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Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic - Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (2023)

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Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic - Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (2023)

Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic - Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 669 Mb | Total time: 73:52+74:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 4759 | Recorded: 2023

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Yuja Wang joined the L.A. Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel to perform all four of the composer's piano concertos and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini over two consecutive weekends. This ambitious project took place at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the city where Rachmaninoff spent the last months of his life.

Yuan Sheng - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, 12 Pieces for Piano (2022)

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Yuan Sheng - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, 12 Pieces for Piano (2022)

Yuan Sheng - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, 12 Pieces for Piano (2022)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 75:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Piano Classics | # PCL10245 | Recorded: 2021

While we associate Tchaikovsky with music of virtuoso power and difficulty, sweeping up audiences with the fire of the Violin Concerto and First Piano Concerto, he also applied himself to music for the ever-growing market of amateur music-makers during his lifetime. Like many other great composers, he knew how to write for musicians of moderate ability without compromising or simplifying the individuality of his voice as a composer.

Trio RoVerde - Sergei Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque No. 2 Op. 9 (2023)

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Trio RoVerde - Sergei Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque No. 2 Op. 9 (2023)

Trio RoVerde - Sergei Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque No. 2 Op. 9 (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 69:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 96563 | Recorded: 2022

As a young man, fresh from his first real success as a composer with the opera Aleko, Rachmaninoff was on his way to visit his mentor Tchaikovsky when he saw a crowd gathered outside. The news of Tchaikovsky’s death sent him into a tail-spin, and he passed the next few weeks alone, walking and writing this magnificent ‘Trio Elegiaque’ in memory of Tchaikovsky.

Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang, Berliner Philharmoniker & Mariss Jansons - Blue Hour: Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn (2019)

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Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang, Berliner Philharmoniker & Mariss Jansons - Blue Hour: Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn (2019)

Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang, Berliner Philharmoniker & Mariss Jansons - Blue Hour: Weber, Brahms, Mendelssohn (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 219 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:01:53
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has joined forces with Chinese pianist Yuja Wang to record an album of works by composers of the Romantic era. Blue Hour features some of the jewels of the repertoire, including Brahms’s Intermezzo in A major, Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words – arranged for clarinet and piano by Ottensamer – and Weber’s virtuosic Grand Duo concertant. The album reveals Ottensamer to be not just a sensitive and responsive chamber partner, but also a brilliant soloist, as he gives a dazzling performance of Weber’s First Clarinet Concerto, recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons.

Yuan Sheng - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Seasons (2018)

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Yuan Sheng - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Seasons (2018)

Yuan Sheng - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Seasons (2018)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 73:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Piano Classics | # PCL10157 | Recorded: 2017

Yuan Sheng has a deep understanding and command of harpsichord and early pianos that has resulted in many well-received historically informed performances and recordings. In reviewing his all-Beethoven recital on an 1805 Kathönig piano, the Boston Intelligencer remarked that ‘Sheng had absorbed this music so thoroughly that a listener might easily have imagined the composer at the keyboard.’

Tyler Hay - Friedrich Kalkbrenner: 25 Grandes Etudes (2019)

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Tyler Hay - Friedrich Kalkbrenner: 25 Grandes Etudes (2019)

Tyler Hay - Friedrich Kalkbrenner: 25 Grandes Etudes (2019)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 71:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Piano Classics | # PCL10190 | Recorded: 2019

A groundbreaking collection of studies by one of the 19th century’s leading keyboard lions. By the early 1830s, the celebrated virtuoso Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner was at the height of his pianistic powers. It was at this time that Chopin moved to Paris and found Kalkbrenner to be the finest pianist he had heard: ‘Herz, Liszt and Hiller are all zeros next to Kalkbrenner.’

Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Leif Segerstam: Symphony No. 294 (2018)

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Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Leif Segerstam: Symphony No. 294 (2018)

Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Leif Segerstam: Symphony No. 294 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 61:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Label: Alba | ABCD 420 | Recorded: 2016

"This third [album] in the ALBA-TROSS-series of Brahms-Segerstam juxtapositions is an excellent tidbit of the contents of this unique project with [longbearded rascals] as musical musketeers…. the material has exploded into multiversic infinities…" as Leif Segerstam clearly says about this fabulous third release in the four album series with all four Brahms symphonies and four symphonies from Leif Segerstam’s over 320 symphonies. In this third album is presented Brahms’ third symphony and Leif Segerstam’s symphony no 294, “Songs of a UNICORN heralding…” with Horn obligato played by Tanja Nisonen. Leif Segerstam (b. 1944), conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist, is one of the most versatile musical talents in the Nordic countries.

Prague Symphony Orchestra & Tomáš Brauner - Smetana, Dvořák, Suk, Ostrčil: Music for Prague (2024)

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Prague Symphony Orchestra & Tomáš Brauner - Smetana, Dvořák, Suk, Ostrčil: Music for Prague (2024)

Prague Symphony Orchestra & Tomáš Brauner - Smetana, Dvořák, Suk, Ostrčil: Music for Prague (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 173 Mb | 01:15:17
Classical | Label: Supraphon

The story of the Prague Symphony Orchestra is closely related to the history of the Czech capital, which leaves an impression on their repertoire. After their successful recording of Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968 (Supraphon, 2021), the orchestra and its chief conductor are coming up with another album dedicated to Prague. This time, the programme is focused on the late 19th century, i.e. the period when the Czech nation fought for its language, culture and identity within the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner - The Academy Plays Opera (2024)

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner - The Academy Plays Opera (2024)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner - The Academy Plays Opera (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 327 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 190 Mb | 01:19:27
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

This premiering album by Neville Marriner includes modern, witty instrumental arrangements of the most famous arias and scenes from Verdi and Puccini’s operatic masterpieces: Nessun dorma, La donna è mobile… Don’t miss the moving chant of the ondes Martenot in Madama Butterfly or the voluble cimbalom in the Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore!

Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Polonaises, Nocturnes, Ballade No. 1 & Piano Concerto No. 1 (2024)

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Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Polonaises, Nocturnes, Ballade No. 1 & Piano Concerto No. 1 (2024)

Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Polonaises, Nocturnes, Ballade No. 1 & Piano Concerto No. 1 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 360 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 193 Mb | 01:23:24
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

He was a true giant of the piano, one of the few pianists of the last decades for whom the word “legend” was not overdone: Maurizio Pollini passed away March 23rd 2024. He will be reminded for his wide repertoire (from the great Baroque and Romantic masters to the avant-garde which he had always been a relentless promoter) and his unique playing style, very analytic with a dazzling technique and particularly clear sound. Pollini has only recorded two albums for EMI in his early career, gathered here as an homage: both dedicated to Chopin, they include famous solo pieces and the first concerto conducted by Paul Kletzki. The Polonaise, Op. 44 is made available to digital partners for the very first time.

Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.2; Leif Segerstam: Symphony No.289 (2017)

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Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.2; Leif Segerstam: Symphony No.289 (2017)

Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.2; Leif Segerstam: Symphony No.289 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 69:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Label: Alba | ABCD 403 | Recorded: 2015, 2016

This new release is the second in a four-release set from Alba which will feature all four of Johannes Brahms’ symphonies and four symphonies chosen from Leif Segerstam’s more than 300 symphonies. For this release, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Segerstam’s Symphony No. 289 have been chosen. Brahms wrote his Symphony No. 2 in D major during a visit to Portschach am Worthersee in the summer of 1877.

Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Antonín Dvořák: Serenades Op. 22 & 44 (1982)

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Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Antonín Dvořák: Serenades Op. 22 & 44 (1982)

Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Antonín Dvořák: Serenades Op. 22 & 44 (1982)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 199 Mb | Total time: 51:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 400 020-2 | Recorded: 1981

Dvořák's two splendidly tuneful serenades are so attractive that you will find the tunes stuck in your head for days afterwards. If this makes you crazy, then you might want to exercise caution before playing them! Each is written for different forces: one for strings, the other for winds (with a single double bass to reinforce the bottom end). The Serenade for Winds is particularly special, being the ultimate example of a form that Czech composers really did better than anyone else. The wind writing has that essential "outdoors" quality, but it's also completely smooth and euphonious. Sir Neville Marriner's band does the music proud. This is one of their best recordings.

Guarneri Trio Prague - Smetana, Suk, Fišer: Piano Trios (2005)

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Guarneri Trio Prague - Smetana, Suk, Fišer: Piano Trios (2005)

Guarneri Trio Prague - Smetana, Suk, Fišer: Piano Trios (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 56:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digital | # PRD 250 218 | Recorded: 2004

Four examples of Bohemian Expressionism: Romantic with the tombeau ‘to the memory of an angel’ that Smetana erected to his daughter Bedřiska, and the two pieces that Suk wrote under the influence of Schumann and Dvořák, his father-in-law; and modern with the premiere of the Trio 1978 by the late Luboš Fišer, tormented composer, too soon forgotten, of the 15 Prints on Dürer’s Apocalypse (1965).

Bedřich Smetana: Collection [8CDs] (2023)

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Bedřich Smetana: Collection [8CDs] (2023)

Bedřich Smetana: Collection [8CDs] (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.4 Gb | Total time: 09:37:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 96909 | Recorded: 1962-2013

The most complete collection available of music by the father of Czech nationalism in music. Má Vlast, The Bartered Bride and the String Quartet ‘From My Life’: all written within a decade of each other, all so fundamental in their different genres in forming a Czech national identity in music that it can seem incredible they were the work of a single composer.

Daniel Barenboim - Daniel Barenboim plays Beethoven, Mozart & Schumann (2024)

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Daniel Barenboim - Daniel Barenboim plays Beethoven, Mozart & Schumann (2024)

Daniel Barenboim - Daniel Barenboim plays Beethoven, Mozart & Schumann (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1,74 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1,19 Gb | 08:48:56
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Just in time for his 80th birthday, Daniel Barenboim was honoured with the Gramophone Award 2022 for his life's work. The career of the famous Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor began early, Wilhelm Furtwängler already said about him: "The eleven-year-old Daniel Barenboim is a phenomenon". Later, as chief conductor, Barenboim led world-class orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and, since 1992, the Staatskapelle Berlin. With the founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the UN peace ambassador united musicians from Israel, Palestine and the Arab states. As a soloist, the pianist has worked with renowned conductors; with Sir John Barbirolli, for example, he recorded Brahms’ piano concertos. Barenboim's discography is impressive; with his first wife, the cellist Jacqueline Du Pré, he formed a musical dream team. Other legendary recordings of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner and Wagner were made with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic, among others.