Julia Lezhneva – Handel (Dedicated to Elena Obraztsova) – Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:56 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Cremona – Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium, 2–4 & 6–10 January 2015

The emphasis for this album is very much on youth and prodigious talent: at 25, Julia Lezhneva is ideally suited to the soprano arias of the young Handel, who arrived in Italy from Germany as a 21 year old at the beginning of the 18th century.
Lezhneva has been praised for her unforgettable spiritual expression and perfect artistry in Handels music, whether in rapidfire coloratura passages or the gentle radiance that casts a tangible spell in slow music. –The Guardian
She has the perfect partners in Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini whose recordings of music from the Italian baroque are celebrated for their fizzing virtuosity and exquisite cushion of sound –The Independent. For some tracks the orchestra is led by Dmitry Sinkovsky, the extraordinary Russian violinist and one of today s most versatile Baroque musicians.
The music encompasses the best of Handel s operatic and religious works from his years in Florence and Rome: the operas Rodrigo and Agrippina and the oratorios Il Trionfo and La Resurrezione as well as the complete Salve Regina and soprano solo from Dixit Dominus. Best known is the radiant Lascia la spina from Il Trionfo and its later incarnation as Lascia ch’io pianga from the opera Rinaldo
The recording was made in the famously musical and historic Italian city of Cremona in the beautiful auditorium of the Museo del Violino.
„. . . a singer of uncommon ability . . . Her take on Handel s Saeviat Tellus Inter Rigores is marked by rare grace.“ –The Independent
„Julia Lezhneva is at her most accomplished here, providing spirited and focused vocalism, running up and down the scales with effortless abandon and to fine effect . . .“ –BBC Music Magazine

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Katarina & Svante Henryson – High, Low or In Between (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:10 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: April 2014 at Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden

vante Henryson, the Swedish cellist, composer, double bass and electric bass guitar player, has been awarded the Nordic Council Music Award of some 50’000 Dollars in a ceremony on Iceland. Starting as a double-bass player in the Oslo Phil, he continued as a rock musician in one of Sweden’s more famous hard rock bands, while at all times exploring the classical cello in his own imaginative way, fusing the classical with impulses from other genres.
I have deeply admired him for many years, but only when hearing him and his singing wife Katarina (of Real Group fame) at a private party, had the chance to really approach them with a recording idea. This materialized and the SACD was recentky released.
We take this opportunity to re-present it at very favourable conditions here and now for a few days. Congratulations, Svante! Way to go!!! And congrats to the Nordic Council for a choice, as excellent as it is daring! –Robert von Bahr

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphonies Nos.40 & 41 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1963/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:52  minutes | 1,16 GB  | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: March 1962 at Kingsway Hall, London

On this masterfully engineered audiophile download, Otto Klemperer, a master of Mozart’s works, leads the Philharmonia Orchestra through engaging interpretations of his most cherished symphonies. Arguably one of the greatest conductors in the world, Klemperer brings excitement and technical control to these familiar compositions. Exuding with brilliance, the performances heard on this album are full and balanced.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphonies Nos.38 & 39 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1956/62/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:23 minutes | 1,08 GB  | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: No. 38 – March 1962, No. 39 – July 1956 at Kingsway Hall, London

Otto Klemperer, one of the world’s leading conductors, guides the Philharmonia Orchestra through masterworks by Mozart. These definitive readings are refined and thrilling, an absolute vital addition to any music lover’s collection.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphonies Nos.35 & 36 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1956/60/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:12minutes | 1,01 GB  | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: No.35 – 22-23 October 1960 at Studio 1, Abbey Road, London; No.35 – 19 July 1956 at Kingsway Hall, London; K384 – 29 September 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London

…In his Haffner Symphony (No 35), Mozart deleted two movements of a previously written piece, made further minor emendations and produced this little masterpiece. The opening Allegro points the way to Klemperer’s approach to each of the three later works here which is as one would expect – serious, weighty and pointing towards Beethoven. The real skill comes from being weighty without being ponderous or losing the lightness inherent in Mozart. The delightful Andante – yet again one blesses the value of splitting the violins – the Minuet and Trio (wonderful balance), and a marvellously shaded Finale complete the opening symphony.
The Linz Symphony (No 36) was one of Mozart’s “written against the clock” pieces -there were so many in his short life – but the listener would never know. A slow introduction prefaces a steadily paced opening Allegro. The gently rocking Adagio that follows shows the quality of the original recording with its clarity in the inner parts. The Minuet and Trio point to rustic revelries rather than an elegant drawing room (lovely playing from the wind section) and in the Finale – played with tremendous dash – the trumpet parts add interesting variety. The exquisitely shaded contrasts between sections yet again show what a superb orchestra the Philharmonia was in its prime… Harry Downey, MusicWeb International

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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’ / Schumann: Symphony No. 4 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1960/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:44  minutes | 1,09 GB | Genre: Classical
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Renowned conductor Otto Klemperer leads the Philharmonia Orchestra through magnificent readings of works by Mendelssohn and Schumann. The rich orchestration is mind-blowing, producing a quintessential recording for any music lover’s collection. This is the definitive reading of these historic pieces.

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