Gramophone 2016

New York Polyphony - Roma Aeterna (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

New York Polyphony - Roma Aeterna (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:54 minutes | 1.33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The widely acclaimed vocal ensemble New York Polyphony has on its previous recordings for BIS focused on Franco-Flemish polyphony (endBeginning, BIS1949), the English Renaissance (Times go by Turns, BIS2037) and Christmas (Sing thee Nowell, BIS2099). Each of these discs which have been highly praised by the critics, receiving no less than two Grammy Award nominations has also included contemporary works, resulting in striking resonances between music from across more than half a millennium.
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Koln, Peter Dijkstra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach - Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs
Julian Prégardien (Evangelist), Tareq Nazmi (Jesus), Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Ulrike Malotta (alto), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Krešimir Stražanac (bass)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln, conducted by Peter Dijkstra

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 787 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 409 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: BR Klassik | # 900909 | Time: 02:57:16

The music of Bach's 'St. John Passion', which the composer wrote for Holy Week in 1724 immediately after his appointment as cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig, still retains all its freshness and vitality nearly 300 years later, and is a true Baroque delight. The two main choruses Herr, unser Herrscher and Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine form the beginning and culmination of a large-scale orchestral and vocal structure in which Bach reveals his absolute mastery of polyphony. Inwardly reflective chorales are as much interwoven into the events of the Passion as the haunting arias which comment on the biblical texts of the Gospel of St John. Throughout this solemn Passion oratorio, there is a constant emphasis on Baroque musical magnificence. What makes this live recording of the concert version of March 7, 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz so special? The fresh voices of the young and excellent vocal soloists, the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and, of course, the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.
Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin - Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy: String Quartet (2016)

César Franck - Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy - String Quartet (2016)
Takács String Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%)
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68061 | Time: 01:02:23 | Booklet included

Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an apt and unusual coupling, each work its composer’s only, unsurpassable, contribution to the genre. Both receive authoritative performances from Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet.
Maurizio Pollini - Brahms: Piano Quintet Op.34  (1980/2016) [TR24][OF]

Maurizio Pollini - Brahms: Piano Quintet Op.34
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 43:45 min | 864 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 1980/2016

"Maurizio Pollini and the Quartetto Italiano in Brahms sounds like a dream ticket … and so it proves to be … the legendary luminosity of sound is still there, as is the beautiful precision, perfectly complemented by Pollini's clarity and control of touch." - Gramophone
Jean-Baptiste Quentin & Louis-Gabriel Guillemain - Ensemble Nevermind - Conversations (2016) {Alpha Official Digital Download}

Jean-Baptiste Quentin & Louis-Gabriel Guillemain - Ensemble Nevermind - Conversations (2016) {Alpha Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 44kHz/16 bit - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 409 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 174 Mb | Artwork (pdf+jpg) | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music | Alpha 235
Classical / Baroque / Chamber Music

NEVERMIND is made up of four young musicians and friends whose passion for early music and for the influence of jazz and traditional music stimulated them to form an ensemble whose virtuosity is equalled only by their youthful impetuosity and their love of fine music . . . For its first disc, Nevermind tackles the treasures of the Baroque in the shape of two totally neglected French composers.
Lucille Chung & Alessio Bax - Poulenc: Works for Piano Solo and Duo (2016) [TR24][OF]

Lucille Chung & Alessio Bax - Poulenc: Works for Piano Solo and Duo
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 62:01 min | 1.00 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Signum Classics | Tracks: 25 | Rls.date: 2016

Poulenc was a skilled pianist, cultivating a style of playing characterised by colorfulness and clarity, possessing an ear for melody that distinguished him as France s finest song composer since Fauré. Canadian pianist Lucille Chung acclaimed for her 'stylish and refined performances' by Gramophone magazine, 'combining vigor and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance' appears as a soloist on this new recording, performing Poulenc s Improvisations and Novelettes before being joined by her duo partner (and husband) Alessio Bax for L embarquement pour Cythère, the Sonata for Four Hands and Concerto for Two Pianos.
Moscow Patriarch Choir & Ilya Tolkachev - Hidden Music of the Russian Church (2016)

Moscow Patriarch Choir & Ilya Tolkachev - Hidden Music of the Russian Church
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 54:04 min | 252 MB
Label: Christophorus | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2016

The Patriarch Choir of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow conducted by Ilya Tolkachov devotes the second of their CDs issued by Christophoros to Russian sacred music composed after the 1917 Revolution. Under the Soviet regime, most churches and the majority of monasteries were closed and the priests and monks expelled; ecclesiastical life became extremely difficult and was permanently under threat of reprisal. Numerous celebrated composers of sacred music were only permitted to publish secular compositions, but continued to work in secret.
Trinity College Choir Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Howells: Collegium Regale (2016)

Trinity College Choir Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Howells: Collegium Regale
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 61:05 min | 242 MB
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2016

Howells' 'Coll Reg' is one of the glories of the Anglican repertoirea relative outsider to the church providing one of its greatest adornments of the twentieth century. Stephen Layton and his award-winning choir took the trip to Coventry Cathedral for this very special recording.

Vilde Frang - Korngold & Britten: Violin Concerto (2016) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Dec. 26, 2016
Vilde Frang - Korngold & Britten: Violin Concerto (2016) [TR24][OF]

Vilde Frang - Korngold & Britten: Violin Concerto
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | 58:07 min | 603 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Warner Classics | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2016

This is the young Norwegian violinist’s fifth Warner Classics release. Early 2015 brought a programme devoted entirely to Mozart, but her previous concerto discs were also notable for imaginative musical matchmaking: Tchaikovsky/Nielsen and Sibelius/Prokofiev. Both concertos on this new disc were written when their composers were in the USA around the time of World War II: the Korngold was completed in 1945, the Britten in 1939.

Gramophone - December 2016  Magazines

Posted by crazy-slim at Dec. 8, 2016
Gramophone - December 2016

Gramophone - December 2016
English | 156 pages | True PDF | 37 MB