Claude Debussy – Images Sets I & II – Walter Gieseking (1954/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Claude Debussy – Images Sets I & II – Walter Gieseking (1954/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:34 minutes | 509 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Warner Classics/Erato

Walter Gieseking was one of Debussy’s greatest interpreters. On this recording, Gieseking brings forth the maturity and sheer poetic beauty of Debussy’s compositions. His virtuoso technique intensifies the work with a refined harmonic richness.

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Claude Debussy – 12 Etudes, D’Un Cahier D’Esquisses – Walter Gieseking (1954/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Claude Debussy – 12 Etudes, D’Un Cahier D’Esquisses – Walter Gieseking (1954/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:14:40 minutes | 675 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Warner Classics/Erato

Walter Gieseking was one of Debussy’s greatest interpreters. His artistic survey of the pieces is compelling and haunting. The performance is a work of sheer beauty.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concertos, BWV 1052-1058 – Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concertos, BWV 1052-1058 – Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:51:53 minutes | 2,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eclassical.com | @ harmonia mundi s.a.
Recorded: juillet 2013, Freiburg, Ensemblehaus

An exhilarating collectionThe seven fabulously inventive concertos for solo harpsichord and orchestra mark a key stage in the history of the concertante form. The set was compiled during Bach’s Leipzig years, when he directed the city’s Collegium Musicum, and requires unfailing virtuosity and imagination of its performers. The contagious pleasure one feels in the interpretations of Andreas Staier and the Freiburger Barockorchester restores the full range of meanings to the word ‘play’!

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Cello Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (arranged for viola) – Antoine Tamestit (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Cello Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (arranged for viola) – Antoine Tamestit (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:58:48 minutes | 570 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Naïve

As a child, Antoine Tamestit studied the violin, but at age 10, he fell in love with the six unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach and immediately wanted to switch to the cello. His teacher advised him that playing that instrument would involve learning a completely new technique, so he was allowed to switch instead to the viola. Thus, Tamestit was able to play the suites as arranged for his present instrument, and because the viola has the tuning of C-G-D-A, Bach’s originals have been transposed up an octave. This 2012 recording of three of the suites, BWV 1007, 1009, and 1011, is presumably the first of two discs, creating anticipation for disc two, for Tamestit’s interpretations are outstanding and promise to make the complete set required listening. He has been acclaimed as one of the finest violists in the world, and his lively tempos and light articulation reveal his profound understanding of the music. The dance impulse is ever-present in these suites, which have a greater ease of movement and flow at the higher transposition. Additionally, Tamestit plays the Stradivarius “Mahler” viola from 1672 with a modern Baroque-style bow, which gives his performances a period sound that is often absent from cello interpretations. And while there is no attested version for viola from Bach’s hand, his predilection for arranging his works for various instruments makes these transcriptions utterly appropriate. Naïve’s recording is clean and vibrant with natural presence, so Tamestit’s playing is heard to best advantage.

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Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique – Lelio – Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Lelio (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 114:43 minutes | 1,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ CSO Resound – Naxos of America

This double album from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Riccardo Muti was recorded live in September 2010 at Orchestra Hall and produced by Grammy winner David Frost. The Berlioz programme includes the Symphonie fantastique and its rarely-recorded sequel, Lélio, narrated here by French actor Gérard Depardieu, also featuring tenor Mario Zeffiri and bass baritone Kyle Ketelsen. (more…)