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Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov - Franz Schubert: Sonate D.574; Rondo Op.70; Fantasie D.934 (2006)

Franz Schubert: Sonate D.574; Rondo Op.70; Fantasie D.934 (2006)
Isabelle Faust, violin; Alexander Melnikov, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 225 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb | Time: 00:57:46
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC90 1870

In nearly every respect this is outstanding. The Rondo brillant and the Fantasie, both written for the virtuoso duo of Karl von Bocklet and Josef Slawik, can sound as if Schubert were striving for a brilliant, flashy style, foreign to his nature. Both are in places uncomfortable to play (when first published, the Fantasie’s violin part was simplified), but you would never guess this from Faust’s and Melnikov’s performance; they both nonchalantly toss off any problem passages as though child’s play. The Fantasie’s finale and the Rondo brillant are irresistibly lively and spirited, and this duo’s technical finesse extends to more poetic episodes – Melnikov’s tremolo at the start of the Fantasie shimmers delicately, while the filigree passagework in the last of the variations that form the Fantasie’s centrepiece have a delightful poise and sense of ease.
Isabelle Faust - Brahms: Violin Concerto, String Sextet No. 2 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Isabelle Faust - Brahms: Violin Concerto, String Sextet No. 2 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 74:44 minutes | 720 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Isabelle Faust goes back to the roots of one of the most famous Romantic concertos, which is also one of the most difficult from a technical point of view: did Hans von Bülow not call it a ‘concerto against the violin’? Born of close collaboration between Brahms and the violinist Joseph Joachim, the work is a fine testimony to friendship – whereas the Sextet op.36 is directly linked to the love affair between the composer and the beautiful Agathe von Siebold.
Isabelle Faust  - Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 2 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Isabelle Faust - Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 2 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 60:12 minutes | 1.13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Isabelle Faust hit the Classical charts earlier this year with her mesmerising recording of Beethoven and Berg with Claudio Abbado. She followed up with some welcome live appearances here in the UK, which included the Brahms' concerto at the Barbican with frequent collaborators Jiri Belohlavek and the BBCSO. Isabelle's recordings have won prizes since her harmonia mundi debut in 1997 which earned her a Gramophone Young Artist Award. In 2010 her Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Alexander Melnikov also won.
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov - Schumann: Violin Concerto (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov - Schumann: Violin Concerto (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:32 minutes | 1.04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

In the autumn of 1851 Schumann composed, in rapid succession, the two violin sonatas and, in the space of just seven days from 2 to 9 October, the Piano Trio no.3, Op.110. As always during his work, Schumann was oblivious to everything around him, neglected social obligations, and isolated himself even from Clara. Robert is working very assiduously on a trio for piano, violin, and cello, she confided to her diary, but he won t let me hear anything of it until he has quite finished it all I know is that it s in G minor.

Leonard Bernstein - Liszt: A Faust Symphony (1996/2016) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 22, 2017
Leonard Bernstein - Liszt: A Faust Symphony (1996/2016) [TR24][OF]

Leonard Bernstein - Liszt: A Faust Symphony
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 76:58 min | 1.31 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 03 | Rls.date: 1996/2016

Giuseppe Sinopoli projects Liszt’s “Mephistopheles” with such unrelenting urgency that he could as well be fighting the devil in person. True, the recorded balance keeps the strings fairly close at hand (the actual sound image is not dissimilar to EMI’s on their Masur/Leipzig Liszt series), but the playing itself has real drive and panache, frequently throwing caution to the winds in pursuit of maximum spontaneity (as regards tempo, Sinopoli beats Bernstein to the finishing post by no less than ten minutes).

Isabelle Faust - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2016)  Music

Posted by LoveHive at Dec. 24, 2016
Isabelle Faust - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2016)

Isabelle Faust - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:09:06 | 297 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi

The five most brilliant concertos for violin, all penned before the age of 19! Mozart was not even 15 years old when he began composing violin concertos that would serve as a backdrop at Salzburg receptions. An insatiable drive for independence would however lead the young Konzertmeister to overtly challenge musical forms, innovate with genres, humour and frivolity, all of which can be heard in this delightful first collaboration between Isabelle Faust and the musicians of Il Giardino Armonico.
Isabelle Faust - J.S. Bach: Reconstructed Violin Concertos (2000)

Isabelle Faust - J.S. Bach: Reconstructed Violin Concertos (2000)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 51:38 | 296 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Haenssler | Catalog: 92138

None of these reconstructions are included in Teldec’s Bach 2000, although the better-known ‘originals’ obviously are. The real newcomer is the Sinfonia, BWV1045 (5'34'') ‘to an unknown cantata’ which – as befits a BWV number that immediately precedes the First Brandenburg Concerto – is rumbustious, festive and thematically likeable. Time and again I could sense allusions to other Bach instrumental pieces, though the soloist’s ceaseless arpeggiating is sometimes a distraction. We’re told it’s authentic (the manuscript source suggests a violin concerto in the making) but something about its harmonic language doesn’t quite ring true, though that reaction might well be due to lack of familiarity.

Gounod - Faust (Beczala, Abdrazakov, Agresta; Pérez) 2016  Music

Posted by stfine at Oct. 9, 2016
Gounod - Faust (Beczala, Abdrazakov, Agresta; Pérez) 2016

Gounod - Faust (Beczala, Abdrazakov, Agresta; Pérez) 2016
AVC, 898x504 (16:9), 2.2 mbps, 30 fps | AAC 256 Kbps, 2 ch | 01:48:22 + 01:13:09 | 3.1 GB
Classical, Opera | Salzburg Festival | HDTV->MP4

The Salzburg Festival presents one of Charles Gounod's most well-loved opera: Faust, in a new production staged by Reinhard von der Thannen, conducted by Alejo Pérez and starring Piotr Beczala.
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov - Brahms: Violin Sonatas, Opp. 100 & 108; Schumann: Three Romances, Op.94 (2015)

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonatas, Opp. 100 & 108; Robert Schumann: Three Romances, Op.94 (2015)
Isabelle Faust, violin; Alexander Melnikov, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:17:49
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902219

A 19th-century ‘trio sonata’. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov have already given us an acclaimed version Brahms’s First Violin Sonata, in 2007. They now complete the cycle with the other two sonatas of 1886 and 1888, and add a fascinating rarity dating from 35 years earlier: the ‘F-A-E’ Sonata, a collaborative effort by three composers in honour of the great violinist Joachim, who had to guess who had written which movement! He did so with ease, for the Scherzo is as eminently Brahmsian as the Intermezzo and Finale are Schumannesque. Alexander Melnikov will be contributing his take on a score his mother gave him that belonged to Sviatoslav Richter in September BBC Music Magazine.

Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust (Sylvain Cambreling) (2000)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Sept. 24, 2016
Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust (Sylvain Cambreling) (2000)

Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust (Sylvain Cambreling) (2000)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Nederlands

This imaginative staging of Berlioz's dramatic symphony for chorus, soloists and orchestra relies heavily on the moving of massed choirs across a large stage. It has vivid lighting effects–rather too many of them using strobes–and monolithic multi-purpose sets, in particular a revolving glass drum which functions both as cinema screen and rostrum for singers, so that the final ride to Hell, for example, is sung by Mephistopheles and Faust above a cavalcade of projected horses, like the inside of a zoetrope. The three main soloists have voices on a scale that can compete with these flashy production values–White and Kasarova, in particular, sing at a level of intensity that would swamp anything less; the climactic seduction trio has rarely been sung so well or with such an overpoweringly polymorphous eroticism. Cambreling marshals his forces effectively, giving full rein to the work's showstoppers like the "Hungarian March" but not neglecting the subtler less kinetic Gluckian side of Berlioz's vocal writing. (Roz Kaveney)