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Benjamin Alard - J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana" (2021)

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Benjamin Alard - J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana" (2021)

Benjamin Alard - J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana" (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 03:16:55 | 1,07 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: harmonia mundi

With this volume 4 in a complete recording of Bach’s keyboard works whose ingenuity has been underlined by every reviewer, Benjamin Alard continues to explore the Weimar period, known as that of his ‘early mastery’. After “à la française”, we turn to Italy, where the Vivaldian concerto reigned in Venice. The young Bach created here a wonderful space of freedom between the transcriber and the improviser. For ‘if transcription is a matter of freedom, it is also a matter of powerful imagination: each piece on this recording transports us into a Venetian universe that fascinated Bach as much as it inspired him’, as Benjamin Alard demonstrates on three exceptional instruments.

Nikolai Lugansky - Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas, Opp. 101,109 & 111 (2020)

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Nikolai Lugansky - Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas, Opp. 101,109 & 111 (2020)

Nikolai Lugansky - Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas, Opp. 101,109 & 111 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 69:09 | 200 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: harmonia mundi

Édouard Herriot once said: ‘In Beethoven, everything comes from within. His model is not the rule of the schoolroom.’ This is particularly true of the late sonatas, which contain elements of both intimate journal (Romain Rolland saw in Op. 101 ‘a day in the inner life’ of Beethoven) and total experimentation (the variations of Op. 109!) before attaining the mystical serenity of the very last sonata, Op. 111. Here is Nikolai Lugansky’s long-awaited vision of this pianistic Everest.

Cuarteto Casals - Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. III Apotheosis (2020)

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Cuarteto Casals - Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. III Apotheosis (2020)

Cuarteto Casals - Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. III Apotheosis (2020)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 02:44:47 | 614 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: harmonia mundi

Apotheosis is the third and final volume in a complete set of the Beethoven quartets from Cuarteto Casals. This unusual series regroups the works according to their position within the three broad creative divisions of the composer's life - the formative years, the 'heroic' period and the 'late' period. This program assembles the 'late' quartets in a new sense - allowing their stylistic innovations to reach their full emotional power.

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" (2020)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" (2020)

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester & Pablo Heras-Casado - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 232 MB | Tracks: 6 | 63:24 min
Style: Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

Beethoven's five piano concertos relate, in a sense, part of the composers life: some twenty years during which a young musician from Bonn made several revised versions of the first concerto he wrote (a springboard to Viennese success that ended up being called no.2), before becoming the familiar Emperor of music embodied by the brilliant inspiration of no.5. Two hundred and fifty years after his birth, it is with these two extremes that Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester have chosen to start an exciting period-instrument trilogy of the concertos that bids fair to be a landmark!

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Xenia Löffler - C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos (2020)

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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Xenia Löffler - C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos (2020)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Xenia Löffler - C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 301 MB | Tracks: 12 | 63:05 min
Style: Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

The Berlin public of the mid-Eighteenth Century was fascinated by the ‘original genius’ of C. P. E. Bach and never tired of listening to his concertos. These works call for a talented soloist capable of mastering the multiple facets of an original and finely worked musical texture: a challenge taken up with panache (and on a period instrument) by the oboist Xenia Löffler, surrounded by her distinguished colleagues of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.