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Tommy Smith & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Modern Jacobite (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Tommy Smith & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Modern Jacobite (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/48kHz | Front Cover | 535MB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Spartacus Records

Tommy Smith, the great Scottish saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, studied classical orchestration in the 1990s, and has played in plenty of challenging jazz/classical settings. But Modern Jacobite is his most ambitious journey yet, centred on an intricately woven three-movement symphonic work inspired by the Jacobite uprisings; it is bookended by a rapturous tenor-sax improvisation on Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and by Chick Corea’s famous Children’s Songs interleaved with Smith’s own Bairn’s Songs as personal variations on the same theme. The Jacobite pieces embrace violent, cinematic soundscapes for slewing brass and thundering percussion; deep cello themes that segue into pulsating tenor-sax ruminations; Scottish folk dances that become pipe-toned tenor jigs.
Led Zeppelin - The Complete BBC Sessions (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Led Zeppelin - The Complete BBC Sessions (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 201:40 minutes | 3,6 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Led Zeppelin has unearthed more rarities a year after issuing their final catalog reissues: eight previously unreleased recordings that were made for the BBC, including a "lost" three-song session from 1969. These discoveries will be added to make an expanded and remastered edition of the band's 1997 release, BBC Sessions, that covers recordings made between 1969 and 1971.
Artur Pizarro & BBC National Orchestra Of Wales - Oswald & Napoleao: Piano Concertos (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Artur Pizarro & BBC National Orchestra Of Wales - Oswald & Napoleão: Piano Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 67:07 minutes | 1,18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Portuguese virtuoso Artur Pizarro makes a welcome return with works by two brilliant pianist-composers. The Brazilian Henrique Oswald and the Portuguese Alfredo Napoleão were born in the same year, less than three months apart. Both were child prodigies who became concert pianists, pedagogues and composers. Oswald's Piano Concerto dates from about 1886. Although influences of Faure can be detected, its overall character owes more to the late Romantic German style. Napoleao's Piano Concerto No.2 is undated but was probably composed around the same time as Oswald's. Pizarro is only the third pianist to champion this spectacular work.
Natalie Clein, BBC Scottish SO, Manze - Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Natalie Clein, BBC Scottish SO, Manze - Saëns: Cello Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:44 minutes | 1,06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Natalie Clein performs works for cello and orchestra by Camille Saëns. The first concerto has always been one of Saint-Saens's most popular pieces. It is a gloriously playful piece that carries the listener along on a melodic and emotional roller coaster. The second concerto is less familiar to most listeners. Extremely difficult for the soloist, Clein surmounts its challenges with the marvelous technique, musicianship and the passion for which she has become so well known.
Tanja Becker-Bender, BBC Scottish SO, Walker - Busoni & Strauss: Violin Concertos (2014) [24/96]

Tanja Becker-Bender, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Busoni & Strauss: Violin Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:02 minutes | 1,13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender returns to the Romantic Violin Concerto series along with Hyperion house band the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker. Volume sixteen features concertos by Busoni and Strauss. In D major, the key of Beethoven's and Brahms's violin concertos, Busoni's Violin Concerto is clearly intended to continue their lineage although it never descends into mere imitation. The seventeen-year-old Strauss wrote his Violin Concerto during his final year at the Ludwigsgymnasium. The work is fairly unknown on the concert platform, but Becker-Bender's interpretation should win it new friends.
Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish SO, Borowicz - Rozycki: Piano Concertos (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz - Różycki: Piano Concertos (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:08 minutes | 1,13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Ludomir Różycki, a composer who remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland. On this exciting disc, pianist Jonathan Plowright is the soloist in Różycki's three works for piano and orchestra, accompanied by Łukasz Borowicz leading the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. These pieces showcase a composer with an accomplished ear for instrumental color, whose late-nineteenth-century musical language responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.
Jiri Belohlavek, BBC SO, BBC Singers - Smetana: The Bartered Bride (2012) [24-bit/48kHz]

Jiří Bělohlávek, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers - Smetana: The Bartered Bride (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 136:17 minutes | 1,44 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

After his symphonic poem Má vlast, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, is arguably his most popular work. This recording, issued by Harmonia Mundi, is taken from a live concert performance at The Barbican in May 2011, and leaves one in no doubt as to why Jirí Belohlávek has made the Czech repertoire such a splendid calling card during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Karen Geoghegan, Juanjo Mena - Weber: Symphonies No 1 & 2, Bassoon Concerto (2012) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/96kHz]

Karen Geoghegan, Juanjo Mena - Weber: Symphonies No 1 & 2, Bassoon Concerto (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.23 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: Qobuz

This is the fourth release by the BBC Philharmonic under its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, and the discography is going from strength to strength – their recording of orchestral works by Falla was ‘Recording on the Month’ in BBC Music. They are joined on this recording by the bassoonist Karen Geoghegan.
J.F. Fasch - Quartets and Concertos (2014) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/192kHz]

J.F. Fasch - Quartets and Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.88 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: Linn Records

Ensemble Marsyas’ recording of Johann Fasch’s finest chamber music demonstrates why the man and his music were so appreciated in his own lifetime. Founding member Peter Whelan and ‘the queen of the recorder’ (BBC Radio 3) Pamela Thorby are the soloists challenged with meeting the virtuoso demands of this engaging music. The four-movement Quartet in B-flat Major for recorder, oboe, violin and continuo is among one of Fasch’s most popular works; full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity in equal measure, virtuosity is demanded from all concerned.
Arthur Bliss - A Colour Symphony / Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Richard Hickox, BBC National Orchestra Of Wales) [2012]

Bliss - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra & A Colour Symphony (2012)
Lydia Mordkovitch & BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:40 minutes | 1,35 GB
Official Digital Download - Source: TheClassical Shop.net | Digital booklet

This release follows the recent Stanford Songs of the Sea release (CHSA 5043) from Hickox and the BBC NOW, which was ‘Recording of the Month’ in Gramophone magazine and ‘Classical CD of the Week’ in both The Times and The Daily Telegraph. In this new recording of Bliss’s Violin Concerto, Lydia Mordkovitch, famous for her readings of British music, offers her own personal interpretation of the part made famous by Alfredo Campoli, for whom the work was commissioned. Mordkovitch wonderfully conveys the romance and beauty of this concerto, as well as the fiery nature of the gypsy theme prominent in the finale. This is the only available recording of the Violin Concerto, uniquely coupling with A Colour Symphony. A Colour Symphony illustrates four heraldic colours by means of striking ideas and original orchestral effects. Hickox and the BBC NOW provide a refined and idiomatic reading, confirming this as one of Bliss’s most inventive, striking scores, neglected in recent years.