Samson Francois – Chopin: Preludes, Op.28; 4 Impromptus (1959/2012) [HDTracks 24-96]

Samson Francois – Chopin: Preludes, Op.28; 4 Impromptus (1959/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:16 minutes | 867 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Warner Classics/Erato

Esteemed pianist Samson Francois interprets pieces by Chopin. His performance is poised, powerful and exhilarating, driven by his deep appreciation for Chopin’s works. With astounding sound quality, Francois exudes pianism at its finest. A definitive collection for any audiophile.

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Frederic Chopin – Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Krystian Zimerman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini (1978/79/2002) [HRA 24-96]

Frederic Chopin – Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Krystian Zimerman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini (1978/79/2002) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:30 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | @ Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: November 1978, Music Centre, Los Angeles; November 1979, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

Chopin’s two piano concertos have long been admired more as pianistic vehicles than as integrated works for piano and orchestra. But in his revelatory new recording, Krystian Zimerman suggests otherwise: The opening orchestral tuttis have so much more light, shade, orchestral color, and detail, you wonder if they’ve been rewritten. Every gesture, every instrumental solo is so specifically characterized that by the time the piano makes a dramatic entrance, the pieces have become operas without words. One may wonder if Chopin intended that. In fact, he knew bel canto opera in his native Poland, but the more positive proof is that the music has so much more to say when treated this way. Some will find the performances disturbing: The interpretations are so much more about content than form, and there’s so much tempo and rhythmic flexibility, that the music sometimes seems unmoored and adrift. But upon repeated listening, the sense of fantasy is so beguiling that you wonder if you could ever go back to more conventional performances. –David Patrick Stearns

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Samson Francois – Chopin: Etudes, Op.10 & 25 (2011 Remaster) (1966/2012) [HDTracks 24bit/96kHz]

Samson Francois – Chopin: Etudes, Op.10 & 25 (2011 – Remaster) (1966/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:06:53 minutes | 708 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Warner Classics/Erato

Accomplished pianist Samson Francois interprets masterworks by Chopin. His execution is powerful and precise, driven by his sophisticated intellect. Francois moves effortlessly through these demanding works producing a spine-tingling experience that exudes pianism at its finest. A must have for any collection.

 

About the Mastering
Four engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London have remastered these historic EMI recordings from their original analogue sources for release in pristine hi-def. Between them, Simon Gibson, Ian Jones, Andy Walter and Allan Ramsay have many years of experience remastering archive recordings for EMI and other record labels. The process always starts with finding all of the records and tapes in EMI’s archive in London and comparing different sources and any previous CD reissues. We consult each recording’s job file, which contains notes about the recording made by the engineer and producer. For example, this sometimes explain why there is more than one set of tapes to choose from. All of the tapes are generally in good condition and we play them on our Studer A80 π inch tape machine, after careful calibration of its replay characteristics.
In order to have the best digital remastering tools at our disposal for the remastering, we transfer from analogue to the digital domain at 96 KHz and 24-bit resolution using a Prism ADA-8 converter and capture the audio to our SADiE Digital Audio Workstation.

Simon Gibson, January 2012

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Canty – Carmina Celtica (2010) [LINN 24-192]

Canty – Carmina Celtica (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 66:52 minutes | 2,36 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: LINN Records.com | Covers & Digital Booklet

World-premiere recordings of medieval and contemporary spritual songs including James MacMillan ‘Os mutorum’ and John Tavener ‘Two Hadiths’.

There are a number of thematic strands running through this programme: the wanderings of Celtic saints across Europe in the Dark Ages, light and the heavenly bodies, and the life-force of creation, to name but three. The most important aspect of this recording for Canty, however, is that for the first time we have been able to celebrate part of the rapidly growing corpus of contemporary music that has been of vital importance to us since we began our musical journey.

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Juan Diego Flórez – Great Tenor Arias (2004) SACD-R

Juan Diego Flórez – Great Tenor Arias
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi / Carlo Rizzi
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,15 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: – | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Decca # 475 6187 DSA | Country/Year: Europe 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera

Review by Allen Schrott
On his third aria collection for Decca, Juan Diego Flórez continues to stretch his repertory beyond the Rossini roles that established his solo career. But he never strays far, wisely sticking to roles that suit his light, gracious sound, and which make the most of his exhilarating top notes without requiring dramatic heft. Flórez is a truly special singer, one of the best put together young tenors around, and Great Tenor Arias shows him off to great effect.
Despite the album’s title, very few of the selections included are from the usual Tenors hit parade; only Verdi’s “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto will be familiar to the casual listener. Coincidentally, that aria is the only real misfire on the album — which is not to say Flórez sings it badly; rather, his tone is just too likable, too boyishly friendly, to capture the spirit of one of opera’s most notorious bad guys. But almost every other selection on the album is spot on vocally, musically, and in character. Hearing Flórez tear into the florid coloratura of Rossini’s Semiramide can’t help but bring a smile to your face. His “J’ai perdu mon Euridice” from the less-often heard French version of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice shows him tackling a difficult “haute-contre” tessitura with no trouble. And his “Firenze è come un albero fiorito” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (probably the only Puccini role Flórez is likely to sing) has the perfect blend of youthful enthusiasm and vocal thrust. In general, this collection shows that Flórez has a more colorful palette at his disposal than many light tenors. His high notes have ring and a visceral “tug,” and he can sing softly without sacrificing energy or intensity. Carlo Rizzi and the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi are deluxe partners for Flórez. Great Tenor Arias is a highly enjoyable listen, and an impressive step in this young singer’s career. ~allmusicguide

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Johannes Brahms – Hardy Rittner – Early Piano Works Vol.2 (2008) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Johannes Brahms – Hardy Rittner – Early Piano Works Vol.2
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,51 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 0,99 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: MDG “Scene” # 904 1538-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008 | 3% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Piano

Hardy Rittner seemed on top of his game both technically and interpretively in his first volume of Brahms’ early piano works, but for some reason he seems less assured and less interpretively attuned to Brahms’ music in this, his second volume. Performing the north German composer’s C major and F minor sonatas, Rittner does not bring out of the piano the massive sonorities the music’s out-sized chords require. This may be due in part to his choice of instrument. On the first volume, Rittner performed on a rich-toned 1851 Johann Baptist Streicher piano, but here he’s playing an 1850 Bösendorfer lacking both depth and resonance. As he did in the previous disc, Rittner does well with the poetic side of Brahms’ nature and his account of the F minor Sonata’s Andante espressivo is thoroughly persuasive. But when he needs to pour on the power as in the same sonata’s Finale, Rittner and his Bösendorfer can’t supply what’s wanted. Though Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm’s super audio sound is clear and present, this disc fails to live up to the promise of its earlier sibling. 
~ Review by James Leonard allmusicguide

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Bratislava Symphony Orchestra-35 Jahre Boehse Onkelz – Symphonien Und Sonaten-DIGIPAK-2CD-FLAC-2015-VOLDiES

Bratislava Symphony Orchestra-35 Jahre Boehse Onkelz - Symphonien Und Sonaten-DIGIPAK-2CD-FLAC-2015-VOLDiES Download

Bratislava Symphony Orchestra-35 Jahre Boehse Onkelz – Symphonien Und Sonaten-DIGIPAK-2CD-FLAC-2015-VOLDiES

Release Name: Bratislava_Symphony_Orchestra-35_Jahre_Boehse_Onkelz_-_Symphonien_Und_Sonaten-DIGIPAK-2CD-FLAC-2015-VOLDiES
Artist: Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
Album: 35 Jahre B&#246;hse Onkelz – Symp..<br>35 Jahre B&#246;hse Onkelz – Symphonien und Sonaten<br>35 Jahre B&#246;hse Onkelz – Symphonien Und Sonaten
Genre: Classical
Year: 2015
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:42:33
Size: 574.11 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Dunkler Ort – 4:16 (853 kbps , 26.05 MB)
  2. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Der Platz neben mir<br>Der Platz Neben Mir – 8:19 (772 kbps , 45.95 MB)
  3. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Macht f&#252;r den der sie nicht ..<br>Macht f&#252;r den der sie nicht will<br>Macht F&#252;r Den Der Sie Nicht Will – 4:26 (858 kbps , 27.24 MB)
  4. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Ich bin in dir<br>Ich Bin In Dir – 4:38 (730 kbps , 24.18 MB)
  5. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Freddy Kr&#252;ger – 4:05 (851 kbps , 24.82 MB)
  6. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Kirche – 4:46 (789 kbps , 26.95 MB)
  7. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Wieder mal ‘nen Tag verschenkt<br>Wieder Mal ‘nen Tag Verschenkt – 4:12 (693 kbps , 20.83 MB)
  8. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Regen – 5:28 (769 kbps , 30.12 MB)
  9. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Nichts ist f&#252;r die Ewigkeit<br>Nichts Ist F&#252;r Die Ewigkeit – 5:15 (786 kbps , 29.48 MB)
  10. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Nur die besten sterben jung<br>Nur Die Besten Sterben Jung – 4:00 (799 kbps , 22.84 MB)
  11. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Wir ham’ noch lange nicht ge..<br>Wir ham’ noch lange nicht genung<br>Wir Ham’ Noch Lange Nicht Genung – 5:01 (781 kbps , 27.98 MB)
  12. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Nekrophil – 4:15 (806 kbps , 24.5 MB)
  13. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – 28 – 4:32 (745 kbps , 24.14 MB)
  14. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Bin ich nur gl&#252;cklich wenn e..<br>Bin ich nur gl&#252;cklich wenn es schmerzt<br>Bin Ich Nur Gl&#252;cklich Wenn Es Schmerzt – 5:43 (712 kbps , 29.06 MB)
  15. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Koma – 5:05 (759 kbps , 27.64 MB)
  16. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Tanz der Teufel<br>Tanz Der Teufel – 4:04 (798 kbps , 23.19 MB)
  17. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Erinnerungen – 5:24 (794 kbps , 30.63 MB)
  18. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Panamericana – 6:17 (794 kbps , 35.67 MB)
  19. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Der Himmel kann warten<br>Der Himmel Kann Warten – 4:26 (768 kbps , 24.41 MB)
  20. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra – Baja – 8:32 (793 kbps , 48.43 MB)

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Mariss Jansons – Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame – The Queen Of Spades (2015) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Mariss Jansons – Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:48:30 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ BR-Klassik

In its history as a concert orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has also devoted itself on numerous occasions to opera, under such eminent conductors as Rafael Kubelik and Leonard Bernstein. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons also maintains the tradition, for example with concert performances of Russian operas such as “Eugene Onegin”. BR-KLASSIK now presents the 2014 live recording in Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig of the semi-staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s late masterpiece “The Queen of Spades”. With great connoisseurship, Mariss Jansons has brought together a group of singers for this performance in original Russian who are all native speakers of the language, and very familiar with the work. They include Misha Didyk as Hermann, Tatiana Serjan as Lisa, and Alexey Markov as Prince Yeletsky.

Hearing as refined and lustrous an orchestra as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is a treat in itself. The recording is taken from a series of semi-staged performances of The Queen of Spades that Mariss Jansons conducted in the Munich Gasteig last October. The cast is an entirely Russian-speaking one, but it’s certainly a bit of a mixed bag. There is sometimes a pinched quality in the upper registers of Misha Didyk s Hermann, though his confrontation with Larissa Diadkova’s terrific Countess (beautifully paced and detailed by Jansons), is impressive and never topples over into hysteria; Tatiana Serjan’s Lisa seems rather hard-boiled and squally. The best of the rest is Alexey Markov as Yeletsky, who sings his great second-act aria with just the right mix of ardour and honour. But uniformly convincing recordings of the last of Tchaikovsky’s Pushkin operas are few and far between, and the pluses definitely outweigh the minuses in this one.

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VA-Festliches Weihnachtskonzert-CD-FLAC-2015-VOiCE

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VA-Festliches Weihnachtskonzert-CD-FLAC-2015-VOiCE

Release Name: VA-Festliches_Weihnachtskonzert-CD-FLAC-2015-VOiCE
Artist: VA
Album: Unbekannter Titel<br>Festliches Weihnachtskonzert
Genre: Classical
Year: 2015
Tracks: 16
Duration: 00:55:09
Size: 318.89 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Michael Hirte – Oh du fr&#246;hliche<br>Oh Du Fr&#246;hliche – 3:11 (1005 kbps , 22.88 MB)
  2. Paul Potts – The First Noel – 4:01 (785 kbps , 22.58 MB)
  3. Die Jungen Ten&#246;re – Feliz Na..<br>Die Jungen Ten&#246;re – Feliz Navidad<br>Die Jungen Ten&#246;re – Die Jungen Ten&#246;re – Feliz Na..<br>Die Jungen Ten&#246;re – Feliz Navidad<br>Feliz Navidad – 3:33 (935 kbps , 23.79 MB)
  4. Montserrat Caball&#233; &amp; Montser..<br>Montserrat Caball&#233; &amp; Montserrat Marti – Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht<br>Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht – 3:48 (768 kbps , 20.93 MB)
  5. Ricky King – Es ist ein Ros’ entsprugen<br>Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprugen – 2:01 (786 kbps , 11.36 MB)
  6. It Divo – Adeste Fideles – 3:47 (797 kbps , 21.54 MB)
  7. Kenny G – White Christmas – 3:01 (670 kbps , 14.49 MB)
  8. Peter Hofmann – Vom Himmel hoch<br>Vom Himmel Hoch – 2:25 (752 kbps , 12.99 MB)
  9. Rond&#243; Veneziano – Sinfonia Di Natale – 4:49 (854 kbps , 29.47 MB)
  10. Jos&#233; Carreras – Ave Maria – 4:59 (774 kbps , 27.64 MB)
  11. Captain Cook und sein singen..<br>Captain Cook und sein singende Saxophone<br>Captain Cook Und Sein Singende Saxophone – Kommet ihr Hirten<br>Kommet Ihr Hirten – 2:25 (852 kbps , 14.76 MB)
  12. Johannes Kalpers &amp; Die Limbu..<br>Johannes Kalpers &amp; Die Limburger Domsingknaben – O Holy Night – 4:22 (755 kbps , 23.61 MB)
  13. G&#252;nter Noris – Wei&#223;er Winterwald – 3:13 (845 kbps , 19.45 MB)
  14. The Priests – Little Drummer Boy-Peace On ..<br>Little Drummer Boy-Peace On Earth – 3:27 (763 kbps , 18.79 MB)
  15. Edward Simoni – S&#252;&#223;er die Glocken nie klingen<br>S&#252;&#223;er Die Glocken Nie Klingen – 3:27 (915 kbps , 22.6 MB)
  16. Susan Boyle – Auld Land Syne – 2:45 (612 kbps , 12.01 MB)

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Antal Dorati, New Philharmonia Orchestra, – Tchaikovsky: Complete Orchestral Suites (1966/2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Complete Orchestral Suites – New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Dorati (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:23:35 minutes | 2,89 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ Mercury Records/Decca
Recorded: August 16–21, 1966, in Watford Town Hall, London

When this album was originally released in 1966, it marked the first time all four of Tchaikovsky suites for orchestra were collected on one package. Antal Doráti directs the New Philharmonia Orchestra on a very generous recording, running over two hours, boasting spectacular sound considering the age of the performances. In a review of Doráti’s works, ClassicsToday.com said this album is “now an audiophile collector’s item.”

 

„Newly remastered in fine sound, and the reissue album offers the finest ever recordings of Tchaikovsky’s four delicious orchestral suites. Of the major orchestral works, these pieces have been mostly dismissed and neglected–shamefully so, as they contain some very fine music. Once in a while someone trots out the finale of the Third Suite, or the Fourth (based on music by Mozart) gets a little exposure, but that’s about it. The reason is simple: none of these works is an emotional heavyweight–they really reflect nothing more than the composer’s desire to make some pretty music. For most listeners, that will be reason enough to want to hear them.“ –David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday

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