Estonian Festival Orchestra & Paavo Jarvi – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 & Sinfonietta (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Estonian Festival Orchestra & Paavo Jarvi
Title: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 & Sinfonietta
Genre: Classical, Vocal
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:56:22
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

The Jarvi family is a pillar of Estonian musical life. Paavo is now director of the Prnu Festival, held in August each year, which brings together the finest Estonian musicians, joined by the cream of European orchestras: members of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris etc. Paavo Jarvi (recently appointed music director of one of the world’s leading formations, the Tonhalle Orchester Zrich) frequents all these instrumentalists regularly, and now works alongside them, ‘unpretentiously, in a warm, collegial manner’ for a series of highly convivial concerts on the shores of the Baltic: ‘magical and incredibly appealing’, says Die Welt.

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Elias String Quartet – Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Elias String Quartet
Title: Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 01:52:12
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Wigmore Hall Live

Passion, intensity and meticulous attention to detail are at the heart of the Elias String Quartet’s performances of Beethoven’s music. This disc offers the chance to hear the ensemble’s unique and refreshing approach to these grand works.

Capturing Beethoven’s boundless range of emotions and melodies, we are proud to release the fourth volume of this journey through Beethoven’s masterworks. Recorded live in concert at Wigmore Hall, this performance explores Beethoven’s high-spirited String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2, the lyric String Quartet in E flat Op. 127, and finally the revolutionary ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet.

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Duo Walning, Lorenzo Gatto – Richard Strauss: Morgen (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Duo Walning, Lorenzo Gatto
Title: Richard Strauss: Morgen
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:49:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Cypres

A classical cellist, soloist of the Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie, involved in chamber music, jazz/ rock and folk/fiddle meets an eclectic pianist familiar with Bach, Chopin, Franck or Corrigliano as much as with jazz and improvisation. Loco Motive Trio and Blade Runner band for the first one, Soledad for the second one and until 2014, Trio Talweg for both of them (founded in 2004 with Sbastien Surel) : Sbastien Walnier and Alexander Gurning pride very seriously opening up musical approaches, faithful to each musical style they play and free to travel from one world to another. Between walking and awakening, Walning explores different musical styles in all simplicity.

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Dong-Hwa Lee – Beyond (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dong-Hwa Lee
Title: Beyond
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:19:08
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Universal Music

Moving Korea’s leading Tubist who combines delicate expressiveness and outstanding performance. He is the world’s first B & S Artist recognized by BUFFET CRAMPON. He released Bach’s unaccompanied cello songs as Tuba album. He challenged another limitation to give Tuba the sound of Bach, which was difficult to play with cello.

Following the first official album of “Soul & Passion”, the second album of the title “Beyond” came back to us with Johann Sebastian Bach music. Moving the tubbust, which is widely acclaimed by publicizing the instrument called tuba and getting closer to the public. I am warmly touched by the tune of the bass Tuba and the richness of his senses and the “Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite”.

His second album, “Beyond,” reincarnated into a beautiful tuba melody through his brilliant performances, is highly anticipated.

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Davide Cabassi – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 53, 54, 57 & Andante favori, WoO 57 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Davide Cabassi
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 53, 54, 57 & Andante favori, WoO 57
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:09:21
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca

2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition top-prize winner Davide Cabassi made his orchestral debut at the age of thirteen with the RAI Radio Symphony Orchestra in Milan. He has also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Magdeburg Philhamoniker, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, OSI Lugano, Fort Worth Symphony, Enid Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Cordoba, Orquesta de Mar del Plata, Orchestra Haydn Bolzano, Orchestra Verdi Milano, Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali Milano, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Romantique Parigi, Tiroler Festspiele Orchestra, Orchestre Romantique Paris, as well as with many other orchestras working with such conductors as Gustav Kuhn, James Conlon, Asher Fisch, Antonello Manacorda, David Coleman, Vladimir Delman, Marco Angius, Tito Ceccherini, Enrique Mazzola, Daniele Gatti, Kimbo Ishi-Ito, Helmut Rilling among others.

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Czech Philharmonic & Jiri Belohlavek – Smetana: Ma Vlast (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Czech Philharmonic & Jiri Belohlavek
Title: Smetana: Ma Vlast
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:16:45
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca

The great Czech conductor and his beloved orchestra perform a definitive M vlast.

In one of his last recording with the Czech Philharmonic, Ji Blohlvek conducts a heartfelt account of Smetana’s great set of symphonic poems: M vlast (My Homeland).

This recording is the first album release by the Czech Philharmonic and their much-loved chief conductor, Ji Blohlvek, following his passing in May 2017.

Smetana’s Czech masterpiece has played a central role during the most important moments of the Czech Philharmonic’s history.

This is an authoritative recording of M vlast performed by musicians with an innate understanding of the music of their homeland.

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Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini – 1600 (2011/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini
Title: 1600
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2011
Duration: 01:06:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: naive classique

More than any question of instruments, strings, bows, tunings, or temperaments, the modern historical performance movement is about attitude—the desire to find in ancient music a living voice, filtered through vigorous scholarship, willing to experiment and push boundaries, and, most of all, capture the depths of emotion hidden in the score. Rinaldo Alessadrini and Concerto Italiano are some of the most successful exponents of this idiom, having recorded the complete Monteverdi madrigals on Opus 111 (highly recommended) as well as a host of other albums, from the birth of the Baroque to Bach and Vivaldi. In this album, simply titled 1600, Alessandrini has created a program that traces the rise of Italian four-part instrumental music from its earliest parting with vocal models to the rise of the string concerto, foreshadowing the development of the string quartet. In less capable hands, such an undertaking could have produced another mixed bag of early Baroque hits and misses. However, Alessandrini’s well chosen and elegantly assembled program never falters, guiding the listener with a gentle hand through the evolution of music from elaborations on Renaissance polyphonic models to the birth of the galant.

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Claire Desert & Emmanuel Strosser – Schubert: Piano A quatre mains (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Claire Desert & Emmanuel Strosser
Title: Schubert: Piano A quatre mains
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:46:58
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Mirare

From his very first surviving work, a fantasy, to the masterpieces composed in the year of his death in 1828, Schubert left more than thirty-five scores for piano four hands. He imposed drama, grandeur and virtuosity on the genre, suspending time to follow the rhythm of his eternal traveller’s footsteps. For more than twenty years now, in intense symbiosis, Claire Dsert and Emmanuel Strosser have been exploring together the unique world of Schubert’s piano duets.

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Christoph Eschenbach, Matthias Goerne – Brahms: Vier ernste Gesange (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christoph Eschenbach, Matthias Goerne
Title: Brahms: Vier ernste Gesange
Genre: Classical, Romantic Era, Art Song
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:52:11
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

Brahms wrote a vast number of lieder over a period of 40 years. The 200 or so he permitted to survive show just how important the genre was to his compositional process. The selection presented here illustrates the diversity of a corpus that features Heine (as with so many other composers), but also a wide variety of other poets whom he set to music with the same consummate skill as the ‘Four Serious Songs’ Op.121, the peak of his magnificent and highly individual output.

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Christiane Karg, Malcolm Martineau – Strauss, Faure, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf & Berg (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christiane Karg, Malcolm Martineau
Title: Strauss, Faure, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf & Berg
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2013
Duration: 01:11:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Wigmore Hall Live

Bavarian soprano Christiane Karg made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2012 with a beautiful song recital which also became her first release on Wigmore Hall Live [WHLIVE0062]; four years on we are excited to present her second release. A regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses, singing roles from Musetta (La bohme) to Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), she is also revered for her enchanting performances on the concert platform alongside conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Yannick Nzet-Sguin. Christiane is joined by Malcolm Martineau celebrated as one of his generations greatest accompanists.

This recital explores the unique relationship between the Schumanns and Brahms. After Robert’s death Brahms’s passion for Clara grew but it was reciprocated only with a protective motherly care. They remained close friends but Brahms never truly recovered. This programme presents love in many different guises from the stirring ‘Widmung’, to the heartfelt ‘Liebst du um Schnheit’ and the love-drunk passion of ‘Meine Liebe ist grn’.

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