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Piers Lane, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 12: Parry & Stanford: Piano Concertos (1995)

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Piers Lane, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 12: Parry & Stanford: Piano Concertos (1995)

Piers Lane, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 12: Hubert Parry & Charles Villiers Stanford: Piano Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 72:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66820 | Recorded: 1995

Parry was indebted to the grand Romantic tradition of the late nineteenth century, and his colourful and exuberant concerto probably lays claim to be the first British piece written in such a style worthy of comparison with contemporary continental models. It is a virtuoso work, extrovertly conceived for piano and undoubtedly written for the technical proficiency of Edward Dannreuther, one of the most important exponents of the grand concerto style in London during the 1870s and 1880s.

Michael Collins, Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)

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Michael Collins, Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)

Michael Collins, Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 63:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2557 | Recorded: 2020

Friends of long standing as well as regular partners in chamber music, Michael Collins and Stephen Hough bring their combined musical insights and expertise to bear on Johannes Brahms’s sonatas for clarinet and piano. Together with the composer’s trio for clarinet, cello and piano and clarinet quintet, the sonatas are among the most treasured works in the repertoire of the instrument – but it is partly down to good luck that we have them at all. When Brahms in 1891 heard the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinet of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, he had already announced his retirement. He was enraptured by Mühlfeld’s playing and its vocal qualities, however, and made a ‘comeback’: during the following couple of years he composed all four of his clarinet works.

Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)

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Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)

Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 168:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5308 | Recorded: 1998

Giuseppe Verdi's first big Paris hit, Jérusalem is an 1847 rewrite of I Lombardi. Along with a new French text, the action is clarified, characters and scenes are dropped, the tenor role is beefed up, and the obligatory ballet is added, among other changes. It's a more coherent opera in this version, although Italian audiences have clung to I Lombardi, which is still mounted on the world's stages. The Philips team, however, makes a powerful case for this French grand opera story of betrayal, love, war and rescue, penitence, and vindication painted in primary colors on a canvas of Crusaders and villains, rousingly set to effective, if blunt, music.

Piers Lane, Alun Francis - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

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Piers Lane, Alun Francis - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

Piers Lane, Alun Francis, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66747 | Recorded: 1994

When d’Albert appeared in 1881 at one of Hans Richter’s concerts in London he played his own Piano Concerto in A, but the work was never published and has not survived. However, from a review in The Musical Times of November 1881 we can reasonably deduce that the Concerto had the traditional three movements. The reviewer stated that it was ‘uncompromising in its pretensions to rank with the chief of its kind; largely developed, ambitious in style and character, and rigidly observant of classical form, while redundant in matter’.

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 62:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550758 | Recorded: 1994

Kaler's playing of these Romantic sweetly-tuned works is excellent.

Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)

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Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)

Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev, BBC Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 58:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66744 | Recorded: 1994

When one considers the life of Nikolai Karlovich Medtner it is impossible not to be amazed by his strange, tragic and yet marvellous destiny. He was recognized in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century as one of the most important composers and was, with Scriabin and Rachmaninov, an extremely influential, almost ‘cult’ figure for a whole generation of the Russian intellectual élite. He was also a great pianist and an outstanding musical thinker. His personality was completely divorced from everyday life, but the depth and power of his intellect, entirely absorbed in music, philosophy and the history of culture, were deeply respected by such contemporaries as Nikisch, Rachmaninov, Furtwängler, Koussevitsky, Glazunov and Prokofiev.

Dirk Hegemann - Emanuel Moór: Music for Viola (2022)

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Dirk Hegemann - Emanuel Moór: Music for Viola (2022)

Dirk Hegemann, Dávid Báll, Rosenstein String Quartet, Anima Musicae Chamber Orchesta & Mátyás Anta - Emanuel Moór: Music for Viola (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:58
Classical | Label: Toccata Classics

The works of Emánuel Moór (1863–1931) ought to be celebrated as among the major achievements of Romantic music, but because of Moór’s peripatetic life – he was born in Hungary, studied in Vienna (with Bruckner), performed in the US and across Europe, became a UK citizen and settled and died in Switzerland – no country has claimed and promoted him to the degree he deserves. Moór’s musical language offers a deeply satisfying blend of contrapuntal mastery and ardent lyricism, as the works on this album – written for or involving the viola – demonstrate. In time he will be recognised as one of the masters of his age.

Sarah Connolly, OAE, Vladimir Jurowski - Mahler: Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)

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Sarah Connolly, OAE, Vladimir Jurowski - Mahler: Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)

Gustav Mahler - Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 144 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD259 | Time: 00:38:16

In this live recording from the Royal Festival Hall the OAE shines its musical torch into the realms of some later repertoire, shedding new light on the music of Mahler. Conducted by Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski, this album includes the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), written in the wake of an unhappy affair with a soprano, and the extraordinarily exciting and powerful Totenfeier, Mahler’s first foray into orchestral music, and later reworked into the opening movement of his second symphony.

Carolyn Sampson, Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton - Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (2022)

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Carolyn Sampson, Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton - Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (2022)

Carolyn Sampson, Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton - Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 188 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:18:37
Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS

Composed in feverish bouts interrupted by long periods of inaction, Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch was brought to completion in 1896. The 46 songs are settings of poems in German by Paul Heyse, after Italian folk songs – miniatures with a duration of less than 2 minutes in most cases. Heyse’s collection numbered more than 350 poems, but Wolf ignored the ballads and laments, and concentrated almost exclusively on the rispetti. These are short love poems which chart, against a Tuscan landscape, the everyday jealousies, flirtations, joys and despairs of men and women in love. Heyse’s translations often intensify the simple Italian of the original poems, and in their turn, Wolf’s settings represent a further heightening of emotion. Miniatures they may be, but many of the songs strike unforgettably at the heart.

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

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Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 55:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC809 | Recorded: 2007

Part of a series of discs devoted to forgotten composers associated with the Bavarian capital of Munich, this release exemplifies the city's still-palpable conservatism. Franz Lachner, who grew up so poor that he and his five siblings had to study music by drumming their fingers on an imaginary keyboard, made his living as composers had for centuries before, but as few did in his own time: as an employee of court and church. The Germans have a word for the style exemplified here, which is not well known outside of a few atypical examples by : they call it the "Palestrina Renaissance." Heard here are a Mass in F major, Op. 130; a Stabat Mater, Op. 154; and a setting of Psalm 15.

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)

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John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 955 Mb | Total time: 68.08+57.33+31.03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORCV304 | Recorded: 1981

This marks the final offering from Opera Rara's laudable restoration of BBC broadcasts from the 1970s and '80s of Verdi's first thoughts on specific operas, and it is quite up to the standard of the series. It differs only in being given without an audience, and was broadcast two years after the recording.

Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2015) 2CDs

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Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2015) 2CDs

Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2015)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Lars Vogt, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1271-2D | Time: 01:23:19

Brahms (1833-97) devoted much of the 1880s to his three Piano Trios, having decided, as he told a friend, that there was “no further point in attempting an opera or a marriage”. They are among his less familiar chamber works. He originally wrote No 1 as a young man, overhauling it more than three decades later in 1889. All three works – the B major Op 8, C major Op 87 and C minor Op 101 – have a tender, shadowy intensity, without quite the same heart-on-sleeve fervour of the bigger chamber works. The string players here – brother and sister Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff – are regular quartet partners. Together with sensitive pianism from Lars Vogt, ensemble is alert, accurate, never forced: already a favourite CD.

Marc-André Hamelin, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 7: Henselt & Alkan: Piano Concertos (1993)

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Marc-André Hamelin, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 7: Henselt & Alkan: Piano Concertos (1993)

Marc-André Hamelin, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 7: Adolph von Henselt & Charles-Valentin Alkan: Piano Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 69:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66717 | Recorded: 1993

The coupling of works by Alkan and Henselt is not as arbitrary as might appear. Born six months apart, both enjoyed long lives and died within eighteen months of each other; both have been entirely overshadowed by their more illustrious contemporaries Liszt and Chopin (to the extent that they have been assigned to the footnotes of musical history), though both had an individual approach to the piano with a style as clearly defined and as idiosyncratic as their two peers; both were recluses, rarely playing their works in public; both were transcendent technicians, exploring the potential of their instrument in ways which were to influence other pianists and composers of piano music; both were eccentrics in their personal habits and lifestyles; both have been almost universally ignored by the majority of concert pianists; and neither of their names is known to the general music-loving public.

Christian Immler & Andreas Frese - Das heiße Herz (2022)

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Christian Immler & Andreas Frese - Das heiße Herz (2022)

Christian Immler & Andreas Frese - Das heiße Herz (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 240 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:23
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Bass-baritone Christian Immler, accompanied by the pianist Andreas Frese, juxtaposes the contemporary composer Jörg Widmann with the Romantic Schumann in three cycles of lieder written between 1849 and 2013. ‘For us, Jörg Widmanns song cycle Das heiße Herz (‘The Burning Heart’) is to be numbered among the very greatest song cycles, and not just among those of this century. During our intensive rehearsals with Jörg Widmann, the many questions we had (and what a joy to be able to ask them!) often had surprisingly simple answers. The combination with Schumann’s late Harper and Lenau song cycles seems absolutely perfect, for similar situations permeate these cycles as well". Das heiße Herz is recorded here for the first time.

Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

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Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

Johannes Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)
Christina Landshamer, soprano; Florian Boesch bass; Roger Norrington, conductor
NDR Chor, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.327 | Time: 01:04:24

Among the major choral-orchestral works of the 19th century, Sir Roger Norrington and his former Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, have tackled over the years, now finally comes Brahms' "German Requiem." one of the most beautiful and popular sacred music works in the repertoire. Brahms’ contemporaries, including his close friend Clara Schumann were moved with the score and were enthusiastic about it - and it has been a favorite with the general public ever since. Although Biblical texts are used, the piece is not in the standard church-liturgical tradition. It was Brahms‘personal response to "those who mourn"! The central idea of this masterpiece is the reality of human existence. It is precisely this „earthly character“ that Roger Norrington uses to shape his interpretation emphasizing the grave beautify of the music and not religious awe; in this, Norrington draws us close to the composer’s intentions. He is ably supported by soprano soloist Christina Landshamer, basso Florian Boesch, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR.