Category Archives: Classical

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 (2009) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2009)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:14 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Traditionally, since the middle of the 18th century, Russian opera had been influenced by the Italians, just as the music world as a whole had been strongly oriented towards that country during the empire of the czars. For Russian composers, this meant that they have to battle incessantly for the recognition of their musical identity, which was not surprising in a country where many prominent families felt more at home speaking French than Russian. In his operas A Life for the Czar (1836), and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1841), Michael Glinka laid a foundation for the national opera culture, and Alexander Dargomishky  followed his example. However, their music was still strongly influenced by foreign works; the torch was then taken over by Alexander Borodin and a few others, who grouped together under the name Moguchaya Kuchka (the ‘mighty handful’). Their main objective was to develop an authentic idiom, based on Russian folklore music. In addition, they strove to create a high degree of realism in the music drama. They were successful at this, even though at times hindered in the realization of their intentions by a lack of professional training of various members.

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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 (2006) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2006)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:15:38 minutes | 3,00 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Alexander Vedernikov leads the orchestra, soloists and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on this first volume of Highlights From Russian Operas, including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka and others.

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Tchaikovsky & Bloch – Piano Trios – Osiris Trio (2007) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Tchaikovsky & Bloch – Piano Trios – Osiris Trio (2007)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:53:42 minutes | 5,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Cobra Records

All his life Tchaikovsky struggled against what he himself called ‘the inability in gene- ral to maintain a good grip on form. I have fought this innate weakness and – some- thing I’m proud of – not without some decent results. Nonetheless I will go to my grave without having produced anything at all which has a perfect form.’ Dilettantism was anathema to him: ‘You really have to outdo yourself if you want to avoid lapsing into dilettantism, of which even someone as gifted as Glinka was not entirely free…’ Although Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky is generally seen as belonging to the Western-orientated Russian school, as indeed are most of his professional colleagues in Moscow, his musical art was not in fact very far removed from the ideals of the so-called ‘Mighty Five’ (or ‘Mighty Handful’.) In 1869 he met Balakirev, the actual founder of this national school in Petersburg. Balakirev recognized the young Tchaikovsky’s talent and would ideally have liked to include him in his group. But the greatest problem as he saw it was that Tchaikovsky had received a formal conservatoire education, and that clashed with his ideals of an uncultivated, original Russian music.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto – Itzhak Perlman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto & Serenade melancolique – Itzhak Perlman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:48 minutes | 836 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: The “Old Met”, Philadelphia, 11 & 13 November 1978

It has to be the most popular violin concerto of all — by turns captivating, moving and flamboyant. Almost every virtuoso has recorded it at least once. And it was with this work that an eighteen-year-old violinist by the name of Itzhak Perlman would make the very first recording of his career, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Alfred Wallenstein (1964), returning to the studio in the years to come to set down three further versions of the same concerto. We are, of course, talking about Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35. Between the recording he made with the Boston Symphony conducted by Erich Leinsdorf (RCA, 1967), and his live version with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in Leningrad (EMI, 1990; see volume 45), Perlman added this third interpretation to his recorded catalogue. This concerto more than any other has accompanied him throughout his career. Indeed, he’s often claimed that he could play it virtually in his sleep. It could even be seen as emblematic of his style, given both the prodigiously virtuosic demands it makes on the performer and its charismatic warmth.

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Thomas Tallis – Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music – The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (2015) [FKAC 24-44,1]

Thomas Tallis – Ave, rosa sine spinis & other sacred music – The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:13:41 minutes | 667 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: November 2013, Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom

The Cardinall’s Musick and their inspirational director Andrew Carwood present a further volume of their Gramophone-Award-winning series of Tallis’s sacred music.
This new album contains some of the most sublime music of the entire period, performed with The Cardinall’s Musick’s familiar committed, full-blooded and beautiful singing. In including both Tallis’s English and Latin settings, it demonstrates the composer’s mastery of the changing edicts imposed on him from above in this turbulent time.
Informative and scholarly booklet notes by Andrew Carwood place the music in its historical and liturgical context.

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Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 – A Beethoven Recital (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 – A Beethoven Recital (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:46:13 minutes | 2,13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Sony Music
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960

GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL :: Ever since its opening night in May 1891 Carnegie Hall has held sway as the undisputed shrine of classical music in America. It was and remains the essential venue for all great artists. To celebrate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary Sony Classical in cooperation with Carnegie Hall is proud to present an extraordinary new 43-CD box set of treasures from the RCA and Columbia archives featuring live recordings from many of the world’s greatest musicians. This unique deluxe edition contains a complete previously unreleased piano recital by Sviatoslav Richter and is accompanied by a 104-pages coffee table book which contains notes by Carnegie Hall archivist Gino Francesconi as well as many facsimile documents and photographs.

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Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part II (2015) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part II (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:41:22 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960

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Sviatoslav Richter Plays Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part I (2015) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part I (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:03:38 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960

A sturdy box set of 18 CDs in cardboard sleeves with original cover art, this 2015 Sony collection of Sviatoslav Richter’s Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor recordings is a valuable resource for admirers of the great Russian pianist. Prevented from leaving the Soviet Union in the 1950s, despite his growing international reputation, Richter finally came to the United States in 1960 for a marathon series of concerts. These recordings were drawn from his five dynamic performances at Carnegie Hall, a recital at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Münch. Also included with these landmark performances are two studio albums Richter made for RCA, and a special 1988 live recording he made with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Because most of these recordings have only been issued as original vinyl pressings that have been unavailable for decades, this set is an essential item for collectors of Richter’s rarities. –Review by Blair Sanderson

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