Sequenzas I Xiv For Solo Instruments

Luciano Berio - Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments (2006) 3 CDs

Luciano Berio - Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments (2006) 3 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 665 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 443 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557661-63 | Time: 03:01:53

Admirers of Luciano Berio's Sequenzas have long wished for an affordable, high-quality collection of these masterpieces for solo instruments, considered by some to be the core works in the composer's oeuvre. Deutsche Grammophon released Ensemble InterContemporain's fabulous set in 1994, but its relatively high price and incompleteness make it a second choice when compared with the 2006 set on Naxos, which is both reasonably priced and complete, now that Sequenza XIV for cello appears on CD for the first time. Of course, bargaining over cost and completeness is one thing, but artistic quality is another important consideration: how does the Naxos edition fare in its performances and sound quality? While Ensemble InterContemporain's terrific compilation practically guarantees accuracy and authenticity – many of Berio's original musicians were involved in the project – the performances on this triple-disc set are quite comparable and wholly convincing in virtuosic skills, lustrous timbres, and splendid recording quality; only an adept student of these pieces could note any discrepancies, and those would be minor.
Luciano Berio: Complete Sequenzas, Complete Alternate Sequenzas & Works for Solo Instruments (2006) [4-CD Box Set]

Luciano Berio - Complete Sequenzas, Complete Alternate Sequenzas & Works for Solo Instruments (2006) [4-CD Box Set]
Classical | EAC (APE, CUE & NO LOG) | 971 MB

This is an extremely important recording in many ways. It is the most complete recording of the Sequenzas and nine connected pieces for solo instruments. The famous recording with soloists from Ensemble InterContemporain on DG, will remain important, but it was made in 1998, before some of the pieces on this set were even written. For example, we have here the first recordings of the legendary Sequenzas for cello. They are performed by Rohan de Saram, to whom they were dedicated. Berio conferred with de Saram as he wrote, sounding out his ideas with the cellist to see how far the technical process could meet the musical imagination. Furthermore, this set includes spoken performances of Sanguinetti’s poems before each piece as was Sequenza performance practice. The DG set has them printed in the booklet, but that’s not the same thing. Far from interrupting the music, the short aphorisms enhance overall atmosphere, for Sanguinetti and Berio were artistic twins, fertilising each others' work. Sequenzas can, and are performed as stand-alones for obvious reasons, but on a recording when they are played together, the recitation acts as a connecting thread. All the performances here were recorded separately, as were those in the Ensemble InterContemporain set, and even in different countries. The concept fits in well with Berio’s panoramic, international world-view.
Berio - Complete Sequenzas, Complete Alternate Sequenzas & Works for Solo Instruments (2006) [4-Disc Box Set]

Berio: Complete Sequenzas, Complete Alternate Sequenzas & Works for Solo Instruments (2006) [4-Disc Box Set]
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 971 MB
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This is an extremely important recording in many ways. It is the most complete recording of the Sequenzas and nine connected pieces for solo instruments. The famous recording with soloists from Ensemble InterContemporain on DG, will remain important, but it was made in 1998, before some of the pieces on this set were even written. For example, we have here the first recordings of the legendary Sequenzas for cello. They are performed by Rohan de Saram, to whom they were dedicated. Berio conferred with de Saram as he wrote, sounding out his ideas with the cellist to see how far the technical process could meet the musical imagination. All the performances here were recorded separately, as were those in the Ensemble InterContemporain set, and even in different countries. The concept fits in well with Berio’s panoramic, international world-view.
Isabelle Faust - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (2010)

Isabelle Faust - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (2010)
EAC Rip | Flac(tracks) + cue + log | No Scans | 1 CD | 335 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Isabelle Faust has gone back to the original manuscript sources to offer us her versions of these iconic masterpieces of the violin repertoire. In Bach s time, music for solo instruments was still little explored territory, and his Sonatas and Partitas immediately established themselves as a benchmark, technically challenging and brimming with creativity.
Natalie Clein - Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for Solo Cello (2017) [TR24][OF]

Natalie Clein - Bloch, Ligeti & Dallapiccola: Suites for Solo Cello
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 64:19 min | 1.04 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2017

Natalie Clein, whose previous recording of the music of Ernest Bloch was described as ‘inspired’ by The Sunday Times, turns to his three suites for solo cello as part of a recital of works written in the aftermath of the Second World War. The sombre voice of the cello seems especially apposite in music of such deep seriousness, Ligeti’s short sonata providing an energetic and life-affirming finale.
Paolo Ghidoni - Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (2017)

Paolo Ghidoni - Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 67:19 min | 155 MB
Label: onClassical | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017

Italian violinist Paolo Ghidoni follows an acclaimed album of Bach sonatas and partitas with this recording of Ysaÿe's Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, written in July 1923. Each one of the sonatas is dedicated to a different violinist of the era, including the project's inspiration Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu.
Barry Douglas  - Brahms: Works For Solo Piano, Vol.4 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Barry Douglas - Brahms: Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 4 (2015)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.13GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Chandos

This is Volume 4 in Barry Douglas’s monumental project to record the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms. Each volume has been released to critical acclaim, the first one, in 2012, being seen by BBC Music as ‘a triumph of Brahmsian thought, with playing that gets right to the heart of the composer’. Once again, the album is presented as a stand-alone recital, prominently featuring the C major Sonata, which was Brahms’s first published work. The influence on Brahms of his early romantic predecessors Beethoven and Schubert is obvious here, not only in the virtuoso demands on the performer but also in the opening, which recalls both Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, Op. 106 and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy.
Barry Douglas - Brahms: Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 5 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Barry Douglas - Brahms: Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 5 (2015)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 965MB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Chandos

This album is the penultimate in what BBC Music has described as a ‘triumph of Brahmsian thought’, namely the survey by Barry Douglas of the composer’s complete works for solo piano. Three years after the release of Volume 1, the winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition is now performing this repertoire in the finest international venues, such as the Wigmore Hall in July 2015 and Concertgebouw in 2016, when the series will come to a highly anticipated climax with the final volume. Taking a big step further in his career with this achievement, Barry Douglas is gaining a reputation of one of the few accomplished world-class piano virtuosi of the romantic repertoire.
Barry Douglas - Brahms: Works For Solo Piano, Vol.3 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Barry Douglas - Brahms: Works For Solo Piano, Vol.3 (2014)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 982MB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Chandos

Barry Douglas returns for the highly anticipated third volume in his series devoted to Brahms’s solo piano music, the first two volumes having been met with widespread critical acclaim. Of Vol. 2, International Record Review wrote, ‘this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority… this cycle looks set to become a benchmark. The selected Intermezzi performed here come from the collections of short piano pieces which Brahms published in 1892 – 93, his last works for piano. A sense of wistful, melancholic reflection pervades these exquisitely crafted masterpieces of Brahms’s late maturity.
Ravel - Complete Works for Solo Piano (Jean-Yves Thibaudet) [1992]

Ravel - Complete Works for Solo Piano (Jean-Yves Thibaudet) [1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 422 MB
Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 433 515-2 | TT: 2:09:22

Classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has become a command performer much in demand on the world concert scene. He is known for his beautiful poetic musical interpretations, and his skill at evoking the atmospheric textures, colors, and moods of the music he plays…