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Esther Birringer - Esther Birringer: Debussy (2022)

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Esther Birringer - Esther Birringer: Debussy (2022)

Esther Birringer - Esther Birringer: Debussy (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:04:03 | 182 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Rubicon

For her second solo recital album for Rubicon, Esther Birringer turns to Debussy with a recital that includes both books of his Images.  Composed in 1901-5 (book 1) and 1907 (book 2), the composer was very pleased with Images, writing about the first set: “Without false pride, I feel that these three pieces hold together well, and that they will find their place in the literature of the piano… to the left of Schumann, or to the right of Chopin.”Esther Birringer began playing piano aged three and made her debut as soloist with an orchestra aged just six. A meteoric career has followed both in Europe and around the world, where Esther both performs and teaches, as well as promoting young talent.

Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene - The Playhouse Sessions (2022)

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Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene - The Playhouse Sessions (2022)

Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene - The Playhouse Sessions (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 66:50 | 313 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

"There are some things you just can’t fake. The chemistry of a group is one of those – the sparks of musical energy that fly when certain artists collide. Bjarte Eike’s Barokksolistene is an alchemical miracle of an ensemble… pure musical gold", wrote Gramophone for the album entitled "The Alehouse Sessions".

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam & Lilli Maijala - Brahms: The String Quartets & String Quintet No. 2 (2021)

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Dudok Quartet Amsterdam & Lilli Maijala - Brahms: The String Quartets & String Quintet No. 2 (2021)

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam & Lilli Maijala - Brahms: The String Quartets & String Quintet No. 2 (2021)
FLAC tracks | 02:09:02 | 550 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. The Guardian commented on their "lithe, lively sound and alert sense of structure and detail". This recording, their first for Rubicon, of the Brahms Quartets and the second of the String Quintets for which they are joined by Finnish violist Lilli Maijala, will be eagerly awaited by their growing band of followers and chamber music fans generally. The quartet play with unwound gut strings and a set of bespoke classical bows.

Kuss Quartet, Sarah Maria Sun, Bas Böttcher, Johannes Julius Fischer - Berlin FREIZeit (2021)

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Kuss Quartet, Sarah Maria Sun, Bas Böttcher, Johannes Julius Fischer - Berlin FREIZeit (2021)

Kuss Quartet, Sarah Maria Sun, Bas Böttcher, Johannes Julius Fischer - Berlin FREIZeit (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:10:14 | 257 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

The Kuss Quartet’s "KussPluss" at the Klassiklounge of the Berlin Classical Radio station RBB and in the trendy Watergate riverside nightclub in Berlin is the inspiration for their latest album. Guests Sarah Maria Sun, the soprano in the Reimann Lieder, percussionist Johannes Julius Fischer and slam poet Bas Böttcher mark this innovative album as something far removed from the standard string quartet recording. Prepare to be shocked, excited and delighted as you embark on a journey of musical discovery with one of the most creative and innovative quartets of our time.

Lucas Meachem & Irina Meachem - Shall We Gather (2021)

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Lucas Meachem & Irina Meachem - Shall We Gather (2021)

Lucas Meachem & Irina Meachem - Shall We Gather (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 52:53 | 182 / 121 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

"Shall We Gather" responds to the darkness of the pandemic and social distancing with the simple question of its title. Through fifteen art songs by and about a broad swath of people from the United States, Lucas and Irina Meachem offer a vision of Americanness centred around the things that call on us to gather and that we gather to call upon. Those things, they say, are rooted in an act of hope in the promise of resilience that underlies our national character. By channelling the feelings of those gatherings we are missing, we can, perhaps, conjure a greater sense of togetherness, of commonality. "Shall we Gather" is an emotional and heartfelt plea for a better, more tolerant world, a world that one hopes will emerge a better place after the trauma of the pandemic.

Sonya Bach - Rachmaninov (2021)

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Sonya Bach - Rachmaninov (2021)

Sonya Bach - Rachmaninov (2021)
FLAC tracks | 68:09 | 200 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata was extensively revised by the composer in 1931, and the revised version is tighter and thinner in texture (the Fourth Piano Concerto is a fine example the more restrained and less opulent textures the composer developed in his later years) than the original version of 1913. It represents a supreme challenge to the pianist in either version, and has all the hallmarks of the composer at the height of his powers – he had just finished his huge choral symphony The Bells at the same time. The 6 Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 are early works which exhibit the flamboyance of the youthful virtuoso. Sonya Bach includes three of the Preludes from the Op. 23 set.

Alessio Pianelli - A Sicilian Traveller (2021)

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Alessio Pianelli - A Sicilian Traveller (2021)

Alessio Pianelli - A Sicilian Traveller (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 56:09 | 129 / 294 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

Alessio Pianelli’s debut album is a beautifully curated, affectionate, and eclectic musical tribute to his native land, the island of Sicily. He writes: "in "A Sicilian Traveller" I investigate the richness of Sicily’s culture through the music of other composers who have explored – some more explicitly than others – that central aspect in the tradition of art music. Sicilian culture is like a mosaic in which each tile represents one of the many civilisations that have traversed the island over the centuries. Each tile maintains its original identity while contributing to a collective design that is greater than the sum of its parts. It is for this reason I have chosen to travel with my cello through music from such a wide variety of cultures".