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Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim – Liszt, Schubert, Wagner, Widman – West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2016 (2018) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.0

Title: Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim – Liszt, Schubert, Wagner, Widman – West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2016
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Classical

Production/Label: EuroArts Music International
Duration: 03:07:42
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: H.264
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19778 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio #1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio #2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1958 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Size: 21.05 GB

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are not only an internationally-acclaimed touring orchestra but also a symbol of tolerance and understanding between people. Their Prom opens with Jörg Widmann’s riotous overture Con brio, which uses fragments of Beethoven’s Seventh and Eighth Symphonies and looks at them through a 21st-century prism. Orchestra and conductor are joined by the legendary Martha Argerich. Argerich, gives an “unforgettable performance” of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 dazzling the audience with “her playing as frighteningly precise as it has always been.” (The Guardian) For the encore, the two childhood friends join forces at the piano for a four-handed rendition of Schubert’s Rondo in A which ”for 12 minutes provided a glimpse of paradise” (The Standard), holding “6000 people spellbound” (The Times). The concert is completed with popular excerpts from Wagner’s Tannhäuser and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg – both of which feature a song contest at their heart – as well as from Götterdämmerung, the final instalment of Wagner’s Ring. “Proms don’t come more stellar than this! Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra would have comfortably filled the hall on their own, while Martha Argerich could have filled it three times over.” (Independent)

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Alisa Weilerstein, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim – Elgar & Carter – Cello Concertos (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Elgar & Carter – Cello Concertos – Alisa Weilerstein, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 1:02:23 minutes | 631 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Decca Records
Recorded: September 2012, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

Alisa Weilerstein makes one of Decca’s most exciting debuts in recent years. The renowned cellist is joined by Decca fan-favorite Daniel Barenboim. Alisa Weilerstein is the first cellist in many years to play the Elgar Concerto with Daniel Barenboim, and his decision to record it with her is a major statement. Her technique has earned her international recognition.

“Their interpretation is one of poise, heft and ardor, the soloist’s superb control keenly matched by the conductor’s insightful support.” – New York Times

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Michael Barenboim, Daniel Barenboim & Pierre Boulez – Schoenberg: Violin & Piano Concerti (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Michael Barenboim, Daniel Barenboim & Pierre Boulez – Schoenberg: Violin & Piano Concerti (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 57:28 minutes | 589 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Peral

Dating from 2005 and 2012, these are the Vienna Philharmonic’s first recordings of two of Schoenberg’s works: the Piano Concerto with soloist Daniel Barenboim under Pierre Boulez and the extremely challenging Violin Concerto starring father and son: Michael Barenboim as soloist under the direction of his father Daniel. Even today the virtuosity of the Violin Concerto instils a sense of awe in many violinists; for a time Jascha Heifetz regarded the work as unplayable.

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Gaston Litaize, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim – Camille Saint-Saens – Organ Symphony (1976/2003) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Camille Saint-Saens – Organ Symphony – Gaston Litaize, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim (1976/2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 56:20 minutes | 994 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Recorded: May 1975, in Studio Medinah Temple, Chicago, United States

This celebrated recording of Saint-Saëns’ Third stands as one of the very few performances to challenge the acclaimed Munch/Boston version on RCA. It features playing of great panache (with a truly high-voltage finale), and if the strings in the first-movement allegro aren’t as tidy as some, Barenboim more than compensates by taking the movement gratifyingly up to speed. The big question for most collectors concerns the remastering, and here I have to say that it strikes me as an unqualified success.

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Daniel Barenboim – Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:33:57 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Front cover , Booklet | © Decca

Daniel Barenboim’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ is a significant addition to his critically-acclaimed Elgar series with Staatskapelle Berlin. This is Barenboim’s first recording of Elgar’s greatest choral masterpiece. Featuring the finest array of English-speaking soloists: Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Staples and Thomas Hampson.

The album is released to coincide with Barenboim’s performances of Elgar’s Symphonies 1 & 2 with the Staatskapelle Berlin at the BBC Proms on 15 & 16 July

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Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim – Brahms: Symphonies (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim – Brahms: Symphonies (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:59:46 minutes | 3,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

More than 120 years after the death of Johannes Brahms, the answer to this question would seem to be a foregone conclusion. Not even Arnold Schoenberg’s essay “Brahms the Progressive”, famed at least for its title, has done anything substantial to change it. Schoenberg pointed to the asymmetry and irregularity of Brahms’s phrase structure, his stern adherence to and sharpening of Beethoven’s technique of dislodging the “strong” beats until the rhythm as we previously knew it fully dissolves. What we hear as downbeats are more likely to be upbeats, and vice versa.

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Daniel Barenboim – Works by Elgar (1975/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Works by Elgar (1975/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:06 minutes | 787 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Glossa

Can there be a more prodigiously gifted and versatile musician in the world today than Daniel Barenboim? Symphonic and opera conductor as well concert pianist, recitalist, chamber musician, Lieder accompanist par excellence, the Argentinian-born Israeli Renaissance man of music is also one of the most extensively recorded artists of all time. Sony Classical is proud to present the first complete retrospective collection of his albums for CBS/Sony Classical and RCA Red Seal.

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Kian Soltani, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra & Daniel Barenboim – R. Strauss: Don Quixote – Ravel: Bolero (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Kian Soltani, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra & Daniel Barenboim – R. Strauss: Don Quixote – Ravel: Bolero (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 56:17 minutes | 577 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

On October 25, Peral Music releases its latest album, celebrating twenty years of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In August 1999, Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as a workshop for Israeli, Palestinian, and other Arab musicians to promote coexistence and intercultural dialogue. In order to celebrate this significant anniversary, Peral Music releases a digital album featuring “Don Quixote” (Richard Strauss) with cellist Kian Soltani and the famous “Boléro”(Maurice Ravel).

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Daniel Barenboim – Elgar – Sea Pictures. Falstaff (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Elgar – Sea Pictures. Falstaff (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:49 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

No conductor working today has done more to internationalise Elgar’s music than Daniel Barenboim. Like Georg Solti and Bernard Haitink before him, Barenboim has recognised that the best of Elgar’s music deserves to be compared with that of his European contemporaries, and that its roots are often more firmly embedded in Austro-German late Romanticism than they are in the pastoral landscapes of Edwardian England. He made an extensive series of Elgar recordings with the London Philharmonic in the 1970s, but returned to the composer in 2014 with a recording of the Second Symphony, followed two years later by the First. Magnificently played by the Berlin Staatskapelle, with its burnished, dark central European sound, both performances were a revelation, immediately reconnecting Elgar with the composers he most admired, Brahms and Richard Strauss. If Barenboim’s subsequent Berlin recording of The Dream of Gerontius was less exceptional, it still cast fresh light on a staple of the British choral repertoire.
Elgar: Sea Pictures; Falstaff album art work

The two works on this latest disc present a very different challenge, however. Where the symphonies and even Gerontius relate very obviously to European archetypes, there’s something much more indelibly English about both Falstaff and the song cycle Sea Pictures. Falstaff is the nearest that Elgar came to composing a Straussian tone poem (he called it a “symphonic study”), but there is something missing here. Technically once again the performance is impeccable, but it misses a nostalgic dimension that the finest British recordings – Adrian Boult’s, John Barbirolli’s – identify more convincingly without ever becoming twee, which Barenboim’s performance unexpectedly does.

The Latvian mezzo Elīna Garanča is the soloist in Sea Pictures. Janet Baker’s recording with Barbirolli is the benchmark here, and though Garanča’s diction can be indistinct and she doesn’t match Baker’s conviction in the fusty Victorian poetry that Elgar sets, her golden sound and warm, supple phrasing are still very appealing on their own terms.

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Kian Soltani, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim – Dvorak – Cello Concerto (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kian Soltani, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim – Dvořák – Cello Concerto (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:25 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

To say that Kian Soltani’s concerto debut for Deutsche Grammophon packs a punch is something of an understatement, and indeed long before Soltani even enters the fray, given that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard an orchestra sounding quite so dangerously, growlingly foreboding and theatrical at the opening of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto as is heard here from Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin in what was a live performance at the Berlin Philharmonie: markedly slower than the score’s metronome marking of 116 to a crotchet; little shivering swells added to the pianissimo crotchets concluding the first phrase; then not just a crescendo up to the first fortissimo statement of the main theme, but also a rushing accelerando; while this revving of the accelerator ultimately lands us smartly at Dvořák’s actual tempo marking, the effect is one of being caught up in a lethally super-speed, supremely polished whirlwind. If you’re a stickler for keeping to the score then you might balk, but there’s no question that it’s electrifying stuff. And on that note, remember Karajan’s glorious bar 72 injection of an ardent and thoroughly unscripted portamento swoop for DG, back in 1968 with Rostropovich? Well Barenboim’s repeated that trick here, and every bit as gloriously.

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