The Soviet Experience Vol. 4

Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich & Schnittke: The Soviet Experience Vol. 4 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich & Schnittke: The Soviet Experience Vol. 4 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 104:13 minutes | 1.78 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This is the final installment in the Pacifica Quartet's highly anticipated, and already highly acclaimed four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets: The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries. The Soviet Experience Volume IV features Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 13-15 from the 1970s. These three quartets are paired with Schnittke's allusive homage, String Quartet No. 3, written in 1983. It's a work full of quotation including a 12-tone row transposed from a theme by Shostakovich, whose influence was felt throughout Schnittke's career. This superbly performed series of audiophile recordings, produced and engineered by multiple Grammy Award winner Judith Sherman, will appeal to everyone interested in great Russian music of the 20th century.
Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich & Weinberg: The Soviet Experience Vol. 3 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich & Weinberg: The Soviet Experience Vol. 3 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 128:26 minutes | 2.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The electrifying Pacifica Quartet is back with the highly anticipated third installment of their acclaimed Soviet Experience series. This release focuses on Shostakovich's string quartets of the 1960s, Nos. 9-12. Ranging from a balanced neoclassical form to an unpredictable riot of tonal and atonal themes, these quartet s rank among the finest of Shostakovich's later works. The adventurous String Quartet No. 6 of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Shostakovich's friend and colleague, provides another vantage point to view this period in Soviet history. ('The playing is nothing short of phenomenal, bringing new dimensions of interpretative depth and a subtle fusion of intensity and clarity. . . . When the series is complete, it looks set to be the one to own.' The Telegraph, London)
Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich & Myaskovsky: The Soviet Experience Vol. 1 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Pacifica Quartet - Shostakovich & Myaskovsky: The Soviet Experience Vol. 1 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 116:42 minutes | 1.04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This is the first installment in the Pacifica Quartet's highly anticipated, four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets: The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries. The Soviet Experience is the first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience. The Pacifica Quartet performed the complete Shostakovich cycle to great acclaim in New York and Chicago and at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., during the 2010 2011 season.concept always seems to work musically.
Pacifica Quartet - Prokofiev & Shostakovich: The Soviet Experience Vol. 2 (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Pacifica Quartet - Prokofiev & Shostakovich: The Soviet Experience Vol. 2 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1&96 kHz | Time - 128:17 minutes | 1.98 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Cedille presents the second installment in the Pacifica Quartet's highly anticipated, four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets: The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries. The Soviet Experience is the first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience. Volume 2 features five works from the period surrounding World War II: 1938 - 1949.
East Coast Jazz, Vol.4 - Herbie Mann (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

East Coast Jazz, Vol.4 - Herbie Mann (1954/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 23:27 minutes | 375 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Jazz flute innovator Herbie Mann is the focus of this fourth installment in producer Creed Taylor's East Coast Jazz series, initiated to differentiate the jazz coming out of New York from the jazz being produced in California in the mid-1950s. This 1954 session was Mann's first record as a solo artist, originally issued on 10-inch vinyl.
Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Louis Lortie - Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 83:09 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This is the fourth volume of Louis Lortie's highly-successful series devoted to Chopin. The recording perfectly illustrates how Chopin elevated the waltz to a genre of musical art, from danses de salon evocative of a genial milieu to 'works' with proper opus numbers. Growing up in the 1820s, the composer at first viewed the waltz purely pragmatically, as a means to a social end in the dance salon. But after spending time in Vienna and Paris in the 1830s he decided that a waltz might be worthy of the deeper appreciation accorded a 'work'.
Il Giardino Armonico & Giovanni Antonini - Haydn 2032, Vol. 4: Il distratto (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Il Giardino Armonico & Giovanni Antonini - Haydn 2032, Vol. 4: Il distratto (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:44 minutes | 1.39 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The fourth volume of the Haydn2032 project thrusts into the limelight one of the most important stock characters in the theatre of sounds and words,the Kapellmeister, and explores some glamorous and (in)glorious moments in the career of Maestro Haydn.It features three symphonies by the Shakespeare of Music one of which is even associated with an actual play.This bears the title Sinfonia in C.per la commedia intitolata Il distratto (the name of the play soon became the symphony's nickname) and consists of an overture,four entr actes, and a finale to be played at the end of the performance.
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
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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.

V.A. - Stockfisch Records - Closer To The Music Vol.4 (2011) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 13, 2017
V.A. - Stockfisch Records - Closer To The Music Vol.4 (2011) [SACD-R][OF]

V.A. - Stockfisch Records - Closer To The Music Vol.4 (2011) [SACD-R][OF]
Country Blues, Smooth Jazz, Folk | SACD ISO: DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 2.94 GB
Label: Stockfisch Records | Release Year: 2011

And again this 4th compilation offers both a selection from current releases and presentations of artists and albums that will be released by Stockfisch Records in the next months. Belonging to these forecasts you can hear two tracks from the new Paul Stephenson album, who already had recorded two CDs for Stockfisch. Furthermore one song by Zebra Sommerwind, the trio around Fiedelmichel-doyen Thomas Kagermann, featuring German (folk-)songs in contemporary arrangements.

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 11, 2017
Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]
Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 3.13 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2009

This volume in the series seems to have taken a step up, with playing which previously might have been a little cosy now edgier & with more contrast in light & shade. The overall ensemble is excellent, & these are very good Mozart concerto interpretations indeed. Sound quality is up to MDG’s usual high standard, with a well-scaled ambience in Mch, & the 2+2+2 channel setup with height channels works fine in my 5.1 setup, despite my not reassigning the centre & sub speaker.