Roberto Forés Veses & Orchestre d’Auvergne – Beethoven: Quartets, Op. 95 & 131 for String Orchestra (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 57:35 minutes | 930 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Aparté

The Orchestre d’Auvergne and Aparté continue their partnership with this new recording dedicated to masterpieces of the romantic repertoire. Beethoven’s Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 and No. 14, Op. 131 belong to the works designed for the private interpretation and inner listening of the happy few music-connoisseurs. Those two chamber music scores came from the mind of a digger of new sounds. The question of the quartets’ reception has to be updated with actual terms and their arrangement for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler reminds subtly that the public of these works grows over time. The arrangement process shows also admiration and preserves music’s eternal youth for which the Orchestre d’Auvergne and its conductor Roberto Forés Veses play the role of a courier.

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Altomonte Orchester St. Florian, Remy Ballot – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:00 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gramola

This incredible recording of Anton Bruckner’s Symphonie IX also includes a bonus disc with the Version for Two Pianos. Featuring the Altomonte Orchester St. Florian under the direction of Remy Ballot, this album is a live recording of the original version. Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony is, in the composer’s own words, “The loveliest thing that I [Bruckner] ever composed.” The work is dedicated to the “dear Lord” and is the composer’s personal confrontation with his journey into the afterlife. The transcription for two pianos was arranged by Klaus Laczika and Matthias Giesen using a transcription by Dr. Karl Grunsky (1911) and more closely aligning it to Bruckner’s original scoring in the way of dynamics and instrumentation.

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Steven Osborne, BBC SSO, Ludovic Morlot – Ravel: Piano Concertos; Falla Nights in the gardens of Spain (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:58 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet |  © Hyperion Records

Steven Osborne’s solo Ravel for Hyperion has invited comparisons with the distinguished interpretations of the past; this new recording of the concertos is certain to win similar plaudits. The Falla is a generous and appropriate coupling, perfectly complementing these wonderful works.

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