Frederic Chopin – Arthur Rubinstein / Wallenstein / Skrowaczewski – Piano Concertos (2005) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Frederic Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21
Arthur Rubinstein – New Symphony Orchestra / Stanislaw Skrowaczewski & Symphony of the Air / Alfred Wallenstein
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,60 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,24 GB | Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-67902-2 | Country/Year: US 2005, 1958-1961
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

This is absolutely the best recording of Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concertos! I heard many recordings of these familiar works (for example: Zimmermann, Polish Festival Orchestra, DG), but this recording beats my all old favorites.
1) The recording quality is excellent. Their were made in 1958 and 1961, but still sound is very clear. Unfortunately this isn’t five-channel hybrid recording, there is only three-channel engineering. Music comes only from both middle speakers and front speaker.
2) Rubinstein is brilliant pianist, maybe the greatest of all time! First Concerto sounds very effectively, and peaceful second movement is performed beautifully. Second Concerto is also outstanding, and fast finale is breathtaking!
3) The booklet and SACD are packaged nicely in a strong jewel case.
This is excellent purchase for all classical music lovers! It is very good, that Living Stereo label publishes old masterful recordings on multi-channel SACD! Incredible! ~sa-cd.net

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Eugen D’Albert – BOB / Blunier – Der Golem: Opera in 3 Acts (2010) [Hybrid-SACD] {ISO + FLAC}

Eugen D’Albert – Der Golem: Opera in 3 Acts
Mark Morouse / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Chor des Theater Bonn / Stefan Blunier
2xSACD ISO: 6,53 GB (Stereo + MCH DSD) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 1,96 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: MDG “Live” # 937 1637-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2010
Genre: Classical | Opera, Early 20th Century

Almost everything about the opera Der Golem is unusual, including its composer, Eugen D’Albert (1864-1932). Born in Glasgow to an English mother and German-born father of French and Italian extraction, he won a scholarship to the National Training School of Music in London at age twelve, studying under John Stainer and Arthur Sullivan. D’Albert began establishing himself as a piano virtuoso while still a student but in his late teens repudiated both his English citizenship and English musical training, becoming a German citizen and embracing German culture and language so thoroughly that he changed his first name from Eugène to Eugen and refused to write operas (of which he produced twenty-one) in any language other than German. Even when he embarked on his most popular opera, Tiefland (1903), which takes place in Spain and is based on a Spanish novel, D’Albert adamantly rejected the idea that it be in any language but German. So he produced a strange cross between Latinate verismo and early German Expressionism. (more…)

George Frideric Handel – Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr – Organ Concertos Op.4 (2008) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

George Frideric Handel – Organ Concertos Op.4
Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,38 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,15 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Multichannel FLAC: 2,77 GB
Label/Cat#: Harmonia Mundi # HMU 807446 | Country/Year: US 2008 | Full Artwork
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque, Organ

The scholarly searchlight of indefatigable Richard Egarr now falls on the Handel Organ concertos. These have been astonishingly popular since their inception around 1733 as interlude entertainment in Handel’s lucrative series of oratorios. They were an immediate success. So much so, that even before Handel and his publisher had produced their first edition, a pirated publication was on sale – “spurious” and “mangled” though Handel considered it. (more…)