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Maurizio Pollini - Concertos: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms (2012)

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Maurizio Pollini - Concertos: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms (2012)

Maurizio Pollini - Concertos: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1.8 Gb | 07:32:38
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Originally released between 1976 and 2007, the offerings in this eight-CD box set represent Maurizio Pollini's exemplary concerto recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including all of Ludwig van Beethoven's cycle, the two piano concertos by Johannes Brahms, and six of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's masterpieces in performances that rank among the pianist's finest.

Maria João Pires - Chopin (2009)

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Maria João Pires - Chopin (2009)

Maria João Pires - Chopin (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 410 MB | 02:05:46
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Maria João Pires, widely recognized as one of the most brilliant pianists of the last forty years, celebrates her 20th anniversary as a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist with this 2-CD release devoted entirely to the works of Chopin, the artist's first new recording in over four years. Pires's affinity for Chopin has always been well-known to both critics and audiences; in fact, her interpretations are so beloved that her 1996 recording of Chopin's Nocturnes remains the best-selling solo piano recording of the past 20 years by a living Deutsche Grammophon artist.

Friedrich Gulda - The Gulda Mozart Tapes, Vol. 2 (2007)

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Friedrich Gulda - The Gulda Mozart Tapes, Vol. 2 (2007)

Friedrich Gulda - The Gulda Mozart Tapes, Vol. 2 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:10:11 | 624 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 7152

F. Gulda was, according to eminent cellist Pierre Fournier, the foremost pianist of his generation. And HIS generation emcompassed big names like Alfred Brendel, Ingrid Haebler, Jorg Demus, and perhaps, even Maurizio Pollini. It is a great pity that Gulda wasn't in league with 'the' eminent conductor Herbert von Karajan. This precluded many otherwise hot exposures of Gulda in discography. If pianists like Uchida could leave a complete set of Mozart sonatas, if Christoph Eschenbach could leave yet another complete set with good critical acclaim, certainly Friedrich Gulda's Mozart sonatas (and concerti) would have been hailed by ALL as the greatest ever!

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

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Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 0289 477 8078 GH2 | Time: 01:50:24

There's nothing at all wrong with Maurizio Pollini's 2009 performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. The Italian pianist's intellectual lucidity, interpretive clarity, and technical virtuosity are apparent in every prelude and fugue, and his probing insights and penetrating analysis inform every note. However, there is almost nothing right with the sound quality of the recording. The piano sounds too distant, making it hard to hear precisely what Pollini is doing, but oddly, the ambient sound is too present, making every extraneous noise too loud. One should not hear the pedals being pressed and lifted, much less the clatter of the hammers and the twanging of the strings above the sound of the music. Worse yet, one can hear what sounds like every breath Pollini takes nearly as loudly as every note he plays. These are all grievous flaws that should have been eliminated, and their presence fatally undermines the brilliance of Pollini's performances. A reengineered version of these performances would be most welcome, but the present recording is so flawed that it virtually destroys Pollini's playing.

Munchner Bach Orchester, Karl Richter - J.S.Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Triple Concerto (2002) 3CDs

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Munchner Bach Orchester, Karl Richter - J.S.Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Triple Concerto (2002) 3CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte; Orchestersuiten;
Tripelkonzert für Flöte, Violine, Cembalo und Streicher
Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, conductor & harpsichord
Aurèle Nicolet, flute; Gerhart Hetzel, violin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.13 Gb | Scans included | Time: 3:33:19
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 463 657-2

Very few conductors have recorded as much Bach as Karl Richter and none can lay a stronger claim to a legacy based on championing the master. Richter's reverence for Bach is evinced by the simplicity, splendor, and grandeur with which he consistently imbued his performances exemplified here by these landmark recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites. In Archiv's original-image bit-processing remastered transfers as well, the sound is better than ever. This is cornerstone Bach that should not be missed.

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Verdi: Falstaff (1996)

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Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Verdi: Falstaff (1996)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Verdi: Falstaff (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:08:55 | 558 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 447 686-2

Falstaff was one of Verdi's greatest creations and this set is the finest of all reacordings of the work. Only Toscanini comes close and even then his cast is a shade less accomplished. Gobbi may not have a 'fat' voice, but his keen intelligence and magnificent shading of phrases and text more than compensates.

Krystian Zimerman - Debussy: Preludes (1994)

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Krystian Zimerman - Debussy: Preludes (1994)

Krystian Zimerman - Debussy: Preludes (1994)

EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 84:04 | 237 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4357732

This award winning set from 1991 will not be to everyone's tastes. The recording and the playing are perfectly suited to each other being exceptionally clear and precise and with wide dynamic range. The playing on this pair of discs is, as mentioned above, exceptionally clear and precise and came as quite shock to me when I bought it some 20 years ago. Everything is laid out for inspection without the slightest hint of softness or textural shading. It is like going into a room with all the main lights on rather than finding the room lit by numerous lamps on tables and other furniture. There are no subtleties of nuance attempted in the normal way allowing for shadows and half-lights metaphorically.

Herbert von Karajan - The Legend (A Memorial Release) (1999)

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Herbert von Karajan - The Legend (A Memorial Release) (1999)

Herbert von Karajan - The Legend (A Memorial Release) (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 868 MB | 02:36:09
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Herbert von Karajan (German: [ˈhɛɐbɛɐt fɔn ˈkaraˌjan]; born Heribert Ritter von Karajan; 5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. /quote]

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Karajan Forever: The Greatest Classical Hits (2003)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Karajan Forever: The Greatest Classical Hits (2003)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Karajan Forever: The Greatest Classical Hits (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 823 MB | 02:34:53
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

A veritable who's who of pieces & composers, the CDs Karajan Forever will hopefully live forever. Herbert VonKarajan was the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1955 until his demise in 1989. His vision & helmsmanship of this magnificent orchestra have literally changed the way a whole generation heard music.

Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler - Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.44, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (1996)

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Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler - Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.44, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (1996)

Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler - Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.44, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (1996)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 275 MB | 57:26
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Schumann's Piano Quintet is one of the world's (and my) favorite pieces of chamber music. But the less-outgoing Piano Quartet eventually reveals its secrets, too, and it's another wonderful piece. These are fascinating performances. Menaham Pressler, on leave from the Beaux Arts Trio, blends his Old World charm with the New World energy of the Emerson Quartet.

Claudio Abbado - Rossini, Verdi: Overtures (1999)

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Claudio Abbado - Rossini, Verdi: Overtures (1999)

Claudio Abbado - Rossini, Verdi: Overtures (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:42 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 28946332528

If you wonder what happened to Rossini and Verdi conducting in the vein of Toscanini, look no further that this CD. This is wonderfully stimulating playing. Abbado would become principal conductor of the London Symphony several years after this recording was made, but we find here that he already had a superb rapport with the orchestra. Andre Previn was still the principal conductor at the time, and it is interesting to hear how differently the orchestra played for him and for Abbado.

Magdalena Kozena, La Cetra, Andrea Marcon - Monteverdi (2016)

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Magdalena Kozena, La Cetra, Andrea Marcon - Monteverdi (2016)

Magdalena Kožená - Claudio Monteverdi (2016)
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel; Andrea Marcon, harpsichord and conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 336 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 4595 AH | Time: 01:17:06

Mezzo Magdalena Kožená returns with another early music adventure on Archiv Production after her highly acclaimed Vivaldi album: Kožená explores the early Italian Baroque music of Claudio Monteverdi with rewarding results. Inspired by the improvisational nature of much of this music, Kožená reveals yet another aspect of her musical personality with selections from L’incoronazione di Poppea, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and more.

Andreas Schmidt, Cord Garben - Brahms, Wolf, Mahler: Lieder (1991)

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Andreas Schmidt, Cord Garben - Brahms, Wolf, Mahler: Lieder (1991)

Andreas Schmidt, Cord Garben - Brahms, Wolf, Mahler: Lieder (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:34| 180 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 431 649-2

I became sceptical when I noted that such a young singer had chosen to record at once these two late sets by Brahms and Wolf. They ought to be the province of baritones and basses (preferably the latter) of mature years, who have garnered the vocal and emotional experience to make the most of two of the profoundest compositions in all the field of Lieder. My scepticism was all too readily confirmed in listening to Schmidt tackle each.

Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)

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Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)

Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 390 MB | 01:42:02
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The billed recital was the Bach-Busoni transcription, the Beethoven Sonata Op 111 and the Chopin Scherzos, and the rest – five items on a ‘bonus’ CD, finishing with Balakirev’s Islamey – amount nearly to a half-programme on top. The recording comes with buckets of applause, linking every item, and by the end of Islamey the audience is in a state of near frenzy (and the piano beginning to complain).

Magdalena Kozena - French Arias (2003)

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Magdalena Kozena - French Arias (2003)

Magdalena Kozena - French Arias (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 318 MB | 01:16:50
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Magdalena Kožená is a remarkable singer. Her voice is a somewhat light mezzo with many colors, and she can shade it to a whisper or impress with a fortissimo high B-flat. Her range is absolutely even from top to bottom and she never switches gears; similarly she refuses to push the voice at either end. Her reading of Eboli's "Veil Song" from Verdi's Don Carlos is seductive and insinuating, with just the right Spanish flavor in the low-register roulades–but they're soft-focused. Perhaps she has no "chest" register, or is afraid to use it?