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Antonio Meneses, Víctor Pablo Pérez - Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)
Antonio Meneses, cello; Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia; Víctor Pablo Pérez, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Auvidis-Valois | # V 4843 | Time: 01:04:12

These three magnificent works belong in the repertoire of cellists everywhere. They are full of Villa-Lobos’ signature exotic instrumental textures, folk-like melodies, and abundant invention. They are also harder than hell to play, and difficult to balance. Villa-Lobos was a cellist himself, and loved the instrument’s low, dark register. Penetrating his dense orchestration without making the instrument sound like a dying cow is just one of the many challenges facing cellists attempting to come to grips with this marvelously expressive music, though recordings can solve this problem with sensitive microphone placement. Antonio Meneses understands both the music and its performance problems, and his lower register manages to sound gruff without undue signs of bovine distress. He’s helped by some very sensitive accompaniments; Pérez projects the music’s lush timbres without laying it on too thick.
Davit Melkonyan, Kolner Akademie & Michael Alexander Willens - Romberg: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 5 (2016)

Davit Melkonyan, Kolner Akademie & Michael Alexander Willens - Romberg: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 5
Classical, Orchestral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 58:32 min | 284 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2016

World-Premeire Recordings Rombergs Cello Concertos. Sic transit gloria mundi all those who occupy themselves with Bernhard Rombergs life and work are immediately reminded of this traditional piece of wisdom. At the beginning of the nineteenth century he was acclaimed as an excellent virtuoso on the violoncello and recognized as one of the most important composers of his times. Even during his lifetime, however, he was forced to experience how his star declined, his playing style was regarded as old, and his compositions vanished from concert programs.
Orchestra of St. Luke's & Pablo Heras-Casado - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, Op. 13 & The Tempest, Op. 18 (2016) [24/96]

Orchestra of St. Luke's & Pablo Heras-Casado - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, Op. 13 & The Tempest, Op. 18 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:18 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career—encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores. He has served as Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 2011, now extended to September 2017. OSL began as a chamber ensemble based at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village.
Aron Quartett & Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi - Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 (2016)

Aron Quartett & Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi - Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:20 min | 400 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2016

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) would write two piano quintets during the course of his career. The first, with its baroque eclecticisms, is indicative of his characteristic film music, with its pathos and capacity for creating scenic spaces. The Second Quintet, composed in Beverly Hills in 1951 and counted as his op.155, is entitled Memories of the Tuscan Countryside. The work is one of cheerful, contemplative serenity, and might be understood as a quiet meditation on nostalgic yearning for his native Italy.
Heath Quartet - Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Heath Quartet - Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:18 minutes | 1.14 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Heath Quartet makes its harmonia mundi début with this contrasting programme of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartets: his Quartet No. 1 (famed for its plaintive “Andante cantabile”) and the tempestuous No. 3 (dedicated to the memory of Ferdinand Laub).
Lina Tur Bonet, Patxi Montero & Kenneth Weiss - Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-6 (2017)

Lina Tur Bonet, Patxi Montero & Kenneth Weiss - Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-6
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:46 min | 380 MB
Label: Pan Classics | Tracks: 33 | Rls.date: 2017

After the success of her recordings with music by Vivaldi, Biber, and Corelli, Lina Tur Bonet focuses for this new release on the French female composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a protegee of Louis XIV. The six Sonates pour le viollon et pour le clavecin by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, dedicated to Louis XIV, appeared in Paris in 1707, the year when the models and the most recent invenzioni of the Italian sonata arrived in France, immediately captivating composers such as Louis-Antoine Dornel, Michel Blavet, Francois Couperin and Jean-Marie Leclair l’aine.
Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:49 minutes | 1.15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

"That’s it done at last, this blasted sonata! Will it please or not? That is the question." So wrote Saint-Saëns, not without humour, of his second ‘quadruped’ for cello and piano. He adored the cello, as is shown by much more than the famous 'Swan'. He wrote three sonatas for it, but unfortunately the last two movements of the Third Sonata have been lost and what is left survives only in manuscript. Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel play it here with emotion and total respect. The Concerto also included here is today one of the ‘musts’ of the concertante repertory for cello.
Alessandro Marangoni, Malmö SO, Andrew Mogrelia - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; 4 Dances (2012)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Four Dances (2012)
Alessandro Marangoni (piano); Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Mogrelia, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572823 | Time: 01:16:41

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s two Piano Concertos form a contrasting pair. Concerto No 1, written in 1927, is a vivid and witty example of his romantic spirit, exquisite melodies and rich yet transparent orchestration. Concerto No 2, composed a decade later, is a darker, more dramatic and virtuosic work. The deeply-felt and dreamlike slow movement and passionate finale are tinged with bleak moments of sombre agitation, suggestive of unfolding tragic events with the imminent introduction of the Fascist Racial Laws that led Castelnuovo-Tedesco to seek exile in the USA in 1939. The Four Dances from ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, part of the composer’s recurring fascination for the art of Shakespeare, are atmospheric, richly characterised and hugely enjoyable. This is their first performance and recording.
The Tempest Trio - Dvorák: Piano Trios, Vol. 2: Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)

The Tempest Trio - Dvorák: Piano Trios, Vol. 2: Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 67:12 min | 265 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2017

Dvorak s four piano trios are some of the greatest examples of late 19th-century chamber music, and have remained repertoire favorites to this day. His Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major incorporates melancholy, serenity and vivid excitement in equal measure, while the Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor though written at a time of personal tragedy for Dvorak, achieves a triumphant and emphatic conclusion. Fanfare said of the first volume of Trios, I would urge you with special pleading to acquire this release for what may well be the best Dvorak Dumky on disc ever.
Christoph Spering - Bach: Lutherkantaten, Vol. 1 (BWV 62, 36, 91) (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Christoph Spering - Bach: Lutherkantaten, Vol. 1 (BWV 62, 36, 91) (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 63:20 minutes | 650 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Brand new recording of all Luther cantatas composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Half a millennium ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther launched this movement by posting his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church. Two centuries later, inspired by Luther’s words, & fully in the spirit of the reformer’s aim of spreading his theories via hymns, Johann Sebastian Bach composed what is probably the most significant body of cantatas based on Luther’s texts.