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Elizabeth Jordan, Lynsey Marsh, Northern Chamber Orchestra & Stephen Barlow - Mind Music (2017)

Elizabeth Jordan, Lynsey Marsh, Northern Chamber Orchestra & Stephen Barlow - Mind Music
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 88:18 min | 350 MB
Label: Coviello Classics | Tracks: 16 | Rls.date: 2017

Degenerative brain diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s in particular) cause immense distress to sufferers and their families. This album is released to raise funds for research into cures, through Parkinsons UK. Both the soloists lost parents to these diseases hence their wish to support the research. They have chosen works by composers all of whom were similarly afflicted - either in themselves or their close families. Mendelssohn died at a very young age due to degenerative disease, Strauss wrote his work during a period of severe influenza and depression, and Kevin Malone and John Adams struggled to cope when their fathers both succumbed to Alzheimers.
Rosemary Tuck, English Chamber Orchestra & Richard Bonynge - Czerny: Piano Concerto in D Minor (2017)

Rosemary Tuck, English Chamber Orchestra & Richard Bonynge - Czerny: Piano Concerto in D Minor
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 79:23 min | 272 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017

The Vienneseborn Carl Czerny, student and confidant of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, found fame in his native city by writing a series of fashionable pieces, among which numbered fantasies and potpourris as well as a series of important pedagogic studies. His large-scale pianistic works are of great interest and include the First Piano Concerto, in D minor, which expertly balances foreboding, pastoral richness and exuberant brio, a bravura Introduzione e Rondo Brillant and a vivacious salute to Webers Euryanthe. Tuck is dazzlingly articulate and secure in the countless runs and fast passagework Czerny asks of her, wrote MusicWeb International of 8.573417. This is a world-premiere recording.
Anders Paulsson - Aho: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Chamber Orchestra and Quintet for Winds & Piano (2017)

Anders Paulsson, Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Aho: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Chamber Orchestra and Quintet for Winds & Piano (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 00:58:39 | 140 MB
Label: BIS

To date, Kalevi Aho has composed sixteen symphonies and twenty-eight concertos, several operas and a large number of chamber works – a rate of production which is all the more impressive considering the complexity and originality displayed by each new work. On this latest in a long series of BIS releases with Aho’s music, two of his most recent works are performed by the musicians of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra and its artistic director John Storgårds have collaborated with the composer on several projects, and the Concerto for Soprano Saxophone is a commission from the orchestra, at the suggestion of the Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson. A specialist on the soprano saxophone, Paulsson also demonstrated the instrument’s capabilities to Aho as part of his preparations.
Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 (2014)

Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:40 | 224 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88883705482

The presence of the young Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the decision by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes to conduct it from the keyboard may lead you to expect a smaller-scale performance than listeners actually get here, in this second album of Andsnes' "Beethoven Journey." Certainly this isn't keyboard-pounding Beethoven. The slow movement of the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, has none of the giant-stomping-around quality it often received in golden-age recordings.
Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: The Complete Piano Concertos (12CDs) [2012]

Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: The Complete Piano Concertos (12CDs) [2012]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.76 Gb | Total time: 11:37:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 1914112 | Recorded: 1975-1988

Perahia’s immaculate technique, stylistic surety, and classical symmetry are remarkably consistent. While his tone is always singing and rounded, lyrical melodies and decorative passages alike convey a slight diamond-like edge to the peak of crescendos or an emphatic accent. This helps achieve an attractive fusion of unruffled poise and dramatic tension. You hear this quite readily in the B-flat K. 456 concerto ‘s first movement, or in the carefully pedaled trills and restatement of the main theme in K. 595’s heavenly Larghetto, also sampled here. Perahia’s symbiotic musical rapport with Radu Lupu in the two-piano concerto and the two-piano version of the concerto for three pianos should not go unmentioned.
– Jed Distler
Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: The Simphonies (2008)

Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: The Simphonies (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.08 Gb | Total time: 12 Hours 16 Mins | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telars | # 80729 | Recorded: 1986-1990

Musical scholar that he is, Charles Mackerras adopts period performance practice, but opts for modern instruments. The Prague Chamber Orchestra is one of the world's best small ensembles. They play this music with impeccable wit, sophistication, and style. Of course, Mackerras himself studied in Prague–Mozart's musical home away from home–and has long enjoyed an excellent relationship with the city's orchestras and musicians. With swift tempos, employment of a harpsichord accompaniment, and all the repeats taken in each work, these finely honed interpretations offer a uniquely consistent view of Mozart's symphonic achievement. Telarc's superb sound allows the music to fall very gratefully on the ear.
–Dave Hurwitz
Yehudi Menuhin, Polish Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi: Violin Concertos (2003)

Yehudi Menuhin, Polish Chamber Orchestra - Vivaldi: Violin Concertos (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 547 Mb | Total time: 58:49+76:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 85544 2 | Recorded: 1986, 1991

Renowned, American born violinist & conductor, Yehudi Menuhin was a vegetarian and committed supporter of many social and environmental causes, with a great interest in Yoga and eastern religion. He was considered one of the greatest violinist of all time and this EMI recording of "Violin Voncertos by Vivaldi" is an excellent introduction to his work Performed by the Polish Chamber Orchestra.
Katrine Gislinge, Lapland Chamber Orchestra & John Storgards - Bent Sørensen: Mignon (2017)

Katrine Gislinge, Lapland Chamber Orchestra & John Storgards - Bent Sørensen: Mignon (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 01:16:06 | 291 Mb
Modern Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Dacapo Records

Bent Sorensen’s piano concerto Mignon- part of his Papillons trilogy- reveals textural beauty and melodic elegance in a language both modernist and sweetly nostalgic. The piece was written for Katrine Gislinge, one of the most significant pianists in Scandinavia, and on this premiere recording she is accompanied by Lapland Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Storgards. A former student of Per Norgard, Bent Sorensen (b. 1958) is one of the most internationally performed Danish composers. His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and other notable venues across the world by ensembles like the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble InterContemporain, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and more. Sorensen is a highly decorated composer, winning the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1996, the ‘International Award’ at British Composer Awards 2011, and was composer-in-residence at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival 2016. Of his previous album, Gramophone wrote: “…all-round excellence and a disc that’s unusually moving in one sitting.”
Marcello Viotti, English Chamber Orchestra, I Filarmonici di Torino - Rossini: The Five One-act Operas (2005)

Marcello Viotti, English Chamber Orchestra, I Filarmonici di Torino - Rossini: The Five One-act Operas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.73 Gb | Total time: 6 h 51 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant | # 92399 | Recorded: 1988-1992

Brilliant's breezy survey of Rossini's one-act operas is assembled from five different recordings originally released on the Claves label in the early '90s. All were well received in their original form, and since all five were conducted by the veteran Marcello Viotti in similar-enough-for-non-audiophile acoustics, they make a convincing box set, and an attractive buy for those looking for a lighthearted Rossini infusion. The packaging is minimal, and the included libretti are in Italian only, so if you're counting on a translation you'll have to find it somewhere else. Viotti's work is exemplary and idiomatic throughout, always putting Rossini's most tuneful and lighthearted foot forward, while never forgetting that every good comedy has real moments of pathos. The overtures all seem a bit under tempo, and could use an extra shot of fun, but they are still upbeat enough to elicit a smile. The casts are uniformly excellent, mostly populated with journeyman Rossinians with fresh, if not always head turning, voices and good character. But each opera has at least one higher profile name, whose charisma adds just enough spice to the mix to elevate the entire collection above the competition: Ramón Vargas, Maria Bayo, and the accomplished buffo Bruno Pratico are exceptionally good.
(Allen Schrott)
Corinna Ruba, Levan Tskhadadze & Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra - Ganymed (2017)

Corinna Ruba, Levan Tskhadadze & Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra - Ganymed (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:52:49 | 124 MB
Label: AAA Culture

The brand new classic music production of AAA Culture featuring the Munic soprano singer Corinna Ruba and the Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra conducted by Levan Tskhadadze.