Nikolai Lugansky: Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev [9CDs] (2012)

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Nikolai Lugansky: Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev [9CDs] (2012)

Nikolai Lugansky: Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev [9CDs] (2012)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,01 Gb | Total time: 10:36:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564666189 | Recorded: 1999-2006

Nikolai Lugansky has established an extraordinary reputation playing Chopin and Rachmaninov, actively performing works of both composers all over the world. This outstanding 9-CD boxed set includes many of Lugansky's most celebrated recordings, having garnered the Diapason d'Or for the complete Chopin Etudes in 2000, Rachmaninoff Preludes and Moments Musicaux in 2001 and Chopin Preludes in 2002, as well as his acclaimed first disc of Beethoven Sonatas that includes the "Moonlight" and "Appassionata".

Francesca Aspromonte, Boris Begelman, Arsenale Sonoro - Georg Friedric Handel: Un'alma Innamorata (2023)

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Francesca Aspromonte, Boris Begelman, Arsenale Sonoro - Georg Friedric Handel: Un'alma Innamorata (2023)

Francesca Aspromonte, Boris Begelman, Arsenale Sonoro - Georg Friedric Handel: Un'alma Innamorata (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5187083 | Recorded: 2022

Soprano Francesca Aspromonte and violinist Boris Begelman present an all-Handel programme exploring the vicissitudes of love, together with Arsenale Sonoro. On Un'alma innamorata, Aspromonte urges us to take ownership of our amorous infatuations, rather than blaming it on Cupid's arrows. The programme consists of several worldly cantatas with violino concertante - including the famous Mi palpita il cor and a world premiere recording of S'un di m'appaga la mia crudele - interspersed with instrumental sonatas. The overall chamber-musical approach of Un'alma innamorata increases the emotional impact of the tragic heroines depicted by Aspromonte.Francesca Aspromonte presents her third Pentatone album, after having released Prologue (2018) and Maria & Maddalena (2021). Boris Begelman featured on the latter album, whereas Arsenale Sonoro makes its Pentatone debut.

Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch - Selige Stunde: Romantic Songs (2020)

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Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch - Selige Stunde: Romantic Songs (2020)

Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch - Selige Stunde: Romantic Songs (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 70:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19439783262 | Recorded: 2020

After the success of his stunning album ‘Otello’, revered tenor Jonas Kaufmann returns with the sensational new album ‘Selige Stunde’. ‘Selige Stunde’ is the first recital in a small series of recordings that Jonas has made during the Covid-19 crisis. This stunning album includes a varied and heart-felt selection of songs that cover the most prominent Lieder composers. All tracks are short and are often performed as encores. The theme of the lyrics centre around love, longing, peacefulness and farewell. Kaufmann is considered one of the greatest tenors of this generation. He has performed at the world’s most prestigious concert venues including the Royal Opera House in London and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Kaufmann has won numerous prestigious awards including Gramophone Awards and Echo Klassik Awards.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Igor Stravinsky: Threni; Requiem Canticles (2016)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Igor Stravinsky: Threni; Requiem Canticles (2016)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Igor Stravinsky: Threni; Requiem Canticles (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 172 Mb | Total time: 47:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: PHI | # LPH 020 | Recorded: 2014

Threni (1957-58) is his longest, most ambitious and complex dodecaphonic score, and probably one of its summits. A work like the Requiem Canticles (1966) goes even further in this direction: the composer’s last masterpiece, it seems to summarise in itself the evolution of an entire lifetime, combining elements from the different stylistic periods that punctuated his career – whilst marking a highpoint in the spiritual quest that became increasingly important in Stravinsky’s life. In this major album, Philippe Herreweghe reveals with conviction his love for the composer’s music, and under his sure, inspired direction, the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic reveal their pure poetry.

Roberto Zarpellon, Ensemble Lorenzo da Ponte - Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans (2022)

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Roberto Zarpellon, Ensemble Lorenzo da Ponte - Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans (2022)

Roberto Zarpellon, Ensemble Lorenzo da Ponte - Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 687 Mb | Total time: 129 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fra Bernardo | # FB2242327 | Recorded: 2016

Vivaldi's oratorio Juditha triumphans is not just a musical military exercise (it is indeed explicitly called "Sacrum militare oratorio") during the Turkish siege of Corfu in 1716. This was 'delicate' for Venice, but also an impressive performance show of the vocal and instrumental possibilities of the Ospedale della Piet.

Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique, Ensemble Aedes - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Majesté (2018)

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Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique, Ensemble Aedes - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Majesté (2018)

Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique, Ensemble Aedes - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Majesté - Grands Motets pour le Roi-Soleil (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 405 Mb | Total time: 74:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 968 | Recorded: 2017

In 1683, Michel-Richard de Lalande entered the Chapelle Royale as a sous-maître after receiving the support of Louis XIV in a formidable recruitment competition. Still only twenty-five years old, the young composer would swiftly become established as the King s favorite and ascend to the most coveted posts at court in a career spanning almost forty years. Above all, Louis included him in the consultations for the construction of the new Chapelle Royale, adjacent to Versailles Palace.

Cinquecento - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Lamentations, Book 2 (2019)

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Cinquecento - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Lamentations, Book 2 (2019)

Cinquecento - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Lamentations, Book 2 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 72:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68284 | Recorded: 2018

The members of Cinquecento turn to perhaps the pre-eminent composer of the sixteenth century: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah would have been integral to the liturgical rites of Holy Week: here is one of the most sublime.

Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Musica sacra per alto (2019)

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Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Musica sacra per alto (2019)

Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Musica sacra per alto (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 59:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30569 | Recorded: 2018

Vivaldi, the Venetian: master of the whole palette of human emotions. From the church to the opera house, from tragedy to joy, the immediately recognizable sensibility, the expressiveness, the inimitable colors and an unbeatable talent to say so much in just a few notes. The contralto Delphine Galou (who recently won a Gramophone Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the classical music world) and Ottavio Dantone's Accademia Bizantina have created two recitals of sacred music and of opera that illustrate the incomparable richness of Vivaldi’s body of work and establish the emotional connections between the two repertoires.

Anna Fedorova, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie - Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (2024)

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Anna Fedorova, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie - Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (2024)

Anna Fedorova, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie - Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 82:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 97298 | Recorded: 2014, 2016

Between 2020 and 2023, Anna Fedorova released all of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos together with the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen and Modestas Pitrenas on Channel Classics Records. BBC Music Magazine gave five star reviews for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, Preludes, and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well as Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4, noting that "Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova is clearly not only a fine human being … but also a remarkable artist".

Leonardo Pierdomenico, Vahan Mardirossian - Antonín Dvorák: Piano Concerto, Mazurek, Rondo (2023)

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Leonardo Pierdomenico, Vahan Mardirossian - Antonín Dvorák: Piano Concerto, Mazurek, Rondo (2023)

Leonardo Pierdomenico, Vahan Mardirossian, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orechstra Pardubice - Antonín Dvorák: Piano Concerto, Mazurek, Rondo (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 55:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Piano Classics | # PCL10272 | Recorded: 2022

Previous albums on Piano Classics by Leonardo Pierdomenico have won enthusiastic praise from the international critics. Of his debut Liszt recital including the Csardas macabre (PCL10151), Fanfare noted: ‘scrupulous performances, featuring exceptional textural clarity and rhythmic resilience, coupled with an often striking attention to harmonic nuance.’ Gramophone awarded it Editor’s Choice: ‘His highly developed technique and cultivated sound, both adaptable to a variety of effects, are wedded to those twin essentials for artistic Liszt playing: imagination combined with thoroughgoing, scrupulous musicality.’

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (2023)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (2023)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 499 Mb | Total time: 01:49:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS080 | Recorded: 2021

Jordi Savall is painting Monteverdi in the colours of the Mediterranean. The Catalan maestro has entrusted the title role of this foundational work of Western music to a remarkable baritone: the magnificent Marc Mauillon embodies Orfeo, his resonant and ductile voice in perfect unison with the conductor’s musical vision. Here, a warm performance and rich sound reign supreme!

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1991)

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Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1991)

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 570 Mb | Total time: 150:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 430 502 | Recorded: 1990

Among modern recordings of the opera, this one is a safe bet, assuming you want a safe version of this opera. Unlike Herbert von Karajan's oppressively string-heavy reading with the Berlin Philharmonic on EMI, this is a balanced, idiomatic account of the score, given a special luster by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's coloristic instincts and the warm recording acoustic at St. Eustache Church. Conductor Charles Dutoit has a fine instinctive feel for Debussy in general and this score in particular. The singers in the title roles–Didier Henry and Colette Alloit-Lugaz–have both come to terms with the opera's enigmatic dramaturgy. However, it's very much a symphonic rather than operatic performance, clearly a product of the recording studio rather than of the stage.

Bois de Cologne - Early Music for Recorders and Harp (2001)

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Bois de Cologne - Early Music for Recorders and Harp (2001)

Bois de Cologne - Early Music for Recorders and Harp (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 56:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Marc Aurel edition | MA 20005 | Recorded: 1998

Historical harps, recorders, serpent, portative, fiddle and violin, not a common instrumentation - and a very vital one. Old-time music is not mimicked here, but lived: atmosphere, density without fuss. In the center the music itself: Music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Early Baroque.

Camille Saint-Saëns Edition [34CDs] (2021)

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Camille Saint-Saëns Edition [34CDs] (2021)

Camille Saint-Saëns Edition [34CDs] (2021)
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Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296746048 | Recorded: 1904-2020

Over a remarkably long and illustrious career, Camille Saint-Saëns thrilled audiences around the world as a pianist and organist, shaped the course of musical life in France, and enriched a multitude of genres with some 600 works, all bearing witness to the mastery of his craft. Setting his best-known compositions in their dazzlingly diverse context, this edition invites exploration and discovery. It spans more than a century of recording history, encompassing a host of great instrumentalists, singers, conductors and orchestras, many of them from France. Setting the pace, in performances from as early as 1904, is the composer himself.

Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic - Thomas Adès: Dante (2023)

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Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic - Thomas Adès: Dante (2023)

Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic - Thomas Adès: Dante (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 473 Mb | Total time: 01:31:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 075597906165 | Recorded: 2022

Thomas Adès’ Dante—a ballet score in three parts based on Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia—was recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel at a concert performance last spring at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Nonesuch Records releases the album, the work’s premiere audio recording, on April 21, 2023. Dante was first performed at the Royal Opera House as part of Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project for the Royal Ballet, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and with designs by visual artist Tacita Dean.