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Lang Lang, Vienna Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev – Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011) [DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Lang Lang, Vienna Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev – Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:05:38 minutes | 2,58 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:05:38 minutes | 1,29 GB
Souce: SACD-R | Artwork: Front Cover | Genre: Classical | © Sony Classics

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer’s most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a high-energy performance with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. Without a doubt, most of Lang Lang’s fans will savor this Romantic showpiece, and for technical brilliance and drama, the performance doesn’t disappoint. He is especially lively and vivid in this work, and his interactions with the orchestra seem spontaneous and playful, as one might well imagine Liszt would have been. But Lang Lang seems more introspective and personally involved with the solo keyboard pieces that make up the greater part of the album. Here also is the flashy side of Liszt, but there is a greater emphasis on the poetic and rhapsodic, so Lang Lang indulges in reflective pieces as much as the flashy encores. Highlights include La Campanella, the Grand Galop chromatique, Liebestraum No. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and the arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria.

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Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra – Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra – Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:11:56 minutes | 653 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Musical Concepts

Few conductors turn in tightly controlled and coherent renditions of Gustav Mahler’s sprawling Symphony No. 7 in E minor, “Song of the Night,” and it often comes across either as a jumble of ironic distortions or as a strange riddle that needs to be deciphered. It would hardly seem as direct and powerful as its predecessor, the Symphony No. 6 in A minor, “Tragic,” which most conductors take at face value and frequently bring off with satisfactory results. Following his stunning 2008 success with his LSO Live recording of the Symphony No. 6 (one of the finest that work has ever received), Valery Gergiev presents the Symphony No. 7 in an equally convincing manner and avoids the unnecessary exaggerations that can make this work seem bizarre or incomprehensible. Gergiev is a straightforward interpreter, and he treats the symphony as any other big-hearted, post-Romantic masterpiece, not as a special case full of esoteric secrets, but as inventive and exciting music brilliantly laid out in an intelligible five-movement form. Taken boldly and played with steady energy, Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra make the piece hold together quite solidly, and the progression from the brooding opening through the nocturnal middle movements to the exuberant finale makes sense in symphonic terms. Recorded with crystal-clear DSD sound and presented in the super audio format, the recording is vividly detailed and surprisingly clean for being live, and the sonorities of the orchestra are absolutely true. Along with Gergiev’s spectacular performance of the Symphony No. 6, this SACD is highly recommended as one of the best releases of 2008.

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Valery Gergiev, Daniil Trifonov – Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev, Daniil Trifonov – Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:20 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mariinsky

Daniil Trifonov, winner of the XIVth International Tchaikovsky Competition, is probably the world’s most exciting young pianist. On his first Mariinsky recording he joins Valery Gergiev for a scintillating performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. Daniil also presents a selection of recital repertoire including music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Liszt transcriptions of Schubert and Schumann.

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The Mariinsky Orchestra & Valery Gergiev – Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu de cartes (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Mariinsky Orchestra & Valery Gergiev – Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu de cartes (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:43 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mariinsky

The Mariinsky Label presents Valery Gergiev’s first recording of Stravinsky’s iconic Petrushka score, paired with one of the composer’s hidden gems, the witty Jeu de cartes.

Stravinsky’s score to Petrushka is one of his most celebrated works and a product of his famous collaboration with Diaghilev that also produced The Firebird and Rite of Spring. Presented here in the composer’s original 1911 version, it tells the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets who are brought to life during the 1830 Shrovetide Fair in Saint Petersburg. Its colourful music typifies Stravinsky’s work during the period and is characterised by the famous bitonal ‘Petrushka chord’.

A ballet in ‘three deals’, 1937’s Jeu de cartes stems from Stravinsky’s life-long enthusiasm for cards; poker in particular. A commission by Lincoln Kirstein and his newly formed American Ballet Company, it was composed during Stravinsky’s neoclassical period. The whimsical music focuses on the deceitful Joker who thinks himself unbeatable, thanks to a chameleon-like ability to become any card. During the work the Joker wages battle with other hands, but after two victorious rounds and the appearance of a third, he is vanquished by a Royal Flush of Hearts. Stravinsky regularly read La Fontaine during the composition of Jeu de cartes, choosing this quote to include in the score: ‘We must wage continual war against the wicked. Peace in itself is a fine thing, I agree, but what use can it be with enemies who do not keep their word?’

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Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 & Symphony No 5 (2014) [2.0 & 5.0] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 & Symphony No. 5 (2014)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:38 minutes | Front + Digital Booklet | 3,92 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front + Digital Booklet | 2,78 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Front + Digital Booklet | 1,42 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: Mariinsky # MAR0549

The Mariinsky label presents the recording of two of Sergei Prokofiev’s most popular works, Piano Concerto No 3 and Symphony No 5. Denis Matsuev features as soloist, in this his fourth recording on the Mariinsky label. Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s leading pianists and is renowned for his interpretations of Russian music.

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Valery Gergiev, LSO – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (2010) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:51 minutes | Digital Booklet | 3,65 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1,2 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound

Rachmaninov’s vast Second Symphony was composed when he was at the pinnacle of his career as a composer, pianist and conductor. Filled with emotion and brimming with beautiful melodies, it is a masterpiece and the epitome of the Romantic symphony. It is presented here in its entirety. All sympathetic listeners agree that the Second Symphony contains the very best of Rachmaninov. Deliberately paced and rhythmically flexible, it is, above all, propelled by the wonderfully fertile melody of which he was such a master. The orchestral sound is full and rich, but unlike such contemporaries as Strauss and Mahler, Rachmaninov is relatively modest in his orchestral demands.

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Valery Gergiev, LSO – Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances – Stravinsky: Symphony In 3 Movements (2012) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Valery Gergiev, LSO – Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances / Stravinsky: Symphony In Three Movements (2012)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:33 minutes | Digital Booklet | 3,48 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1,12 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound

The Symphonic Dances, an orchestral suite in three sections, was the last work Rachmaninov completed and proved one of his most popular compositions. Although rarely sentimental, it draws on many of the composer’s reminiscences of Russia, from where he emigrated in 1917. Gergiev couples the Symphonic Dances with another work in three movements by a Russian émigré to the USA. Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements was written between 1942-45 and was the first work Stravinsky completed after his arrival in the USA.

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Olga Borodina, Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev – Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & La Mort de Cleopatre (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & La Mort de Cléopâtre
Olga Borodina, Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:07 minutes | Artwork (PDF) | 4,29 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Artwork (PDF) | 1,32 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Decca/Philips # 470 632-2

Valery Gergiev turns in a generally fine Symphonie fantastique, one that really heats up in the last two movements, as any good performance must. The March to the Scaffold has an aptly menacing character, with very clearly voiced timpani and plenty of panache to the brass playing. The finale begins quite quickly and never lets up; it has the special Berliozian frenzy that so many versions never manage to capture. Elsewhere the results are a bit more variable. The first movement goes quite well on the whole, barring a pointless slow-down at one point toward the end, but the second-movement waltz is strange, with oddly Stravinskian accents disrupting its flow and a general lack of rhythmic tension. However Gergiev does find pretty much the ideal tempo for the slow movement, and the oboe and English horn solos have an appealingly plaintive, pastoral character.
La Mort de Cléopatre makes a generous bonus, but not in this performance. Without getting hung up on the details, Gergiev certainly conducts it well enough, but Olga Borodina simply has the wrong voice for the part: thick, heavy, and often unsteady. She sounds dead before the music even begins–okay, maybe it’s not that bad, but compared to singers like Jessye Norman, Véronique Gens, or Janet Baker, she captures neither the nobility of the Egyptian queen nor the pathos of her predicament. Happily, given that many discs offer just the symphony, we can ignore this particular “bonus”, and the rating reflects this. Philips offers vivid live sonics that project the unique timbres of the Vienna Philharmonic horns and strings particularly well, though the harps in the second movement should sound more seductive. Fantastique collectors will find plenty to enjoy here.

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Valery Gergiev & Munich Philharmonic – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev & Munich Philharmonic – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:31 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

The Munich Philharmonic have arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings led by the many legendary conductors that have worked with the Munich Philharmonic are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

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Valery Gergiev & Munich Philharmonic – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev & Munich Philharmonic – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:33 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

The Munich Philharmonic have arguably given more performances of Anton Bruckner’s music than any other orchestra. A great number of Bruckner recordings led by the many legendary conductors that have worked with the Munich Philharmonic are stored in the historical archive of the MPHIL Label including magnificent pieces with Sergiu Celibidache, Christian Thielemann, Rudolf Kempe, Günter Wand and Oswald Kabasta.

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