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B'Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs - Schubert: Symphonies "Unfinished" & "Great" (2022)

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B'Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs - Schubert: Symphonies "Unfinished" & "Great" (2022)

B'Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs - Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 "Unfinished" & Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 "The Great" (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 405 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 220 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:27:45
Classical | Label: Pentatone

Multiple prize-winning conductor René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra complete their Schubert cycle on Pentatone with the composer’s two most famous symphonies, the Unfinished and Great. In his extensive liner notes, Jacobs develops a theory that the B Minor Symphony did not remain “unfinished”, but was deliberately left unfinished, because Schubert shaped its two movements in analogy to Mein Traum (My Dream), an autobiographical narration in two parts, written in 1822, simultaneous to the creation of the symphony. While the first half of Mein Traum tells about his mother’s decease and his problematic relationship to his father, the second part enters a magical, Romantic realm, and eventually brings a reconciliation with his father.

Hakon Austbo - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set

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Hakon Austbo - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set

Håkon Austbø - Edvard Grieg: Piano Works (2010) 7CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94046 | Time: 07:40:14

Edvard Grieg will always be remembered as the composer of the highly effective Piano Concerto in A minor, and his incidental music to Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. However, it is as a miniaturist that Greig's true genius lies. Grieg was a very capable pianist, and had in fact made his early career as a concert pianist, his songs and solo piano music form the heart of his output. The early piano sonata although interesting shows clearly why the less restricting forms of the miniatures for solo piano suited his genius. The Lyric Pieces and Peasant Dances display his keen ear for traditional folk music, matched probably only by Bartok and Kodaly. The 66 works that comprise the 10 books of Lyric Pieces date from 1867 to 1901, and are extraordinary, exquisitely crafted works that can stand comparison to any of the great sonatas of his contemporaries. This 7 CD set includes the complete Lyric Pieces, the Sonata, The Holberg Suite and the lesser-known piano works of this great composer who captured the very essence of his native Norway in music.

Seta Tanyel, Tadeusz Strugała - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 33: Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (2003)

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Seta Tanyel, Tadeusz Strugała - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 33: Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (2003)

Seta Tanyel, Tadeusz Strugała, Radio Philharmonie Hannover des NDR - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 33: Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 78:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67365 | Recorded: 1996

Continuing her inspiring series of discs exploring the solo piano repertory of the Polish Romantic, Xaver Scharwenka, Seta Tanyel here turns her attention to two of his four piano concertos. These unashamedly appealing works should by no means be judged by their relative unfamiliarty; they are among the most impressive of all the neglected concertos championed in our series, as Stephen Hough’s Gramophone Award winning recording of the 4th concerto (CDA66790) has shown. In the capable hands of Tanyel, the 2nd and 3rd concertos are rich with the harmonic poise of Schumann, the melodic coquettishness of Chopin and even the passion of Rachmaninov; a disc as enlightening as it is thrilling.

Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 32: Moscheles: Piano Concertos Nos 1, 6, 7 (2003)

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Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 32: Moscheles: Piano Concertos Nos 1, 6, 7 (2003)

Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 32: Ignaz Moscheles: Piano Concertos Nos 1, 6 & 7 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 61:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67385 | Recorded: 1999

The continuation of our survey of Moscheles piano concertos brings us to three works which have never been recorded before. The 1st Concerto, written in 1819, is a very Mozartean affair; though the young composer had become a friend of Beethoven it seems the example of that composer's last three concertos hadn't been followed, instead we have a work full of charm, grace and untroubled lyrical melody.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

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Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681 | Time: 01:15:21

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)

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LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)

Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: LSO Live | # LSO0775 | Time: 00:47:09

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra join forces once again in the latest instalment of their exploration of Mendelssohn’s symphonies. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 5, commonly known as the ‘Reformation’ Symphony, was written in 1830 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsberg confession – a seminal event in the Protestant Reformation. Allusions to the symphony’s title and inspiration can be heard throughout the music itself; the Dresden Amen is cited by the strings in the first movement whilst the finale is based on Martin Luther’s well-known chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’). Coupled with this are two of Mendelssohn’s overtures, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Ruy Blas, both of which were inspired by literary works. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, based on two short poems by Goethe, depicts the journey of sailors at sea with a still adagio opening ultimately giving way to a triumphant homecoming. Completing the album, the overture Ruy Blas was commissioned by the Leipzig Theatre as an overture to Victor Hugo’s tragic drama of the same name.

Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Mahler: Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Mahler: Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Mahler: Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-2 Video / 19908 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 85 min | 20,7 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3770 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 5000 kbps / 29,97 fps | 85 min | 5,88 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2000 kbps / 29,97 fps | 85 min | 3,88 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Accentus Music | Sub.: English, German, French

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and their Music Director Riccardo Chailly have already acquired legendary status – glorious reviews and many awards for their recordings testifying to their continuing success. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahler’s death, they performed his monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus – together with two marvellous soloists and choral forces quite beyond compare. About the final movement the composer said: “The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I don’t know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it.”

Martin Roscoe, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 31: Fuchs & Kiel: Piano Concertos (2003)

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Martin Roscoe, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 31: Fuchs & Kiel: Piano Concertos (2003)

Martin Roscoe, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 31: Fuchs & Kiel: Piano Concertos (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 63:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67354 | Recorded: 2001

Music in Germany in the later 19th century found itself divided into two camps; the modernists, led by Liszt and Wagner, and the traditionalists who took Brahms as their model and who upheld the values of the classical period and Beethoven in particular. Fuchs and Kiel are very much in the later camp and both spent their lives in academic posts, as so often befits such establishment figures. They each wrote only one piano concerto and, as one might expect, these are not vehicles for empty virtuoso display but rather 'symphonic' concertos, both written in the traditional three movements, the first of which is a weighty sonata form allegro.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique' (2013)

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique' (2013)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique' (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 64:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 0835 | Recorded: 2012

The dynamic young French-Canadian conductor records the symphony that has played a central role in his remarkable career.brbrYannick Nezet-Seguin first heard it live in Montreal at the age of eight. It was the work he chose for his debut with both the Orchestre Meetropolitain du Grand Montreeal and the Philadelphia Orchestra.brbrConducting this quintessentially Russian music with the Rotterdam Philharmonic acknowledges his predecessor on the podium, Valery Gergiev, as well as showcasing the depth and refinement of the Dutch orchestras rich textures.brbrYannick Nezet-Seguin admires Tchaikovsky not just as a composer of heart-breaking melodies but also as a master symphonist.

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Mariss Jansons - Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater (2015)

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Mariss Jansons - Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater (2015)

Antonín Dvořák - Stabat Mater (2015)
Erin Wall, soprano; Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo; Christian Elsner, tenor; Liang Li, bass
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Mariss Jansons, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: BR Klassik | # 900142 | 01:17:55

Antonín Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Op. 58, written in the aftermath of the deaths of three of his children, is a sober and powerful work, inexplicably neglected and unlike any other work of choral music from the 19th century. Perhaps most performances don't capture its full weight, but this live recording from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, does so. There are many deep pleasures here. The orchestra's choir is extraordinary: rich yet without a hint of wobble and utterly clear in its sense of the text. Jansons keeps things at a deliberate pace that lets the music breathe and the currents of personal experience rise to the surface. The soloists, none terribly well known, are fine in their individual numbers, but absolutely transcendent in ensembles, nowhere more so that in the sublime "Quando corpus morietur" finale (track 10); there are a couple of other strong recordings of this work, but it seems likely that no one has ever matched this conclusion. The live recording from the Herkulessaal in Munich is impressively transparent and faithful to the spontaneity of the event. A superb Dvorák release.

Hamish Milne, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 30: Sergei Lyapunov: Piano Concertos (2002)

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Hamish Milne, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 30: Sergei Lyapunov: Piano Concertos (2002)

Hamish Milne, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 30: Sergei Lyapunov: Piano Concertos, Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 59:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67326 | Recorded: 2002

Over the ten years that the Romantic Piano Concerto has been running one of the projects most often requested by the many fans of the series has been a recording of the complete Lyapunov works for piano and orchestra. Well finally here it is!

Maurizio Zaccaria - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opp. 81a, 101 & 106 Hammerklavier (2022)

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Maurizio Zaccaria - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opp. 81a, 101 & 106 Hammerklavier (2022)

Maurizio Zaccaria - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opp. 81a, 101 & 106 Hammerklavier (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 197 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 Mb | 01:14:56
Classical | Label: OnClassical

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his 32+4 Piano Sonatas - including 4 Sonatinas (doubtfull) - between 1782 and 1822. Although originally not intended to be a meaningful whole, as a set they comprise one of the most important collections of works in the history of music. Hans von Bulow called them "The New Testament" of the piano literature (Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier being "The Old Testament").

Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Schubert: The Symphonies (2022)

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Schubert: The Symphonies (2022)

Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard - Schubert: The Symphonies (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1,15 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 694 Mb | Digital booklet | 04:59:42
Classical | Label: BIS

It was only after his death that Franz Schubert’s symphonic works made an impact in music history. In fact, the first public performance of any of Schubert’s symphonies took place at a memorial concert held a few weeks after the composer had passed away, on 19th November 1828. The work that was heard at that occasion was Symphony No.6, D589, the ‘Little C major’, while the two undisputed master works of the series – the ‘Great C major’ and the ‘Unfinished’ – had to wait until 1838 and 1865, respectively, before being performed.

Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 29: Moscheles: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (2002)

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Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 29: Moscheles: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (2002)

Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 29: Ignaz Moscheles: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 75:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67276 | Recorded: 2001

With this 29th volume in the Romantic Piano Concerto series we commence a cycle of three CDs that we hope will include all eight of Moscheles' piano concertos. It also marks the start of our exploration of concertos from the earlier part of the 19th century, which we have so far rather neglected.

Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

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Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

Charles-Valentin Alkan - The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008
Dong-Suk Kang, violin; Yvan Chiffoleau, cello; Olivier Gardon, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | # 1C1139 | Time: 01:14:09

Alkan was counted in Busoni's pantheon of five romantics alongside Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. Brahms and Schumann are the references in the euphoric Grand Duo Concertant - nothing short of a 20 or so minute Sonata in three turbulent movements. This is a work of diving romance and if Alkan had stopped in the style of the first movement then we would have been able to 'place' Alkan. Instead we get a second movement that clamours in bass heavy capering for all the world like a picture of a Black Sabbath. As if to make ‘amends’ the finale is back to the helter-skelter tumble of vivacity we find in the first movement. This euphoria carries over into the Cello Sonata which is in four classically well-tailored movements. Alkan's originality or eccentricity (take your pick) returns for the Adagio which is part sentimental and part affecting. This perhaps offers a parallel with Joseph Holbrooke's chamber works in which sublime ideas and treatment suddenly find themselves up against kitsch music hall ditties. A wild saltarello with grand manner Hungarian gestures from the piano round out the picture.