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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Works for Violins and Orchestra – Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2007) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Works for Violins and Orchestra – Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:03:35 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: pentatonemusic.com |  © PentaTone Classics
Recorded: 2006

German violinist Julia Fischer, 24 years old when this recording was released, is surely a bright new star, all charisma as her diminutive self stands between conductor and collaborator Yakov Kreizberg and violist Gordan Nikolic on the cover of this disc. She has a steely technique that she brings to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K. 364 — not a steely work, but the musicianship here is superb. Fischer and Nikolic make an attractive pair in the work, her razor-sharp tone set against his gutsier sound production, all the contrasts held together by Kreizberg’s brisk tempos and no-nonsense forward drive. There are recordings of the Sinfonia Concertante that play more directly to sentiment, but the work’s intricate architecture breathes in this interpretation. An additional bonus is the inclusion of the rarely heard Concertone in C major for two violins and orchestra, K. 190, a work that also has solo oboe and cello parts and seems to hang in the balance between the concerto and sinfonia concerante (multiple-soloist) genres. The performers bring a nice lilting quality to the first two movements, rather sprawling creations of the young Mozart that demand really compelling soloists of the sort on display here. The only complaint is over-resonant sound, the result of PentaTone’s decision to record in a Haarlem church — the wrong place for music intended for a medium-sized, crowded, well-upholstered room. It destroys the intimate scale of the performance and causes the soloists and the harpsichord continuo of the Concertone, especially, to sound a bit like they are swimming in a watery chamber. The clarity of Fischer’s playing, however, is not compromised, and it’s a real wonder. She has also recorded two of Mozart’s solo violin concertos with the same forces, but this disc in a way suggests even greater talents. –James Manheim, AllMusic

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 – Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 – Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:00:45 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: pentatonemusic.com |  © PentaTone Classics
Recorded: Waalse Kerk (Èglise Wallon), Amsterdam, April 2005

It takes a lot of guts to write your own cadenzas. After all, most of the concertos in the standard repertoire already have their standard cadenzas, usually supplied by either the composer or some exceedingly well-known soloist, and the chance of any current soloist touching the same celestial heights is doubtful at best. Nevertheless, on this disc of Mozart’s Third and Fourth violin concertos coupled with his Adagio K. 261 and Rondo K. 269 for violin and orchestra, Julia Fischer not only writes most of her own cadenzas, she touches the same celestial heights as the greatest masters of the bow. Fischer has a pure tone, an impeccable intonation, and an immaculate technique, but she also has a warm heart and a radiant soul, and her performances of Mozart’s concertos are as clear and luminous as the music. Beyond that, Fischer has the rare talent of writing cadenzas that partake of the substance of the music but transfuse it with the joy of Fischer’s soul, and the result not only touches the heart, it touches the infinite. Yakov Kreizberg leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in stylishly polished performances and provides the cadenza for the central Adagio of the Third concerto, but this is Fischer’s show and she proves herself a star. PentaTone’s 2005 sound is warm, deep, and full. –James Leonard

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Yakov Kreizberg, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra – Wagner: Preludes & Overtures (2004) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Yakov Kreizberg – Wagner: Overtures/Preludes (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Digital Booklet | 4.06 GB
FLAC 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.33 GB 

“I do not know precisely what is my destination: however, I do know that 1 evening, after for the 1st time hearing a symphony by Beethoven, I became feverish & ill. As soon as I recovered, I became a musician.” Thus Richard Wagner described the enormous impression that Beethoven’s music had made on him in his novelette Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven (a pilgrimage to Beethoven). Although it is difficult to separate fact & fiction in this novelette, Beethoven’s music did indeed exert a major influence on the life of the young composer. Wagner was 17 years old when he 1st heard Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a work which was to play a central role during his entire life, & which he was, for instance, to conduct in 1846 at the opening of the Festival Theatre in Bayreuth.

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Yakov Kreizberg, Wiener Symphoniker – Bruckner: Symphony No.7 (2005) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Wiener Symphoniker / Yakov Kreizberg – Bruckner: Symphony No.7 (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Digital Booklet | 3.49 GB
FLAC Image+CUE 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.08 GB

Of Anton Bruckner’s 11 symphonies, the perennially popular 7th in E major is his most consistently melodious, evenly paced, & lyrically flowing, with comparatively few false starts, awkward pauses, or tedious fanfares. For this exceptional hybrid SACD from PentaTone, Yakov Kreizberg & the Vienna Symphony deliver 1 of the smoothest & roundest performances of the symphony heard in years. Yet it might actually be too polished for the liking of some old-guard Bruckner fans, who may argue that the orchestra is too mellow, luscious, & soft, & that Kreizberg’s inflections & phrases are too nuanced & sensual for the composer’s pure, almost sacred, intentions. But more important than the undeniably rich tonal quality found here is the interpretation, which draws on the style of Wagner’s most ardent music; some of the more ecstatic passages of Lohengrin & Tristan und Isolde may come to mind when one hears this disc. There is no reason why Bruckner’s symphonies must always sound chaste, devotional, or like ponderously orchestrated organ music, for they are secular works by a passionate man who wished especially to be counted in the Wagner camp, & who would have relished hearing such an emotive account as this. It also helps to remember that Wagner’s death inspired the slow movement of this work, & it should be taken as Bruckner’s most heartfelt tribute to the Bayreuth master. Purists may let Kreizberg’s recording pass by unheard, but anyone who wants to hear the symphony played with full-blown emotions & lush, late-Romantic timbres need look no further. The reproduction on this album is especially gorgeous & enjoyable, so in the unlikely event that the performance disappoints, the sound is still 1st-rate & sure to delight audiophiles.

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