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Sol Gabetta, Berliner Philharmoniker - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Concertos (2016)

Sol Gabetta - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinů: Cello Concertos (2016)
with Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle & Krzysztof Urbański

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:55:45
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88985350792

Sol Gabetta’s first recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, with the Danish National Symphony, was much admired when it appeared six years ago. This one, taken from a concert in the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus in 2014, is a far glossier affair orchestrally. Simon Rattle’s tendency to overmould the phrasing is sometimes too obvious, but Gabetta’s playing is intense and searching, less introspective than some performances in the Adagio, perhaps, but epic in scale in the outer movements, and always keenly responsive. Those who possess her earlier disc might not think they need to invest in this one, but would then miss Gabetta’s vivid, pulsating account of the Martinů concerto, which went through a quarter of a century of revisions before the definitive 1955 version she plays here, with Krysztof Urbański conducting. She finds real depth and intensity in it, both in the slow movement and in the introspective episode that interrupts the finale’s headlong rush.
Novus Quartet - Webern, Beethoven & Yun: String Quartets (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Novus Quartet - Webern, Beethoven & Yun: String Quartets (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:11 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

This ensemble’s playing is incredibly solid and well-balanced. All four musicians perform at the same level and their music-making is enthralling.

Christoph Zehendner - Was zählt (2018)  Music

Posted by Fizzpop at March 20, 2018
Christoph Zehendner - Was zählt (2018)

Christoph Zehendner - Was zählt (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 337 MB | Cover | 58:13 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 134 MB
Schlager, Pop | Label: Gerth Medien

Neue Lieder aus der Feder des Wortkünstlers: Lebensweisheit und lebendige Glaubenserfahrungen inklusive. Mit seinen neuen Liedern nimmt Christoph Zehendner seine Hörerinnen und Hörer mit auf die Reise. Er erzählt wahre Geschichten, die das Herz berühren. Erinnerungen an Menschen, die ihn bereichert haben, z. B. in Indien, in Israel, auf Teneriffa oder nebenan. Man begegnet u. a. Mutter Teresa, einem verfolgten Christen, Stammvater Abraham und den 'Christusträger-Brüdern'. Man bekommt Mut zum Wagnis - und erinnert sich an den stabilen Grund des Glaubens.
Cherubini-Quartett - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2004)

Cherubini-Quartett - Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 (2004)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 85803 2 | Time: 00:56:40

The first two of the three string quartets of Mendelssohn's Op. 44 were recorded by the Cherubini Quartett in 1990. With its transparent textures, elegant phrasing, and refined execution, the ensemble is temperamentally suited to this music, which seems to require those qualities above others. While Mendelssohn acquired many advanced compositional techniques from studying Beethoven's quartets, he never presumed to plumb the master's spiritual depths, and preferred instead to emulate the Classical gentility and poise of Haydn and Mozart. The String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44/1, is predominantly exuberant and optimistic, and the Cherubini Quartett delivers it in a light, effervescent style, and only occasionally touches on the deeper passions that Mendelssohn prized in this work. More serious and fervid in expression, the String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44/2, evokes the tense emotions of eighteenth century Sturm und Drang. The Cherubini Quartett renders the work with a darker coloration and richer tone, but these shadings neither interfere with the clarity of the parts nor weigh down Mendelssohn's fleet lines.
Sofia Gubaidulina - Sofia Gubaidulina (2002) {ECM New Series 1775}

Sofia Gubaidulina - Sofia Gubaidulina (2002) {ECM New Series 1775}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 247 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 166 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 24 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2002 ECM Records | ECM New Series 1775 / 461897-2
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Orchestral

“There is no more important reason for composing music than spiritual renewal.”–Sofia Gubaidulina. Shostakovich once famously said of his student, Sofia Gubaidulina, “I want you to continue along your mistaken path.” Mistaken, that was, in the former Soviet Union, where the deliverance preached through her devout composing sat uncomfortably with censors. So much so that when she composed her Seven Words in 1982, she was obliged to leave out “…of Our Savior on the Cross” from its title. Nevertheless, this riveting work is one of the twentieth century’s reigning masterpieces.
Daria van den Bercken - Domenico Scarlatti and Daria van den Bercken (2017)

Daria van den Bercken - Domenico Scarlatti and Daria van den Bercken (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:01:39 | 142 MB
Label: Sony Classical

Presenting Daria van den Bercken’s latest album featuring the piano works of the great composer Domenico Scarlatti. Prior to this release, Daria recorded albums of Handel and Mozart to great acclaim. For the former, she recorded fairly unknown harpsichord suites on the modern piano, trying to reach a wide international audience for this particular music & earning her the Amsterdam prize for the Arts. On recording Mozart, Daria “changed the way I structure recitals when playing Mozart by researching the universalities of this music, like elegance & playfulness.” The Scarlatti sonatas are ideal for playlisting, being short pieces of solo piano music.

Barry Guy - Folio (2005) {ECM New Series 1931}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Nov. 7, 2017
Barry Guy - Folio (2005) {ECM New Series 1931}

Barry Guy - Folio (2005) {ECM New Series 1931}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 239 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 135 Mb
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© 2005 ECM Records | ECM New Series 1931
Jazz / Classical / Avant-Garde / Modern Composition / Bass

The liner notes for Barry Guy's extended composition/improvisation Folio (a printer's term for a piece of paper folded in half to create four pages) refer extensively to Nikolai Evreinov's 1912 play The Theatre of the Soul, in which three aspects of the soul are introduced by a pretentious professor who claims the Self as Trinity: Rational, Emotional, and Eternal (or subconscious). Performed a scant five years before the Russian Revolution and simultaneously as Freud's big exposition of the Id, the Ego, and the Superego, the play is one of those moments where history seems to be suggesting bits and pieces of itself. What that all has to with Guy's piece is ponderous at best and known only to Guy. Even Brian Lynch's liner essay is speculative and academic.
Jean Claude Pennetier - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 21 & No. 24 (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Jean Claude Pennetier - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 21 & No. 24 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 57:52 minutes | 549 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

With these two piano concertos, Jean-Claude Pennetier establishes the authenticity of Mozart’s gift. The tenderness and fire of No. 21 mirror the anguish and inner intensity of No. 24. The two pieces are close to perfect and prove, as Mauriac put it, that: “As long as men inhabit the earth, just a few bars of Mozart can remind us of the paradise we lost, a paradise that may still exist as long as we can hear the echoes of its laughter and tears in such divine music.”
Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesänge Op.121; Lieder Und Gesänge Op.32 (2016)
Matthias Goerne, baritone; Christoph Eschenbach, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902174 | 00:55:47

It's the late Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121, that get the big print on the cover of this release by the awe-inspiring baritone Matthias Goerne, but actually the music on the album falls into a neat early-middle-late classification scheme. The group of middle-period settings of poetry by Heinrich Heine doesn't even get graphics on the cover, but these are fascinating. Brahms wrote a lot of songs, but you couldn't do better than the selection and performances here for a cornerstone collection item. Beyond the sheer beauty of Goerne's voice is an ability to shift gears to match how Brahms' style evolved. If you want to hear his real slashing, operatic high notes, check out the Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 32, settings of poems by the minor poets Georg Friedrich Daumer and Karl August Graf von Platen. These rather overwrought texts add up to a kind of slimmed-down Winterreise, and they catch the spirit of the still-young Brahms with his strong passions, elegantly controlled. The Heine settings, which come from several different sets of lieder, are not that often heard and are in some ways the most compelling of the group here.
Werner Gura, Christoph Berner - Ludwig van Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen (2015)

Werner Güra, Christoph Berner - Ludwig van Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 210 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902217 | Time: 01:03:12

Beethoven as a giant of the symphony and the sonata has somewhat overshadowed Beethoven as a creator of songs. On this varied and insightful recording, tenor Werner Güra performs a program featuring Adelaide and the first song cycle in history, An die ferne Geliebte, that proves Beethoven's lieder lacked neither appeal nor originality. Accompanist Christoph Berner plays a Streicher fortepiano of 1847 that is perfectly suited to both the songs and to his solo performance of the wonderful Bagatelles of Op.126.