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Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev - Reflections: Rachmaninov, Medtner, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Nikolayeva (2018)

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Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev - Reflections: Rachmaninov, Medtner, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Nikolayeva (2018)

Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev - Reflections: Rachmaninov, Medtner, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Nikolayeva (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 72:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 4833922 | Recorded: 2017

Earning praise for his commanding technique, elegant sound and wide-ranging repertoire, Russian Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev was quickly signed to Decca Classics, following his declaration at the Sydney International Piano Competition, where he was also an audience favourite. He has curated an all-Russian album: Rachmaninov (including the Moment-musicaux, which he performed so gloriously at the Competition), Medtner, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The album also includes two Concert Études by his late grandmother – Tatiana Nikolayeva.

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna (2019) [BDRip]

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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna (2019) [BDRip]

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna (2019) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 7,34 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Enrico di Borgogna is a melodramma per musica that was premiered in Venice in 1818, marking Donizettis stage debut. The plot of this rarely performed opera follows a rather traditional scheme: Enrico wants to defeat the son of the villain who usurped his fathers throne and is about to marry his beloved Elisa. Fortunately, he succeeds in stopping the marriage and regaining his inheritance. This release is a world première video recording of the 2018 Donizetti Opera Festival performance, which received excellent reviews for its brilliant staging.

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 64:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 6418 | Recorded: 2013

Rokoko is Croatian counter tenor Max Emanuel Cencic's 2014 release on Decca, in which he explores the elaborate and emotionally stirring arias of Johann Adolf Hasse, one of the neglected masters of 18th century opera. These 11 vocal selections reflect the popular taste of the period, oriented as it was to the extraordinary abilities of the great castrati. Supported by George Petrou and the period instruments group Armonia Atenea, which plays with authentic rococo sonorities, rhythmic vigor, and precision, Cencic displays astonishing virtuosity and power in the arias taken from Hasse's long forgotten operas, Arminio, Il Siroe, Tito Vespasiano, L'Olimpiade, Ipermestra, Il Trionfo di Clelia, La Spartana Generosa, and Tigrane, as well as an aria from the oratorio, Il Cantico de’ Tre Fanciulli.

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)

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James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 71:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA 66253 | Recorded: 1987

This recording of duets by the great composers of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion’s catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King’s Consort creates something uniquely glorious. Purcell was a countertenor himself and in his writing for the voice produced some of his most felicitous music. John Blow, Purcell’s predecessor and successor as organist of Westminster Abbey, reached his compositional zenith with the extended duet (almost a small cantata) on the subjects of Purcell’s tragic early death and inextinguishable influence.

Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Baroque, Choir of New College Oxford - Charpentier: Musique sacrée (2013)

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Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Baroque, Choir of New College Oxford - Charpentier: Musique sacrée (2013)

Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Baroque, Choir of New College Oxford - Charpentier: Musique sacrée (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Novum | NCR1387 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

The small string ensemble of Oxford Baroque plays the Praeludium with a juxtaposition of sensuousness and decorum…The choir's interjections are fantastically articulate - with gentle use of inégales, gorgeously shaped ornamental cadences and sincere delivery of the texts.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Banchieri: Il Festino del Giovedì Grasso; Striggio: La Caccia (2000)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Banchieri: Il Festino del Giovedì Grasso; Striggio: La Caccia (2000)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Adriano Banchieri: Il Festino del Giovedì Grasso; Alessandro Striggio: La Caccia (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 60:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OP30137 | Recorded: 1995

This talented Italian vocal ensemble, under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini, has already proved its excellence in previous discs of Monteverdi madrigals. In this engaging new release the artists turn their attention to ‘madrigal comedies’ by 16th-century Alessandro Striggio and his younger contemporary, Adriano Banchieri. These are highly entertaining, often witty pieces, with a strong onomatopoeic element and a profusion of vividly depictive images running through them.

Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)

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Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)

Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.81 + 3.40 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 157 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, this production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin features an excellent, young cast and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim. Director Andrea Breth has created an intimate production that mines the depths of expression and charisma of her singer-actors and integrates silent secondary episodes and miniature dramas to heighten the intensity of the story. The title role–a tour de force for any baritone–is taken by Peter Mattei, who starred as Figaro in the Metropolitan Opera's HD Live Broadcast of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He is joined by dazzling young Russian soprano Anna Samuil, a protégée of Daniel Barenboim who has been acclaimed as a vibrant new presence on the opera stage. The opera includes a wonderful performance from the young tenor, Joseph Kaiser, recently acclaimed for perfomances at The Met opposite Anna Netrebko in Roméo et Juliette, as well as a solid contribution from bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1993

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1993

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 647 Mb | Total time: 144:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45814-2 | Recorded: 1992

This is vintage, classic Koopman: Tempi that never linger, orchestral textures that accord privilege to clarity and insight over effect and superb, beautifully articulated, solo vocal lines. Koopman's lucidity might appear a little too detached or cool for some listeners who are used to responding to the emotional charge of Bach's Passions. One of Koopman's greatest strengths is his grasp of architecture: of the unfolding of the passion events; of the relative roles and interactions of the soloists and 'crowds'; of the inevitability of events in a musical - as opposed to a Biblical - sense.
A logical consequence of this is a performance that's neither perfunctory nor devoid of emotion. It knows where it's going. It bases one event on foreknowledge of what happens next. As a result there is a certain businesslike feel though it’s never perfunctory.

Jean Guillou - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations (1988)

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Jean Guillou - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations (1988)

Jean Guillou - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 53:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Recordings | DOR-90110 | Recorded: 1987

"Clavier-Übung (keyboard exercise) consisting of an Aria with diverse variations for 2-manual harpsichord, dedicated to music-lovers to gladden their hearts, by J. S. Bach, composer to the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, Kapellmeister and Civic Director of Music for Leipzig. Edited by Balthasar Schmid at Nuremberg.” So runs the very modest title for a piece of harpsichord literature that can be described only as a work of towering complexity and of the most profound expressive grandeur. Its richness derives on the one hand from its great number of rhythmic figures (only, perhaps with Stravinsky does such profusion again occur), and on the other hand from a composing style that makes use of almost all the possible canonic intervals and inversions.

Kurt Redel - Telemann: Matthäus-Passion; Magnificat (1992)

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Kurt Redel - Telemann: Matthäus-Passion; Magnificat (1992)

Kurt Redel - Telemann: Matthäus-Passion; Magnificat (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 130:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 432 500-2 | Recorded: 1964, 1965

Kurt Redel conducts unaffectedly but with passion and is beautifully supported in this with an excellent orchestra and beautifully balanced choir of faultless intonation. The story moves at a good pace as the the tragedy unfolds and is interspersed with some stunning arias, many of them affording moments of still reflection as is befitting for a passion. The singers are faultless and often superb with Sena Jurinac at the height of her artistry, Theo Altmeyer a fine evangelist who knows how to tell a story. Franz Crass always was a lovely, musical singer with a well-rounded, rich voice.

Felix Koch, Neumeyer Consort, Gutenberg-Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Markus-Passion, Fassung von 1744 (2018)

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Felix Koch, Neumeyer Consort, Gutenberg-Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Markus-Passion, Fassung von 1744 (2018)

Felix Koch, Neumeyer Consort, Gutenberg-Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Markus-Passion, Fassung von 1744 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 87:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus | CHR77423 | Recorded: 2017

Bach’s lost St Mark Passion was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday 1731 and a second time in 1744 in a revised version. Though Bach's music is lost, the libretto by Picander is still extant, and from this, the work can to some degree be reconstructed. Unlike Bach's earlier existing passions (St John Passion and St Matthew Passion), the Markus-Passion is probably a parody – it recycles previous works. Which of his own works Bach may have taken for his St Mark Passion led to numerous speculations. Differently from further reconstructions the Frankfurt musicologist Prof. Karl Böhmer used the revised Picander text from 1744 which schedules one Aria and a chorale more than the 1731 version. Other parts have been revised and complemented.

Kenneth Gilbert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Partiten / Partitas - Clavierübung I (1985)

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Kenneth Gilbert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Partiten / Partitas - Clavierübung I (1985)

Kenneth Gilbert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Partiten / Partitas - Clavierübung I (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 978 Mb | Total time: 71:57+72:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901144.45 | Recorded: 1984, 1985

The publication of the Partitas led to some ferment among music lovers in Germany. Some praised the works, others criticised them, but always in terms which suggest that they represented a turning point in harpsichord composition. Following the lead of the theoretician Johann Mattheson, the critics' principal complaint was the extreme technical demands, and the complexity of writing. In his biography of Bach, Johann Nikolaus Forkel writes of the Partitas: »One has hitherto seldom seen or heard harpsichord compositions of such excellence. He who learned to play some of these pieces well, was able to do well with them in the world; and even in our time a young artist can gain honour with them - brilliant, pleasing, expressive, and constantly fresh as they are.«

Fabio Luisi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Nabucco (2009/2001)

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Fabio Luisi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Nabucco (2009/2001)

Fabio Luisi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Nabucco (2009/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.73 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

After personal tragedies and the fiasco of his last opera Un giorno di regno, Verdi wanted to give up composing for ever. Fortunately he made a further attempt: Nabucco. His first real success, the first genuine “Verdi opera”, was born. Nabucco – the complex story of Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon, who proclaims himself God and is hereon affl icted with madness – remains a success with audiences. The renowned director Günter Krämer paid particular attention to the interpersonal component of the opera accentuating the conflict-ridden king’s loss of power as the core.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2018)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2018)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 420 Mb | Total time: 77:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 0190295660239 | Recorded: 2016-2017

Star countertenor Philippe Jaroussky continues his exploration of operatic settings of the Orpheus myth with the most famous of the many operas inspired by the story of the Greek poet who searches for his dead wife in the Underworld: Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. It contains one of the world's best-loved operatic arias, Orfeo's restrained, but moving lament, 'Che farò senza Euridice'.

Marco Longhini, Delitiae Musicae - Adriano Banchieri: Pazzia Senile; Saviezza Giovenile (2016)

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Marco Longhini, Delitiae Musicae - Adriano Banchieri: Pazzia Senile; Saviezza Giovenile (2016)

Marco Longhini, Delitiae Musicae - Adriano Banchieri: Pazzia Senile; Saviezza Giovenile (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 393 Mb | Total time: 75:48 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | STR11005 | Recorded: 1998

An important composer during the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras, Adriano Banchieri is most noted for his founding of the Accademia dei Floridi in Bologna. Banchieri was one of the first composers to convert the madrigal into use for dramatic purposes. He developed a form called “madrigal comedy,” which was an unstaged, but still dramatic, collection of madrigals which told a story when sung together. These works are performed by the Delitiae Musicae, conducted by Marco Longhini.