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Renee Fleming, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Renee Fleming, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 56:48 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

On 8 October, Ren’ee Fleming will release Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene, her new album with Yannick N’ezet-S’eguin. Inspired by the solace Fleming found while hiking near her Virginia home during lockdown, the album explores the centrality of nature in Romantic-era song and highlights the peril and fragility of the natural world today.

Says Fleming, “This music begins in a time almost two centuries ago, when people had a profound connection to the beauty of nature. Now, in the Anthropocene, we see the effects of our own activity, and the fragility of our environment. Nature has been so good to us: we have not been so good to nature.”

Fleming and her collaborator, the Canadian conductor and pianist Yannick N’ezet-S’eguin, have hand-picked a selection of works in which composers and poets find human experience and love reflected in the world of nature. A celebrated performer of art song, Fleming draws on both well-loved and lesser-known classical repertoire, with music by Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Gabriel Faur’e, and Reynaldo Hahn.

The album includes premieres of two new commissions from living composers. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts sets “Evening” by the American poet Dorianne Laux, and Nico Muhly collages poetry from the 17th-century English theologian Thomas Traherne with excerpts from writings by Robinson Meyer, a journalist who covers climate change, in Endless Space. Originally premiered by Fleming at Carnegie Hall in 2017, Caroline Shaw’s Aurora Borealis, to a text by poet Mary Jo Salter, is given its world-recording premiere.

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Orchestre Metropolitain, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Sibelius 3 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchestre Metropolitain, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Sibelius 3 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 30:31 minutes | 520 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Les Disques ATMA Inc.

This is the third album in a new series of recordings dedicated to the symphonies of Jean Sibelius on the ATMA label. Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3. The Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52, by Jean Sibelius is a symphony in three movements composed in 1907. Coming between the romantic intensity of Sibelius’s first two symphonies and the more austere complexity of his later symphonies, it is a good-natured, triumphal, and deceptively simple-sounding piece.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Florence Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Florence Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:11:14 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

In 1933, Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 was the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra, and the third was composed in the midst of the Chicago Renaissance. The two symphonies, played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Yannick N’ezet-S’eguin, are set to be released 24 September 2021.

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Christiane Karg – Mahler – Symphony No. 4 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Christiane Karg – Mahler – Symphony No. 4 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 58:41 minutes | 555 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler’s Symphony No 4 conducted by Yannick is part of the magnificent MAHLER box set recently released by the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Indeed, to mark its last ten years as well as its Mahler tradition, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has just released a set of the complete MAHLER on its prestigious house label: the composer’s 10 symphonies were engraved by eight conductors, on 10 CDs. In turn, we can hear the interpretations of Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Yannick N’ezet-S’eguin, Kirill Petrenko and Sir Simon Rattle. Symphony No. 4 was recorded in March 2014, during one of Yannick’s many appearances at the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Introspection – Solo Piano Sessions (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Introspection – Solo Piano Sessions (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:08:13 minutes | 2,45 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon

Famous conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin is also a versatile pianist. In Summer 2020, when the pandemic turned down most of the cultural life all over the world, he found, as he describes it, “kind of a salvation” in playing the piano – and recorded his very first Piano Solo Album, inspired also by the memory of his admired teacher Anisia Campos who had passed away that year.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Rachmaninoff – Symphony 1 + Symphonic Dances (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Rachmaninoff – Symphony 1 + Symphonic Dances (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:49 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The Philadelphia Orchestra and their Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are embarking on another project of Rachmaninoff’s works, presenting his three Symphonies and other orchestral works. When Rachmaninoff’s 1st Symphony was premiered in 1897 by a badly prepared orchestra the performance turned out to be a disaster which obviously hurt the young composer deeply, not even 24 years old. Yet, later decades proved this early work to be absolutely worth a listen when performed by a first-class orchestra and conductor.
This album will be the first of three Rachmaninoff releases with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, followed by recordings of Symphony No. 2 and The Isle of the Death in 2022 and, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s birthday in 2023, Symphony No. 3 and The Bells.
This first album is available for pre-order now and will be released January 29, 2020. Listen to the pre-release track Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto. Tempo di valse now!

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes his debut with Berlioz and Prokofiev 2010 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It was somewhat of a sensation when in October 2010 it was announced that the then just 35-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin was soon to be the next music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra – the successor to Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christoph Eschenbach. For his debut with the Philharmoniker in Berlin just a few weeks later, he conducted Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. At his side was Yefim Bronfman, an artist who is committed to the piano works of Prokofiev more than almost anyone else.

As the New York Times once wrote: “What makes Mr. Bronfman so successful in music of this sort is that he is the same kind of pianist as Prokofiev was a composer. In other words, he is a virtuoso, with chops that need fear no comparisons, yet his musicality purges that virtuosity of mere brilliance.” In this recording, Bronfman takes the same approach with the Second Piano Concerto: a work which Prokofiev started when he was still a student, but which already contains the full expressive scope of the composer.

Hector Berlioz is also – along with Prokofiev – proof positive that composers can be virtuosos too, not only performing artists. Using vast orchestral forces, he develops a wide range of scenarios in his Symphonie fantastique – from airy waltzes to garish grotesquerie. Just how right Yannick Nézet-Séguin is for this demanding score could be read in the review of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Yannick Nézet-Séguin is blessed with … a compelling physical intelligence. Beneath the theatrical hysteria of this piece with its abrupt changes of character and gesture, the conductor produces a large-scale unity of movement, with a dramatic pulse and an emotional prevailing mood.”

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts works by Tchaikovsky and Ravel 2012 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The press wrote of a “memorable evening” with a “rising star in the conducting firmament” when Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2010. For his return to the podium of the Philharmonie, he put together a programme that traces the ups and downs of love in powerful orchestral colours.

The concert opens, however, with a solo piece. Walter Seyfarth, clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1985, plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXa for clarinet – the conclusion of the Sequenza series which has been performed throughout the 2011/2012 season by members of the orchestra. The evening continues with the greatest love story in world literature: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, here in the setting by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The composer, who was in fact an adherent of the symphony, experiments with the new genre of tone poem in this work. In doing so, he does not follow the narrative but portrays central characters and situations: a highly emotional distillation of the drama.

Based on an ancient Greek romance, Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé is also about a couple who have to defend their love against existential adversity – including two kidnappings – but at least there is a happy ending. In his score, Ravel wanted to create “an elaborate musical fresco.” What is particularly impressive is the way he organically combines angular, archaic rhythms with his typically delicate tonal language. In the concert hall, the work is normally heard in the form of two orchestral suites. However, for this performance, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Yannick Nézet-Séguin play the complete ballet music, which contains many additional musical gems.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In this concert from March 2014, and in the farewell season of his 45-year-career as principal flautist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Andreas Blau gives a sparkling performance of Carl Reinecke’s lyrically Romantic Flute Concerto in D major, a work which the orchestra plays here for the very first time. Under the baton of the young Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the programme also includes Gustav Mahler’s graceful Fourth Symphony.

Compared to the monumental dimensions of the Second and Third Symphonies, the work appears to be significantly scaled back in scope and instrumentation. After its two predecessors, the Fourth seems almost like a detoxification. It lasts just over one hour and is relatively frugally orchestrated; performance markings like “rather leisurely” or “very comfortable” warn interpreters not to generate excess pressure. And then the Finale – not a monumental climax, but a song of downright suggestive simplicity that recounts the “joys of heavenly life”. However, appearances can be deceptive: like Mahler’s other symphonies, the Fourth is also ambiguous. Moods change suddenly in a hardly noticeable way; expectations are dashed and abysses gape abruptly in the seemingly naive idyll.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Lisa Batiashvili 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

When Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, first guest conductor of the London Philharmonic and chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, debuted with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2010, the press wrote that it had been a “memorable evening” with a “rising star in the conducting firmament”. At this guest appearance with the Philharmoniker, the effervescent Canadian conducts Béla Bartók’s First Violin Concerto. The soloist is Lisa Batiashvili, who gave a “brilliant debut” with the Philharmoniker in 2004: The young Georgian found her way – free of all technical troubles – to a “luminous inward quality; it is gripping and inspired, virtuosic and intelligent” (Der Tagesspiegel).

After the interval, Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes on Dmitri Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony together with the bass Mikhail Petrenko and the male voices of the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The work was composed in 1962, and is a confessional work against anti-Semitism, which was increasingly gaining ground in the USSR in the 1960s. The textual basis of the symphony is Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1961 poem Babi Yar, in which the poet recalls the mass murder of 34,000 Jews by the SS in September 1941 and in the last stanza identifies himself with the victims. “At the premiere,” the Russian music historian Boris Schwarz writes, “the government’s box remained empty, and the planned television broadcast did not take place. … There was spontaneous applause after the first movement; when the work, an hour in length, was over, an enthusiastic storm of applause broke out in the audience such as one experiences only rarely.”

Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony was officially hushed up. The Soviet press wrote that the “content of the ideas contains fundamental errors”; in addition, the composer had “lost his feeling for the time”. A score was published in the USSR only in 1971, but with the vocal text changed in places. Today Babi Yar, a vocal-symphonic masterpiece of the 20th century that since then has lost none of its shattering impact, is among Shostakovich’s best-known compositions.

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