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VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years: 1944-1956 (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 63:45:05 | 10,48 Gb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Today we take high fidelity sound quality for granted, but how did it start? When was the moment when compressed and scratchy sound gave way to natural, realistic sound that captured the whole picture of a performance?
Decca Sound ‘Mono Years’ seeks to answer that question and shows how, 70 years ago, amidst war-time privations, a small team at Decca made technological breakthroughs that brought hi-fi to the world. This latest cube explores Decca’s earliest high-fidelity history, and restores some restores critically acclaimed albums from ensembles such as the Trio di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Griller Quartet which have not been available since their original LP release more than sixty years ago. An equally impressive array of soloists includes pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany and violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli. Several generations of cellists are represented with recordings by Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Zara Nelsova.
Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 546 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 284 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 6 1809 2 5 | Time: 02:03:13

Hausmusik’s performance of the Mendelssohn Octet comes with the advantage of a sensibly steady tempo for the famous scherzo, allowing for maximum transparency and lightness; and a dazzling finale in which for once the cello’s first scurrying fugal entry sounds crystal clear. The First String Quintet, and the Op. 13 Quartet – Mendelssohn’s homage to the late quartets of the recently deceased Beethoven – are also miraculous products of the composer’s teenage years. The Quintet is quite beautifully done here, but the Quartet, like the late Quintet, Op. 87, is rather lacking in tension and urgency. Woldemar Bargiel was Schumann’s brother-in-law. For all its obvious weaknesses, his Octet contains some attractive ideas, and Divertimenti’s performance makes a strong case for it. Divertimenti is impressive in the Mendelssohn, too – though its finale is not quite as exhilarating as Hausmusik’s; and in the last resort neither group can quite match the élan of the ASMF Chamber Ensemble.
Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies (2017)

Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 1-6, Manfred Symphony, Overtures & Rococo Variations
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 06:59:53 | 1.74 GB
Label: Warner Classics – 0190295869243 | Tracks: 41 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical

“Love and charm are among the many qualities which distinguish this richly enjoyable set of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies,” wrote Gramophone of the cycle that forms the heart of this collection. Mstislav Rostropovich, like Tchaikovsky, represents the very soul of Russian music. Stepping down from the conductor’s podium, he returns to the cello for the Rococo Variations, the composer’s tribute to the spirit of the 18th century.
London Symphony Orchestra & Valery Gergiev - Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 - Symphonic Dances (2018) [24-96]

London Symphony Orchestra & Valery Gergiev - Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 - Symphonic Dances (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 214:51 minutes | 4.13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

This highly anticipated album-set brings together Valery Gergiev's acclaimed cycle of the complete Rachmaninov symphonies. He leads the London Symphony Orchestra in performances recorded between 2008 and 2015. These masterful accounts are accompanied by his Symphonic Dances and and two symphonic poems by Mily Balakirev that echo the luxurious textures present throughout Rachmaninov's music.
London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Aaron Carpenter - Motherland (2018)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Aaron Carpenter - Motherland (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 02:34:49 | 749 Mb
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Viola player David Aaron Carpenter brings together works united by their composers’ longing for home. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, deftly arranged for viola by Carpenter himself, and Bartók’s desolate Viola Concerto are each influenced by Eastern European folk song—both composers lived in the U.S. as they wrote their masterpieces, dreaming of their motherlands. Walton’s sweetly melancholic Viola Concerto has an unsettled feeling, while Alexey Shor, now a U.S. resident, recalls his native Kiev with music of great emotional depth and character. Carpenter’s flawless playing is the perfect vehicle for this rich, varied program.
François-Xavier Roth, London Symphony Orchestra & Renaud Capuçon - Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2018)

François-Xavier Roth, London Symphony Orchestra & Renaud Capuçon - Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 275 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | 01:00:09
Classical | Label: Erato Records

Renaud Capuçon expands his wide-ranging concerto discography with Bartók’s two violin concertos. Composed almost three Decades apart, they are highly contrasted, inhabiting very different emotional and musical worlds. Partnering Capuçon is the London Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Guest Conductor, François-Xavier Roth.
Nikolaj Znaider & London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 4 & 5 (2018)

Nikolaj Znaider & London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 4 & 5 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 216 MB
Label: LSO Live | Tracks: 06 | Time: 50:25 min

Danish violinist-turned-conductor Nikolaj Znaider, who won the prestigious Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1997, has decided to record Mozart’s complete violin concertos, conducted from the violin with the London Symphony Orchestra. Znaider has a particularly strong relationship with that orchestra, with which he has been performing as a soloist since 2005, and as a conductor since 2011. For his Mozart project, he has of coursed reduced the orchestra’s string section to a more Mozartian, nearly chamberlike size, so that the solo violin weaves seamlessly into the delicate musical fabric, as if it were some kind of “primus inter pares”.
London Symphony Orchestra & Yondani Butt -  Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018)

London Symphony Orchestra & Yondani Butt - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 01:52:44 | 464 Mb
Classical | Label: Nimbus Records

YONDANI BUTT was born in Macau. He studied conducting with Wolfgang Vacano (1906–1985) at Indiana University, majoring in chemistry. He continued to study conducting with Josef Blatt (1906–1999) at the University of Michigan while pursuing his chemistry degree. Hailed by Robert Marsh of the Chicago Sun Times as “an outstanding talent”, Yondani Butt has received acclamation from critics and audiences for his many CD recordings and concert performances. He died on 28th August 2014.
Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 468 Mb | Total time: 59:32+58:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 7243 5 62227 24 | Recorded: 1988-90

These performances of three early and one "late" symphony of Schubert are both bracing and youthfully brisk, done on tart "period" instruments of Schubert's time. This produces what Schubert would have heard and expected to hear. Just listening to each performance convinces that these are "right." Sound is good. Warm and focused.
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, London Philarmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski - Stravinsky, Prokofiev: Concertos (2013) [24/96]

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, London Philarmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski - Stravinsky, Prokofiev: Concertos (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 51:04 minutes | 962 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Gramophone and BBC Award-winner Patricia Kopatchinskaja records exclusively for Naïve. Releases to date have included Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Philippe Herreweghe, a CD entitled „Rapsodia“ which explores the roots of George Enescu’s music with examples of Moldovan and Romanian folk music. Her most recent release was an all-Hungarian disc featuring concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös which has won the concerto category in the Gramophone Awards 2013.