Jun 22

レーベル Meister Music Co.,Ltd.
配信開始日 2016.03.25
収録曲数 全10曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|192.0kHz/24bit

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深く艶やかな響きと高いテクニック、益々充実する実力派ヴァイオリニスト、川田知子による意欲溢れる1枚。『詩曲』や『ツィガーヌ』といった、往年の巨匠達が愛奏したヴァイオリンの名作品が並ぶ、ファンならずとも是非聴きたいプログラム。ヴァイオリンの醍醐味を堪能できる、極上の1枚です 。

収録曲

1 – 序奏とロンド・カプリチオーソ 作品28 – 09:25
2 – ハバネラ 作品83 – 09:26
3 – スペイン舞曲 第1番 – 03:37
4 – ウィーン奇想曲 作品2 – 04:16
5 – 中国の太鼓 作品3 – 03:40
6 – ジプシーの女 – 03:12
7 – 美しきロスマリン – 02:03
8 – ユーモレスク – 03:55
9 – ツィガーヌ – 10:07
10 – 詩曲 作品25 – 15:47

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Jun 21

Yehudi Menuhin – Yehudi! The Art of Menuhin (2016)
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“Now I know there is a God in heaven!”, exclaimed Albert Einstein when he heard the young Yehudi Menuhin play the violin. Not only was Menuhin an extraordinary musician, he lived through – and helped to shape – a momentous period in history. The Warner Classics catalogue contains 70 years’ worth of his recordings and this 3-CD collection, Yehudi!, provides a fascinating perspective on his achievements: Menuhin was a man of ideals who changed the world through music.

“Now I know there is a God in heaven!” exclaimed Albert Einstein when he heard Yehudi Menuhin, then just 13 years old, play a concert in Berlin in 1929. That famous anecdote encapsulates Menuhin’s genius as a violinist and the impact he made in the course of a career that spanned a momentous period of history. Born in New York in 1916, he died in Berlin in 1999 — 70 years after drawing such an amazed response from the pre-eminent scientist of the 20th century.
Seventy years was also the duration of his relationship with the record company EMI. Unrivalled in the history of recording, it produced some three hundred discs, now treasures of the Warner Classics catalogue. This collection, Yehudi: the Art of Menuhin, comprises 39 outstanding tracks, carefully chosen to display the many facets of Menuhin’s achievement as a violinist — in concertos, sonatas, chamber music and captivating encore pieces, in music inspired by his friendship with the sitar-player Ravi Shankar, and in partnership with the jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Menuhin was an enthusiast, a man of enormous musical and intellectual curiosity, a generous colleague and a sympathetic mentor, as well as a man of vision, ideals and determination who believed that music has the potential to change the world.
In his autobiography, Unfinished Journey, published in 1977, Menuhin wrote: “Speaking for myself, I am the most fortunate of human beings, having music for expression and communication … Of course it must not be … an escape. I am constantly thinking of ways and means to improve, alleviate, protect, guide and inspire in practical terms.” As a child prodigy, his education, both academic and musical, had been unconventional, but in 1963 he established the Menuhin School, not far from London. It exists “to provide the environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world to pursue their love of music” and has produced such celebrated violinists of today as Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Alina Abrigimova and Nicola Benedetti. In 1977 he founded the International Menuhin Music Academy for young graduate string players in Gstaad, Switzerland, where in 1957 he had launched a music festival that continues to flourish in the 21st century.
His legacy to the world also includes a number of charities. Menuhin said, “Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit, reaching people through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance. This is why it has been my dream to bring music back into the lives of those people whose lives are especially prone to stress and suffering … so that it might comfort, heal and bring delight.” His charity Live Music Now, which operates across the United Kingdom — the country in which Menuhin made his home — takes music to people facing difficulties in their lives, such as children with special educational needs, the sick and the elderly.
During World War II, Menuhin set a fine example in demonstrating the healing power of music. While the conflict raged, he gave 500 concerts for Allied troops and appeared in Antwerp, Brussels and Paris shortly after the cities were liberated. In June 1945 he performed in San Francisco for the inaugural assembly of the United Nations, and the following month, with the composer Benjamin Britten as his pianist, he played in Belsen for survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.
“We hoped that the experience of the music we passionately strived to share with them would speak to them of emotions they had once felt and disentangle some of the knots in their suffering souls. For many years afterwards, I received countless letters from individuals who had attended these concerts; they confirmed my conviction, which had wavered at the time, that music was, after all, an essential element of life.”

Tracklist:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1685–1750
1 Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 I. [Allegro] 4.12
2 Violin Concerto No.2 in E, BWV 1042 II. Adagio 7.08
ANTONIO VIVALDI 1678–1741
The Four Seasons: Concerto in G minor, RV 315 “Summer”/“L’estate”
3 III. Presto 2.45
GIOVANNI BATTISTA VIOTTI 1755–1824
4 Violin Concerto No.22 in A minor, G97 II. Adagio 7.16
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827
5 Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 III. Rondo: Allegro 10.24
FELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1847
6 Violin Concerto No.2 in E minor, Op.64 I. Allegro molto appassionato 12.20
7 Violin Concerto No.1 in D minor III. Allegro 5.56
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893
8 Violin Concerto in D, Op.35 II. Canzonetta: Andante 6.39
JOHANNES BRAHMS 1833–1897
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77
9 III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace 8.15
NICCOLÒ PAGANINI 1792–1840
10 Violin Concerto No.2 in B minor, Op.7 III. Rondo “La campanella” 7.51
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Violin Sonata No.5 in F, Op.24 “Spring”
11 I. Allegro 9.59
12 II. Adagio molto espressivo 6.33
13 III. Scherzo: Allegro molto 1.08
14 IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 6.37
15 Violin Sonata No.9 in A, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” III. Finale: Presto 6.43
JOHANNES BRAHMS
16 Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 III. Un poco presto e con sentimento 2.58
FRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828
17 Piano Trio No.1 in B flat, D898 II. Andante un poco mosso 9.10
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791
18 Violin Sonata in A, K526 II. Andante 6.58
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
19 Sonata for solo violin No.3 in C, BWV 1005 IV. Allegro assai 3.49
20 Sonata No.3 in E, BWV 1016 III. Adagio ma non tanto 5.13
CÉSAR FRANCK 1822–1890
21 Violin Sonata in A II. Allegro 8.03
GABRIEL FAURÉ 1845–1924
22 Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.15 II. Scherzo: Allegro vivo 5.18
23 Berceuse in D, Op.16 3.42
JOHANNES BRAHMS
24 Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor (arr. Joachim) 2.03
PIETRO LOCATELLI 1695–1764
25 Caprice No.23 in D “Harmonious Labyrinth” (arr. David) 3.03
ARCANGELO CORELLI 1653–1713
26 Sonata No.12 in D minor “La Folia” 13.11
FRANZ SCHUBERT
27 Ave Maria, D839 (arr. Menuhin) 4.47
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK 1841–1904
28 Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 “From the New World”: 3.46
29 Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72 No.2 (arr. Kreisler) 3.59
LÉO DELIBES 1836–1891
30 Coppélia Ballade de l’épi 2.36
31 Sylvia Pas de deux 4.35
CLAUDE DEBUSSY 1862–1918
32 Préludes, Book I La fille aux cheveux de lin (arr. Hartmann) 2.36
FRITZ KREISLER 1875–1962
33 Liebesleid 3.34
34 Liebesfreud 3.11
35 Schön Rosmarin 1.53
GIOACCHINO ROSSINI 1792–1868
36 Andante con variazioni in F for violin and harp 4.09
RAVI SHANKAR 1920–2012
37 Prabhati (based on Raga Gunkali) 4.07
MAX HARRIS 1918–2004
38 Viva Vivaldi 2.23
39 Air on a Shoestring 3.40

Personnel:
Yehudi Menuhin, violin

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Jun 21

Brahms Beloved – Symphonies 1 & 3; Clara Schumann Lieder – John Axelrod, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (2014)
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Recorded: Symphony No. 1 recorded live at the Auditorium di Milano, Italy, October 25/27, 2013; Symphony No. 3 recorded live at the Auditorium di Milano, Italy, December 13/15, 2013′ C. Schumann Lieder recorded at the Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany, October 6-10, 2013

Once in his later years, Johannes Brahms wrote to the love of his life that all his works should be signed, “really by Clara Schumann.” It was a moving testament from an emotionally guarded old bachelor to the woman who had long been his muse. It was also a recognition that the composer whose work, then as now, has been regarded as the epitome of musical abstraction acknowledged that his music was grounded in his life and feelings. And Clara Schumann was always connected to Brahms’s deepest feelings. This recording is a testament to their lifelong connection.

The story of their meeting is the stuff of musical legend. In 1853, when he was an unknown music student of 20, Brahms knocked on Robert and Clara Schumann’s door in Düsseldorf carrying a hiking stick and a backpack full of his music. After he had played them a few pieces and departed, Robert wrote in his journal: “Visit from Brahms (a genius).” The couple virtually adopted the brilliant, handsome, beardless young man. Three months later, Robert wrote a journal article that declared this unknown composer the coming savior of German music. Not long after, Robert jumped in the Rhine in a suicide attempt. He was committed to an asylum from which he never emerged alive.

Brahms rushed to Clara’s side. From that point a helpless passion grew between them. When Robert finally died, everyone, probably including Clara, expected Brahms to take her as his wife. Instead he fled, beginning his lonely bachelor existence. Yet their personal and musical connection lasted to the end of their lives.

Tracklist:

DISC 1

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
1 I. Un poco sostenuto – Allegro [17:23]
2 II. Andante sostenuto [10:03]
3 III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso [5:16]
4 IV. Adagio – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio [17:52]
John Axelrod, conductor | Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

Clara Schumann (1833-1897)
5 Volkslied [3:20]
6 Sie liebten sich beide [2:18]
7 Warum willst du and’re fragen [2:45]
8 Mein Stern [2:40]
9 Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage [2:18]
Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone | John Axelrod, piano

DISC 2

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
1 I. Allegro con brio [13:53]
2 II. Andante [9:42]
3 III. Poco allegretto [9:16]
4 IV. Allegro [9:14]
John Axelrod, conductor | Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

Clara Schumann
5 Das Veilchen [1:40]
6 Sie liebten sich beide [2:06]
7 Lorelei [2:30]
8 Ich hab’ in deinem Auge [2:21]
9 Beim Abschied [6:06]
Dame Felicity Lott, soprano | John Axelrod, piano

Personnel:
Dame Felicity Lott, soprano
Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, orchestra
John Axelrod, principal conductor and piano

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Jun 21

Brahms Beloved – Symphonies 2 & 4; Clara Schumann Lieder – John Axelrod, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz  | Time – 01:53:39 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Symphony No. 4 recorded live at the Auditorium di Milano, Italy, June 15-18, 2013; Symphony No. 2 recorded live at the Auditorium di Milano, Italy, March 12-17, 2013; C. Schumann Lieder recorded at the Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany, May 1-5, 2013.

John Axelrod has recorded unique Brahms symphonies + Clara Schumann Lieder cycle, exploring the symphonies as four sides of the woman with whom Brahms was obsessed. In a fascinating new concept, John Axelrod (2012 ICMA Award winner and winner of the ResMusica “Best Classical album of 2012”) is spearheading an exploration of the relationship between Brahms and the woman he loved, Clara Schumann, as depicted in their music. “If you listen to the Brahms symphonies,” says Axelrod, “each of them seems to inhabit a completely different, though connected, character. Then, if you listen to the songs of Clara Schumann, they also fall clearly into a very similar four moods. I believe that Clara’s own personality is in those songs, and so if that is true, it is also possible to think of the four Brahms symphonies as portraits of Clara – four different aspects of her.”

To explore this idea, this double album will – for the first time – pair a Brahms symphony with its ‘matching’ set of Clara’s Lieder. And to illustrate it further, there will be four different world-class singers as Clara, each a different voice-type. This album of Symphonies 2 & 4 will feature renowned sopranos Nicole Cabell and Indra Thomas singing the songs of Clara Schumann. As an American conductor, Axelrod believes strongly too in the universality of Brahms, so has chosen non-Germanic forces. In the symphonies he will conduct the Italian, Grammy Award-winning Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. The producer for the recording is multiple Grammy Award-winner Michael Fine, and fellow Grammy-winner Wolf Dieter Karwatky is engineer.

Tracklist:

DISC 1

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
1 I. Allegro non troppo [13:16]
2 II. Andante moderato [12:33]
3 III. Allegro giocoso [6:26]
4 IV. Allegro energico e passionato [10:05]
John Axelrod, conductor | Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
5 Am Strande [2:53]
6 Ich stand in dunklen Träumen [2:27]
7 Der Abendstern [2:42]
8 Die stille Lotusblume [3:25]
9 Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen [2:40]
Indra Thomas, soprano | John Axelrod, piano

DISC 2

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
1 I. Allegro non troppo [19:58]
2 II. Adagio non troppo [10:06]
3 III. Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino [5:30]
4 IV. Allegretto con spirito [9:28]
John Axelrod, conductor | Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

Clara Schumann
5 Liebst Du um Schönheit [2:37]
6 Liebeszauber [2:24]
7 Der Mond kommt still gegangen [2:11]
8 Auf einem grünen Hügel [3:10]
9 O Lust, O Lust [1:48]
Nicole Cabell, soprano | John Axelrod, piano

Personnel:
Indra Thomas, soprano
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
John Axelrod, principal conductor and piano

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Jun 21

Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Suites for Violoncello, BWV 1007-1012 – Pierre Fournier (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:19:18 minutes | 2,75 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion | Recorded: Hanover, Beethovensaal, 12/1960

In Colette’s famous phrase, Pierre Fournier “sings better than anything that sings”. Nowhere is this truer than in his iconic recordings of the six Bach suites. The suites were so much part of him that on the afternoon before a concert he was heard asking which of them he was playing that evening.

Basle Cathedral was packed on two Sunday evenings in the autumn of 1962 to hear Fournier play the complete set of Bach Suites. “One man and four stirings mesmerizing more than 2000 people … an indescribable palette of colours, or contrasts … an extraordinary demonstration of thought, of mastery, of style.” Few listeners to Fournier’s Bach performances have been able to forget them; the audience before the isolated figure high on the square platform in the nave of Basle Cathedral was no exception. In the hands of this half-sceptical believer whose vocabulary was so often religious (he called the Suites “the cellist’s breviary”), an epicurean whose work was ruthlessly self-disciplined, the Suites distilled Bach’s humanity and his indestructible faith, the sensuality and the spirituality fused in sound.” Angela Hughes, Pierre Fournier: Cellist in a Landscape with Figures (1998)
„Elegance is the quality in Pierre Fournier’s playing that makes the first and, ultimately, the most lasting impression. He finds great depth in the suites, but he shows constant awareness that he is playing mostly dance music (usually, and importantly, French dance music), that joy is its most important underlying emotion and that graceful movement and rhythmic fluency are essential.“ –Joe McLellan

Tracklist:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007
01 | I. Prélude 2:49
02 | II. Allemande 4:18
03 | III. Courante 2:45
04 | IV. Sarabande 3:21
05 | V. Menuet I-II 3:28
06 | VI. Gigue 2:15

Suite for Cello Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
07 | I. Prélude 3:26
08 | II. Allemande 3:26
09 | III. Courante 2:06
10 | IV. Sarabande 4:19
11 | V. Menuet I-II 3:17
12 | VI. Gigue 2:44

Suite for Cello Solo No.3 in C, BWV 1009
13 | I. Prélude 3:43
14 | II. Allemande 4:00
15 | III. Courante 3:11
16 | IV. Sarabande 5:01
17 | V. Bourrée I-II 3:55
18 | VI. Gigue 3:26

Suite for Cello Solo No.4 in E flat, BWV 1010
19 | I. Prélude 4:15
20 | II. Allemande 4:32
21 | III. Courante 3:46
22 | IV. Sarabande 5:08
23 | V. Bourrée I-II 5:07
24 | VI. Gigue 2:53

Suite for Cello Solo No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011
25 | I. Prélude 7:00
26 | II. Allemande 4:35
27 | III. Courante 2:06
28 | IV. Sarabande 3:29
29 | V. Gavotte I-II 5:05
30 | VI. Gigue 2:47

Suite for Cello Solo No.6 in D, BWV 1012
31 | I. Prélude 5:01
32 | II. Allemande 5:44
33 | III. Courante 3:49
34 | IV. Sarabande 3:47
35 | V. Gavotte I-II 4:39
36 | VI. Gigue 4:05

Personnel:
Pierre Fournier, cello

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Jun 21

Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis – Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:21:27 minutes | 827 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: July 3-5, 2015, Stephaniensaal, Graz, Austria

When Nikolaus Harnoncourt retired from the stage in December last year, it was his express wish to release the broadcast recording of his last project, Beethoven’s monumental “Missa solemnis” as his personal legacy.

The ‘Missa solemnis’ concerts at the Styriarte Festival Graz and the Salzburg Festival in summer 2015 were his last public performances. This recording of Beethoven’s late masterpiece was made from material captured at the Graz concerts and rehearsals.

As a result of his life-long research on Beethoven, he conducted the work for the first time with the Concentus Musicus Wien on period instruments, the Concentus is joined by the Vienna based Arnold Schoenberg Choir and a handpicked solo quartet.

“it soon becomes apparent that to read his last account of this unsettled and unsettling work as a definitive Last Will and Testament would run counter to Harnoncourt’s restless, continually probing musical spirit…it strikes me as an uncommonly apposite farewell from a musician whose life’s work centred on questioning rather than affirming, and encouraging his performers and audiences to do the same.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 3rd June 2016

Tracklist:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123
1. I. Kyrie 09:56
2. II. Gloria: Gloria 05:48
3. II. Gloria: Qui tollis 04:56
4. II. Gloria: Quoniam 07:04
5. III. Credo: Credo 04:14
6. III. Credo: Et incarnatus est 05:01
7. III. Credo: Et resurrexit 10:41
8. IV. Sanctus: Sanctus 03:44
9. IV. Sanctus: Praeludium – Benedictus 13:07
10. V. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei 07:05
11. V. Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem 09:57

Personnel:
Laura Aikin, soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, alto
Johannes Chum, tenor
Ruben Drole, bass
Concentus Musicus Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

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Jun 21

Johann Sebastian Bach – Les 4 Ouvertures BWV 1066-1069 – Le Concert des Nation, Jordi Savall (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:45:14 minutes | 1,77 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Alia Vox

Tracklist:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Ouverture (Suite) III En Ré Majeur, BWV 1068
1 (Ouverture) 11:35
2 Air 5:55
3 Gavotte I – Gavolle II 4:28
4 Bourée 1:15
5 Gigue 2:37

Ouverture (Suite) I En Ut Majeur, BWV 1066
6 (Ouverture) 10:37
7 Courante 2:15
8 Gavotte I Alternativement – Gavolle II 3:19
9 Forlane 1:28
10 Menuett I Alternativement – Menuett II 3:32
11 Bourée I Alternativement – Bourée II 2:37
12 Passepied I – Passepied II 3:07

Ouverture (Suite) II En Si Mineur, BWV 1067
13 (Ouverture) 11:30
14 Rondeau 2:06
15 Sarabande 3:29
16 Bourée I Alternativement – Bourée II 2:06
17 Polonaise; Double 4:05
18 Menuett 1:23
19 Bandinerie 1:25

Ouverture (Suite) IV En Ré Majeur, BWV 1069
20 (Ouverture) 12:37
21 Bourée I – Bourée II 2:53
22 Gavotte 1:40
23 Menuett I Alternativement – Menuett II 4:36
24 Réjouissance 2:24

Personnel:
Le Concert des Nation
Jordi Savall, conductor

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Jun 20

Berg, Schoenberg, Krenek – Piano Sonatas – Glenn Gould (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:18 minutes | 383 MB | Genre: Classical
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Tracklist:

Alban Berg (1885-1935)
1 Piano Sonata No. 1: Mässig bewegt 13:08

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Drei Klavierstücke, Op. 11
2 I. Mässig 04:10
3 II. Mässige 08:25
4 III. Bewegt 02:33

Ernst Křenek (1900-1991)
Sonata for Piano No. 3, Op. 92 No. 4
5 I. Allegretto piacavole, animato e flessibile 04:46
6 II. Theme, Canons and Variations. Andantino – Agitato – Allegretto 06:55
7 III. Scherzo – Vivace ma non troppo 01:33
8 IV. Adagio 06:48

Personnel:
Glenn Gould, piano

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Jun 20

Johannes Brahms – Complete Works for Violin & Piano – Arabella Steinbacher, Robert Kulek (2011)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:18:49 minutes | 3,11 GB | Genre: Classical
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“Arabella Steinbacher and Robert Kulek approach these timeless scores with a velvet-gloved tenderness and affection that dispels any sense of Brahms being an ‘intellectual’ composer. Steinbacher produces a sensuous sound of beguiling purity that sends Brahms’s rich cantabile lines soaring aloft and receives wonderfully sympathetic support from Kulek…in terms of sheer beauty of sound Steinbacher and Kulek have no rivals.” –Classic FM

“There’s a strongly lyrical impulse in Arabella Steinbacher’s playing which is suited to the intimate character of these Sonatas…Robert Kulek is an admirable duo partner and projects both the richness and clarity of texture in Brahms’s writing through a carefully controlled use of the pedal, responding wit sensitivity to the subtle inflections in Steinbacher’s phrasing. Pentatone’s recording has real presence” –BBC Music Magazine

Tracklist:
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in G, Op. 78 (1833–1897)
1 Vivace ma non troppo 11.06
2 Adagio 8.55
3 Allegro molto moderato 9.20
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in A, Op. 100 (1886)
4 Allegro amabile 8.26
5 Andante tranquillo – Vivace 7.03
6 Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante) 5.42
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1886-88)
7 Allegro 8.11
8 Adagio 4.53
9 Un poco presto e con sentiment 3.04
10 Presto agitato 5.52
Scherzo from the FAE Sonata in C minor, WoO 2 (1853)
11 Allegro – Trio – Più moderato – In tempo ma marcato 5.50

Personnel:
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Robert Kulek, piano

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Jun 18

Benjamin Britten – Peter Grimes – Peter Pears, Claire Watson, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten (1959/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:21:57 minutes | 2,7 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, December 1958

Tenor Sir Peter Pears leads the cast on this famous and highly-lauded presentation of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer himself and recorded live in London in December 1958. The album has been included on the list of the 100 greatest recordings by Gramophone, which said this version “has never been superseded in its refinement or insight.” BBC Music Magazine named this album the greatest Britten recording of all time.

“(The role of Grimes) was written for Pears and this recording is still the benchmark … no one should be without this evocative, wonderfully sung recording.” –BBC Music Magazine

“… a studio has rarely witnessed anything so poignant as (Pears’s) singing of the mad scene in the last act. It is almost unbearably moving … the Covent Garden Orchestra rise superbly to their task and indeed one is left with an impression of the entire cast, of everybody concerned, being inspired by the presence and direction of the composer.” –Gramophone

Tracklist:

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Peter Grimes, Op.33

Prologue
1. Peter Grimes! 01:28
2. You Sailed Your Boat 03:04
3. Peter Grimes, I Here Advise You! 02:09
4. The Truth…the Pity… 01:54
5. Interlude I: On the beach 02:58

ACT ONE Scene 1
6. Oh, Hang At Open Doors 05:35
7. Hi! Give Us a Hand 03:19
8. I Have To Go From Pub To Pub 01:58
9. Let Her Among You 03:08
10. Look, the Storm Cone! 02:42
11. And Do You Prefer the Storm 04:57
12. What Harbour Shelters Peace 01:12
13. Interlude II: The Storm 04:08

ACT ONE Scene 2
14. Past Time To Close! 04:21
15. We Live and Let Live 01:58
16. Have You Heard? 01:22
17. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades 03:41
18. Old Joe Has Gone Fishing 02:29
19. The Bridge Is Down, We Half Swam Over 01:41

ACT TWO Scene 1
20. Interlude III: Sunday Morning By the Beach 02:23
21. Glitter Of Waves 05:41
22. Let This Be a Holiday 03:00
23. This Unrelenting Work 04:41
24. Fool To Let It Come To This! 02:18
25. What Is It? 01:02
26. People!…No! I Will Speak! 02:14
27. We Planned That Their Lives 02:27
28. Swallow! Shall We Go 00:44
29. Now Is Gossip Put On Trial 02:12
30. From the Gutter 04:35
31. Interlude IV: Passacaglia 05:27

ACT TWO Scene 2
32. Go There! 07:18
33. Now!…Now! 02:09
34. Peter Grimes! Nobody Here? 03:08

ACT THREE Scene 1
35. Interlude V: Evening 04:18
36. Assign Your Prettiness To Me 02:38
37. Pah! 02:49
38. Come Along, Doctor! 03:19
39. Embroidery In Childhood 05:09
40. Mr. Swallow! 01:59
41. Who Holds Himself Apart 03:46
42. Interlude VI: Fog 02:35

ACT THREE Scene 2
43. Grimes! Grimes! 04:57
44. Peter, We’ve Come To Take You Home 02:30
45. To Those Who Pass The Borough 04:53

Personnel:
Geraint Evans, baritone vocals (Ned Keene)
Owen Brannigan, baritone vocals (Swallow, Bass-Bariton)
James Pease, bass vocals (Captain Balstrode)
David Kelly, bass vocals (Hobson) (on track 7)
Jean Watson, contralto vocals (Auntie)
Lauris Elms, mezzo-soprano vocals (Mrs. Sedley)
Claire Watson, soprano vocals (Ellen Orford)
Marion Studholme, soprano vocals (Niece 1)
Iris Kells, soprano vocals (Niece 2)
Raymond Nilsson, tenor vocals (Bob Boles)
Peter Pears, tenor vocals (Peter Grimes)
John Lanigan, tenor vocals (The Rector)
Marcus Norman, treble vocals (John) (on track 2)
Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Douglas Robinson, chorus master
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Benjamin Britten, conductor

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