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Ilya Gringolts - Tchaikowsky: Violin Concerto Classico - Kancheli: Libera me (Quasi-Requiem) (Live) (2022)

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Ilya Gringolts - Tchaikowsky: Violin Concerto Classico - Kancheli: Libera me (Quasi-Requiem) (Live) (2022)

Ilya Gringolts, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrey Boreyko - Tchaikowsky: Violin Concerto Classico - Kancheli: Libera me (Quasi-Requiem) (Live) (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 239 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:38
Classical | Label: CD Accord

Despite the rather numerous and diverse orchestral line-up, the idea of concertare has a more chamber-like character here. The soloist is usually not directly confronted with the massive sound of a full orchestral tutti, but rather is involved in dialogues and interactions with small groups of instruments. With exceptional naturalness, André Tchaikowsky managed to achieve in this concerto a balance between solo violin and a full-scale symphony orchestra, employing textures of a linear, quasi-polyphonic character – enriched, however, by intense and refined harmony and contrapuntal devices drawing on the Baroque tradition.

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)

Sviatoslav Richter, Stanisław Wisłocki, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 71:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 447 420-2 | Recorded: 1959, 1963

This 1995 release from Deutsche Grammophon combines two memorable concerto recordings by Sviatoslav Richter. Almost all of Richter's recordings are considered legendary – particularly since he did not like recording in the studio – but these are rightfully so. They were some of the first that were released widely in the west, where he was still something of a new talent in the late '50s-early '60s, although a middle-aged man by then. The Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 with Stanislaw Wislocki and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra dates from 1959 and was met with high praise from most for its detail and the depth of Richter's knowledgable interpretation. It is not as ardent as most other pianists' readings, but its clarity speaks volumes and can still move the listener.

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz (2015)

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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz (2015)

Krzysztof Penderecki - Magnificat; Kadisz (2015)
Soloists, Warsaw Boys’ Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, conducted by Antoni Wit

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572697 | Time: 01:05:10

The two works on this recording are separated by 35 years, during which time Penderecki made a decisive break with the post-war European avant-garde. In the Magnificat, chilling instrumental clusters, spectral sounds and impassioned rhetoric unite with tonality and counterpoint to deliver a work of monumental emotional power. Written to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Kadisz is among the most distinctive of Penderecki’s later choral works in the stark contrasts between drama and sombre reflection of its individual sections.

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

Johannes Brahms - Choral Works (2012)
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra; Antoni Wit, conductor; Ewa Wolak, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:09:51
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572694

This collection of short choral pieces by Johannes Brahms is an unusual one in present times, partly because many of the choral parts are quite demanding. For a choral club in the 19th century, however, it wouldn't have been so novel, and there are great beauties on offer here. After the fetching Ave Maria, Op. 12, the rest of the program is dense, metaphysical, and, with the partial exception of the Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, concerned with death. There are two funeral songs, and two more about fate, and this is not the warm, humanistic Brahms of the German Requiem, Op. 45. The performances are profound and dignified, and the overall effect uncanny. The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir under choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski has a gorgeous rich tone that is undiminished by the long lines of the music, and the Alto Rhapsody achieves real grandeur in the hands of contralto Ewa Wolak. But the real credit goes to the Warsaw Philharmonic and conductor Antoni Wit, who keep a consistent level of tension and momentum in difficult, dark material like the somber Nänie, Op. 82 (Funeral Song), a rarely performed late Brahms masterwork.

Warsaw PO; Antoni Wit - Henryk Gorecki: Concerto-Cantata; Little Requiem; Three Dances; Harpsichord Concerto (2012)

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Warsaw PO; Antoni Wit - Henryk Gorecki: Concerto-Cantata; Little Requiem; Three Dances; Harpsichord Concerto (2012)

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Concerto-Cantata; Little Requiem for a Certain Polka
Three Dances; Harpsichord Concerto (piano version) (2012)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit, conductor
Anna Górecka, piano; Carol Wincenc, flute

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Naxos | # 8.572872 | Time: 01:09:31

These four works, written between 1973 and 1993, fully reflect Górecki’s expressive variety. The Little Requiem for a Certain Polka, for piano and thirteen instruments, combines a wide range of moods. The Concerto-Cantata, which received its world première from the soloist on this recording, alternates a moving vein of melancholy with a charged, violent energy. The radical, energetic Harpsichord Concerto is heard here in the version for piano, performed by the composer’s daughter. The Three Dances are hugely approachable and full of exciting contrast.

Yundi, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2020)

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Yundi, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2020)

Yundi, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 71:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 532018 | Recorded: 2020

Pianist Yundi, formerly Yundi Li, might have several reasons for trying something new with Chopin. It was with Chopin that he became the youngest and the first Chinese winner of the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, at age 18 in 2000, and he has played Chopin countless times since then. Cynics might recall that a Yundi Chopin concerto performance crashed and burned several years ago owing to miscommunications between pianist and conductor. Whatever the case, Yundi here conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra from the keyboard.