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Busoni & Strauss - Violin Concertos - Tanja Becker-Bender, BBC Scottish Symphony, Garry Walker (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Tanja Becker-Bender, BBC Scottish Symphony, Garry Walker
Title: Busoni & Strauss: Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 63 minutes 2 seconds
Recorded: June 2013 at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland


German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender returns to the Romantic Violin Concerto series having dazzled the critics with her ‘great lyrical force and tremendous sense of drama’ in her recording of the Reger concerto. Here she appears with Hyperion house band the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Garry Walker, in Volume 16: concertos by Busoni and Strauss, each composer’s only example of the genre.
In D major, the key of Beethoven’s and Brahms’s violin concertos, Busoni’s Violin Concerto is clearly intended to continue their lineage—significantly, Busoni wrote cadenzas for both of them—although it never descends into mere imitation. Although it uses quite a large orchestra, it is transparently scored, with plenty of Italianate cantilena for the soloist. Also included is Busoni’s transcription of the Benedictus from Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, which brings the solo violin to the fore, with instrumental obbligati representing the vocal contributions.
The seventeen-year-old Strauss wrote his Violin Concerto in 1881–2, during his final year at the Ludwigsgymnasium. The work was dedicated to Strauss’s violin teacher Benno Walter (1847–1901), concertmaster of the Bavarian Court Orchestra. The work is fairly unknown on the concert platform; as Tully Potter writes in his booklet notes, Tanja Becker-Bender’s interpretation should win it new friends.
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Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No.3 & Scottish Fantasy - Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony, Martyn Brabbins (2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Artist: Jack Liebeck (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Title: Violin Concerto No 3 & Scottish Fantasy
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 69 minutes 35 seconds
Recorded: August 2013 at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland

Award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck brings his impassioned tones, fulsome emotional display and formidable technique to the first of three albums of music by Max Bruch.

This programme presents one of Bruch’s most popular pieces for violin and orchestra, the Scottish Fantasy, alongside one of his least known, the Violin Concerto No 3 in D minor, Op 58. Anyone hearing Jack Liebeck’s performance may well wonder why this concerto has languished in the lumber room for so long—it has never been heard at the BBC Proms, for example. It was written for Joseph Joachim who gave the premiere in Düsseldorf and subsequently played the concerto in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Breslau, Leipzig, Cologne and London (for the Philharmonic Society).

The Scottish Fantasy in E flat major, Op 46 (or more correctly ‘Fantasia for the violin with orchestra and harp, freely using Scottish folk melodies’), was written in Berlin during the winter of 1879–80 for Sarasate and reflected the Spaniard’s more colourful personality. Although Bruch never visited Scotland, he was typical of German Romantics in having a fascination with the picture of the country painted by such writers as Walter Scott. For the Scottish Fantasy he drew on James Johnson’s voluminous folk-song collection The Scots Musical Museum.
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Bauhaus - Singles (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bauhaus
Title: Singles
Genre: Rock, Goth Rock, Post-Punk, New Wave
Label: © Beggars Banquet Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 01:19:47
Recorded: 1979-1983

Bauhaus' singles, mixes, and B-sides from their complete discography. This collection includes bonus tracks "Paranoia, Paranoia", "Spirit In The Sky", and "Bela Lugosi's Dead (Tomb Raider Mix)".

Bauhaus are the founding fathers of goth rock, creating a minimalistic, overbearingly gloomy style of post-punk rock driven by jagged guitar chords and cold, distant synthesizers. Throughout their brief career, the band explored all the variations on their bleak musical ideas, adding elements of glam rock, experimental electronic rock, funk, and heavy metal. While their following has never expanded beyond a cult, they kept their cult alive well into the '90s, a full decade after they disbanded.
The group formed in 1978 in Northampton, England. Guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ash, bassist/vocalist David J (born David Jay Haskins), and drummer Kevin Haskins had played together as a trio called the Craze before forming Bauhaus with vocalist Peter Murphy. Originally, the band was called Bauhaus 1919 after the German art movement; by 1979, they had dropped the 1919 from their name.
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Alfred Schnittke - Piano Quartet, String Trio, Piano Quintet - Molinari Quartet, Louise Bessette (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Artist: Molinari Quartet, Louise Bessette
Title: Alfred Schnittke - Piano Quartet, String Trio, Piano Quintet
Genre: Classical
Label: © ATMA Classique
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ATMA Classique
Duration: 00:59:47
Recorded: Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, (Québec), Canada et salle pierre-Mercure du Centre pierre-péladeau, Montréal. June 2010 and April 2012

Alfred Schnittke’s chamber music comprises a dozen works which include four string quartets (released in 2011 by ATMA with Molinari Quartet, Chamber Music vol. 1 ACD2 2634), as well as the three works featured on this volume 2.

Schnittke was a great admirer of Mahler. In 1988, he based his own Piano Quartet on Mahler’s chamber music sketches. Schnittke dedicated the Quartet to the Ukrainian violinist Oleh (Oleg) Krysa, one of the musicians who had premiered his Trio. Schnittke’s String Trio was commissioned by the Alban Berg Society of Vienna to commemorate the centenary of the Austrian composer’s birth in 1985. His quintet can be thought of as a kind of heir to the one Shostakovich had composed in 1940. Its five movements create a sort of instrumental Requiem dominated by a cyclical theme of five notes and by the imitation of Russian church bells.

Internationally acclaimed by the public and the critics since its foundation in 1997, the Molinari Quartet has established a mandate to perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries, repertoire for string quartet, and to commission new works. Recipients of 14 Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council, the Molinari Quartet is described by the critics as "Canada's answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet."
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Alfred Schnittke - Complete String Quartets Nos. 1-4, Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky - Molinari Quartet (2011 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Artist: Molinari Quartet
Title: Alfred Schnittke - Complete String Quartets
Genre: Classical
Label: © ATMA Classique
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ATMA Classique
Duration: 01:43:41
Recorded: Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, (Québec), Canada, June 2010

Between 1966 and 1989, Alfred Schnittke composed four string quartets. In 1971 he added the Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky to his works for string quartet, and in 1997, Variations.
For almost half a century, Schnittke composed more than 250 works — from opera and chamber music to film music and concertos. While drawing inspiration from the past and exploring the many aesthetic characteristics of his day, he forged a personal musical language he called polystylistic.
Internationally acclaimed by the public and the critics since its foundation in 1997, the Molinari Quartet has a mandate to perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries, to commission new works and to initiate conversations between musicians, artists and the public.
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Isaac Albeniz - Iberia and other late piano music - Marc-Andre Hamelin (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Artist: Marc-André Hamelin
Title: Iberia & other late piano music
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 125 minutes 5 seconds
Recorded: August 2004 at Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom

The twelve extended pieces which make up Albéniz’ Iberia are not only the composer’s greatest work, but also the greatest piano work to come out of Spain. Fired by his discovery of the music of Ravel and Debussy, Albéniz transformed his earlier salon style, which essentially produced charming but slight ‘picture postcards’ of Spain, into a language which was much more complex—harmonically, texturally and pianistically—and which created a series of tone poems which capture the spiritual essence of Spain. The superabundance of the writing also makes the cycle one of the supreme virtuoso challenges, so who better to realize the beauty beyond the notes than Marc-André Hamelin who reveals here that the previous virtual monopoly of this work by Spanish pianists may have done more harm than good.

The couplings here are also particularly appropriate in that we have a complete survey of all Albéniz’ late piano music from 1897 until his death. La vega and España are clearly precursors of Iberia; they came after a five year gap in piano output and are the first works to show the composer’s new style. Yvonne en visite!, in perhaps its first recording, is a charming and humorous work illustrating a child’s reluctant piano playing. The collection closes with a new completion by William Bolcom of the unfinished Navarra, which probably reveals much more of Albéniz’ original intention than the perfunctory ending by de Séverac hitherto used.
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