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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 (2009) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 2 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2009)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:14 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Traditionally, since the middle of the 18th century, Russian opera had been influenced by the Italians, just as the music world as a whole had been strongly oriented towards that country during the empire of the czars. For Russian composers, this meant that they have to battle incessantly for the recognition of their musical identity, which was not surprising in a country where many prominent families felt more at home speaking French than Russian. In his operas A Life for the Czar (1836), and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1841), Michael Glinka laid a foundation for the national opera culture, and Alexander Dargomishky  followed his example. However, their music was still strongly influenced by foreign works; the torch was then taken over by Alexander Borodin and a few others, who grouped together under the name Moguchaya Kuchka (the ‘mighty handful’). Their main objective was to develop an authentic idiom, based on Russian folklore music. In addition, they strove to create a high degree of realism in the music drama. They were successful at this, even though at times hindered in the realization of their intentions by a lack of professional training of various members.

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The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 (2006) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

The Bolshoi Experience: Highlights from Russian Operas, Vol. 1 – Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov (2006)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:15:38 minutes | 3,00 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Moscow, November 2005 & February 2006

Alexander Vedernikov leads the orchestra, soloists and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on this first volume of Highlights From Russian Operas, including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka and others.

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Tchaikovsky & Bloch – Piano Trios – Osiris Trio (2007) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Tchaikovsky & Bloch – Piano Trios – Osiris Trio (2007)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:53:42 minutes | 5,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet |  © Cobra Records

All his life Tchaikovsky struggled against what he himself called ‘the inability in gene- ral to maintain a good grip on form. I have fought this innate weakness and – some- thing I’m proud of – not without some decent results. Nonetheless I will go to my grave without having produced anything at all which has a perfect form.’ Dilettantism was anathema to him: ‘You really have to outdo yourself if you want to avoid lapsing into dilettantism, of which even someone as gifted as Glinka was not entirely free…’ Although Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky is generally seen as belonging to the Western-orientated Russian school, as indeed are most of his professional colleagues in Moscow, his musical art was not in fact very far removed from the ideals of the so-called ‘Mighty Five’ (or ‘Mighty Handful’.) In 1869 he met Balakirev, the actual founder of this national school in Petersburg. Balakirev recognized the young Tchaikovsky’s talent and would ideally have liked to include him in his group. But the greatest problem as he saw it was that Tchaikovsky had received a formal conservatoire education, and that clashed with his ideals of an uncultivated, original Russian music.

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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
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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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Sarah Vaughan – Live At Rosy’s (1978/2016) [nativeDSDmusic DSF DSD128/5.64MHz]

Sarah Vaughan – Live At Rosy’s (1978/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 01:27:05 minutes | 6,87 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © 2xHD
Recorded: Rosy’s Jazz Club, New Orleans on May 31, 1978

“This recording celebrates the genius that was Sarah Vaughan. Recorded live in concert in May 31, 1978 at the celebrated New Orleans jazz club Rosy’s, it represents two sets containing 87 minutes of music, that were never before released. The rhythm section (or as Sassy put it ‘my trio’) was extremely tight, made up of pianist and arranger Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis Kind of Blue). This band played hundreds of performances around the globe with Sarah Vaughan and in the recordings, in this set; these three masters’ empathy with one another and their consummate cohesiveness as a unit are undeniable.

This is truly a rare collector’s recording.”

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Alexander Scriabin – Symphony 1 & 4 – Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (2015) [nativeDSDmusicDSD64 + FLAC 24-176,4]

Alexander Scriabin – Symphony 1 & 4 – Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz MHz | Time – 01:16:40 minutes | 3,03 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:39:42 minutes | 2,38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Genre: Classical | Recorded: DZZ Studio 5 in Moscow, Russia in March 2014. Organ has been recorded at the St. Ludwig-Kirche in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany

The Russian National Orchestra wishes to thank Ann and Gordon Getty and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation for their support of this recording.

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Franz Schreker – Der Schatzgraber – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013) [nativeDSDmusic DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz]

Franz Schreker – Der Schatzgraber – Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2013)
DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 02:31:02 minutes | 17,9 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Front Cover |  © Challenge Records

Richard Wagner caused a toxic shock in western music. With Tristan und Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) and Parsifal (1882), to say nothing of Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876), he challenged his successors to take up the gauntlet, revive opera and establish a fresh ethical structure for the new generation. The 19th century slid in the 20th and such questions took on an urgent tone, as writers, artists, architects and composers sought to create a utopian present in an increasingly dystopian world. Franz Schreker, a Monaco-born composer who settled in Vienna, provided multiple answers through his kaleidoscopic operas. Looking back to Wagner, while embracing the fashions and forms of his own time, Schreker pondered what an artist should offer to modern society. In his fifth opera, Der Schatzgräber – composed between 1915 and 1918 and premiered in Frankfurt on 21 January 1920 – that crisis of conscience finds voice in mystic medievalism. But, despite those fairy-tale appearances, the questions posed by Schreker’s treasure seeker are as urgent as any found in Tristan, Die Meistersinger and Parsifal.

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Sergey Prokofiev – Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, James Gaffigan (2015) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Sergey Prokofiev – Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, James Gaffigan (2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 57:36 minutes | 2,27 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, Holland
Recording dates: 5-6 November 2013 (Symphony no. 3), 6-8 May 2014 (Symphony no. 4)

Sergei Prokofiev has a large reputation, although many of his works are seldom heard. The reason for this is that his music has a certain image, one created to some extent by the composer himself and one from which he found it difficult in later years to distance himself, no matter how hard he tried. One might summarise this image as that of a poker-faced comedian. Compositions that confirm this impression, such as the Classical Symphony, the Third Piano Concerto and some of his early piano works are amongst his best-known works.
He shows a different side in his works for voice; a side that is clearly close to his heart, since even though most of his operas enjoyed little in the way of success during his lifetime, he wrote at least eight of them, with lyricism to the fore and a tendency for declamation and unpredictable forms. The less popular of these include L’Ange de feu, based on the 1907 novel by the writer Bryusov, setting a 16th century tale of the passionate young girl Renata, who becomes obsessed by the devil. She vacillates between fascination and rejection. She can neither circumvent nor defy her own sorcery and is ultimately condemned to death. Prokofiev worked on this piece almost throughout the 1920s. When he realised that a performance was unlikely at the time, and because he was unaccustomed to leaving his musical inventions unperformed, he rearranged the material from the opera into a new symphony, his Third.

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Olga Martynova – Harpsichord Gems, Vol. 5 – Bach, J.S. – English Suites (2009) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Olga Martynova – Harpsichord Gems, Vol. 5 – Bach, J.S. – English Suites (2009)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 02:26:57 minutes | 5,81 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Caro Mitis
Recorded: 5–7.10.2007; 2–4.10.2008 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR), Moscow, Russia

The French word ‘suite’ was quickly adopted throughout the European continent. The primary meaning (‘set, sequence’) has been preserved in widely diverse contexts – in ceremonial or court vocabulary (a group of attendants accompanying an important personage), and as an architectural term (an enfilade or series of rooms). But perhaps the word gained most currency in the world of music. As we know, the suite is a favoured cyclical form of baroque instrumental music, representing a series of dance-based pieces that are complementary in the type of movement and unified by a single key (and initially, by the common melodic source).

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Olga Martynova – Harpsichord Gems, Vol. 4 – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Harpsichord, But Were Afraid to Ask (2007) [nativeDSDmusic DSD64]

Olga Martynova – Harpsichord Gems, Vol. 4 – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Harpsichord, But Were Afraid to Ask (2007)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:57 minutes | 2,35 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Digital Booklet | © Caro Mitis
Recorded: October 2006 (2.10, 4.10, 10.10) 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR) Moscow, Russia

Nowadays many performers want to play music written for piano on the harpsichord. I began my conversation with Olga Martynova by asking what first gave her the idea. It all began a few years ago. I was curious to know how music written for another instrument would sound when played on the harpsichord. I knew that Shostakovich and Prokofiev had been played on the harpsichord but had never listened to any recordings, maybe as a conscious decision. True, I have heard contemporary music written for harpsichord, but I find it sometimes even harder to play than other compositions that were never originally intended for the instrument.

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