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Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)

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Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)

Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 390 MB | 01:42:02
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The billed recital was the Bach-Busoni transcription, the Beethoven Sonata Op 111 and the Chopin Scherzos, and the rest – five items on a ‘bonus’ CD, finishing with Balakirev’s Islamey – amount nearly to a half-programme on top. The recording comes with buckets of applause, linking every item, and by the end of Islamey the audience is in a state of near frenzy (and the piano beginning to complain).

Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias (2008) (Repost)

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Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias (2008) (Repost)

Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 275 MB | 01:12:50
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics

It's a measure of Natalie Dessay's entirely appropriate priorities of musical content over her vanity that she looks so ghastly on the cover of her album of scenes and arias from Italian operas. She's dressed as the mad Lucia who certainly shouldn't be looking her best, but "as if she has risen from the grave" and the image is emblematic of her commitment to dramatic verisimilitude in the role.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)
Carolin Widmann, violin & direction; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:29
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2427, 481 2635

Recordings of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, are abundant, and even the pairing with the rarer Robert Schumann Violin Concerto, WoO 23, of 1853 are not as infrequent as they used to be. The thorny Schumann concerto has undergone a reevaluation upward, and plenty of players now concur with the judgment of Yehudi Menuhin: "This concerto is the historically missing link of the violin literature; it is the bridge between the Beethoven and the Brahms concertos, though leaning more towards Brahms." Violinist Carolin Widmann who (like the ECM label on which the album appears) has focused mostly on contemporary music, takes up the challenge of providing something new here, and she meets it. The central fact of the recording is that Widmann conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the violin. Others have done this before, but few have pursued the implications of the technique as far as Widmann has: the performances are unusually light and transparent, and they are perhaps thus in accord with the sounds an orchestra of the middle 19th century might have produced. Sample the unusually lively, sprightly reading of the Mendelssohn concerto's finale.

Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

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Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesänge Op.121; Lieder Und Gesänge Op.32 (2016)
Matthias Goerne, baritone; Christoph Eschenbach, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902174 | 00:55:47

It's the late Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121, that get the big print on the cover of this release by the awe-inspiring baritone Matthias Goerne, but actually the music on the album falls into a neat early-middle-late classification scheme. The group of middle-period settings of poetry by Heinrich Heine doesn't even get graphics on the cover, but these are fascinating. Brahms wrote a lot of songs, but you couldn't do better than the selection and performances here for a cornerstone collection item. Beyond the sheer beauty of Goerne's voice is an ability to shift gears to match how Brahms' style evolved. If you want to hear his real slashing, operatic high notes, check out the Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 32, settings of poems by the minor poets Georg Friedrich Daumer and Karl August Graf von Platen. These rather overwrought texts add up to a kind of slimmed-down Winterreise, and they catch the spirit of the still-young Brahms with his strong passions, elegantly controlled. The Heine settings, which come from several different sets of lieder, are not that often heard and are in some ways the most compelling of the group here.

Dmitri Jurowski, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Dmitri Jurowski, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Dmitri Jurowski, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 11980 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 137 min | 20,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3492 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 137 min | 7,42 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | ArtHaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

„It can be truly said of Adelaide di Borgogna that, like a rose, it bloomed but a day - l’espace d’un matin.” First performed in Rome on the 27th December 1817, it enjoyed very few revivals. In 2011 the Rossini Festival in Pesaro presented the second staged performance of Adelaide di Borgogna since 1825.

Akiko Suwanai - Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia (1997)

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Akiko Suwanai  - Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia (1997)

Akiko Suwanai - Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia (1997)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 273 MB | 52:38
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips

From the dozens and dozens of recordings availible for this piece, I have to say this is probably the best one I have ever heard. Especially from someone like me, who has about nine recordings of every violin concerto ever written. I have, among others, a Pearlman, Zukerman, and Mutter recording of this peice, yet this seemingly unknown recording has a unique characteristic: Ms. Suwanai's cleaniliness of the notes and preciceness of the music.

Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013) [Re-Up]

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Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013) [Re-Up]

Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013)
Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Johann Paul von Westhoff, Gabriel Fauré, Lera Auerbach
Arvo Pärt, Elena Kats-Chernin, Alex Baranowski, Gabriel Prokofiev, Aleksey Igudesman
Max Richter, Karl Jenkins, Johann Sebastian Bach, Michael Nyman, Karsten Gundermann
Daniel Hope (violin); Jacques Ammon (piano); Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin; Simon Halsey, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb | 01:14:48
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 0571

Award-winning violinist Daniel Hope presents an eclectic and accessible mix of neo-Baroque, minimalist and soundtrack favourites, including works and arrangements by contemporary masters like Ludovico Einaudi, Arvo Pärt, Karl Jenkins, Max Richter, Gabriel Prokofiev, Alex Baranowski and many more. “Spheres” features a curated collection of repertoire celebrating the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music, bringing beauty, harmony and simplicity to our complex solar system. This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries. Featured as main soloist on Max Richter’s acclaimed “Vivaldi Recomposed”, Hope is known for an effortless classical sound and intriguing approach to repertoire. Music of reflection, contemplation and relaxation.

Tasmin Little & John Lenehan - Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartok (2009)

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Tasmin Little & John Lenehan - Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartok (2009)

Tasmin Little & John Lenehan - Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartók (2009)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg
Fritz Kreisler, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1744 | Time: 01:09:40

Tasmin Little has been a leading light on the British and international music scene for close to two decades. Her flourishing career includes numerous television broadcasts and appearances at the BBC Proms and continues to take her to major orchestras in every continent around the world. Empowered by a vision to reach new audiences she devised Partners in Time – a disc of works for violin and piano illustrating the chronological development of the relationship between the two instruments and the ways that composers have fallen in love with, and responded to, this partnership. Tasmin’s partner on this journey through musical history is the eminent British pianist John Lenehan whose performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble - Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein (2005)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble - Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein (2005)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble - Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 154 min | 3,46+6,17 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2004

Dame Felicity Lott stars in a rollicking performance of Offenbach's operetta "La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein." The stage production was filmed in December 2004 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The result is a kaleidoscope of artistry and comedy that should not be missed! This production goes back to the original version which had been adjusted and censored after it's premiere at the Theatre des Varietes in 1867.

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)
Music for horns and pianos of the 19th century

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2228 SACD | Time: 01:05:56

The 19th century saw huge developments in the design of many musical instruments. In some cases changes were adopted more or less universally: the fortepiano that Mozart knew, a five-octave instrument constructed entirely of wood, had by around 1900 grown into the modern grand piano with over seven octaves and a cast-iron frame. With other instruments, progress was less streamlined. As late as 1865, the natural, valveless horn of Beethoven's time remained the instrument of choice for Brahms when he wrote his famous Horn Trio, and when valves began to be introduced, makers and musicians in Germany, France and Vienna favoured different solutions, offering different results in terms of sound and requiring different playing techniques. The present disc is a unique combination of recital and history lesson, with a young British team performing music from between 1800 and 1942 on no less than eight different historic instruments: four horns and four pianos.

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 514 MB | 02:02:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

This two-disc set, one of numerous crossover collections released by the Decca/Universal family of labels, bears the name of Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy only in small print at the end of the list of pieces included. Newcomers to classical music can rest assured that they're getting a two-for-one bonus by purchasing Essential Chopin – not only an introduction to the Polish-French composer who helped elevate the small solo piano work to the pinnacle of musical art, but also a sampling of the talents of one of the great keyboard artists of our own time.

Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-2 Video / 25000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 103 min | 22,5 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit | Audio3: Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 9322 kbps / 29,970 fps | 103 min | 7,21 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 755 Kbps / 24 bits
Classical | Warner Classics

Mariinsky Theatre Musical Director, Valery Gergiev, conducts Tchaikovsky’s glorious score in this enchanting, traditional, Russian production of The Nutcracker. Vainonen’s stunning choreography is complemented by Simon Virsaladze’s wonderfully colourful designs, and the roles of Masha and her Nutcracker Prince are danced by two of the Mariinsky’s award-winning, international soloists, all of which make this as magical and memorable a Christmas treat as ever.

Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon, Grenoble Chamber Orchestra - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers (2002)

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Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon, Grenoble Chamber Orchestra - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers (2002)

Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Grenoble Chamber Orchestra - Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers (2002)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 123 min | 7,82 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 1997

In the role of Eurydice, Natalie Dessay begins at once with a display of vocal and verbal pyrotechnics, which are then taken up by Yann Beuron as Orpheus. Together they give us an idea of the developments to follow. Dancers and singers melt into a unit. The stage setting and an unconventional choreography sparkle with inventiveness. When Pluto, for example, arrives on skis from the underworld onto Mt. Olympus and Offenbach quotes the famous can-can right in the middle of Pluto’s aria, it seems to be a parody of his own work. The production offers a wealth of material for modern interpretations of this operetta full to the brim with ironic sideswipes at morality and immorality. Thus we see a bored Eurydice lying on the sofa in her apartment as she zaps her way through the TV channels, constantly looking for diversion, showing us how timeless an opera buffa can really be. Sometimes she sings upside down, sometimes hopping around – a vocal masterpiece. Laurent Naouri also captivates in the role of Jupiter and, costumed as a fly, demonstrates his vocal and acting talent with Jacques Offenbach’s “Buzz” aria.

Alexander Rudin, Musica Viva - Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013) [Re-Up]

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Alexander Rudin, Musica Viva - Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013) [Re-Up]

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013)
Alexander Rudin, cello & direction; Musica Viva

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # FUG714 | Time: 01:03:29

For their fourth Fuga Libera-project, the Russian orchestra Musica Viva recorded one very famous, and one forgotten piece by Antonín Dvorak. The well-known piece is the Serenade for Strings in E major, written by Dvorak in 1875. It is believed that Dvorak took up this small orchestral genre because it was less demanding than the symphony, but allowed for the provision of pleasure and entertainment. The other piece is the Cello Concerto in A major. Unlike its brother, the B minor Concerto Op.104, this concerto has been more than overlooked. It was left un-orchestrated by Dvorak, existing only in piano-score form. It was only after his death that a few composers orchestrated this dazzling piece of music. Cello virtuoso Alexander Rudin, and Musica Viva let us taste from this magnificent forgotten treasure…

Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

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Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)
Reid Nibley, piano; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # SVC-9 | Time: 00::

This program offers three lively, colorful, and captivating orchestral works by two United States composers, born almost a century apart. These pieces exhibit the fruitful exchange and flow of musical material between North and South America that has long played a role in popular music, apparent not only in commercial song and dance music using Latin American melodies and rhythms but also in early jazz and blues where tango rhythms are so often heard, as in W. C. Handy's St. Louis Blues. And both Gottschalk in the 1850s, close to the beginning of a creative American musical tradition, and Gould in the 1950s, when such a tradition had flowered considerably, show a combination of seriousness of approach with a popular touch.