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Anton Steck, L’arpa festante, Matthew Halls – Beethoven, Possinger: Violin Concertos (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Anton Steck, L'arpa festante, Matthew Halls
Title: Beethoven, Possinger: Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:01:58
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Accent

Award-winning German violinist Anton Steck joins Matthew Halls and the Baroque chamber orchestra L'arpa festante on violin concertos by Viennese composer Franz Alexander Pssinger and his friend Beethoven. Steck presents the world premiere of Pssinger's concerto, written in 1805, just one year before Beethoven's popular concerto. It took Beethoven's work more than three decades to conquer the concert hall, ultimately gaining its popularity through two printed revisions published in Vienna and in London, which both reveal substantial changes in the solo parts. The quest for Beethoven's "original version" proves to be extremely complicated, as Beethoven himself offered up to four alternatives to the soloists in some spots of the manuscript. A study of the different inks and quills used in that autograph allowed Steck to propose the unusual version recorded here, a tangible and transparent rendering of a famous piece thanks to the use of historical instruments.

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Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’; Septet, Op. 20 – Beethoven Resound, Vol. 4 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock
Title: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'; Septet, Op. 20 - Beethoven Resound, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:30:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Alpha

The Orchester Wiener Akademie and its conductor Martin Haselbck continue their Resound Beethoven series. The aim of this series is to record the complete Beethoven symphonies on period instruments in the venues where they were first performed, scrupulously respecting the layout of the orchestra used 200 years ago. Volume 4 is devoted to the Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" and the Septet op.20. The recording took place in May 2016 in the Eroica Saal at the Palais Lobkowitz, where each symphony was premiered in 1804 and 1807, in private performances.

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Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock – Beethoven: Egmont – Beethoven Resound, Vol. 3 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock
Title: Beethoven: Egmont - Beethoven Resound, Vol. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:50:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

With RESOUND we bring the orchestral works of Beethoven back to the halls and theatres of their Viennese premieres or other venues where they received their earliest performances. Four of the six venues where first performances of one or more of the nine symphonies were held still exist today, as do the eight Viennese halls and theatres where the composer's works were performed in his lifetime. Our orchestral forces correspond in size and instrumentarium to those used by the composer, and our performances even respect unusual platform layouts, such as placing the chorus in front of the orchestra in Symphony no. 9. Our producer Stephan Reh masterfully captures the specific acoustical qualities of each room: the mellow fullness of the Baroque Landhaussaal, the powerful intimacy of the Eroica-Saal in the Palais Lobkowitz, the transparency of the Old University Hall, the dry clarity of the Theater in der Josefstadt, and the voluminous acoustic of the Redoutensaal, in Beethoven's day the largest concert venue available in Vienna. Theatre Music - the dialogue in the service of great poetry - is the focus of this recording. We have already been able to perform Egmont with several renowned actors. That the part of the narrator is here taken by Herbert Fttinger, currently the director of the theatre for which Beethoven himself wrote music, is beautifully fitting. Christopher Hampton has modeled the combined texts of Goethe and Grillparzer into his poetic English translation. It fills us with great joy and gratitude that John Malkovich - with whom we have already had the pleasure of collaborating for several years - has taken on the part of the narrator in the English version. With our interpretations we wish to offer you music in the sound of its own time: we want to add to the possibilities of historical instruments the sound and the aura of the concert halls in which the composer himself conducted and experienced his works. At every step in Vienna one encounters places and signs of a great musical past: to make historic architecture echo with great music and to communicate that perceived authenticity to modern ears -- that is the ultimate goal of RESOUND Beethoven.

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Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock – Beethoven: Symphony 7 & Wellington’s Victory – Beethoven Resound, Vol. 2 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock
Title: Beethoven: Symphony 7 & Wellington's Victory - Beethoven Resound, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:02:53
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

It was shortly before his forty-third birthday that Beethoven hit the jackpot. On the podium of the Great Hall of Vienna University, he conducted a spectacular charity event with a star-studded cast from the very top drawer. On that date, 8 December 1813, the success was so great that the concert had to be repeated four days later. For this event, Beethoven had taken an entertainment specialist on board: Johann Nepomuk Mlzel, 'k. k. Hofmechanicus' (Mechanic to the Imperial and Royal Court) by trade, an inventor as talented as he was crafty. From late summer to autumn 1813, assisted by Mlzel, Beethoven was engaged in the composition of Wellingtons Sieg (Wellington's Victory). Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 had already virtually acquired a patina, so long did it have to wait for its extraordinary premiere: although it comes one opus number after Wellingtons Sieg, it was written nearly two years before it, between the autumn of 1811 and the spring of 1812. But the new path it blazed was all the more prodigious as a result.

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Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock – Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2 – Beethoven Resound, Vol. 1 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock
Title: Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2 - Beethoven Resound, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:56:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

The Re-Sound Beethoven collection brings the symphonies of Beethoven back to the locations of their Viennese premieres. Four of the six venues where first performances of one or more of the nine symphonies were held still exist today, as do the eight Viennese halls and theatres where the composer's orchestral works were performed in his lifetime. The orchestral forces of the Wiener Akademie corresponds in size and instrumentarium to those used by the composer. The producer Stephan Reh strives to reproduce the specific acoustical qualities of each room.

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Orchestre d’Auvergne, Roberto Fores Veses – Beethoven: Quartets, Op. 95 & 131 for String Orchestra (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Orchestre d'Auvergne, Roberto Fores Veses
Title: Beethoven: Quartets, Op. 95 & 131 for String Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:57:30
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Aparte

The Orchestre d'Auvergne and Aparte continue their partnership with this new recording dedicated to masterpieces of the romantic repertoire. Beethoven's Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 and No. 14, Op. 131 belong to the works designed for the private interpretation and inner listening of the happy few music-connoisseurs. Those two chamber music scores came from the mind of a digger of new sounds. The question of the quartets' reception has to be updated with actual terms and their arrangement for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler reminds subtly that the public of these works grows over time. The arrangement process shows also admiration and preserves music's eternal youth for which the Orchestre d'Auvergne and its conductor Roberto Fors Veses play the role of a courier.

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Olga Pashchenko – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21, 23 & 26 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Olga Pashchenko
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21, 23 & 26
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:09:44
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Label: Alpha

Olga Pashchenko is in the process of creating a unique place for herself in the world of the keyboard: she moves with astounding ease and skill from the harpsichord to the fortepiano, the organ and the modern piano. After a recording of Beethoven's variations in 2015 (awarded ffff by Tlrama), the young pianist has now gone to the legendary Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, a venue she knows well since she regularly gives concerts within its walls, to record three monuments of the pianistic literature -- the Appassionata, Les Adieux and Waldstein sonatas -- on the original Conrad Graf piano of 1824 conserved there. She utilises all the sonic possibilities and the full palette of colours of this instrument made around fifteen years after the composition of these sonatas, three of the finest in the corpus of thirty-two that Hans von Bulow called 'the New Testament of every pianist'. Outhere Music

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Saleem Ashkar – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3, 5, 14 ‘Moonlight’ & 30 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Saleem Ashkar
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3, 5, 14 'Moonlight' & 30
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:22:41
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca

Saleem Ashkar made his New York Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22 and has since worked with many of the World's leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, NDR Hamburg, DSO RSB and Konzerthaus orchestras in Berlin, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Santa Cecilia Rome, Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, and Danish Radio Orchestra among others.

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Hannes Minnaar, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend – Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 – Complete Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 (2015) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

             


Artist: Hannes Minnaar, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 - Complete Piano Concertos, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:10:15
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz
Label: Challenge Records

Beethoven wrote five concertos for piano and orchestra. It doesn't sound like much; his near-contemporary Mozart composed 27. But although it may be a bit smaller, Beethoven's contribution is a true monument in the history of music. He used the first two concertos to move away from his example, Mozart (whose last piano concerto was from 1791, while Beethoven completed his first in 1795); in Concerto no. 3 Beethoven carved out new dimensions for the genre's dramatic possibilities. And Concertos nos 4 and 5 have proved to be unmatched in their genre: the radiant Concerto no. 4 is worshipped by experts and aficionados alike, while no. 5 is the all-time favourite of the public at large. Almost 25 years passed between Beethoven's first sketches for a piano concerto and the double line he drew under his last one. His piano concertos thus show a development covering more than half of the composer's life.

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Hannes Minnaar, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend – Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Complete Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

             


Artist: Hannes Minnaar, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Complete Piano Concertos, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:04:55
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz
Label: Challenge Records

Before we listen to the young Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar play Beethoven's first two piano concertos, it is perhaps interesting to see how another young pianist may have played them once, long ago -- a German who lived in Vienna, a headstrong and temperamental genius. His name? Ludwig van Beethoven. His pupil, the famous composer of etudes and sensitive observer Carl Czerny, once described his playing: "[...] characterised by passionate strength, alternated with all the charm of a smooth cantabile. The expressiveness is often intensified to extremes, particularly when the music tends towards humour [...] Passages become extremely daring by use of the pedal [...] His playing does not possess that clean and brilliant elegance of certain other pianists. On the other hand, it was spirited, grand and, especially in the adagio, filled with emotion and romanticism." Strength. Smoothness. Humour. Focus on these aspects and you will come close to Beethoven. Minnaar, De Vriend and The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra play the concertos in reverse order: first 2, then 1. A bit odd. Or isn't it? Artistically, it is highly defensible: introduced as it were by the more balanced, more modest Piano Concerto no. 2, no. 1 radiates all the more festiveness (trumpets, clarinets and tympani have come to join the orchestra). Perhaps the lovely, gentle, almost feminine B flat major of Concerto no. 2 would not have been able to hold its own after the male and martial C major. But there is something else

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