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Peter Donohoe, Andrew Litton - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 14: Litolff: Concertos symphoniques Nos 2 & 4 (1997)

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Peter Donohoe, Andrew Litton - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 14: Litolff: Concertos symphoniques Nos 2 & 4 (1997)

Peter Donohoe, Andrew Litton, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 14: Henry Charles Litolff: Concertos symphoniques Nos 2 & 4 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 70:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66889 | Recorded: 1996

Litolff was one of the great virtuosi of the nineteenth century. His five Concertos Symphoniques (the first of which is now unfortunately lost) were of major influence in the transition from the Classically-derived concertos of Hummel, Moscheles and Chopin to the more symphonic late-Romantic concertos. He pioneered the use of a four-movement structure which included a Scherzo (as in Brahms's Second Concerto) and gave the orchestra much more of the thematic material. Indeed, although the piano writing is very brilliant, much of it is accompanimental. The Second Concerto is a real rarity, the orchestral parts proving very hard to locate. This is probably its first performance in over 130 years.

Jimin Oh-Havenith - Russian PianoForte (2022)

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Jimin Oh-Havenith - Russian PianoForte (2022)

Jimin Oh-Havenith - Russian PianoForte (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 228 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 Mb | 01:15:00
Classical | Label: audite Musikproduktion

Jimin Oh-Havenith’s fourth album for audite is dedicated to distinctive masterpieces of Russian piano music, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and a selection of etudes and preludes by Scriabin and Rachmaninov.

Loris Tjeknavorian, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Alexander Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (2004)

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Loris Tjeknavorian, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Alexander Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (2004)

Alexander Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (2004)
National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Loris Tjeknavorian

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 391 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 232 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | # 82876-62321-2 | Time: 01:18:58

Borodin’s First Symphony isn’t especially interesting, but his Second is a masterpiece, tightly constructed, brilliantly orchestrated, and tunefully delightful. It’s really the only work of its period to rank with the symphonies of Tchaikovsky (along with, possibly, Balakirev’s First), and Tjeknavorian’s performance of it, indeed of all three works, is outstanding. He doesn’t fuss with or manipulate tempos or textures, preferring instead to keep the music moving energetically and allowing the musicians of the National Philharmonic to inject as much color and vitality as possible. The scherzo flashes by like lightning, the slow movement is aptly seductive, and the finale dazzles. As I suggested, the other two works are less obviously successful, but the performances are no less adept. Produced by Charles Gerhardt, we can expect fine sonics, and that’s just what RCA delivers. In this music, you won’t find better.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.70+4.11 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 223 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner’s medieval romance of the Swan Knight comes to life in a lavish production by August Everding, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 1986. James Levine conducts a stellar cast led by Eva Marton, Leonie Rysanek and Peter Hofmann in the title role.

Stephen Coombs, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 13: Glazunov & Goedicke: Piano Concertos (1996)

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Stephen Coombs, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 13: Glazunov & Goedicke: Piano Concertos (1996)

Stephen Coombs, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 13: Glazunov & Goedicke: Piano Concertos (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 65:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66877 | Recorded: 1996

The disc is the thirteenth volume in the famous Hyperion 'Romantic Piano Concerto' series; it also follows on from Stephen Coombs's four-volume set of Glazunov's music for solo piano, meaning that Coombs has now recorded all of Glazunov's music for piano soloist.

Piers Lane, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 12: Parry & Stanford: Piano Concertos (1995)

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Piers Lane, Martyn Brabbins - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 12: Parry & Stanford: Piano Concertos (1995)

Piers Lane, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 12: Hubert Parry & Charles Villiers Stanford: Piano Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 72:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66820 | Recorded: 1995

Parry was indebted to the grand Romantic tradition of the late nineteenth century, and his colourful and exuberant concerto probably lays claim to be the first British piece written in such a style worthy of comparison with contemporary continental models. It is a virtuoso work, extrovertly conceived for piano and undoubtedly written for the technical proficiency of Edward Dannreuther, one of the most important exponents of the grand concerto style in London during the 1870s and 1880s.

Michael Collins, Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)

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Michael Collins, Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)

Michael Collins, Stephen Hough - Johannes Brahms: 3 Sonatas (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 63:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2557 | Recorded: 2020

Friends of long standing as well as regular partners in chamber music, Michael Collins and Stephen Hough bring their combined musical insights and expertise to bear on Johannes Brahms’s sonatas for clarinet and piano. Together with the composer’s trio for clarinet, cello and piano and clarinet quintet, the sonatas are among the most treasured works in the repertoire of the instrument – but it is partly down to good luck that we have them at all. When Brahms in 1891 heard the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinet of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, he had already announced his retirement. He was enraptured by Mühlfeld’s playing and its vocal qualities, however, and made a ‘comeback’: during the following couple of years he composed all four of his clarinet works.

Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)

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Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)

Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 168:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5308 | Recorded: 1998

Giuseppe Verdi's first big Paris hit, Jérusalem is an 1847 rewrite of I Lombardi. Along with a new French text, the action is clarified, characters and scenes are dropped, the tenor role is beefed up, and the obligatory ballet is added, among other changes. It's a more coherent opera in this version, although Italian audiences have clung to I Lombardi, which is still mounted on the world's stages. The Philips team, however, makes a powerful case for this French grand opera story of betrayal, love, war and rescue, penitence, and vindication painted in primary colors on a canvas of Crusaders and villains, rousingly set to effective, if blunt, music.

Piers Lane, Alun Francis - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

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Piers Lane, Alun Francis - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

Piers Lane, Alun Francis, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 9: Eugen d'Albert: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66747 | Recorded: 1994

When d’Albert appeared in 1881 at one of Hans Richter’s concerts in London he played his own Piano Concerto in A, but the work was never published and has not survived. However, from a review in The Musical Times of November 1881 we can reasonably deduce that the Concerto had the traditional three movements. The reviewer stated that it was ‘uncompromising in its pretensions to rank with the chief of its kind; largely developed, ambitious in style and character, and rigidly observant of classical form, while redundant in matter’.

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 62:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550758 | Recorded: 1994

Kaler's playing of these Romantic sweetly-tuned works is excellent.

Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)

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Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)

Dmitri Alexeev, Alexander Lazarev, BBC Symphony Orchestra - The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8: Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 & Piano Quintet (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 58:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66744 | Recorded: 1994

When one considers the life of Nikolai Karlovich Medtner it is impossible not to be amazed by his strange, tragic and yet marvellous destiny. He was recognized in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century as one of the most important composers and was, with Scriabin and Rachmaninov, an extremely influential, almost ‘cult’ figure for a whole generation of the Russian intellectual élite. He was also a great pianist and an outstanding musical thinker. His personality was completely divorced from everyday life, but the depth and power of his intellect, entirely absorbed in music, philosophy and the history of culture, were deeply respected by such contemporaries as Nikisch, Rachmaninov, Furtwängler, Koussevitsky, Glazunov and Prokofiev.

Dirk Hegemann - Emanuel Moór: Music for Viola (2022)

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Dirk Hegemann - Emanuel Moór: Music for Viola (2022)

Dirk Hegemann, Dávid Báll, Rosenstein String Quartet, Anima Musicae Chamber Orchesta & Mátyás Anta - Emanuel Moór: Music for Viola (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:58
Classical | Label: Toccata Classics

The works of Emánuel Moór (1863–1931) ought to be celebrated as among the major achievements of Romantic music, but because of Moór’s peripatetic life – he was born in Hungary, studied in Vienna (with Bruckner), performed in the US and across Europe, became a UK citizen and settled and died in Switzerland – no country has claimed and promoted him to the degree he deserves. Moór’s musical language offers a deeply satisfying blend of contrapuntal mastery and ardent lyricism, as the works on this album – written for or involving the viola – demonstrate. In time he will be recognised as one of the masters of his age.

Sarah Connolly, OAE, Vladimir Jurowski - Mahler: Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)

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Sarah Connolly, OAE, Vladimir Jurowski - Mahler: Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)

Gustav Mahler - Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 144 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD259 | Time: 00:38:16

In this live recording from the Royal Festival Hall the OAE shines its musical torch into the realms of some later repertoire, shedding new light on the music of Mahler. Conducted by Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski, this album includes the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), written in the wake of an unhappy affair with a soprano, and the extraordinarily exciting and powerful Totenfeier, Mahler’s first foray into orchestral music, and later reworked into the opening movement of his second symphony.

Carolyn Sampson, Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton - Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (2022)

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Carolyn Sampson, Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton - Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (2022)

Carolyn Sampson, Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton - Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 188 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:18:37
Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS

Composed in feverish bouts interrupted by long periods of inaction, Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch was brought to completion in 1896. The 46 songs are settings of poems in German by Paul Heyse, after Italian folk songs – miniatures with a duration of less than 2 minutes in most cases. Heyse’s collection numbered more than 350 poems, but Wolf ignored the ballads and laments, and concentrated almost exclusively on the rispetti. These are short love poems which chart, against a Tuscan landscape, the everyday jealousies, flirtations, joys and despairs of men and women in love. Heyse’s translations often intensify the simple Italian of the original poems, and in their turn, Wolf’s settings represent a further heightening of emotion. Miniatures they may be, but many of the songs strike unforgettably at the heart.

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

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Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 55:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC809 | Recorded: 2007

Part of a series of discs devoted to forgotten composers associated with the Bavarian capital of Munich, this release exemplifies the city's still-palpable conservatism. Franz Lachner, who grew up so poor that he and his five siblings had to study music by drumming their fingers on an imaginary keyboard, made his living as composers had for centuries before, but as few did in his own time: as an employee of court and church. The Germans have a word for the style exemplified here, which is not well known outside of a few atypical examples by : they call it the "Palestrina Renaissance." Heard here are a Mass in F major, Op. 130; a Stabat Mater, Op. 154; and a setting of Psalm 15.