Category Archives: Classical

Janoska Ensemble – Janoska Style (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Janoska Ensemble – Janoska Style (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:58 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Music GmbH
Recorded: August 2015, Lisztzentrum, Raiding, Austria

With their inimitable ‘Janoska style’ the four members of the Janoska Ensemble have developed a breathtakingly virtuosic and profoundly personal vision of music, which they interpret in a thoroughly modern way.

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Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish SO, Martyn Brabbins – Bruch: Violin Concerto 1 & Other Works (2016) [Hyperion 24-96]

Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No 1 & other works – Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:11 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: September 2014 at the City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland

Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 is the daddy—the most popular ever written. Much recorded, Jack Liebeck turns in a dazzling performance of youthful vigour, prefacing the Concerto with the gorgeous Serenade and a Romance.

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Hora Cero – Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Hora Cero – Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:26 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical
Recorded: Teldex Studio Berlin, January 2-5, 2016

The world’s best known classical cello ensemble’s new CD after 6 years – with Tangos from Piazzolla, Salgan and others. They are unique. Naturally, every symphony orchestra has its cello section. But nowhere else in the world have the deeper, larger strings joined together to form an independent ensemble – an orchestra within an orchestra – meeting with success after success. That is why every music lover knows immediately where the “12 Cellists” come from, even if they cannot name their orchestra. They are an institution. They are the only ensemble formed from the orchestra that is actually officially allowed to use “of the Berlin Philharmonic” in their name. They have played together since 1972, appearing as an ensemble, occasionally in Berlin, often elsewhere, and quite often traveling great distances. “Hora Cero” (Spanish for “zero hour”) is the ensemble’s first album after their last release 6 years ago and named after Piazzolla’s “Buenos Aires Hora Cero” which is also on the album. It features Tangos that were specifically arranged for them. In fact most of the arrangements.

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Her Heavenly Harmony: Profane Music from the Royal Court – The Queen’s Six (2016) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

Her Heavenly Harmony: Profane Music from the Royal Court – The Queen’s Six (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:07 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Resonus Limited
Recorded: Ascot Priory on 14-16 September 2015

Following the critical acclaim of their debut album ‘Music of the Realm’, The Queen’s Six return to Resonus with a programme of secular madrigals from the same six English Renaissance composers all associated with the royal court of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom the group take their name.

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Georg Friedrich Handel – Suites for Harpsichord Nos. 1-4, HWV 426-429 – Glenn Gould (1972/2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Georg Friedrich Handel – Suites for Harpsichord Nos. 1-4, HWV 426-429 – Glenn Gould (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:28 minutes | 475 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Gould’s only recording on harpsichord owed its existence to a transportation mishap suffered by his Steinway CD 318. Once again the critics’ reactions ranged from rejection to outrage. Gould himself was so satisfied with the results that he once contemplated recording Part 2 of The Art of the Fugue on this instrument—a Wittmayer harpsichord.

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Georg Friedrich Handel – Messiah, HWV 56 – Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, B’Rock, Peter Dijkstra (2015) [Qobuz 24-48]

Georg Friedrich Handel – Messiah, HWV 56 – Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, B’Rock, Peter Dijkstra (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:15:30 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © BR Klassik
Recorded: München, Herkulessaal, 21.-27.11.2014

As a steady favourite with audiences, Handel’s most famous oratorio “Messiah” has met regularly with rapturous receptions ever since its premiere back in 1742! This three-part masterpiece portrays the life of the “anointed one” (the literal meaning of the Hebrew word ‘Messiah’), from the Annunciation and his birth to his death on the cross and revelation, and contains a considerable number of baroque super-hits – including the world-famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’

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George Frideric Handel – Concerti grossi op. 6 – Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (2012) [FLAC 24-176.4]

George Frideric Handel – Concerti grossi op. 6 HWV 319-330 – Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (2012) 
Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo (tracks) 24-bit/352,8 kHz | Time – 02:34:22 minutes | 10,86 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: spiritofturtle.com | Digital Booklet | © Challenge Records
Recorded: Muziekcentrum Enschede, NL, 29 November – 1 December 2010 & 4-8 July 2011

The creative riches of structure and the broad diversity of styles that Handel exhibits in the 61 (!) movements of his 12 Grand Concertos, time and again coloured by a surprising palette of musical expression, is unique, and has led to his opus VI being generally considered alongside Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos as one of the great monuments of Baroque instrumental music.

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Edvard Grieg: Piano Sonata, Op. 7 / Georges Bizet: Nocturne & Variations Chromatiques – Glenn Gould (1973/2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Edvard Grieg: Piano Sonata, Op. 7 / Georges Bizet: Nocturne & Variations Chromatiques – Glenn Gould (1973/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:51 minutes | 419 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Gould as an “incorrigible romantic.” Instead of Schumann, Chopin, or Liszt he selected two unimaginably obscure rarities, referring to Grieg as a personal ancestor (“the composer was a cousin of my maternal great-grandfather”) and to Bizet’s Variations chromatiques as “one of the very few masterpieces for solo piano to emerge from the third quarter of the nineteenth century.”

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Glenn Gould – Canadian Music in the 20th Century (1967/2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Glenn Gould – Canadian Music in the 20th Century (1967/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:06 minutes | 346 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

“Canada’s a place to live comfortably, amicably, and with reasonable anonymity.” Thus Gould’s response to a Toronto Telegram survey on “Canada Day.” The recording of these three works appeared during Canada’s centennial celebrations on 1 July 1967. A fourth piece, Ombres by Barbara Pentland, was recorded but not released until 1992.

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Various Artists – 101 Film Classics [6CD Box Set] (2016) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Various Artists
Album: 101 Film Classics [6CD Box Set]
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Size: ~ 2.12 gb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

For many their first encounter with classical music will be through its use in films and this collection makes a fantastic entry point to this rich and diverse world. Helpfully all tracks list the films alongside the music, so there will be no doubt as to where the music is familiar from.

Classical music has been used to memorable effect in films many times from Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now to Barber s Adagio in Platoon and from Also sprach Zarathustra in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Beethoven s Ninth in A Clockwork Orange. Occasionally, as in the case of Mozart s Piano Concerto No.21 used in Elvira Madigan, the film title has provided a lasting nickname for the music. All these favourites are included here.

Alongside two discs of popular favorites, there is a CD devoted entirely to piano music used in film, and another of opera favorites from the movies. Finally there are two discs of music composed for the cinema including the main themes from Star Wars and Schindler s List, both by John Williams, and classics from an earlier time including Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Big Country.

With a running time approaching 8 hours of music this box set provides remarkable value for money.

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