Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Janiczek – Mozart: Divertimento K. 334 & Oboe Quartet K. 370 (2011) [LINN 24-96]

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Janiczek – Mozart: Divertimento K. 334 & Oboe Quartet K. 370 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:03:37 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
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Director and violinist Alexander Janiczek leads principal players from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in this beautifully intimate recording. Mozart’s writing allows each player to shine and demonstrates the depth of talent within the ensemble, illustrating why this orchestra has had such extensive success with its previous Mozart recordings. The works on this disc are full of well-known tunes which demonstrate Mozart’s trademark melodic beauty. Acclaimed oboist, Robin Williams, gives a dazzling performance of the composer’s great masterpiece. This is the fourteenth recording in the orchestra’s hugely successful partnership with Linn Records, a series that includes the award-winning Mozart Symphonies recordings with the late Sir Charles Mackerras.

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Alexander Janiczek – Stravinsky: Apollon musagete & Pulcinella Suite (2009) [LINN 24-192]

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Alexander Janiczek – Stravinsky: Apollon musagete & Pulcinella Suite (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 53:42 minutes | 1,88 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Chamber Orchestra of Europe performs Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète and Pulcinella Suite, repertoire that demands the fresh and energetic delivery for which the COE is renowned. The COE deliver the ‘wonderful freshness’ Stravinsky himself envisioned in Apollon Musagète with their bright and spirited performance. The Guardian commented: ‘In Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète each and every player contributed to the distinctive, rich-toned sonority.’

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5 (2008) [LINN 24-192]

Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5 (2008) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:43:14 minutes | 3,69 GB | Genre: Classical
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Though pianist Artur Pizarro’s performances of the solo parts in Beethoven’s Third, Fourth, and Fifth piano concertos are consistently superlative, it’s not too much to say that the real draw here is not the soloist but the accompanists. Because as fine as Pizarro’s virtuoso playing is, Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra turn in performances of such force, sensitivity, and balance that they may well be the finest accompaniments for these concertos ever recorded. Pizarro is a strong and supple soloist whose dramatic account on the Third Concerto, lyrical reading of the Fourth Concerto, and imperious elucidation of the Fifth Concerto show his firm grasp of the music’s escalating rhetoric. But Mackerras, a seasoned and canny conductor, not only supports Pizarro unstintingly, but finds the orchestral accompaniments’ depths and beauties by highlighting a solo cello in the Fourth’s Finale, weaving wind lines in the Third’s Largo and blending string sonorities in the Fifth’s Adagio, thereby creating interpretations of ineffable rightness and profundity. Captured in amazingly life-like sound by Linn, these performances will be compulsory listening for anyone who appreciates the fine art of accompaniment. Review by James Leonard

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Frederieke Saeijs – Ysaye: Six Sonatas For Solo Violin, Op. 27 (2015) [LINN 24-192]

Frederieke Saeijs – Ysaye: Six Sonatas For Solo Violin, Op. 27 (2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:17:52 minutes | 2,51 GB | Genre: Classical
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With inspiration drawn from the great violin masters, Ysaÿe’s Op. 27 has in turn inspired many violinists to transcend technical boundaries and claim their own position among the greats. In a career-defining recording Saeijs delivers a wholly immersive performance full of colour and flair.

Overflowing with poetry and imagination Ysaÿe’s sonatas balance thrilling pyrotechnics with lyrical expression, emotional challenges with ferocious technique. Utilizing a broad palette of tones and dynamics Saeijs’ powerful emotional narrative captures the distinct characterisation of each dedicatee: Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enesco, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom and Manuel Quiroga.

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Trevor Pinnock – Journey (2016) [LINN 24-96]

Trevor Pinnock – Journey: Two Hundred Years of Harpsichord Music (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:50 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Classical
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This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock’s programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón’s life but also through his own enviable career.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati – Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2012) [LINN 24-192]

Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique – Scottish Chamber Orchestra (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 63:10 minutes | 2,33 GB | Genre: Classical
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The multi-award winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra marks its debut recording under the direction of Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati with the majestic symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.

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Peter Whelan, Pamela Thorby & Ensemble Marsyas – Fasch: Quartets and Concertos (2014) [LINN 24-192]

J.F. Fasch – Quartets and Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.88 GB | Genre: Classical
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Ensemble Marsyas’ recording of Johann Fasch’s finest chamber music demonstrates why the man and his music were so appreciated in his own lifetime. Founding member Peter Whelan and ‘the queen of the recorder’ (BBC Radio 3) Pamela Thorby are the soloists challenged with meeting the virtuoso demands of this engaging music. The four-movement Quartet in B-flat Major for recorder, oboe, violin and continuo is among one of Fasch’s most popular works; full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity in equal measure, virtuosity is demanded from all concerned.

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Linn Records – Xmas Gifts 2015 (2015)

Linn Records – Xmas Gifts 2015 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1, 88.2, 96 kHz | Time – 01:30:00 minutes | 1.53 GB | Genre: Jazz,Classic
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Get in the Christmas mood with free Studio Master downloads – the highest quality available anywhere.

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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
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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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Benjamin Britten – Serenade for tenor horn & strings – Aldeburgh Strings (2016) [LINN 24-96]

Benjamin Britten – Serenade for tenor horn & strings – Aldeburgh Strings (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:43 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
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This recording is the conclusion of projects celebrating Britten’s centenary in 2013, at which Aldeburgh Strings performed the closing concert in Britten’s musical home of Snape Maltings.

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