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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2022)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2022)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 246 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:18
Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

After the first two instalments, highly praised by the press – ‘one of the finest, most . . . thrilling performances of [the] Fourth Concerto’, wrote Gramophone – Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester close their Beethoven trilogy with the classical yet already eminently personal Concerto no.1, and that masterpiece of intensity and drama, Concerto no.3. Once again, period instruments and historically informed performance practice reveal the astonishing modernity that early listeners found in these works!

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2000)

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Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2000)

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2000)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.98 Gb (DVD9) | 94 min
Classical | EuroArts

When Bach was in the service of Prince Leopold in Coethen, he had his own orchestra and was contracted to compose a great deal of instrumental music. This gave him an opportunity to try new techniques and to develop his own instrumental style. The six Brandenburg Concertos belongs to these masterpieces for a small ensemble. This joyously infectious performance of these famous landmarks in the history of music by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra demonstrates both the musical satisfaction and the high professional standard that can be reached with period instruments.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 ‘Emperor’ (2020)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 ‘Emperor’ (2020)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 5 ‘Emperor’ (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 60:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902411 | Recorded: 2019

Beethoven's five piano concertos relate, in a sense, part of the composers life: some twenty years during which a young musician from Bonn made several revised versions of the first concerto he wrote (a springboard to Viennese success that ended up being called no.2), before becoming the familiar Emperor of music embodied by the brilliant inspiration of no.5. Two hundred and fifty years after his birth, it is with these two extremes that Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester have chosen to start an exciting period-instrument trilogy of the concertos that bids fair to be a landmark!

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,07 Gb | Total time: 74.22+38.35+60.20+54.16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907130.32 | Recorded: 1994

Giustino is the Baroque version of a ‘ripping yarn’. The eponymous hero rises from ploughboy to emperor via an action-packed curriculum vitae that has him seeing visions, routing traitors, fighting bears and even slaying a sea-monster! Written in the autumn of 1736, shortly after Handel had suffered a period of ill-health, Giustino is not among his greatest operas, but it is thoroughly entertaining and offers much fine music. Particularly felicitous are Giustino’s bucolic aria ‘Può ben nascere tra li boschi’ and Anastasio’s lovely ‘O fiero e rio sospetto’. The headlong pace leaves Handel little time to develop the more sensual, amorous side of his music. One exception – and the opera’s most entrancing interlude – is the ravishing love duet in Act II, superbly sung here by Dorothea Röschmann (Arianna) and Dawn Kotoski (Anastasio).

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1994)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1994)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 925 Mb | Total time: 62:16+72:21+55:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907111.13 | Recorded: 1993

The impressive discography of Handel operas and oratorios from Nicholas McGegan continues with this recording of Radamisto, made following staged performances of the opera at the 1993 Göttingen Handel Festival. Generally speaking, McGegan has derived better results in those sets using the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (as here) than in those made with his Californian forces. The German players sustain his brisk tempi with relative ease, though McGegan’s penchant for spiky staccato and short, snatched phrases rather than long lines does not always do the music full justice. The stars are the countertenor Ralf Popken in the title role and Juliana Gondek as his long-suffering wife, Zenobia.

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907073.75 | Recorded: 1992

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading.

Gottfried von der Göltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione (2001)

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Gottfried von der Göltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione (2001)

Gottfried von der Göltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 1h 50m | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée / Naïve | # E8813 | Recorded: 2000

This is probably Mozart’s least interesting opera–if indeed it is an opera at all. Composed at the end of 1771 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Salzburg’s Archbishop Schrattenbach, its performance was cancelled due to the archbishop’s sudden death. Mozart re-dedicated it to the new archbishop (Colloredo). There is still doubt as to whether it was ever performed. It’s in one act of just under two hours and is concerned with the Roman general Scipio, who in a dream is made to choose between the godesses Fortune and Constancy to guide him through life. Needless to say, he chooses Constancy over luck, and we don’t care.

Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor - Bach: Messe H-Moll / Mass B minor BWV 232 (1997)

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Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor - Bach: Messe H-Moll / Mass B minor BWV 232 (1997)

Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Messe H-Moll / Mass B minor BWV 232 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 56:20+52:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77380 2 | Recorded: 1996

Two things distinguished Thomas Hengelbrock's 1996 recording of Bach's B minor Mass from the many other historically informed performances of the work released in the early digital era. Where many other conductors used small mixed choirs, Hengelbrock not only used the 26-voice Bathasar-Neumann-Chor, he drew his soloists from it. And where most other conductors tended exclusively toward quick tempos, Hengelbrock mixed things up, favoring fast tempos in joyful movements and slow tempos for painful movements.

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Youth Symphonies (2019)

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Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Youth Symphonies (2019)

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Youth Symphonies (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 64:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP215 | Recorded: 2019

It is true that images have the power to keep a trace of the past. Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchestra prove with this recording that music too conceals the secret of the memory deep within. Though rarely played, much less recorded, Mozart’s youth symphonies bear the reminiscence of the child the composer used to be, as well as including the seeds of his future masterpieces.

Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras-Cas - Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Piano Trio, Op.36 (2021)

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Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras-Cas - Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Piano Trio, Op.36 (2021)

Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras-Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester - Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Piano Trio, Op.36 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 60:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902419 | Recorded: 2020

After a successful trilogy devoted to the concertos and trios of Schumann, Freiburger Barockorchester and Pablo Heras-Casado could not ignore one of Beethoven's most unusual works: the Triple Concerto. Alongside Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov, they bring this score to life as only true chamber musicians can, revealing it's subtlest colors and balances. The trio transcription of the Second Symphony, which was supervised by the composer himself, judiciously completes this exploration of lesser-known Beethoven, in which intimacy mingles with grandeur.

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.

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.

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2021)

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René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2021)

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 72:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902427 | Recorded: 2019

Written between 1818 and 1823, Beethoven's Missa solemnis was the result of intensive theological and musical research in the library of it's dedicatee, Archduke Rudolph of Austria. It is, in Beethoven's own view, his most ambitious composition. On this recording, René Jacobs shows us that it is also his loftiest. This is the work of a composer with deeply held religious sentiments and profound tenderness for humanity, so confident in his artistry that he could create that which goes beyond liturgical form and expresses in musical terms the universality of divine transcendence.

Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)

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Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)

Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.18 Gb | Total time: 11:01:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697937052 | Recorded: 1990-1996

Das Freiburger Barockorchester zählt zu den wichtigsten Kammerorchestern weltweit. Zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter der Grammy Award, Echo Klassik oder der Deutsche Schallplattenpreis sind Zeugnisse ihres einzigartigen Schaffens.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,72 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.