Frederic Chopin – Preludes & Piano Sonata No. 2 – Jean-Philippe Collard (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frederic Chopin – Preludes & Piano Sonata No. 2 – Jean-Philippe Collard (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:58:01 minutes | 890 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ La Dolce Volta
Recorded: 9-11 avril 2013, Paris (Paroisse protestante luthérienne « Bon-Secours »)

It has taken him decades to feel comfortable with the composer. Today he is confident in his approach to this repertory and has no qualms about his interpretative options. Chopin’s music gives him two very powerful impressions. First of all, it interprets the sensation of being in love, an aspect he finds fascinating. Moreover, his language speeds up the process of communication between artist and audience.
He sees this disc as a break, a renewal. All his previous records were released on EMI. Today he has changed labels, repertory, sound engineer … These developments enable him to escape a certain routine, to put himself on the line.
There are countless benchmark versions in this repertory, but the French pianist has not sought to measure himself against them, and his approach to the composer is honest and totally sincere. Chopin represents a genuine challenge, for which Jean-Philippe Collard has identified a style that is his alone.

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Claude Debussy – Preludes, Livres I & II – Philippe Bianconi (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Claude Debussy – Preludes, Livres I & II – Philippe Bianconi (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:10 minutes | 1.06 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ La Dolce Volta
Recorded: Paris on February 2012 (Église de la rue Titon)

Philippe Bianconi has achieved recognition as one of France’s most accomplished instrumentalists despite his reluctance to embrace the capital. The interpretion of French music has always been of great importance in his repertoire.
“Debussy has always been part of my life” says the pianist about the composer so close to his heart.
Discophiles have been impatiently awaiting his recording of the towering Préludes, but Philippe Bianconi has taken his time before entering the studio to capture what he calls “the quintessence of Debussy’s art”. Beneath his fingertips, which conjugate a profound attention to detail with an irresistible poetic imagination, the art of Claude de France reveals all its riches and its startling modernity.
The enchanting sonorities and the density of Philippe Bianconi’s interpretation make his new CD a major addition to the list of great versions of the Préludes, enhanced by the exceptional sound quality of the recording itself, to which the pianist has devoted particular attention.

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Denes Varjon – Precipitando: Alban Berg, Leos Janacek, Franz Liszt (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Denes Varjon – Precipitando: Alban Berg, Leos Janacek, Franz Liszt (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 00:57:42 minutes | 318 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ ECM Records GmbH
Recorded: April 2011, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano

After important contributions to Heinz Holliger’s “Romancendres” and acclaimed performance, with Carolin Widmann, of Schumann’s Violin Sonatas, here is the first New Series solo recording from Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. It is a recital that draws the listener in from the first moments – beginning with the dark, brooding language of Alban’s Berg’s Piano Sonata Op. 1, shaped in the shadow of Schoenberg, and continuing into the nebulous regions of Janáček’s impressionistic and near-contemporaneous “In the mists”, finally emerging into the clear light of Liszt’s immense – and immensely-influential – B-minor Sonata.

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Dvorak, Janacek – Symphony No. 8, Symphonic Suite – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (2014) [Official Digital Download DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Dvorak, Janacek – Symphony No. 8, Symphonic Suite – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (2014)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:02:02 minutes | 6,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic |  © Reference Recordings
Recorded: October 11-13, 2013

Nominated for 2015 GRAMMY Award! Best Orchestral Performance.

For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The PSO has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. Past conductors include the legendary names of Reiner, Steinberg, Previn, Maazel,and other greats. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when celebrated Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra..
The PSO is critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras, and has completed more than 36 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. The PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
The PSO also has a long history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 when it began network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International. The PRI series with the PSO can be heard on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh. Many PSO recordings remain in print and available, and they have won critical acclaim and many awards..
This release and the entire “Pittsburgh Live!”series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera, and chamber recordings have received over 70 GRAMMY nominations and awards! Soundmirror has recorded for every major classical record label, now including Reference Recordings.

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Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Hungarian Dance & Haydn Variations – Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2009) [Official Digital Download DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Hungarian Dance & Haydn Variations – Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2009)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:07:27 minutes | 2,66 + 2.74 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic |  © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: Palace of Arts, Budapest, January 2009

“An orchestra musician is an artist, not an employee, and artists must be given the chance to take initiatives and to be creative. Only an orchestra of true artists – making music as a highly disciplined team – is able to realize the dreams of the composers and pass on an uplifting experience to the audience, touching all listeners deep in their heart. This is our aim for which the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been created.” –Iván Fischer

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