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Mstislav Rostropovich & Vasso Devetzi - Beethoven: Cello Variations - Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata (1975/2017) [24/96]

Mstislav Rostropovich & Vasso Devetzi - Beethoven: Cello Variations - Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata (1975/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:40 minutes | 957 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

In March 2017, Warner Classics marks the 10th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich’s death and 90 years since his birth with the deluxe collectors’ box set Cellist of the Century, comprising of selected remastered recordings.
Volker Kriegel with Mild Maniac Orchestra - Octember Variations (1977/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Volker Kriegel with Mild Maniac Orchestra - Octember Variations (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 35:37 minutes | 690 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This first album of Volker Kriegel’s Mild Maniac Orchestra, one of Europe’s most influential and successful fusion groups. Keyboardist Thomas Bettermann would go on to record 8 albums with Kiegel, and bassist Hans Peter Ströer and Dutch drummer Evert Fraterman would continue to work with Kriegel for close to a decade.
Britten Sinfonia & Thomas Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr Dmitry Sitkovetsky) (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88.2]

Britten Sinfonia & Thomas Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr Dmitry Sitkovetsky) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 72:34 minutes | 1.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Britten Sinfonia s Associate Leader, Thomas Gould directs the ensemble in Dmitry Sitkovetsky s beautifully realised and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach s great keyboard work, 'The Goldberg Variations'. Sitkovetsky s arrangement (first conceived for string trio and later expanded for string orchestra), made in 1985 on the 300th anniversary of Bach s birth, is lovingly and painstakingly done. He dedicates the string trio arrangement to Glenn Gould, and it is clear from much of the written-out ornamentation that Gould s recordings of the Goldbergs were Sitkovetsky s passport into the music.
Louis Sclavis - Asian Fields Variations (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarély, Vincent Courtois - Asian Fields Variations (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 45:34 minutes | 805 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Asian Fields Variations marks the first time that clarinettist Louis Sclavis, violinist Dominique Pifarély and cellist Vincent Courtois, long-time colleagues, have recorded as a trio. Sclavis summoned the project into existence, but this is a democratic group of creative equals: "I proposed that we make a real collective, and each of us composes for the programme". All three are major figures in contemporary French creative music: this is a new group with a lot of history. Sclavis and Pifarély have played together in diverse contexts for 35 years, Sclavis and Courtois for 20 years, but they retain the capacity to surprise each other - and their listeners - as improvisers. Alertness and freshness are key qualities here. "We're always drawing also on a lot of different playing experiences. And those experiences are reflected in what we write, and what we play. We're continually bringing new things to the project, and we keep going deeper".
Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 77:28 minutes | 2.52 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For her second Warner Classics release, young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana turns to a pinnacle of the solo keyboard repertoire and a composer she has described as “my first love”: Johann Sebastian Bach. Her interpretation of his epic Goldberg Variations bears out Le Monde’s judgement that “Beatrice Rana certainly has nothing left to prove when it comes to technique, but what makes an impression are her calm maturity and her sense of architecture,” and Gramophone’s that she is “a fully developed artist of a stature that belies her tender years.”

Dans Les Arbres - Canopee (2012) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at Feb. 20, 2017
Dans Les Arbres - Canopee (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Dans Les Arbres - Canopée (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 49:24 minutes | 478 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

On this second release, the unique improvising quartet Dans Les Arbres continues to fine tune its artistic concept, patiently traversing its luminous planes of sound with a rare sense of accord and shared responsibilities. The combination of its unorthodox sound sources, including Xavier Charles’s clarinet harmonics, Christian Wallumrød’s prepared piano, Ivar Grydeland’s bowed banjo and Ingar Zach’s differentiated gran cassa leads to free playing and spontaneous group composing in a class of its own, resulting in music that unfolds with poetic logic and unhurried pace.
Glenn Gould - Grieg: Piano Sonata, Op. 7; Bizet: Nocturne & Variations Chromatiques (1973/2015) [TR24][OF]

Glenn Gould - Grieg: Piano Sonata, Op. 7; Bizet: Nocturne & Variations Chromatiques
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | 44:51 min | 419 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Columbia, Sony Classical | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 1973/2015

Gould as an “incorrigible romantic.” Instead of Schumann, Chopin, or Liszt he selected two unimaginably obscure rarities, referring to Grieg as a personal ancestor (“the composer was a cousin of my maternal great-grandfather”) and to Bizet’s Variations chromatiques as “one of the very few masterpieces for solo piano to emerge from the third quarter of the nineteenth century.”
Trifonov, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin - Rachmaninov Variations (2015) [TR24][OF]

Trifonov, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin - Rachmaninov Variations (2015)
FLAC (Tracks) 24-bit/96.0kHz ~ 1,26 Gb | Digital Booklet | 01:19:34 | RAR 5% Recovery
Classical | © 2015 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH

While Sergey Rachmaninov is justly celebrated for his piano concertos and symphonies, his sets of variations shouldn't be overlooked, for they are among his most inventive and satisfying works. Russian pianist Danil Trifonov plays the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the Variations on a Theme of Chopin, and the Variations on a Theme of Corelli on this 2015 Deutsche Grammophon release, and he offers his own special tribute to the composer in his solo piano suite, Rachmaniana. For the Rhapsody, Trifonov is joined by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, an ensemble that counts historic performances with Rachmaninov as part of its heritage, and plays with its characteristic lush sound and passionate expression…
The Tierney Sutton Band - The Sting Variations (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Tierney Sutton Band - The Sting Variations (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Front Cover | 1.37GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, BFM Jazz

One of the strengths of vocalist Tierney Sutton and her long time team of Christian Jacob/p, Kevin Axt-Trey Henry/b and Ray Brinker/dr is that they know how to select themes for their projects. Sutton and company have successfully created homages to Sinatra, Joni Mitchell and even the American Folk Book. This time around, she focuses on the pen of Gordon Matthew Thomas Summer, aka “Sting”, with material from The Police and solo career joining together through the puree of Sutton’s deliver.
Murray Perahia - Brahms: Handel Variations (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Murray Perahia - Brahms: Handel Variations (2010)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 1GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Sony Classical

This release sees Murray Perahia returning to Brahms after a significant series of excellent Bach recordings for Sony Classical. His 1991 Sony recording of the Sonata No.3 has an assortment of Intermezzos and Rhapsodies as a filler, but this new disc sees Perahia taking the later opus numbers head-on, working up to them chronologically via the Handel Variations and Rhapsodies Op.79 which, as Katrin Eich says in her booklet notes, each represent an ‘end point’ at certain stages in Brahms’ compositional output.