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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

Elīna Garanča - Meditation (2014)
with Latvian Radio Choir, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Karel Mark Chichon

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans ~ 110 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0021327-02 | Time: 01:11:42
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral, Sacred

Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in its comforting tone and gentle treatment, though as a purely musical consideration, it tends to flow a bit too evenly and predictably. Insofar as the selections represent the Christian tradition, including settings of the Ave Maria, the Salve Regina, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Regina Coeli, the character of the collection admits little variety, except for the general alternation between penitential and quietly ecstatic moods.

Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

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Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)
Herman Krebbers, solo violin; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Kirill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 400 021-2 | Time: 00:44:21

Even with 15 other versions of Rimsky's masterpiece of orchestral virtuosity to choose from — some in the top flight — this was recognized from the first as one of the most rewarding, thanks largely to Krebbers's exceptionally sweet, gently appealing and bewitching personification of the story - spinning Scheherazade and to Kondrashin's skill in pacing and shaping movements as a whole, relating the diverse tempos and building up tension and dynamics by careful control so as to create climaxes of thrilling intensity and power. the 'shipwreck' finale, in particular, was overwhelming; and this was achieved without resorting to the ultra - fast tempos adopted by some conductors to whip up excitement. The Concertgebouw's crisp, sonorous and sensitive playing (full marks both to the splendid strings and to the wind soloists) was caught with the utmost fidelity; but the Compact Disc's total exclusion even of minimal extraneous background now marks a still further improvement, as can be judged by the dead silence against which Scheherazade's pleadings are heard. The final coda is ravishingly beautiful.

Wiener Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 (2021)

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Wiener Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 (2021)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 134 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 74 Mb | 00:32:08
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Even before Simon Rattle gave his debut concert as head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he made headlines with another world-class orchestra: It was the cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies that he conducted with the Vienna Philharmonic in Tokyo, Berlin and - of course - Vienna. Back in May 2002, Rattle set standards with the most traditional orchestral repertoire of all. The live recording was released in March 2003. This cycle, which is now being re-released in the budget segment, is still regarded as the reference recording of the new millennium.

Wiener Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Op. 21 (2021)

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Wiener Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Op. 21 (2021)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Op. 21 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 103 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 59 Mb | 00:25:31
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Even before Simon Rattle gave his debut concert as head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he made headlines with another world-class orchestra: It was the cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies that he conducted with the Vienna Philharmonic in Tokyo, Berlin and - of course - Vienna. Back in May 2002, Rattle set standards with the most traditional orchestral repertoire of all. The live recording was released in March 2003. This cycle, which is now being re-released in the budget segment, is still regarded as the reference recording of the new millennium.

Ståle Kleiberg, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Peter Szilvay - Ståle Kleiberg Concertos (2021)

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Ståle Kleiberg, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Peter Szilvay - Ståle Kleiberg Concertos (2021)

Ståle Kleiberg, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Peter Szilvay - Ståle Kleiberg Concertos (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 256 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:07
Classical | Label: 2L

Ståle Kleiberg’s concertos unfold in the space between poetry, passion and playfulness. This is contemporary music with which listeners can easily engage, but which does not for one moment compromise artistic quality. “I try to form the musical expression so that it corresponds with my experience of life; or, to put it another way, to form it so that it is in accord with my conception of what it means to be a human being,” says Kleiberg about himself and his music.

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008)
with Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; John Constable, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697 35705 2 | Time: 00:53:58

When the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields began to popularize Vivaldi's music in the 1970s, it was on the cutting edge with its light, warm chamber orchestra sound, burnished to technical perfection yet sounding completely different from its symphonic cousins. Now, a recording like this one, with star violinist Joshua Bell, sounds conservative in comparison with young bucks like Fabio Biondi on the historical-performance side or even the young Dutch firebrand Janine Jansen. This big-budget (by classical standards) release is the kind of thing you don't see so often now, with a big poster showing Bell carefully decked out in a partially undone tie, as well as individual full-color cards reproducing, in Italian and English, the descriptive seasonal sonnets that provide the program for the four concertos. It could have collapsed under its own weight, but Bell pulls it off. Conducting the Academy strings himself, he forges tight, not-overly-sweet recordings of Vivaldi's four familiar concertos, with a nice contrast between orchestra and solo that showcases his easy, compelling agility and his Heifetz-like sharpness and brilliance.

Christian Tetzlaff, Danish National SO, Thomas Dausgaard - Jean Sibelius: The Complete Works For Violin and Orchestra (2002)

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Christian Tetzlaff, Danish National SO, Thomas Dausgaard - Jean Sibelius: The Complete Works For Violin and Orchestra (2002)

Jean Sibelius: The Complete Works For Violin and Orchestra (2002)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 217 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin | # 7243 5 45534 2 4 | Time: 01:18:45

Christian Tetzlaff’s effortless virtuosity, purity of intonation, and slight emotional reticence perfectly suits Sibelius, making this the finest available collection of the Finnish composer’s music for violin and orchestra. In the concerto, Tetzlaff’s relative coolness makes the music sound more like Sibelius and less like a violin concerto, which is all to the good. That doesn’t mean he lacks anything in sheer technique: indeed, his first-movement cadenza impresses as one of the most impressively concentrated and musically satisfying on disc. Tetzlaff’s slow movement sings but avoids panting and heaving, while the finale realizes the music’s gentle melancholy as well as its more thrusting elements. He’s nicely accompanied by Thomas Dausgaard, whose gentle support perfectly suits the overall interpretation.

Alice Sara Ott - Echoes Of Life (2021)

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Alice Sara Ott - Echoes Of Life (2021)

Alice Sara Ott - Echoes Of Life (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:04:45 | 178 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Championne des premiers prix de piano, Alice Sara Ott (né à Munich le 1er août 1988) fait ses classes au Mozarteum de Salzbourg, en Autriche, avant de se lancer dans les plus grands festivals européens. Signée en exclusivité par Deutsche Grammophon, elle enregistre les 12 Études d'exécution transcendante de Franz Liszt (parues en 2009) et se produit au Japon à guichets fermés.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Raw Life Osaka (1999) 2CD

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Raw Life Osaka (1999) 2CD

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Raw Life Osaka (1999) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 529 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 286 Mb | Scans included
Experimental, Avant-Garde, Modern Classical | Label: Warner | # WPC6-10054~5 | 01:54:54

Japanese edition of 1999 live album by the seminal Japanese electronic music pioneer in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only. The album is a concert performance of his 1999 opera 'Life'. Nine tracks. Each disc comes in a separate, inner protective sleeve.

Sally Whitwell - Mad Rush: Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass (2011) [Re-Up]

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Sally Whitwell - Mad Rush: Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass (2011) [Re-Up]

Sally Whitwell - Mad Rush: Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: ABC Classics | # ABC 476 4469 | Time: 01:01:52

Philip Glass is that rarest of contemporary 'classical' composers - a musician who has revolutionized the way art music is composed and found a massive audience in doing so. As much a pop and cult phenomenon as he is a descendant of Beethoven, Glass' music has been used in classic films like Koyanisqaatsi and…but it's in his music for solo piano that the essence of his art is revealed. In this groundbreaking album from Sydney pianist Sally Whitwell - the first of its kind ever to be recorded in this country - all of Glass' finest solo piano music is represented. In an additional Australian angle, the Stuart piano is used, its crystalline tones ideally suited to Glass' hypnotically beautiful music.

Federico del Sordo, Nova Schola Gregoriana & Alberto Turco - Cavazzoni: Complete Organ Music (2021)

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Federico del Sordo, Nova Schola Gregoriana & Alberto Turco - Cavazzoni: Complete Organ Music (2021)

Federico del Sordo, Nova Schola Gregoriana & Alberto Turco - Cavazzoni: Complete Organ Music (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 821 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 397 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:51:45
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

The most comprehensive collection of organ music by a major forerunner to Monteverdi, recorded on a historically significant instrument by an organist with a distinguished catalogue of 17th-century repertoire.

Federico Bracalente & Daniele di Bonaventura - In Spiritum: Music for Cello and Bandoneon (2021)

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Federico Bracalente & Daniele di Bonaventura - In Spiritum: Music for Cello and Bandoneon (2021)

Federico Bracalente & Daniele di Bonaventura - In Spiritum: Music for Cello and Bandoneon (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 226 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 116 Mb | 00:50:45
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

This recording, from friends and collaborators Federico Bracalente and Daniele di Bonaventura, stems from an idea they had almost 10 years ago: to merge the sounds of their respective instruments, the cello and the bandoneon, into a single sound.

Baptiste Bailly - Suds (2021)

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Baptiste Bailly - Suds (2021)

Baptiste Bailly - Suds (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 171 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 102 Mb | 00:43:54
Classical, Jazz | Label: Neuklang

In February 2020, pianist Baptiste Bailly recorded his first solo album in Valencia, titled SUDS. A jazz work, around piano and improvisation but also musical production and experimentation. Bailly incorporates electronic textures using the Moog, organ sounds, a prepared piano or even his own voice. SUDS is inspired by the pianists many travels between Spain and France. It is an intimate logbook that presents a dreamy universe, mixing the imaginary of the north and south, a space where snow covers the olive tree. One thinks one recognizes flamenco accents and musettes tunes bathed in fascinating impressionism. Lyrical and rhythmic, we discover a very personal bittersweet poetic force. The work Suds represents an important part of the record, highlighting his relationship with Mediterranean music. On the contrary, Neiges, Leau et le Vent or Larbre aux Secrets are composed like paintings of his native land, landscapes of his childhood. ""If colors or rhythmic impulses sound deliberately flamenco, Spain can be heard in its influence on impressionist language."

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)

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PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 276 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:36
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Chandos Records

The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute strives to present Russian Orthodox choral music in its highest possible form, uniting deep spirituality, a profound love for the rich traditions of Orthodox Christian singing, and an uncompromising standard of musical professionalism rooted in the great traditions of Russian choral composers.

Fernanda Damiano - Galuppi: Piano Sonatas (2021)

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Fernanda Damiano - Galuppi: Piano Sonatas (2021)

Fernanda Damiano - Galuppi: Piano Sonatas (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 208 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:43
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

A debut album from a gifted young pianist, who has stylishly reimagined the world of the Venetian Baroque on a modern piano.