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Mozart Piano Quartet - Faure: Piano Quartets, Op.15, Op. 45 (2019)

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Mozart Piano Quartet - Faure: Piano Quartets, Op.15, Op. 45 (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 259 MB | 01:02:33
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Gabriel Fauré has frequently been termed “the father of Impressionism”; the Parisian music world of Fauré’s time was characterised by emancipation from German hegemony in chamber music after the traumatic outcome of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 and by the beginnings of an original French musical language beyond the opera. Fauré shows himself from his Late Romantic and passionate sides: already the beginning impetuously rushes forward, but for all its passion it quite strictly and surprisingly follows the formal conventions in its polyphony. The Mozart Piano Quartet skilfully combines the traditional with the new; in three-dimensional sound the enormous dynamic expressive breadth of the ensemble develops its full potential.

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.

Hélène Grimaud - Woodlands and Beyond... (2020/17) [Blu-Ray]

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Hélène Grimaud - Woodlands and Beyond... (2020/17) [Blu-Ray]

Hélène Grimaud - Woodlands and Beyond… (2020/17) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29887 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 59 min | 17,1 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3207 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 59 min | 3,89 Gb
Audio: PCM /2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major

Together with photographer Mat Hennek, French star pianist Hélène Grimaud, comes up with a multimedia concert project at the Grand Hall of Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. Grimaud's virtuous piano performance is accompanied by Hennek's highly praised photo series "Woodlands", which depicts genuine portraits of trees, Grimaud's piano recital includes works by romantic and impressionistic composers. They are connected by seven "Transitions", written exclusively for Grimaud by British composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney. The motives of Hennek's Woodlands series create an extraordinary visual backdrop, which in combination with Grimaud´s pianistic "impeccable clarity and articulation" (Hamburger Abendblatt) and the Elbphilharmonie's splendid acoustics grants a concert experience of a special kind.

Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Voices from Heaven (1998)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Voices from Heaven (1998)

Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung, Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Voices from Heaven (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 59:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 459 156-2 | Recorded: 1998

This is a beautiful anthology of sacred liturgical music. Chung coordinates his forces in larger choral pieces with power and vertical balance. Contributions by Cecilia Bartoli find the mezzo in top form, and Bryn Terfel brings charismatic presence to “Pie Jesu” from the Fauré Requiem. Also included are the interminable "Song for Athene" by John Taverner and a great performance by Andrea Bocelli in Eric Levi's hymn for the world, "I Believe".

Renaud Capuçon - Le violon ROI [3CDs] (2013)

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Renaud Capuçon - Le violon ROI [3CDs] (2013)

Renaud Capuçon - Le violon ROI [3CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Total time: 76:21+78:55+79:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564631360 | Recorded: 2001-2013

A violinist in a class of his own, Renaud Capuçon shows why he is 'Le Violon Roi'; (The Violin King) in this 3-CD collection. As the leading French violinist of his generation, Capucon records exclusively for Virgin Classics and has a rich discography. The set brings together not only some of his best and most popular performances as a soloist but as a collaborator.

Xavier Gagnepain, Jean-Michel Dayez - Fauré: L'Œuvre pour violoncelle & piano (2007)

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Xavier Gagnepain, Jean-Michel Dayez - Fauré: L'Œuvre pour violoncelle & piano (2007)

Xavier Gagnepain, Jean-Michel Dayez - Fauré: L'Œuvre pour violoncelle & piano (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 73:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT070602 | Recorded: 2006

By today's standards, there's nothing particularly jarring or seemingly progressive about the mature works of Gabriel Fauré. In his own time, however, he was often criticized for his curious, almost experimental use of harmony in his chamber music, and for what some saw as his neglect of the individual qualities of the instruments for which he was composing. Some of these sentiments have endured and resulted in the infrequent performance of many of his chamber works, in this case the two sonatas for cello and piano. While the cello "miniatures," such as the Op. 24 Elegie and the Op. 7 Apre un Reve (transcribed by Casals), have enjoyed popularity particularly in high school and early college studios, they are not representative of Fauré's developed harmonic language.

Eric Le Sage - Gabriel Faure, Vol. 4 (2013)

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Eric Le Sage - Gabriel Faure, Vol. 4 (2013)

Eric Le Sage - Gabriel Faure, Vol. 4 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:18 | 274 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | Catalog: ALPHA 603

For the fourth and penultimate volume of his Fauré series, Eric Le Sage has been joined by Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuel Pahud, and François Salque, long-standing accomplices, in order to record these pieces for four hands. Recipient of numerous prizes both in France and abroad, this complete Fauré series is already asserting itself as a reference for the interpretation of Gabriel Fauré’s chamber music with piano.

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.

Myung Whun Chung, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli - A Hymn for the World (1997)

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Myung Whun Chung, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli - A Hymn for the World (1997)

Myung Whun Chung, Coro e Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli - A Hymn for the World (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 58:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 457 355-2 | Recorded: 1997

The music in this collection, inspired by religious thought and liturgical text, has been selected in honor of Pope John Paul II's visit to Paris in August of 1997 to celebrate Mass as part of the Worldwide Days of Youth. Much of the music here is very familiar to even casual listeners to classical music. From J. S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," to a rousing version of "Hallelujah" from Handel's 'Messiah,' this CD plays like a greatest hits of church music from the last 400 years.
There are also some less familiar offerings from composers more well-known for their secular music. Vivaldi is represented with two attractive movements from his 'Gloria in D Major,' and from Rossini (better-known for his operas) comes the lovely "Amen" from his 'Stabat Mater.' Representing the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, the Franck, Fauré, and Messiaen selections are transcendental in their beauty. The stunningly rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is spotlighted in three selections, and tenor Andrea Bocelli is featured in Bizet's "Agnus Dei."