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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2014) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major (1884)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 0:56:43
Recorded: March 2012, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary


In his time, Bruckner was understood and admired only within a small circle, a handful of advocates of his music, both pupils andWagnerites. As Bruckner worked on the Adagio, the emotional heart of the Seventh Symphony, he heard news of the death of his idol RichardWagner, and instantly decided to dedicate it to his remembrance.
This Symphony brought the composer's breakthrough in 1885, and until today it has remained the most frequently performed of Bruckner's nine symphonies. “Bruckner is the saint, the tzadik, the bodhisattva, the guru among composers. He is the purest and most capable of religious ecstasy. Everything is seen with the clearest vision, built to majestic proportions and felt with deepest emotions. The first melody commences as if it were the purest ever written. But soon the notes of a simple E major triad of divine simplicity give way to a chromatic search surrounding the dominant note "B" with a deeply felt human desire. The melody seems to find its calm cadence, but it leaps up again, three times, aiming to attain yet higher ecstasy. And this is only the start..” Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2010/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01'01'35
Recorded: September 23, 2009, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre


2007年に読売日本交響楽団の第8代常任指揮者のポストに就き、日本中のファンを驚かせ、また喜ばせたマエストロも、今シーズンを最後に惜しまれつつそのポストから去って桂冠名誉指揮者となりました。
掉尾を飾るプログラムは、ブルックナーの第8交響曲。言わずと知れたミスターS再評価のきっかけを作ったブルックナー・チクルス中の畢生の大作です。
スクロヴァチェフスキ=読響は、デンオン・レーベルにてブラームスの交響曲全集が進行中で、残すところ第4番のみとなっていますが、この機会に合わせ、先の9月に行われたブルックナーの交響曲第9番のライヴ録音を先行して発売します。
8番の後に書かれ、未完に終わった第9番は、その神々しいまでの宗教性によって、凡百の指揮者の入山を許さない峻厳な霊峰に喩えられます。
86歳の巨匠が読響をして顕現せしめた奇跡的な音空間の中で、幸運にもコンサート会場に居合わせた聴衆は神の声を聴いたといいます。このCDは、その機会に恵まれなかった人々への、日本を愛するマエストロSからの素晴らしい贈り物といえるでしょう。
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	Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 8
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2010/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01'19'13
Recorded: March 25, 2010, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall


読売日本交響楽団の第8代常任指揮者としての最後のプログラムとなった、ブルックナーの第8。その3月25日のライヴ録音がついにディスクになりました。
最高の評価を得た前作の第9すら眼下に見えるほどの、この世のものとも思えない高みに達した演奏に、どれだけの聴衆が涙したことでしょう。その中には、ブルックナーにかけては殊の外厳しい審美眼を注ぐ、海千山千の評論家やプレス関係者も含まれています。この、まさに音楽の世界遺産といっても過言ではない演奏を、ベスト・チューニングされたサラウンドと高音質2チャンネルのSACDで、会場で聞き逃した多くのファンにお届けできるのは、発売日翌々日に創立100周年の日を迎えるコロムビアにとって大きな喜びです。
この演奏が偉大なのは、名演とされるブルックナー演奏に比較的多く聴かれる、神秘性や腹芸を旨とするのではなく、贅肉をそぎ落とした非常にタイトで若々しささえ感じさせる外装の下に、作曲家でもあるミスターSならではの、細部に至るまでの克明な彫刻と、全体を鳥瞰する何段階ものパースペクティヴとが稀有な同居を果たしているからでしょう。
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	Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2011/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01'06'39
Recorded: October 16, 2010, Suntory Hall


現代最高のブルックナー指揮者、スクロヴァチェフスキが読売日本交響楽団第8代常任指揮者のポストを辞して、桂冠名誉指揮者となってから初めて行った公演のライヴ録音です。ミスターSと読響によるブルックナーの後期3大交響曲が、これで待望の完結を見ました。巨匠が到達した至高のブルックナー解釈が、ここ日本で完璧な結実を見せたことに感謝しないではいられません。読響の演奏も、日本のオーケストラ演奏史上のマイルストーンと言って良い奇跡的なものです。
秀抜な録音がとらえたこの名演を一人でも多くの方に味わっていただくため、コロムビア創立100周年を記念して、SACDの新録新譜としては画期的な低価格でお届けします。
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	Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 5 - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:49
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on: 31 October 2015


This live concert recording features renowned Bruckner expert Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who commands a rare position within the international musical scene, being both a renowned conductor and a highly-regarded composer.
This recording is an interpretation of humility from nonagenarian Stanisław Skrowaczewski, a performance in which the listener can hear the remarkable connection between conductor and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the Orchestra has performed Bruckner’s symphonies under his baton many times.
Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony is one of the grandest of his so-called ‘cathedrals in sound’. From the first movement’s monumental tone, via the dance-haunted Scherzo, to the beautiful yet finally enigmatic Adagio, Bruckner’s ‘fantastic’ Fifth ends with a triumphant orchestral finale, among the finest ever written.
Skrowaczewski’s interpretation of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 with the LPO is also available on the LPO’s record label (LPO-0084). Released in 2015, the recording received excellent reviews, with BBC Radio 3 commenting that ‘it sounds throughout as if the LPO is completely in sympathy with the conductor’s carefully controlled approach ... It feels right, end to end.’
This recording was taken from a live concert performance at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 31 October 2015.
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 3 - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:46
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 14 March 2014.


From its opening expectant hush via its central Adagio movement (composed in memory of Bruckner’s mother) to its Austrian folk dance-influenced final movement, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 displays both the key influence of Wagner on the composer, and his structural flair, which earned his symphonies the description ‘cathedrals of sound’.
Stanisław Skrowaczewski, currently the world’s oldest major working conductor, is renowned for his affinity with Bruckner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra has performed Bruckner’s symphonies under his baton many times. Skrowaczewski’s decorations include the Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta, one of Poland’s highest decorations, six honorary Doctorates, and the Gold Medal from the Mahler-Bruckner Society; each indicating the massive contribution he has made to music-making throughout his career.
This recording was taken from a live concert performance at Royal Festival Hall, London, in March 2014, which was very well received critically.
Skrowaczewski uses his own, unpublished, edition of the Symphony in this recording, offering the listener a unique experience, and an opportunity to get inside the mind of Bruckner’s greatest interpreter.
Skrowaczewski’s interpretation of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 with the LPO is also available on the LPO’s record label (LPO-0071). Released in 2013, the recording received rave reviews, with Gramophone commenting that ‘It has a quiet dignity and integrity, and one is left in no doubt that the man on the podium comes with a wealth of experience and is in love with every bar.’
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 0 - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No. 0
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2015/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00'45'40
Recorded: October 8, 2014, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre


91歳を超えて、なお進化・深化を続ける巨匠による、一音千金の居くべき奇貨。
読売日本交響楽団桂冠名誉指揮者、スクロヴァチェフスキによる、91歳を迎えたすぐ後の読響定期公演を収録したライヴ録音盤。老巨匠の豊富なレパートリーの中でも、特に高い世評と人気を誇るのがブルックナーで、これまでリリースしてきた3曲の後期交響曲は、いずれも最高の評価を得ています。
公開演奏・出版には至らず、「第0番」と呼ばれるようになった経緯も判然としないものの、第1番の後に続くものとして、試行錯誤の末に完成されたこの交響曲には、まぎれもないブルックナーの美質が横溢しています。他に単曲で入手できる良盤に恵まれず、中・後期作品のような深淵を垣間見せてくれたこの演奏がCD化されれば、必ずや代表盤となるであろうとの大きな期待が寄せられていました。
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Beethoven, Camille Saint-Saens, Choi Sung-hwan - Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Chung Myung-whun (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Choi Sung-hwan
Artist: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Chung Myung-whun
Title: Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Choi Sung-hwan
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:20
Recorded: Aug 2016, Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul

The album includes Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a, Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 in c minor, Op. 78 "Organ" and Choi Sung-hwan's Arirang Fantasias performed by Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Chung Myung-whun.
"Many performers and conductors who have participated or listened to performances at the hall lauded the concert hall’s acoustics. It is extremely meaningful that we are releasing our second album even before our one year anniversary of opening. We hope to establish our hall as the optimum recording venue for classical music,” said Han Kwang-gyu, president of Lotte Concert Hall.
Sound engineer Choi Jin, who directed the opening concert recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra released last December said, “Lotte Concert Hall's opening concert recording has a unique silky sound. The recording for this particular album used state of the art technology which produces a lively sound.”
Music critics commented, “Saint-Saens’ Symphony No.3 in c minor, Op. 78 ‘Organ’ is a piece that is particularly difficult to perform let alone produce great sound. The highlight of this album is the mystic ambience created by the organ's low tunes harmonizing with the string instruments."
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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Symphonies - Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Artist: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: Beethoven - The Symphonies
Genre: Classical
Label: © Gustavo Dudamel/Fidelio Arts Ltd, London
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 06:00:12
Recorded: 4/2015 in Caracas, Venezuela; Centro de Acción Social por la Música, Sala Simón Bolivar


Paris, December 2nd , 1804. In a grand ceremony at Notre-Dame-Cathedral, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of France. Among the thousands in attendance at the coronation that day was a young man named Simon Bolivar. At once impressed and reviled, the young South American’s mind was gripped by a new vision for the future of his homeland. Meanwhile, as news of Napoleon’s coronation reached Vienna, an enraged Ludwig van Beethoven dashed the hand-written dedication to Bonaparte from the manuscript of his latest symphony. The work would be known as the “Eroica”, and the history of music would never be the same.
With this recording project, my brothers and sisters of the Simon Bolviar Symphony Orchestra and I pay homage to two of our greatest inspirations: Beethoven and Bolivar. Two bold, passionate visionaries whose parallel lives straddled the transition from the Enlightenment to the revolutionary Romantic eras, who came of age in the shadow of Napoleon, and went on to dominate the cultural consciousness of their time. Bolivar led millions of South Americans to freedom and became the spiritual father of nations; Beethoven championed the emancipation of art from the sphere of the aristocracy and, in his symphonies, established the compositional and philosophical vocabulary for all music thereafter.
To realise their goals, both Bolivar and Beethoven overcame tremendous challenges. Bolivar faced colonial armies, survived political intrigues, and suffered personal tragedy, but never lost faith in his vision. Beethoven lost his hearing – perhaps the most cruel fate to befall a musician. And yet, he was able to compose music of such extraordinary humanity and compassion, he is living proof of the ability of musical expression to transcend circumstance. This belief, in the transcendent, transformative power of music, is fundamental to the philosophy of El Sistema. As Venezuelans, we feel the living spirit of Bolivar all around us every day. And for us, especially in the Simon Bolivar orchestra, we identify with Beethoven’s spirit and with his music because the two contemporaries, Beethoven and Bolivar, shared the same ideals of freedom and sacrifice. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Just as Bolivar’s words and deeds inspired his countrymen and women to strive for greater causes, Beethoven’s symphonies lead us on a journey to discover our deepest human emotions – and aspire to our highest ideals. It is our great honour and pleasure to share in this journey with you. ---Gustavo Dudamel
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas for Piano & Violin, Vol. 1 - Ian Watson, Susanna Ogata (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Ian Watson, Susanna Ogata
Title: Beethoven - Sonatas for Piano & Violin, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Coro/The Sixteen Productions
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 54:19
Recorded: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA, USA, 7-9 June 2014

Susanna Ogata and Ian Watson join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four installments. The first CD features Beethoven's Fourth Sonata, Op. 23 in A minor, as well as the revolutionary ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, his ninth, Op. 47 in A major – a blazing landmark in violin virtuosity and classical music repertoire. Beethoven’s music and persona pushed the existing forms and instruments to their absolute limit. Using period instruments for which the music was originally written, Watson and Ogata reveal not only the clarity of Beethoven’s extraordinary musical structure, but also an amazing palette of colours. In doing so, this duo aims to recreate the white-hot intensity of the moment these striking sonatas were written and first performed.
Susanna Ogata has been praised for her ‘totally convincing, spontaneous and free-flowing playing’ (The Berkshire Review) and is a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society where she was appointed as Assistant Concertmaster of the orchestra in 2014.
Ian Watson has been described by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as ‘a conductor of formidable ability’, and by The Times in London as a keyboard performer with ‘virtuosic panache and brilliantly articulated playing’ and ‘a world-class soloist.’ He was appointed Resident Conductor of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society in September 2014.
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