Anton Dvorak – String Quartets No.10 & 11 – Quatuor Talich (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:49 minutes | 636 MB | Genre: Classical
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In 1975 Paris discovered the four Czech musicians of the Talich Quartet and was dumbfounded by the depth of their harmony and the reach of their melody. The first recording followed a year later. The subject was Antonín Dvorák, the object the ‘American’ Quartet. An interpretation that has become legendary … Since then, the Talich Quartet has been characterised, both in record and in concert and through all its changes in personnel, by a specific tone, a particular sonority that has always riveted the attention. Now, with its poetic playing, its subtle, tender lyricism, the group returns at last to Dvorák with the Quartets nos.10 and 11. In their time, these two works enjoyed genuine popular success. They were played all over Europe, and gained Dvorák a reputation as one of the most important chamber music composers of his day. The Talich Quartet offers us here a chance to discover and appreciate these two masterpieces that have been unfairly overshadowed by the fame of the ‘American’ Quartet.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Goldberg Variations – Lars Vogt (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:20 minutes | 648 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 24–26 March, 2014, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln, Germany

Many concepts have been applied to the playing of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, on the piano rather than the harpsichord for which it was originally composed. There are readings that attempt to restrict the piano’s dynamic ambit to keep it close to that of a harpsichord, those that go full-on Romantic, and monumental takes that recognize the sheer unprecedented scope of the work. Fewer, though, are those that recognize the original story of the work’s origin, recounted by Bach’s early biographer Forkel: a Russian ambassador in Saxony, named Kaiserling, had trouble sleeping and prevailed upon a young pianist named Goldberg to serenade him to the land of dreams with a harpsichord, asking Bach to compose something for these sessions. The tale has been widely disbelieved, but there is no reason to suppose that quiet, intimate Goldberg Variations are any less valid than an epic one. That’s what’s here from German pianist Lars Vogt, who manages the neat trick of delivering a truly pianistic interpretation without turning it into a Romantic one. He does so by keeping the volume low throughout and by reining in the temptation to make the big minor-key variations at the middle and end into anguished dissonant cries. Instead they are moderate in tempo and quietly dreamy, to delightful effect, and one might indeed imagine the insomniac Russian count drifting off to them. In general Vogt’s treatment is straightforward, with nothing brought so far to the fore that it would interfere with the considerable contrapuntal detail that emerges naturally from the individual variations. With excellent engineering from Ondine, working in the Deutschlandfunk Chamber Music Studio in Cologne, this is a highly recommended tonic to grandiose Goldberg Variations played on whatever instruments.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Goldberg Variations – Alexandre Tharaud (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:15:10 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 22 – 27.II.2015 & 12-14.IV. 2015, Aix en Provence – conservatoire Darius Milhaud

Music of the Baroque era – Bach keyboard concertos and Scarlatti sonatas – already features in the eclectic Erato catalogue of the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. Now he is giving us his interpretation of one of the monuments of the repertoire for piano (and harpsichord), Bach’sGoldberg Variations. (more…)

Johann Sebastian Bach – Magnificat, Christmas Cantata – Dunedin Consort, John Butt (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:26:47 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK, 27–31 July 2014

Dunedin Consort recreates Bach’s first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale. Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort’s star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson plus newcomer Julia Doyle.

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A Memorial Album: Ernst von Dohnanyi Plays His Own Music For Piano (1960/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 51:02 minutes | 1,53 GB | Genre: Classical
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On February 5, 1960, Ernst von Dohnanyi, one of the great composers and piano virtuosi of the twentieth century, was busily engaged in the New York studios of Everest Records, making recordings of music by Beethoven. Shortly thereafter, he suffered a heart attack, followed by an attack of influenza. Four days later he was dead. Thus, the music he recorded for Everestrepresents the very last performances by this remarkable artist. At eighty-two, an age when most musicians have long since retired, Dohnanyi, as these recordings will attest, still possessed a commanding technique, an enormous tone and an authoritative interpretive style.

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice – Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:24:56 minutes | 1.49 GB | Genre: Classical, Opera
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Recorded in 96kHz/24bit, Live recording from the Théâtre de Poissy (France), 5 and 7 April 2015

This is a full recording of the original Italian version (the “Vienna version” from 1762) of Gluck’s beloved take on the Orpheus myth, Orfeo et Euridice PLUS extra music written by Gluck for later performances of his opera. It includes virtuoso arias for Fagioli and as such represents a brilliant showcase for him and a collectible item for connoisseurs.
This is Franco Fagioli’s first ever recording of a complete opera in which he sings the title role and since, the role has become one of Franco’s calling cards in recent seasons. It is known for its absolutely gorgeous music, including one of opera’s most audience-pleasing tunes, the uber-famous aria “Che farò senza Euridice”.
This version of the opera (by far the most popular one) appears for the first time ever on period instruments on DG / Archiv, hence filling a major gap in our catalogue and is a substantial project featuring one of our exciting new signings in one of his finest roles.

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice / Orpheo – Highlights Of The Versions For Vienna (1762) And Paris (1774) – Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri (2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:26 minutes | 1.17 GB | Genre: Classical, Opera
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Deutsche Grammophon/ARCHIV Produktion
Recorded in 96kHz/24bit, Live recording from the Théâtre de Poissy (France), 5 and 7 April 2015

This is a full recording of the original Italian version (the “Vienna version” from 1762) of Gluck’s beloved take on the Orpheus myth, Orfeo et Euridice PLUS extra music written by Gluck for later performances of his opera. It includes virtuoso arias for Fagioli and as such represents a brilliant showcase for him and a collectible item for connoisseurs.
This is Franco Fagioli’s first ever recording of a complete opera in which he sings the title role and since, the role has become one of Franco’s calling cards in recent seasons. It is known for its absolutely gorgeous music, including one of opera’s most audience-pleasing tunes, the uber-famous aria “Che farò senza Euridice”.
This version of the opera (by far the most popular one) appears for the first time ever on period instruments on DG / Archiv, hence filling a major gap in our catalogue and is a substantial project featuring one of our exciting new signings in one of his finest roles.

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