Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem Adam Harasiewicz is not well-known among most music lovers in the USA and only a bit more so in Europe. However, this Polish pianist is certainly well-known among pianophiles who have been seeking out his recordings for decades. He was born in 1932 and was the winner of the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, beating out such luminaries-to-be as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Fou Ts’ong. He has specialized in the music of Chopin throughout his career and is often ranked with such other Chopinists as Cortot, Rubinstein, Moravec, Pollini, Zimerman, Ohlsson and Stefan Askenase (the latter was his mentor). Harasiewicz’s style is less obviously ‘Romantic’ than some, or at least it was when he burst on the scene in the 1950s. His playing is lean, just a bit reticent and, dare I say it, aristocratic. And for all the precision and lack of schmaltz, his playing can convey the inner emotional content of the music convincingly; in this he reminds me a bit of Horowitz. He has a wide dynamic range from the softest sound imaginable to a grand roar, with all gradations in between. His rubato is organic, never feeling imposed on the music but arising from it. The Funeral March in Sonata No. 2, for instance, is not a trudge as it so often is in lesser hands, but a horror-stricken procession of half-lights and inexorability, relieved only by the tender middle section.
Composer: Frederyk Chopin
Performer: Adam Harasiewicz
Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conductor: Heinrich Hollreiser
Vinyl (1972) Number of Discs: 14
Size: 13.99 GB
Orchestra:Il CORO, l’ORCHESTRA e la compagnia di BALLO dell’Opera di San Francisco
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Label:EuroArts MI , Austria
The performances are elegant and powerful, beautifully played by Ciccolini and well supported by the orchestra under Baudo’s expert direction. Of special note is the exquiste recorded sound. Back in the early 70’s, this was considered one of the best engineered concerto recordings around, and it sounds great today. The balance between the piano and orchestra is superb; natural, spacious and clean. Aldo Ciccolini comes from the Busoni school of pianism, which combines German intellectualism with Italianate lyricism; those who might think these qualities are unsuited to the music of Saint-Saens should spend some time listening to these marvelous accounts. The approach is quite deliberate at times, but it allows the music to unfold in a way that reveals hidden depths of expression, due in large part to Serge Baudo’s careful direction. All in all, the pairing of Ciccolini and Baudo is a fine choice for a complete set of these piano concertos.
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Serge Baudo
Vinyl (1974) Number of Discs: 3
Size: 3.3 GB
Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this fine collection Haydn was a remarkable composer. He has yet to be discovered by most listeners…I mean, REALLY discovered and relished. For after all, as the Kapellmeister to Prince Nicholas Esterhazy for so much of his lifetime, Haydn had to create entertainment for his Prince and his “occasions”. So Haydn wrote the music, repaired the instruments, saw to it his musicians were happy, and kept Prince Nicholas totally enthralled. For recreation Haydn would go on a royal hunt, a sport he dearly loved and which shows up in his music…
Composer: Joseph Haydn Orchestra: Philarmonia Hungarica
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Number of Discs: 6
Size: 5.78 GB
# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performers: Le Quatuor Danois (with guests)
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Disques Valois | MB 706/746/747/756/759
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.2GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.12GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.36GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory
I received this box from thelonious quite awhile ago. However, once I ripped it, I discovered that what was in the box was actually a combination of different albums by Le Quatuor Danois – all Mozart, but not the albums that were supposed to be in the box. Plus there were only 5 LPs instead of 6.
The artwork you see above is exclusive to this rip. Enjoy!
Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this gem One of the greatest pianists of all time. His interpretations are deep and sound like the composers’ intentions.Anybody who heard and knew this Master knows that whatever he tackled is today embossed in the Temple of the finest, most honest, keyboard and chamber music ever recorded. No wonder he became Adolf Busch’s son-in-law. His “Republic of Equals” in Marlboro was never really a ‘Republic”–it was his Kingdom (but not Empire). Amazing how his son Peter carried forward this tradition of musical honesty and virtuosity…..
Composer: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Number of Discs: 2
Size: 1.79 GB
Orchestra:Orchestra Filarmonica del Piemonte
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Subtitles:Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Japanese
Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for a beautiful angel Sutherland, Bonynge and Co. (What a Co.!) recorded only the highlights for Julius Caesar. It was one of their earliest Decca collaborations.
Almost 6 years after Joan has passed away, it hurts more than ever to know, she will never sing again, but from her records.
Composer: Georg F. Händel
Performer: Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Margareta Elkins, Monica Sinclair, Richard Conrad
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra London
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Number of Discs: 1
Size: 1.0 GB
Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for the record Two questions are moving me on this record: 1st, why are people always looking for the big names in music, when you get delicious and wonderful performed music mostly from little known or unknown ensembles? This Chamber Orchestra from Hamburg known perfectly, how to make music.
The 2nd question, that made me smile, is: why is on the cover a picture of the town hall of my town (which is not Hamburg)? 😀
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Hans Kempler
Orchestra: Baroque Chamber Ensemble Hamburg
Conductor: Marcel Bernard
Number of Discs: 1
Size: 1.21 GB
Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this marvellous set Brendel is rightly considered an expert on Beethoven (Schubert and Mozart), because unlike many other “high-class” pianists who play only on speed, Brendel gives the listener the opportunity to enjoy Beethoven. Very clear and emotional, as one would expect for a romantic composers.
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 12
Size: 11.94 GB