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Andrew Parrott - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites [4CDs] (1999)

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Andrew Parrott - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites [4CDs] (1999)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Players, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 1.07 Gb | Total time: 03:00:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 61726 2 | Recorded: 1989, 1993

I doubt if many of us have found our ideal set of Brandenburgs, but most, I suspect, have settled on a favourite collection. The field is enormous, reflecting a wide range of performing styles as well as smaller discrepancies where some of the instruments themselves are concerned. These reissued recordings of the Brandenburgs are style-conscious, period-instrument performances. For sheer refinement of thought and elegance of phrase Parrott’s set has few rivals, though some of the intellectual and artistic excitement that must have gone into its preparation seems a little chastened in the finished product. Parrott never lets us down in his lightly articulated performances and stylistically consistent concept of the music.

Alan Curtis - Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin (1992)

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Alan Curtis - Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin (1992)

Alan Curtis - Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 55:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 437 084-2 | Recorded: 1976

Louis Couperin was a French Baroque composer and harpsichord player. He was a member of a family of musicians and was one of the most important composers of harpsichord music in his time. He studied with the famous composer and founder of the French harpsichord school, Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Louis was introduced to the court of Louis XIV and on April 9th 1653 became organist at Saint-Gervais, one of the most important positions in Paris at the time which he held until his death. He later became one of the organists at the Chapelle Royale.

Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite; Rakastava; Lemminkäinen (2023)

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Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite; Rakastava; Lemminkäinen (2023)

Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Sibelius: Karelia Suite; Rakastava; Lemminkäinen (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2638 | Recorded: 2020, 2021, 2023

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra can with justification be regarded as ‘Sibelius’s own orchestra’, as it was this orchestra, usually conducted by the composer, that premièred most of his major works. On this disc of three such pieces, the orchestra is conducted by Susanna Mälkki; the recording follows on from their three acclaimed albums devoted to the music of Bartók. Although they were all later revised, the three works on this recording all originated within a very short period in Sibelius’s career: the years 1893–96, a time when he was beginning to establish himself as a composer and a time of national awakening.

Ivor Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge (WoO 61) Oratorium nach Worten der hl. Schrift (2014)

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Ivor Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge (WoO 61) Oratorium nach Worten der hl. Schrift (2014)

Ivor Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge (WoO 61) Oratorium nach Worten der hl. Schrift (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 74:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | OC 438 | Recorded: 2013

The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra dedicates itself here to a “forgotten master”. In drastic, enigmatic images of the Apocalypse of St. John, Louis Spohr’s oratorio The Last Judgement deals with the fundamental questions of humanity: justice, responsibility and redemption. Shortly after its world premiere, one could say that this work was an international success. Since the Spohr Year of 2009 it has returned to concert stages all over the world and was performed brilliantly in Salzburg on 6 June 2013. OehmsClassics presents a live recording here of this concert from the Mozarteum.

Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010)

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Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010)

Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 798 Mb | Total time: 79:40+75:30+73:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Somm | SOMM-BEECHAM 26-8 | Recorded: 1947

This must be one of the most important historical documents ever to appear from previously unavailable archives. Much as we admire and praise Davis’s Berlioz (whose latest Trojans we reviewed last month)‚ Beecham has to be at least his peer on this and much other evidence. His arresting‚ inspiriting and brilliantly crafted performance here is a thing to marvel at in its understanding of the true Berlioz spirit. He persuades his newly formed RPO and the BBC Theatre Chorus of the day into giving quite thrilling accounts of their music that not even indifferent sound can mar. Beecham was to have returned‚ at Covent Garden‚ to the grand masterpiece in 1960‚ but that was not to be: a severe stroke prevented what would surely have been his crowning service to Berlioz right at the end of his distinguished career.

Pál Németh, Savaria Baroque Orchestra - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Trionfo dell' Onestà, Venere e Amore (2003)

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Pál Németh, Savaria Baroque Orchestra - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Trionfo dell' Onestà, Venere e Amore (2003)

Pál Németh, Savaria Baroque Orchestra - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Trionfo dell' Onestà, Venere e Amore (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 403 Mb | Total time: 66:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton ‎| # HCD32101 | Recorded: 2001, 2002

Deux oeuvres mineures de Scarlatti composent cet enregistrement, deux sérénades galantes mettant en scène l’une le triomphe de l’honnêteté sur Cupidon, l’autre Vénus et son fils l’Amour vantant ses victoires. Ersatz d’opéras, interdits par le pape À Rome lorsque Scarlatti est au service d’Ottoboni, mais sans vrai schéma dramatique, exportées sans grand succès à Naples comme Venere e Amore, ces compositions pour le plein air ou le théâtre privé sont charmantes mais d’un intérêt secondaire. Reste la curiosité au disque d’un volet du travail de Scarlatti peu connu.

Nelson Freire - Franz Liszt: Harmonies du Soir (2011)

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Nelson Freire - Franz Liszt: Harmonies du Soir (2011)

Nelson Freire - Franz Liszt: Harmonies du Soir (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 192 Mb | Total time: 58:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2728 | Recorded: 2010

In celebration of the Liszt year 2011, multi-award winning pianist Nelson Freire has personally selected the repertoire for his latest recording – his contribution to the anniversary of the pianist-composer’s birth in 1811. The very personal selection includes Liszt showpieces such as the Harmonies du soir (12 Études d’exécution transcendante), the Hungarian Rhapsodies and Liebesträume.

Julian Lloyd-Webber, Charles Mackerras, Charles Groves - Sullivan: Cello Concerto, Irish Symphony, Overture di Ballo (1993)

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Julian Lloyd-Webber, Charles Mackerras, Charles Groves - Sullivan: Cello Concerto, Irish Symphony, Overture di Ballo (1993)

Julian Lloyd-Webber, Charles Mackerras, Charles Groves - Arthur Sullivan: Cello Concerto, Irish Symphony, Overture di Ballo (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 71:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDM 7 64726 2 | Recorded: 1968, 1986

Sir Charles Groves’s sturdy yet affectionate reading of Arthur Sullivan’s wholly charming Irish Symphony was always one of the best of his EMI offerings with the RLPO and the 1968 recording remains vivid. In the sparkling Overture di hallo, again, Groves conducts with plenty of character. There are also first-rate performances of Sullivan’s undemanding Cello Concerto from 1866 (in a fine reconstruction by Sir Charles Mackerras – the manuscript was destroyed in Chappell’s fire of 1964) as well as Elgar’s wistful little Romance (originally for bassoon). This is a thoroughly attractive mid-price reissue.

Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Sonatas from the Dresden Pisendel Collection (2010)

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Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Sonatas from the Dresden Pisendel Collection (2010)

Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Sonatas from the Dresden Pisendel Collection (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC24222 | Recorded: 2009

Georg Pisendel, a minor composer of the German High Baroque, was also the concertmaster at the Dresden court and compiled a library of instrumental music containing pieces that have not been preserved anywhere else. During the Seven Years' War they were placed in the "Schrank No. II" (Cupboard No. 2) of the court church, pictured on the cover, for safekeeping, and there they remained for more than two centuries. Among them is a Handel Trio Sonata in C minor for oboe, violin, and continuo, HWV 386a, that was later published in Amsterdam with different instrumentation. It's an attractive specimen of Handel's early style.

Ensemble Alcatraz, Kitka, Angelorum - Cantigas de Amigo (2000)

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Ensemble Alcatraz, Kitka, Angelorum - Cantigas de Amigo (2000)

Ensemble Alcatraz, Kitka, Angelorum - Cantigas de Amigo (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 393 Mb | Total time: 65:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian | # DOR90285 | Recorded: 1999

The disc's subtitle is "13th-century Galician-Portuguese Songs & Dances of Love, Longing, & Devotion". My subtitle is, "this is one of the finest discs of its kind." It fully, often arrestingly captures the essential spirit of these lovely poetic texts and ancient melodies and virtually jumps and dances and vibrantly rings with the kind of life these songs' creators must have felt 800 years ago. If you're new to secular music of this period and place, you will be surprised at its incredible rhythmic energy, catchiness, and complexity. You'll also be captivated by the originality and variety of the melodies–sensuous, infectious, irresistible.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ernst Bach: Passionsoratorium (1990)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ernst Bach: Passionsoratorium (1990)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ernst Bach: Passionsoratorium (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 123:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 10 310/11 | Recorded: 1989

Today it is the Passions of J.S Bach which are most commonly known. The Passion Oratorio by J.S Bach’s nephew, godson and pupil Johann Ernst Bach is lesser known. On this Capriccio re-release his Passion Oratorio is performed alongside an Ode on the 77th Psalm for tenor, chorus and orchestra and a Motet for solo voices, four-part chorus, strings and continuo.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - L’Orchestre de Louis XIII 1601-1643 (2002)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - L’Orchestre de Louis XIII 1601-1643 (2002)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - L’Orchestre de Louis XIII 1601-1643 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 436 Mb | Total time: 65:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox | # AV9824 | Recorded: 1997, 2001, 2002

Tant au niveau des formes que des couleurs musicales, “L’Orchestre de Louis XIII” marque la transition entre deux grandes époques : la fin de la Renaissance et l’entrée dans le Baroque. Ces musiques de cour aux saveurs populaires, toujours imaginatives et colorées, sont à la recherche constante de souplesse et de grâce, de grandeur et d’élégance. Elles constituent les éléments caractéristiques du style typiquement français qui va rayonner à travers toute l’Europe jusqu’à la fin du XVIIIème siècle.

Legendary Pianists - Famous Piano Concertos [10CDs] (2024)

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Legendary Pianists - Famous Piano Concertos [10CDs] (2024)

Legendary Pianists - Famous Piano Concertos [10CDs] (2024)
XLD| FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.48 Gb | Total time: 10:57:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: SWR Classics | # SWR19433CD | Recorded: 1950-1993

For many decades the orchestras of the German broadcasting service SWR have worked together with many famous musicians from all over the world, including the outstanding pianists selected for this collection, among them Clara Haskil, Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Alicia de Larrocha, Wilhelm Backhaus, and Géza Anda. Furthermore, Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau (1903-1991) is regarded as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the 20th century and must feature in any comparative survey of performances of the central repertoire from Beethoven to Brahms.

Extempore - Georg Philipp Telemann: Solos & Trios (2019)

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Extempore - Georg Philipp Telemann: Solos & Trios (2019)

Extempore - Georg Philipp Telemann: Solos & Trios (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 64:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dux | # DUX1479 | Recorded: 2018

The EXTEMPORE ensemble consists of three experienced and versatile artists involved in the historical performance of early music: violinist Małgorzata Malke, harpsichordist and organist Anna Firlus, and Krzysztof Firlus playing viola da gamba. The passion for chamber music, early music, and discovering the unknown prompted them to establish an ensemble in 2007, when they were still students of the Academy of Music in Katowice. Georg Philipp Telemann, traditionally a slightly underrated master of Baroque music, exceptionally well corresponds to the musical temperament of the ensemble. The album includes Telemanns trio sonatas and solo works, two of which are in a way new compositions only a few years ago considered to be missing arranged for the EXTEMPORE ensemble.

Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (2024)

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Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (2024)

Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 01:39:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO Live | # LSO0889 | Recorded: 2023

The second release in LSO Live’s cycle of Janáček opera recordings, Katya Kabanova tells a story of love, entrapment and, ultimately, tragedy. The album’s cast includes the superb tenor Simon O’Neill and, appearing in one of her signature roles as seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Amanda Majeski as Katya.