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Joachim Raff - Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Jarvi (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Joachim Raff (1822-1882)
Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi
Title: Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:20:51
Recorded: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, 9 and 10 July 2013

This is the second volume in a series from Neeme Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande dedicated to the orchestral music of the Swiss-born composer Joachim Raff. Although he was a highly popular and prolific composer during his day, his works quickly fell out of the repertoire after his death and are largely forgotten today. The idiomatic performances by Neeme Järvi and his Swiss orchestra in Volume 1, described as ‘peerless’ by BBC Music (*****), suggest that they are the perfect performers to reinvigorate interest in Raff’s music.

This second volume features the rhapsody, Abends, and a number of overtures and preludes alongside Symphony No. 5. Subtitled Lenore, the fifth is one of Raff’s so-called programme symphonies, the only one based on a precise extra-musical source: Gottfried August Bürger’s poetic ballad of the same name. The shorter works show very different sides of Raff’s compositional personality. The grandiose Overture to König Alfred reflects the heroic/romantic nature of the opera’s story while the overtures to the comic operas Dame Kobold and Die Eifersüchtigen are full of humour and high spirits. Dornröschen is an oratorio based on the famous story of Briar Rose, or The Sleeping Beauty, by the brothers Grimm and its prelude has been recorded here.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Magnificat in D major / Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - The Netherlands Bach Society, Jos van Veldhoven (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: The Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven
Title: J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) / Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: channelclassics.com
Duration: 01:04:20
Recorded: Concert Hall, Tilburg, The Netherlands, December 2009

All the music on this CD is associated with the festival of Christmas. Bach wrote the cantata Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (BWV 110) for morning service on Christmas Day 1725, and the first version of the Magnificat in E flat major (BWV 243a) for Vespers on Christmas Day 1723, seven months after the Leipzig town council appointed him cantor of the Thomaskirche. It would hardly be exaggerating to say that Bach thus presented his visiting card to his new employer. According to the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, the work is his "first really large-scale and complex piece of church music". Christmas was not the only occasion to sing the Magnificat text, however, for it was also a standard part of the Vespers liturgy. This may explain why Bach made a second version some years later (in D major, BWV 243).
For a Christmas CD in the year 2010 it is obviously attractive to add new movements to Bach's Magnificat, entirely in keeping with the tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His own choice, in the E flat major version, remains unsurpassed. By adding extra Christmas music to the second version in D major, however, a new and unexpected form arises which lends the performance a certain topicality. What is more, it gives us the opportunity to present Bach with several Netherlands composers of the seventeenth century. --Jos van Veldhoven
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 - Munchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter (2002/2012)  High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Artist: Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
Title: J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (Complete), etc.
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2002/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 03:32:55
Recorded: 1960-1980; Musikhochschule; Hochschule Fur Musik, Grosser Saal; Residenz, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany

Very few conductors have recorded as much Bach as Karl Richter, and none can lay a stronger claim to a legacy based on championing the master. Throughout his prolific though sadly short life (he died at age 54 from a heart attack, though the devoted still steadfastly attribute the burgeoning original-instrument movement for breaking his heart) Richter always returned to Bach and rarely recorded (or performed) the music of other composers. Richter's reverence for Bach is evinced by the simplicity, splendor, and grandeur with which he consistently imbued his performances. Richter understood that the profound underlying architecture of Bach's music was critical to its appreciation, enjoyment, and yes, power. As a long-standing Richter fan, I couldn't be more overjoyed to see these benchmark Archiv performances reissued again (the fourth time for the Brandenburg's!).
The first CD of this three-disc set begins with a performance of Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 that superbly exemplifies Richter's remarkable intuitive grasp of Bach's language. To get an idea of just how ahead of his time Richter was, compare the timing of his first movement (whose "brisk tempos" the Penguin Guide went out of its way to condemn when the cycle was first released in 1987) with the contemporary original-instrument account by Musica Antiqua Köln directed by Reinhard Goebel. Richter's 1967 modern-instrument performance is two seconds slower. The man was no slouch; he understood that in Bach's day this was contemporary orchestral music whose success required vitality as well as authority.
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Tobias Hume: Poeticall Musicke / Eric Fischer: Topographic Long Range - Marianne Muller (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Captain Tobias Hume (1569-1645), Eric Fischer
Artist: Marianne Müller, Pau Marcos, Liam Fennelly
Title: Hume - Poeticall Musicke; Fischer - Topographic Long Range
Genre: Classical
Label: © Zig-Zag Territoires | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:48
Recorded: 20 au 24 juillet 2009 à l’église évangélique allemande PARIS 9

Marianne Muller - fierce player of viola da gamba, recently applauded for her outstanding interpretation of Folies d’Espagne of Marin Marais on Zig-Zag Territoires - brings us solo and consort pieces of Tobias Hume - captain and eccentric English composer of the XVII century. Committed to her instrument, Marianne Muller commissions to contemporary composers new pieces for viola di gamba...and Eric Fischer created a piece dedicated to Tobias Hume.Little is known of Hume’s life. Some have suggested that he was born in 1569 because he was admitted to the London Charterhouse in 1629, a pre-requisite to which was being at least 60 years old, though there is no certainty over this. He had made his living as a professional soldier, probably as a mercenary. He was an officer with the Swedish and Russian armies.His published music includes pieces for viols (including many solo works for the lyra viol) and songs. They were gathered in two collections, The First Part of Ayres (or Musicall Humors, 1605) and Captain Humes Poeticall Musicke (1607). He was a particular champion of the viol over the then-dominant lute, something which caused John Dowland to publish a rebuttal of Hume's ideas.Hume was also known as a prankster, as some of his somewhat unusual compositions illustrate. His most notorious piece was "An Invention for Two to Play upone one Viole". Two bows are required and the smaller of the two players is obliged to sit in the lap of the larger player. This work was notated in tablature and is indeed technically possible to play. His instructions to "drum this with the backe of your bow" in another piece, "Harke, harke," constitute the earliest known use of col legno in Western music.Eric Fischer has composed more than 200 works, which range from pieces for solo instrument to symphonic form by way of every type of instrumental forces and the most diverse experiences, including chamber music, electronics, vocal works, incidental music for the theatre, improvised music and pieces for period instruments. His openness to encounters of all kinds has led to other highly unusual artistic exchanges.
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Joseph Haydn - String Quartets, op.33 - The London Haydn Quartet (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: The London Haydn Quartet
Title: Joseph Haydn - String Quartets, op.33 'Russian' - performed from the Schmitt edition published in Amsterdam in 1782
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 133 minutes 19 seconds
Recorded: June 2012 at Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom


The calling card here is the use of an Amsterdam edition of Haydn's Op. 33 string quartets that reverses the order of some of the inner movements. It's never made clear why this edition should get priority over the dozens of others that circulated around Europe, with and without Haydn's consent, but so be it; there are some tempo novelties here that shed some light on how Haydn's music was received, at least in some quarters. There the good news ends. These performances are sterling examples of the kind that gave historical-instrument readings a bad name for so long among ordinary listeners. The problem is not with the Classical-era bows and gut strings that many musicians have applied profitably to Classical chamber music. Nor is it with the lack of vibrato, which done right gives Haydn a brisk, bracing humor. The problem is instead with the total lack of humor and gradation in the music, which is as inexpressive as you will find anywhere. The London Haydn Quartet proclaims itself to have been born out of "a passion for Haydn's string quartets," but the passion is hard to hear, and the group's playing would be more typical of musicians with a background in the terraced dynamics of Baroque music; for the most part they have an inflexible attitude toward dynamics. There may be a market for this among the historical-performance hard core, but even for this leaner in that direction it did not satisfy. Sample well before buying. Even the normally unimpeachable sonics of the Wyastone Estate concert hall get distorted here, with the players unpleasantly closely miked. --James Manheim
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Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: Depeche Mode
Title: Delta Machine
Genre: Synthpop, Dance-Rock, Alternative Dance
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2014
Recorded: March–October 2012; Sound Design (Santa Barbara, California); Jungle City Studio (New York City, New York)
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 01:16:42
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 14876 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7101 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 15.06 GB

Depeche Mode have announced Live In Berlin a live concert performance that will be released across a number of formats via Columbia Records in November.
Directed by longtime visual collaborator Anton Corbijn Live In Berlin features over two hours worth of concert footage. As well as a CD/DVD combo edition, this set is available as an audio-only two-CD version, although a five-disc deluxe edition is probably of most interest because not only does it add a bonus DVD (Alive in Berlin) it comes with a blu-ray audio disc that contains the full 17-track deluxe edition of Delta Machine remixed into hi-res 5.1 surround sound.
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From Spain to Eternity: The Sacred Polyphony of El Greco's Toledo - Ensemble Plus Ultra (2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alonso Lobo (c. 1555 - 1617), Cristobal de Morales (c. 1500 - 1553), Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599), Alonso de Tejeda (c. 1540 - 1628)
Artist: Ensemble Plus Ultra
Title: From Spain to Eternity: The Sacred Polyphony of El Greco's Toledo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 1:10:32
Recorded: January 2014 at Ascot Priory Church, United Kingdom

In 2011 DG released a spectacular 10-CD anthology on Archiv Produktion with Ensemble Plus Ultra (EPU), “the finest British early music singers” (Early Music Today), commemorating the 400th anniversary of Tomas de Victoria’s death. This box sold about 6.100 units worldwide and won a Gramophone award.
Now the award winning ensemble is back with a major recording project to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco in 2014 – composers including Cristobal de Morales, Alonso Lobo and Alonso de Tejeda were prolific in Toledo during the 37 years El Greco lived and worked there, and much of this music certainly inspired his painting.
Morales is THE Spanish composer of the Renaissance. Morales – Kapellmeister at the cathedral in Toledo, but also in Italian cities – is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria. Almost all of his music is sacred, and all of it is vocal.
Pieces by Lobo and Tejeda make a wonderful conclusion to the disc – all in all a varied program, and encompassing three composers from Toledo during the time of El Greco.
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Francisco Guerrero - Missa Surge propera - The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Francisco Guerrero
Artist: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Title: Guerrero - Missa Surge propera
Genre: Classical
Label: © Gimell Records
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 66 minutes 57 seconds
Recorded in Temple Church, London, United Kingdom.

"Known in his lifetime as 'El cantor de Maria', Guerrero was second only to Victoria in Spanish renaissance music. His Marian motets are celebrated as some of the most beautiful compositions of the period: we include five of the best, including Ave virgo sanctissima, one of the most loved and imitated pieces of polyphony from any country." Peter Phillips
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El Maestro Farinelli - Concerto Koln, Pablo Heras-Casado (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Concerto Köln, Pablo Heras-Casado
Title: El Maestro Farinelli
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 01:08:18
Recorded: Probenstudio 7–8/2013 in Cologne, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, 1/2014 (tracks 6, 12)

Pablo Heras-Casado, “one of the most exciting conductors of his generation” (Die Welt), makes his Archiv Produktion debut performing instrumental and vocal music associated with Farinelli, the legendary 18th-century castrato who served as impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain.
As one of the label’s Archiv Ambassadors Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career: He has encompassed the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores, and has already developed a special rapport with a number of soloists, orchestras and opera houses. Now he returns to his core repertoire and musical heritage.
This new album with works of Baroque composers like Hasse, Porpora and Jomelli represents a fine selection of pieces, which Farinelli presented during his time as concert master/conductor in Madrid and Aranjuez. El Maestro Farinelli features eight world premier recordings, including some arias sung by Bejun Mehta, “the best countertenor in the world” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

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Claude Debussy - Images & Preludes II - Marc-Andre Hamelin (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Artist: Marc-André Hamelin
Title: Debussy - Images & Preludes II
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 70 minutes 35 seconds
Recorded: Various dates at Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom

A new album from Marc-André Hamelin is always cause for celebration. Here in his first Debussy recording for Hyperion he presents the two books of Images: Debussy’s colouristic masterpiece, a bewitching compendium of ‘scents, colours and sounds’. Also recorded here is the second book of Préludes, in a poetic and evocative performance.
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