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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 2 - Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824–96)
Artist: Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 61:38
Recorded: January 2009 at the Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden


On disc as well as in concert, Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra have attracted a growing international interest. The team regularly visits some of the world’s leading concert venues, and just recently their performance of Schumann’s Second Symphony at the BBC Proms made a great impact on audience and critics alike. Precisely Schumann’s symphonies have featured in Dausgaard’s and the SCO’s series ‘Opening Doors’ on BIS, in which Romantic symphonies are performed with smaller than usual numbers – to great critical acclaim: ‘The most perceptive Schumann cycle in over three decades’ was the verdict in International Record Review. The sequel to the Schumann recordings was a disc combining Schubert’s Unfinished and Great C major Symphonies, described in BBC Radio 3’s CD Review as ‘a crisp, clean account that somehow seems to strip away layers of silt to get a clear view of the colours underneath.’ Dausgaard and the forty-odd members of the SCO now take on a composer whose symphonies often are regarded as the epitome of Romantic grandeur, not to say bulkiness – Anton Bruckner, and his Second Symphony. The recording thus becomes a sort of test of how the ‘Opening Doors’ concept can be applied to music from the High Romantic period. Thomas Dausgaard himself finds in this work ‘a feeling of a very personal prayer – as if Bruckner was meditating and improvising at the organ’ and goes on to describe the experience of performing it with the SCO as ‘a kind of collective chamber-musical improvisation with a strong symphonic undercurrent. I hope Bruckner would have liked it...’
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No 4 'Romantic' - Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824–96)
Artist: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No 4 'Romantic'
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 63:21
Recorded: January 2009 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Symphony No.4 in E-flat major has belonged to Anton Bruckner's most popular works ever since its first performance, in Vienna 1881, when the composer was reportedly called out to take a bow after each movement. It is often called the ‘Romantic', a nickname that Bruckner himself used, most probably in reference to the literary genre of the medieval romance, rather than to the concept of romantic love. Indeed, Bruckner is claimed to have provided a sort of programme to the work, setting the scene for its opening as follows: ‘Medieval town – first daylight – on proud chargers knights sally forth ... the wonder of nature surrounds them ...' What was performed in Vienna in 1881 was a second, revised version of the symphony, which had actually already seen first light in 1874. In spite of the success of the revised version, further revisions took place before publication, resulting in the so-called ‘1888 version' recorded here. Although this remained the preferred version for several decades, it later became discredited, as it was assumed that the revisions it contained were the product of others than the composer himself. The rehabilitation of the 1888 version is to a large extent due to the efforts of the musicologist Benjamin Korstvedt, who in 2004 prepared the first modern edition of the 1888 version for the Bruckner Collected Works edition. In his liner notes to the present disc, Korstvedt discusses this background, giving a number of interesting illustrations of the differences between editions.
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Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love (1987/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: Tunnel Of Love
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll, Heartland Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1987/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 46:23
Recorded: January - July 1987


Tunnel of Love is the eighth studio album by Bruce Springsteen released in 1987. In 1989, the album was ranked #25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Best Albums of the Eighties" while in 2003, the same magazine ranked it at #467 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Tunnel of Love the 91st greatest album of all time.
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Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (2002/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: The Rising
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll, Heartland Rock
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2002/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:12:57
Recorded: January–March 2002

The Rising is the twelfth studio album by American recording artist Bruce Springsteen, released in 2002 on Columbia Records. In addition to being Springsteen's first studio album in seven years, it was also his first with the E Street Band in 18 years.[1] Widely believed to have been based on Springsteen's reflections during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the album is predominantly centered upon themes of relationship struggles, existential crisis and social uplift.

Upon its release, The Rising was a critical and commercial success, and hailed as the triumphant return for Springsteen. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of over 520,000 copies. With this, Springsteen became the oldest person to achieve a first-week sales of over a half of a million copies in the United States.[citation needed] The album also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2003; although nominated for the Album of the Year award as well, it was beaten by Norah Jones' debut album Come Away with Me. Title song "The Rising" was also a Grammy recipient.
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Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust (2005/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Title: Devils & Dust
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll, Heartland Rock
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2005/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 50:51
Recorded: 1996–2004

Every decade or so, Bruce Springsteen releases a somber album of narrative songs, character sketches, and folk tunes -- records that play not like rock & roll, but rather as a collection of short stories. Nebraska, released in the fall of 1982 during the rise of Reagan's America, was the first of these, with the brooding The Ghost of Tom Joad following in 1995, in the thick of the Clinton administration but before the heady boom days of the late '90s. At the midpoint of George W. Bush's administration, Springsteen released Devils & Dust, another collection of story songs that would seem on the surface to be a companion to Nebraska and Ghost, but in actuality is quite a different record than either. While the characters that roam through Devils & Dust are similarly heartbroken, desperate, and downtrodden, they're far removed from the criminals and renegades of Nebraska, and the album doesn't have the political immediacy of Ghost's latter-day Woody Guthrie-styled tales -- themes that tied together those two albums. Here, the songs and stories are loosely connected. Several are set in the West, some are despairing, some have signs of hope, a couple are even sweet and light. Springsteen's writing is similarly varied, occasionally hearkening back to the spare, dusty prose of Nebraska, but often it's densely composed, assured, and evocative, written as if the songs were meant to be read aloud, not sung. But the key to Devils & Dust, and why it's his strongest record in a long time, is that the music is as vivid and varied as the words. Unlike the meditative, monochromatic The Ghost of Tom Joad, this has different shades of color, so somber epics like "The Hitter" or the sad, lonely "Reno" are balanced by the lighter "Long Time Comin'," "Maria's Bed," and "All I'm Thinkin' About," while the moodier "Black Cowboys" and "Devils & Dust" are enhanced by subtly cinematic productions. It results in a record that's far removed in feel from the stark, haunting Nebraska, but on a song-for-song level, it's nearly as strong, since its stories linger in the imagination as long as the ones from that 1982 masterpiece (and they stick around longer than those from Ghost, as well). Devils & Dust is also concise and precisely constructed, two things the otherwise excellent 2002 comeback The Rising was not, and that sharp focus helps make this the leanest, artiest, and simply best Springsteen record in many years. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Benjamin Britten - String Quartets Nos 1 & 3 - Emperor String Quartet (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Benjamin Britten (1913–76)
Artist: Emperor String Quartet
Title: Britten - String Quartets Nos 1 & 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 55:40
Recorded: May 2005 at Potton Hall, Suffolk, England

Himself a string player and dedicated chamber musician, Benjamin Britten wrote a large amount of music for string quartet as a student and budding composer. One such early work is Alla marcia, originally intended as a part of a suite but then left as a stand-alone miniature unpublished in the composer's lifetime. This parodistic march resurfaced in 1939, however, in Britten’s setting of Rimbaud’s sardonic poem Parade in Les illuminations for soprano and string orchestra. On this second disc of the Emperor Quartet’s survey of Britten’s music for string quartet, Alla marcia appears as an interlude between the first and the last of Britten's three published string quartets. String Quartet No.1 in D major Op.25 was composed in the summer of 1941, and it is easy to read into it something of Britten’s feverish state of mind at the time – although he was living in the USA at the time, news from the war in Europe was deeply troubling and Britten was already contemplating his return to England, even though his pacifist stance was certain to cause him problems there. Four years later the Op.25 quartet was followed by String Quartet No.2, written in response to the 250th anniversary of Henry Purcell’s death, but after that three decades would pass before Britten's return to the genre. Completed in December 1975, String Quartet No.3 Op.94 became one of his last, as well as one of his finest compositions. With a structure reminiscent of the lyric suites by Alban Berg and other Viennese composers, the five-movement work ends with a Recitative and Passacaglia subtitled La Serenissima as a salute to Britten's beloved Venice. The first disc in this series of three was released in 2010, and included a performance of the Second String Quartet described as 'stupendous' in Classic FM Magazine and 'magnificent' in Scherzo, while the reviewer in Fono Forum likened it to 'an entire cosmos of colours and nuances'.
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Johannes Brahms - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 - Artemis Quartet (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Artemis Quartet
Title: Brahms - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics/Erato
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:08:21
Recording: 11 - 13 & 25 – 27. VI. 2014 - Teldex Studio Berlin


The Artemis Quartet pairs Brahms’ intense First Quartet with his lighter-spirited Third Quartet, both works that the Artemis’ cellist, Eckart Runge, describes as “remarkable and multi-faceted”. He says that “Brahms marries a Romantic spirit with the structure and forms of Classicism. There is an almost symphonic approach in the writing, but at the same time the quartets are imbued with a sense of warmth, immediacy, friendship and love that is interwoven with a more spiritual, timeless beauty”.
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