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Markus Miesenberger, Erich Traxler & Christian Haimel - Cupido - Love Songs (2023)

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Markus Miesenberger, Erich Traxler & Christian Haimel - Cupido - Love Songs (2023)

Markus Miesenberger, Erich Traxler & Christian Haimel - Cupido - Love Songs (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 52:39 | 209 / 120 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Obwohl beide Meister denselben Text verwenden, unterscheiden sich die Vertonungen sowohl in ihrer Art als auch in ihrer Form erheblich. Während Haydns Melodien den Inhalt mit einem Augenzwinkern und viel Feinsinnigkeit präsentieren, lädt Holzers Stück vor Lebensfreude und Musikalität sprühend zum Mittanzen ein. Joseph Haydns Lieder umfassen ein breites musikalisches Spektrum und sind für die Entwicklung der Gattung von unschätzbarem Wert: Sie stellen einen entscheidenden Beitrag zur Weiterentwicklung des Wiener Liedes bis hin zu Franz Schubert dar. Wie bei vielen Wiener Charakteristika vermischen sich verschiedenste Stilmittel: volkstümliche Elemente, Merkmale des Singspielliedes und des norddeutschen Liedes werden unter dem zusätzlichen Einfluss der italienischen Arie zu einer völlig neuen Musikgattung geformt. Die Verbindung zum neunzehnten Jahrhundert wird durch französische Lieder hergestellt, die erstmals 1810 von dem italienischen Gitarrenvirtuosen Mauro Giuliani in Wien ausgegeben wurden. Für dieses Projekt wurde ein historisches Streichinstrument gewählt, um ein noch größeres Gefühl der Intimität zu erzeugen.

Fabio Antonio Falcone - The Art of Variation - Secular Cycles (2023)

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Fabio Antonio Falcone - The Art of Variation - Secular Cycles (2023)

Fabio Antonio Falcone - The Art of Variation - Secular Cycles (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 58:35 | 363 / 134 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

The leading Dutch label releases a disc of music by the greatest Dutch master, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Fabio Antonio Falcone presents the well known sets of variations on secular songs and dances. A specialist in 16th-century keyboard repertoire, Falcone revives these celebrated masterpieces, highlighting the wealth of their contrasting shades in a recording rich in contrasting colours, enhanced by the use of the famous Johannes Ruckers harpsichord (1632/1745) preserved at the Musee d'art et d'histoire in Neuchatel.

Daniel Rowland & Borys Fedorov - The Messenger (2022)

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Daniel Rowland & Borys Fedorov - The Messenger (2022)

Daniel Rowland & Borys Fedorov - The Messenger (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:21:58 | 187 / 302 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt have both called the Ukrainian Valentyn Silvestrov "one of the greatest composers of our time”. He is also one of its true originals; though a leading figure in the former Soviet Union’s avant-garde in the 1960s, he subsequently came to realise that "the most important lesson of the avant-garde was to be free of all preconceived ideas – particularly those of the avant-garde. Over time, Silvestrov’s compositional practice evolved into what he would come to call his "metaphorical style" or "meta-music". The composer wishes his works to be seen as "codas" to musical history: "I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists".

John Helliwell & Jasper Somsen - Don't Ever Leave Me (2022)

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John Helliwell & Jasper Somsen - Don't Ever Leave Me (2022)

John Helliwell & Jasper Somsen - Don't Ever Leave Me (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:09:10 | 372 / 158 Mb
Genre:Jazz / Label: Challenge Records

A brand new recording by Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell featuring tunes by Keith Jarrett, Rick Davies, Roger Hodgens, Jasper Somsen, John Helliwell and many others.

Ton Koopman - Five Great Suites for Harpsichord (London, 1720) (2022)

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Ton Koopman - Five Great Suites for Harpsichord (London, 1720) (2022)

Ton Koopman - Five Great Suites for Harpsichord (London, 1720) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 67:12 | 417 / 156 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

George Frideric Handel made a name for himself as a brilliant organist and harpsichordist early on in his career. As a young man, he travelled from Germany to Italy in 1707. We do not know exactly how much or what Handel composed for harpsichord while in Italy, but we know more starting from the time he settled in England. Handel composed all sorts of works for harpsichord in England. In November 1720, he published the Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin, now known as the "Eight Great Suites", his most important work for harpsichord.

Sergio Foresti, Abchordis Ensemble, Andrea Buccarella - L'aureo Serto (2022)

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Sergio Foresti, Abchordis Ensemble, Andrea Buccarella - L'aureo Serto (2022)

Sergio Foresti, Abchordis Ensemble, Andrea Buccarella - L'aureo Serto (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:02:27 | 300 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Born in Naples in 1686 and deceased in the same city in 1768 Nicola Antonio Porpora is today considered as one of the most important composers of his generation, as well as a fundamental point of reference for the history of eighteenth-century music. That Porpora was an excellent writer for the human voice and an excellent singing teacher is a fact that seems to have never been forgotten over the centuries that separate us from his artistic and biographical exploit.

La Sfera Armoniosa - Hellendaal: Six Grand Concertos Op. 3 (2022)

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La Sfera Armoniosa - Hellendaal: Six Grand Concertos Op. 3 (2022)

La Sfera Armoniosa - Hellendaal: Six Grand Concertos Op. 3 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 79:19 | 420 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

A live recording of the complete set of Concerti Grossi in the Handelian style by the foremost Dutch composer of the late Baroque. Following on from the great examples of and Handel's works, Hellendaal develops his own proper approach to the Concertos for string orchestra. This is the fourth recording by Dutch leading Baroque group La Sfera Armoniosa and its leader Mike Fentross for Challenge Classics.

Hannes Minnaar - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (2022)

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Hannes Minnaar - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (2022)

Hannes Minnaar - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:30:07 | 390 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

After Bach's Goldberg Variations, which won him worldwide honours (including a "Diapason d'Or"), Hannes Minnaar challenges and confronts what has become a "classic" of the 20th century repertoire: Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues, composed in 1951. Here again, the qualities of his pianism, for which he is recognised as one of the leading musicians of our time, come under the spotlight: the diversity of touch and the suppleness between tension and tranquillity to characterise every Prelude and Fugue, the precision of tone, the lack of any affectation, a natural finesse in phrasing and articulation, and a familiarity with the score going hand in hand with a freshness that conjures a sense of improvisation. Here we encounter a new landmark in the crowded field of interpretations of this wonderful music.

Matteo Cicchitti, Musica Elegentia - Ricercare E Canzoni (2022)

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Matteo Cicchitti, Musica Elegentia - Ricercare E Canzoni (2022)

Matteo Cicchitti, Musica Elegentia - Ricercare E Canzoni (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 51:13 | 164 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

The absolute protagonist of this recording is the solo viola da gamba which guides us on a musical journey from 1553 (Tratado de glosas by Diego Ortiz) to 1698/99 (Ricercare per diversi toni by Angelo Michele Bertalotti and The Complete Violist by Benjamin Hely). In so doing, it puts us in touch with a repertoire that may not be universally known, but still deserves to be discovered. Above all, it must be disclosed because it gives tangible testimonies that partially rectify some deep-rooted convictions about the viola da gamba. In fact, contrary to what is often believed, after blossoming in the Renaissance, this instrument did not leave the stage ex abrupto in the mid-17th century, crushed beneath the increasing weight of the cello. Instead, it continued to enjoy its own literature, certainly less striking but not less relevant. We are referring not only to the better-documented compositions for consort, but also to the solo repertoire which frequently had didactic and artistic value - often characterized by chamber allure due to its reserved nature.

Ayako Ito - Sonata in B Flat Major D.960 | Drei Klavierstucke D.946 (2022)

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Ayako Ito - Sonata in B Flat Major D.960 | Drei Klavierstucke D.946 (2022)

Ayako Ito - Sonata in B Flat Major D.960 | Drei Klavierstucke D.946 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:08:39 | 214 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Ayako Ito: Nowadays, in concert halls, we generally see a single type of piano that normally has 88 keys and is normally black. Things were quite different in the Vienna of the 19th century: the piano had fewer keys, was decorated with wooden inlay and had no steel subframe. All this made them sound quite different.

Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Alberto Rasi - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces De Clavecin En Concerts (2022)

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Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Alberto Rasi - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces De Clavecin En Concerts (2022)

Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Alberto Rasi - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces De Clavecin En Concerts (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:04:08 | 393 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Following their recording of Bach's Kunst der Fuge, Alberto Rasi and his Accademia Strumentale Italiana take on a new challenge, recording the French masterpiece by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Fifteen years after his Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin, Rameau once again turns his attention to an instrumental work, for what will be the last time, inspired by the new potential for chamber music glimpsed in the use of the concertante keyboard. The 1741 collection is the only new work he produced between 1740 and 1744, before returning to the musical theatre to which he will dedicate the rest of his life.

Delta Piano Trio - Origin (2022)

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Delta Piano Trio - Origin (2022)

Delta Piano Trio - Origin (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 59:10 | 205 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Quite often, a work becomes a journey of discovery towards a certain origin, translated into sound. Martin, Mansurian and Dvořák composed three such colourful works for piano trio – voyages of discovery taken here by the Delta Piano Trio through scintillating sound worlds. When an Irish-American benefactor asked him to write a work based on Irish folk songs, Martin grasped this as an exquisite opportunity to combine two of the quests occupying him at the time – music from distant cultures and rhythm. His Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises (1925) is a complex, mature and multi-layered score.

Thomas Triesschijn - Thomascantors in Dialogue (2022)

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Thomas Triesschijn - Thomascantors in Dialogue (2022)

Thomas Triesschijn - Thomascantors in Dialogue (2022)
FLAC tracks | 1:08:34 | 362 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

After winning a Dutch radio prize, Thomas Triesschijn thought of realising a long-cherished dream: recording music for solo recorder and orchestra, in particular the famous Ouverture-Suite in A minor by Telemann. Taking this piece as a starting point and after doing some research, he stumbled upon the story of the four colleagues - Telemann, Fasch, Graupner and Bach - auditioning for the prestigious position of Thomascantor in Leipzig after the death of Johann Kuhnau in 1722. Through the music in this programme, Triesschijn invites you to share in a unique story of four dear friends and esteemed colleagues auditioning for the position of cantor at St. Thomas that Bach surprisingly got as fourth (!) choice. This was the position in which he would spend most of his career, composing masterpieces one after another.

Matteo Cicchitti & Musica Elegentia - Six Sonatas for Violin, Cello and Violone (2022)

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Matteo Cicchitti & Musica Elegentia - Six Sonatas for Violin, Cello and Violone (2022)

Matteo Cicchitti & Musica Elegentia - Six Sonatas for Violin, Cello and Violone (2022)
FLAC tracks | 56:47 | 251 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

The path traced on this recording, with music by Georg Christoph Wagenseil (1715-1777), and on following ones has the undoubted merit of introducing us to some composers considered “minor” compared to Haydn and Mozart. They were not only very active and influential on the musical life of that time; they also created a considerable amount of quality music, which deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated.

Jan Philip Schulze & Olivia Vermeulen - Hello Darkness (2022)

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Jan Philip Schulze & Olivia Vermeulen - Hello Darkness (2022)

Jan Philip Schulze & Olivia Vermeulen - Hello Darkness (2022)
FLAC tracks | 1:11:39 | 273 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Challenge Classics

Dedicating a recording to the dark side of the "Lied" might seem inappropriate in these times of Covid, climate change and refugee crises, but as a mezzo-soprano Olivia has always been drawn to the darker roles in opera, the sad arias in oratorio and the deep laments in song. After our recent recording ("Dirty Minds"), which focused on "la petite mort", it seemed a natural progression to turn our attention to "la grande mort"!