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NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:14:06 minutes | 733 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

After their prize-winning Mendelssohn symphonies cycle and acclaimed Mozart symphonies album, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and its chief conductor Andrew Manze now present Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh symphonies. While Beethoven’s Fifth is arguably the most famous symphony in the history of music, the Seventh counts as one of the most rhythmically-advanced pieces of nineteenth-century music; an “apotheosis of dance”, to quote Richard Wagner. Both works display Beethoven’s mastery of and audacious approach to musical form as well as the richness of his melodic invention, and are generally praised as paragons of symphonic composition. Andrew Manze brings his experience in the field of historically informed performance to the polished symphonic sound of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, providing an ambience that fits these early nineteenth-century works like a glove.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Other Works (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Other Works (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:28 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Onyx

Following their hugely successful cycle of Vaughan Williams’ nine symphonies, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Andrew Manze in this album of the composer’s most popular shorter orchestral works.

This disc features Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Fantasia on Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending and The Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, as well as the rarely performed orchestral version of The Serenade to Music.

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NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:14:43 minutes | 745 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

Considered to be the highest triumph of instrumental composition in his own day, Mozart’s final symphonies continue to sweep audiences away. From the famous G-minor opening movement of the 40th symphony that cuts straight to the chase to the unprecedented complexity of the 41st symphony’s majestic finale, Mozart displays his vivid melodic invention as well as the maturity of his “old” musical soul. Even if his untimely death came unexpectedly, these two symphonies fill the listener with a sense of culmination, and may be seen as a sublime conclusion of both Mozart’s musical development and of the eighteenth-century symphony in general.

These extraordinary works are performed here by the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze, and will be followed by a recording of Mozart’s 38th and 39th symphonies. With their first Mozart album, conductor and orchestra extend their successful PENTATONE discography that already contains the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn, crowned with a 2017 Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

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Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Martinsson: Presentiment (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Martinsson: Presentiment (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:09 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

One of Sweden’s leading composers, Rolf Martinsson had an international breakthrough with the trumpet concerto Bridge, composed for Håkan Hardenberger who has also recorded it. Martinsson has since gone on to compose soloistic works for performers including Martin Fröst, Anne Sofie von Otter and Christian Lindberg, and enjoys a particularly close collaboration with the soprano Lisa Larsson. The two started working together in 2011, devising a soprano version of Orchestral Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, and Lisa Larsson has since performed Martinsson’s music at more than a hundred concerts to date.

A number of leading orchestras have commissioned works from Rolf Martinsson, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for which he composed his Concerto for Orchestra. In descriptions of Martinsson’s music, words such as ‘lush’, ‘colourful’ and ‘cinematic’ are often used – qualities that have proved attractive to a large audience, as well as to a number of eminent conductors. Sakari Oramo and Andrew Manze are among those who have championed works by Rolf Martinsson, in Sweden as well as internationally.

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NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 52, MWV A18 "Lobgesang" (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 52, MWV A18 “Lobgesang” (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:35 minutes | 628 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

With its combination of three instrumental movements, followed by a cantata with three soloists and chorus, Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony “Lobgesang [Hymn of Praise]” is highly original from a conceptual point of view. The piece is a milestone in the history of the symphonic form, stretching the seams of the symphony genre even further than Beethoven had dared with his “Choral” Ninth. In his Lobgesang, Mendelssohn achieved nothing less than the artistic destruction of the conceptual opposition of vocal and instrumental music. Here they enter into a relationship of constructive, mutual support in the service of music. Moreover, the Biblical lyrics express Mendelssohn’s deeply-felt religiosity. This album completes Pentatone’s Mendelssohn Symphonies series with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and conductor Andrew Manze. After winning the Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017 for their recording of Symphonies 1 & 3 and the positive reception of Symphonies 4 & 5, expectations are high for this final piece of the puzzle. On this album, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze join forces with the NDR Chor and WDR Rundfunkchor, as well as with an excellent cast of soloists: sopranos Anna Lucia Richter and Esther Dierkes and tenor Robin Tritschler.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:10:07 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Onyx

Andrew Manze’s interpretations of Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies have been met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. This third album in the series contains two masterpieces. The 5th Symphony of 1943 displaying a ‘greatness of soul’ as one commentator at the time wrote, draws on material for ‘The Pilgrims Progress’ from 1906. The 6th Symphony of 1944-7 stunned the audience at its premiere – some tried to explain the works last movement as depicting a nuclear wasteland.

RVW denied it was a war symphony, renewing the questions asked about the 4th: why did he write such another such violent work, and what did it mean? The composer, shocked by the nuclear wasteland talk commented ‘we can get in words nearest to the substance of my last movement in “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded by a sleep” from “The Tempest”.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony & Symphony No.4 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze – Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony & Symphony No.4 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:08:41 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Onyx

Andrew Manze’s interpretations of Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies have met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. This second volume in the cycle from the RLPO and Andrew Manze feature Nos 3 & 4: two works heavily influenced by the Great War and its aftermath. A repressed seething rage and sorrow at the futility of the war pervades No.3, “It is really wartime music – a great deal of it originated when I used to go up night after night in the ambulance wagon at Ecoivres” said the composer. The 3rd has been called RVW’s ‘War Requiem’. The 4th is a violent and turbulent work, reflecting the post Great War world and the political turmoil of the 1930s. The audience was perplexed by the nature of the music “I don’t know if I like it, but it’s what I meant” he said after the premiere.

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Andrew Manze – Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor (2004) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Andrew Manze – Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:18:45 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © harmonia mundi

No, not more Vivaldi Violin Concertos! How can there be any more? Have not decades of scholarships overturned every possible rock to find every possible violin concerto by the composer of The Four Seasons, everybody’s perennial favorite? Although the answer is apparently not, that is, in fact, good news: that there are still more lovely, charming, hilarious, touching, and mind-bogglingly difficult Violin Concertos by Vivaldi should warm the hearts and open the wallets of classical music lovers around the world.

And that is not all the good news. The really good news is that seven more-or-less new Violin Concertos by Vivaldi have been recorded by super-virtuoso Andrew Manze leading the super-fine English Concert. And while none of them, not even the super-sultry L’amoroso, will make most listeners shed their allegiance to Vivaldi’s four greatest hits, all of them are in truth just as lovely, charming, hilarious, touching, and perhaps even more mind-bogglingly difficult Violin Concertos that Manze dispatches with his by now customary panache and aplomb. Yes, more Vivaldi Violin Concertos! Harmonia Mundi’s digital sound is vivid and immediate.

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