Category Archives: Classical

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker – Verdi: Messa da Requiem (1972) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2012] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker – Verdi: Messa da Requiem (1972) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2012]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 88:54 minutes | Scans included | 3,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,51 GB

Japanese original release. Uses 2012 DSD master based on the Deutsche Grammophon’s original analog tape.

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Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Adagio (1972) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2011] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker – Adagio: Albinoni, Rachelbel, Boccherini, Respighi (1972) [Japan 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 47:10 minutes | Scans included (PDF) | 1,92 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included (PDF) | 926 MB
Japanese original release / Uses the DSD master produced at EBS in August 2011 / Based on Deutsche Grammophon analog tape

音が見える! 躍動する! 世界が初めて耳にする、別次元のクオリティ。透明性/流動性に優れるSHM素材をボディに使用。さらに、DSD本来の特性が生きるシングルレイヤー (2ch)方式を採り入れた、究極のSuper Audio CDシリーズ! 今やピリオド楽器やピリオド奏法が主流となり小編成で演奏されるバロック音楽ですが、カラヤンによる演奏は大編成のオーケストラを十分に歌わせた濃厚なもの。DGのアナログ・マスターよりEBSにて2011年8月DSD化。日本独自企画。

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Franz Schubert – Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra – Symphonies No. 8 & No. 9 (2006) [Hybrid-SACD] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Franz Schubert – Symphonies No. 8 & No. 9
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,59 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,20 GB | Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-66374-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2006, 1955 & 1958
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School

Review by Blair Sanderson
The hybrid SACD format is ideal for reissuing RCA Red Seal’s early two- and three-channel stereo recordings, and Charles Münch’s vibrant recordings of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, “Unfinished,” and the Symphony No. 9 in C major, “The Great,” especially benefit from this state-of-the-art technology. Recorded in 1955 and 1958, respectively, these performances with the phenomenal Boston Symphony Orchestra sound magnificent with the spacious separation and the close simulation of a real orchestral environment made possible by DSD and multichannel remastering. Beyond the superb audio quality, these recordings are fascinating documents of Münch’s elegant interpretations of Schubert. Known mostly as a conductor of the French Romantic repertoire, Münch was less closely associated with the Austro-Germanic symphonic literature, so his Schubert might seem a little outside the tradition, especially because of his lighter-than-air touch, elegant phrasing, fleet tempos, and utter avoidance of hysteria or bombast. The “Unfinished” is enjoyable for its refined dynamics and delicate sonorities, especially in the woodwinds; while “The Great” practically takes flight on its buoyant rhythms and seems quite propulsive in the Finale. This is the first time these performances have been paired in RCA’s Living Stereo series, and the affordable reissue price puts this terrific matchup well within reach of classical beginners and budget-conscious connoisseurs. ~allmusicguide

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Aaron Copland & London Symphony Orchestra – Copland Conducts Copland (2000) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Aaron Copland & London Symphony Orchestra – Copland Conducts Copland (2000)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:40 minutes | Scans included | 3,02 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,17 GB
Genre: Classical

Copland Conducts Copland is a collections of recordings released in the 70s by Aaron Copland conducting The London Symphony Orchestra.

This is one of the SACDs that can make anyone a believer in the new format. The performance is top notch to begin with, but it’s the quality of the recording that caught my attention, even though I have other good recordings of these pieces. Instruments truly sounded live and spread across a 3 dimensional space. Hall sounds were distinct from the music – you could tell the hall was empty when the recording was made and you could easily time the primary reverbations. Every instrument and distinct sound seemed to exist in its own space. Only complaints are that overall sound is a bit bright, typical of the era of the recording, and the hall reverb was too strong, probably due to the empty space.
– Customer review at amazon.com

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Carl Nielsen – The Three Concertos – New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (2015) [ProStudioMasters 24-96]

Carl Nielsen – The Three Concertos – New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:17:16 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | © Dacapo Records
Recorded: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 10–13 October 2012 (Violin and Flute Concertos)
and 7–10 & 13 January 2015 (Clarinet Concerto)

CREEP INTO THE SOULS OF THE INSTRUMENTS :: Carl Nielsen’s three solo concertos, along with his six symphonies, constitute the core of his orchestral music. Like the symphonies, each of the three concertos relates to the classical tradition in its own way. At the same time they show how Carl Nielsen developed, and increasingly distanced himself from the conventions. “I began by composing with the piano, later rearranging for the orchestra. The next stage was that I wrote my score directly for the instruments. Now I think in terms of the instruments themselves – I sort of creep into their souls,” said Carl Nielsen at the age of 60. It is this personification of the instruments that makes the three solo concertos so individual. In the Violin Concerto there is moreover a quite personal empathy with the solo instrument, because Nielsen was originally a violinist himself.

 

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Glass, Part, Kancheli, Umbayashi – New Seasons – Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica (2015) [HRA 24-192]

Glass, Part, Kancheli, Umbayashi – New Seasons – Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 01:17:43 minutes | 2,51 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Vilnius, Lithuanian National Radio Recording Studio, 2/2013 (Glass, Kancheli, Umebayashi); 9/2014 (Pärt)

Gidon Kremer returns to the Yellow label after more than a decade with the brand new reference recording of Philip Glass’ Second Violin Concerto – “The American Seasons”, hs first solo concerto album in many years.The first Glass Violin Concerto, performed by Kremer and released by DG in 1993, has achieved cult status and shipped close to 90k units (in Germany alone over 25k copies) – and has become a staple of DG’s contemporary music catalogue.
Now, this extraordinary follow-up Concerto is at the heart of the repertoire of the Kremerata Baltica. Performed for the first time in San José, Costa Rica with Gidon Kremer as soloist in August 2013, it will be toured later in the year – info to follow shortly.
The album is completed by works of Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli – two composers both closely associated with Gidon Kremer, and who are both set to celebrate milestone 80th birthdays this year. Gidon has also added the short piece by the well-known Japanese film composer Shigeru Umebayashi as a tribute to his Japanese friends.
Four highly regarded visual artists and film maker have created four different films for each of the American Seasons that are projected to screens during concert performances.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Works for Violins and Orchestra – Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2007) [PentatoneMusic 24-96]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Works for Violins and Orchestra – Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:03:35 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: pentatonemusic.com |  © PentaTone Classics
Recorded: 2006

German violinist Julia Fischer, 24 years old when this recording was released, is surely a bright new star, all charisma as her diminutive self stands between conductor and collaborator Yakov Kreizberg and violist Gordan Nikolic on the cover of this disc. She has a steely technique that she brings to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K. 364 — not a steely work, but the musicianship here is superb. Fischer and Nikolic make an attractive pair in the work, her razor-sharp tone set against his gutsier sound production, all the contrasts held together by Kreizberg’s brisk tempos and no-nonsense forward drive. There are recordings of the Sinfonia Concertante that play more directly to sentiment, but the work’s intricate architecture breathes in this interpretation. An additional bonus is the inclusion of the rarely heard Concertone in C major for two violins and orchestra, K. 190, a work that also has solo oboe and cello parts and seems to hang in the balance between the concerto and sinfonia concerante (multiple-soloist) genres. The performers bring a nice lilting quality to the first two movements, rather sprawling creations of the young Mozart that demand really compelling soloists of the sort on display here. The only complaint is over-resonant sound, the result of PentaTone’s decision to record in a Haarlem church — the wrong place for music intended for a medium-sized, crowded, well-upholstered room. It destroys the intimate scale of the performance and causes the soloists and the harpsichord continuo of the Concertone, especially, to sound a bit like they are swimming in a watery chamber. The clarity of Fischer’s playing, however, is not compromised, and it’s a real wonder. She has also recorded two of Mozart’s solo violin concertos with the same forces, but this disc in a way suggests even greater talents. –James Manheim, AllMusic

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5 – Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Dodds, Festival Strings Lucerne (2014) [HRA 24-96]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5 – Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Dodds, Festival Strings Lucerne (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:17:49 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Kirche Oberstrass in Zurich, Switzerland in September 2013

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher studied her first Mozart Violin Concerto in G major at the age of eight. The legendary pianist Arthur Schnabel mentioned that the piano sonatas of Mozart are too easy for children yet too difficult for adults. In Steinbacher’s words: In Mozart one must always make sure that it’s powerful, but at the same time never sounds aggressive and that the sound always remains beautifully pure and almost angelic.
And since then the piece has become the underlying theme throughout her career. She played the piece during many important moments of her life. It was also the piece that got Arabella accepted as the youngest students of Ana Chumachenko when she was nine. Yet it never came to a CD recording while listeners regularly ask for it.
In making the recording Ms Steinbacher said,” I’m glad it can finally be recorded now. Mozart connects me to my childhood and it has opened many doors.”

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 – Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2005) [PentatoneMusic 24-96]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 – Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:00:45 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: pentatonemusic.com |  © PentaTone Classics
Recorded: Waalse Kerk (Èglise Wallon), Amsterdam, April 2005

It takes a lot of guts to write your own cadenzas. After all, most of the concertos in the standard repertoire already have their standard cadenzas, usually supplied by either the composer or some exceedingly well-known soloist, and the chance of any current soloist touching the same celestial heights is doubtful at best. Nevertheless, on this disc of Mozart’s Third and Fourth violin concertos coupled with his Adagio K. 261 and Rondo K. 269 for violin and orchestra, Julia Fischer not only writes most of her own cadenzas, she touches the same celestial heights as the greatest masters of the bow. Fischer has a pure tone, an impeccable intonation, and an immaculate technique, but she also has a warm heart and a radiant soul, and her performances of Mozart’s concertos are as clear and luminous as the music. Beyond that, Fischer has the rare talent of writing cadenzas that partake of the substance of the music but transfuse it with the joy of Fischer’s soul, and the result not only touches the heart, it touches the infinite. Yakov Kreizberg leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in stylishly polished performances and provides the cadenza for the central Adagio of the Third concerto, but this is Fischer’s show and she proves herself a star. PentaTone’s 2005 sound is warm, deep, and full. –James Leonard

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 5 – Julia Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (2006) [PentatoneMusic 24-96]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 5 – Julia Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:09:46 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: pentatonemusic.com |  © PentaTone Classics
Recorded: Doopsgezinde Kerk (Mennonite Church), Haarlem, The Netherlands, (3/2006)

Julia Fischer is joined by Yakov Kreizberg and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as the musicians explore three Mozart concertos for violin and orchestra. The program includes Mozart’s joyous first two concertos and his complex fifth. This highly anticipated work follows the pair’s successful recording of Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 3 and 4. Fischer delivers a radiant performance filled with lyricism and refined charm, while Kreizberg commands the well-balanced orchestra with vibrant spontaneity.

 

Review Richard Wigmore “gramophone.co.uk”
This follow-up to Julia Fischer’s widely acclaimed disc of Mozart’s Concertos Nos 3 and 4 confirms the 23-year-old as a player of dazzling maturity and technical finish. Her tone is sweet and imaginatively coloured, her shaping of the music invariably interesting, with each phrase related naturally to its place in the larger scheme.
In fast movements, launched by Yakov Kreizberg’s bristling, bright-eyed tuttis (the orchestral sound slightly inflated by the reverberant church acoustic), Fischer tends to be fierier and more assertive than either Pamela Frank or James Ehnes. The opening Allegro of No 5 and the outer movements of No 1 are superb in their mingled finesse of detail and exhilarating sweep – and I liked the aptly scaled cadenzas concocted jointly by Fischer and Kreizberg. More controversial is the triple-time finale of No 2. Fischer’s unusually swift, tense reading is certainly effective, though here, as occasionally elsewhere, I did miss the wit and playfulness found by Ehnes and, especially, Frank.
It would be an exaggeration to say that Fischer slightly romanticises the slow movements. But she does cultivate a more intense vibrato and a more moulded, espressivo style of phrasing than either of the rival versions, especially in the seraphic Adagio of No 5, where her tempo is by some way the broadest of the three. While her performance is subtle and very beautiful, I am even more moved by Ehnes and Frank, both of whom seem to me to capture a crucial quality of spiritual innocence that eludes the more sophisticated Fischer. Ultimately, though, it all boils down to taste. Certainly, no one could deny the intelligence, panache or musical insight of Fischer’s vividly imagined performances.

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