Roland Maria Stangier – English Town Hall Organ (Holst, Handel, Vierne, Bridge, Elgar, Franck, Gardonyi) – 2010
Classical | Flac. Tracks, 24/192 | Covers | 2.71 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: Acousence Classics | TT: 01:18:26

The first solo album of the new Eule organ of the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle. Well-known original works for organ as well as transcriptions of famous orchestral works by Holst, Handel, Vierne, Elgar, Bridge, Franck and Gárdonyi.

In 2009 the venue of the Duisburg Philharmonics, the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle, received a new concert organ in the anglo-late romantic style, modeled after the English Town Hall organs of the time. We now present the first solo album featuring the new instrument, with Roland Maria Stangier at the organ.
While most people first and foremost associate the sound of the organ with the instruments used in church, the organ looks back at a long tradition of being employed in the concert hall as well – in the form of the concert organ. These instruments can be characterised by an immense dynamic range and a great number of tonal colours. The abundant pedal, with a forceful and voluminous sound is typical, as well.
The multi-faceted programme with original works for organ as well as transcriptions of famous orchestral works, which are typical for the heyday of these instruments in the 19th century, topped with some improvisations, perfectly illuminates the capabilities of the instrument and promises a sonic adventure of a truly special kind.


Max Emmanuel Cencic – Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.19 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

Launching his new recording contract with Decca Classics, critically-acclaimed countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic performs arias from the finest of Hasse’s dramatic works. From the exquisite delicacy of the aria di sostenuto to the fiery passion of the aria di bravura, Cencic’s sensational performance brings Hasse’s greatest works to a new audience, brilliantly fresh and with maximum effect.

Rokoko follows on from Cencic’s incredibly well received Alessandro on Decca Classics. Critics from the world’s leading press recognised the album’s outstanding qualities: Gramophone described it as “an essential purchase”; Opera News observed that Cencic “commands the music totally”, while Diapason awarded it Diapason de l’or de l’année and it also won recognition in the International Opera Awards in London

For this new recording Cencic is accompanied by the superb Armonia Atenea under their internationally-renowned conductor George Petrou.

Composer: Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer: Max Emanuel Cencic, Theorodos Kitsos
Conductor: George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armonia Atenea


Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic – Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherezade; Balakirev: Islamey (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.47 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

Since it was founded, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has worked to develop not only as a symphony orchestra but as a showcase for music from different traditions – a multicultural mosaic where each little stone is carefully placed with the utmost respect for its neighbour, making a unique contribution to its surroundings. Our first two CDs have reflected this, combining music of composers from different backgrounds with a similar musical language. We now embark on another exploration of the eastern musical roots of Europe in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century, identifying elements of the eastern side of the Bosphorus which have influenced the Western cultural background of most of these composers.

Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mily Balakirev, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Ulvi Cemal Erkin
Performer: Pelin Halkaci
Conductor: Sascha Goetzel


Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn – Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Rhapsody (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.70 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

The Rachmaninov Piano Concertos performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn are among the most iconic recordings in the Decca Classics catalogue. For the first time in over 40 years, the recordings have been remastered in ultra-high quality 96kHz 24-bit audio at Abbey Road Studios.

A note on the remastering: To celebrate these iconic recordings, DECCA has gone back to the original tapes and used the latest techniques and extensive comparison with the first LP pressings, to make a definitive transfer. For the first time ever, all audio processing has been achieved in the 96kHz 24-bit domain.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra


My Precious Manuscript: Fantastic Sonatas from England to Germany – La Sainte-Folie Fantastique (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 01:06:46 minutes | 1,24 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Covers & Digital booklets
Recorded: 24 au 27 septembre 2012 à l’église Saint-Pardoux de Pindray

Сomposer: Henry Butler († 1652), William Young († 1662), Heinrich Scheidemann (c.1595-1663), John Jenkins (1592-1678), Wilhelm Brad (1560-1630), Dietrich Steffkins († 1673), Dietrich Becker (1623-1679) et anonymes
Artist: La Sainte-Folie Fantastique
Title: My Precious Manuscript: Fantastic Sonatas from England to Germany
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Productions | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2014

From England all the way to Germany, the douce folie of a young ensemble! Four musicians, among the most talented of their generation . . . A repertory of which Alpha has been one of the most fervent champions over the past few years. . . An unknown manuscript containing unpublished sonatas by Young, Abell, and other pieces by anonymous composers . . . All this plus the complicity of Thomas Dunford and Jérôme van Waerbeke: the ingredients seem to have come together for this new release, like the first disc of Lucile Boulanger and Arnaud De Pasquale, which received a Diapason Découverte and a ‘Choc’ de Classica, to become a major event.