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Manlio Benzi, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Charles Gounod: Polyeucte (2005)

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Manlio Benzi, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Charles Gounod: Polyeucte (2005)

Manlio Benzi, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Charles Gounod: Polyeucte (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 670 Mb | Total time: 76:54+75:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic ‎| CDS 474/1-2 | Recorded: 2004

There is much to enjoy in this forgotten (save for an aria or two), late (1878) Gounod opera. Essentially the same story as Donizetti’s Poliuto, its title character is a convert to Christianity under the Romans, and his wife Pauline tries to protect him. The Emperor’s envoy, Sévère, still loves Pauline, to whom he was once betrothed–but despite his hatred of Christians, Sévère is noble and tries to save Polyeucte. But the latter insists on making a public scene denouncing idols, and at the end, along with Pauline “who has been converted by the grace of God”, goes to his death in the public arena. Aside from a sappy baptism scene the likes of which would make the Massenet of Thaïs blush with shame, the opera is tuneful, with exciting arias and duets and an ensemble or two, although none of it remains very long in the memory.

Jacopo Taddei, Roma Tre Orchestra & Sieva Borzak - Elegy: Music by Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin (2023)

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Jacopo Taddei, Roma Tre Orchestra & Sieva Borzak - Elegy: Music by Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin (2023)

Jacopo Taddei, Roma Tre Orchestra & Sieva Borzak - Elegy: Music by Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 132 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:55
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

Hidden behind the late 19th century’s great symphonies, sumptuous ballets and concertos with moving climaxes is something much more thoughtful and contemplative. A delicate sonic world, where silence is as important as sound, marked by pianissimi and a veiled, almost restrained feeling of melancholy. This secret landscape comes courtesy of a few precious pieces for string orchestra by three Russian composers, all active at approximately the same time.

G.A.P. Ensemble, Emilio Percan, Oriol Aymat Fusté, Luca Quintavalle, Christian Euler - Wilms: Piano Quartets, Piano Trio (2023)

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G.A.P. Ensemble, Emilio Percan, Oriol Aymat Fusté, Luca Quintavalle, Christian Euler - Wilms: Piano Quartets, Piano Trio (2023)

G.A.P. Ensemble, Emilio Percan, Oriol Aymat Fusté, Luca Quintavalle & Christian Euler - Wilms: Piano Quartets & Piano Trio (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 310 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 186 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:57
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

Thanks to recordings such as this one, the figure of Johann Wilhelm Wilms (1772-1847) is increasingly coming into focus and prominence as a notable contemporary of Beethoven who deserves better than his previous obscurity. In 1807, the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung described the Wilms as ‘one of the most ingenious, spirited, and best educated artists’ of his generation: a judgment borne out by the this trio of high-spirited chamber works.

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2, Prelude in C# Minor (2023)

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Sinfonia of London & John Wilson - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2, Prelude in C# Minor (2023)

Sinfonia of London & John Wilson - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2, Prelude in C# Minor (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 232 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:08
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London release their second album of Rachmaninoff. The Second Symphony was mostly composed in Dresden – where Rachmaninoff was escaping the political and professional pressures of Russia – in 1906 – 07. An hour’s worth of music, the symphony is one of his largest works after the operas, and is widely viewed as one of his greatest works. It was possibly of some significance to the composer, following the less than auspicious début of his First Symphony (which he withdrew after the première). First performed in St Petersburg and Moscow, conducted by the composer, the Second Symphony was an immediate success with audiences and critics alike, and remains a mainstay of the orchestral repertoire to this day. Rachmaninoff dedicated the score to his teacher Sergei Taneyev, who was a pupil of Tchaikovsky.

Matteo Fossi, Vittorio Ceccanti, Duccio Ceccanti - Brahms: String Sextets, Arranged for Piano Trio by Theodor Kirchner (2023)

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Matteo Fossi, Vittorio Ceccanti, Duccio Ceccanti - Brahms: String Sextets, Arranged for Piano Trio by Theodor Kirchner (2023)

Matteo Fossi, Vittorio Ceccanti, Duccio Ceccanti - Brahms: String Sextets, Arranged for Piano Trio by Theodor Kirchner (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 352 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 171 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:44
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

Close to the Schumanns and admired by Mendelssohn and Wagner, Theodor Kirchner (1823–1903) was an accomplished pianist, organist and composer in his own right. His lifelong friendship with Brahms began when the two men met at the spa town of Baden-Baden in 1865. Robert Schumann had already mentioned him in the same breath as Brahms in the influential 1853 article which effectively launched Brahms’s career.

Manuel Tomadin, Il Polifonico & Fabiana Noro - Rheinberger: Choral & Organ Music (2023)

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Manuel Tomadin, Il Polifonico & Fabiana Noro - Rheinberger: Choral & Organ Music (2023)

Manuel Tomadin, Il Polifonico & Fabiana Noro - Rheinberger: Choral & Organ Music (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 252 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:24
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Briiliant Classics

In his own lifetime (1839–1901), Joseph Rheinberger was more sought after as a professor of organ and composition than he was recognized as a great composer. His roll call of students at the conservatoire in Munich was long and impressive, including Humperdinck, Wolf-Ferrari and Furtwängler. However, Rheinberger produced a significant catalogue of sacred music in particular, concentrated on choir and organ. Sometimes unfavourably compared to Brahms, he is more usefully regarded as a south-German Fauré – for the gentle contours of his melodies and the softly rounded quality of his choral writing. The principal work on this new album is the Mass for four-part men’s chorus which he composed in 1898, and which has become a staple of the male chorus repertoire around the world. By no means as staid or sober as its scoring might suggest, the Mass is a work of resonant beauty and sweetness, a concise and elegant demonstration of Rheinberger’s melodic gifts and his embodiment of Catholic values in the secular musical culture of late 19th-century Germany.

Alain Lefèvre - Paris Memories (2023)

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Alain Lefèvre - Paris Memories (2023)

Alain Lefèvre - Paris Memories (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 01:11:37 | 248 Mb
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Again evoking his time as a student at the Paris Conservatoire, Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre releases a second album of French music. Paris Memories, which follows My Paris Years, comprises music by Franck, Debussy and the man who taught Alain Lefèvre composition: Pierre Max Dubois. A pupil of the prolific and multi-faceted Darius Milhaud, Dubois (1930-1995) wrote music that is full of spirit and wit. Paris Memories culminates in a four-movement piano sonata by Dubois, composed in 1984 and dedicated to none other than Alain Lefèvre. “While a student at the Paris Conservatoire I had memorable encounters with great figures in the world of music,” says the pianist. “Of particular significance was the opportunity to get to know my teacher Pierre Max Dubois, and I’m profoundly moved to have finally been able to record his piano sonata.”

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - Gaetano Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)

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Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - Gaetano Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - Gaetano Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 615 Mb | Total time: 66:25+61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 488/1-2 | Recorded: 2005

Composed for Venice in 1837, just a year-and-a-half after the fantastic success of Lucia di Lammermoor, Pia de' Tolomei "pleased altogether", in the composer's words. He revised it a couple of times thereafter and it was shown at various theaters as distant as Malta until 1855, after which it disappeared. It takes place in 13th-century Siena: Pia is married to Nello; his cousin Ghino loves her but she refuses his advances. Ghino angrily accuses Pia of adultery with an unknown man, who turns out to be Pia's brother, Rodrigo, and Nello imprisons her. Ghino eventually feels remorse and confesses his deception, but not soon enough to save Pia from being poisoned by Nello.

Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester - Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies; Orchestral Works (2013)

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Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester - Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies; Orchestral Works (2013)

Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester - Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies; Orchestral Works (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,03 Gb | Total time: 234:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5344 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

Following the 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly returns with a recording of the complete Brahms symphonies and orchestral works including the overtures and Haydn Variations. Rarities include world premiere recordings of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus’ long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel); the 9 Liebeslieder waltzes; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony. Chailly has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms’ lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors Bruno Walter.

Claudio Abbado - Mahler (2023)

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Claudio Abbado - Mahler (2023)

Claudio Abbado - Mahler (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 24:46:46 | 5,7 Gb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon is releasing 16 new e-albums comprising Claudio Abbado’s Complete Recordings on the Yellow Label – the legacy of a legend. Together these digital releases include over 250 hours of first-rate recordings and feature an A-Z of composers. This week’s album, Volume 7 in the series, presents a set of works by Mahler, among them the influential Fifth Symphony.

Claudio Abbado - Mussorgsky – Pergolesi (2023)

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Claudio Abbado - Mussorgsky – Pergolesi (2023)

Claudio Abbado - Mussorgsky – Pergolesi (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 09:38:03 | 2,37 Gb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

As part of Deutsche Grammophon’s release of a limited and numbered edition of Claudio Abbado’s complete recordings for DG, Decca and Philips, you can now enjoy Volume 10 in a series of 16 digital albums, which are organised in alphabetical order of composer name. This tenth digital album presents music by Mussorgksy and Pergolesi, among others.

Anastassiya Dranchuk - Tchaikovsky, Say, Schubert & Liszt: Rites de Passage (2023)

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Anastassiya Dranchuk - Tchaikovsky, Say, Schubert & Liszt: Rites de Passage (2023)

Anastassiya Dranchuk - Tchaikovsky, Say, Schubert & Liszt: Rites de Passage (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 207 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 146 Mb | 01:03:15
Classical | Label: Ars Produktion

For Anastassiya Dranchuk's debut album 'Rites de Passage', the choice of pieces by Tchaikovsky, Say, Schubert and Liszt was no coincidence. The plays had and still have a special emotional meaning in Anastassiya's life. For her, the individual compositions represent rites of passage (rites de passage, a concept from ethnology): they tell of the transition from childhood to adulthood, peace/war, birth/death… In general, it is an emotionally and tonally very colourful, technically demanding programme, which has the most diverse dualities on the topic.

Yehudi Menuhin - The Legendary Early Recordings (1972/2023)

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Yehudi Menuhin - The Legendary Early Recordings (1972/2023)

Yehudi Menuhin - The Legendary Early Recordings (1972/2023)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 79 MB
34:01 | Classical, Romantic | Label: Baroque Records

The legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin was the eldest child of Russian-born Hebrew scholars who met in Palestine, emigrated to New York City, and moved to San Francisco soon after their son's birth. After just three years of violin study, Yehudi made a legendary debut at age seven with the local symphony. His Carnegie Hall debut three years later, in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, garnered praise that likened him to Mozart as a prodigy, whereupon the family (which now included sisters Hephzibah and Yaltah) lived gypsy-like in hotels wherever Yehudi was engaged at enormous fees. But the child's talent was instinctive. As Fritz Kreisler was to remark later on, "Because the young Menuhin had anticipated so early and so much of what nature had given him, I foresaw that he would have great difficulties." And he did.

Riccardo Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Roberto Prosseda - Mendelssohn Discoveries (2009)

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Riccardo Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Roberto Prosseda - Mendelssohn Discoveries (2009)

Riccardo Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Roberto Prosseda - Mendelssohn Discoveries (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 69:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 1525 9 | Recorded: 2009

This album uses the term “discoveries” rather loosely, especially as it applies to the Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor, for which the third movement existed only as an incomplete sketch. This was reconstructed and finished by Mendelssohn specialist Marcello Bufalini and premiered in 2007. The resulting work is full of buoyant energy, but it’s oddly short on melodic distinction–not a characteristic we normally associate with Mendelssohn. What it does have is some wonderfully bravura piano writing, delivered with engaging brio by Roberto Prosseda, whose masterful technique makes it a bit easier to overlook the music’s shortcomings.

Danish String Quartet - Prism IV (2022)

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Danish String Quartet - Prism IV (2022)

Danish String Quartet - Prism IV (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 190 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:53
Classical | Label: ECM Records

The Danish String Quartet's Grammy-nominated Prism project, linking Bach fugues, Beethoven quartets and works by later masters, receives its fourth installment. The penultimate volume of the series combines Bach's Fugue in G minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier (in the arrangement by Viennese composer Emanuel Aloys Frster) with Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 132 and Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet No.2 (composed in 1827). As Paul Griffiths observes in the liner notes, these pieces "sound all the more remarkable for the exquisite brilliance and precision of the Danish players".