Beautyleg No 2

Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015)

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68086 | Time: 01:16:08

This is the fifth volume of Angela Hewitt’s cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and she is recording a full set of Mozart’s concertos too; and yet she is still probably best known for her Bach. So perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s when Beethoven slips into Bach-style fugues in the final movement of Op 110 that Hewitt sounds most masterful. Elsewhere she is incisive and thoughtful too, even if the two earliest works here, Op 2 no 2 and Op 10 no 1, demand a certain lightness of touch that they don’t quite get – the flurries and flourishes sound like collections of notes rather than single, self-propelling gestures. The second movement of Op 78 is a deft dialogue of question and answer, and Hewitt brings an inevitability to Op 110 that makes sense of its changes of direction even if she doesn’t obviously revel in the full extent and novelty of its inspiration.
Nelson Freire - Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2; Ballade No.4; Berceuse; 3 Mazurkas; Polonaise heroique (2015) [Re-Up]

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2; Ballade No.4; Berceuse; 3 Mazurkas; Polonaise (2015)
Nelson Freire, piano; Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, conducted by Lionel Bringuier

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5332 DH | Time: 01:05:42

In the third of three new landmark albums on the Decca label, Nelson Freire marks his 70th birthday year with a stunning recording of Chopin’s lyrical and brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2. The recording was made in Cologne with the Gurzenich-Orchester Koln and Lionel Bringuier, one of the most talked-about of the younger generation of conductors. The release also features some favorite Chopin solo works including a Ballade, Berceuse, Polonaise and three Mazurkas.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, Friedrich Schloffer - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 (2022)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, Friedrich Schloffer - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless [24bit-48kHz] | 53:54 | 539 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: BR-Klassik

Mariss Jansons ranks among the outstanding podium personalities of our time. His orchestral work is recognized not only because of his busy touring activities but also because of television and radio broadcasts world-wide, also documented by a sizable number of recordings.
Lorin Hollander - Chopin- Polonaise in A-Flat & Scherzo No. 2 - Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 & Mephisto Waltz No. 3 (2022)

Lorin Hollander - Chopin- Polonaise in A-Flat & Scherzo No. 2 - Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 & Mephisto Waltz No. 3 (1959/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 46:35 minutes | 1,84 GB
Classical | Studio Master, Official Digital Download

Lorin Hollander is a world-renowned concert pianist with a continuously acclaimed 50-year international career that began with a Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 11. Lorin was an infant child prodigy who composed music at age three and performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at five.
Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, McDonald, Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma - Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina (1996)

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina, Op. 100 (1996)
Isaac Stern, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano; Robert McDonald, piano; Jaime Laredo, viola; Yo-Yo Ma, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 62597 | Time: 01:08:30

Antonin Dvorák's Piano Quartet No. 2 is one of the greatest chamber works of the 19th century (as are many of Dvorák's chamber compositions). Written in 1889 at the request of his publisher Simrock, it is a big, bold work filled with the Czech master's trademark melodic fecundity, harmonic richness, and rhythmic vitality. The first movement is a soaring, outdoor allegro with an assertively optimistic main theme accented by Czech contours and Dvorák's love of mixing major and minor modes. The Lento movement's wistful main theme is played with a perfect mixture of passion and poise by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The music alternates between passages of drama and delicacy in this, one of Dvorák's finest slow movements in any medium. The Scherzo's stately waltz is contrasted by a lively, up-tempo Czech country dance. The finale is a high-stepping, high-spirited allegro with a strong rhythmic pulse that relaxes for the beautifully lyrical second subject.
Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)

Sviatoslav Richter, Stanisław Wisłocki, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 71:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 447 420-2 | Recorded: 1959, 1963

This 1995 release from Deutsche Grammophon combines two memorable concerto recordings by Sviatoslav Richter. Almost all of Richter's recordings are considered legendary – particularly since he did not like recording in the studio – but these are rightfully so. They were some of the first that were released widely in the west, where he was still something of a new talent in the late '50s-early '60s, although a middle-aged man by then. The Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 with Stanislaw Wislocki and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra dates from 1959 and was met with high praise from most for its detail and the depth of Richter's knowledgable interpretation. It is not as ardent as most other pianists' readings, but its clarity speaks volumes and can still move the listener.
Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. II:  Piano Concerto No. 2 & Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra (2006)

Philip Glass - The Concerto Project Vol. II (2006)
Piano Concerto No. 2; Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra
Paul Barnes, piano; R. Carlos Nakai, flute; Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord
Northwest Chamber Orchestra; Ralf Gothóni, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0030 | Time: 00:42:30

The Concerto Project Vol. II is the second release in Orange Mountain Music’s Concerto Project series and features two world premiere recordings of works by composer Philip Glass. Pianist Paul Barnes performs Piano Concerto No. 2 “After Lewis and Clark” with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ralph Gothóni. The concerto was commissioned in part by the Nebraska Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the explorers’ journey across the American continent. The three movements are titled “The Vision”, “Sacagawea” and “The Land.” The first and third movements bookend an intimate middle movement that features a traditional Shoshone Indian theme performed on the Native American flute by R. Carlos Nakai. The dynamic flare of the first concerto is contrasted by the album’s second work, Philip Glass’s beautiful Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. The three movement concerto is performed by harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ralph Gothóni.
David Oistrakh String Quartet - Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 - Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 (2017)

David Oistrakh String Quartet - Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 - Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:32 min | 332 MB
Label: MUSO | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017

The first recording of the David Oistrakh Quartet received much praise from the press ("No sooner formed, this young quartet already reaches excellence."). Achieving comparison with the Borodin and the Beethoven Quartets, this young group offers an impassioned performance of Grieg and Mendelssohn: a powerful, contrasted, physical and always subtly emotional performance.
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Schubert: Symphony No. 5, D. 485 - Brahms: Serenade No. 2, Op. 16 (Live) (2018)

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique & John Eliot Gardiner - Schubert: Symphony No. 5, D. 485 - Brahms: Serenade No. 2, Op. 16 (Live) (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 259 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | 00:59:44
Classical | Label: Soli Deo Gloria

Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in performances of Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major D.485 and Brahms's Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16 recorded live in concert at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In Serenade No.2 a 20-year-old Brahms chooses to omit violins, creating an unusually dark sound, while the lively style of Schuberts Symphony No.5 seems to reflect the composers youthful exuberance.
Evgeny Kissin, Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 (1993)

Evgeny Kissin, Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 201 Mb | Total time: 59:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | # 07863 57982 2 | Recorded: 1988

Evgeny Kissin, in case you missed the New Year's Eve international telecast from Berlin, is an 18-year-old Russian who is already the veteran of many a 'sensational' debut. As he proved in his accompaniment to Karajan's Tchaikovsky, he is already a considerable artist, with all the traditional Russian strengths of deep tone production, strong rhythm, clarity and expressiveness even under extreme virtuoso pressure. His Rachmaninov gives further evidence of an outstanding talent which one hopes his advisers, RCA included, will nurture patiently.