Mullejans, Von Der Goltz, Schreiber – Bach: Violin Concertos, Concerto For 3 Violins (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.25 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

Bach’s three well-known Violin Concertos are paired here with a splendid concerto for three violins, reconstructed from the surviving version for three harpsichords, BWV 1064. The composer’s fascination with the Italian solo concerto, which resulted in numerous arrangements and compositions, dates to his second Weimar period from 1708 to 1717. However, current research has revealed that Bach wrote the violin concertos around 1720, during his engagement as Kapellmeister in Cöthen. On this recording, soloists Petra Mullejans, Gottfried von der Goltz, and Anne Katharina Schreiber are backed by the matchless Freiburger Barockorchester in dazzling readings of these evergreen favorites.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Petra Müllejans, Gottfried Von der Goltz, Anne Katharina Schreiber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

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Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace, Paavo Jarvi – Hindemith: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonatas (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Full Scans | 983 MB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

Frank Peter Zimmermann, who in 2010 was awarded the international Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, makes a great case for these works. His Trio recently won the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Award for their Chamber recording of Beethoven’s Trio Op. 9. In the concerto Zimmermann teams up with Paavo Järvi, another recipient of the Paul Hindemith Prize and principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Composer: Paul Hindemith
Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

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McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque – Haydn: Symphonies 88, 101 & 104 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.32 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season in 2010-11. Led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan since 1985, Philharmonia Baroque is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras, as well as one of the most exciting period instrument ensembles, in the country. This trio of Haydn symphonies displays the remarkably consistent quality and inventiveness of the composer’s output: from the clever and concise symphony No.88 to the humorous ‘Clock’ to the dazzling and sonorous Symphony No.104 (Haydn’s swan song to the genre), this superb collection bears eloquent witness to Haydn’s consummate mastery.

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

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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 (more…)

Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra – Britten’s Orchestra (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 912 MB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

One of the chief characteristics of Benjamin Britten’s music is his masterful and highly distinctive orchestration, and the works on this album are among his most prized for that hallmark of his originality: the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, the Sinfonia da requiem, and the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from the opera Peter Grimes. In tribute to Britten’s brilliant handling of the orchestra, Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony have recorded these works in 24-bit, high-definition sound, which provides remarkable details and ideal stereo separation of the instruments, but also puts the music in a rather dry and compressed-sounding ambience. A result of this kind of hyper-refined digital technology is that every note is heard quite clearly, but the space surrounding it feels airless, unless it is played at a fairly high volume; even then, only the bass drum and a few other percussion instruments show any signs of natural reverberation. Furthermore, there is a sustained though extremely soft background noise that is reminiscent of analog tape hiss, though it is not prominent or distracting. While the playing here is admirable for its pristine execution and energy, and Stern deserves kudos for drawing intensely musical performances out of what otherwise might have been a sterile showcase, the absence of lively acoustics makes this album a little hard to get used to, and perhaps only technophiles will rejoice in the sanitized reproduction.

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
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Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr
Handel, Richter, Stamitz, Mozart, Haydn: Birth Of The Symphony Handel to Haydn – 2014

Classical | Flac. Tracks, 24/96 kHz | Covers | 1.36 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: Linnrecords | TT: 70:46

The 18th century saw an explosion of symphonies (over 18,000 composed in just 60 years, by one estimate). ‘Birth of the Symphony: Handel to Haydn’ surveys some of the diverse works which were central to the genre as we know it today. The recording begins with Handel’s Sinfonia from Saul, an example of the oratorio sinfonia which supplied models for the early symphony’s scoring. Works from the avant-garde Mannheim composers Stamitz and Richter demonstrate the new sonic possibilities of the form, with which Mozart also engages in his very first attempt at the symphony. The recording ends with an example of a mature classical symphony, Haydn’s ‘La passione’.

Cast:
Academy of Ancient Music,
Richard Egarr, conductor

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Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont / Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 27 & 28 (2014) [Official Digital Download – 24bit/96kHz]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.05 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical

Pianist Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont releases his first disc on Resonus Classics with an album containing three pivotal sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven – the two Op. 27 sonatas labelled “Quasi una fantasia” in E flat major and C sharp minor (including the “Moonlight” sonata) and the Op. 28 sonata in D major (“Pastoral”). In these three sonatas we see Beethoven stretching and experimenting with both form and texture, and the Paris-born pianist Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont – known for his innovative and insightful interpretations – brings a unique and fresh view to these vital works of the classical piano repertoire.
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Michael Lewin, Claude Debussy: Beau Soir – Preludes Book 2 & Other works (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.98 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

Even in a catalog crowded with world-class Debussy Préludes Book II cycles, Michael Lewin has a lot to offer. The intricate fingerwork in Nos. 1, 4, 8, 11 and 12 combine muted hues and blueprint clarity, while sustained neutral tones create haunting long lines throughout Nos. 2 and 10. The disc opens with pianist/transcriber Koji Attwood’s beautiful reworking of the song “Beau Soir,” followed by myriad short works. Although Lewin’s cut and dried Valse romantique and La Plus que lente may lack charm and sentiment to certain ears, L’isle joyeux and Etude pour les octaves release their pent-up tension to impressive effect.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Michael Lewin

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Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti – Vivaldi: Concerti ‘Nuova Stagione’ (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.28 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

After a recording of The Four Seasons that was awarded several distinctions (ZZT080803), Amandine Beyer and her ensemble come back to Vivaldi with a selection of concerti.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Amandine Beyer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gli Incogniti

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye (2014) [Bonus Track Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:53 minutes | 601 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: TomPetty.com | Front cover

Hypnotic Eye is the first album from the band in four years. “I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record”, – Petty told Rolling Stone in April. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time”. This special Hi-Res edition expanded with one extra track “Playing Dumb” recorded during the album sessions.
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