Frederic Chopin – Preludes – Yundi Li (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:58 minutes | 639 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source:| @ Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: June 2015, Siemensvilla, Berlin, Germany

Pianist Yundi returns to Chopin – the composer he is most closely associated with. This album will feature Chopin’s Complete Preludes, a collection of beloved works for solo piano. The release coincides with the 15th anniversary of Yundi’s legendary victory at the International Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2000. At 18 he was the youngest and first-ever Chinese winner and it was the first time in 15 years that a ‘First Prize’ had been awarded.


Frederic Chopin – Etudes – Maurizio Pollini (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:55:58 minutes | 966 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich, 1 & 5/1972

Both sets of Chopin’s etudes can be as fiendishly difficult for the performer as they are mesmerizing for the listener, yet Maurizio Pollini makes them sound as if they pose no problems whatsoever for him in this 1972 recording. Every one of the etudes is played with easy precision, energy, and an entirely enjoyable musicality that demonstrates why Chopin’s etudes are no mere exercises and are as suited to the recital hall as to the practice room. The Op. 25 No. 5 Etude in E minor has some tricky finger acrobatics in it, but Pollini brings out a singing melody all the same in the middle section, while adding a bit of dancing animation to the outer sections. The melody of the famous Etude No. 3 in E major is lyrical and warm, which highlights precisely the challenge posed by Chopin in these brief pieces: bring out an effective melody while mastering an exact technique through repetition. The recording also shows why Pollini is one of the most respected Chopin interpreters of all time. — AllMusic Review by Patsy Morita


Francesco Cavalli – L’amore innamorato – L’ Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:52 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | @Warner Classics/Erato

“Soloists Nuria Rial and Hana Blažiková are superb and the whole enterprise glows with commitment and panache.” ~Classical Music

“Up to 10 vivacious continuo pluckers generate lilting energy that transports listeners on an imaginative whistle-stop tour of Cavalli’s operas…the singing is frequently sensational and L’Arpeggiata’s colourful playing conjures alluring fantasy” ~Gramophone