Cuarteto Casals – Beethoven: Inventions 3 (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cuarteto Casals
Title: Beethoven: Inventions 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:00:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

Launching its complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Cuarteto Casals presents this first installment featuring initial examples of the genre from each of the three key periods in the composer’s career: his formative years, the so called ‘heroic’ middle period, and that of his artistic maturity. The ingenious juxtaposition shows how much his superhuman quest for perfection enriched a compositional language of breathtaking originality in tandem with a depth of expression without precedent in this genre, of which Beethoven is the uncontested master.

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Cuarteto Casals – Beethoven: Inventions 2 (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cuarteto Casals
Title: Beethoven: Inventions 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:50:21
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

Launching its complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Cuarteto Casals presents this first installment featuring initial examples of the genre from each of the three key periods in the composer’s career: his formative years, the so called ‘heroic’ middle period, and that of his artistic maturity. The ingenious juxtaposition shows how much his superhuman quest for perfection enriched a compositional language of breathtaking originality in tandem with a depth of expression without precedent in this genre, of which Beethoven is the uncontested master.

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Cuarteto Casals – Beethoven: Inventions 1 (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cuarteto Casals
Title: Beethoven: Inventions 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:10:06
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

Launching its complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Cuarteto Casals presents this first installment featuring initial examples of the genre from each of the three key periods in the composer’s career: his formative years, the so called ‘heroic’ middle period, and that of his artistic maturity. The ingenious juxtaposition shows how much his superhuman quest for perfection enriched a compositional language of breathtaking originality in tandem with a depth of expression without precedent in this genre, of which Beethoven is the uncontested master.

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Cristiano Pomante, Marco Giongrandi, Michele Tacchi, Alessandro Rossi – La Storia (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cristiano Pomante, Marco Giongrandi, Michele Tacchi, Alessandro Rossi
Title: La Storia
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:54:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alfa Music

Sette tracce — sei originali e la rilettura di Juju di Wayne Shorter — compongono La storia, il disco di esordio del vibrafonista Cristiano Pomante. Il leader, sia pure in maniera rilassata, tiene sempre sotto controllo la misura dei passi da compiere: riesce, cos, a garantire una fluida scorrevolezza ai cinquantaquattro minuti di musica e a rispettare le tradizioni del jazz.
Se certe soluzioni possono rimandare alla fusion, tanto le atmosfere innescate dall’incontro di chitarra e vibrafono, quanto la morbidezza delle linee scelte da Michele Tacchi al basso elettrico e da Alessandro Rossi alla batteria aggiungono altre possibilit al quartetto. La coesione del quartetto e le singole qualit tecniche sganciano i brani dai riferimenti pi riconoscibili e immediati. Il quartetto formato da musicisti giovani ma gi in grado di esprimersi con pertinenza e maturit espressiva. Le composizioni hanno un respiro ampio e sono condotte con passo solido e sicuro: certo, oggi come oggi, non facile proporre qualcosa di completamente nuovo, ma i nostri cercano di mettere in luce spunti personali o meno consueti.
Se il titolo del disco pu apparire importante, ingombrante persino, le sette tracce riflettono invece una disposizione attenta da parte dei quattro e presentano le qualit di un progetto musicale efficace e di buone prospettive.

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Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe – Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe
Title: Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:27:23
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Phi

This is a long way from the richness of the gilt and mosaics of Venice’s San Marco, in this new Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi, recorded by Philippe Herreweghe in the summer of 2017. Above all, the Flemish chief is interested in intimacy; and he knows this extraordinary score like the back of his hand, having conducted it very often, recording it for the first time in 1986 (for harmonia mundi) with the Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale and the Sacqueboutiers of Toulouse.

Philippe Herreweghe is looking for the purest possible expression of piety, using a whole range of methods with sophistication, and a sparse but perfect unity between the vocal soloists and the solo instrumentalists. In this masterpiece, which represents an audacious alloy of the “stile antico” and the “stile moderno”, it seems that Philippe Herreweghe wanted to highlight the former. With its famous Virgin, flanked by Della Robbia’s saints and the mystery of its catacombs which lead who-knows-where, the beautiful church of San Francesco di Asciano, not far from Siena, is being used more and more for concerts and recordings: does its inspiring ambiance call out for music? — Franois Hudry

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Clement Lefebvre – Rameau & Couperin: Pieces pour clavier (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Clement Lefebvre
Title: Rameau & Couperin: Pieces pour clavier
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:06:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Evidence

Distinguised for the clarity and the delicacy of his playing, his sound palette and his capabilities allow him to play Beethoven, Liszt, as Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, Ravol, Bartk … His musical tastes are also Rameau, Albeniz, or even Chabrier.

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Jean-Pierre Armengaud – Debussy Centenary Discoveries (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jean-Pierre Armengaud
Title: Debussy Centenary Discoveries
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 02:50:51
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics

Debussy Centenary Discoveries offers new insights into a captivating, inventive and influential musical genius.
Each recording on these 3-CDs is in some way a first: Chanson des brises and Diane aux bois make their debut appearance in any form; the unfinished opera La Chute de la Maison Usher is heard just as Debussy left it; the Chansons de Charles d’Orlans appear in their original version, while Debussy’s transcriptions of his own Jeux and Khamma, and of works by Schumann, Raff and Saint-Sans, are also new to the catalogue. Pianists Philippe Cassard and Jean-Pierre Armengaud are among the musicians who lead this fascinating voyage of discovery.

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Clarence Bucaro – Passionate Kind (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Clarence Bucaro
Title: Passionate Kind
Genre: Alternative
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:29:18
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Clarence Bucaro Music

Ohio-bred songwriter Clarence Bucaro will release his latest album Passionate Kind on May 18. He’s offered up a first taste of the album in the form of “Where Do I Go,” a contemplative folk song that considers Bucaro’s place in an increasingly tumultuous social climate.

“These times are overwhelming,” Bucaro says. “Everyone seems confused and angry, even devastated. There’s a lot of disbelief, a lot of questions, a lot of wondering what’s going to happen next.”

Bucaro recorded Passionate Kind at Chicago studio the Loft with producer Tom Schick, known for his work with Wilco and Ryan Adams. The album will release via 2020 Records.

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – Lully: Amadis (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
Title: Lully: Amadis
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 02:43:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Aparte

A masterpiece born of the collaboration of composer Lully and his librettist Quinault, the “tragdie en musique” called Alceste caused a scandal when it was created in 1674. The tragic register was reserved for the theater, while the music was content with the comic vein. But thanks to the combined talents of Lully and Quinault, the stage of the Royal Academy of Music saw the development of the new tragic and lyrical genre.

The chorus and the nine soloists, directed with energy and delicacy by Christophe Rousset, portray their characters with passions true-to-life. Indeed, the libretto is based on a Cornelian dilemma. This timeless and moving theme of a thwarted love is embodied with accuracy. Moreover, the diction is perfect.

It is a reference version that Christophe Rousset and his Talens Lyriques have recorded. An interpretation where theater and music agree with a jubilatory harmony. It is a reference version that Christophe Rousset and his Talens Lyriques have recorded. An interpretation where theater and music agree with a jubilatory harmony.

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Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques – Couperin: Ariane consolee par Bacchus, Apotheoses de Lully & de Corelli (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques
Title: Couperin: Ariane consolee par Bacchus, Apotheoses de Lully & de Corelli
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:26:52
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Aparte

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques and Stphane Degout — F. Couperin: Ariane console par Bacchus, Apothoses de Lully & de Corelli: The genius of Franois Couperin (1668-1733) whispers precious secrets in Christophe Rousset’s ear, which he reveals to us in this new recording. Here, the cantata Ariane console par Bacchusis unveiled in preview, served by a dream cast.

Whereas in early September Actes Sud will publish the monograph he devoted to Franois Couperin, Christophe Rousset wanted to carry out the project of recording the composer’s complete (or almost!) catalogue. This first release on the Apart label is the forerunner of a boxed set on the occasion of the composer’s 250th birthday.

Couperin came from a dynasty of musicians very much in the public eye, starting with the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. This dynasty would remain important after the death of Francois Couperin, who was called Couperin le Grand (‘the Great’). Even though chosen personally by the Sun King, the musician’s life was not particularly interesting, going from the organ of St-Gervais in Paris to that of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles. Although France quickly forget him after his death, which coincided with the affirmation of Rameau’s genius, the Germans, following J. S. Bach, would consider him the most accomplished expression of French genius in the 18th century.

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