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Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)

Maurizio Pollini - Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Late Piano Works (1990)
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Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 427 322-2 | Time: 00:45:43

No prizes for predicting that this Liszt B minor Sonata is technically flawless and beautifully structured. What may come as more of a shock (though not to those who have followed Pollini's career closely) is its sheer passion. To say that he plays as if his life depended on it is an understatement, and those who regularly accuse him of coolness should sit down in a quiet room with this recording, a decent hi-fi system and a large plateful of their own words. The opening creates a sense of coiled expectancy, without recourse to a mannered delivery such as Brendel's on Philips, and Pollini's superior fingerwork is soon evident. His virtuosity gains an extra dimension from his ability at the same time to convey resistance to it—the double octaves are demonstrably a fraction slower than usual and yet somehow feel faster, or at least more urgent. There is tensed steel in the very fabric of the playing. By the two-minute mark so much passion has been unleashed one is bound to wonder if it has not all happened too soon. But that is to underestimate Pollini's unerring grasp of the dramatic structure and its psychological progression from paragraph to paragraph; it is also to underestimate his capacity to find extra technical resources when it would seem beyond the power of flesh and blood to do so.
Johannes Pramsohler, Nahuel Di Pierro - German Cantatas with Solo Violin (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Johannes Pramsohler, Nahuel Di Pierro - German Cantatas with Solo Violin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 84:02 minutes | 1.58 GB
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Following on from his previous hugely successful recordings on his Audax label, Johannes Pramsohler has assembled a top-class lineup of singers and, with his Ensemble Diderot, united all the German cantatas featuring a virtuoso solo violin on a captivating new album.

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)  Music

Posted by Designol at April 19, 2018
Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frédéric Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 155 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Angel/EMI Classics | # 7243 5 56780 2 7 | Time: 00:56:28

For while it would be idle to pretend that this 70-year-old virtuoso, struck down at the height of his career with psoriatic arthritis, still commands the velocity and reflex of his earlier years, his later Chopin and Liszt are a tribute to a devotion and commitment gloriously enriched by experience. The First Impromptu is piquantly voiced and phrased while the C sharp minor Etude, Op. 25 No. 7, could hardly be more hauntingly confided, more ‘blue’ or inturned. How you miss the repeat in the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 3 (not Op. 15, as the jewel-case claims), given such cloudy introspection and if there are moments when you recall how Rubinstein – forever Chopin’s most aristocratic spokesman – can convey a world of feeling in a scarcely perceptible gesture, Janis’s brooding intensity represents a wholly personal, only occasionally overbearing, alternative; an entirely different point of view. Time and again he tells us that there are higher goods than surface polish or slickness and in the valedictory F minor Mazurka, Op. 68 No. 4 he conveys a dark night of the soul indeed, an emotion almost too desolating for public utterance… Janis is no less remarkable in Liszt, whether in the brief but intriguing Sans mesure (a first performance and recording), in a Sonetto 104 del Petrarca as tear-laden as any on record and in a final Liebestod of an exhausting ardour and focus.
Marc-Andre Hamelin - Franz Liszt: Paganini Studies & Schubert Marches (2002)

Marc-André Hamelin - Franz Liszt: Paganini Studies & Schubert Marches (2002)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA 67370 | Time: 00:57:50

Marc-André Hamelin returns to Liszt with this imperious recording, containing works based on music by two composers who were a great influence on the young composer/pianist: the Paganini Etudes and three Schubert Marches. Paganini was the foremost virtuoso of his day, on any instrument, and having heard him in Paris in 1832 Liszt was determined to replicate his showmanship and mastery on the piano. His Etudes, based on Paganini's infamous Caprices (the nearest the violinist came to notating in full the extraordinary acrobatics he often improvised on stage), are the culmination of this early creative spark. Marc-André Hamelin plays the final 1851 version. Liszt was devoted to Schubert, and transcribed many of his songs for piano, as well as marches and other works; the three marches on this disc are based on various rarely heard Schubert marches for piano duet. Marc-André Hamelin's virtuosity is both nonchalant and dazzling, and he brings wit and sparkle to the Paganini Etudes, and great power and architechtural control to the Schubert Marches. A must for piano lovers everywhere.
Roderick Williams & Christopher Glynn - Schubert: Winter Journey (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Roderick Williams & Christopher Glynn - Schubert: Winter Journey (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:08 minutes | 1.15 GB
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Celebrated soloists Roderick Wiliams and Christopher Glynn perform a new English translation Franz Schubert’s Winterreise. Composed in 1827 whilst in the grip of the illness that would ultimately kill him, Schubert’s setting of Wilhelm Muller’s poetry takes on an added tragic interpretation as it follows the narrative of a spurned lover travelling through a cold and barren landscape.
Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake - Schubert 4 - Wigmore Hall Live (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake - Schubert 4 - Wigmore Hall Live (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:13 minutes | 1.03 GB
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Ian Bostridge, ‘one of the world’s great lieder tenors’ The Telegraph, praised for his sensitive and distinctive performances, is joined once more by Julius Drake as they continue to explore the genius of Schubert’s songs. From the strikingly dramatic ballad ‘Der Zwerg’ to the melancholic tenderness of ‘An Den Mond’, the duo examine the emotions of every word and every note in this delicately curated programme, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 16 May 2015.
Orchestre d'Auvergne & Craig Leon - Celebration: 10 Centuries of Christmas Music (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Orchestre d'Auvergne & Craig Leon - Celebration: 10 Centuries of Christmas Music (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 50:39 minutes | 889 MB
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Under the leadership of Craig Leon, the Orchestre de'Auvergne surveys ten centuries of Christmas music in this ambitious project. Well-known favourites such as Away in a Manger and Silent Night appear alongside new gems to be discovered like Corde Natus Ex Parentis and Nesciens mater virgo virum.
Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)
Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max, conductor

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Classical, Baroque | Label: CPO | # cpo999943-2 | Time: 01:08:32

Although his name might not rate very highly on the recognition meter even of classical music buffs, Franz Tunder was a consequential entity in the early history of the German Baroque. Tunder served as organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck from 1641 to his death in 1667, and during that time instituted the Abendmusiken, the first series of public concerts to take place in Germany. Seventeen vocal "concertos" exist from Tunder's pen and they were created for these special events; little more than half of them appear on this generous and well-performed CPO disc, Franz Tunder: Concerti. Conductor Hermann Max leads Das Kleine Konzert and the singing group Rheinische Kantorei in 10 concerti, which uses a variety of singers in frontline combinations. Tunder must have had some good basses in his chorus, as they have most of the hardest music in the Concerti, and five of these ten works are sung by bass or basses alone. Both men used here, Ekkehard Abele and Yoshitaka Ogasawara, do an excellent job. The string parts are crisp and do not dawdle, and Max never allows the music to get too grandiose, wisely keeping it within the boundaries of the chamber idiom to which it belongs. The music is never ornately busy and has a relaxed, soothing effect.
Lise Berthaud & Adam Laloum - Schumann, Schubert, Brahms (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Lise Berthaud & Adam Laloum - Schumann, Schubert, Brahms (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:20 minutes | 927 MB
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Lise Berthaud [b.1982] studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, with Gérard Caussé. In 2005, she won the Hindemith Prize at the Geneva International Competition, was short listed by the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2009 as 'Révélation de l’Année' (Newcomer of the Year) and since September 2013, Lise has been part of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Anne-Lise Gastaldi & David Saudubray - L'Oreille de Proust (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Anne-Lise Gastaldi & David Saudubray - L'Oreille de Proust (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 57:15 minutes | 855 MB
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Pourquoi ce titre surprenant « L'oreille de Proust » ? Parce que Proust était fou de musique et que ses goûts, à une époque où les salons parisiens accueillaient de la musique de chambre, des joutes pianistiques, d'innombrables mélodies, des transcriptions d'ouvres orchestrales, d'opéras, épousaient tout cet univers extrêmement varié .