Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 - 1874)

Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 – 1874) was a Danish composer of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and galops, among other things.
As a child, he studied music in Randers and Odense, and by age 14 he was playing the trumpet in a military band. In 1829, he joined the Horse Guards in Copenhagen, still continuing his music education. In 1839, he heard a Viennese orchestra play music by Johann Strauss I, after which he composed in the style of Strauss, eventually earning the nickname "The Strauss of the North". From 1843 to 1872, he served as the music director and in-house composer for Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen. Such was his popularity in the Danish capital that many Danes revered him and considered Johann Strauss II as the "Lumbye of the South".
Lumbye is best known for his light compositions, many of which evoke non-musical sources. The Champagne Galop, for example, begins with the "pop" of a champagne cork, and the Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop faithfully recreates the sounds of a train chugging out of a station and grinding to a halt at the next stop.
He was the father of two musician sons, Carl Christian (July 9, 1841 - August 10, 1911) and Georg August (August 26, 1843 - 1922), who took over his orchestra after his father's death.
Composer: Hans Christian Lumbye
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Performer: Christer Nilsson, Anton Kontra, Kim Sjøgren
Orchestra: Danmarks Radiosymfoniorkester
Chandos, April 25, 1994 DDD
Format: Flac 313 mb.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Klavierkonzert Nr. 22 Es-dur, KV.482
Klavierkonzert Nr. 23 A-dur, KV.488

Dirigent : Daniel Barenboim ~ Piano
English Chamber Orchestra

EMI Records Ltd. Hayes Middlesex England 1988 ADD
Original sound recording made 1972 & 1967
Format: Flac 259 mb.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Manon Lescaut Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Manon Lescaut Oper in vier acten

Manon Lescaut ~ Montserrat Caballé
Chevalier des Grieux ~ Placido Domingo

Geronte de Ravoir ~ Noel Mangin
Lescaut ~ Vicente Sardinero
Edmondo ~ Robert Tear
L‘Oste ~ Richard van Allan
Il Maestro di Ballo ~ Bernard Dickerson
Un Musico ~ Delia Wallis
Un Sergente ~ Robert Lloyd
Un Lampionaio ~ Ian Partridge
Un Comandante ~ Gwynne Howell

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Chorleitung : John McCarthy
New Philharmonia Orchestra

Bruno Bartoletti
1972 Original sound recording made by EMI Records Ltd.
Digital remastering 1987 by EMI Records Ltd. ADD

Disk 1 playing time: 57:30“ 241 mb.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Etudes, Op. 10

1. Etudes, Op. 10, in C major
2. Etudes, Op. 10, in A minor
3. Etudes, Op. 10, in E major, "Tritesse" - "L'intimite"
4. Etudes, Op. 10, in C sharp minor, "Torrent"
5. Etudes, Op. 10, in G flat major, "Black Keys"
6. Etudes, Op. 10, in E flat minor
7. Etudes, Op. 10, in C major, "Toccata"
8. Etudes, Op. 10, in F major
9. Etudes, Op. 10, in F minor
10. Etudes, Op. 10, in A flat major
11. Etudes, Op. 10, in E flat major
12. Etudes, Op. 10, in C minor, "Revolutionary" - "Fall of Warsaw"

Etudes, Op. 25

13. Etudes, Op. 25, in A flat major, "Aeolian Harp" - "Shepherd Boy
14. Etudes, Op. 25, in F minor, "Balm"
15. Etudes, Op. 25, in F major, "Carwheel"
16. Etudes, Op. 25, in A minor
17. Etudes, Op. 25, in E minor
18. Etudes, Op. 25, in G sharp minor
19. Etudes, Op. 25, in C sharp minor
20. Etudes, Op. 25, in D flat major
21. Etudes, Op. 25, in G flat major, "Butterfly"
22. Etudes, Op. 25, in B minor
23. Etudes, Op. 25, in A minor, "Winter Wind"
24. Etudes, Op. 25, in C minor, "Ocean"

Performer: Andrei Gavrilov
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
EMI Records Ltd. Hayes Middlesex, England DDD 1988
Format: Flac 176 mb.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro appassionato
3. Andante
4. Allegro grazioso

Krystian Zimerman, piano
Wiener Philharmoniker
Cello-Solo Wolfgang Herzer
Conducter : Leonard Bernstein

Label: Deutsche Grammophon, Leonard Bernstein Edition, DDD, 1985
Format: Flac 184 mb.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
1. Un poco sostenuto ~ Allegro
2. Andante sostenuto ~ Violin Solo: Gerhart Hetzel
3. Un poco Allegretto e grazioso
4. Finale, Piu Andante ~ Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80
5. Allegro ~ L‘istesso tempo, un poco maestoso ~ animato ~ Maestoso
Format: Flac 270 mb.
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein
Label: Deutsche Grammophon, Leonard Bernstein Edition, DDD, 1983