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Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)

Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 157 Mb | Total time: 54:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 420 186-2 | Recorded: 1987

There is no doubt that Mitsuko Uchida is one of the leading Mozart pianists. And that fact alone gives this release credibility. But if we look deeper we find that this release is a magnificent example of her ability. Full marks must go to Phillips for bringing this major project together. The recording concept and organisation by Erik Smith and Rupert Faustle at the Henry Wood Hall London give us magnificent piano sound. The recordings were made during the 1980s. The set is recorded digitally and the sound is excellent in tone and balance.

Sviatoslav Richter - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 (1991)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 (1991)

Sviatoslav Richter - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 213 Mb | Total time: 66:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fonit Cetra | 9075 037 | Recorded: 1969

It's hard to believe that any pianist, living or dead (or, probably, yet-to-be-born) could match, much less surpass, these performances. It was Richter, after all, who made Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition almost as important an item in the standard repertory of the piano as Ravel's orchestration is in that of the orchestra. And it was Richter's performances of it, as well as his example, that have ignited the interest of subsequent generations of pianists in the Bunte Blätter, heretofore one of the most obscure works in the Schumann canon.

Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)

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Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)

Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 68:16+55:42+74:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 9029558343 | Recorded: 2017

World premiere recording of Anton Rubinstein monumental opera 'Moses'. The recordings were made by Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under Michail Jurowski together with Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Artos Children’s Choir and a tremendous cast (staring Stanisław Kuflyuk (Moses), Torsten Kerl (Pharaoh, king of Egypt), Evelina Dobračeva (Asnath, Pharaon‘s daughter) and Małgorzata Walewska (Johebet, Moses’ mother)). The libretto was originally written in German and this recording maintains this language version.

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Neukomm: Three Orchestral Fantasies, Sinfonie Heroïque (2012)

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Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Neukomm: Three Orchestral Fantasies, Sinfonie Heroïque (2012)

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Sigismund von Neukomm: Three Orchestral Fantasies, Sinfonie Heroïque (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 63:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 573-2 | Recorded: 2010

During the first half of the nineteenth century Sigismund von Neukomm was one of Europe’s most highly regarded composers. Although he maintained an intimate artistic friendship with Joseph Haydn until the older composer’s death, he was a composer with a mind of his own and full of originality. This fact is very convincingly demonstrated by his four orchestral fantasies presented here which he termed an ‘Essay in a New Genre’. Here we encounter Sturm und Drang and anticipations of romanticism in their purest form.

Viktor Lukas, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Wilhelmine von Bayreuth: Argenore (2009)

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Viktor Lukas, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Wilhelmine von Bayreuth: Argenore (2009)

Viktor Lukas, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Argenore: Arien und Szenen aus der Oper der Markgräfin Wilhelmine von Bayreuth (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 65:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Concerto Bayreuth | # GB 12019 | Recorded: 2009

Ein glückliches Leben führte sie nicht, die Markgräfin Wilhelmine (1709-1758) von Bayreuth. Als Kind wurde sie von einer geradezu bösartigen Gouvernante gepeinigt und hatte Wutausbrüche ihres Vaters, dem Soldatenkönig Friedrich Wilhelm I., über sich ergehen zu lassen, der so gar nichts vom weiblichen Geschlecht hielt. Wenngleich auch Wilhelmine wie eine Gefangene gehalten wurde, so traf es ihren geliebten Bruder, Kronprinz Friedrich, besonders hart: von seinem Vater verachtet, hatte er sogar unter Festungshaft zu leiden.

Michael Spyres, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Marko Letonja - Baritenor (2021)

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Michael Spyres, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Marko Letonja - Baritenor (2021)

Michael Spyres, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Marko Letonja - Baritenor (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 396 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 202 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:24:30
Classical, Vocal, Opera | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

An album with a mission to defy classification, BariTenor is a tour de force for Michael Spyres. It ranges wide, encompassing repertoire normally assigned to both tenors and baritones. Programming 18 arias by 15 composers, it covers three centuries of opera in Italian, French and German, setting mainstream works beside relative rarities, and rediscovering Étienne Méhul's Ariodant, first heard in 1799.

Davide Amodio, Gli Strali di Cupido - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti: Sonate per violino e basso continuo (2000)

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Davide Amodio, Gli Strali di Cupido - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti: Sonate per violino e basso continuo (2000)

Davide Amodio, Gli Strali di Cupido - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti: Sonate per violino e basso continuo (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 503 Mb | Total time: 48:22+43:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | GB 5604/5-2 | Recorded: 1999

Quando ancora l'attività compositiva solitamente portava con sé precisi caratteri stilistici tipici della cultura cittadina in cui i compositori - quanto meno - operavano, l'eccellente violinista Giuseppe Matteo Alberti (1685-1751) guardò oltre la siepe e oggi gli è riconosciuto il merito di avere per primo adottato alcuni stilemi del linguaggio vivaldiano al di fuori dell'ambiente veneziano. I dati anagrafici di Alberti sono sovrapponibili, come si vede, a quelli di J.S. Bach, ma a lui non arrise la grandezza creativa e la fortuna (tarda) del Cantor: Bologna, S. Petronio, l'Accademia Filarmonica della sua città - di cui per qualche anno fu "Principe" - le sale del conte Orazio Bargellini per il quale curò l'attività musicale, furono lo scenario che egli calcò da protagonista,

Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimitti (2017)

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Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimitti (2017)

Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimitti (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 59:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-2292 SACD | Recorded: 2017

Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Schnittke’s adoption of Christianity was triggered by the death of his mother in 1972, and culminated in his later conversion to Catholicism. Pärt was from a nominally Lutheran background in Estonia, but embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, following intensive study of liturgical music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their early careers.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 4 (2000)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 4 (2000)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Motets, Litanies à la Vierge (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 319 Mb | Total time: 67:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.554453 | Recorded: 1998

Charpentier here offers elegant and intimate music that ranges from the delicate to the exuberant, the lyrical, and the dramatic. Most if not all of these pieces were probably written for the musical establishment of the Duchess of Guise, who was Charpentiers patron from 1670 until her death in 1688. The performing forces on this recording consist of five singes, two obligato violins and a continuo ensemble with theorbos the most prominent harmony instruments. While some of he music could conceivably be performed with larger forces, the chamber-like scale of these readings suites the character of the music admirably. Both texts and music suggest private household devotion rather than public liturgy. Texts range from the traditional seasonal Marian Antiphons to anonymous Latin devotional poetry of the Counter-Reformation.

Eugen Jochum & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (1964/2024)

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Eugen Jochum & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (1964/2024)

Eugen Jochum & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (Remastered) (1964/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 443 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 175 Mb | 01:16:06
Classical | Label: Alexandre Bak - Classical Music Reference Recording

Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major WAB 105, was written in 1875–1876, with minor changes over the next two years. It came at a time of trouble and disillusion for the composer: a lawsuit, from which he was exonerated, and a reduction in salary. Dedicated to Karl von Stremayr, education minister in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the symphony has at times been nicknamed the "Tragic", the "Church of Faith" or the "Pizzicato"; Bruckner himself referred to it as the "Fantastic" without applying this or any other name formally.

Emma Black, Zoe Black, Anne Harvey-Nagl & Peter Trefflinger - The Privileged Oboe: Oboe Quartets (2024)

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Emma Black, Zoe Black, Anne Harvey-Nagl & Peter Trefflinger - The Privileged Oboe: Oboe Quartets (2024)

Emma Black, Zoe Black, Anne Harvey-Nagl & Peter Trefflinger - The Privileged Oboe: Oboe Quartets (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 325 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:06
Classical | Label: Ars Produktion

Unfortunately, the oboe quartet genre has never attained the status of the clarinet quintet in the public's favor. Yet it is no less appealing a combination, and in the 18th century in particular there was an abundance of quartets with oboe, of which only Mozart's virtuoso oboe quartet achieved fame. The oboist Emma Black and her colleagues set two pieces by Mozart's contemporaries alongside this famous work, which, not least thanks to the all-round convincing realization, arouse curiosity for further compositions in this instrumentation.

Julia Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Russian National Orchestra - Russian Violin Concertos: Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Glazunov (2016)

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Julia Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Russian National Orchestra - Russian Violin Concertos: Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Glazunov (2016)

Julia Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Russian National Orchestra - Russian Violin Concertos: Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Glazunov (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 380 Mb | Total time: 79:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 591 | Recorded: 2004

This remarkable album marks the recording debut of German violinist Julia Fischer as well as the beginning of her extraordinary partnership with Russian-born conductor Yakov Kreizberg, which would result in numerous PENTATONE releases before the conductor’s untimely death in 2011. Together they tackle three Russian violin concertos which have been tragically overlooked, shedding new light on these masterpieces.

Owen Rees, The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford - Caeli Porta: 17th-Century sacred music from Lisbon & Granada (2008)

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Owen Rees, The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford - Caeli Porta: 17th-Century sacred music from Lisbon & Granada (2008)

Owen Rees, The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford - Caeli Porta: 17th-Century sacred music from Lisbon & Granada (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 60:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Guild | GMCD7323 | Recorded: 2007, 2008

Portuguese music enjoyed its most spectacular flowering in the early seventeenth century. Many of the greatest composers were gathered in the capital Lisbon, and this was a period when many Portuguese musicians also made their careers in Spain, which was then linked to Portugal politically. This recording presents masterpieces of Portuguese polyphony from Lisbon and Granada brought to light by the choir’s director, Owen Rees. The Lisbon composers represented are Duarte Lobo (chapelmaster at the Cathedral), Pedro de Cristo (chapelmaster at the Monastery of São Vicente), and Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (organist at the Royal Chapel).

Jaime Martin, Gävle Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2 (2017)

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Jaime Martin, Gävle Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2 (2017)

Jaime Martin, Gävle Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 72:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 1291-2 | Recorded: 2015

This Ondine recording is the first instalment in a series of Brahms recording with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor JaimeMartín. Together with the orchestra Martín offers delightful interpretations ofthese two early examples of Brahms’ orchestral writing.

Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater (1983)

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Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater (1983)

Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 64:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 410 034-2 | Recorded: 1982

There's no doubting Gioachino Rossini's sincerity in his Stabat Mater – he himself was so moved by the piece that he couldn't bear to attend the work's dress rehearsal or any of its first performances – but still, his setting of the Latin text is, strictly speaking, only a sacred work. With its heightened drama, its passionate lyricism and its histrionic virtuosity, it is actually an emotional work, a work in which the composer takes the Latin text as an opportunity to demonstrate its feelings on the subjects of grief and death.