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Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 3 - BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Artist: BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda
Title: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 - Prince Rostislav - Caprice bohémien
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:13:45
Recorded: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester on 1 & 3 November 2010

This is the sixth volume in our highly acclaimed Rachmaninoff series, performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda. Of Symphony No. 1 on a previous volume in this series (CHAN10475), BBC Music magazine said: ‘Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have the work’s measure and their performance has a full-blooded intensity and fire.’ The series has been well received by the public and reviewers alike, and many of the recorded works will be performed by Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic at this year’s Proms.
Symphony No. 3 is the most expressively Russian of all Rachmaninoff’s symphonies, particularly in the dance rhythms of the energetic finale. Rachmaninoff wrote the symphony for the Philadelphia Orchestra, having spoken fondly of the ensemble, calling it ‘my very favourite orchestra’. The premiere was conducted by the charismatic Leopold Stokowski, but reviews were mixed – leaning towards the negative – and it was not until the re-evaluation of Rachmaninoff’s works in the 1970s that this symphony finally got the recognition that it deserves.
Rarely recorded and performed today, the symphonic poem Prince Rostislav is one of Rachmaninoff’s earliest surviving compositions for orchestra. Based on a short ballad by Alexey Tolstoy, the highly atmospheric and evocative music speaks of the ill-fated Prince of Kiev who was tragically drowned in the Ukrainian river Dniepr.
Equally unfamiliar is Capriccio bohémien, the colourful fantasy by Rachmaninoff on a gypsy theme, which takes much of its inspiration from one of the composer’s other works, the opera Aleko, based on Pushkin’s The Gypsies.
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2 - BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Artist: BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda
Title: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 - The Rock
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:47
Recorded: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester; 24 November 2008 (The Rock) & 11 and 12 November 2009 (Symphony No. 2)


Under Gianandrea Noseda, the BBC Philharmonic’s epic Rachmaninoff series continues with a recording of Symphony No.2, coupled with The Rock.
Unlikely his First Symphony, Symphony No.2 is standard orchestral repertoire. A recent concert at the Bridgewater Hall, elicited the review, ‘Noseda showed his remarkable affinity with Rachmaninoff’s style. He combines an ability to sustain the long structures of its emotional climaxes with a vocalistic approach to phrasing which lifts the tunes out of the texture and lefts them sing. It’s almost operatic in its vividness.’ City Life.
The challenge of making his mark with that ultimate big statement, a symphony, still faced Rachmaninoff as he headed into his mid-thirties. Posterity now accepts that he had probably cracked a tough nut with his First Symphony (CHAN 10475). Yet the 1897 premiere, poorly conducted under disputed circumstances by Glazunov, was so unfavourably received that it forced Rachmaninoff into creative silence for the next three years. Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was drafted alongside an equally ambitious Second Piano Sonata in a charming garden villa in Dresden, where the whole family had settled in late 1906. The finished product turned out to be one of the longest of all Russian symphonies. Breadth, though, is of the essence of the Second Symphony’s wealth of lovingly wrought and subtly interlinked thematic material. As one critic observed at the 1908 St Petersburg premiere, conducted with his usual first-rate flexibility by Rachmaninoff, ‘the new E minor Symphony… may be slightly over long for the general audience, but how fresh, how beautiful it is’.
The accomplished fantasia of 1893, The Rock offers an excellent example of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestration as acknowledged by Rachmaninoff’s original dedication.
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 1 - BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Artist: BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda
Title: Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 - The Isle of the Dead - Youth Symphony
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:32
Recorded: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester; 30 and 31 January 2008

Regarded as one of the most remarkable composers of the twentieth century, Serge Rachmaninoff wrote three romantically inclined symphonies, two of which are now standard orchestral repertoire. However, the premiere of Symphony No. 1 was such a disaster that Rachmaninoff refrained from composing anything more for the next three years. The conductor, Glazunov, is reputed to have been drunk, and Rachmaninoff was unable to attend the entire performance. He reacted by tearing up the score. Thankfully for posterity, the instrumental parts were preserved and rediscovered in 1945, permitting the work to be restored. It is a work full of youthful fervour, distinctive and sweeping themes, and nationalist sentiments, and is now widely regarded as a vivid example of his early talent. It is complemented here by the ‘Youth Symphony’, the first movement of a projected but never completed symphony in D minor, composed when Rachmaninoff was only seventeen, and the great symphonic poem The Isle of the Dead, inspired by Arnold Böcklin’s painting of the same name which Rachmaninoff had seen on display in Paris in 1907.
Composed in 1909, it is still a relatively early work, but contains some of the dark Russian spiritual qualities which Rachmaninoff was to develop further in his later compositions.
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Sergei Rachmaninov - All-Night Vigil (Vespers) - London Symphony Chorus, Simon Halsey (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Artist: London Symphony Chorus, Simon Halsey
Title: Rachmaninov - All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers’) Op 37 (1915)
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © London Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:53:21
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 26 November 2014, and in session, 2 December 2014 at the Barbican, London

Rachmaninov was no conventional believer, but the rituals and traditions of the Orthodox Church were an essential part of his musical and cultural background. Phrases reminiscent of liturgical chant appear in his music throughout his life, from the First Symphony of 1895 to the Symphonic Dances of 1940; the last of these, indeed, includes an important quotation from the ninth movement of the Vigil. Rachmaninov’s setting of the All-Night Vigil was composed in January and February 1915.
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Paul Kuhn with John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton - The L.A. Session (2013/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Paul Kuhn with John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton -
Title: The L.A. Session
Genre: Jazz
Label: © In+Out Records GmbH
Release Date: 2013/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 49:16
Recorded: November 08th & 09th 2011, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles


The L.A. Session' by the veteran German jazz pianist and vocalist Paul Kuhn was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Backed by an A-list rhythm section - drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton - he performs a set of classic jazz standards as well as two of his own compositions. With his unmistakable sense of rhythm and melody, Kuhn appears to absorb each individual note and transforms it into a very special art of timeless swing.
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Paul Kuhn & The Best - As Time Goes By (2008/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Paul Kuhn & The Best
Title: As Time Goes By
Genre: Jazz
Label: © IN+OUT Records
Release Date: 2008/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:03:14
Recorded: August 15-30, 2007

Er ist einer der größten, vielseitigsten und rührigsten Musiker der deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte. Wer den Namen Paul Kuhn erwähnt, wird in fast jedem Menschen des deutschsprachigen Raums Bilder und Töne zum 'Swingen' bringen. Dass der Mann am Klavier am 12. März des kommenden Jahres 80 Jahre alt wird, ist für ihn wie für uns ein großes Geschenk.
Es war stets das Bedürfnis des Vollblut-Entertainers Paul Kuhn, sein Publikum an Jubiläen teilhaben zu lassen. Zu seinem Achtzigsten erfüllt er sich nun den lang gehegten Wunsch, sein Trio (mit Martin Gjakonovski (Bass) und Willy Ketzer (Schlagzeug)) und die Musiker der Paul Kuhn & The Best - Band (Ack van Rooyen / Claus Reichstaller (Trompete), Peter Weniger / Gustl Mayer (Saxofon), Jiggs Whigham (Posaune), Tom Wohlert (Gitarre)) zu einer opulenten Streicher-Begleitung zu präsentieren. Diese steuert nicht irgendein Klangkörper bei: Für die Geburtstagstournee wurde kein Geringerer als das legendäre Deutsche Filmorchester Babelsberg gewonnen - ein Garant für einen wunderbaren Abend, an dem er selbst die Leitung übernahm, und elegante Strings mit dem typisch Kuhn'schen Swing verschmelzen.
Im August 2007 wurde Paul Kuhn's neue CD mit neuen oder neu eingespielten Songs wie 'Almost The Blues', 'As Time Goes By', 'A Child Is Born' oder 'That Old Feeling' und vielen anderen an der historischen Wirkungsstätte des Filmorchesters, im ehemaligen Funkhaus Berlin in der Nalepastraße aufgenommen.
'Alle swingen nach Herzenslust, hie und da singt der jung gebliebene Jubilar mit char- manter Stimme. Dieses Geburtstagsalbum in frischem Sound verbindet Nostalgie, Entertainment und Drive.'
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Paul Kuhn - I Wish You Love - The Philharmonic Concert (1997/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Paul Kuhn
Title: I Wish You Love - The Philharmonic Concert
Genre: Jazz
Label: © In+Out Records GmbH
Release Date: 1997/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 59:39
Recorded: 1997 at Kölner Philharmonie, Köln, Germany

A set featuring some imperishable standard songs and some lively jazz originals by the inimitable trio of Paul Kuhn, Paul G. Ulrich and Willy Ketzer, augmented here by the sterling talents of Til Brönner (trumpet), Georg Mayr (clarinet and alto saxophone), Gustl Mayer (tenor saxophone) and Ludwig Nuss (trombone). Recorded in the Kölner Philharmonie, the album includes Lionel Hampton’s „Flying Home“, Horace Silver’s „Sister Sadie“ and Sonny Stitt’s „Stitt’s Tune“.
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Johann Joachim Quantz - Sei Duetti - Elysium Ensemble (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773)
Artist: Elysium Ensemble, Greg Dikmans, Lucinda Moon
Title: Quantz: Sei Duetti, Op. 2 (Berlin, 1759)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Resonus Limited
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:07
Recorded: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre — 10–13 October 2011

Previously unrecorded as a complete set using Quantz’s preferred instrumentation, the Sei Duetti, op. 2 (Berlin, 1759), are works of high quality and interest. Quantz presents his musical ideas as a continuously evolving conversation. They embody wonderfully the idea of Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation.
These historically significant works are excellent examples of Quantz’s intermediate position between the Baroque and Classical periods. They deserve to be heard by a wider audience.
The CD was recorded in the crystal clear and resonant acoustic of The Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia. The natural acoustic of the space shines through (no artifical reverb has been added). This acoustic is ideal for the performance and recording of Baroque and Classical chamber music.

“I listened with great pleasure to the Quantz duet recording of Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon. They made me rediscover these works, that have too often been undervalued as dry and uninteresting compositions.
“I am glad that Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon did not take the easy superficial approach, but made the effort to take these light and charming works “seriously” enough and bring out so many different shades of colours.
“Quantz himself recommends playing these pieces with two different instruments in order to do justice to the polyphonic writing, and I am particularly happy hearing them being performed on flute and violin rather than two flutes.
“Thanks, Greg and Lucinda!”— Barthold Kuijken, Gooik, May 21st 2015
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Sergei Prokofiev - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Artist: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton
Title: Prokofiev - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:20:17
Recorded: January 2014 (No. 4) and May 2015 (No. 7) at the Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway


There is nothing unusual about a composer returning to a major work in order to make revisions, but among such works Sergei Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony is a unique case in that it exists in two such different versions that the composer considered them quite separate works and gave each its own opus number. Composed in 1929–30, the first version, Op. 47, met with lukewarm response at its Boston and European premières as well as at performances given before Soviet audiences following Prokofiev's final return to Russia in 1936. In 1947 Prokofiev decided to return to the symphony, producing not so much a revision as a complete reworking of the original material. The differences between the versions are too many to detail, but the main point is that the 1947 version, given the opus number 112, is a much bigger and more ambitious score. Some four years later Prokofiev began work on what would become his last major work, Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor. The composer announced that he aimed at simplicity and was writing ‘a symphony for children’, a statement that was possibly influenced by the fact that he in 1948 had been accused for ‘formalism’ by the Soviet authorities. In any case, there is nothing childish – or simple – about the work. After the first performance, Prokofiev was persuaded into change the ending, adding a more up-beat and optimistic twenty-bar alternative to the original coda. Both endings are included on the present recording, giving listeners the opportunity to judge the very different effect each makes. The disc is the third instalment in a Prokofiev cycle from Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, with previous discs receiving warm acclaim from, for instance, Fanfare (‘One of the best performances of the Fifth that I have ever heard…’) and the German website Klassik-Heute, which selected the recording of Symphony No. 6 as one of its recommended releases.
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Christina Pluhar - Orfeo Chaman - L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Christina Pluhar (b.1965)
Artist: L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar
Title: Pluhar - Orfeo Chamán
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:09:22
Recorded: Institut Culturel Roumain de Paris, Salle Byzantine, Palais de Béhague, Paris, 8-12 November 2015


A unique retelling of the Orpheus myth drawing on Baroque music and folksongs from South America to Sicily, with a real-life Orfeo – the blind Argentinean singer-guitarist Nahuel Pennisi – in the title role. The resulting opera composed and arranged by Christina Pluhar reveals the mysterious shamanic side of the legendary musician who ventures into the underworld for love.
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