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Alain Planès - Frédéric Chopin: Complete Nocturnes (2021)

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Alain Planès - Frédéric Chopin:  Complete Nocturnes (2021)

Alain Planès - Frédéric Chopin: Complete Nocturnes (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 345 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 262 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:54:08
Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

His Debussy and Chopin recordings for harmonia mundi already offer ample evidence that Alain Planès is highly adept at selecting a period instrument best suited for the repertoire.

Ensemble Villa Musica - Amilcare Ponchielli: Chamber Music (2010)

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Ensemble Villa Musica - Amilcare Ponchielli: Chamber Music (2010)

Ensemble Villa Musica - Amilcare Ponchielli: Chamber Music (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 209 MB | 53:10
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Newcomers to the music of the 19th century sometimes wonder why there are so few Italian compositions in genres of "absolute" music: symphonies, chamber music, piano sonatas. As the booklet notes for this release on the fine German audiophile label MDG point out, the reason is that the institutions supporting these genres were almost completely absent in Italy, whose musical life was organized around the opera. The exception was the municipal wind band, which served as a regional training ground for opera orchestra musicians. This album presents a group of all-but-unknown small chamber pieces for winds by Amilcare Ponchielli, best known for his opera La Gioconda and specifically for the Dance of the Hours instrumental interlude, known to pop fans as "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh."

Ensemble Villa Musica - Schumann: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (2011)

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Ensemble Villa Musica - Schumann: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (2011)

Ensemble Villa Musica - Schumann: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (2011)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 260 MB | 01:10:20
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

1849 was a banner year for chamber music output for Robert Schumann. He wrote feverishly, often completing entire compositions in a matter of days with no appreciable loss of quality. Among the instruments to benefit from this frenzy was the cello, which still suffered from a dearth of repertoire. The only original work Schumann penned for cello and piano was the Op. 102 Five Pieces in Folk Style. As was common for the day, Schumann also listed the cello as an "alternate" instrument in both the Op. 70 Adagio and Allegro (originally for horn) and the Op. 73 Fantasiestücke (originally for violin).

New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter - Mahler: Symphony No.4, Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit (1994)

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New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter - Mahler: Symphony No.4, Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit (1994)

New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter - Mahler: Symphony No.4, Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:26 | 217 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 64450

If you can get past the 1940s monaural sound (and if you are not already familiar with this performance, you will get a shock). This is the gentlest, most right sounding rendition I have ever heard. The tempi are uncommonly brisk, though they never sound that way. The third movement has never sounded more beautiful. Halban is perfect in the finale. Walter passed away before he could record this work in stereo. His later performances were very different and I'm still not sure whether or not his later slower tempos and even greater expression were an improvement.

Ensemble Kontraste - Rabl, Zemlinsky, Brahms (2005)

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Ensemble Kontraste - Rabl, Zemlinsky, Brahms (2005)

Ensemble Kontraste - Rabl, Zemlinsky, Brahms (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 320 MB | 01:18:12
Genre: Classical | Label: Thorofon Records

This fine CD is a thoughtful and very generous combination of three late-Romantic pieces: one well known (the Brahms), one less known (the Zemlinsky), and one (the Rabl) that appears to have its first ever recording here. All three pieces are served admirably by this remarkable ensemble, and also by sensitive high-quality engineering. While all three are excellent, I agree with the last reviewer that the Rabl stands out from the other two.

Geoffrey Tozer, LPO, Neeme Jarvi - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)

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Geoffrey Tozer, LPO, Neeme Jarvi - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)
Geoffrey Tozer, piano; The London Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9130 | Time: 00:57:22

The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 3 is rarely heard, though it is a finely crafted work worth greater attention. It has suffered alongside the magnificent and superior Second and the ever-popular First. Moreover, it is not a bona fide concerto at all, the composer having completed only the first movement before his sudden death in 1893. Contrary to the suggestion of a few, it is highly unlikely he intended to produce a one-movement concerto. Tchaikovsky wrote two other piano pieces the same year bearing the titles "Andante" and "Finale," respectively. Following his death, Taneyev orchestrated these and attached them to the Concerto, though Tchaikovsky had left no indication they were to be a part of it. But the pair did share something in common with the completed first movement: a theme source – the incomplete Symphony No. 7. In any event, the opening movement of this Concerto is the most compelling, featuring an exuberant main theme whose first two notes are the central melodic element. An attractive slow melody is soon presented, followed by a theme of great vivacity and rhythmic drive.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck, Nelson Goerner - Strauss: Burleske, Serenade & Tod und Verklärung (2021

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Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck, Nelson Goerner - Strauss: Burleske, Serenade & Tod und Verklärung (2021

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck & Nelson Goerner - Strauss: Burleske, Serenade & Tod und Verklärung (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 205 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 127 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:16
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck continue their collaboration with Alpha and here invite one of the label’s flagship pianists, Nelson Goerner. The programme is devoted to Richard Strauss, coupling several of the German composer’s early works. The Burleske for piano and orchestra, written at the age of twenty, is brimming with lyricism and Romantic ardour; its tone colours herald Strauss’s operas, while the orchestration anticipates his symphonic poems. The piano part is exceptionally virtuosic: Hans von Bülow, for whom Strauss wrote it, called it unplayable! The Serenade for thirteen wind instruments harks back to Mozart’s Gran Partita K361 for similar forces. This brief work in a single movement begins in a nocturnal colouring, as befits a serenade, before growing more animated and finally returning to the contemplative atmosphere of the opening. The symphonic poem for large orchestra Tod und Verklärung depicts the last hour of an artist’s life: the listener is gripped from the very first bars, which evoke the breathing and heartbeats of a dying man. Strauss allows us to experience his final moments and the transfiguration of his soul in one of the most glorious moments in the symphonic repertoire.

Alexandra Oehler - Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works (2012)

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Alexandra Oehler - Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works (2012)

Alexandra Oehler - Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:48 | 183 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777 584-2

German pianist Alexandra Oehler, whose name has come to stand for high keyboard skill and an extraordinarily varied repertoire, now turns to the music of Ferdinand Hiller. His piano sonatas represent a special case in that their three movements continue without a break. His contemporaries Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn universally agreed that his sonatas and other piano compositions possessed a great wealth of imagination.

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55346 | Time: 01:08:40

This fabulous recording featuring Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers was first released in 1989 at a time when they were recording the standard repertoire for small choirs for Hyperion, and this disc of Brahms' motets and shorter sacred choral pieces was, and is, one of their finest. From the smooth and lovely Ave Maria for women's choir and organ through their hard and harsh "Warum is das Licht gegeben?" to their craggy yet consoling "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein," Best and his choir deliver technically impeccable and deeply moving performances. The Corydon Singers tend toward a big, lush, and slightly fruity sound, as is common with English choirs. But one cannot fault their diction, articulation, pronunciation or their tone, blend, and balance. Best's interpretations are soulful but not sentimental and expressive but not excessive. Recorded in full-bodied digital sound, these performances will likely please fans of Brahms' sacred choral music.

Alberto Zedda, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo - Rossini: Tancredi (1995)

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Alberto Zedda, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo - Rossini: Tancredi (1995)

Alberto Zedda, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Ewa Podles, Sumi Jo - Rossini: Tancredi (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 574 Mb | Total time: 75:20+72:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660037-38 | Recorded: 1994

Tancredi, which was based on Tasso’s epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata and was first heard in 1813, is most widely remembered for its overture, but this excellent Naxos set makes a strong case for the piece. It completely displaces the previous versions from Sony and RCA, and the eminent Rossini scholar and conductor, Alberto Zedda, proves a far more resilient, generally brisker and lighter Rossini interpreter than his predecessors. Sumi Jo is superb as the heroine, Amenaide, in dazzlingly clear coloratura, as well as imaginative pointing of phrase, rhythm and words.

Daniel Lozakovich, Vladimir Spivakov, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia - Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely Heart (2019)

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Daniel Lozakovich, Vladimir Spivakov, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia - Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely Heart (2019)

Daniel Lozakovich, Vladimir Spivakov, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia - Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely Heart (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 66:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 4836086 | Recorded: 2019

Violinist Daniel Lozakovich was already a veteran at 18, having made his debut at age nine and signed to Deutsche Grammophon at 15. It may seem that each year brings a prodigal new violinist, but Lozakovich, a charismatic soul who boxes on the side, bow hand be damned, is one of the best. His Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, is muscular and unafraid of a little gravel in the tone. Sample his finale, a broad, arch-Russian thing where he is ideally backed by his mentor, Vladimir Spivakov, leading the new National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Lozakovich grabs your attention from the start but never overplays the transitions.

Quartetto Italiano - Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 3 - Mozart: String Quartet No. 3, K. 156 (2021)

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Quartetto Italiano - Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 3 - Mozart: String Quartet No. 3, K. 156 (2021)

Quartetto Italiano - Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 3 - Mozart: String Quartet No. 3, K. 156 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 237 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 111 Mb | 00:48:20
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Historical recordings: The ensemble's confidently-chosen name made it clear from the outset that the Quartetto Italiano saw itself not simply as an Italian string quartet among many, but as the authoritative one. The ensemble was soon recognized as a pioneer of Italian chamber music culture following the Second World War. Through their tireless obsession with detail, in-depth exploration of the works' musical expression, and the remarkable homogeneity of their quartet sound, the Quartetto Italiano conquered a firm place in the top league of leading string quartets over the first two decades of their career.

Quartetto Italiano - Ravel: String Quartet - Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet (2021)

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Quartetto Italiano - Ravel: String Quartet - Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet (2021)

Quartetto Italiano - Ravel: String Quartet - Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 177 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 86 Mb | 00:37:30
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Historical recordings: The ensemble's confidently-chosen name made it clear from the outset that the Quartetto Italiano saw itself not simply as an Italian string quartet among many, but as the authoritative one. The ensemble was soon recognized as a pioneer of Italian chamber music culture following the Second World War. Through their tireless obsession with detail, in-depth exploration of the works' musical expression, and the remarkable homogeneity of their quartet sound, the Quartetto Italiano conquered a firm place in the top league of leading string quartets over the first two decades of their career.

Bomsori, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic & Giancarlo Guerrero - Violin on Stage (2021)

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Bomsori, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic & Giancarlo Guerrero - Violin on Stage (2021)

Bomsori, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic & Giancarlo Guerrero - Violin on Stage (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 303 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 166 Mb | 01:12:16
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Violin on Stage presents selection of exquisite pieces from opera and ballet and features original works and arrangements for violin and orchestra, including dazzling showstoppers.

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1993)

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Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1993)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 72:54+75:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 436 902-2 | Recorded: 1992

It is probably now or never. With classic older sets vying with a clutch of more recent recordings, there is currently as complete and interesting an array of recordings of Rossini's La Cenerentola as we are likely to get at any one time. Among recent versions, Chailly's new Decca set is self-evidently a powerful contender. Cecilia Bartoli is arguably the most personable and musically accomplished Cenerentola since Teresa Berganza recorded the role with Abbado in 1971; and there is a strong cast of supporting principals, among them Alessandro Corbelli who offers the best characterized Dandini since Bruscantini. (With the added advantage of being far more technically expert in fioriture passages than was his distinguished predecessor.)