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William Vann, London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus - Parry: Judith (2020)

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William Vann, London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus - Parry: Judith (2020)

William Vann, London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus - Parry: Judith (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 598 Mb | Total time: 131:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5268(2) | Recorded: 2019

Parry’s 1888 oratorio on the Apocryphal tale of an avenging Jewish widow emerges as a worthy successor to Mendelssohn’s Elijah in this gripping world premiere recording with Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge and Toby Spence.

Tasmin Little, John Lenehan - Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach (2019)

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Tasmin Little, John Lenehan - Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach (2019)

Tasmin Little, John Lenehan - Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 71:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHAN20030 | Recorded: 2018

The renowned violinist Tasmin Little returns to Chandos with a line-up of three women composers whose lives share some features but also significant differences that illustrate the complex lives of female musicians. Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth and Amy Beach all came from families that encouraged their musical interests but balked, in varying degrees, at professional training and engagement. All three composers draw on the influence of Robert Schumann and Brahms; Beach and Smyth in particular were fond of metrical and motivic manipulation. Tasmin Little plays this music close to her heart with her usual warmth and dexterity.

Hilary Davan Wetton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Choral Society - Hubert Parry: Job (1998)

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Hilary Davan Wetton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Choral Society - Hubert Parry: Job (1998)

Hilary Davan Wetton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Choral Society - Hubert Parry: Job (1998)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 388 Mb | Total time: 69:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA67025 | Recorded: 1997

There are signs of a much overdue, and very welcome, Parry revival. Apart from Blest Pair of Sirens, little of Parry's choral music has been performed—or recorded—in recent years. His star was to a large degree eclipsed by that of his slightly younger contemporary Elgar at the end of his lifetime, but there's no doubt that the latter was strongly influenced by Parry's music, especially when it came to writing his oratorios, as this recording well shows. Parry's Job, written in 1892, pre-dates all of Elgar's oratorios and it is easy to detect its influence in, for instance, The Dream of Gerontius, written ten years later.

Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2; Handel Variations (2020)

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Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2; Handel Variations (2020)

Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2; Handel Variations (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 73:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine ‎| ODE 1346-2 | Recorded: 2019

The second album in Lars Vogts Johannes Brahms concerto series with the Royal Northern Sinfonia includes Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto combined with a solo piano work, Handel Variations Op. 24, which was dedicated to Clara Schumann by the composer. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 is a romantic 4-movement concerto written two decades after its predecessor and one of the cornerstones in the concerto repertoire. This remarkable opus with a great number of beautiful solo passages and with a duration of over 45 minutes has been interpreted by numerous pianists since its premiere in 1881. In this album, Vogt performs the concerto conducting from the keyboard.

Markus Hohti, Emil Holmström - Johannes Brahms: The Cello Sonatas (2020)

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Markus Hohti, Emil Holmström - Johannes Brahms: The Cello Sonatas (2020)

Markus Hohti, Emil Holmström - Johannes Brahms: The Cello Sonatas (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 52:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records ‎| ABCD 452 | Recorded: 2019

On their new release, cellist Markus Hohti and pianist Emil Holmström perform Brahms' two cello sonatas on period instruments. The sonatas were composed at very different stages of the composer's musical career. The sonata in E minor is the first 'duo sonata' that Brahms wrote, and the music still exudes a sense of the Romantic unpredictability so typical of his earlier output, a phenomenon that appears, for instance, in momentary shifts to what might even be considered naïve compositional solutions. The F major sonata, meanwhile, is the work of a mature, experienced composer; it revels in compositional fun and games, and one of its most prominent features is the virtuosic approach to the instrumental writing.

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.5 (2014)

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Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.5 (2014)

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.5 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,29 Gb | Total time: 77:26:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88843089382 | Recorded: 1970-1984

SEON (Studio Erichson) is a period music label by the legendary producer Wolf Erichson. Erichson founded the label in 1969 as one of the first labels dedicated only to authentic music. The recordings were made with the best available recording techniques of the time and still deliver a high quality product in line with today's standards. This special boxset offers all SEON CD reissues from the late 90s on 85 CDs in a limited edition boxset.

Antje Weithaas, Andrew Manze, NDR Radiophilharmonie - Schumann: Violin Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto (2019)

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Antje Weithaas, Andrew Manze, NDR Radiophilharmonie - Schumann: Violin Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto (2019)

Antje Weithaas, Maximilian Hornung, Andrew Manze, NDR Radiophilharmonie - Schumann: Violin Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 63:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO ‎| 555 172-2 | Recorded: 2017

Antje Weithaas probes every detail in the musical text, charged with energy and with her compelling musical intelligence and unrivaled command of technique. Her charisma and stage presence are gripping but never force their way in front of the work. And we therefore are happy that this internationally top-ranking violinist is now interpreting the Violin Concerto by Robert Schumann and the Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms for cpo with Maximilian Hornung, a cellist who in every way is her equal.

Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony - Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette (2018)

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Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony - Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette (2018)

Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony - Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 104:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: San Francisco Symphony | SFS0074 | Recorded: 2017

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony bring unsurpassed storytelling and musicality to their latest recording on the Grammy Award-winning SFS Media label: Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette. With a narrative that Berlioz deemed “too beautiful, too musical” to not be performed, this impassioned orchestral scoring of love and despair is further enriched by the vocals of Sasha Cooke, Nicholas Phan, Luca Pisaroni, and the SFS Chorus. Available in studio master-quality on two-disc SACD and for digital download and streaming.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 133 min | 7,36 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2010

A red hot ticket at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010/2011 was Donizetti’s comic gem, Don Pasquale, with Anna Netrebko reviving Norina, the part that made her a star in New York. Opera summed up the simple truth: “. . . everyone adored her”.

Rödberg Trio - The Mendelssohn Siblings: Piano Trios (2020)

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Rödberg Trio - The Mendelssohn Siblings: Piano Trios (2020)

Rödberg Trio - The Mendelssohn Siblings: Piano Trios (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 52:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records ‎| ABCD 451 | Recorded: 2019

As children, the two composers featured on this album both received the same, first-class education. However, it is widely and lazily accepted that only the male sibling dedicated his life to music, while the female sibling did not, and so it is hardly surprising that Fanny Mendelssohn’s catalogue of works is much more concise than that of her brother. On this disc, we wished to reflect the two Mendelssohns through a pair of works written for the same chamber ensemble. Though their respective musical languages share many points of similarity, their individual artistic personalities shine through in a fascinating manner. We are especially thrilled to be able to present a recording of these two works on suitable instruments for the period. It’s not as if there is a surplus of such recordings.

Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Franck by Franck: Symphonie en ré mineur (2020)

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Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Franck by Franck: Symphonie en ré mineur (2020)

Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Franck by Franck: Symphonie en ré mineur; Ce qu'on entend sur la Montagne (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 67:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics ‎| Alpha 561 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

Some music lovers are familiar with Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne, Liszt’s symphonic poem based on Victor Hugo. But who knows that, ten years earlier, César Franck was inspired by the same poem? This early piece is recorded here by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Mikko Franck. They couple it with the famous Symphony in D minor, dedicated to Henri Duparc and premiered, without much success, in 1889. Even if the score is quite well-known today, in the end it is performed quite rarely, which is a pity, because it really has all the characteristics of a masterpiece: melodic and harmonic inspiration, refined orchestration, variety of mood, an ingenious structure.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Total time: 72:58+49:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares ‎| # ES 1020 | Recorded: 2014

Félicien David was already famous through his 'ode-symphonie' Le Désert (1844) when his opera Herculanum was first staged at the Paris Opéra in 1859. This ambitious work, later to gain him entrance to the Opéra-Comique and the Institut de France, also played a part in earning him the Légion d'Honneur. Leaving behind the Middle Eastern inflections of his earlier scores, Herculanum is a remarkably strong composition (vast, intensely dramatic scenes), impressive in the diversity of its style (including Verdian influences) and its vocal variety (including the rare coloratura contralto voice often used by Rossini).

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

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Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 61:56+69:58+44:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC33 | Recorded: 2005

Donizetti considered Dom Sébastien, Roi de Portugal (1843), his final completed opera written for the Paris Opéra, to be his masterpiece. In spite of its relative obscurity, on the basis of this recording, one is inclined to agree with him. The opera has several attributes that in the past have proved to be obstacles to its popularity. The first is its length – it's in five substantial acts and lasts three hours, but that's not so onerous for contemporary audiences accustomed to Wagner and Strauss. Besides, the composer created an abbreviated version for Viennese audiences, who at that time wanted to be out of the theater by 10 p.m., and that version could be used if necessary.

John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Overture: Genoveva (2019)

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John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Overture: Genoveva (2019)

John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Overture: Genoveva (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 69:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO | # LSO0818 | Recorded: 2018

Following their award-winning Mendelssohn cycle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra embark on a new journey through the symphonies of Robert Schumann. Gardiner feels the Schumann symphonies are criticised unfairly and with these recordings he is on a mission to dispel the cobweb of myths around these symphonic masterpieces.

Magdalena Kožená, Marc Minkowski, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - French Arias (2003)

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Magdalena Kožená, Marc Minkowski, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - French Arias (2003)

Magdalena Kožená, Marc Minkowski, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - French Arias (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | B0001302-02 | Recorded: 2003

Having dazzled us with her coloratura ability in arias by Mozart, Gluck, and her fellow Czech, Myslivecek, this luscious young mezzo-soprano now offers us a generous program of French arias–15 of them, widely varied in tone, weight, dramatic intent, and style–and conquers and convinces in them all. Beginning again in coloratura territory, an aria from Auber's rare Le domino noir catches our attention with the heroine's opening words, "Je suis sauvée enfin!" ("I am safe at last!"), in which she paints the picture of our out-of-breath heroine immediately.