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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 5 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Tchaikovsky - Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Onyx Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:57:51
Recorded: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 15 & 16 November 2014 (No.5), 23 & 24 November 2014 (No.1), 15 May 2015 (No.2)

The eagerly awaited Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko gets underway with Symphonies 1, 2 & 5. In 2015 The Tchaikovsky Album with Petrenko and the RLPO, released to coincide with the orchestra’s 175 anniversary, became one of the best-selling classical CDs in the UK and met with fulsome praise from reviewers. Volume I of the Symphonies looks set to replicate that success and indeed critical acclaim.
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Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 / Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 / Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2009/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01'08'14
Recorded: September 16, 2008, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre; September 10, 2008, Suntory Hall


奇跡のタクトから生み出される感動のドラマ!“スクロヴァ”ならではの濃厚にして精緻な「ツァラ」
最後の巨匠、スクロヴァチェフスキが読売日響の常任指揮者に就任して2年、緊密な一体感に結ばれた両者による至福の名演。
マエストロのタクトが縦横に冴えわたる「ツァラトゥストラ」の細密にして壮大なドラマ、緊密なアンサンブルと爆発的な推進力に彩られたショスタコーヴィチ。
いまや世界第一級の水準にある読売日響の演奏も見事です。
名ホールに響きわたる白熱の名演をあますところなくとらえた素晴らしいレコーディング。
話題の高音質素材によるリリースも大きな魅力です。
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Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
Artist: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons
Title: Strauss: An Alpine Symphony op. 64 / Death and Transfiguration op. 24
Genre: Classical
Label: © BRmedia Service GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:46
Recorded: München, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 13.-15.10.2016


"An Alpine Symphony" is probably Strauss' most famous symphonic poem. Its content is easily understandable, and the work became especially well-known for its gigantic orchestra. The music is far from heavy-handed, however, with many of the passages orchestrated like chamber music. Like a kind of greeting from the Bavarian Alps, as it were, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its chief conductor Mariss Jansons have placed this masterpiece, and the music of Richard Strauss in general, on the programme of their forthcoming tour of Asia in late 2016.
At the age of just fifteen, the budding composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949) lost his way during a summer hike on the Heimgarten in the Bavarian Alps, and ended up in a thunderstorm. The next day, he fantasized about the experience on the piano. – Twenty years later, that memory had matured into a concept describing a one-day hike in the form of a symphonic poem, and in 1915 – a further fifteen years later – Strauss finally completed his masterpiece. The hike begins in the darkness before dawn, and after sunrise the ascent goes through a forest, past a stream and a waterfall, through meadows and pastures, and up to a glacier. The hiker then loses his way, and after several risky moments arrives at the summit, where he also experiences a vision. The weather then suddenly worsens, and the descent is accompanied by heavy rain and fierce thunderstorms. The eventful day – summarized in just sixty minutes of music – ends with a sunset, and darkness returns.
The live recording of “Alpine Symphony” concerts planned for October 2016 in Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig is enhanced on this latest CD from BR-KLASSIK by the addition of Strauss’ symphonic poem “Death and Transfiguration”, first performed in 1890; the recording here is of concerts performed in Munich in February 2014. – We thus have two very recent interpretations of two of this great German composer’s most important tone poems on one CD.
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Sonya Yoncheva - Handel (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Artist: Sonya Yoncheva, Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro De Marchi
Title: Handel
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:03:44
Recorded at Academia Montis Regalis, Mondovì, Italy, June 13/14 & 20–24, 2016

Sonya Yoncheva devotes her second solo album to the music of Handel, showing another facet of her wide-ranging repertoire. Being an alumna of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix, the Baroque era formed her musical understanding at an early stage of her career, laying the foundation for her versatile & broad-reaching repertoire. Currently praised as “the best Traviata in the world at present” (Die Welt), Sonya Yoncheva is one of today’s fastest rising opera stars. She is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper & the Opéra de Paris. A great composer of vocal music, Handel based some of his most beautiful operas & oratories on the enchanting sensibility of the feminine voice. His heroines are strong, independent women determining their own destiny – attributes Sonya relates to in all respects. From Mar 3rd - Apr 18th, 2017 Sonya will embark on a concert tour featuring the Baroque repertoire highlighted on the Handel album release.
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Bedrich Smetana - Ma Vlast: Cycle of symphonic poems - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (1971/2016) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)
Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
Title: Bedřich Smetana: Má Vlast - Cycle of symphonic poems
Genre: Classical
Label: © Esoteric Company ESSG-90153
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:50:18
Recording
Executive Producer: Dr. Wilfried Daenicke
Recording Producer: Hans Weber
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Heinz Wildhagen
Recorded: March 1971, Symphony Hall, Boston
Re-mastering
Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (Esoteric Company)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (JVC Mastering Center Daikanyama Studio)


Classical masterpiece collection :: The reissue of classical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) technology to improve sound quality. This series marks the first hybrid SACD release of historical recording selections that have been mainstays of the catalog since their initial release. These new audio versions feature ESOTERIC's proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.

Experience by yourself… :: Experience the legendary performance in this new Super Audio CD/CD format. Not only for new followers, but also for well experienced followers of these recorded materials. All will be equally impressed by the "soul" hidden within the notes, but never before found in previously released recordings in any format.

ESOTERIC equipment used for re-mastering :: The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the quality of the original master. ESOTERIC's flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model Grandioso G1 and ESOTERIC MEXCEL interconnect cables and power cords, were all used for this re-mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed to capturing the high quality sound of the original master.
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Simon Ghraichy - Heritages (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Arturo Márquez (1950), Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Manuel De Falla (1876-1946), Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963), Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Heitor Villa Lobos (1887-1959), Manuel Maria Ponce Cuellar (1882-1948), Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934), Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993)
Artist: Simon Ghraichy
Title: Heritages
Genre: Classical
Label: © Universal Music France
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:13:11
Recorded: novembre 2016 au Temple du Bon Secours, Paris


Pianiste français d'origine libano-mexicaine, Simon Ghraichy est en passe de devenir l’une des figures les plus incontournables de la musique classique. Il est apprécié par ses pairs pour sa virtuosité et ses orientations artistiques marquées, ainsi que par des auditeurs moins aguerris pour sa personnalité décomplexée et son charisme.
En 2016, Simon Ghraichy signe un contrat d’exclusivité auprès d’Universal Music (Deutsche Grammophon). Son premier album pour le label, intitulé « Heritages », paraîtra le 17 février 2017, deux semaines avant un concert sur la prestigieuse scène du Théâtre des Champs Elysées, à Paris le 4 mars.
Il proposera un parcours transversal qui met en regard pour la première fois l’influence de ses origines latino-américaines et son propre héritage hispanique mélangeant compositeurs latinos, espagnols ou français ou américains ayant composé dans l’esprit hispanique.
Cet album est une invitation au voyage inattendue, sensible et virtuose. Simon a été programmé pour la 2e année consécutive au Carnegie Hall à New-York en octobre dernier, où il a joué à guichets fermés. Il s’est également illustré en novembre 2016 à la Philharmonie de Berlin. Une tournée est en préparation en Allemagne. Drôle, pétillant, Simon a su conquérir un public plus jeune et plus large tout en étant programmé dans les salles les plus prestigieuses.
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Jean Sibelius - Works for Violin and Orchestra - Pekka Kuusisto, Tapiola Sinfonietta (2006/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: Pekka Kuusisto, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Title: Sibelius - Works for Violin and Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2006/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:04:16
Recorded: January 2006, Tapiola Hall, Espoo, Finland


For lovers of Sibelius's famous Violin Concerto, this album offers an ideal opportunity to discover his less-performed works for violin and orchestra, played by celebrated Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Known as a cutting edge musician, Kuusisto is acclaimed for his tone, technique, infectious enthusiasm and his imaginative interpretations, all of which are on display here. The Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top professional orchestras in the Nordic countries, is famous for its fine performances of classical, contemporary and less familiar chamber orchestra repertoire.
Pekka Kuusisto and composer Jean Sibelius seem to be an ideal match. After his highly successful debut recording, playing the Sibelius concerto, Kuusisto returns here as soloist and conductor of the Tapiola Sinfonietta for another strong showing with some of Sibelius' lesser-known works for violin and orchestra.
This album was mastered using our 2xHD proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording we tailor our process specifically for each project, using a selection from our pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original DSD master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube pre-amplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.
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Jean Sibelius - Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Kullervo; Pohjola's Daughter; The Oceanides - London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Title: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Kullervo; Pohjola's Daughter; The Oceanides
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 05:31:22
Recorded live between 2002 and 2008 at the Barbican, London

Sir Colin Davis was instrumental in the development and success of LSO Live, including the label’s first Grammy award.
He also played a huge part in the pre-eminence of the LSO across the globe for more than 50 years. A ‘master Sibelian’ his landmark cycle of the complete symphonies on LSO Live has been described as possibly "the finest Sibelius cycle on disc" by The Observer.
The original SACD Hybrid albums and accompanying CD boxed set are among the most successful and popular recordings on the label and they’re now presented as one complete SACD Hybrid and Pure Audio Blu-ray collection, bringing together 'Kullervo' with 'Pohjola’s Daughter', not available onthe original CD boxed set, and 'The Oceanides', previously only available as part of the limited edition 'Sir Colin Davis Anthology'.
Sibelius was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most innovative symphonists, reworking the traditional symphonic structure as radically as Beethoven did in his day. His music is characterised by beauty, mystery, colour and light, together with his strong love for his native Finnish homeland. Praised for their sound quality as well as the music-making, this digibox set of classic LSO Live recordings also features a Pure Audio Blu-ray, containing HD master audio, allowing listeners to experience this award-winning cycle in a whole new way.
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1 - Simone Lamsma, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, James Gaffigan (2017) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931)
Artist: Simone Lamsma, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, James Gaffigan, Reinbert de Leeuw
Title: Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 77; Gubaidulina: In tempus praesens
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 10 March 2017
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 01:13:19
Recorded: Shostakovich: Studio 5 Broadcasting Music Center, Hilversum, 12 & 14 May 2016; Gubaidulina: Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, live recording NTR ZaterdagMatinee, 22 October 2011


The structure of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is particularly original, with a sequence of four movements – slow, fast, slow, fast – entitled Nocturne, Scherzo, Passacaglia and Burlesque. The opening movement (Nocturne) is a beautiful song, blossoming from a single melodic fragment. The Scherzo is biting and dazzlingly virtuosic, like a carousel gone wild. The ensuing Passacaglia is, quite simply, the pinnacle of this concerto; a masterpiece – mature, elegiac and highly lyrical. The passacaglia theme is repeated nine times with contrapuntal elaborations. This is followed by a large-scale cadenza that forms a bridge to the finale. The concerto closes with a Burlesque, in which the theme from the Passacaglia has one final, piercing reappearance.
Shortly after the premiere of Gubaidulina’s Offertorium (1981), the Swiss patron of the arts Paul Sacher asked her to compose a further violin concerto for the German soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, but nothing came of this due to lack of time. It was only in 2007, eight years after Sacher’s death, that Gubaidulina completed In tempus praesens, which was given its première by Mutter at the Lucerne Festival. It is a work of extreme contrasts in which very deep, infernal passages are juxtaposed with extremely high, celestial episodes. Much more so than Offertorium, In tempus praesens is a spectacular work for the violinist, who plays virtually from start to finish and barely has a chance to pause for breath. The virtuosity demanded by the work is never an end in itself.
Pizzicato on Lamsa’s first release on Challenge Classics (CC 72677): "The surround recording from Challenge Classics stands out due to especially brilliant and powerful interpretations and a finely coordinated dialogue between the instruments. This is perfect harmony."
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975), Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Title: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2014/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01'08'35
Recorded: October 6, 2013, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall

なんという90歳!赤色巨星と化した第五の中心核に、作曲者の誠と悲しみを見た。
今最も尊崇を集める指揮者の一人であるスクロヴァチェフスキは、90歳の記念すべき誕生日を、昨年の2013年10月にこの日本で迎えました。その直後の演奏が、最高の録音でこのディスクに刻まれています。ベートーヴェン、ブラームスやブルックナーなどのドイツ・ロマン派本流とともに、作曲家でもあるミスターSの本領が最も良く発揮されるのが、近・現代のレパートリー。作品の本質を深く鋭く抉ったこの空前絶後のショスタコーヴィチで、巨匠が立っている地平の高さには目が眩むようです。快刀乱麻を断つがごときだった前作のベートーヴェンから一転、赤色巨星のような尋常ならざる巨大な結構は、巨匠が長年の探求の末にたどり着いた設計に他なりません。この質量あってこそ、楽譜の裏に封じ込められた作曲者の真実の声と悲痛なうめきが染み出してくるのです。プログラムの前半に演奏されたベルリオーズ:ロミオとジュリエットの4曲から、ワーグナーが「今世紀における最も美しいフレーズ」と激賞した「愛の情景」を併録。
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