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Martha Argerich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado – Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995,1999/2021) [DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Martha Argerich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado – Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (1995,1999/2021)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:17:16 minutes | 3,04 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:16 minutes | 1,1 GB
Souce: SACD-R | Artwork: Front Cover | Genre: Classical | © Deutsche Grammophon / Esoteric

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Martha Argerich, LSO, Claudio Abbado – Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11; Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 (1968/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Chopin, Liszt – Piano Concertos – Martha Argerich, LSO, Claudio Abbado (1968/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:40 minutes | 2,09 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

Classical masterpiece: Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt were both piano virtuosi of the highest order. So it’s no surprise to find that their concertos were composed as vehicles for them to flaunt their digital wizardry — though the two masters strutted their stuff in very different ways. Chopin adored the bel canto operas of Bellini and Donizetti, and both his concertos are like extended operatic scenes in which the piano acts the role of the prima donna, and the pianist is required to play the music with a limpid, singing tone and supple phrasing. Liszt’s performances were much more of a spectacle; supposedly, his bravura displays had similar effect on women as Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips would about a century later. In his Concerto No. 1, the pianist must thunder up and down the keyboard as well as dazzle in dizzying flurries of notes. In both concertos, the orchestra is there primarily to provide a solid, ornamental frame for the soloist. Martha Argerich’s playing probably would have knocked the socks off of Chopin, Liszt, or any other 19th-century virtuoso, for that matter. She can thunder and dazzle with the best of ’em — and she does so thrillingly in this performance of the Liszt Concerto. She also plays Chopin with melting beauty, which is perhaps one reason why this recording helped to gain Argerich a cultlike following.

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Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado – Mahler – Symphony No. 10 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado – Mahler – Symphony No. 10 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 25:07 minutes | 261 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The edition brings together Berliner Philharmoniker recordings from the last ten years. It includes the nine completed symphonies and the Adagio of the Tenth, whose performance under the direction of Claudio Abbado on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death is one of the highlights. In addition to chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and his predecessor Sir Simon Rattle, the edition features other outstanding Mahler interpreters closely associated with the orchestra: Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Claudio Abbado, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe – Mozart: Don Giovanni (1998) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Claudio Abbado, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe – Mozart: Don Giovanni (1998) [Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | 3x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 165:23 minutes | Front/Rear cover | 11,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear cover | 2,99 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Deutsche Grammophon # 474996-2

Arguably the greatest opera ever written, the Mozart/Da Ponte depiction of the last twenty-four hours of the legendary libertine is performed here in the standard version combining the two versions Mozart prepared. Abbado offers modern instruments with certain nods to period performance practice–many appoggiaturas, comparatively fleet tempos, and some modest ornamentation.

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Claudio Abbado꞉ The silence that follows the music 1970 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

This documentary about Claudio Abbado from the year 1996 is as much a journey through the recent history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Director Paul Smaczny shows how the orchestra re-adjusted itself after the end of the Karajan era – such as in electing Abbado as chief conductor, whose friendly approach redefined communication and the artistic work of the orchestra.

And we delve into the conductor’s biography, which is brought to life before our eyes through interviews and visits to the locations of his activities. Claudio Abbado himself speaks about his career and his artistic ideals, moreover, there are numerous interviews with colleagues. In addition to musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker, these include Pierre Boulez and Abbado’s former fellow students Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta, and members of other orchestras Abbado has ties with: the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

And of course, the film also approaches the conductor through his music. We hear Abbado at rehearsals and concerts in Salzburg, Venice and Paris, making a recording with Maria João Pires, and in a historic recording from the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna from 1968. From all this, the picture emerges of an artist with a wide range of interests and a multifaceted yet focused personality.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado in Tokyo 1994 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

There is nowhere else in the world that the Berliner Philharmoniker have been received with more warmth, enthusiasm, and for so many years, than in Japan. Recorded in Suntory Hall in Tokyo in 1994, this concert with Claudio Abbado gives an impression of just the kind of reception they are given. The programme includes major works from the Russian repertoire which are shown to their best advantage in the outstanding acoustics of this concert hall.

Suntory Hall, which was opened in 1986, is a kind of home-from-home for the Berliner Philharmoniker – it even stands in “Herbert von Karajan Square”. Karajan actually played a significant role in the designing of the hall, recommending for example the “vineyard” seating arrangement which people know from the Philharmonie in Berlin. Karajan was highly delighted with the result, calling Suntory Hall “a jewel box of sound”.

The concert programme reveals the variety of Russian music around the turn of the 20th century, with Tchaikovsky blending Slavonic passion with the Western symphonic form in his Fifth Symphony, while Mussorgsky in his Night on the Bare Mountain celebrates the primeval power of music which lies beyond any tradition. Like Mussorgsky, Stravinsky takes up the power of Russian folklore in his Firebird, intensifying its effect by enriching it with his own pioneering musical language.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 2002 European Concert in Palermo 2002 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

At the end of this European Concert, flowers rain down on the conductor and orchestra. And with rapturous applause tinged with a little sadness, the audience in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo say farewell to Claudio Abbado as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. With the 2002 European Concert, Abbado’s final tour at the head of the orchestra began. It took him all through his Italian homeland, culminating in Vienna in Austria where Abbado – with his successor Sir Simon Rattle in the audience – gave his last performance as chief conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker on 13 May 2002.

The central work in the first half of the concert is the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms – a work which took a while to establish itself after its composition in 1879 as it did not seem spectacular enough for the virtuoso violinists. Pablo de Sarasate for example found it an impertinence to expect him “to stand on the rostrum, violin in hand, and listen to the oboe playing the only tune in the Adagio”. Gil Shaham, on the other hand, shows just what infinite beauty lies in the subtle, tentative moments of the work.

Antonín Dvořák brings the official part of the European Concert to a close with his symphony From the New World. This is not, as is often assumed, merely a collection of quotations from Native American music and spirituals. The work receives its distinctive flavour rather by the ingenious combination of American and Bohemian elements of the composer’s innate musical idiom. Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker then give as an encore a piece which one could say plays out right at the door of the Teatro Massimo: the overture to Verdi’s opera The Sicilian Vespers.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 1996 European Concert in St. Petersburg 1996 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

There are not many opera houses that deserve the attribute “legendary”, but the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where both Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker received their premieres, is certainly one of them. So it was a special experience for the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado to perform their European Concert on this stage in 1996.

At the same time, the musicians celebrated a small anniversary, as it was one hundred years ago that the orchestra had performed in Russia for the first time, as part of the festivities for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. With reference to their hosts, the musicians opened the concert with excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, which had also been given its premiere there. The Russian-themed part of the concert closed with a powerful performance of the Cavatina from Rachmaninov’s opera Aleka by Anatoli Kotscherga.

The second part of the concert with Beethoven’s Violin Romances is linked to the Cavatina in as far as they also bring operatic scenes to mind with their shifting between beauty of sound and dramatic expression. The soloist is Kolja Blacher, who was first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1993 to 1999. The concert came to a close with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, whose piano reduction Beethoven had dedicated to the Russian Tsarina Elisabeth Alexeyavna. In the words of BBC Music Magazine, the work was given “an exhilarating performance characterised by glossy strings and sprightly wind solos”.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 1994 European Concert in Meiningen 1994 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Although both Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim knew each other from their student days and were artistic neighbours in Berlin for many years – the one as head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the other of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, it was a rarity for them to perform together. One such occasion can be seen in our recording of the 1994 European Concert with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. The venue was the beautifully restored Staatstheater in Meiningen, a place of special significance to the Berliner Philharmoniker.

It was in Meiningen that Hans von Bülow worked from 1880 to 1885 – an excellent conductor, who formed the Meiningen Court Orchestra into an elite orchestra through uncompromising rehearsals. He employed the methods he developed here when he became the first chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1887, creating the basis of the orchestra’s international reputation. This 1994 European Concert was therefore a tribute to Hans von Bülow on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Johannes Brahms also worked closely together with the Meiningen orchestra, just as he did at that time conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this concert we hear his Second Symphony: on the surface a sunny work, but with darkly disturbing undertones. This Janus-like character is also evident in this interpretation by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado, described by the Berliner Zeitung as “ravishingly elegant with startling rumbling”.

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Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker – Brahms: 21 Ungarische Tänze / Hungarian Dances (1983) [Japan 2019] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker – Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances (1983) [Japan 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:18 min | Scans included | 1,95 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 1,0 GB
Japanese SACD Reissue 2019 | Deutsche Grammmophon / Esoteric Company, Japan # ESSG-90200

At their best, and especially on home ground in central European repertory, Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic could produce electrifying music-making, as on the present recording of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances made in Vienna’s Sofiensaal in 1982. The recording was commissioned as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s superb 8-volume, 62-LP “Brahms Edition”, a survey of the composer’s complete musical output which was released in 1983 to mark the 150th anniversary of Brahms’s birth. Gramophone magazine’s Robert Layton commended the warmth, eloquence and virtuosity of the Vienna Philharmonic’s playing, adding that, though Abbado was scrupulous in his observation of the letter of the score, “the spirit of what Brahms liked to refer to as his ‘genuine gypsy children’ is always in evidence”.

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