Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos 1, 5 & Sinfonia concertante – Vilde Frang, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:17:25 minutes | 725 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | © Parlophone
Recorded: 3–5 April 2014, St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London

Following the success of her discs of Romantic and Late Romantic repertoire, Vilde Frang has recorded Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 1 and 5 ‘Turkish’ and the Sinfonia Concertante K364, enabling music lovers to hear the Norwegian violinist perform Classical repertoire on disc for the first time. The impetus for this album was a 2012 orchestral tour of Asia conducted by Jonathan Cohen in which Vilde performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. The vibrancy of their musical collaboration was something both artists were keen to repeat and commit to disc. Jonathan Cohen’s chamber orchestra, Arcangelo, proved the ideal partner, joined by violist Maxim Rysanov in the Sinfonia Concertante.


Antonio Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonico – Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque (2015)
Time – 01:36:58 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London, February and September 2014

Vivaldi has, above all, always struck me as wonderfully entertaining. His musical shapes and figurations seem to exist in order to please and surprise. Always supremely idiomatic (although sometimes idiosyncratically specific), there’s also that sense of directing a sensation with a particular person in mind. In the 12 Concertos which comprise ‘L’Estro Armonico’, these qualities abound, not least because Vivaldi appears to have taken extraordinary trouble to exhibit his craft to the world, almost as a way of ‘setting out a stall’ for how a new 18thcentury concerto could now be written in the right hands. Underpinning Vivaldi’s flair, originality and meticulous attention to detail is an engine room of momentum: raw energy is regularly the order of the day with muscular layers of semiquavers and rapid acrobatics passed between the various configurations of soloists. These pieces are truly exhilarating to play and perform and their fresh impact never fails to hit some target or other, judging by the reaction of a live audience. Not often do you witness four violins trying to outdo each other! During Brecon Baroque’s concerts preceding the recording, the rapierlike turns in musical conversations between the four parts always seemed to lead to added expectation and excitement – all the more effective because of the contrasted moments of deep melancholy which Vivaldi some how manages to express irrespective of mode; like Schubert, a major key can be just as poignant and affecting as a minor in a conceit of sadness or loss. For example, in the slow movements of Concertos nos. 9 and 12 in D and E major respectively, there is an exquisite tenderness in his writing, something fragile, innocent and temporary; I catch myself wondering for whom these moments were created… I would like to thank all my wonderful colleagues for these many intense moments of energy, tenderness and joy while performing and recording these fantastic concertos – works which intrigued Bach and from which he mined so many of the very finest Vivaldian attributes. –Rachel Podger


Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), György Kurtág (b.1926)
Artist: Márta and György Kurtág
Film Director: Isabelle Soulard
Title: In memoriam Haydée: Játékok – Games And Transcriptions For Piano Solo And Four Hands
Genre: Classical, Piano
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM New Series 5508 | LGM Télévision
Release Date: 2015
Recorded: September 22, 2012 at Cité de la musique, Paris.
Quality: Blu-ray
Length: 1:22:34
Video: MPEG-4 AVC / 21997 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 15.24 GB

Subtitled Játékok – Games and Transcriptions for piano solo and four hands, this is a film, directed by Isabelle Soulard, of a Kurtág concert at Paris’s Cité de la Musique. The duo performances of Márta and György Kurtág are distinguished by tough new music precision, underpinned by a quality of affection (“What playing!” raved the New Yorker of a Játékok concert. “Notes were placed with surgical care; inner voices gleamed in crystalline patterns; elusive emotional states were painted with quick, light strokes.”) Játékok has become a compendium of tiny homages, jewelled miniatures dedicated to composers from Scarlatti to Stravinsky and tributes to colleagues and influences. In this special case the whole programme is dedicated to the memory of the Kurtágs’ good friend, musicologist Haydée Charbagi (1979-2008). Interspersed amongst the Játékok pieces are György Kurtág’s Bach transcriptions. The whole programme closes with a beautiful version of Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit.

Untertitelt Játékok – Games and Transcriptions for piano solo and four hands, zeigt diese DVD/Blu-ray disc einen Film, den die Regisseurin Isabelle Soulard von einem Kurtág-Konzert in der Cité de la Musique in Paris drehte. Die Duo-Auftritte von Márta und György Kurtág zeichnen sich durch straffe Neue-Musik-Präzision aus, die durch aufmerksame Zuwendung grundiert wird („Was für ein Spiel!“ jubelte der ‚New Yorker‘ über ein Játékok-Konzert. „Die Töne wurden mit chirurgischer Sorgfalt gesetzt, innere Stimmen funkelten in kristallinen Mustern, schwer fassbare Seelenzustände wurden mit schnellen, leichten Strichen skizziert“).  Játékok  ist ein Kompendium kleiner Hommagen, brilliant schillernder Miniaturen, gewidmet Komponisten von Scarlatti bis Stravinsky, und Tribute an Kollegen und Einflüsse geworden. In diesem besonderen Fall ist das gesamte Programm der Erinnerung an einen guten Freund der Kurtágs, der Musikwissenschaftlerin Haydée Charbagi (1979-2008) gewidmet. Zwischen die Játékok-Stücke sind György Kurtágs Bach-Transkriptionen eingestreut. Das Programm endet mit einer herrlichen Fassung von Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit.


Title: The Best British Rock Concert Of All Time – Live At Knebworth 1990
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Rock
Director: Jerry Behrens
Artist: Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins w/ Genesis, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears for Fears

Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 03:06:52
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 30031 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio#2: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 43.22 GB

Eagle Vision s SD Blu-ray range presents upscaled standard definition original material with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound for the best possible quality. On June 30TH, 1990 in the grounds of Knebworth House a concert was staged to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the Brit School For Performing Arts. It has since been heralded as the best British rock concert of all time. The breathtaking performing line-up was drawn entirely from acts who had been recipients of the prestigious Sliver Clef Award presented annually by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy for outstanding services to the British Music Industry. All the artists gave their time and performances for free in order to support the charity and this SD Blu-ray edition will continue to raise funds so that they can continue their invaluable work. Features an extraordinary line-up including Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Status Quo, Genesis & Phil Collins, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dire Straits and Tears For Fears. (more…)