Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico – Telemann: Les Plaisirs, Flute Concerto… (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
Title: Telemann: Les Plaisirs, Flute Concerto...
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:14:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

The year 2017 will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era. Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico have taken this opportunity to pay tribute to his eclecticism in a programme juxtaposing works that move constantly between French and Italian stylistic traditions. On this disc, Giovanni Antonini not only directs the ensemble, but also returns to the recorder, his own instrument of choice (as it was the composer's), and performs the Suite in A minor, the Concerto in C major and the Concerto da camera in G minor. We will also discover a curiosity, a sonata for chalumeaux.

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Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin – Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Title: Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:12:05
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Harmonia Mundi

It has been said that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 300 times. Could anyone possibly say that of Telemann? Not only do the examples here feature every kind of weird and wonderful instrumental combination -- four trumpets, three horns, two flutes and calchedon, and even mandolin, harp and dulcimer; they also display the most amazing variety of styles, from Vivaldian exuberance to elegant Ancien Rgime dances by way of learned German counterpoint. The works on this recording, with the exception of the concerto from the Tafelmusik, were probably written between approximately 1710 and 1720. The Akademie fr Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) was founded in 1982 in Berlin. Since then, it has become one of the world's leading chamber orchestras on period instruments and can look back on an unprecedented history of success. Since 1994, their recordings have been produced exclusively for harmonia mundi and have won all the important awards for classical recordings, including Gramophone, Edison, Choc de l'anne as well as the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2006, Akamus received the Telemann prize of Magdeburg and in 2014 both the Bach Medal and Echo Klassik.

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Fabio Biondi – Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Fabio Biondi
Title: Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:02:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Label: Glossa

On his first solo album, violinist Fabio Biondi presents Telemann's 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, works that reflect both the composer's full maturity and his proficiency as a violinist himself. The dozen fantasias on the programme were written for an unaccompanied instrument and manage to embrace both the long established style for polyphony in German violin music, with fugues and multipart writing for the soloist, as well as more modern trends. For this recording Biondi played an 18th century Ferdinando Gagliano violin.

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London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon musagète (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon musagète
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 01:19:04
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: LSO Live

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the LSO on this his first release for LSO Live, Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex' and 'Apollon musagte'. Also featured on the release are the gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir, considered one of the world's leading choirs, and a mix of international and home-grown soloists including Jennifer Johnston and Stuart Skelton. French actress Fanny Ardant, who has appeared in more than 50 motion pictures, takes the rle of narrator. 'Oedipus Rex' and 'Apollon musagte' are both ancient Greek-themed works by Stravinsky. The rich string harmonies and textures in the ballet score of 'Apollon musagte' are pleasantly mesmerising, expressive and calmly indulgent. In contrast, the dramatic and hauntingly compelling opera-oratorio 'Oedipus Rex' is composed of an assemblage of monumental and powerful sounds, such as playful woodwinds, robust brass and agile strings, with magnificent vocals from the choir and soloists. Sir John Eliot Gardiner is touring a programme of Mendelssohn Symphonies with the LSO to France and Switzerland during January and March, after which the orchestra head, with Daniel Harding, to the Far East. Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014 in March with concerts in France and Spain, performing Monteverdi's 'Vespers'.

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Sergey Khachatryan, Lusine Khachatryan – My Armenia – Dedicated To The 100th Commemoration Of The Armenian Genocide (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Sergey Khachatryan, Lusine Khachatryan
Title: My Armenia - Dedicated To The 100th Commemoration Of The Armenian Genocide
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:19:25
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Naive

Dedicated to the 100th commemoration of the Armenian genocide, My Armenia offers a very personal, touching and brilliant tribute to Armenian music from duo partners and siblings Sergey and Lusine Khachatryan. The album presents a large overview of some of the finest Armenian composers, especially those who have successfully incorporated Western Europe and folk influences, such as Komitas or Khachaturian.

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Christoph Pregardien, Michael Gees – Winterreise op. 89, D. 911 (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Christoph Pregardien, Michael Gees
Title: Winterreise op. 89, D. 911
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2013
Duration: 01:13:46
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Challenge Classics

Schubert's Winterreise is one of the most famous song cycles in classical music and musicians perform it again and again because of its beauty, sorrow and depth. Both tenor Christoph Prgardien and pianist Michael Gees have their own vision of the cycle: playing together, a third view develops, combining their two visions into this exciting, highly-regarded interpretation.

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Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern – Adam Schoenberg: American Symphony, Finding Rothko, Picture Studies (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

             


Artist: Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern
Title: Adam Schoenberg: American Symphony, Finding Rothko, Picture Studies
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:04:48
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz
Label: Reference Recordings

One of the top 10 most performed living classical composers in the United States, Adam Schoenberg was commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony to write the American Symphony and Picture Studies featured here, a collaboration with conductor Michael Stern that Schoenberg calls "extraordinary." The performances were brilliantly captured by the Grammy-winning team of engineer Keith O. Johnson and producer David Frost.

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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi – Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; The Carnival of the Animals; Africa; Wedding-cake (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
Title: Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; The Carnival of the Animals; Africa; Wedding-cake
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:15:17
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Chandos

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Jrvi present this unusual collection of popular works by Saint-Sans, for orchestra and piano or cello. Truls Mrk, this season Artist in Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, is the soloist in the two contrasted cello concertos. His 'seemingly flawless technical command' is tested in the suave, expressive, famous No. 1 as well as in the many taxing solo passages, huge leaps, and double-stopping flourishes of No. 2. The indefatigable duo Louis Lortie and Hlne Mercier join in the posthumously published Carnival of the Animals, after a highly successful recording of Concertos by Poulenc with Edward Gardner, Disc of the Week in The Sunday Times. They offer the original version, which features a glass harmonica (normally substituted by a glockenspiel). Louis Lortie is also the soloist in the entertaining fantasia Africa, which incorporates folk tunes of the different countries in which it was composed and which is brought off with consummate zest, as well as in the most characteristic and probably challenging of the composer's keyboard pieces, the Caprice-Valse Wedding-cake, written for the second wedding of the composer's virtuosic pianist friend Caroline Montigny-Rmaury.

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