Michel Corboz conducts Bach - Excerpts: Weihnachtsoratorium, Magnificat, Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Mass (2022)

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Michel Corboz conducts Bach - Excerpts: Weihnachtsoratorium, Magnificat, Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Mass (2022)

Michel Corboz conducts Bach - Excerpts: Weihnachtsoratorium, Magnificat, Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Mass in B Minor; Concertos BWV 1052, 1055 & 1056 (2022)
WEB FLAC | Tracks ~ 1.05 Gb | Total time: 4 h 5 min | Cover included
Classical | Label: Erato

Nurtured by Sunday radio broadcasts of cantatas in his youth, Michel Corboz very soon developed a deep admiration for Bach, whose music was the guiding thread of his career. He approached every major sacred work, some more than once, always questioning the score and exploring new interpretive options. This album is a selection of the best moments from the passions, masses and oratorios, featuring beautiful vocal soloists such as José van Dam, Sandrine Piau and more. It also includes some instrumental tracks with keyboard concertos by Maria João Pires.

Michel Corboz conducts Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Nisi Dominus, Beatus vir, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus (2022)

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Michel Corboz conducts Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Nisi Dominus, Beatus vir, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus (2022)

Michel Corboz conducts Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Nisi Dominus, Beatus vir, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus (2022)
WEB FLAC | Tracks ~ 879 Mb | Total time: 3 h 9 min | Cover included
Classical | Label: Erato

Although Bach and Monteverdi were the two main composers Michel Corboz recorded, he focused intensely on Vivaldi’s sacred music during the mid-70s, be it with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Lausanne ensembles or the English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra. This collection includes the digital premiere of his recording of Beatus vir, RV 598, newly remastered!

The Heath Quartet - Berg, Webern, Schoenberg: String Quartets (2022)

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The Heath Quartet - Berg, Webern, Schoenberg: String Quartets (2022)

The Heath Quartet - Berg, Webern, Schoenberg: String Quartets (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 62:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD712 | Recorded: 2019

Three works from pivotal years in the development of the 'Second Viennese School'—and indeed the whole of western classical music—in performances by the award-winning Heath Quartet.

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1998)

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Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1998)

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 911 Mb | Total time: 49:03+69:17+58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0093342BC | Recorded: 1962

'Radamisto' was the first opera Handel composed for the Royal Academy, his first operatic venture in London, being produced for the first time in 1719; it was revived and revised in 1720, 1721 and 1728. This Berlin Classics recording, dating from 1962, presents an adaptation of the 1721 version, which drops a minor character, Fraarte. More importantly, in addition to the use of modern instruments and a chorus (in general Handel's chorus was assembled from the soloists–opera in eighteenth century London was a commercial venture so personnel was kept to a minimum), the libretto is translated into German and all the castrato roles are transposed down into either tenor or bass registers.

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - William Herschel: Symphonies (2003)

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Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - William Herschel:  Symphonies (2003)

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - William Herschel: Symphonies (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 68:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10048 | Recorded: 2002

German-born English composer William Herschel (1738-1822) achieved fame as an astronomer, the discoverer of the planet Uranus; but his formal training was musical, and in the early 1760s he composed a series of symphonies, six of which are featured here. They are attractive works in simple forms, all centered on the keys of C or D, scored for continuo, strings, winds, and occasional brass in various combinations. Each has three movements, and none lasts more than about 12 minutes. Not surprisingly, Nos. 14 and 17, which feature horns and timpani, pack the largest punch, and Herschel wrote some surprisingly memorable tunes (particularly in the allegros), making these slight works easy on the ear and, if a touch formulaic in construction, seldom dull.

Pablo Heras-Casado, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang' (2014)

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Pablo Heras-Casado, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang' (2014)

Pablo Heras-Casado, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang' (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 61:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902151 | Recorded: 2012

The 'Lobgesang' or Hymn of Praise, commissioned by the city of Leipzig from its Kapellmeister Mendelssohn to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing in 1840, has elements of all three categories. But, at the opposite pole from Beethoven s Ninth, we have here a symphonic miniature in three movements, intended to act as the overture to the sung part of the work, which is twice as long. Thus this splendid Symphony-Cantata expands into a sweeping vocal and choral epic.

Alexander Ullman, Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Piano Sonata (2022)

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Alexander Ullman, Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Piano Sonata (2022)

Alexander Ullman, Andrew Litton, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Piano Sonata (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 72:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rubicon Classics | # RCD1057 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

Alexander Ullman was the winner of the 2011 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest. He studied at the Purcell School, the Curtis Institute and the Royal College of Music. His teachers include William Fong, Leon Fleisher and Dmitri Alexeev. Alexander’s debut album on Rubicon was a recital of great Russian ballet music arranged for piano – Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky – and received enthusiastic reviews from around the world. This album is his first concerto recording – the two Liszt Concertos are coupled with the B minor Sonata.

Patrick Summers, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Gioacchino Rossini: La Cenerentola (2009)

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Patrick Summers, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Gioacchino Rossini: La Cenerentola (2009)

Patrick Summers, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez - Gioacchino Rossini: La Cenerentola (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 166 min | 6,14+5,05 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Catalan, Chinese | Recorded: 2008

Fizzing with operatic brio, Rossini's ever-popular setting of Cinderella tells the much-loved tale through spectacular arias and irresistible ensembles. Superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez in his signature role as the Prince, and American star Joyce DiDonato in the title role, lead an outstanding international cast in Joan Font's witty and dazzlingly colourful production - filmed 'live' at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Václav Pichl: Symphonies (1999)

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Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Václav Pichl: Symphonies (1999)

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Václav Pichl: Symphonies (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 68:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9740 | Recorded: 1997

Václav (Wenzel) Pichl was born on September 25, 1741 of humble parentage, at Bechyne. He began his musical studies with Jan Pokorny, the local choirmaster and teacher. Pichl's list of works includes twenty operas, thirty masses, eighty-nine symphonies, thirty concertos, and a huge body of chamber music, including 148 pieces which he wrote for Joseph Haydn's employer. The Symphony in B flat, Z23 is scored for strings, two oboes and two horns. A solemn and substantial introductory Grave prefaces a vivacious sonata-form Allegro assai with two contrasting themes, a taut development section, and a condensed recapitulation….

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Philipp Emanuel & Johann Christian Bach: Magnificat (2002)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Philipp Emanuel & Johann Christian Bach: Magnificat (2002)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Philipp Emanuel & Johann Christian Bach: Magnificat (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 262 Mb | Total time: 59:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 67 003 | Recorded: 2000

Michael Schneider ist mit der vorliegenden Produktion des Magnificat von Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach vor allem eine sehr geschmeidige Einspielung gelungen. Der Brückenschlag von der barocken Kontrapunkt-Strenge der Chorfugen zur frühklassischen Kantabilität der Arien gelingt stilsicher - auch die Solisten agieren mit viel Fortune.

Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 4 (2008)

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Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 4 (2008)

Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 4 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 66:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570280 | Recorded: 2006

The symphonies of Johann Baptist Vaňhal are among the most important works of the classical period. Bold and imaginative, powerful and lyrical, Vaňhal’s symphonies are only now beginning to win wider recognition as the masterpieces they are. This recording features his early and highly prophetic Symphony in E minor as well as one of his later works, the brilliantly-scored Symphony in C (Bryan C17) which Haydn is known to have admired.

Frank Peter Zimmermann - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1 (2021)

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Frank Peter Zimmermann - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1 (2021)

Frank Peter Zimmermann - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 67:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2577 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

Since the mid-1980s, Frank Peter Zimmermann has earned recognition as one of the leading violinists, admired not only for his technical skill and interpretive intelligence, but also for his versatility in a wide-ranging repertoire. His extensive discography spans from Bach concertos and Beethoven sonatas to works by composers such as Ligeti, Magnus Lindberg and Brett Dean. But during the four decades that Zimmermann has been making recordings, he has never previously recorded Bach’s Sei solo, the six sonatas and partitas for solo violin which form an absolute pinnacle in the repertoire for the instrument.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Gaetano Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 167:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 038-2 | Recorded: 1974

For me, this recording represents the absolute epitome of bel canto singing, with Pavarotti spinning endless golden tone as Fernand and Fiorenza Cossotto showcasing that indomitable chest-voice as Leonora.

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonies (1998)

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Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonies (1998)

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonies (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 66:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9661 | Recorded: 1997

This disc of five symphonies by François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829) is part of Chandos' Contemporaries of Mozart series. As he was born two years after Haydn and died two years before Schubert, he was also a contemporary of Beethoven as well as many other composers of the Classical and early Romantic periods. Like Haydn, Gossec lead a successful career in music that included composing, performing, teaching and various directorship positions throughout France. (Yes kids, you can make money in music, no matter what your parents say!) As would be expected, Gossec was highly prolific, producing no fewer than thirty works for the stage, a large body of choral and chamber music, and over fifty symphonies.

Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici - Antonio Calegari: La Resurrezione di Lazzaro (2001)

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Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici - Antonio Calegari: La Resurrezione di Lazzaro (2001)

Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici - Antonio Calegari: La Resurrezione di Lazzaro (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 78:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0673 | Recorded: 2000

An oratorio / cantata type composition by a little known eighteenth century musician written when he was only twenty two does not sound too promising. However, with this convincing performance there is much to enjoy.