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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

Igor Stravinsky - Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988
English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Patricia Parker (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Paul Hudson (Bass), Anne Mory (Soprano)
Pianos: Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesch

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:44:29
Classical, Ballet, Choral, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 423 251-2

Les Noces is a screaming, shrieking, flat-out masterpiece. Leonard Bernstein himself has referred to it as Stravinsky's greatest work, and listening to this incendiary performance, it's awfully hard to disagree. Scored for voices, four pianos, and percussion, the work provided the inspiration for the entire career of Orff (of Carmina Burana fame), but it's so much better as sheer music than anything Orff wrote. And what a cast! The pianists for this performance include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, and Homero Francesch, four certified virtuoso performers, while the singers of the English Bach Festival Chorus really cover themselves with glory in both works. A stunner.

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.

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Ravel, Bartók (2015) [4xBlu-Ray]
4xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 600 min | 21,1+22,5+22,0+22,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese

Masters of Classical Music is an informative and captivating guide to twenty of the most important works in music history. Outtakes from the original scores within the documentaries, assist the viewer by making it easier to follow the music and to overall comprehend the structure of the works. The viewer will travel back in time to experience the birth places of these compositions and will thereby gain insight into the lives of the composers whilst receiving a thorough introduction to the works.

Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (1993)

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Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (1993)

Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:16:50 | 542 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: E4399342

There have been great performances of Beethoven's works for cello and piano before – the classic Casals/Serkin, the magisterial Rostropovich/Richter, the magnificent Fournier/Kempff but for sheer passion and power, these recordings by cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Martha Argerich simply cannot be bettered. Maisky has a virtuoso technique coupled with a warmly singing tone; Argerich has a super-virtuoso technique coupled with fiery interpretations; together they play like lovers who know every way to excite and satisfy each other.

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Kinderszenen & Kreisleriana (1984)

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Martha Argerich - Schumann: Kinderszenen & Kreisleriana (1984)

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Kinderszenen & Kreisleriana (1984)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:24 | 180 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: E4106532

This recording is really good. Firstly, about the sound quality. Although this recording was made in 1984, the Deutsche-Grammophon sound is clear, full, and crisp. Now about the performance. This is the most extraordinary Kreisleriana I have ever heard. It's beautiful, tender, raw, wise - but none of these adjectives do it justice. It's best to just get it & listen. When this recording is on, I and everybody I'm with, even if we were busy doing something before, inevitably find ourselves just listening later on.

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Chamber Works (1995)

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Martha Argerich - Schumann: Chamber Works (1995)

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Chamber Works (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:25:38 | 630 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 555484

This box of Schumann's chamber works makes a superb package, and is often available at bargain price. It is a bit like one of Martha Argerich's box sets from Lugano, except that here she is present in a large number of the formations. All of the works where she features, including the Piano Quintet, the 2nd Violin Sonata and the Marchenbilder, are unmissable and full of passion and excitement, conveying a continuous sense of transport. Where she is not the pianist Alexandre Rabinovitch takes over at the keyboard and also gives us some superlative versions.

Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich - Chopin: Cellosonate op. 65, Polonaise / Shumann: Adagio & Allegro (1989)

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Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich - Chopin: Cellosonate op. 65, Polonaise / Shumann: Adagio & Allegro (1989)

Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich - Chopin: Cellosonate op. 65, Polonaise / Shumann: Adagio & Allegro (1989)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:00 | 209 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 419 860-2

This is a fine specimen of what duo-playing can and should be. My pleasure in this record is in no small measure down to my enthusiasm for these particular works, among the most attractive and significant products of early romanticism. Chopin's cello sonata seems to me an even better work than his piano sonatas. None other than Tovey gives it high marks for construction, even forgetting for once to include his near-invariable reference to Beethoven as the benchmark in all such matters. Chopin had written for the cello in his early years, and the opus 3 introduction-and-polonaise is included here, but the sonata has a sheer self-assurance about that sounds as if he had been composing for it all his life.

Martha Argerich - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos (1995)

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Martha Argerich - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos (1995)

Martha Argerich - Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:12 | 357 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 446673

Martha Argerich's reputation is secure. She will go down in history as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, touching everything she does with a scorching genius. And of her all-too-few recordings, this is one of the most celebrated: live performances of two of the great warhorses of the piano concerto repertoire, here transformed into the sleekest, most finely honed of racehorses. Tantalisingly, her Rachmaninov Third had to wait 13 years before it was issued, but when it finally arrived no one was in any doubt that it had been worth the wait. Its epic 45-minute span emerges here as a single stream of consciousness, with the finale as brilliantly explosive as you'll ever hear it.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2010 (2011)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2010 (2011)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2010 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:59:47 | 1.1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099907083624

Martha Argerich's involvement with chamber music has dominated the later part of her career, so it's easy to think of her name with the words "and friends" tacked on, and to visualize the large and diverse retinue of famous musicians who have recorded with her. This triple-disc box set from EMI Classics presents live recordings from the 2010 Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, several of them collaborations with Argerich, notably in works by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Béla Bartók, as well as a performance of Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, where she is the featured soloist with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2006 (2007)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2006 (2007)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2006 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:23:31 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 89241

All too often, chamber music collaborations between established, accomplished soloists do not yield favorable results. Merely putting together virtuosic musicians does not mean they will play well together. Such is not the case with this recording of Martha Argerich's 2006 festival in Lugano. This album represents an amazing synthesis of well-known artists, musicians just coming into their own fame, as well as compositions ranging from standard repertoire to rarely heard works. Argerich's decision to include violinist Renaud Capuçon and brother Gautier Capuçon was wise indeed, as their energetic and fiendishly virtuosic playing is nearly enough to carry the CD on its own.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2007 (2008)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2007 (2008)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2007 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:27:14 | 940 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5390858

Martha Argerich's annual appearances at the Lugano Festival are highly sought after by her fans. Featuring the Argentinean pianist plus any number of her friends and protégés in a huge range of repertoire, the performances are as enjoyable as they are unusual and as thrilling as they are insightful. EMI began releasing three-disc sets containing a selection of the Lugano Festival's finest performances in 2002. In this set from the 2007 festival, Argerich is joined by such old friends as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Renaud Capuçon and by such recent protégés as pianists Nicholas Angelich and Gabriela Montero in works that range from Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 4 through Glinka's Grand Sextet to Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme of Paganini.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:24 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099964470

The Martha Argerich Project, presented annually at Lugano, Switzerland, has yielded many exciting sets of live recordings for EMI, all starring its namesake but prominently featuring many musicians she enjoys working with, both established artists and rising talents. Live from Lugano 2011 encapsulates the tenth of these festivals, and this three-disc package offers selections by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Ravel, and a name new to many of the participants: Juliusz Zarebski. This 19th century Polish composer is represented by a piano quintet he composed a few months before his death in 1885 at age 31, and Argerich has recorded this piece for the first time here.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:12 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7211192

EMI Classics is pleased to release the 10th annual 3CD set of highlights from the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, “the delightful festival where youth meets experience and both benefit” (Gramophone). The Times described Argerich’s Lugano Festival as “community music-making on a deluxe scale, with performers and listeners mutually uplifted by music’s wonders”. The set is being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2013 season. Reviewing the 2011 Live from Lugano release, Nicholas Kenyon wrote in The Observer, “There are not many reliable annual treats among classical CDs these days, but the series of live recordings from Martha Argerich's Lugano festival are now a highlight of each year.”

Martha Argerich - Chopin: 26 Préludes (1987)

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Martha Argerich - Chopin: 26 Préludes (1987)

Martha Argerich - Chopin: 26 Préludes (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:30 | 240 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 415 8362 8

This disc contains performances from Argerich at her most volatile and inspirational. The Preludes and the Scherzo dates from the 1970s and the remainder of the disc date from the 1960s. The whole program has been remastered and the sound thus achieved is no cause for concern. The performances themselves are from a time when Argerich was still in her youth and they give no quarter in terms of being emotionally super-charged. In the hands of lesser pianists some may describe these types of interpretations as impetuous but that suggests a lack of previous thought. In this case these performances, which are certainly emotionally driven and at white heat, betray no such casualness. Instead the impression gained is that of intense emotionalism intensely controlled.

Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1996)

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Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1996)

Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:45 | 259 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 449719

There has never been a more exciting pianist that Martha Argerich. Throughout her career, any appearance by her guarantees sellout crowds and an evening of memorable, not to say insane, music making. She has always drastically limited her repertoire about a dozen concertos, a few more solo and chamber works and will not perform or record solo recitals at all any more. But every single thing that she has recorded is a prime recommendation, plain and simple. She's one of the very few artists whose recordings one should collect just because of whom she is: unique and incomparable. These two concertos perfectly illustrate her gifts as an interpreter. Your ears will be glued to your speakers.