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Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 77:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 393 | Recorded: 2017

Soprano Barbara Hannigan has become something of a cult favorite with her deep dives into specific and unusual repertories. Her self-presentation in concert is unorthodox and marked by full-scale efforts to communicate the essence of the music at hand, in works ranging from Berio to Gershwin. So it is with this set of songs from the decade and a half on either side of 1900 in Vienna. The enjoyment begins with the physically passionate cover, an example of her way of personifying the music's spirit. Hannigan's is an utterly distinctive voice, edgy and coruscating, and she knows how to tone down her considerable virtuosic powers to the dimensions of the music, such as that here, intended for small rooms.

BBC Legends - Rudolf Kempe, Edith Peinemann: Michael Tippett, Alban Berg, Leos Janacek (2007)

Posted By: Designol
BBC Legends - Rudolf Kempe, Edith Peinemann: Michael Tippett, Alban Berg, Leos Janacek (2007)

Michael Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra;
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto; Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta
Edith Peinemann, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Rudolf Kempe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 403 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:18:02
Genre: Classical | Label: BBC Music | # BBCL 4215-2

With Kempe at the helm we can be assured of elevated and noble performances. The BBC Legends issue captures him in two concerts given four months apart. The February 1976 concert was given at the Royal Festival Hall and gives us not unexpected fare – Berg – and decidedly unusual repertoire for Kempe in the form of Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra. This positively crackles with rhythmic energy and dynamism, the strings responding with admirable precision and unanimity of attack. The result is a performance of real standing and a precious surviving example of Kempe’s small repertoire of British works.

Mitsuko Uchida, Christian Tetzlaff, Ensemble InterContemporain, Pierre Boulez - MOZART 13 BERG (2008) [Re-Up]

Posted By: Designol
Mitsuko Uchida, Christian Tetzlaff, Ensemble InterContemporain, Pierre Boulez - MOZART 13 BERG (2008) [Re-Up]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade In B Flat, K.361 "Gran partita"
Alban Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments
Mitsuko Uchida (Piano), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Ensemble InterContemporain; Pierre Boulez, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 216 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 0316 DH | Time: 01:20:15

The greatest of Mozart's wind serenades and the toughest of Alban Berg's major works might seem an unlikely pairing, but in an interview included with the sleeve notes for this release, Pierre Boulez points up their similarities. Both works are scored for an ensemble of 13 wind instruments (with solo violin and piano as well in the Berg) and both include large-scale variations as one of their movements - and Boulez makes the comparisons plausible enough in these lucid performances. It's rare to hear him conducting Mozart, too, and if the performance is a little brisker and more strait-laced than ideal, the EIC's phrasing is a model of clarity and good taste. It's the performance of the Berg, though, that makes this such an important issue; both soloists, Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Tetzlaff, are perfectly attuned to Boulez's approach - they have given a number of performances of the Chamber Concerto before - and the combination of accuracy and textural clarity with the highly wrought expressiveness that is the essence of Berg's music is perfectly caught.

Quatuor Diotima, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Schoenberg, Webern, Berg: The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)

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Quatuor Diotima, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Schoenberg, Webern, Berg: The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)

Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg - The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)
Quatuor Diotima, string quartet; Sandrine Piau, soprano; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:19
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | # V 5240

Recordings that include strings quartets by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern are common, but an album that includes music for quartet and voice by each of them is a rarity. Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, with a part for soprano in its third and fourth movements, is standard repertoire, but the version of Berg's Lyric Suite with a vocal part in the final movement is highly unusual, and Webern's bagatelle with voice, an unpublished movement apparently once intended to be part of the Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, receives what is probably its first recording. Novelty aside, the high standards of these performances make this a formidable release. Founded just before the turn of the millennium, Quatuor Diotima plays with the assurance and mutual understanding of a seasoned ensemble. The quartet has a lean, clean sound and the ensemble is immaculate, playing with exquisite expressiveness, an ideal combination for this repertoire.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Posted By: Designol
Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:03:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.