Symphoniker - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15, Intermezzi, Op. 117 (2019)

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Dina Ugorskaja, Peter Gülke, Brandenburger Symphoniker - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15, Intermezzi, Op. 117 (2019)

Dina Ugorskaja, Peter Gülke, Brandenburger Symphoniker - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15, Intermezzi, Op. 117 (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 230 MB | 01:10:40
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

History of the Piano Concerto in D minor by Johannes Brahms: how the composer initially planned a sonata for two pianos and then a symphony; how Beethoven's overwhelming legacy inhibited him; how the young composer also as a pianist ended up delighting his audiences in Hanover but unsettling them in Leipzig. Dina Ugorskaja, performing with the Brandenburg Symphony under the conductor and Siemens Prize recipient Peter Gülke, is now presenting this work in its essence: a magnificent contribution to the music literature that even 160 years after its premiere continues to be filled with enigmas and marvels.