April 2017 Hi-Res Round-Up

by David Smith. 19th April 2017

It's been two years since we launched our Hi-Res download offering - and our catalogue now includes over 8,500 albums, both old and new. You can browse through our full Hi-Res selection here.

However, eight thousand is quite a lot - so last July we started putting together a monthly round-up offering some of our thoughts on the best of the best! Here's April's selection…

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Hi-Res New Releases

A noble and melancholy instrument

Alec Frank-Gemmill and Alasdair Beatson explore the repertoire for horn and piano that emerged during the nineteenth century - an era of huge change in the design of both instruments, which permitted and indeed encouraged experimentation by composers. A selection of contemporary instruments give an excellent feel for the changing sound of this unique chamber combination.

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

We've written about Jonas Kaufmann's Herculean Mahler with the Wiener Philharmoniker elsewhere, but it bears reiterating - his colossal achievement in taking on a role normally divided between two voices has to be heard to be believed.

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Bach | Beethoven: Fugue

Fascinating string-orchestra arrangements of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 and Grosse Fuge, along with excerpts from Bach's Art of Fugue, all played with spirit and emotion by the strings of the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Richard Tognetti.

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Ophélie Gaillard: Exiles

Cellist Ophélie Gaillard explores the musical legacy of Jewish immigration to the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - featuring works by Bloch, Korngold and others.

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Schumann: Einsamkeit

Matthias Goerne follows his acclaimed Schubert Edition with an exploration of Schumann's lieder - spanning a wide range of emotions from throughout the composer's life.

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Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues for piano (24), Op. 87 (complete)

Peter Donohoe tackles Shostakovich's mighty tribute to JS Bach - a varied and virtuosic exploration of the composer's unique genius, and a side of him that is all too often forgotten among the symphonies and string quartets.

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Brahms: String Sextets Nos. 1 & 2

Live from Aix Easter Festival 2016

The Capuçon brothers are joined by Christoph Koncz, Gérard Caussé, Marie Chilemme and Clemens Hagen for this enchanting pairing of Brahms's string sextets, recorded live in Aix in 2016.

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Wagner: Lohengrin

The RCO build on the success of their acclaimed 2013 Dutchman with this new recording of Lohengrin, with Klaus Florian Vogt in the title-role, Camilla Nylund as Elsa and Katarina Dalayman as Ortrud - and Mark Elder at the helm.

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Recent Hi-Res Re-issues

The greatest performances of yesteryear, newly remastered and re-released in Hi-Res.

Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

2017 sees the 10th anniversary of Rostropovich's death (and would have seen his 90th birthday) - and in recognition of this milestone, Warner have reissued a number of his finest recordings. This one sees him join forces with Sviatoslav Richter and David Oistrakh, with Karajan's Berliner Philharmoniker accompanying - a truly all-star performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto.

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Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 1-16 (complete, inc. Grosse Fuge)

For nearly half a century the Takács Quartet have been regarded as one of the greatest string quartets in the world. This reissue of their award-winning complete Beethoven cycle amply illustrates why.

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