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Brahms & Tchaikovsky - Violin Concertos - Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (2005) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Piotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
Title: Brahms & Tchaikovsky - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Red Seal / Sony Music Entertainment / 82876-67896-2
Release Date: 2005
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:04:14
Recorded: February 21 & 22, 1955 (Brahms) and April 19, 1957 (Tchaikovsky) in Orchestra Hall, Chicago


In the very early days of Fanfare, one critic dismissed Heifetz as a relic, soon to be ignored. Of course that’s turned out to be utterly false; the Heifetz blend of fire and ice has been tremendously influential since then, and the somewhat more romantic elements of his playing are coming back into vogue (not that, in his maturity, Heifetz was given to romantic extremes). Just think about Itzhak Perlman, whose entire career has been an effort to play like Heifetz (to the extent of appropriating the more oddball elements of his repertoire) while being loved like Kreisler. Heifetz retired 35 years ago, but his style is still very much with us. So are his recordings.
Little need be said about these justly famous performances from 1955 and 1957. The Brahms has great drive—Heifetz and Reiner get through it in 35 minutes—but this never comes at the expense of Heifetz’s singing tone. Heifetz provides his own cadenza, which is suitably virtuosic but not alien to the Brahms style. From soloist and orchestra alike, this is a note-perfect performance in a vivid recording, about which more later. The Tchaikovsky offers more of the same, although in this case the brevity (just under 30 minutes) has more to do with a small cut than with speed. The performance is extroverted yet elegant, truly debonair, benefiting from the soloist’s rich tone and sustained phrasing and Reiner’s incisive partnership.
This is one of the RCA Living Stereo 24bit Remaster, two-track in the case of the Brahms and three in the Tchaikovsky. In the Brahms, the orchestra is string-dominant, with winds and brass comparatively submerged most of the time, although Heifetz seems naturally positioned, closer to the orchestra than to the listener. The orchestra is better balanced in the Tchaikovsky. All in all, this is the best sonic presentation of these recordings yet. --James Reel, FANFARE
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Johannes Brahms - Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 5 - Barry Douglas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms - Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICALshop
Duration: 01:07:08
Recorded: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK, 12 and 13 April 2015


This album is the penultimate in what BBC Music has described as a ‘triumph of Brahmsian thought’, namely the survey by Barry Douglas of the composer’s complete works for solo piano.
Three years after the release of Volume 1, the winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition is now performing this repertoire in the finest international venues, such as the Wigmore Hall in July 2015 and Concertgebouw in 2016, when the series will come to a highly anticipated climax with the final volume. Taking a big step further in his career with this achievement, Barry Douglas is gaining a reputation of one of the few accomplished world-class piano virtuosi of the romantic repertoire.
This fifth volume is probably the most virtuosic to date, as it includes the transcendent Scherzo in E flat minor (among Brahms’s earliest surviving compositions), technically demanding variations (especially Book II of the famous Op. 35; see Volume 4 for Book I), as well as several intermezzi, strongly marked by Brahms’s love of metrical complications.
The album also features three tuneful Hungarian Dances, arranged by the composer for solo piano, repertoire new to Barry Douglas’s Brahms exploration.
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Johannes Brahms - Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4 - Barry Douglas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms - Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICALshop
Duration: 01:22:58
Recorded: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK, 15 and 16 December 2014

This is Volume 4 in Barry Douglas’s monumental project to record the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms. Each volume has been released to critical acclaim, the first one, in 2012, being seen by BBC Music as ‘a triumph of Brahmsian thought, with playing that gets right to the heart of the composer’.
Once again, the album is presented as a stand-alone recital, prominently featuring the C major Sonata, which was Brahms’s first published work. The influence on Brahms of his early romantic predecessors Beethoven and Schubert is obvious here, not only in the virtuoso demands on the performer but also in the opening, which recalls both Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, Op. 106 and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy.
Two other works are much more than simple sets of variations. The Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann highlight the close relationship of Brahms with Schumann and his wife, Clara, to whom the work is dedicated ‘with intimate reverence’, and demonstrate Brahms’s skill at ‘thematic actualisation’, whereby latent potentialities of a theme are gradually revealed throughout the variation process. In the Variations on a Theme by Niccolò Paganini – the first of two books originally published in 1866 as ‘Keyboard Studies’ – each variation explores a distinct figural pattern or keyboard technique.
The recording also features short keyboard character pieces, abundant in the second half of the nineteenth century and especially in Brahms’s later years.
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Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto - Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini
Title: Brahms - Violin Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:10
Recorded: Medinah Temple, Chicago, 30 November & 1 December 1976

Brahms’s Opus 77 exemplifies the violin concerto of the Romantic era, just as Beethoven’s Opus 61 does that of the Classical age. As imposing as it is virtuosic, more than almost any other work in the genre, it leaves the soloist with nowhere to hide. For generations, it has been a work that any violinist aspiring to join the very select club of great masters of the instrument has had to conquer.
Countless recordings have been made of it now, throughout the twentieth century and continuing at the same pace into the twenty-first, proof positive of the enduring charm it exerts over both audiences and performers. It requires both romantic inspiration and technical expertise from the soloist; power, dynamism and a rich palette of colours from the orchestra; and real leadership from the conductor — and this complex alchemy has resulted in a number of legendary recordings. Since the pioneering versions set down by Fritz Kreisler in 1927 and Joseph Szigeti a year later, such luminaries as Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Ginette Neveu, Johanna Martzy, Leonid Kogan, Isaac Stern and Christian Ferras have joined the stars in this particular firmament. While there is a (probably pirate) live recording of Itzhak Perlman from 1968 (Intaglio), his first official version dates from 1976. This memorable album was also his first collaboration with the great Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini (1914–2005), with whom he was only to work in the studio once more — four years later, when they recorded the Beethoven concerto (see volume 28).
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Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2 - Helene Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Artist: Hélène Grimaud, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons
Title: Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 52:15
Recorded: November 2012 at Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Wien, Austria

French pianist Hélène Grimaud has been called a Glenn Gould for our time, the creator of highly original, technically superb readings that are either brilliant or idiosyncratic, depending on your personal reaction. You might consider that a red flag for Brahms, for Gould was at his worst in Romantic repertory, seeming to push against the structures the composer intended. Here Grimaud comes out all right, however. Yes, the readings are unusual. The opening movement of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, is taken extremely slowly, with each note and each detail almost hammered out. It's very much the interpretation of the young woman who, as Grimaud once said in an interview, broke down and cried after playing the concerto for the first time. You may or may not like this way of approaching the work, but objectively you'll likely have to admit that she pulls it off. This is in no small part due to the work of conductor Andris Nelsons, who lays out a lengthy orchestral exposition that Grimaud plays off of in many ways. The second and third movements are more straightforward. The orchestra for the first concerto is the Bavarian Radio Symphony; for the second you get the Vienna Philharmonic, again under Nelsons, and even more capable of delivering the ripe, Romantic mood Grimaud sets out. The precise, intellectual Brahms so prized by some listeners is nowhere in evidence here, but this is a charismatic, exciting recording. Deutsche Grammophon's engineering is a plus in Munich's Herkulessaal in the first concerto, a major plus in the second, where they set up shop in Vienna's Musikverein. They must have recorded there hundreds of times, and the orchestra played there just as often. But nothing at all here is done by rote.
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Johannes Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem - Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Genia Kühmeier, Thomas Hampson, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Title: Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Red Seal / Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:01
Recorded: December 2007, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

Something new is always to be expected whenever Nikolaus Harnoncourt turns his attention to an important piece of music. In recent years he has been giving audiences a fresh view on some of the masterpieces of Romantic and late-Romantic music. His account of Brahms’ German Requiem is based on a thorough study of the composer’s ideas on how it should be performed. His is a sensitive interpretation that takes a completely new approach to the work. Technically and artistically, the new disc is a perfect record of the concert given in Vienna in December 2007, which was greeted enthusiastically by music press and audiences alike. A high-profile line-up comprises the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, whose connection with Harnoncourt goes back more than thirty years, and the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The two solo vocal parts are ideally cast with soprano Genia Kühmeier and internationally-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson. In 2009 Harnoncourt was honoured with the much-deserved Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Birdy - Beautiful Lies (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Birdy
Title: Beautiful Lies
Genre: Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:09:09
Recorded: 2014-2015, Rak Studios, Sarm Studios, State of Ark Studios


The incredible Birdy releases her third studio album „Beautiful Lies“. The album features 14 new tracks including the current single “Keeping Your Head Up” plus four bonus tracks which was written and co-produced by Birdy.
Talking about the album Birdy said; “This is my coming of age record. I’ve learned so much in the last few years and have been able to use the many experiences – good and bad - as inspiration when writing this album. This is the album that I’ve been able to steer most confidently and proudly, from the writing to the production to the artwork. A lot of the album is about finding light in the dark and overcoming the times when we feel completely lost.”
Accompanied by her trusty piano, which provides the perfect backing for her delicate yet powerful vocals, Birdy has created an album that happily flits between the indie and pop genres.
When hitting play and listening to first track, ‘Growing Pains’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to a Kate Bush release. Skip to the third song on the record, ‘Keeping Your Head Up’, and there are definitely influences of Florence and the Machine. The variety of themes evident when progressing through ‘Beautiful Lies’ illustrates the versatility of Birdy as an artist. This is a female musician who truly knows her identity and where she fits within the music industry; something which many bands and singers fail to grasp, even decades into their careers.
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Leonard Bernstein - Serenade for Solo Violin; Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso No. 1, Moz-art a la Haydn - Hans-Peter Hofmann, Les Dissonances, David Grimal (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Artist: Hans-Peter Hofmann, Les Dissonances, David Grimal
Title: Bernstein - Serenade for solo violin; Schnittke - Concerto Grosso no.1, Moz-art à la Haydn
Genre: Classical
Label: © Les Dissonances
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:14:14
Recorded: Live recordings at Opéra de Dijon – 28 October 2010 (Bernstein), at Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris – 7 January 2011, at Opéra de Dijon – 2 December 2014 (Schnittke)


Concerto Grosso no.1: The USSR of the Cold War, then of the Perestroika era, saw the appearance from the 1960s onwards of a generation of composers born under Stalin (Denisov, Schnittke, Gubaidulina) who were at once dependent on his system, obliged to produce music ‘for the people’ ( lm scores, occasional and patriotic pieces), and motivated by the need to call it into question. More and more ‘dissident’ scores travelled clandestinely to the West to be performed, thus offering platforms for Soviet artists beyond their national frontiers. With the aim of channelling potential contestation, the Union of Soviet Composers organised events dedicated to modern music that received considerable attention. Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), initially banned but subsequently impossible to ignore, found in these events a way of having his music played in the USSR. He was especially committed to the Moscow Autumn festival, at which he premiered many of his major works in collaboration with leading conductors and soloists (Gidon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, Gennady Rozhdestvensky).
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Ben Harper - Both Sides Of The Gun (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Ben Harper
Title: Both Sides Of The Gun
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: © Virgin Records America
Release Date: 2006/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:47
Recorded: The Boat Studios, Silver Lake, California

Ben Harper's 2006 double album, containing both acoustic and electric discs, became his first American top 10 chart success and remains his most successful release, having been certified gold or platinum in at least five countries. Largely a self-produced solo affair, Harper did invite in a long list of special guests to lend their talents to specific songs, among them blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, guitarist David Lindley, multiple Grammy nominee Greg Kurstin and Marc Ford, former lead guitarist with the Black Crowes.
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Ben Caplan - Birds With Broken Wings (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Ben Caplan
Title: Birds With Broken Wings
Genre: Folk, Blues, Folk Rock, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Coalition Music (Records) Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:44:41
Recorded: 2014

East Coast troubadour Ben Caplan is set to return with a new LP titled Birds with Broken Wings.
Opening with the Balkan-esque folk stomp of the title track and the equally rich and bluesy "I Got Me a Woman," the album also delves into more melancholic territory with folk ballads like "Belly of the Worm" and "Devil Town." There's even a healthy dose of old-timey romance thanks to cuts like "Night Like Tonight" and "40 Days & 40 Nights."
"I don't exactly make dance music, but it's music that people dance to," Caplan said in a statement. "I don't know exactly how to articulate what it is I'm trying to do, I just do it. The instrumentation is very different from song to song. I don't ask myself what genre it is, and I don't let that trouble me. That's why I wanted to work with [producer] Socalled. His albums aren't exactly hip-hop or klezmer, or any of the other many things they get called. They are so many things rolled into one. A thousand threads of influences weaved into one tapestry."
Expertly toeing the line between lush, orchestral folk and gruff, rough-and-tumble blues, Birds with Broken Wings is an entrancing and dynamic listen.
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