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Sandrine Piau, Jean-François Verdier, Orchestre Victor Hugo - Reflet: Berlioz, Duparc, Koechlin, Debussy, Ravel, Britten (2023)

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Sandrine Piau, Jean-François Verdier, Orchestre Victor Hugo - Reflet: Berlioz, Duparc, Koechlin, Debussy, Ravel, Britten (2023)

Sandrine Piau, Jean-François Verdier, Orchestre Victor Hugo - Reflet: Berlioz, Duparc, Koechlin, Debussy, Ravel, Britten (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 1019 | Recorded: 2022

"Clair Obscur (Alpha 727), dedicated to German lieder with orchestra, explored the antagonism between light and shadow. Reflet conjures up the nuances and transparencies of French melodies. There is in reflection the idea of an echo, the shadow of a disquieting double, of a plural, diffracted sparkle… A clash of deceptive mirages, a kaleidoscope of senses and flashes of light, it interweaves in strange parallels the score of our lives, adorned with gold and illusions", writes Sandrine Piau.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010)

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010)
with BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5084 | Time: 01:17:00

This stunning and generous collection belongs right at the top of the heap in its respective repertoire. The Debussy is still a comparative rarity in concert if not on disc, a remarkable fact given that it's wholly gorgeous from first note to last. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's excellence as a Debussy pianist already has been acknowledged by just about everyone who has heard him, and needs no further advertisement here. The performance is outstanding, sensitive to every nuance, but also very French in its clear-eyed sensibility and understanding that focused rhythm and supple tempos prevent the music from turning excessively sentimental or blandly pretty. And in Tortelier, Bavouzet has a conductor who seconds him every step of the way. A similar sensibility informs these swift, razor-sharp, and utterly thrilling accounts of the two Ravel concertos. That for the left hand seldom has sounded so exciting, or in its jazzy central march section, so sinister. Listen to the bite that both soloist and orchestra bring to that descending scale theme, and notice the way Bavouzet shapes his cadenza so as to preserve the illusion of multiple parts played by multiple hands–all without slowing down at the tough passages. It's really an amazing performance by any standard. Even the dark opening, often merely murky on other recordings, has shape and urgency, the buildup to the initial entry of the piano creating incredible tension.

Martha Argerich - The Lugano Recordings [22CDs] (2018)

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Martha Argerich - The Lugano Recordings [22CDs] (2018)

Martha Argerich - The Lugano Recordings [22CDs] (2018)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,21 Gb | Total time: 26:35:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # WA-36576180 | Recorded: 2002-2016

The box comprises all (live) recordings made by Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival, from 2002 to the last edition in 2016, and released by EMI Classics and Warner Classics. An impressive collection of 22CDs without equivalent. It includes a variety of genres: some solo piano music, lots of music for piano duo and among them many arrangements, chamber works and concertos.

Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca [34CDs] (2019)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca [34CDs] (2019)

Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca [34CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 7,54 Gb | Total time: 37:53:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 7288 | Recorded: 1929-2054

Deutsche Grammophon has created a landmark new edition that offers a cross-section of the great German conductor’s career in all its remarkable creative phases. Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, which commemorates the 65th anniversary of his death on November 30, 1954, comprises 34 CDs and a DVD of his irresistible 1954 Salzburg Festival Don Giovanni performance, as well as in-depth essays and analysis from critic and blogger Norman Lebrecht and broadcaster Rob Cowan. The release is also backed by contextual information and video interviews contributed by critic and blogger Norman Lebrecht.

Lina Tur Bonet, Marco Testori, Pierre Goy - Maurice Ravel: À Moune (2022)

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Lina Tur Bonet, Marco Testori, Pierre Goy - Maurice Ravel: À Moune (2022)

Lina Tur Bonet, Marco Testori, Pierre Goy - Maurice Ravel: À Moune (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 51:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Records | # CC72916 | Recorded: 2022

This is a 'concept-album' around Maurice Ravel and his special relation with Helene Jourdan Mourhange, a dear friend and violinist. The programme is set-up in order to take the listener by the hand into Ravel's musical world through a series of pieces which are gradually more deep and complex. The music is played on a 1935 Hautrive piano, while violin and cello are played on gut strings. The Tzigane is in the rarest version for Lutheal (Pleyel, 1910), a period prepared piano with a gipsy character.

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Constantin Silvestri, Clara Haskil - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 (2015)

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Constantin Silvestri, Clara Haskil - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 (2015)

Constantin Silvestri, Clara Haskil - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19; Debussy: Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un Faune; Ravel: Boléro (2015)
XLD| FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 585 Mb | Total time: 01:51:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Belle âme | # CDSMBA007 | Recorded: 1959

The 7th installment of the live concert series "Belle ame'', a project of the Spectrum Sound label and using sound sources provided by the French National Audiovisual Institute, is a 1959 concert performed by the Orchester National Radio de France, conducted by Constantin Silvestri. From the live performance in February, Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19 with Clara Haskil as soloist, Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun", and Ravel This is "Bolero''.

Lars Vogt - The Complete Warner Classics Edition [27CDs] (2023)

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Lars Vogt - The Complete Warner Classics Edition [27CDs] (2023)

Lars Vogt - The Complete Warner Classics Edition [27CDs] (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,17 Gb | Total time: 31:23:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 5054197604904 | Recorded: 1991-2005

Lars Vogt (1970-2022) early recordings collected here provide a document of an artist who always remained authentic, both to himself and to music. Lars Vogt never sought absolute truth, but truthfulness instead meant all the more to him. The man and the artist were always very close, never currying favour and never detached from the world. He was, instead, open and natural. / "It's incredibly gratifying when you notice that you can perhaps light a little spark, a little flame for music in people, and when music helps you to find the path to your own soul."

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

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Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:11:32
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564 69967-2

French pianist Monique Haas recorded the piano works of Debussy and Ravel twice, once in the late '50s and early '60s for Deutsche Grammophon and again in the late '60s and early '70s for Erato. The later recordings are released here in this six disc set from Warner Classics. As on the earlier set, Haas' performances are elegantly stylish, technically impeccable, consummately musical, and quintessentially French. Pick any piece by either composer at random, and you'll see. Try her bright but sensual Suite Bergamasque with its ravishing Clair de lune or her brilliant and visionary Études with their astounding concluding Pour les accords. Or try her recklessly virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit with its frightening Scarbo or her sweetly swaying Valses nobles et sentimentales with its heartrending Épilogue. There are only two meaningful differences between Haas' recordings: in the earlier performance, she is more passionate and impetuous while in the later performances she is more measured and thoughtful.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:03:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.

Dominik Wagner, Lauma Skride - Chapters: A Double Bass Story (2023)

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Dominik Wagner, Lauma Skride - Chapters: A Double Bass Story (2023)

Dominik Wagner, Lauma Skride - Chapters: A Double Bass Story (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 57:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0302929BC | Recorded: 2022

Introducing a revolutionary new CD that challenges the stereotypes and prejudices against the double bass. This tribute album showcases the full potential and versatility of the instrument, featuring compositions by renowned composers such as Myroslav Skoryks, John Rutter, Peteris Vasks, and Sergei Rachmaninov. Experience the warm, soft, and welcoming tone of the double bass as it takes center stage in this diverse collection of music. From the spiritual anthem of Ukraine, Melodie by Myroslav Skoryks, to the familiar choral sounds of John Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You, this album is a love letter to the double bass and an invitation to embrace its songful and tuneful credentials.

Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say - Secrets: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Duparc (2017)

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Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say - Secrets: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Duparc (2017)

Marianne Crebassa, Fazil Say - Secrets: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Duparc (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 79:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029576897 | Recorded: 2017

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa and pianist Fazıl Say share some tantalising, captivating and sensuous Secrets in this album of songs, centred on Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Bilitis, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Fazıl Say’s own Gezi Park 3 – which he and Crebassa premiered in 2014. Describing the recording sessions, Marianne Crebassa says: “Sometimes we worked in a kind of trance … there were some moments when nothing seemed to exist around us …”

Magdalena Kožená, Simon Rattle, Czech Philharmonic - Folk Songs: Bartók, Berio, Ravel, Montsalvatge (2023)

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Magdalena Kožená, Simon Rattle, Czech Philharmonic - Folk Songs: Bartók, Berio, Ravel, Montsalvatge (2023)

Magdalena Kožená, Simon Rattle, Czech Philharmonic - Folk Songs: Bartók, Berio, Ravel, Montsalvatge (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 189 Mb | Total time: 53:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5187075 | Recorded: 2020, 2022, 2023

Magdalena Kozena's fourth Pentatone album Folk Songs brings together folk-inspired song cycles from across the globe. Ranging from Berio's Folk Songs to sets by Bartok, Ravel and Montsalvatge, this collection provides a kaleidoscope of twentieth-century orchestral song composition. Kozena performs them together with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Folk Songs is star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena's fourth album as part of her exclusive collaboration with Pentatone, after having presented the baroque cantatas recital album Il giardino dei sospiri and the songs in chamber-musical setting project Soiree in 2019, as well as Nostalgia together with Yefim Bronfman in 2021.

Lang Lang, Gina Alice, Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Camille Saint-Saëns (2024)

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Lang Lang, Gina Alice, Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Camille Saint-Saëns (2024)

Lang Lang, Gina Alice, Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Camille Saint-Saëns (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 376 Mb | Total time: 01:46:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 485 9224 | Recorded: 2023

Lang Lang presents a treasure trove of musical discoveries in this album: Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2, recorded with the Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons, is a true romantic masterpiece for Lang Lang that rivals the great concertos by Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky. Pairing it with Carnival of the Animals, a whimsical menagerie that has captivated young hearts for generations, Lang Lang continues his heartfelt wish to promote the love of classical music to young people and it also gives him a chance to collaborate with his wife, pianist Gina Alice. These two large scale orchestral works are complemented with solo compositions, including hidden gems by five female French composers as well as beloved French Classics.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 1090 DH | Time: 01:06:01

With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening En blanc et noir, through the hazy mysteries of Jeux, and the luminous colors of the Rapsodie espagnole, to the inexorable hysteria of La Valse, Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points – should the opening of En blanc et noir and the close of La Valse really be hit so strongly? – but the results are so consistently thrilling that most listeners are likely to be swept away. Recorded in close but clear and vivid digital sound, this disc may not be for every Debussy and Ravel fan, but it should certainly appeal to fans of Ashkenazy.