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Arkady Shilkloper, Vadim Neselovskyi – Lustrum (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

Arkady Shilkloper, Vadim Neselovskyi – Lustrum (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:40 minutes | 892 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Cover | © Neuklang Records

LUSTRUM is a Latin term describing a period of 5 years in ancient Rome. Arkady Shilkloper and Vadim Neselovskyi have been playing together since 2011 and celebrated their 5-year anniversary in the year this recording was made. Hence the title of the album Lustrum, which also contains the words for Light and Delight – because the collaboration between the two musicians is characterised by their joie de vivre and the obvious delight they take in playing together.

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Arcangelo – Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Arcangelo – Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:16 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Cover | © Alpha

For this recording of music by Buxtehude, Jonathan Cohen, founder of the ensemble Arcangelo, is joined by a distinguished trio, including two regulars on the Alpha label, Sophie Gent and Thomas Dunford, alongside the gambist Jonathan Manson. Although Dietrich Buxtehude is famous above all for his organ music and cantatas, and for the long journey the young Bach undertook to meet him, his chamber music is virtually unknown. In the mid-1690s, at the height of his fame, Buxtehude published two collections in rapid succession, each comprising seven sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo. It is the works of the first collection (1694) – designated Opus 1 in the print – that Arcangelo has recorded here. These sonatas are characterised by pronounced experimental features in both the scoring and the handling of the instruments.

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Arcadi Volodos – Volodos Plays Brahms (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Arcadi Volodos – Volodos Plays Brahms (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 54:09 minutes | 784 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical

Four years after his fascinating and highly praised album with works of the Spanish composer Mompou, Arcadi Volodos went into the Berlin Teldex Studio again to deliver another reference recording, this time with the music of Johannes Brahms. Volodos has played the Brahms solo pieces over the past years in places all over the world and received highest critical acclaim for his interpretation. The Brahms solo works are perfect to show Volodos unique ability to create a special and magic sound, a sound “which lifts us, the listener, into the air and which makes us believe that the world is floating” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Recorded in the famous Teldex Studios Berlin in three sessions (2015 – 2017) on a great Steinway Grand Piano specially tuned by Michel Brandjes, one of the best tuners in the world. There is no editing in this recording. Volodos played every piece over and over again to develop his idea of structure and sound and chose the best version of each piece after the end of the recording.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial (2014) [Qobuz 24-96]

Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:41 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer who frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere.

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Aniello Desiderio – Nocturnal (2017) [FLAC 24-96]

Aniello Desiderio – Nocturnal (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:15 minutes | 996 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Cover | © Accelerando Musikproduktion

Artists have drawn inspiration from the mysterious aura of the night since time immemorial. And, in this new album from Aniello Desiderio, one of the world’s most talented guitarists, all the pieces chosen also pay homage to the nocturnal realm and its unique magic.

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Ania Dorfmann – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Ania Dorfmann – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:12:15 minutes | 710 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RCA Red Seal

Dorfmann was the daughter of a merchant. Her elder brother and sister both played the piano and Ania received her early musical education in Odessa, giving her first solo public concert at the age of eleven. The success of this concert led to plans being made for her to travel to Paris to study with Isidor Philipp; however, her father died at this time and the journey was postponed. When she did finally arrive in Paris with her mother, she was to stay for just under a year, returning to find her native land already in the throes of revolution. In 1920 she and her mother settled in France and during the next decade Dorfmann played frequently in Europe, collaborating with conductors such as Willem Mengelberg, Thomas Beecham and Henry Wood.

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Andre Schuen & Boulanger Trio – Beethoven (2017) [Qobuz 24-48]

André Schuen & Boulanger Trio – Beethoven (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:06 minutes | 585 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Cover | © CAvi-music

Art song had blossomed into a multifaceted genre by 1800, and the debate whether to favour recurrent stanza structures or through-composed form was well underway. Lieder, as the lyrical genre per se, marked out the territory in which musicians could express the most profound emotions. The best composers therefore increasingly chose to through-compose their songs – a logical step, thanks to which they were able to closely follow the content and the speech of the poems they were setting to music. Beethoven already took that very step in his earliest Lieder. The emotional value of a song such as Adelaide op. 46 (1795/96) even managed to convince a late-19th-century Vienna music critic otherwise well known for his harshness – Eduard Hanslick, who wrote in 1886: “No depiction of a youth’s enthusiastic love could be more faithful and exemplary than this Adelaide by Beethoven. What sweet, secret bliss shivers in every note of this golden melody! Perhaps the young man is not even ‘blushingly following her footsteps’ like Schiller’s suitor [in The Song of the Bell ]. Instead, this lover seems to be content to inebriate himself with his beloved’s mere name, to which he renders such profuse homage.”

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Alexander Krichel – Miroirs: Ravel Piano Works (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Alexander Krichel – Miroirs: Ravel Piano Works (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:53 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical

Few pianists can claim a more impressive recording debut than Alexander Krichel’s masterful Liszt recital in 2011 (Telos/Profil). It was followed by two concerto releases, the first offering works by Mozart, Hummel and Chopin and a second with Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto and the Moments musicaux (both Sony Classical) as well as another solo disc with a mixed Romantic programme. All these suggest a steady career trajectory and artistic growth unencumbered by external pressures. Krichel, a Hamburg native who turns 28 this year, has now released an all-Ravel disc, replete with shimmering surfaces and gossamer textures beautifully captured by the Sony engineers.

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Alexander Grychtolik – Bach: Angenehme Melodei (Huldigungskantaten, BWV 216a & 210a) (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Alexander Grychtolik – Bach: Angenehme Melodei (Huldigungskantaten, BWV 216a & 210a) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:49 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © deutsche harmonia mundi

It’s amazing to think that world première recordings of Bach are possible today at all. The harpsichordist Alexander Grychtolik has painstakingly reconstructed two homage cantatas from Bach’s Leipzig years. The first, Erwählte Pleissenstadt (BWV 216a), survives only in a draft libretto and a few fragments of notation rediscovered in 2003 among the posthumous papers of a Japanese pianist. The second, O angenehme Melodei (BWV 210a), survives only in a soprano part and a separate print of the libretto for the earliest of its three versions. The instrumental accompaniment had to be reconstructed from a later version of the same cantata. Perhaps the longest solo cantata Bach ever wrote, O angenehme Melodei deals with the divine origins of music. Both works were first performed in Leipzig in the 1730s and 1740s.

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Akiko Suwanai & Enrico Pace – Franck & R.Strauss: Violin Sonatas, Takemitsu: Hika (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Akiko Suwanai & Enrico Pace – Franck & R.Strauss: Violin Sonatas, Takemitsu: Hika (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:42 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Decca

Akiko Suwanai (the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition) and pianist Enrico Pace with a programme featuring works by Strauss and Franck. The duo will also perform Hika by Tōru Takemitsu, marking the 20th anniversary of the composer’s death.

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