David Kenedy & Rianka Bouwmeester – Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata; Chopin: Sonata for Cello & Piano (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

David Kenedy & Rianka Bouwmeester – Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata; Chopin: Sonata for Cello & Piano (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 53:29 minutes | 926 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Signum Records

Husband and wife duo David Kenedy and Rianka Bouwmeester partner for the first time in a new recording of two late works by Chopin and Schubert. In this very personal recital, Kenedy explores his own musical history and connection with the songs of Schubert: The Arpeggione Sonata is one of Schubert’s most lyrical instrumental works, almost a song cycle in itself, whilst Chopin’s passionate Sonata brims with feeling, as well as quoting musically from Schubert’s Winterreise in several places.

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David Grimal & Les Dissonances – Beethoven: Violin Concerto & 7th Symphony (2010) [FLAC 24-96]

David Grimal & Les Dissonances – Beethoven: Violin Concerto & 7th Symphony (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:26:08 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Front cover , Booklet | © Les Dissonances

„Faced with such an enormous choice of recordings of the Beethoven concerto, this one at least has a unique selling point in new cadenzas composed for David Grimal by Brice Pauset. Although they remain within the bounds of propriety, that for the first movement is unusual in its inclusion at its mid-point of an orchestral role with solo piano. Otherwise the performance, taken from a Dijon concert in 2010, is a rewardingly fresh reading of the printed score. Maybe the central Larghetto is a little slow, but the whole account has an unhurried feel, and Grimal’s long lyric lines are shaped with beauty and much affection.“ (David Denton, theStrad)

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David Fray – Chopin (2017) [FLAC 24-88,2]

David Fray – Chopin (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:08:30 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Classical
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Chopin’s music had been absent from Fray’s active repertoire for some 15 years before he recorded this recital, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu. When Fray talks about Chopin – who died in Paris in 1849 aged just 39, having exercised a transformative influence on the piano repertoire – it becomes clear that he sees the composer’s work in archetypally Romantic terms: “For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.”

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Zuill Bailey, Paul Jacobs – Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway (2016) [FLAC 24-96]

Zuill Bailey, Paul Jacobs – Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 01:17:40 minutes |1,42 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet | © Naxos

GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty creates colorful musical portraits in this recording, featuring larger-than-life personalities drawn from 20th-century American culture. Tales of Hemingway is a dramatic cello concerto, evoking the turbulent life, adventures and literature of author Ernest Hemingway. American Gothic is a dynamic concerto for orchestra, reflecting on the creative world of Iowa artist Grant Wood. Once Upon a Castle is a virtuosic sinfonia concertante for organ and orchestra, inspired by the rich history of the Hearst Castle, built lhigh upon the California Pacific coast by billionaire Randolph Hearst, the subject of Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane. Under the baton of Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony is joined by Zuill bailey, one of the leading cellists of his generation, and GRAMMY® Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

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Daniel Hope – For Seasons (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Daniel Hope – For Seasons (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:19:36 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Daniel Hope is not only one of the most talented musicians of our time, but also one of the most imaginative, seemingly incapable of making a dull or predictable album. This is no exception . . . [Hope directs] an eloquent performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” . . . as well as contributing some dazzling violin solos . . . first-class performances make you think not how great the musicians are, but how great the music is. This album proves it . . . [in the second half,] what you get is a remarkable range of music, much of which is really rewarding listening. ~ David Mellor, Daily Mail (London) / 08. April 2017

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Daniel Behle – Schubert: Arias & Overtures (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Daniel Behle – Schubert: Arias & Overtures (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:18 minutes | 1,0 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © deutsche harmonia mundi

Of all the great composers, Schubert left by far the largest number of uncompleted works: symphonies, piano and chamber music, songs, choral music and operas. Six of the latter are represented on this disc—the early ‘Adrast’ written around the age of twenty and ‘Fierebras’ written in 1823, five years before the sudden end of his short life. Schubert made many attempts to achieve success on the Viennese operatic stage but was singularly unlucky in doing so. Consequently none of his operatic music ever entered the repertoire and today it remains the most unknown aspect of his work. Therefore this disc is an assembly of some very rare music indeed, most of which has never before been recorded. Indeed, most of these operas and singspiels have never been professionally staged since they were written. For this recording, German tenor Daniel Behle travelled to Linz/Austria and worked together with the L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michi Gaigg. German tenor and composer Daniel Behle is without question one of the leading lyric German tenors of the moment. He made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and was highly-celebrated. Behle is possibly best-known for his adaption of Schubert’s Winterreise for tenor and piano trio, performed in 2015 at the Wigmore Hall and recorded for Sony Classical with Behle and the Oliver Schnyder Trio.

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Daniel Barenboim – Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Daniel Barenboim – Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:33:57 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Classical
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Daniel Barenboim’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ is a significant addition to his critically-acclaimed Elgar series with Staatskapelle Berlin. This is Barenboim’s first recording of Elgar’s greatest choral masterpiece. Featuring the finest array of English-speaking soloists: Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Staples and Thomas Hampson.

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Daahoud Salim – Schulhoff: Forbidden Music (2016) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Daahoud Salim – Schulhoff: Forbidden Music (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 59:07 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
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Schulhoff’s music remained a well-kept secret for many years, due in part to its apparent eclecticism. Fortunately, that situation has changed over the last twenty years or so. This CD from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam contains piano works from the period 1920-1931, an extremely fruitful period during which Schulhoff gave vent to his fascination for the new jazz and dance music without entirely losing sight of classical tradition.

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Czech Philharmonic & Jiri Belohlavek – Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71 (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Czech Philharmonic & Jiri Belohlavek – Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:23:01 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
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The year 1875 was something of an annus mirabilis for Dvořák: in just twelve months he composed his Fifth Symphony, the E major String Serenade, three important chamber works, four Moravian Duets and the five-act grand opera Vanda. It also marked both a peak in his fortunes – for the first time he received a state prize to help struggling young artists – and a year of deep personal sadness for the composer and his wife Anna, with the death on 19 September of their infant daughter Josefa.

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Concerto Melante – Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Concerto Melante – Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:32 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Concerto “Melante” ensemble (the name is an anagram of “Telemann”) has already earned high praise for its first CD, “Spirituosa,” of works by Telemann: “Whoever thinks they know Telemann should buy this CD so that their knowledge is decidedly expanded.” (Toccata 2011)

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