May 2017 Hi-Res Round-Up

by David Smith. 16th May 2017

It's been two years since we launched our Hi-Res download offering - and our catalogue now includes just over 9,000 albums, both old and new. You can browse through our full Hi-Res selection here.

However, nine 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 May's selection…

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Hi-Res New Releases

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra add a third complete Brahms symphony cycle to their already distinguished discography, with Andris Nelsons taking his place alongside Erich Leinsdorf and Bernard Haitink.

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De Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana; El sombrero de tres picos

Manuel de Falla's music is among the most vivid ever written, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Kazuki Yamada bring out every brush-stroke of his evocative Andalusian imagery with perfect clarity.

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Lully: Armide

Rameau's pioneering opera, in which the heroine's inner turmoil takes a central role and the purported hero is relatively peripheral, is championed by Christophe Rouseet and Les Talens Lyriques.

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Meet The Composer: Splitting Adams

A fascinating exploration of the music of one of today's greatest and most influential composers - featuring John Adams' Chamber Symphony and Son of Chamber Symphony, as well as revealing interviews with the composer himself.

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Mozart: Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

After albums highlighting the LSO's string and percussion sections, featuring performances of great English favourites on the one hand and groundbreaking works by Steve Reich on the other, it's fitting that this release puts the spotlight on their world-beating wind section in a performance of Mozart's magnificent Gran Partita.

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Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell

The cross-pollination between English Renaissance and Baroque composers and those of the 20th century has often been remarked upon; here the Emerson String Quartet juxtapose chamber works by Purcell and Britten in an album combining the best of old and new.

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Chopin Recital, Vol. 3

For her third album of Chopin, Janina Fialkowska focuses on his later works - highlights including the ever-popular 'Raindrop' Prelude and the Polonaise-Fantaisie, his last major work.

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Recent Hi-Res Re-issues

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

The Unreleased Debussy Recital: Pour le piano, Images & Estampes

Known mostly for his cerebral performances of the Baroque and Classical masters, in this recital John Browning shows himself to be equally accomplished in rendering the delicate watercolours of Debussy's impressionistic works.

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

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Karl Böhm and the Bayreuth Choir and Orchestra accompany a peerless cast in a live recording of Tristan that has rightly been called 'incandescent' and 'glorious'. Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig and Martti Talvela all appear at the height of their powers - a recording not to be missed!

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Remastered at 96kHz / 24-bit

Gundula Janowitz and René Kollo lead the cast in this vivid performance of Beethoven's inspiring opera of love and liberation, supported by the Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor and Leonard Bernstein.

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