Christophe Rousset – Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christophe Rousset
Title: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 02:03:46
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Aparte

Recording ‘The Well-tempered Clavier’ is a bit like climbing Everest, and this new recording by Christophe Rousset devoted to Book I has been eagerly awaited. With modesty and rigour, he gives a rich, varied interpretation of this monument to Art, revealing its secrets to us in a highly informative introductory text. Performed on the magnificent Rckers harpsichord at the Chteau of Versailles, Nicolas Bartholome’s recording ideally reproduces the full, fruity savour of this instrument that has miraculously been preserved.

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Christina Naughton, Michelle Naughton – Visions (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christina Naughton, Michelle Naughton
Title: Visions
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:01:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics

Visions is the first Warner Classics release from piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton. Each of them is a prizewinning alumna of two of the USA’s elite conservatories, the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Praised by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry,” they show great imagination in their programming: Visions unites works by Olivier Messiaen, John Adams and J.S. Bach, which the sisters feel are all expressions of joy.

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Boston Baroque – Biber: The Mystery Sonatas (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Boston Baroque
Title: Biber: The Mystery Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 02:00:04
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Linn Records

Heinrich Biber’s astonishingly powerful and deeply emotional Mystery Sonatas represent a triumph of Baroque invention. Boston Classical Review described Christina Day Martinson’s live performance as ‘a flourish of technical complexity and musical wizardry’, whilst the Boston Globe wrote, ‘Day Martinson…didn’t just survive, she triumphed.’

The adventurous use of six baroque violins in fifteen different tunings creates otherworldly soundscapes that result in a deeply moving and glorious listening experience. This highly disorientating practice reaches its pinnacle in Sonata XI (The Resurrection) where the middle two strings are crossed over each other both in the peg box and behind the bridge, so that one can literally see a cross on the violin. The fifteen sonatas have been traditionally grouped into three sets of five: five joyful mysteries, five sorrowful mysteries, and five glorious mysteries.

Boston Baroque’s founder Martin Pearlman plays organ and harpsichord, with Michael Leopold on theorbo and guitar and Michael Unterman on cello.

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Christian Chamorel – Mozart: Piano Works (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christian Chamorel
Title: Mozart: Piano Works
Genre: Classical, Piano
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:09:11
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Calliope

C’est un Mozart audacieux et mme iconoclaste que le pianiste suisse Christian Chamorel nous prsente au travers de cet enregistrement. Le rpertoire pour piano solo du compositeur autrichien a tendance tre sous-estim au profit de ses concertos et de ses opras. Mais les sonates et autres pices formant ce rcital tmoignent au contraire d’une grande originalit conceptuelle, et d’une puissance expressive sans cesse renouvele.

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Chouchane Siranossian, Jos van Immerseel – L’ange et le diable (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Chouchane Siranossian, Jos van Immerseel
Title: L’ange et le diable
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:08:01
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

After a year of celebrations of his seventieth birthday, including several recordings of orchestral music, Jos Van Immerseel returns to chamber music and the accompaniment of young talents, two absolute priorities for him. In Chouchane Siranossian he has found a worthy partner, as gifted on the modern violin as she is on the Baroque instrument, a pupil of Tibor Varga, then of Zakhar Bron, as well as a disciple of Reinhard Goebel, whose first recording, on the Oehms label, attracted great attention (winning a ‘Diapason Dcouverte’). Here it is the Baroque violinist who engages in dialogue with the harpsichord of Jos Van Immerseel in a Franco-Italian programme juxtaposing the music of the ‘Angel’ Leclair and the ‘Devil’ Locatelli, not forgetting Tartini’s famous ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata . . . Indeed, all this music is ‘devilishly’ difficult to play, but the Franco-Armenian violinist shows perfect mastery of it, combined with great inventiveness.

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Various artists – Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Various artists
Title: Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:07:22
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Signum

Andrew Nethsingha and The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice with a new recording of choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Many of the works were composed in the years immediately following the event, including O clap your hands, Lord, thou hast been our refuge and the Mass in G minor which leads the programme. Vaughan Williams turned his attention to liturgical music following his service as a wagon orderly during the Great War. Ursula Vaughan Williams, his second wife and biographer, wrote that such work ‘gave Ralph vivid awareness of how men died’. It is perhaps unsurprising that in many of the texts to which he turned after the 1918 Armistice, the fragility and weakness of humanity becomes a recurrent theme. Despite being described as a ‘confirmed atheist’ by the philosopher Bertrand Russell, his heightened exploration of Christian texts, symbols, and images after the War might rather be understood both as an attempt to grapple anew with what might lie, as he put it, ‘beyond sense and knowledge’, and to search for consolation in religious and other inherited traditions amid a world irrevocably changed.The fifth release in their series with Signum, the Choir of St John’s have received glowing praise for their previous releases, culminating in the choral prize at the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards for their debut release of works by Jonathan Harvey (Deo SIGCD456).

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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross – O lux beata Trinitas (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross
Title: O lux beata Trinitas
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:14:48
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

A joyful Trinity. Graham Ross concludes his exploration of music for the liturgical calendar with a programme focusing on the Holy Trinity, as reflected in music of the Russian and British traditions. From the works of the New Russian Choral School led by Tchaikovsky to more modern pieces such as those of Britten, with excursions into the Renaissance and contemporary creation, Graham Ross skilfully brings out the multiple correspondences between the choral traditions that have become established over the centuries around the mystery of the Trinity.

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Cecilia Sanchietti, Davide Grottelli, Gaia Possenti, Stefano Napoli, David Boato – Circle Time (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cecilia Sanchietti, Davide Grottelli, Gaia Possenti, Stefano Napoli, David Boato
Title: Circle Time
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:50:50
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alfa Music

“Circle Time” in humanistic psychology is a working group methodology, which makes use of alternative communication techniques. Participants are disposed in a circle setting and are all at the same level. The circle is a space of discover, debate, exchange, with no judgments or mistakes. It allows a communitarian and cooperative dialogue, where participants’ emotions are protected and taken into consideration and the outcomes represent the personality of each one. This album is called “Circle Time” because it reproduces the same setting. Through interplay and jazz improvisation, the group proposes, encourages and includes the expression of each musician. This made it possible to propose original tracks. However, this album represents even more the Circle Time, because the core inspiration is an interaction of styles, in particular ethnic, jazz, afro music. It’s a journey. Musicians and composers enjoyed playing with sounds, harmonies and rhythm, mixing them and never flowing into a specific one. After all, the performers themselves are come from different musical background, not only jazz. This guarantees more personality to the project. Cecilia: “Circle Time” is also a way to lead the groove in the “circular” way, typical of jazz music. Performers play, dance and circulate with it, lose it and find it again (always knowing where it is). The sound becomes sweet, soft, colored, charming, and this helps the drummer to composes sweet melodies, never forgetting his role. The project was born also for this reason, for giving space to the creative expression of drummer.

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Caroline Goulding – Korngold & Mozart: Violin Concertos (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Caroline Goulding
Title: Korngold & Mozart: Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:53:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Claves Records

Swiss violinist Caroline Goulding offers us a singular pairing here: the brilliant, lyrical and very fin-de-sicle-Vienna Concerto by Korngold, written in 1945 and based on themes borrowed from some pieces of film music, followed by an ever-so-delicate Fifth Concerto by Mozart, one of those miracles of the composer’s youth, from when he was just 19, but already in full command of staggering powers. Consider that the whole orchestral introduction, which could easily serve as a rich opening theme, is in fact merely the accompaniment to the real theme, which is richer still, and played by the solo violin. Caroline Goulding has been building an international career since she started with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2006. Sometimes she will sit out for a few weeks of contemplative silence, and it is just one such period of silence which produced this album. Since her dbut, she has performed as a soloist with the orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Milwaukee and Washington in North America, as well as with numerous European orchestras, in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Berne. Her style owes much to her teacher, Christian Tetzlaff.

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Caroline Goulding & David Fung – Tippet Rise OPUS 2017: Daydreams (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Caroline Goulding & David Fung
Title: Tippet Rise OPUS 2017: Daydreams
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:16:48
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: PentaTone

Tippet Rise OPUS 2017 is the second compilation album to emerge from the summer music season at Montana’s Tippet Rise Arts Center, which features performance spaces of acoustic perfection amidst a sculpture-laden terrain of awe-inspiring beauty, nestled against a backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains near Yellowstone National Park.

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