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Tonkunstler-Orchester & Yutaka Sado - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor (2023)

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Tonkunstler-Orchester & Yutaka Sado - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor (2023)

Tonkunstler-Orchester & Yutaka Sado - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:39:43 | 343 / 227 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Tonkunstler Orchestra

An entire epic in musical form, from a jagged march at the start to a slow hymn to love as the finale.

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907073.75 | Recorded: 1992

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading.

Bejun Mehta, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Che Puro Ciel (2013)

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Bejun Mehta, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Che Puro Ciel (2013)

Bejun Mehta, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Che Puro Ciel: Mozart, Gluck, Traetta, Hasse, J.C.Bach (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 69:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902172 | Recorded: 2013

The contents of this album reflect the operatic music Mozart would have known as a teenager. One of the composers, Christoph Willibald Gluck, is known as a founder of the Classical style in opera; others, including Johann Adolf Hasse, Johann Christian Bach, and Tommaso Traetta, are known mostly to specialists, at least in the operatic field. Listeners who have heard the spectacular arias of the late Baroque popularized by Renée Fleming and others will find the pieces here less virtuosic but more dramatically satisfying, as if the composers and librettists had engaged themselves anew with the ancient Greek stories they were retelling. One might object that annotator Denis Morrier gives short shift to the most important of the librettists, Pietro Metastasio, whose writings remained popular up to Beethoven's time.

Jurgen Budday, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor - George Frideric Handel: Solomon (2004)

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Jurgen Budday, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor - George Frideric Handel: Solomon (2004)

Jürgen Budday, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor - George Frideric Handel: Solomon (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 610 Mb | Total time: 70:19+75:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K&K | # KuK 73 | Recorded: 2003

The series of recordings of the Abbey of Maulbronn is prolific, and after a very good Messiah, we arrive now Solomon, another oratorio of Haendel. Solomon is a rather fixed work, a single scene, that of the famous judgment, presenting a little bit of "action", but the music, powerful and refined, is the most inspired Handel, and the virtuoso treatment of the choruses reveals a incomparable mastery.

Ruisi Quartet - Big House (2023)

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Ruisi Quartet - Big House (2023)

Ruisi Quartet - Big House (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 1:22:39 | 373 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: PentaTone

"The Ruisi Quartet makes its recording debut on Pentatone with Big House, bringing together music by Matthew Locke, Joseph Haydn and Oliver Leith. Spanning nearly four centuries, this unique combination of composers explores a harmoniously dissonant relationship between past, present and future."

Randall Scotting & Stephen Stubbs - Lovesick (2023)

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Randall Scotting & Stephen Stubbs - Lovesick (2023)

Randall Scotting & Stephen Stubbs - Lovesick (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 57:17 | 234 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Signum Classics

For his second album on Signum Records, countertenor Randall Scotting is joined by celebrated lutenist Stephen Stubbs for a collection of anti-Valentine’s songs focussing on heartbreak and loss from the 17th century.

La Reveuse, Florence Bolton, Benjamin Perrot - Le Concert des Oiseaux. Vincent Bouchot: Le Carnaval des animaux en peril (2023)

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La Reveuse, Florence Bolton, Benjamin Perrot - Le Concert des Oiseaux. Vincent Bouchot: Le Carnaval des animaux en peril (2023)

La Reveuse, Florence Bolton, Benjamin Perrot - Le Concert des Oiseaux. Vincent Bouchot: Le Carnaval des animaux en peril (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:10:52 | 328 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: harmonia mundi

While paying glittering homage to the animal kingdom, this programme also takes us on a journey through the centuries: the existing pieces freely inspired by birdsong, from Couperin to Ravel, are mirrored by an astonishing ‘Carnival of Animals in Peril’.Its composer, Vincent Bouchot, reminds us of the disappearance of certain species of animals - and of certain musical instruments that very nearly became extinct too.

Gabriele Pro and Anima & Corpo - Golden Strings – Mossi & Montanari: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo (2023)

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Gabriele Pro and Anima & Corpo - Golden Strings – Mossi & Montanari: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo (2023)

Gabriele Pro and Anima & Corpo - Golden Strings – Mossi & Montanari: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 65:16 | 361 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Arcana

Giovanni Mossi and Antonio Montanari, two of the most esteemed violin virtuosi of eighteenth-century Rome, can finally take centre stage, away from the crowded panorama of Corelli\u0027s pupils and imitators; their works can be fully appreciated in this new recording devoted to their sonatas for violin. Three sonatas by Mossi for violin and continuo from his op. 5 and op. 6 are presented here; these collections remain lesser-known and lesser-recorded even today. The three violin sonatas by Montanari that the celebrated virtuoso Johann Pisendel brought from Rome to Dresden in 1717, after having taken lessons from Montanari himself, are recorded here together for the first time. The director of this project is the young violinist Gabriele Pro, one of the most promising Italian Baroque violinists of his generation. He is joined by cellist Maria Calvo, lutenist Simone Vallerotonda, already a star of many Arcana recordings, and award-winning harpsichordist Cristiano Gaudio.

Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs

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Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs

Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4; Variations; Grande Polonaise; Waltzes

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 349 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 357 | Time: 02:31:07

Carl Maria von Weber's piano music, with the exception of Invitation to the Dance, is not nearly as well known as his operas, but it deserves more attention. Michael Endres makes a strong case for the music in this two-disc set. The most significant works, the four sonatas, are full of drama, colorful pianism, and lyrical melodies, particularly in Endres' hands. The sonatas are on a similar scale to those of Beethoven and Schubert, with the drama built of sharp contrasts in key, humor, and dynamics, and with beautiful, cantabile slow movements. Weber, like Beethoven, also took advantage of the size and scope of the piano's sound. Endres vividly brings out the drama and the brilliance of virtuosic passages, while maintaining a sense of refinement and ease with the music. The waltzes are particularly polished, but Endres' also recognizes their folk elements and gives them a wonderful energy and sparkle. The showpieces of Weber's piano works are the sets of variations, obviously written to impress audiences. Again, Endres handles the technical challenges easily and cleanly. In the second set here, the Variations on the aria "Vien'qua dorina bella," he is always aware that the theme was originally a vocal work, playing with song-like phrasing and coloring. The sound of the recording could be a little richer, but it doesn't hurt Endres superb performance.

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Players - Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1983)

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Andrew Parrott, Taverner Players - Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1983)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Players - Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 56:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8306 | Recorded: 1981

In this first period-instrument recording of Dido, Andrew Parrott tries to re-create the first known performance of the work–at Josiah Priest's School for Young Gentlewomen in London. Here (as there) the cast includes only one male–David Thomas, whose brawny Aeneas could overwhelm Dido physically as well as emotionally. Judith Nelson is a warm, sweet-toned Belinda; the Sorceress gets a vivid, raucous, love-it-or-hate-it performance by the legendary medieval-cum-folk-singer Jantina Noorman. Emma Kirkby, early in her career, sounds eloquent but extremely youthful as Dido–barely past her teens. This makes for a different, perhaps more credible, tragedy: a new, slightly immature queen, servant rather than mistress of her emotions, angrily refuses to take back the lover who abandoned her–only to die heartbroken after banishing him.

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in D minor; Salve Regina (2005)

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Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in D minor; Salve Regina (2005)

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in D minor; Salve Regina (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 57:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0724 | Recorded: 2004

Hummel's choral music, like that of his rival Beethoven, lies pretty far down the list of his compositions in terms of overall renown. But some of it originated in a very famous spot: Hummel succeeded Haydn as a composer of large-scale choral works for the use of the noble Esterházy family at its vast palace. The Mass in D minor heard on this album was composed in 1805, when the "Lord Nelson" mass in the same key by Haydn would still have been very much in the air and ears at Esterháza. Faced with the unenviable task of trying to top it, Hummel turned not to Haydn as a model but, as liner-note writer David Wyn Jones points out, to Mozart: the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor provides Hummel's mass with its tense general mood, its flexible shifts between the soloists and the larger group, and its flashes of lyrical light.

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in E flat major; Te Deum; Quod in orbe (2004)

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Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in E flat major; Te Deum; Quod in orbe (2004)

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in E flat major; Te Deum; Quod in orbe (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 61:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0712 | Recorded: 2003

As with the previous disc in this series, Richard Hickox and his expert forces bring their usual mix of freshness, rhythmic élan and sensitivity to this attractive, often impressive work. Choir and orchestra respond eagerly to the conductor's enthusiastic direction. And the soloists, led by the ever-eloquent Susan Gritton, interact and blend with true chamber musical finesse.

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in D major; Mass in B flat major; Alma virgo (2002)

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Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in D major; Mass in B flat major; Alma virgo (2002)

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mass in D major; Mass in B flat major; Alma virgo (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 76:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0681 | Recorded: 2001

It is astonishing that such fine pieces have been so completely neglected.They here inspire Hickox and his team to performances just as electrifying as those they have given of the great series of late Haydn masses.

Mivos Quartet - Steve Reich: The String Quartets (2023)

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Mivos Quartet - Steve Reich: The String Quartets (2023)

Mivos Quartet - Steve Reich: The String Quartets (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 57:14 | 323 / 132 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Between 1988 and 2010, Steve Reich composed three string quartets – ‘Different Trains’, ‘Triple Quartet’ and ‘WTC 9/11’. Deutsche Grammophon now presents this trilogy of works for the first time on one album, in definitive new recordings from the Mivos Quartet. Hailed by The Chicago Reader as “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles”, the Mivos players developed their interpretations of the three quartets – inspired by the music of speech, echoes of Bartók and the events of a day transformed by terror – in close collaboration with the composer. Reich himself supported the project from inception to completion, answering the group’s questions about fine musical details, offering advice on matters of style and endorsing the finished album. ‘Steve Reich: The String Quartets’, featuring notes by veteran radio host and music writer John Schaefer, is set for release digitally, on CD and on vinyl (2 LPs) on 3 February 2023

Kocian Quartet - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, Divertimenti, K. 136-138, Adagio and Fugue, K. 546

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Kocian Quartet - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, Divertimenti, K. 136-138, Adagio and Fugue, K. 546

Kocian Quartet - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, Divertimenti, K. 136-138, Adagio and Fugue, K. 546
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:01:50 | 141 / 326 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Praga Digitals

The Kocian Quartet has earned the reputation as one of the foremost Czech string quartets of its time. Its repertory is broad, encompassing standards by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, as well as mainstream Czech works by Dvorák, Smetana, Janácek, and Martinu, and little-known fare by Pavel Haas and Hans Krása. But it has also introduced many new works by an array of contemporary Czech composers, including Tichy, Loudova, Kaslik, Kubicka, Riedelbauch, and conductor/composer Rafael Kubelik. The Kocian Quartet has made numerous recordings for several labels, among them Praga and Orfeo.