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Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic - John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 2 (1992)

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Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic - John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 2 (1992)

Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic - John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 2 (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 50:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: New World Records | NW 350-2 | Recorded: 1986

John Knowles Paine (1839–1906) was a pioneer—the first university Professor of Music in America (at Harvard), the first American composer to have a symphonic work published in full score. Yet there is nothing primitive about this pioneer. If anything, his music is polished and conscientious to a fault, displaying an apparently uncritical adherence to European models of the kind that would eventually drive Charles Ives and other radicals to revolt.

Uwe Grodd, Capella Istropolitana - Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies (2000)

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Uwe Grodd, Capella Istropolitana - Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies (2000)

Uwe Grodd, Capella Istropolitana - Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 74:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554696 | Recorded: 1999

In the early part of the 19th century, Haydn’s former pupil Ignaz Pleyel was the most popular composer in Europe. The three symphonies on this recording, written during Pleyel’s most fertile period as a composer, when he had not yet turned 30, are the assured, confident creations of a young, gifted and ambitious composer. They feature two powerful minor key symphonies reminiscent of Haydn’s so called Sturm und Drang symphonies from the 1770s, while the Symphony in C major includes one of Pleyel’s most beautiful slow movements.

Howard Griffiths, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies (2002)

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Howard Griffiths, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies (2002)

Howard Griffiths, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonies (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 55:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 759-2 | Recorded: 2000

Pleyel once was the human symbol of everything balanced and moderate in symphonic music. Even on Cape Cod (Nantucket, to be exact), a Pleyel Society was founded "to purify the taste of the public." Today, his name is recognized for the Parisian concert hall to which it is attached (the Salle Pleyel), and for the pianos that he (and later, his son) had manufactured under the family name, beginning in 1807. Another nugget worth retaining is Pleyel's invention of the miniature score – an innovation associated with the publishing house he founded in the mid-1790s. How did Pleyel have the time for all of this "extracurricular" activity? He did it in the style of Rossini or Sibelius, by giving up composing for about the last thirty years of his life.

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.13; Sergei Prokofiev: October (2014)

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Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.13; Sergei Prokofiev: October (2014)

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ Op.113; Sergei Prokofiev: October, Cantata Op.74 (excerpts) (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 79:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals ‎| # DSD 350 089 | Recorded: 1962, 1966

A historic version of the patriotic October cantata by Prokofiev plus only the second public performance of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony on December 20, 1962, using the original text by Yevtushenko, which pays tribute to murdered Jews in the Ukrainian ravine of Babi Yar.

Urs Schneider, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice - Joachim Raff: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10 (2002)

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Urs Schneider, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice - Joachim Raff: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10 (2002)

Urs Schneider, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice - Joachim Raff: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 70:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.555491 | Recorded: 1990

Joachim Raff enjoyed the highest reputation in his lifetime but was later remembered only for his famous Cavatina, an attractive short piece that appeared in many arrangements. Encouraged by Mendelssohn and then by Liszt, he served the latter as an assistant at Weimar, orchestrating Liszt’s earlier symphonic poems. His own work as a composer started in earnest when he left Weimar in 1856, to settle in Wiesbaden and then, from 1877, in Frankfurt as director of the Hoch Conservatory, a position he retained until his death in 1882.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (1990)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (1990)

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 71:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Studio | 7 63359 2 | Recorded: 1957

The Philharmonia Orchestra was in superb form in the autumn of 1957 when the opportunity came for it to perform all nine Beethoven symphonies, plus the five piano concertos, in a series of 10 concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Otto Klemperer. Credit for that certainly should go to Herbert von Karajan, who had been the orchestra's principal conductor since its founding a decade earlier, and had recently been tapped by the Berlin Philharmonic as its conductor for life.

Graham Ross, The Dmitri Ensemble - Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies opp.. 49a, 110a & 118a (2015)

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Graham Ross, The Dmitri Ensemble - Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies opp.. 49a, 110a & 118a (2015)

Graham Ross, The Dmitri Ensemble - Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies opp.. 49a, 110a & 118a (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 65:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907634 | Recorded: 2015

A decade after its debut performance of the Chamber Symphony Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich (after whom the group is named), The Dmitri Ensemble under Graham Ross performs the composer's String Quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 10, re-worked as thrilling "Chamber Symphonies" for string orchestra by his pupil and advocate, Rudolf Barshai.

Marek Janowski, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin - Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica, Die Tageszeiten (2015)

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Marek Janowski, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin - Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica, Die Tageszeiten (2015)

Marek Janowski, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin - Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica, Die Tageszeiten (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 67:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 507 | Recorded: 2014

Richard Strausss original working title for the work was My home. A symphonic portrait of myself and my family and was intended as a homely sequel to Ein Heldenleben (1898). Instead of the heros struggle for supremacy, Symphonia presents a portrait of a family, with the husband, wife and child each characterised by themes.

Jodie Devos, Adèle Charvet, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (2022)

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Jodie Devos, Adèle Charvet, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (2022)

Jodie Devos, Adèle Charvet, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 49 (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 53:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA784 | Recorded: 2021

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater has enjoyed enormous fame ever since the eighteenth century – Rousseau called its first movement ‘the most perfect and touching that has ever come from the pen of any composer’. There were many arrangements of the work, by Bach or Hiller among others. It was performed more than eighty times at the Concert Spirituel in Paris between 1753 and 1790, in multiple versions, probably also with the participation of a choir. After consulting several manuscripts and editions held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Julien Chauvin has chosen to record it with soprano and mezzo soloists (the equivalent of the French dessus and bas-dessus) and a two-part children’s choir: ‘The choir can play a real role in the narration of so powerful and poignant a text’, he says.

Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No.1 (2011)

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Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No.1 (2011)

Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No.1 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 80:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO Live | # LSO0681 | Recorded: 2005, 2008

Walton’s Symphony No 1 and Belshazzar’s Feast, which were written consecutively, helped him consolidate his reputation as the most exciting British composer of his generation. Belshazzar’s Feast, a superbly crafted oratorio, vividly depicts the story of Babylon’s excesses and subsequent downfall, brilliantly coloured by the orchestral forces, including two brass bands. Similarly effervescent, volcanic sentiments simmer beneath the surface of the First Symphony, the music conveying the tensions of the 1930s, whilst remaining timeless in its appeal.

Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Pennario - Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2, Two Preludes (1992)

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Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Pennario - Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2, Two Preludes (1992)

Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Pennario - Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2, Two Preludes (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 63:35 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Seraphim | S21-57855 | Recorded: 1992

The Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, is a symphony by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, written in 1906–07. The premiere was conducted by the composer himself in Saint Petersburg on 8 February 1908. Its duration is approximately 60 minutes when performed uncut; cut performances can be as short as 35 minutes. The score is dedicated to Sergei Taneyev, a Russian composer, teacher, theorist, author, and pupil of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Alongside his Piano Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3, this symphony remains one of the composer's best known compositions.

Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Arthur Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 "Ligurgique"; Pacific 231 (1994)

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Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Arthur Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 "Ligurgique"; Pacific 231 (1994)

Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Arthur Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 "Ligurgique"; Pacific 231 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 55122 2 | Recorded: 1993

The Oslo Philharmonic is a world-class orchestra, and the playing in these two Honegger symphonies is superlative. Mariss Jansons conducts with real concentration and control; his attention to matters of detail and balance serves the longer-term expressive and symphonic concerns, while the recording allows the full range of the music to be experienced. Both these great symphonies date from the war years, the Second from the dark days when Honegger lived through the occupation of Paris, the Third from 1945. In his Second Symphony the string orchestra is joined in the closing bars by a single trumpet sounding a chorale of hope; and in Jansons’s performance this image emerges naturally from the resolution of the conflicts and the strenuous rhythmic activity which have come before.

Berliner Philharmoniker Great Recordings [8CDs] (2015)

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Berliner Philharmoniker Great Recordings [8CDs] (2015)

Berliner Philharmoniker Great Recordings [8CDs] (2015)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,1 Gb | Total time: 08:46:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875134072 | Recorded1957-2003

The Berlin Philharmonic is consistently ranked as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. As is fitting such an eminent orchestra, they consistently work with the world's most renowned conductors and soloists, and this collection shows these great musicians coming together in eight classic recordings.

Giuseppe Martucci - Collection [10CDs] (2024)

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Giuseppe Martucci - Collection [10CDs] (2024)

Giuseppe Martucci - Collection [10CDs] (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,67 Gb | Total time: 11:03:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 96920 | Recorded: 2006-2014

Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909) stands as a prominent figure in Italian musical history, celebrated for his contributions as a composer, conductor, and pianist. Born in Capua, Italy, Martucci demonstrated remarkable musical talent from a young age. His early studies in Naples under Beniamino Cesi and Paolo Serrao paved the way for a career marked by innovation and artistic depth. Martucci's compositions reflect a synthesis of Romantic and classical influences, showcasing a deep understanding of form and harmony. His orchestral works, including symphonies, piano concertos, as well as his chamber music, reveal a mastery of orchestration and a commitment to exploring new expressive possibilities.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (1984)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (1984)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 196 Mb | Total time: 45:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 410 116-2 | Recorded: 1983

Solti in Chicago at his very best. The promising excitement in the first movement opens to a performance of drama and poetry… This is simply great conducting, great orchestral playing, captured in superbly recorded early digital engineering.