Schnittke Concerto Grosso No.2 Viola Concerto

Alfred Schnittke - Concerto grosso No.6 & Symphony No.8 (1995)

Alfred Schnittke: Concerto grosso No.6 & Symphony No.8 (1995)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 165 MB
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Suffice to say Schnittke's Eighth Symphony is truly one of his greatest works and, indeed, one of the great symphonic works of the latter twentieth century. The charge of oppressive asceticism laid against the Sixth and Seventh symphonies can hardly be held up to this expansive and frankly emotional work. It is as if Schnittke relaxed the skeletal sounds of his previous essays in the genre and, while not quite returning to the dazzling orchestral pyrotechnics of the Fifth Symphony (Concerto Grosso no. 4), created a work of great sincerity and beauty. The first movement is an obsessive repetition of a wide-ranging (in pitch, not rhythm) melody, seemingly effortlessly varied to touch on all sections of the orchestra. The climax is reached early in the movement and the remainder is a chilling decrescendo, the harmonies becoming more static and dissonant. The second and fourth movements are bitter, angry and Shostakovichian in their use of dissonant intervals to create a long line. They share thematic material, yet shards of the first and third movements invade to further complicate the texture. The eighteen minute third movement is a remarkable achievement. It seems to pick up the wisps of tonality discernable at the end of Mahler's Ninth and convert them into a long elegy for a lost romanticism. The sparsity of texture (often long stretches of monophonic strings) throws the emotive weight totally on the long, twisting and often stunningly beautiful melodies that emerge. The entrance of the low brass towards the end is just one of the profound moments in this stunning meditation on life, and the afterlife. After the rage of the fourth movement, the fifth movement provides a truly wonderful solution to the problems of the previous ones- a slowly ascending c major scale is caught by various instruments, always ppp and the work ends with this visionary cluster.
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Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso No. 1 (version for flute and oboe) / Symphony No. 9  - Cape Philharmonic, Hughes

Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso No. 1 (version for flute and oboe) / Symphony No. 9 - Cape Philharmonic, Hughes
XX Century Classical | Easy CD-DA Rip | APE, IMG+CUE, NO LOG | No cover/No Booklet | 206 MB | Filesonic
Publisher: BIS - records

On this disc the reconstructed unfinished symphony No. 9 combined with Schnittke's Concerto grosso No.1. This time not in the rather well known original version, but in Schnittke's own revised version with solo parts for flute and oboe.
Written during the composer’s final years, and after Schnittke had suffered a serious stroke, the autograph score of the Symphony No. 9 was so difficult to decipher that it had to be reconstructed after the composer’s death – a painstaking process which was crowned by a first performance in 2007.
Denis Matsuev, New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (2013)

Denis Matsuev, New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:01 | 190 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | Catalog: 88765492602

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has established himself as one of the most dynamic and virtuosic performers of his generation, and his program on this RCA album with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic is ideally suited to his extraordinary abilities. The pairing of Sergey Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is a natural one, particularly because of the works' shared post-romanticism (note Rachmaninov's influence on Gershwin's slow theme in the Rhapsody), as well as for the dazzling writing for the piano in both works. Of course, the challenge for Matsuev is to make his part appear effortless, and he succeeds so well in both performances that listeners may be a bit blasé about his playing, taking it in without really considering what knuckle-busters these pieces really are.
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade (Yuri Temirkanov, Denis Matsuev) (2013)

Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade (Yuri Temirkanov, Denis Matsuev) (2013)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.15 Gb (DVD9) | 150 min
Classical | EuroArts

The Annecy Classic Festival has become a major player in the national and international cultural landscape. In residence at the 2013 Annecy Classic Festival, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic closes the festival and joins forces with its iconic conductor Yuri Temirkanov. Together with multi-gifted musician Denis Matsuev, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra invites us on a journey, whose secret lies in Rachmaninov’s famous Piano Concerto No.2 and the Symphonic Dances. Denis Matsuev, the «Siberian Bear» as they call him, interprets the Piano Concerto No.2 virtuously and passionately. Yuri Temirkanov takes us on a journey through One Thousand and One Nights with a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s lush Sheherazade, with its intoxicating scents and the glowing, oriental colours.
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op.6 - I Solisti Italiani - 1989

Haendel - Concerto Grosso Op.6 - I Solisti Italiani - 1989
Classical | Eac. Ape, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 893 MB
Label: DENON | TT: 2:42:36

I Solisti Veneti is one of the first rank of small Italian chamber orchestras with modern instruments. Founded in Padua in 1959 by Claudio Scimone, it has made a reputation especially with Italian Baroque music, recording many works by Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni, Francesco Geminiani, Benedetto Marcello and Giuseppe Tartini. Giuliano Carmignola and Piero Toso were two of the soloists in the ensemble. The group has made over 300 recordings, many on the Erato record label. A number of these were first-ever recordings of works of Vivaldi, Albinoni and Rossini.
Ernst Krenek - Symphony No. 4, Concerto grosso No. 2 (North German Radio Philharmonic, A. Francis)

Ernst Krenek - Symphony No. 4, Concerto grosso No. 2 (North German Radio Philharmonic, A. Francis)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 322 Mb
Date: 2011

In many ways the Fourth Symphony illustrates Krenek's independence from any one musical style – and ultimately from his teacher(s) and those who influenced him, like Busoni, too. It has a thread of mid-century anguish and uncertainty. But it could never be described as avant-garde or experimental. Yet it's of a pleasing unity, has direction and thrust which make it more than merely stimulating listening. Like all but those of the first and second symphonies, this one on cpo is the only recording. It's full of purpose, clarity and of transparent, open, yet very …….
Mark Sealey @ classical.net
Avner Dorman: Concertos for Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano and Concerto Grosso (2010)

Avner Dorman: Concertos for Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano and Concerto Grosso (2010)
Contemporary Classical | NAXOS | 2010 | 62:27 | EAC (FLAC, cue, no log) | Booklet | 280 MB
Avi Avital (mandolin), Mindy Kaufman (piccolo), Eliran Avni (piano), Arnaud Sussmann (violin), Lily Francis (violin), Eric Nowlin (viola), Michal Korman (cello), Aya Hamada (harpsichord), Metropolis Ensemble/Andrew Cyr

Avner Dorman: Concertos for Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano and Concerto Grosso (2010)

The diverse concertos presented here combine the excitement and spontaneity associated with jazz, rock or ethnic music within an engaging neo-baroque idiom. Dorman (b. 1975) writes: ‘I have always loved baroque music…the clear rhythms, the strong reliance on the bass, and the extreme contrasts.’
Nuremberg SO, En Shao - Xia Guan: Symphony No.2 'Hope'; Gazing at the Stars; Sorrowful Dawn (2016)

Xia Guan - Symphony No.2 'Hope'; Gazing at the Stars; Sorrowful Dawn (2016)
Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by En Shao

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Naxos | # 8.570618 | Time: 01:11:40

The music of renowned Chinese composer Xia Guan has been received with acclaim in Moscow, Vienna, Tokyo and New York. The solemn first movement of Earth Requiem, a commemoration of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake, is heard here in an orchestral version that depicts ‘the suffering people who gaze upwards’. The epic Symphony No. 2 ‘Hope’ is a reflection upon the co-existence of good and evil in mankind, agony and hope, in music of considerable breadth and increasing warmth. Heroic drama animates the vividly scored Symphonic Ballade, which draws on the music of Guan’s opera Sorrowful Dawn, the story of China’s War of Liberation following the end of World War Two.
Beethoven - Violin Concerto & Symphony No.6 (Bernard Haitink, Isabelle Faust) (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Beethoven - Violin Concerto & Symphony No.6 (Bernard Haitink, Isabelle Faust) (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24499 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 90 min | 20,6 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3584 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 4,88 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

In 2015 the Berliner Philharmoniker dedicated an evening of their renowned Easter Festival in Baden-Baden to one of the most famous and beloved of German composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Together with Bernard Haitink, a universally acclaimed authority on the works of that composer, they performed Beethoven’s exquisite expression of nature, his Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral”. They were joined for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto by Isabelle Faust, whose interpretation of the work has enjoyed widespread acclaim.
Hawker Siddeley / Blackburn Buccaneer (Warpaint Series No. 2) (Repost)

Paul Jackson, Peter Foster - Hawker Siddeley / Blackburn Buccaneer
Hall Park Books | 2000 | ISBN: N/A | English | 32 pages | PDF | 28.27 MB
Warpaint Series No. 2