Category Archives: Classical

Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich – Schumann, Debussy, Bartok – Piano Duos II (2015) [HDTracks 24-48]

Schumann, Debussy, Bartok – Piano Duos II – Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 59:02 minutes | 504 MB  | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Label: Peral Music

The record captures Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich in an unforgettable live performance during the summer of 2015 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Debussy’s En blanc et noir, Schumann’s Six Studies in Canon Form, and – with members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion were featured on the duo recital program.

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Thomas Zehetmair, Orchestre de chambre de Paris – Schumann: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 1 & Phantasie (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Robert Schumann – Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 1 & Phantasie – Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Thomas Zehetmair (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:14 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © ECM Records GmbH

Founded in 1978, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris quickly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras. In 2012, Thomas Zehetmair was appointed the orchestra’s principal conductor and artistic advisor and on this recording, made at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in February 2014, does double duty as both soloist and conductor. Zehetmair’s insightful approach to Robert Schumann has already been demonstrated on ECM New Series with the Zehetmair Quartet, whose recording of two Schumann string quartets won prizes including the Gramophone Award as Album of the Year in 2003. The composition of the Symphony no. 1 “Spring” (1841) drew inspiration from Schubert’s 9th Symphony and from the poetry of Adolf Böttger. The Phantasy and the Violin Concerto (both 1853) had quite different fates. The Phantasy was premiered to huge acclaim in October 1853. The Violin Concerto had to wait more than 80 years for its premiere, and too often since then players have made adjustments to the violin part. Thomas Zehetmair reveals how urgent and convincing the impact of Schumann’s original version can be when the performers enter into its spirit.

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New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer – Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Faust Overture (1969/2012) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 3, Faust Overture – New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1969/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:32 minutes | 986 MB  | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Label: EMI Classics
Recorded: Abbey Road Studio No 1, London, February 1969

This must-have recording features the collaborative efforts of conductor Otto Klemperer and the New Philharmonia Orchestra. Klemperer showcases all his talents and proves why he is widely considered one of the leading conductors of the 20th century. The ensemble performs Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.97 ‘Rhenish’ with rich dynamics.

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New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer – Schumann: Symphony No. 1, Manfred Overture (1965/2012) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 1, Manfred Overture – New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1965/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:09 minutes | 954 MB  | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: e-onkyo | Label: EMI Classics
Recorded: Abbey Road Studio No 1, London, October 1965

Otto Klemperer was born on 14th May 1885 in Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland) and died on 6th July 1973 in Zurich and hence next year we mark 40 years since his passing. Although disfigured by a stroke suffered whilst a brain tumour was being removed he became a world-renowned conductor whose recordings became and remain touchstones for the EMI catalogue.

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Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner – Rheinmadchen – Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon (2016) [eClassical 24-96]

Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner – Rheinmadchen – Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:18 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © Harmonia Mundi
Recorded: juillet 2015, Temple du Saint-Esprit, Paris

The Rhine hymned by women’s voices :: A major source of inspiration for writers and painters (Hugo, Nerval, Heine, Eichendorff, Turner) and above all composers throughout Romantic Europe, the legends of the Rhine still enthral our imaginations even today. The Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon invite us on a fantastic voyage through famous works (including Wagner) and others, much more rarely recorded, that are absolute gems of the repertory for female voices.

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Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists – Schubert: String Quintet (2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Franz Schubert – String Quintet – Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists (2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:52:27 minutes | 2,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, 1-2 december 2013

‘The richest and most productive eighteen months in music history’ is how the English composer Benjamin Britten described Franz Schubert’s final period, when works including the magisterial String Quintet in C major saw the light of day. For besides the quintet, Die Winterreise (Winter Journey), the Symphony in C major (‘the Great’) and the last three piano sonatas flowed from Schubert’s pen. Since Beethoven’s death in 1827, Schubert was engrossed in the development of largescale musical forms, and certainly succeeded in this in the fifty minutes of the quintet. It is not the music of a man who knows he will die by the age of thirty-one, but music born of an almost volcanic ambition, comparable to that of Beethoven when he entrusted his string quartets opus 18 to paper. Notable is Schubert’s preference for a second cello, shared with Boccherini, rather than a second viola as in the quintets of Mozart and Beethoven. Although the four-movement plan of Schubert’s quintet is entirely in the classical tradition of his age, it is already quite clear from the first two movements that there is mention of a grand scheme, as they slowly unfold to reveal a large-scale structure not unlike the later symphonic cathedrals of Anton Bruckner (who was four years old at the time).

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Emil Gilels, Amadeus Quartet – Schubert: Piano Quintet & String Quartet (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Franz Schubert – Piano Quintet ‘The Trout’; String Quartet ‘Death And The Maiden’ – Emil Gilels, Amadeus Quartet (1959/1975/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:32 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: (#1-5) September 1975, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland; (#6-9) April 1959, Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany

In the last few years before he died of syphilis at the age of 31, Franz Schubert experienced one of the most prolific periods of creative genius humankind has ever seen. This quartet is one of the fruits of that period. In the first movement, Schubert develops a simple descending-scale motif into an intense outpouring of grief. The quartet takes its name from the theme of the second movement, a song which Schubert wrote when he was twenty. In its quartet incarnation, Schubert takes the simple melody through a whole range of moods, building to an impassioned frenzy and then relaxing.

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Angela Hewitt – Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas (2016) [Hyperion FLAC 24/96]

Angela Hewitt – Domenico Scarlatti – Sonatas (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:08 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records.co.uk | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: February 2015, Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany

Baroque pianist par excellence Angela Hewitt turns to the rich seam of Domenico Scarlatti keyboard sonatas. There are 555 in total—here Angela performs sixteen of the finest.

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Camille Saint-Saens – Helene; Nuit persane – Orchestra Victoria, Guillaume Tourniaire (2008) [24-96]

Camille Saint-Saens – Helene; Nuit persane – Orchestra Victoria, Guillaume Tourniaire (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:31:31 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: melbarecordings.com.au | Digital Booklet | © Melba Recordings
Recorded: Melbourne Town Hall, 2007

Historic world-premiere recordings of two Saint-Saëns lost masterpieces, recently rediscovered, herald Melba Recordings’ major release schedule this autumn. Hélène is a one hour, one act poème lyrique written for Dame Nellie Melba in 1904, it features the thrilling international tenor based in Europe, Steve Davislim.
Saint-Saëns depicts one of history’s greatest love affairs in music that is characterised by soaring lyricism and shot through with sumptuous melodies. Hélène is coupled with another world premiere recording, the orchestral version of Saint-Saëns’ hypnotic cycle for tenor, alto, chorus, narrator and orchestra, Nuit Persane – a memorable account showcasing Steve Davislim and alto Zan McKendree-Wright. Both works exemplify Saint-Saëns at his best.
The album marks the debut on Melba Recordings of Guillaume Tourniaire, one of the most exhilarating conductors of our time. Tourniaire is Artistic Director of the State Opera, Prague.
2 disc set within luxury 100-page accompanying book, which includes essays, illustrations and translations, with full libretto and song texts in French and English. The book also contains articles by Bettany Hughes, noted Helen of Troy specialist, and Professor Hugh McDonald, distinguished Berlioz biographer and musicologist.

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Gioachino Rossini – Overtures – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (2014) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Gioachino Rossini – Overtures – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:50 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

Continuing their series of Rossini recordings, Antonio Pappano and the Rome-based Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia follow three substantial works – the monumental Stabat Mater, the grandly scaled Guillaume Tell and the Petite Messe Solennelle (famously not as small as it names suggests) – with an appetising array of musical antipasti: seven operatic overtures and an enchanting chamber-scale ‘Andante e tema con variazioni’. “There is nothing quite like Rossini played by Italian musicians, as Pappano’s Santa Cecilia Stabat Mater demonstrated,“ wrote the Sunday Times, and – in Antonio Pappano’s eyes – composers do not come more typically Italian than the Pesaro-born genius who wrote dozens of comic and serious operas, famed for their vocal, technical and theatrical virtuosity: “There’s something about Rossini,” he told the Telegraph, “that gives you a sense of the ideal Italian character type – his measured elegance, his modishess, his exhibitionism…though of course nowadays most of these qualities are on display in the work of clothes designers, not musicians…I try to get the players [of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia] to flaunt their italianità, which means basically a singing tone and warmth. I do think their sound is quite special, and of course I feel very at home with it. I didn’t grow up in Italy but my parents were very Italian, so there are certain things that just go without saying. We naturally phrase the same way.”

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