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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster – R. Schumann – Complete Symphonies (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster – R. Schumann – Complete Symphonies (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:16:13 minutes | 2,36 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © PentaTone

Robert Schumann started his career as a composer of piano music and Lieder, and is still best known for his work in these genres. Intimidated by Beethoven’s legacy, as well as by his friend Felix Mendelssohn’s prolific output, Schumann long avoided the symphony. Spurred by his wife Clara, who was convinced that his imagination could not find sufficient scope on the piano, he eventually ventured four highly original symphonies. While the First (“Spring”) and Third (“Rhenish”) display a typically German-Romantic predilection for the picturesque, the Second bears the fruit of Schumann’s study of Bach counterpoint, while the solemn and sombre Fourth seems to provide a hint of the composer’s troubled state in the final years of his life. The works are presented here in an excellent performance by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lawrence Foster.

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Marc Coppey, Lawrence Foster – Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Marc Coppey, Lawrence Foster – Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:07 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © audite Musikproduktion

This live recording of the two Shostakovich cello concertos continues audite’s cooperation with Marc Coppey, who approaches both works with boundless energy and without any sentimentality.

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote two concertos for the cello, and both are dedicated to the most eminent Soviet cellist of his time: Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1959 he wrote his first cello concerto, whose musical language is almost classical but which also reveals an enormous panorama of moods, gestures and “stories”. Seven years later, Shostakovich composed his second concerto; it builds on the confessional intensity of the first concerto but seems gloomier in character and is infused with threnodic tones. In this concert recording, Coppey performs alongside the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lawrence Foster in the new Katowice concert hall.

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Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra & Lawrence Foster – Schubert: Early Symphonies & Stage Music (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra & Lawrence Foster – Schubert: Early Symphonies & Stage Music (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:30 minutes | 2,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

By presenting Schubert’s first three symphonies and a selection of stage music, this album showcases a less-known, but fascinating part of the composer’s oeuvre. His extraordinary achievements in the fields of Lieder and string quartet composition tend to overshadow his orchestral output, and his symphonic contributions have sometimes been viewed as marginal in comparison to Beethoven’s, but judged on their own merits, these works display a high level of sophistication indeed.

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NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Chor & Lawrence Foster – Strauss II: Die Fledermaus (Live) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Chor & Lawrence Foster – Strauss II: Die Fledermaus (Live) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:55:46 minutes | 2,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

Die Fledermaus (1874) is the ultimate Viennese operetta, composed by Johann Strauss Jr., the most famous member of the Strauss Waltz Dynasty. Once conceived as an attempt to creatively outgrow the dance-hall, the operetta was a huge success from the outset and still enchants audiences today with its unmistakably Viennese mix of comedy and sophistication and its uplifting waltz rhythms. This live recording is imbued with a specifically Viennese charm thanks to the inclusion of dialogues written by tenor Nikolai Schukoff, who also sings the role of Eisenstein.

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