Martin Haselbock, Orchester Wiener Akademie – Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Martin Haselbock, Orchester Wiener Akademie – Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Full Scans | 1.24 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

Two years ago, on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of Liszt’s birth, the internationally renowned Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck began releasing his complete orchestral works in performances on original instruments of the nineteenth century. The Hungarian Rhapsodies number among Liszt’s most popular compositions.

Composer: Franz Liszt
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Academy Orchestra (more…)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner – J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor BWV 232 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner – J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor BWV 232 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:45:33 minutes | 3,4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © SDG

For his new recording of this monument to Bach, John Eliot Gardiner is limited to a light chamber orchestra (obviously the English Baroque Soloists, founded here 37 years ago by Gardiner!), a choir of reasonable size (the Monteverdi Choir, same remark…), and a meticulous – but above all, calm – conducting of the articulations, phrases and lines, almost like a kind of chamber opera. The tempos are rather upbeat, like baroque music back in its heyday – the perfect balance between respecting history and the quest for beauty of sound. Gardiner has nothing dogmatic – making this new recording a particularly welcome perspective among the ample discography(yet unsatisfactory) of this Mass en si.

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Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock – Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2 (Resound Collection) (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselböck – Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2 (Resound Collection) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 56:43 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Alpha

The Re-Sound Beethoven collection brings the symphonies of Beethoven back to the locations of their Viennese premieres. Four of the six venues where first performances of one or more of the nine symphonies were held still exist today, as do the eight Viennese halls and theaters where the composer’s orchestral works were performed in his lifetime. The orchestral forces of the Wiener Akademie corresponds in size and instrumentarium to those used by the composer. The producer Stephan Reh strives to reproduce the specific acoustical qualities of each room.

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The Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven – J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor (2007) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven – J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:45:21 minutes | 3,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet | © Channel Classics

Sometimes you come across a performance that may not be exactly to your taste, but is nonetheless so persuasive of its type that it disarms criticism. This is one. It’s not quite a “one to a part” interpretation of the work, but with 10 choristers and eight strings, it is intimate, and that always risks minimizing the majesty that Bach built into the Sanctus, the eight-part Osanna, and the choruses with trumpets and drums. Jos van Veldhoven addresses this issue head-on, compensating with swift tempos and a light, dance-like treatment of rhythm that’s wholly captivating. His handling of solo vs. ripieno vocal parts in the choruses is particularly imaginative and texturally varied (try the opening of the Credo, given to the soloists). The result has great vitality and conveys real joy (once past the opening Kyrie, of course).

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