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Rachel Barton Pine – Bel Canto Paganini (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Rachel Barton Pine
Album: Bel Canto Paganini
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 487 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine traverses Paganinis ground breaking set of 24 Caprices with virtuosic flair and, in equal measure, reverence for the bel canto, or beautiful singing,” style of the composers generation. Playing on the ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat Guarneri del Ges violin from 1742, made by the same Cremona-based maker in the same year as Paganinis own violin, Rachel channels the composers own technical wizardry as well as his love for beautiful melodies. Rachel was first introduced to Paganinis Caprices at the age of six. In her early twenties she gave her first performance of all 24 Caprices in a single concert, a feat she has accomplished several times since including at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Ravinia Festival. Rachel fills out this release with other pyrotechnical works by Paganini, including his Duet for One, Caprice dadieu and the Introduction and Variations on Nel cor pi non mi sento from Giovanni Paisiellos opera La molinara. Inspired by Paganinis legacy of virtuosic themes and variations, Rachel concludes the set with her own Introduction, Theme and Variations on God Defend New Zealand, written in 2000 for the final concert of her first tour of that country. Paganini dedicated his 24 Caprices ”to all the artists. Rachel in turn dedicates this recording to all the listeners, of which there will be legions.

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Giovanni Guzzo – Ysaye Six Sonatas for Solo Violin (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Giovanni Guzzo
Album: Ysaye Six Sonatas for Solo Violin
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 332 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
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Ysae’s Six Sonatas, together with J.S Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas, are among the most important works for solo violin. Ysae composed each one of them with a particular violinist in mind, capturing the personality and characteristics of their playing. These sonatas represent the stylistic bridge between old and new, between tradition and improvisation – offering a glimpse into a golden era of fast evolving traditions of playing, of which Ysae was one of the leading voices. Violinist Giovanni Guzzo is principal guest leader of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivn Fischer and professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Sinding: Suite – Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Sinding: Suite – Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:45:03 minutes | 830 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Warner Classics
Recorded: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, USA, 23 & 24 February 1979

Jascha Heifetz (1901–1987), whose style and repertoire exerted a decisive influence on most twentieth-century violinists, had an insatiable curiosity for discovering and rehabilitating long-forgotten works. We have Heifetz to thank for having dusted off, and made the first recordings of, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Second Violin Concerto (see volumes 14 and 40), the concertos by Korngold and Conus (volume 27), and the two works featured here. He was also a key source of inspiration to the young Itzhak Perlman, who had not even turned twenty when he made his first recording of Sibelius’s Concerto in D minor (1966, RCA). Thirteen years later, he returned to the work for EMI, this time coupling it to great effect with the Suite in A minor by Christian Sinding, thereby paying tribute to a little-known composer who, alongside Grieg and Sibelius, was in fact one of the most authentic Scandinavian composers of his day.

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Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. VI – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2016) [FLAC 24-48]

Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. VI – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:16:01 minutes | 750 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: audite.de | Digital Booklet | © Audite Musikproduktion
Recorded: Philharmonie Köln, April 12-16, 2010, March 2-5, 2015 (Overture ‘Manfred’ & Symphony ‘Zwickauer’)

Concluding audite’s Schumann edition, this CD combines the first symphony with the late overtures, whose compactness displays the composer’s symphonic mastery.

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Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. III – Oren Shevlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2014) [FLAC 24-48]

Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. III – Oren Shevlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 00:52:58 minutes | 485 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: audite.de | Digital Booklet | © Audite Musikproduktion
Recorded: Köln, Philharmonie, April 8-11, 2013

Featuring the Cello Concerto and the second version of the D minor Symphony, this CD presents two major works that Schumann composed and revised during his time as music director in Düsseldorf. In both works, the movements of the classical model merge into one another without interruption. By transforming themes and musical codes he creates a stream of thought and coherence akin to the course of a narration or abstract theatre. His original version of the D minor Symphony of 1841 was pioneering in its literarisation of musical form. When he began revising it in 1851, the first Symphonic Poems of Franz Liszt had been performed: they aspired to a greater fusion of music and literature. In his revision of the D minor Symphony, Schumann discreetly reinforced the traditional symphonic elements of the work. The obvious references to Mendelssohn in his Cello Concerto suggest that he regarded multi-part forms as “narrations without words”, or as “bigger siblings” of the “songs without words”. According to Schumann, neither genre required explanation via a literary programme.

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Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. II – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2014) [FLAC 24-48]

Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. II – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:50 minutes | 674 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: audite.de | Digital Booklet | © Audite Musikproduktion
Recorded: Köln, Philharmonie January 23-27, 2012 (Symphony No.2),  March 19-23, 2012 (Symphony No.3)

With this CD, audite is presenting the second volume of the complete recording of Robert Schumann’s orchestral works. The series includes all the symphonies (with both versions of the Fourth) as well as all the overtures and concertos.

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Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. I – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2013) [FLAC 24-48]

Robert Schumann – Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. I – WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Heinz Holliger (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:12:09 minutes | 704 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: audite.de | Digital Booklet | © Audite Musikproduktion

This CD launches a complete series of recordings of Robert Schumann’s orchestral works, performed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Heinz Holliger. The series will contain all the symphonies (including both versions of the Fourth) as well as all the overtures and concertos. Holliger’s performances draw on a lifetime study of Schumann’s music, thought, personality and fate. His approach imparts lightness and lucidity to these opulent scores through a hierarchical balance of parts, delicately gradated dynamics and invigorating tempos. The widespread image of this romantic composer as a weak orchestrator receives a refreshing and well-grounded correction.

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Schumann & Mendelssohn – Piano Concertos – Ingrid Fliter, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antonio Mendez (2016) [LINN 24-96]

Schumann & Mendelssohn – Piano Concertos – Ingrid Fliter, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antonio Mendez (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 60:55 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: LINN | Digital Booklet | © LINN Records
Recorded: December 2015, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland

Ingrid performs repertoire that is very close to her heart: concertos by two nineteenth century heavyweights, Schumann and Mendelssohn.
Ingrid brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann’s iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst perfectly navigating the shifting colours and technical demands of this brilliant showpiece. The sparkling passagework and charming melodies which characterise Mendelssohn’s innovative G minor concerto demonstrate Ingrid’s innate skill and pianistic instinct. Following Ingrid’s live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto one critic wrote: ‘In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.’

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Robert Schumann – The Violin Sonatas – Ulf Wallin, Roland Pontinen (2011) [eClassical 24-88.2]

Robert Schumann – The Violin Sonatas – Ulf Wallin, Roland Pontinen (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:14:06 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © BIS Records

Music Web International March 2012: “With highly impressive playing, sound and presentation it is hard to find fault with this excellent release”.

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Robert Schumann – Das Paradies und die Peri – London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Robert Schumann – Das Paradies und die Peri – London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:27:50 minutes | 3,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © LSO Live
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 11 January 2015 at the Barbican, London

In his debut recording on LSO Live, Sir Simon Rattle conducts a stunning performance of Schumann’s rarely recorded Das Paradies und die Peri featuring a superb line-up of soloists. Rattle is well-known for being a champion of this rarely-heard work, and yet this is the first audio recording he has made of it. Here it is brought to life by the LSO under his baton, and the starry line-up makes the best possible case for Schumann’s great oratorio. Sir Simon says of the piece, ‘It’s the great masterpiece you’ve never heard, and there aren’t many of those now…. This is just something else, a complete anomaly if you think about it. In Schumann’s life it was the most popular piece he ever wrote, it was performed endlessly. Every composer loved it. Wagner wrote how jealous he was that Schumann had done it and he’d stolen this subject that he wanted to do and how extraordinary it was… It was a playground for composers and the piece was extraordinary.’
Based on an episode from Thomas Moore’s epic poem Lalla Rookh, itself inspired by exotic, colourful tales taken from Persian mythology, Das Paradies und die Peri reflects the 19th-century craze for all thing Oriental. Completed in 1843, Schumann’s ‘secular oratorio’ tells how the Peri, a legendary creature, was expelled from paradise and follows her quest to redeem herself by giving the gift that is most dear to heaven. Writing about the work in a letter to a friend, Schumann said, ‘at the moment I’m involved in a large project, the largest I’ve yet undertaken – it’s not an opera – I believe it’s well-nigh a new genre for the concert hall.’ Conceived in three beautifully sequenced parts, it is unlike any oratorio of Schumann’s day. Sustained melodic invention is clear throughout, with Peri’s high C in the final forming a deftly timed climax. Soprano Sally Matthews gives a soaring performance as the Peri, showcasing Schumann’s imaginative and emotive vocal writing, while there are also superb supporting performances from Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch.

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