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Francesca Dego, Francesca Leonardi – Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 & 10 (2015) [24bit FLAC]

Francesca Dego, Francesca Leonardi - Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 & 10 (2015) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Francesca Dego, Francesca Leonardi
Album: Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 & 10
Genre: Classical
Year: 2015
Tracks: 12
Duration: 01:27:53
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.47 GB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Francesca Leonardi has established herself as one of the best young violinists on the international musical scene. Recently signed by Deutsche Grammophon, her debut album with the 24 Paganini Caprices recorded on the ex-Ricci Guarneri del Ges was released in October 2012 and received high critical acclaim. She is now recording the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, the final volume to be released in Fall 2015. She is also featured guest artist in Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo’s album ‘Ave Maria’ released by Sony Classical. She is a winner of numerous national and international competitions. In 2008 she was the first Italian female violinist since 1961 to reach the final of the renowned “Paganini Competition” in Genoa and she won the “Enrico Costa” prize for having been the youngest finalist.

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Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 () [24bit FLAC]

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 () [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Album: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Genre: Classical
Year:
Tracks: 8
Duration: 01:10:41
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.21 GB
Label: Sony Classical

The album is a live-recording from two sold-out concerts at the Musikverein Vienna, considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, due to its highly regarded acoustics.

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Glenn Gould – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3, Op. 2 & No. 15, Op. 28 ‘Pastorale’ (1980) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Glenn Gould
Album: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3, Op. 2 & No. 15, Op. 28 ‘Pastorale’
Genre: Classical
Year: 1980
Tracks: 16
Duration: 01:35:51
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 811.96 MB
Label: Sony Classical

Among the projects that Columbia had arranged with Gould were the complete recordings of Bach’s solo keyboard works and the Beethoven sonatas. Both were to remain unfinished. Long after becoming a concert drop-out, Gould now planned to become a “record drop-out”: “My contract with CBS runs a bit beyond my 50th year. After that, there is going to be a major change of gears, much as there was twenty years ago.”

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Glenn Gould, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (1961) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (1961) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Album: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Genre: Classical
Year: 1961
Tracks: 03
Duration: 00:36:49
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 363.18 MB
Label: Sony Classical

This was the concerto with which Gould gave his orchestral dbut, playing its first movement on 8 May 1946. “Who does the kid think he is, Artur Schnabel?” snorted one critic, while another touted the thirteen-year-old boy as a “genius.” Whatever the case, this was the Beethoven concerto he played most frequently in public—twenty-nine times.

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Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (1960) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (1960) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Album: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Genre: Classical
Year: 1960
Tracks: 03
Duration: 00:37:37
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 368.7 MB
Label: Capitol Records

Yury Martynov’s previous recordings of the Beethoven/Liszt symphony transcriptions can be found on Zig-Zag Territoires (see reviews of the Second & Sixth, and First & Seventh). There are numerous alternatives to this recording of the Ninth, though most are performed on modern instruments. The Naxos complete Liszt edition has a very good recording by Konstantin Scherbakov (8.557366, see review), as they do with their Idil Biret Archive recording (8.571264-65) which might be a great choice were it not for several overly-weighty passages and a very slow first movement, coming in at over four minutes longer than Martynov. There are also several complete Beethoven/Liszt sets, including Leslie Howard’s vast edition on Hyperion (review), the Beethoven symphonies from which can be found in an excellent 5 CD set (CDA66671/5). Once again, we’re not comparing like with like, but it is fascinating to compare and contrast. To my mind Yury Martynov on his old Blthner can stand amongst the best of any recordings on newer instruments, and as a performance in sounds that would have been home turf to its creator this has to be a leading choice. –Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

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Yury Martynov – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Piano Transcription by Franz Liszt, S. 464/9) (2016) [24bit FLAC]

Yury Martynov - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Piano Transcription by Franz Liszt, S. 464/9) (2016) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Yury Martynov
Album: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Piano Transcription by Franz Liszt, S. 464/9)
Genre: Classical
Year: 2016
Tracks: 04
Duration: 01:10:49
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Size: 602.44 MB
Label: Alpha

Yury Martynov’s previous recordings of the Beethoven/Liszt symphony transcriptions can be found on Zig-Zag Territoires (see reviews of the Second & Sixth, and First & Seventh). There are numerous alternatives to this recording of the Ninth, though most are performed on modern instruments. The Naxos complete Liszt edition has a very good recording by Konstantin Scherbakov (8.557366, see review), as they do with their Idil Biret Archive recording (8.571264-65) which might be a great choice were it not for several overly-weighty passages and a very slow first movement, coming in at over four minutes longer than Martynov. There are also several complete Beethoven/Liszt sets, including Leslie Howard’s vast edition on Hyperion (review), the Beethoven symphonies from which can be found in an excellent 5 CD set (CDA66671/5). Once again, we’re not comparing like with like, but it is fascinating to compare and contrast. To my mind Yury Martynov on his old Blthner can stand amongst the best of any recordings on newer instruments, and as a performance in sounds that would have been home turf to its creator this has to be a leading choice. –Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

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Yury Martynov – Beethoven: Symphonies No. 7 & 1 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt) (2013) [24bit FLAC]

Yury Martynov - Beethoven: Symphonies No. 7 & 1 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt) (2013) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Yury Martynov
Album: Beethoven: Symphonies No. 7 & 1 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt)
Genre: Classical
Year: 2013
Tracks: 08
Duration: 01:07:36
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 965.88 MB
Label: Zig-Zag Territoires

The booklet offers helpful discussion about what changes Liszt had to make during the transcription process, even if it frames the discussion in the context of Freudian analysis. The sound is good and the piano, as mentioned, a joy to hear; if I liked this less than Martynov’s first volume, it’s because the rather sleepy First Symphony performance doesn’t live up to the vitality of the other three works he’s recorded. The Seventh is a reading that would enrich any collection. –Brian Reinhart , MusicWeb International

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Yury Martynov – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt) (2015) [24bit FLAC]

Yury Martynov - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt) (2015) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Yury Martynov
Album: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt)
Genre: Classical
Year: 2015
Tracks: 08
Duration: 01:08:52
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 574.95 MB
Label: Zig-Zag Territoires

“I salute the whole achievement as an astonishing, musically enlightening and historically absorbing must-listen. Recommended.” International Record Review on Yury Martynov’s Beethoven/Liszt cycle Yury Martynov here plays the same Blthner piano of 1867 chosen for the previous volume in this series as he moves on to Beethoven’s Fourth and Fifth symphonies in their transcriptions by Liszt. The Hungarian composer wrote of his approach: ‘I will be satisfied if I have accomplished the task of the intelligent engraver, the conscientious translator, who grasp the spirit of a work along with the letter, and thereby help to propagate knowledge of the masters and the appreciation of the beautiful.’

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Yury Martynov – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt) (2014) [24bit FLAC]

Yury Martynov - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt) (2014) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Yury Martynov
Album: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt)
Genre: Classical
Year: 2014
Tracks: 08
Duration: 01:21:44
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 1.21 GB
Label: Zig-Zag Territoires

Yet the playing never lacks continuity or kinetic momentum. In fact, the “Eroica” inner movements prove relatively disciplined from a metric standpoint, as the Scherzo’s firmly sprung soft detached chords and cross-rhythmic syncopations bear out. And although the lyrical character of No. 8’s three-note motive (similar to the one that opens the Rondo of Schubert’s G major D. 894 sonata) and clipped woodwind chords is softened through Martynov’s rhapsodizing, the music’s sardonic undertones still are apparent. The bottom line is that Martynov’s formidable keyboard command and strong musical personality draw you in and compel you to listen. I await this cycle’s remaining volumes with curiosity and anticipation. –Jed Distler, ClassicsToday

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Daishin Kashimoto, Konstantin Lifschitz – Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas (2014) [24bit FLAC]

Daishin Kashimoto, Konstantin Lifschitz - Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas (2014) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Daishin Kashimoto, Konstantin Lifschitz
Album: Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Year: 2014
Tracks: 36
Duration: 04:30:32
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 4.61 GB
Label: Warner Classics

Violinist Daishin Kashimoto and pianist Konstantin Lifschitz make their debut together on Warner with Ludwig van Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas, decidedly an ambitious undertaking. Neither artist has an extensive discography, and this is their first release as a duo, so one can imagine that the pressure of recording these sonatas in the studio must have been considerable, despite their prior experiences of playing them in recital several times. There is no question that Kashimoto has a strong affinity for Beethoven that is apparent in his nuanced phrasing and passionate playing, and that Lifschitz is with him every step of the way as an alert accompanist. Both appear to have agreed to play the notes before them, without recourse to historical styles or trends, so the interpretations are mainstream and unsurprisingly direct. Yet there is a spontaneity in the playing that suggests the sonatas haven’t been over-rehearsed or over-thought, and that both musicians are still seeking new ideas and expressions in each performance. The trimline box set contains four CDs in cardboard sleeves, and the sonatas appear in numerical order. Despite being recorded in two separate studios, in Stalden, Switzerland (sonatas 1, 6, 7, and 8) and Berlin, Germany (sonatas 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10), the sound is fairly consistent throughout, with only slight variances of presence and volume levels.

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