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Dmitry Ferschtman, Mila Baslawskaya - The Cello's Russian Voice (2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Dmitry Ferschtman, Mila Baslawskaya
Title: The Cello’s Russian Voice
Genre: Classical
Label: © Cobra Records
Release Date: 2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:01:05
Recording location: Westvest kerk, Schiedam NL
Recording dates: January 28, 29, 31, 31 – 2008

In our youth, music and poetry were the lifeblood of our Soviet upbringing. They provided colour and meaning to the drab existence of many Russians. Together with the breathtaking Russian countryside, they became almost like a religion in the atheist Soviet Union.“If a musician is a true artist, his experience of the music of poetry is just as acute as that of the poetry of music”. These words of the great Russian pianist and teacher Heinrich Neuhaus became our motto. As classically- trained musicians, we were not only fascinated by Russian classical music but also by Russian classical poetry. Nowhere are these two high art forms so interwoven as in the Russian Art Song.
The poems by Pushkin, Tiutchev, A. Tolstoy and others inspired the great 19th century composers to create the beautiful songs which are firmly embedded in the collective psyche of every Russian.
After years of living abroad, we started to miss this music – the music which made us who we are. We began to listen to it with increased intensity, with “different ears”, as it now sounded so distant yet so familiar. We found ourselves falling in love again with the “romances” – the music of the “Russian Soul” which comes through most naturally in this genre, with all its heartache and emotional turmoil.
After (listening to them for) some time, we felt compelled to perform this music. As instrumentalists, we are forever envious of singers. They can bring the symbiosis of music and poetry to the fore through the most subtle and powerful of all instruments - the human voice. We thought an arrangement of Romances for cello and piano might be successful because the cello, of all instruments, comes closest to the human voice.
Besides, we realised that poetry needs a translation, unless the listener understands the language in which the lyrics are written, while music is the original, universal language. The music of these romances is inspired by poetry, but in the end the words dissolve into the melody and the music speaks for itself.
This is how the idea of this project came about. First (was) came!!! the arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s setting of the A. Tolstoy’s poem “Then in the early Spring”, which for (the two of) us symbolised the time when we first met as teenagers. --Dmitry Ferschtman and Mila Baslawskaja
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Bela Bartok - Violin Concerto No. 2 - Itzhak Perlman, London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn
Title: Bartók - Violin Concerto No. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:50
Recorded: Kingsway Hall, London, 10 October 1973

Unlike some of his older colleagues, such as Isaac Stern or Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman has recorded very little music by Béla Bartók — the Violin Sonatas Nos.1 and 2, the Sonata for solo violin, the two Rhapsodies, the First Violin Concerto and the six Romanian Folk Dances are all notable by their absence from his discography, making this recording of the Second Violin Concerto all the more precious. Several of his eminent predecessors had already recorded this masterpiece, chief among them Yehudi Menuhin (in 1946 and 1953), Ivry Gitlis (1954) and Isaac Stern (1958). The young Perlman’s vision of the work, as conducted by André Previn, proved to be a landmark to match those that had gone before.
For some time, this was believed to be Bartók’s only violin concerto, until another, much earlier work was discovered in 1960, at which point this became known as No.2. Commissioned in 1937 by the composer’s “dear friend” Zoltán Székely (1903–2001), who that same year was to become leader of the celebrated Hungarian Quartet, it went through what was for Bartók an unusually long (sixteen-month) gestation period. He also made various revisions to the original version, notably to the finale, at the request of his soloist, who wanted the work “to end like a concerto and not like a symphony”. Although the composer had originally envisaged a single-movement work in the form of a theme and variations, he eventually acceded to Székely’s request for a conventional three-movement concerto, although he did retain the theme-and-variations idea in the central Andante tranquillo. The premiere — of which a radio broadcast recording survives — was not given until 23 March 1939, in Amsterdam, by its dedicatee and the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg. Bartók himself, fiercely opposed to the Nazi regime and having already decided to leave Europe, was unable to attend the premiere, and only finally heard his work performed in New York in October 1943, on which occasion the soloist was the Russian émigré Tossy Spivakovsky (1906–98).
Throughout his long recording career, Perlman has never revisited this concerto, and has only set down one other work by Bartók — the complete set of 44 Duos, in partnership with his friend Pinchas Zukerman (see volume 20). --Jean-Michel Molkhou
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Bach, Paganini, Massenet - I Filarmonici di Roma, Uto Ughi (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), Jules Massenet (1842-1912), Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
Artist: I Filarmonici di Roma, Uto Ughi
Title: Bach, Paganini, Massenet
Genre: Classical
Label: © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Release Date: 2004
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: hd-klassik.com
Duration: 59:36
Recorded: Auditorium Parco della Musica Sala Santa Cecilia

Uto Ughi showed a remarkable talent from his earliest childhood; in this first public concert at the age of seven he played the Chaconne from Bach's Partita No. 2 and several Paganini Capriccios. He then went on studying with Georges Enescu, who had been Yehudu Menuhin's teacher.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-43 - Karl Suske, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Karl Suske, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur
Title: Bach, J.S. - Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-43
Genre: Classical
Label: © King Record Co., Ltd
Release Date: 1979/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 49:21
Recorded: April 21 to 23 1977, December 11 to 12 1978, Paul Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig
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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Two and Three Part Inventions, BWV 772-801 - Glenn Gould (1964/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Bach, J.S. - The Two and Three Part Inventions, BWV 772-801
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:51
Recorded: 1963-1964


Gould’s first release after becoming a “concert drop-out.” For years he had put his Steinway CD 318 through myriad “operations” in order “to try to design an instrument […] which can add to the undeniable resource of the modern piano something of the clarity and tactile facility of the harpsichord.” The result was “a slight nervous tic in the middle register which in the slower passages can be heard emitting a sort of hiccup.” Indeed it can!

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 - Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Title: Bach, J.S. - Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 158 minutes 0 seconds
Recorded: June 2014, Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland

With two Gramophone Awards to his name and a reputation synonymous with excellence, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a musician who is at the top of his profession. Transcribing Bach's hugely popular works for cello, especially one in Baroque set-up, was not without its risks, although performing on Baroque cello also offers compelling advantages.
Luolajan-Mikkola takes his interpretative cue from the set-up of the Baroque instrument, which informs such issues as tuning, vibrato, fingering and articulation. Performing the Sonatas and Partitas on the cello is so challenging that it is almost impossible to imagine a cellist of Bach's day playing them, but Luolajan-Mikkola rises to the challenge with aplomb.
Luolajan-Mikkola's main aim in this recording has been to capture emotion and convey expression according to the respective key and character of each movement, which he achieves in spades.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24, BWV 862-869 - Glenn Gould (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz"

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Bach, J.S. - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24, BWV 862-869
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:35:25
Recorded: 1965

Ever in search of the ideal sound: for a while Gould apparently planned to record the Well-Tempered Clavier on a “harpsipiano” (“a neurotic piano that thinks it’s a harpsichord”), but Columbia declined. What remained is a level of polyphonic lucidity and contrapuntal rigor that beggars comparison.

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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 9-16, BWV 854-861 - Glenn Gould (1964/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Bach, J.S. - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 9-16, BWV 854-861
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:34:39
Recorded: 1963

Gould launched his complete recording of the “Pianists’ Old Testament” on 10 January 1962. It would eventually occupy him for more than nine years. “We recorded ten or even fifteen different versions of some of the preludes and fugues. Nearly every one was perfect, note for note, yet still completely different. It was an amazing experience to witness how each version became something completely new in Gould’s hands.”
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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-8, BWV 846-853 - Glenn Gould (1963/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Bach, J.S. - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-8, BWV 846-853
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1963/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:55
Recorded: 1962

Gould launched his complete recording of the “Pianists’ Old Testament” on 10 January 1962. It would eventually occupy him for more than nine years. “We recorded ten or even fifteen different versions of some of the preludes and fugues. Nearly every one was perfect, note for note, yet still completely different. It was an amazing experience to witness how each version became something completely new in Gould’s hands.”
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Plucked/Unplucked - Edouard Ferlet, Violaine Cochard (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Édouard Ferlet (b.1971)
Artist: Édouard Ferlet, Violaine Cochard
Title: Bach, J.S. - Plucked/Unplucked
Genre: Classical, Classical Crossover
Label: © Alpha Classics | Outhere Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:30
Recorded: 18 to 22 May 2015 at Audiolane, France

Edouard Ferlet is a jazz pianist featuring a refined swing. His album Think Bach, a first incursion into the world of the Cantor, was a total success: from Télérama (ffff) to Jazz Magazine, everyone was charmed by his approach and the quality of his piano (‘incredibly well turned out and beautiful,’ wrote Stéphane Friédérich in Pianiste)...
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