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Isabelle Faust – J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Isabelle Faust – J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:23:29 minutes | 2,69 GB | Genre: Classical
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After the double album of the Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout, a bestseller in 2018, here is the next installment in a Bach recording adventure that began nine years ago with a set of the Sonatas and Partitas now regarded as a benchmark. Isabelle Faust, Bernhard Forck and his partners at the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have patiently explored a multitude of other works by Bach: harpsichord concertos, trio sonatas for organ, instrumental movements from sacred cantatas etc. All are revealed here as direct or indirect relatives of the three monumental Concertos BWV 1041-43.

This fascinating achievement is a timely reminder that the master of The Well-Tempered Clavier was also a virtuoso violinist!

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Alexander Melnikov and Isabelle Faust – Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Alexander Melnikov and Isabelle Faust – Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:45 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
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At a time when Mozart was writing his first sonatas for violin and clavier, in 1778, it was the done thing to write piano sonatas with violin accompaniment in which the violin part is fairly unobtrusive. The purpose of this was not to put off the target audience for the scores: educated amateurs. But Mozart paid no heed to this convention and took off into a new world with real duets, in which the two instruments found themselves on an even footing. At the same time, he avoided the corrective exaggeration which would appear in some scores which resembled violin concertos with a little piano support. Here we have a perfect balance between the two players: Isabelle Faust on the violin and Alexander Melnikov at the clavier. The latter of the two plays on a copy of a Viennese fortepiano made in 1795 by Anton Walter. The sound balance is utterly perfect, which is a relief, as all too often these sonatas either favour the keyboard part when played on the piano or the violinist tries to force it. We have here two sonatas written in Paris shortly after the death of Mozart’s mother (who accompanied him on the journey), and then another from 1787 written in the wake of Leopold Mozart’s death. Despite this the composer seems to be putting on a brave face, flashing a smile tinged with a tender nostalgia on the Sonata in E Minor K. 304.

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Isabelle Faust – Schubert: Oktett (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Isabelle Faust – Schubert: Oktett (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:06 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
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A mysterious beauty: In response to a commission from Count Troyer, who wanted a work closely modelled on Beethoven’s famous Septet op.20, Schubert – despite his fervent admiration for the older composer – resolutely struck out on his own by delivering an . . . Octet. While the enlarged forces opened his path towards symphonic writing, examination of the form and expression reveals a much more accomplished and personal composition than has generally been recognised by commentators. Isabelle Faust and her partners, enthralled by what is an exceptional work in every respect, offer us a new interpretation of it on period instruments.

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Isabelle Faust, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos – Isabelle Faust, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:09:15 minutes | 2,28 GB | Genre: Classical
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Mozart: The five most brilliant concertos for violin, all penned before the age of 19! Mozart was not even 15 years old when he began composing violin concertos that would serve as a backdrop at Salzburg receptions. An insatiable drive for independence would however lead the young Konzertmeister to overtly challenge musical forms, innovate with genres, humor and frivolity, all of which can be heard in this delightful first collaboration between Isabelle Faust and the musicians of Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.

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Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester – Robert Schumann – Violin Concerto, Piano Trio No.3 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Robert Schumann – Violin Concerto, Piano Trio No.3 – Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 01:01:36 minutes | 1.04 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: May and September 2014 at Teldex Studio Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

In the autumn of 1851 Schumann composed, in rapid succession, the two violin sonatas and, in the space of just seven days from 2 to 9 October, the Piano Trio no.3, Op.110. As always during his work, Schumann was oblivious to everything around him, neglected social obligations, and isolated himself – even from Clara. ‘Robert is working very assiduously on a trio for piano, violin, and cello,’ she confided to her diary, ‘but he won’t let me hear anything of it until he has quite finished it – all I know is that it’s in G minor.’

This trio, like all his other chamber works with piano, was tailor-made for Clara to play and right from the first rehearsal session in the domestic circle she went into a veritable frenzy of delight: ‘It is original, absolutely full of passion, especially the scherzo, which sweeps one away to the wildest depths’, Just a little bit of that same enthusiasm would probably have spared the Violin Concerto a great deal of opprobrium: Clara witheld the score, as did the dedicatee, Joachim. It was finally premiered in Berlin on 26 November 1937, more than 80 years after it was composed, with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Karl Böhm and the violinist Georg Kulenkampff. Yehudi Menuhin had the privilege of making the first commercial recording, produced in the following year, 1938, with the New York Philharmonic under its British principal conductor John Barbirolli.
This first volume in a trilogy comprising the complete concertos and piano trios of Schumann brings together two late and unjustly neglected works. The instigators of the project, Isabelle Faust, Alexandre Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras, champion their cause with a force of conviction and a choice of instruments that restore the delicate transparency and subtlety of their textures. The next release will be of the Piano Concerto and Piano Trio No. 2.

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Isabelle Faust – Schoenberg: Violin Concerto – Verklarte Nacht (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Isabelle Faust – Schoenberg: Violin Concerto – Verklärte Nacht (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:05 minutes | 621 MB | Genre: Classical
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Almost forty years separate Verklärte Nacht from the Violin Concerto – the former still influenced by the idiom of Brahms and Wagner, the latter deriving from the richness of that later period when Schoenberg managed to combine a multiplicity of approaches within his twelve-note system. Between post-Romantic twilight and ‘classical’ rigour, Isabelle Faust and her most faithful partners offer us an extraordinarily lively interpretation of some of the most remarkable pages in twentieth-century musical literature.

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Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov – Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin Vol. 2 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov – Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin Vol. 2 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:17 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
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Using period instruments, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov breathe new life into these ‘sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment’, a tradition Mozart renewed from within, blazing the trail for Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. The first volume was widely praised:

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Isabelle Faust – Bach – Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Isabelle Faust – Bach – Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 28:34 minutes | 294 MB | Genre: Classical
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During Bach’s lifetime, music for an unaccompanied melody instrument was still little explored territory, and his sonatas, partitas, and suites for solo violin or solo cello immediately established themselves as a high benchmark, unprecedented in their formidable technical challenges and infinite creativity. In his Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, Bach retains the standard sequence of dances typical of the suite, capping it with a movement of monumental proportions: this closing chaconne alone constitutes one of his most impressive creations! Isabelle Faust has gone back to the original manuscript sources to offer us her version of this absolute masterpiece of the violin repertoire. Diapason d’or of the Year (2010).

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Isabelle Faust – Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps – Eotvos Alhambra Concerto (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Isabelle Faust – Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps – Eötvös Alhambra Concerto (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 57:41 minutes | 564 MB | Genre: Classical
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More than a century after the historic scandal of its premiere at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, The Rite of Spring has established itself as one of the “musts” of the modern orchestral repertory. And if the source of the telluric forces generated by Stravinsky lay in pagan Russia, it is beneath the arabesques of the palaces of Andalusia that Péter Eötvös found the inspiration for his third violin concerto, entitled Alhambra. The work’s dedicatees, Isabelle Faust and Pablo Heras-Casado, here present its very first recording.

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Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov – Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin, Vol. 3 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov – Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin, Vol. 3 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:59 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

By modifying the balance of the dialogue between the two protagonists, whom he turns into genuine alter egos, Mozart leads the genre of the sonata for fortepiano and violin onto the road to modernity. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov present here the third volume of an exciting complete set on period instruments. Their playing, showing “great elegance and utter rigour”, is distinguished by “a tender and delicate expressiveness served by exceptionally subtle nuances” (Classica).

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