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Dvorak & Mendelssohn - Piano Trios - Svetlin Roussev, Elena Rozanova, Francois Salque (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Svetlin Roussev, Elena Rozanova, François Salque
Title: Dvořák & Mendelssohn - Piano Trios
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:12


Elena Rozanova created the Rachmaninov Piano Trio in 1998 with Svetlin Roussev and Andrej Melik to perform at the prestigious International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne in 1999. They were awarded the prize for best interpretation of a contemporary piece. The Trio had already impressed various directors of European festivals, during the preliminary trials in Paris.
They performed during various musical seasons, for example at the Midis Musicaux du Théâtre du Châtelet. After the concert they gave at La Roque d'Anthéron, L'Humanité wrote "with the arrival of this new Trio, the Wanderers and Guarneri will have to push themselves!" In January 2005, François Salque joined the Trio because Andrej Melik's career in Germany had become too demanding. The trio changed its name to Roussev/Salque/Rozanova Trio.
Between 1993 and 1998, Svetlin Roussev was awarded more than ten prizes in international competitions and played with many orchestras such as the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. He gave recitals in China, South Corea, Taiwan as well as in Europe and the United States. Svetlin Roussev is concert solo of the Orchestre de Radio France and teaches at the CSNM in Paris.
Runner-up in many international competitions such as Lausanne (first prize unanimously), Munich, Geneva, Tchaikovsky, François Salque was awarded the most important prizes ever given to a French cellist in these competitions. For five years, he was part of the Ysaÿe Quartet but left them in December 2004. He plays regularly with artists such as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Brigitte Engerer, Barry Douglas, Itamar Golan, Emmanuel Pahud, Alexandre Tharaud... --Enrique Llamas
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Antonin Dvorak - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 'From the New World' - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Dvořák - Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 'From the New World'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:18:18
Recorded: 29 February - 3 March 2000, Italian Institute, Budapest


This pair of symphonies was written solely to satisfy Dvořák’s own poetic muse. In the keys of G major and its relative minor, E minor, they can be regarded as representing two sides of the same coin. The Eighth, composed in Dvořák’s summer residence at Vysoká deep in the Bohemian countryside, is indisputably “From the Old World” and rooted in Central Europe — “a work singing of the joy of green pastures, of summer evenings, of the melancholy of blue forests, of the defiant merry-making of the Czech peasants”, to quote the conductor Václav Talich, while the Ninth, composed in the claustrophobic surroundings of New York and intended as a greeting “From the New World”, is steeped in the composer’s “unappeasable yearning for his native soil”
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Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Opp. 46 & 72 - Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek
Title: Dvořák - Slavonic Dances Opp. 46 & 72
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:15:33
Recorded: December 2014, October 2015, Rudolfinum, Dvorák Hall, Prague, Czech Republic

Maestro Belohlavek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra return to Decca with the unforgettable Slavonic Dances from one of the most melodious, harmonious and evocative late 19th Century composers - Dvorak. Decca’s acclaimed 2014 Complete Dvorak Concertos and Symphonies release was named as one of the Top Recordings of 2014 by the New York Times: “…the set as a whole stands as eloquent testimony to this eminent orchestra’s triumphant return to international prominence...” James R. Oestreich, New York Times. Performed and recorded by musicians who have an innate understanding and deep-rooted love for this music of their homeland, this is a first-rate recording, bringing great passion and lyricism to Dvorak’s spellbinding Slavonic Dances. There is no more authentic team today to play these works: the leading Czech orchestra with the leading Czech conductor, recording in the fine acoustic of the famous Rudolfinum in Prague. In two sets, the Op.46 Slavonic Dances were such a success on release (in the late 1800’s) that Dvorak’s publisher immediately commissioned a further set (to become the Op.72) – which inspired an equally enthusiastic reception. Lively and colourful, both sets feature a variety of traditional forms of dance; Dvorak expertly working with the leaping gallop, polka odzemek and skocna, contrasted alongside luscious mazurkas and sousedsky.
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Antonin Dvorak - Cello Concerto, Symphonic Variations - Pieter Wispelwey, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2007) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Pieter Wispelwey, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Dvořák - Cello Concerto, Symphonic Variations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2007
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:02:38
Recorded: December 2006, Palace of Arts, Budapest

Dvorak's career was a worldwide success. He wrote his cello concerto in New York, it was rehearsed in Prague and premiered in London. Always full of tender feelings for his home country he lived an international life. He avoided speaking German though when possible and would never accept a job in Vienna. His cello concerto would become hugely popular all over the world and has occupied a significant place in the gallery of 19th century masterpieces. It took him four months to write but that reflects a freshness, a rise and shine attitude rather than the neurotic speed of city life. No teutonic bombast (Berlin), no Mahlerian pathos (Vienna), but healthy abundance of energy. Dreams but no Freud, profundity but no Angst. The orchestra is large and powerful, but this most symphonic of cello concertos doesnt become a David and Goliath freak show. The tuttis can be seen as the background for a journey. The landscapes, by night or day, under moon or sunlight are sometimes awesome but never hostile and occasionally the hero revels in a heart-warming village party. There is also room for reflection and intimacy; the solo cello is beautifully supported both in song and prayer. (...) --Pieter Wispelwey
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Antonin Dvorak - A Bohemian Rhapsody - Nicola Guerini, Prague Philharmonia, Ilya Gringolts (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Nicola Guerini, Prague Philharmonia, Ilya Gringolts
Title: Dvořák - A Bohemian Rhapsody
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Italia Srl
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:16

Già lo scorso anno avemmo occasione di notare dal vivo la qualità dell'Orchestra Prague Philharmonia [leggi la recensione] e, sebbene una registrazione impoverisca per ovvi motivi taluni armonici, specialmente degli ottoni, ascoltando la recente uscita della Deutsche Grammophon non possiamo che riscontrare, ancora una volta, l'eccellente qualità tecnica e la pienezza del suono del complesso boemo.
Ci troviamo a riscontrare nuovamente come le aree che vennero culturalmente influenzate dall'Impero austro-ungarico mantengano, al momento, un predominio tecnico-qualitativo non solo per preparazione musicale, ma anche per passionalità e, non scordiamolo, per la totale assenza di individualismo dei suoi professori. Ascoltando orchestre di una provenienza geografica ascrivibile a quella della PKF si ha la sensazione di udire un organico coeso che si proietta verso l'obbiettivo in completo unisono d'intenti.
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Jan Ladislav Dussek - Piano Concertos - Howard Shelley, Ulster Orchestra (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812)
Artist: Howard Shelley, Ulster Orchestra
Title: Dussek - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 68 minutes 19 seconds
Recorded: September 2013, Ulster Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom


Following on from Hyperion’s hugely popular ‘Romantic Piano Concerto’ series, the ‘Classical Piano Concerto’ focuses on the lesser-known concertos from the dawn of the genre. Between about 1770 and 1820—the high classical period dominated by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven—musicians including Clementi, Cramer, Dussek, Steibelt, Woelfl and others made their names as composers and performers of piano concertos. This series aims to be the first in-depth recorded survey of this forgotten repertoire.
This first volume features three of Bohemian virtuoso Jan Ladislav Dussek’s eighteen piano concertos, taken from different points in his career. As a group, these pieces are a fascinating study, with most of the earlier works largely reflecting the Mozartian model, and the later ones revealing stylistic traits sometimes at odds with the late eighteenth-century conception of the form, and anticipating future developments in the genre.
There could be no finer guide to the hidden gems of this repertoire than Howard Shelley, whose recordings of Clementi keyboard works, and Mozart and Hummel piano concertos, have received such acclaim. He appears here as pianist / conductor with the Ulster Orchestra.


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Del Wood - Upright, Low Down and Honky Tonk (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Del Wood
Title: Upright, Low Down and Honky Tonk
Genre: Pop, Jazz Pop, Country Pop, Easy Listening, Honky Tonk, Ragtime
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:25:40
Recorded: 1966

Del Wood was one of the best female musicians in the history of country music and one of the few to make it big playing the piano. Her best-known song is her novelty version of "Down Yonder," which hit both the country and pop charts in 1951. It also earned her a gold record and a guest-starring appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1952, she became a member of the Opry and remained so until her death in 1989. Wood was born Polly Adelaide Hendricks in Nashville, Tennessee and began playing the piano at age five. Her stage name was created by combining part of her middle name with part of her married name (Hazelwood). Although she only had one hit, Wood recorded many albums during her long career. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Dave Parker - Flamenco (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Dave Parker
Title: Flamenco
Genre: Flamenco, Latin, Guitar Virtuoso
Label: © Monument Records
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:27
Recorded: 1966
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Dave Liebman, Enrico Intra - Liebman meets Intra, Live (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dave Liebman, Enrico Intra
Title: Liebman meets Intra, Live
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modern Creative, Avant-Garde Jazz, Fusion
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:07:41
Recorded: #1-10 May 4, 2008, Teatro Villoresi, Monza, Italy; #11 May 3, 2008, La Casa del Jazz, Rome, Italy; Mastering: Alfamusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Alessandro Guardi

Ogni nuovo progetto e registrazione di Enrico Intra ha sempre una sua propria e autonoma peculiarità artistica; Liebman meets Intra Live non fa certo eccezione. Eppure, già dopo il primo ascolto – ed è risaputo come i lavori di Intra per essere apprezzati in pieno richiedano diversi ascolti – sembra che quest'ultimo lavoro si ritagli un posto di rilievo all'interno della pur vasta e varia produzione del pianista e compositore milanese. Certo, per chi ha familiarità con i dischi di Intra, questa con Dave Liebman riporta subito alla memoria un'altra celebre registrazione con un celebre sassofonista americano, Gerry Mulligan, di cui ricalca anche il titolo, Gerry Mulligan meets Enrico Intra – correva l'anno 1976. La riproposizione del titolo vuole suggerire una continuità e costruire un ponte lungo oltre trent'anni, non c'è dubbio. E tuttavia, pur trattandosi di uno scontro tra titani, Liebman non è Mulligan e, forse, il sassofonista di Brooklyn, anch'egli raffinato e colto compositore, nonché uno dei più europei tra i jazzisti americani, ha una sensibilità artistica più adatta a "leggere" il complesso e stratificato mondo musicale di Intra e a districarsi nella sua articolata rete di rimandi e sonorità non soltanto jazzistiche. Quanto Liebman vi si trovi del tutto a suo agio è immediatamente percepibile.
Nel live al Teatro Villoresi di Monza (l'ultimo brano è stato invece registrato alla Casa del Jazz di Roma), Liebman non si limita affatto a svolgere diligentemente, come spesso accade, il ruolo dell'ospite d'eccezione; il suo contributo è tutt'altro che accessorio e dimostra invece un'affinità e una partecipazione profonda con l'estetica musicale di Intra. E non poteva essere altrimenti, dal momento che le composizioni di Intra richiedono non soltanto una grande cultura musicale e una tecnica fuori dall'ordinario, ma anche la disponibilità a mettersi in gioco in un'improvvisazione totale – e Liebman non si è di certo risparmiato, anzi ha suonato ai suoi massimi livelli, offrendo assoli di valore assoluto.
Dicevamo che i lavori di Intra esigono ascolti diversi e attenti – Liebman meets Intra non solo non fa eccezione, ma richiede uno sforzo ancora ulteriore. Ma ne vale la pena. Il brano di apertura, Mazurca, è un piano solo di Intra ispirato a Chopin, che ne rievoca le atmosfere "notturne", ma non bisogna lasciarsi ingannare: già con l'introduzione di solo sax di Liebman a Bluestop l'atmosfera si fa infuocata e, con l'eccezione della ballad Il Mi di Corso Venezia, il ritmo è sostenuto per tutto il cd – l'apporto della sezione ritmica di Marco Vaggi e Tony Arco risulta infatti fondamentale. La scaletta presenta composizioni di Intra che abbracciano circa venticinque anni della sua produzione e si richiamano esplicitamente a stili e generi musicali diversi: Bluestop, Per Donatoni (dedicata al compositore colto Franco Donatoni), Per una Serenata, Ragtime, Rock; eppure, di tali generi, resta quasi esclusivamente la struttura base, mentre comune è piuttosto il lavoro ironico di decostruzione a cui sono sottoposti per lasciar spazio all'improvvisazione più libera. Ciò non toglie tuttavia che il terreno comune sia quello del jazz e del jazz americano in particolare: basti ascoltare www.liebman.it e il pianismo intriso di swing di Intramood. Non mancano, inoltre, tracce delle sperimentazioni più recenti di Intra, come in Punto Due – Intraludes, in cui Alessandro Melchiorre tesse un tappeto elettronico, mai invadente, su cui lo stesso Liebman improvvisa in modo molto suggestivo.
Insomma, Liebman meets Intra è, brano dopo brano e nota dopo nota, un'esplorazione mai scontata della tradizione del jazz e delle sue prospettive più attuali; lascia senza fiato fino all'ultima nota, anzi fino all'ultimo applauso del pubblico che la suggella. --Dario Gentili, Jazzitalia
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Danse Macabre - Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Paul Dukas (1865-1935), Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904), Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev (1837-1910), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954)
Artist: Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano
Title: Danse Macabre
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:09:26
Recording: La Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Canada, October 2015


Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are happy to be continuing its collaboration with Decca by releasing Danse macabre, an album that constitutes the second project in the OSM’s new partnership with the prestigious record company.
Danse macabre follows on the heels of L’Aiglon, the lyrical drama by Honegger and Ibert that the OSM and Kent Nagano recorded as a world premiere and that has received numerous honors since its release in March 2016, including an ECHO Klassik award.
A new recording conducted by Kent Nagano, Danse macabre will win over both newcomers and seasoned music lovers. All six works presented on the CD are linked by a common theme: Halloween. And although they were not all composed specifically on the occasion of that holiday, the works exploit elements characteristic of it, including death, witches, skeletons and demons.
“The late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed great advances in technology, and a simultaneous rise in concern for matters of secular spiritualism – a trend we may observe in our current technological age,” points out the OSM’s music director, Kent Nagano. “This cyclical enthusiasm for the supernatural and the occult tends to pervade popular consciousness and artistic production no matter how advanced and rational the society. As such it is a theme that transcends nationality, culture and time. The great variety of works in this recording, from the swirling magic of Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice to the uniquely American humor of Ives’s Hallowe’en, represents the OSM’s effort to offer a unique window onto a compelling historical period in classical music, but also a point of commonality connecting to the world we inhabit today.”
The album was recorded in the course of three concerts presented on 29 and 30 October 2015 at Maison symphonique de Montréal. The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano perform works by Dukas, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Saint-Saëns and Ives.
„. . . [Dukas / "L'Apprenti sorcier"]: Maestro Nagano gives us a smooth, atmospheric rendering of the work . . . the Montreal forces are in fine form, sounding luxuriously rich and exuberant . . . [Saint-Saens / "Danse macabre"]: under Nagano it's probably the most effectively frightening track in the album. It can be scary stuff.“ (John J. Puccio, Classical Candor)
„Nagano's performances are ultra smooth . . . the playing is refined and of virtuoso caliber.“ (Rad Bennett, Radsreviews.com)
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