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Baiba Skride – Eller: Violin Concerto, Fantasy, Symphonic Legend & Symphony No. 2 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Baiba Skride – Eller: Violin Concerto, Fantasy, Symphonic Legend & Symphony No. 2 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:14 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
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With a career spanning two thirds of the 20th century, Estonian composer Heino Eller (1887-1970) can be rightfully considered as one of the founders of the country’s national musical style. His style remains resolutely tonal while taking on board the influences of French impressionism, German expressionism, and of course Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius, but also a certain “nationalism” in the choice of themes. At the outset of his career in the 1920s, his country had been liberated from the grip of the Russian Empire before falling back into the hands of the USSR in 1940. In those twenty years, a feeling of a distinct Estonian culture developed.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Andris Nelsons and Baiba Skride make their debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker 2010 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

With two debuts in one evening, this concert from October 2010 has the up-and-coming generation of musicians at its heart. On her many CDs, the violinist Baiba Skride has shown herself to be both an impulsive and subtle artist. And Andris Nelsons had already been described by the Berlin Tagesspiegel as “the biggest and brightest hope in the conducting firmament” – an assessment that the then principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra confirmed with much admired debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Met in New York and the Bayreuth Festival.

Grief and despair as expressed in the musical language of the 20th century – this is the central theme of both of this evening’s works. In the one case, a personal tragedy; in the case of the other, the global catastrophe that was the Second World War. The concert opens with Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, with the inscription “To the Memory of an Angel”. This inscription refers to Alma Mahler’s daughter Manon Gropius, who died aged only 18 in the spring of 1935. “I do not attempt to find the words where language fails by letter,” Berg wrote to Alma Mahler, “but yet: one day may you hear in the Violin Concerto that which I feel today and cannot express”. This shock did not stop Berg from adhering to his own demands in terms of compositional technique, creating history’s first twelve-tone violin concerto.

Also in Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony, which forms the second half of the concert, a delicately balanced texture is combined with overwhelming expressive power. This 1943 work reflects the brutality of war as well as the grief of the people. Even the vacuous pomp of military marches is taken up in this multi-form panorama and exposed through knife-sharp parody.

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Baiba Skride – Bach, Bartok, Ysaye (2004) [Hybrid-SACD] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Baiba Skride – Bach Bartok Ysaye
SACD ISO (Stereo): 3,12 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,30 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Sony Classical # SK 92938 | Country/Year: Germany 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Violin, Romantic, Modern

The Latvian violinist Baiba Skride won the 2001 Queen Elisabeth competition at the age of twenty. This is her debut recital for Sony, and probably the only SACD of her playing for the indefinite future, as her follow up has only been released on plain CD. She is an interesting complement to Sony’s long term house female violinist, Midori Goto. One wonders whether Skride was signed on to replace Hilary Hahn, who rather unwisely jumped raft to Universal.

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