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British Tone Poems, Vol. 1 - BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frederic Austin (1872–1952), William Alwyn (1905–1985), Sir Granville Bantock (1868–1946), Ivor Gurney (1890–1937), Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877–1950), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
Artist: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
Title: British Tone Poems, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICALshop
Duration: 76:45
Recorded: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales; 14 – 16 September 2016


Alongside their British Isles Overtures series, the BBC NOW and the conductor Rumon Gamba launch a project to bring often neglected symphonic poems by British composers to wider attention and fame.
This first volume presents some of the most individual, yet rarely heard, British tone poems written in the early twentieth century, by composers ranging from the long-established Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn to Balfour Gardiner and Granville Bantock, giants in their time. Works include Bantock’s atmospheric The Witch of Atlas, based on a poem by Shelley, Frederic Austin’s symphonic rhapsody Spring, Gardiner’s evocation of summer A Berkshire Idyll, recorded here for the first time, and Gurney’s mysterious A Gloucestershire Rhapsody, never performed before 2010.


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Johannes Brahms - The Piano Trios - Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt (2015/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt
Title: Brahms - The Piano Trios
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2015/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:22:57
Recorded: Sendesaal Bremen, 27 – 29 May 2014


Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt are joined together with Tanja Tetzlaff in this exciting new recording of the Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Trios.
The Brahms Piano Trios belong to the very core of the romantic chamber music repertoire. They span a period from the 1850s (the 1st version of Op. 8) to the 1880s, Op. 101 being completed during the last decade of Brahms' active career as a composer. Piano Trio No. 1 was also revised by the composer as late as in 1889.
Christian Tetzlaff has been considered as one of the world's leading international violinists for many years, and still maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik". Gramophone Magazine chose his recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) as "Disc of the Month" in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the "Artist of the Year".
Chamber music plays a significant part in Tanja Tetzlaff's career. She gives regular recitals in renowned concert series and festivals. In addition to successes in many international competitions, she has collaborated with world-renowed orchestras and conductors.
Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever "Pianist in Residence" by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician.
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Johannes Brahms - The Violin Sonatas - Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt (2016/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt
Title: Brahms - The Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2016/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:12:26
Recorded: Sendesaal Bremen, 24–26 August 2015

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff together with pianist Lars Vogt offer an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the artist duo.
Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888, at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.
Christian Tetzlaff is considered one of the world’s leading international violinists and maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. Gramophone Magazine was choosing the recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) as ‘Disc of the Month’ in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the ‘Artist of the Year’. His most recent recording on Ondine with Brahms’ Trios (ODE 1271-2D) received a GRAMMY nomination.
Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever “Pianist in Residence” by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut solo recording on Ondine with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (ODE 1273-2) was released in August 2015 and has been a major critical success. The album’s tracks have also been streamed online over 5 million times.

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Johannes Brahms - Symphony no. 2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Brahms - Symphony no. 2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source:nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:07:45
Recorded: Palace of Arts, Budapest, February 2012


A remarkable, transparent purity can be heard in Brahms’s Second symphony. It is a sharp contrast to the huge arsenal of ideas collected in the First Symphony, which Brahms had worked on for many years. Here in his Second he shows us his masterful skill in developing large-scale architecture from the simplest motifs. To give the first of these to the horns is a logical choice; Brahms always used natural horns and resisted the more modern instruments. Horns can ideally explore the purest of all musical ideas: the journey through the overtones.
Similar purity is present in all the themes. When at the start the basses step down a semitone and step back again, nobody could guess what a rich new world would develop from this cell. The last movement is also built on a simple tool: repeated, equal notes follow each other in regimental order (a classical tradition often heard in final movements by Haydn or Mozart). Is this Brahms’s most nature-related symphony? Considering the complicated organisms that develop from the simplest cells, yes, it is. Brahms certainly has the divine, creative talent to show us how this process can work in music. --Iván Fischer
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Johannes Brahms - Mass & Motets - Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra (2014 High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra
Title: Brahms - Mass & Motets
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:57:25
Recorded: September 2013, Engelbrekts Church, Stockholm

This programme features highlights of German Romanticism and one of the most familiar and frequently performed composers: Johannes Brahms. More particularly, Brahms’s choral music ‘in all its pureness’, the genre that made him so well-known and well-loved among the countless choirs of the time in Germany and Austria. Four years before Brahms was born in Hamburg, Felix Mendelssohn dusted off Bach’s St Matthew Passion and had it performed again, a hundred years after the premiere in 1729. Brahms likewise cherished the remembrance of Bach. In Vienna he performed his motets and throughout Brahms’s life, Bach remained his primary source of inspiration.
With its 32 professional singers, the Swedish Radio Choir forms an instrument with a range from the most delicate a cappella tones to oratorios of enormous power and versatility. Every individual is allowed his or her place in the group, resulting in an exclusive expressiveness – the Swedish Radio Choir’s unique sound. The Swedish Radio Choir, which is one of the world’s most respected a cappella ensembles, was founded in 1925, but it was not until 25 years later (1952), under the leadership of their new principal conductor Eric Ericson, that the choir began to develop into the flexible instrument that it has now become. And every principal conductor after him has also contributed to the character of the choir, adding new colour and accomplishments. The present principal conductor, since the autumn of 2007, is Peter Dijkstra.
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Bill Evans - Live at Art d'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (2012/2017) DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Bill Evans
Title: Live at Art d'Lugoff's Top of the Gate
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modal, Cool Jazz, Piano Jazz, Straight-Ahead Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2012/2017
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:29:50
Recorded live October 23, 1968, Greenwich Village, NYC by George Klabin


The album Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate, offers listeners a table at the front of the stage for a stellar performance by one of jazz's greatest trios. It's October 23, 1968 in Greenwich Village, The lineup that night consisted of three musicians in their prime: Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell. Evans had, reportedly, kicked his drug habit during this period, and this was thought by many to be his most stable and, certainly, longest-lasting group. This trio was together until 1975. Evans is in both swinging and contemplative modes and highlights the trio's superb interaction. Gomez had been with Evans since 1966, while Morell came aboard in 1968; Gomez was a master improviser, while Morell was an energetic, straight-ahead drummer, always keeping the trio on track. Along with the leader, both contribute masterful solos here. The album features two complete sets, including two versions of three songs. There is one original ("Turn Out the Stars"); the rest are jazz standards and familiar show tunes.
Throughout the two sets, Evans showcases his gift for interpreting standards, over the seventeen tracks. "My Funny Valentine" moves effortlessly from tenderness to passion, while "Gone with the Wind" erupts at a breakneck pace and "Here's That Rainy Day" concludes the evening with heart-breaking emotion.
Students of Evans' music will be delighted to see that three pieces ("Emily," "Yesterdays," and "'Round Midnight") are represented in both the first and second sets, offering a rare opportunity to compare the soloists' diverging takes on the same tunes in a single evening. Also, several of the selections possess historic significance: both "My Funny Valentine" and "Here's That Rainy Day" (and possibly "Mother of Earl") mark Evans' first documented trio performances of those songs, while "Here's That Rainy Day" may be the first time Evans recorded that piece period.
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Berg, Webern & Schonberg - Chamber Music - Belcea Quartet (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Anton von Webern (1883-1945), Alban Berg (1885-1935), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)
Artist: Belcea Quartet
Title: Berg, Webern & Schönberg - Chamber Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:19:24
Recorded: 14-17 November 2014, 3-7 March & 14-17 May 2015 At The Britten Studio, Snape (Aldenburgh Music)


With a complete recording of the Beethoven quartets that caused a stir and enchanted concert halls everywhere, the Belcea Quartet is henceforth considered one of the finest quartets in the world. ‘The principle characteristic of their playing is [...] intensity,’ wrote BBC Music Magazine in 2013.
With this new recording, the Quartet tackles another summit of chamber music: the Second Viennese School. With their passion and technical abilities, this breathtaking music, which drastically changed the history of music, rings out in all its force and mystery.
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Benedikt Jahnel Trio - The Invariant (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Benedikt Jahnel Trio
Title: The Invariant
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:45:40
Recorded: March 2016, Rainbow Studio, Oslo



The trio with Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and Canadian drummer Owen Howard has been an “invariant” in the life of Berlin-based pianist Benedikt Jahnel, “a constant in a transformational period” as he puts it, and new album The Invariant is issued as the players reach their tenth anniversary as a working unit.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Overtures - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch (1956/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
Title: Beethoven - Overtures
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1956/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:46:57
Recorded: 1956

A genial conductor with a particular gift for French music, Charles Münch extended the Boston Symphony's glory years (begun under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky) into the early '60s. Münch was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, which at the time (1891) was controlled by Germany and has long hovered between two cultural worlds. Münch himself benefited from both French and German musical training, and his first important musical posts were in Germany. Yet he came to be regarded as the quintessential French conductor, and his recordings of French repertory with the Boston Symphony remain standards by which others are judged. Münch studied violin at the Strasbourg Conservatory, where his father was a professor, and, from 1912, in Paris with Lucien Capet. As an Alsatian, he was conscripted into the German army at the outbreak of World War I. Gassed and wounded as an artillery sergeant, he nevertheless survived the war through sheer resiliency. In 1919, upon returning to Alsace-Lorraine (now back in French hands), he took French citizenship, and a violin professorship in Strasbourg. Nevertheless, his professional interests soon sent him to Germany; he studied violin with Carl Flesch in Berlin, then moved to Leipzig to take a violin professorship at the conservatory there, and then became concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1926 to 1933, during Furtwängler's tenure.
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Barber, Hillborg, Bjork - Distant Light - Renee Fleming, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Anders Hillborg (b.1954), Sigurjon Birgir Sigurdsson, Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Artist: Renée Fleming, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
Title: Barber, Hillborg, Bjork - Distant Light
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:49
Recorded: February 2016, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden


‘Distant Light’ is Renée Fleming’s first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. For her first new studio album in three years she has chosen to inspire and provoke with a daring mix of music.
The title comes from a poem in a new song cycle dedicated to Renée and here receiving its world premiere recording: Anders Hillborg’s ‘The Strand Settings’.
"At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling, the work was crafted with Ms. Fleming’s creamy voice in mind”, wrote the New York Times at its first performance in 2013. One of Sweden’s brightest star composers Hillborg has a close relationship with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic where this recording was made in February 2016 with its principal conductor Sakari Oramo.
Renée couples this with three songs by Björk in specially commissioned orchestrations by the brilliant Swedish composer and arranger Hans Ek, recorded here for the first time.
Why Björk? Both she and Renée are recipients of Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. Both dare to be original. In the fascinating booklet interview Renée talks about her admiration for Björk: “Her originality is breathtaking. She just blazes her own path forward”. Renée chooses the songs which mean the most to her personally and musically.
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