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Rudolf Scheidegger, Willi Zimmermann, Jac van Steen - Martin: Concertos, Vol. 2 (2008)

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Rudolf Scheidegger, Willi Zimmermann, Jac van Steen - Martin: Concertos, Vol. 2 (2008)

Rudolf Scheidegger, Willi Zimmermann, Jac van Steen - Martin: Concertos, Vol. 2 (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 281 MB | 01:00:28
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

The works of Swiss composer Frank Martin don't rely on dramatic flash; they tend to seductively beguile with their profoundly intelligent sensuality. While they may never be hits on a pops concert, they reward attentive listening with their deep feeling and insight, given voice in a distinctly personal and expressive language. Polyptyque, one of the composer's final works, a concerto for violin and two small string orchestras, is made up of six images from the life of Christ, from Palm Sunday to the Ascension.

Jac van Steen, Dortmunder Philharmoniker - Dvorák: Symphony No. 6 (2010)

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Jac van Steen, Dortmunder Philharmoniker - Dvorák: Symphony No. 6 (2010)

Jac van Steen, Dortmunder Philharmoniker - Dvorák: Symphony No. 6 (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 361 MB | 01:20:08
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

With superlative recordings of Dvorák's unfairly neglected Sixth Symphony by Vaclav Talich with the Czech Philharmonic, Rafael Kubelik with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Istvan Kertész with the London Symphony, this version featuring Jac van Steen and the Dortmund Philharmonic certainly faces stiff competition, and while it may not be the very finest, it ranks with the best recordings of the piece in the 30 years prior to its release. Van Steen has the strength, energy, and sympathetic understanding to put the best face on Dvorák's unendingly cheerful Sixth.

Jac van Steen, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - David Matthews: A Vision of the Sea (2021)

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Jac van Steen, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - David Matthews: A Vision of the Sea (2021)

Jac van Steen, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - David Matthews: A Vision of the Sea (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 67:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD647 | Recorded: 2017

A frequent collaborator with both the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Jac van Steen, David Matthews new recording explores both the natural world and the symphonic idea, the second of which has, in his words, obsessed me since I started composing at the age of 16. As well the Sinfonia and Symphony No. 8, the programme includes Toward Sunrise; inspired by the sound of the sun (a rising fourth of C-F), as recorded by scientists at Sheffield University, and A Vision of the Sea; drawn from the sights and sounds of English Channel near the composers home in Deal, Kent. With a singular body of work spanning almost 60 years, David Matthews has established an international reputation as one of the leading symphonists of our time. Born in London in 1943, he began composing at the age of sixteen.

Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

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Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto; Jacques Ibert: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Claude Debussy: Syrinx; Frank Martin: Ballade
Katherine Bryan, flute; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jac van Steen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 420 | Time: 01:03:13

Among the young British instrumentalists vying to pick up the mantles of the great soloists of a generation ago, flutist Katherine Bryan seems among the most promising, and she takes a major step forward with this, her second release. Her startlingly clear, bright articulation in the upper register is pleasing on its own, yet the real attraction here is that she approaches a repertory intelligently and brings fresh perspectives to it. The Flute Concerto (1993) of Christopher Rouse only seems to be the odd item in the set; Rouse's instrumental writing, with its intricate grasp of texture and register, is truly a descendant of the French (and French-Swiss) music on the rest of the album, and it was an inspired choice in terms of showcasing Bryan's technique as well. The three central movements have a memorial tone, with flute solos woven into Rouse's characteristically spacious chords, and Bryan has the stamina to stick with the long line here. Ibert's delightful Concerto for flute and orchestra (1934) receives an absolutely crackling performance from Bryan.

Ruby Hughes, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Jac van Steen - Clytemnestra: Orchestral Songs (2020)

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Ruby Hughes, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Jac van Steen - Clytemnestra: Orchestral Songs (2020)

Ruby Hughes, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Jac van Steen - Clytemnestra: Orchestral Songs (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 182 MB | Tracks: 17 | 54:38 min
Style: Classical | Label: BIS

In 2015, when Ruby Hughes discovered Clytemnestra by the Welsh composer Rhian Samuel, the work had not been performed since its première some 20 years earlier. Hughes describes the 24-minute score as ‘sun-scorched and luscious’ as well as ‘intensely visceral’, but in it she also heard echoes of Gustav Mahler and Alban Berg, two of Samuel’s influences. For her first album as soloist with orchestra, she has therefore devised a programme which brings together the three composers but which also spans a wide range of emotions and moods.