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Brahms-cycle: Digital Box Edition!

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have now recorded and released Brahms Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Channel Classics. Alongside the release of Brahms’ Third, we release the Digital Box Edition that features the Symphonies & Other Works by Brahms.

“Leaving the best for last, conductor Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra conclude their acclaimed and punctilious cycle of the symphonies by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) with my personal favorite of all four, the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90. There’s a “cushy”, informal sound to this orchestra and a relaxed yet highly detailed direction by Iván Fischer that befits the lush orchestral writing of Johannes Brahms.”

– Classical Music Sentinel
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Oyster Duo and the ‘Stolen Pearls’

On May 7, 2021 we released the album “Stolen Pearls” by the Oyster Duo.
Nicholas Schwartz, double bass
Anna Fedorova, piano

  • The super innovative and versatile Release Concert video can be watched here. (For free.)
  • Their funny and quirky 2-minute trailer video in which they actually steal pearls and perform music can be enjoyed here. (For free.)
  • ClassicFM has posted their performance video of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, now watched 50.000 times! Watch and listen here. (For free.)
  • Dutch national newspaper NRC gives the album 5 stars in this wonderful review.

If the videos, performances, music and/or 5-star review have inspired you to hear more.. feel free to purchase a Disc or Download! 🙂
Oyster Duo: Stolen Pearls – ALBUM PAGE: https://www.channelclassics.com/catalogue/43121-stolen-pearls/

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The first review is in!

Anna Fedorova: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1, Preludes, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. With Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, under the baton of Modestas Pitrenas.

“The inherent technical difficulties seem to disappear under Federova’s exquisite, yet firm toucher. For completeness sake, I checked with other versions in my library if there were comparable or better readings. I could not find any. (…) DSD 64 quality is heavenly good, with a convincing, not overstretched spatial and discrete ambient soundstage, putting the listener in the best seat in the Hall.”

Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio.net
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New Jazz Recording – Out Now!

Out Now! “First Meeting” is a brand new Jazz album on the label Just Listen Records captured by ‘our’ recording engineer Jared Sacks in the highest resolution DSD 256, Stereo & Multichannel.

HARMEN FRAANJE TRIO: Harmen Fraanje – Piano, Clemens van der Feen – Double Bass, Tristan Renfrow – Drums
FEATURING: Fredrik Ljungkvist – Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet.

The album “First Meeting” is now available as Stereo & Multichannel PCM & DSD Downloads here. Make sure to watch the inspiring “Behind The Scenes” video on the album page.

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Orchestral Choice in BBC!

Iván Fischer wins “ORCHESTRAL CHOICE” in BBC Music Magazine for Mahler Symphony No. 7 with his Budapest Festival Orchestra! 👏👏👏

“An exhilarating take by Iván Fischer on Mahler’s Seventh. Iván Fischer contrasts gracious, chamber-textured dances with brilliant fanfares and toppling masses to absolute perfection. Throughout there’s a transparency to the recorded sound, even in the heftiest passages, which is beautifully underlined by natural, state-of-the-art recording.”

🎥Watch ‘THE MAKING OF’ this Mahler 7 recording Documentary by the VPRO Vrije Geluiden with Melchior Huurdeman. Follow Fischer during the recordings and also to important places of his youth.

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The Guardian’s CD of the Week

The Guardian’s CD of the Week is Rachel Podger’s J.S. Bach Cello Suites on baroque violin, with a 5 star review!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“In Podger’s hands, they [Bach’s Cello Suites] sound altogether new, not like a higher-pitched copy of the familiar cello works but like something written for her own instrument.”

👉 https://www.theguardian.com/…/js-bach-cello-suites-review-r…

Huge congratulations Rachel Podger, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and Jared Sacks! 🎻❤️💿💐👏

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Ragazze Quartet Release: Bartók Bound (Vol. 1)

It’s official, #BartókBound Vol. 1 has been released!

📸 Last Sunday’s sold-out Ragazze Quartet CD-Release Concert & Pub Quiz at De VerbroederIJ in Amsterdam. It was lots of fun, an intimate setting, and some teachable moments 😄 But most of all, we enjoyed the exquisite music making!! Welcome to Ragazze Quartet’s “Bartók Bound” project. Enjoy the ride!

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Rachel Podger’s Cello Suites

This is the first time the famous J.S. Bach Cello Suites are recorded and released performed on violin. Could you think of a better candidate for this adventure than the ‘Queen of the Baroque Violin’ (Sunday Times), Rachel Podger?


“(…) I gradually could feel these pieces joining the violin partitas and sonatas as another kind of ‘daily bread’; I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realising that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch. How could one possibly justify it, especially with works that have peppered the recording catalogue with some of the most iconic and adored string performances of all time, the Casals, Fourniers, Torteliers or Starkers? But what I was doing also seemed very much in keeping with Bach’s own habit of recycling his compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless, (…) Think of the Prelude of the E major Partita for violin turned into a full orchestral cantata movement with trumpets and drums…”
Rachel Podger (excerpt from liner notes)