Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Schumann: The Symphonies (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/96]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Schumann: The Symphonies (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.04 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

For these revelatory performances – captured live at acclaimed concerts in Paris – he conducts the superb Chamber Orchestra of Europe, one of the world’s preeminent chamber orchestras. Taking a fresh perspective on familiar music, Yannick Nézet-Séguin challenges the conventional view on the composer’s symphonies.

“Of all the major symphonies, I’d say that Schumann’s are best performed by a slightly smaller ensemble… With a lean string section – not only in size, but also in its quality of playing – the music just works.”

The Canadian Maestro sees Schumann’s music as rooted in the bipolar nature of the composer’s troubled psyche, emphasising dramatic shifts of temperament – not only between movements but even within a single phrase

“He’s one of those composers whose personality is completely expressed in their music…those fluctuations between the melancholy and something very inward-looking are combined with a very manic kind of energy that wants to conquer the world. That’s what is so special about Schumann.”

This new cycle includes the second, revised version of Schumann’s second symphony, published as his Symphony No.4. “I try to respect whenever a composer makes a revision because he feels the need to, rather than because of any outside pressure. I’m personally convinced that the symphony’s message, and this feeling of one big movement, is better conveyed by the later version.”

This set is Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s first recording of a complete symphony cycle.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe

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Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela – Gustavo Dudamel: The Liberator (OST) (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela – Gustavo Dudamel: The Liberator (OST 2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 54:09 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Soundtrack, Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet

Libertador, Gustavo Dudamel’s first soundtrack, and first composition to be released worldwide. Gustavo originally arrived to this project as musical advisor. Sometime later, Gustavo said he had come up with a melody that could work for the start of the film. He went to the piano and began playing the melody. When he finished playing, I think both of us realized that he had begun composing our soundtrack. Dudamel, who consulted with filmscore master John Williams in the preparations for this assignment, describes his soundtrack as atmospheric, post-Mahlerian music, full of tension, hope and struggle. The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and guests from the world of Venezuelan folk music lend the score a distinctive and irresistible Latin American flavor.

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Yuja Wang, Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO – Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (2013) [LINN FLAC 24/96]

Yuja Wang, Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO – Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.27 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Linn Records

Twenty-four year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. Following her San Francisco recital debut The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “The arrival of Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played,” and The Washington Post called Yuja’s Kennedy Center recital debut “jaw-dropping.”

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Yuja Wang
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra

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Jackie Evancho – Awakening (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/44,1]

Jackie Evancho – Awakening (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz | Time – 00:49:39 minutes | 532 MB | Genre: Classical Сrossover, Vocal Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Portrait/Sony Masterworks
Recorded: Audible Images in Pittsburgh, PA and Shine Studios in London, England.

Awakening is the “America’s Got Talent” child prodigy, Jackie Evancho’s second studio album. The young soprano takes on twelve tracks that range from “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera to works by Rachmaninoff. The record is a cross over of classical covers to contemporary works, including U2’s “With or Without You” and Lara Fabians “Je t’aime”.

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Jiri Belohlávek, Czech Philharmonic – Dvorak: Complete Symphonies & Concertos (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Jiri Belohlávek, Czech Philharmonic – Dvorak: Complete Symphonies & Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 8.62 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks | Label: Decca

A new Dvorák symphony and concerto cycle from the multi-Gramophone-Award-winning conductor and the great Prague-based orchestra. It marks a triumphant return to the orchestra where he trained, the world leading and multi-Gramophone Award-winning maestro Jirí Bìlohlávek records Decca’s first Dvorák cycle since the 1960s. This complete symphonies and concertos set is a pinnacle of brilliant music-making, and the first major cycle to be recorded in high-definition 24bit 96kHz and Mastered for iTunes sound.

Dvorák himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s first concert in 1896, and the shared Bohemian heritage of composer, conductor and orchestra lends a very special authenticity to these recordings.

Dvorák’s three concertos (violin, cello and piano) feature alongside his nine great Symphonies, with Decca’s leading cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin) and Garrick Ohlsson (piano). The Czech PO and Belohlávek will be undertaking major European tours in 2014, including a full Dvorák symphonic cycle in Prague in September. Rhombus Films have also made a fascinating documentary focusing on Belohlávek’s return to Prague as the Czech Philharmonic’s chief conductor.

Composer: Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Alisa Weilerstein, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Garrick Ohlsson
Conductor: Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

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Dunedin Consort, John Butt – J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (2013) [LINN FLAC 24/192]

Dunedin Consort – JS Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192 kHz | Time – 93:14 minutes | 4,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: LinnRecords.com | Covers & Digital Booklet

Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos are essential and enduringly popular works in the Baroque orchestral repertory, full of interesting instrumentation choices and dancing melodies. Under the direction of prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt O.B.E., the ensemble has become particularly acclaimed for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the Baroque repertoire. Dunedin Consort, the team that brought you ‘John Passion’, is back with its first instrumental release: ‘J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos’. Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally insightful and fresh performance.

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Deodato – Prelude (1972/2013) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24/192]

Deodato – Prelude (1972/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:48 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Jazz, Electronic
Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo.com | Front cover | Label: CTI

Eumir Deodato de Almeida, also known as Eumir Deodato, is a Brazilian pianist, composer, record producer and arranger, primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements of rock/pop, R&B/funk, Brazilian/Latin, and symphonic or orchestral music.

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Cavendish Trailers – Classical Trailers (2013) [FLAC 24/48]

Cavendish Trailers – Classical Trailers
(Handel, Saint-Saens, Grieg, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Borodin, Purcell, Chopin, Wagner, Pergolesi, Mendelssohn, Beethoven) – 2013

Classical | Flac. Tracks, 24/48 kHz | Covers | 999 MB
Label: Imagem Production Music | Catalog N.: CAVT 21 | TT: 01:23:363

The most epic, magical, triumphant and ominous classical music themes with layers and layers of added awesome, to add a familiar edge to your trailers, promos and adverts

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, vol.5 – Cafe Zimmermann (2001) [Qobuz FLAC 24/88,2]

Café Zimmermann – J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, vol.5 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 58:15 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz.com | Digital booklet

Bach’s suites and concertos have long been part of concert repertoires. It is however interesting to mentally replace their first executions in the context of the time, so different from what we see on present day stages. Apart from at the courts, whatever their size, there were no permanent orchestras in Bach’s time and age. Café Zimmermann has brilliantly recreated the spirit of these orchestras, allowing each musician (chosen among the best on the European baroque scene) to express himself.

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C.P.E Bach Project – Ophelie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/96]

C.P.E Bach Project – Ophelie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | 1 CD | Digital Booklet | 1.29 GB  | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Source: Qobuz

A portrait, on the tercentenary of the composer’s birth, of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), probably the most gifted of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach. Highly admired in his own century by Haydn, Gluck and Mozart, he stands out today as a brilliant and highly original composer. For CPE Bach, music had to be an expression of personal feelings and to achieve his aim, he revolutionised the established principles of form, harmony and rhythm. The Trio Sonata ‘Sanguineus und Melancholicus’ is a rarity in the composer’s output in that it is a quasi-programmatic work. It presents a conversation between one sanguine (first violin) and the other melancholic (second violin). The same duality is found throughout the recordings presented here, from the well-known Sinfonia No. 5 to the two brilliant cello concertos. Under the bow of cellist Ophélie Gaillard, at the head of the Pulcinella Orchestra, these pieces come as a revelation!

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