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
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Decca

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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Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra, Volker Hartung – Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (2016) [FLAC 24-48]

Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra, Volker Hartung – Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “From the New World” (2016)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 40:50 minutes | 436 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet | © JRK

This album features Antonin Dvorak´s most famous work, his Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ in a passionate and inspired performance by the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Volker Hartung.

Performed at Kölner Philharmonie in Germany, this recording will you give you a wealth of listening pleasure!

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Clematis – Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti (2016) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Clematis – Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:17:16 minutes | 872 MB | Genre: Classical
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After Carlo Farina and the Vitalis, Clematis continues its exploration of the Italian Baroque instrumental repertoire with Giovanni Legrenzi. The Sonatas taken from the collections he published in Venice between 1655 and 1673 feature highly diverse forms ranging from the trio sonata up to larger forms for 4, 5, or 6 parts and even double choir. His final collection of instrumental music, Balletti e Correnti, published in 1691, offers us a very different view of instrumental music in which certain French influences cannot be denied. Here, Clematis gives us the first complete anthology of his instrumental works. The variety of forms and forces ensures this disc with a fine diversity of styles from sonatas still close in spirit to those of Biagio Marini up to those for four violins foreshadowing the generation of Vivaldi. Recorded in two different locations, this anthology lets us discover these compositions in the sonority either of the church with its choir organ or, more intimate, the chamber.

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Christoph Eschenbach & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – Sommernachtskonzert 2017 (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Sommernachtskonzert 2017 (Summer Night Concert 2017) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:25:50 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical

You probably didn’t think you’d ever hear the venerable Vienna Philharmonic play music from the Harry Potter films. However, they make a fine job of “Hedwig’s Theme” as part of a let-your-hair-down summer program under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach and themed around figures from the world of fairy-tale and fantasy. Renée Fleming, in voluptuous voice, is luxury casting for a sequence of songs and arias—with one of her party pieces, Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon”, making a welcome appearance.

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Chineke! Orchestra & Keven John Edusei – Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” – Sibelius: Finlandia (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Chineke! Orchestra & Keven John Edusei – Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” – Sibelius: Finlandia (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:29 minutes | 826 MB | Genre: Classical
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Signum are proud to present the debut recording from the Chineke! Orchestra, in a new live orchestral recording from The Royal Festival Hall, London.

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Jan Lisiecki – Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2017) [FLAC 24-96]

Jan Lisiecki – Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 64:32 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

Jan Lisiecki puts the spotlight on rarely recorded works of the orchestral Chopin, the repertoire that became his calling card and kick-started his international career. Jan’s release of both piano concertos (recorded at the age of 13 and 14) with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley was praised as one of the most exciting contributions to Chopin’s 200th anniversary year in 2010. The two live recordings that have earned Jan the prestigious Diapason Découverte award in May 2010, placed him on the map as a promising newcomer and resulted in his exclusive DG recording deal. Now, Jan has fulfilled his dreams of completing the orchestral Chopin repertoire: To record all remaining works for piano and orchestra recorded in the studio with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, conducted by the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański.

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Artur Pizarro – Chopin: Reminiscences (2004) [FLAC 24-96]

Artur Pizarro – Chopin: Reminiscences (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:18:57 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet | © Linn Records

Reminiscences is a collection of Chopin’s best loved works for solo piano, each one of personal significance to Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro, who in turn delivers sensitive and thrilling performances. Originally released in 2005, Chopin: Reminiscences is re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series that offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalog. The inspiration for the title came from Artur’s experience of Chopin frequently being played in his childhood home, as well as being the original name of the C sharp minor Nocturne. Artur plays a Bluthner grand piano, which responds phenomenally to his dazzling articulation, while giving huge sonorous depth to the sound.

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