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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 57:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine ‎| ODE12492 | Recorded: 2013

Rachmaninov’s rarely heard, and unfinished opera, Monna Vanna is recorded here in a newer edition by Gennadi Belov and led by Vladimir Ashkenazy, an iconic artist and expert in Russian music. This recording of Monna Vanna is a world première recording of the sung Russian version – the language in which Rachmaninov originally intended the opera to be performed.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight (2009)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight (2009)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 59:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 10544 | Recorded: 2008

The central panel of the opera is a monologue for the avaricious Baron, sung with terrific intensity by Ildar Abdrazakov. The impetuosity of his cash-strapped son, Albert, blazes from the singing of Misha Didyk, with Peter Bronder and Sergey Murzaev bringing astuteness of characterisation to the smaller but crucial roles of the Moneylender and the Duke. Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic with a sure feel for impetus and colour, etching in nuances of timbre and making the thematic fabric lucid while at the same time ensuring that the overall theatrical picture is vivid and emotionally telling.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: Aleko (2010)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: Aleko (2010)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Rachmaninoff: Aleko (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 50:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 10583 | Recorded: 2009

Everyone – including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the chorus of Turin’s Teatro Regio – gets a chance to bask in the spotlight. But it’s Aleko’s central Cavatine, where he ruminates on his lover’s infidelity, that defines the drama, and Sergey Murzaev seizes his chance, singing with the histrionic grandeur we have come to expect from Russian basses. Svelta Vassileva and Evgeny Akimov are scarcely less vivid as the ill-fated lovers… it [Aleko] manifestly works on CD, and Noseda can take much of the credit. Having served an early apprenticeship in St Petersburg, he relishes the colour of the music and profiles its fine contours, never resorting to cheap emotionalism.

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 41 Gb
Audio1: Italiano, Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden’s whirlwind production of Puccini’s compact opera, in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love. As performed at Glyndebourne, Gianni Schicci is here combined in a double bill with Rachmaninov's dark setting of Alexander Pushkin's 'little tragedy'. The Miserly Knight, also directed by Annabel Arden and featuring an outstanding performance from Sergei Leiferkus in the role written for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin.

Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 812 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 8730 | Time: 05:54:22

The years have seen Pierre Boulez record for CBS, Erato, EMI, and Philips, among other labels, but his most consistent and critically praised work has appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, where he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his own Ensemble InterContemporain in many successful performances. These ensembles are heard on this trimline, six-CD box set of Igor Stravinsky's major works, which brings together Boulez's recordings of L'oiseau de feu, Petrushka, Le Sacre du printemps, L'histoire du Soldat, the symphonies, concertos, and other works, recorded between 1980 and 1996. As one of the leading champions of modernism, first as a composer and essayist, then as a prominent conductor, Boulez is regarded as an authority on Stravinsky's oeuvre, and it is difficult to imagine many conductors who have a better understanding of the technical and stylistic issues that affect performances. Boulez is also famous for his precision and meticulousness, which make the details stand out clearly in the rhythmically complex and texturally dense orchestral scores of the ballets, and yet seem so delicate and exact in the concertos and pieces for smaller ensembles.

Elsa Dreisig, Jonathan Ware - Morgen: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Duparc (2020)

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Elsa Dreisig, Jonathan Ware - Morgen: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Duparc (2020)

Elsa Dreisig, Jonathan Ware - Morgen: Strauss, Rachmaninov, Duparc (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 76:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| 9029531948 | Recorded: 2019

“Phenomenally good … Dreisig’s voice [is] youthful yet assured, agile yet fluid, and powerful through its entire range … We can certainly expect much more to come from this singer,” wrote BBC Music Magazine in its five-star review of Miroir(s), Elsa Dreisig’s debut album of operatic arias and scenes. It was subsequently nominated for two top awards, Gramophone and Opus Klassik.

Collage - s/t (vinyl rip) (1971) {Melodiya}

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Collage - s/t (vinyl rip) (1971) {Melodiya}

Collage - s/t (vinyl rip) (1971) {Melodiya}
Vinyl Rip | FLAC (no log) | scans | 167 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 76 mb
Genre: jazz, vocal jazz

Collage is a 1971 album by a Russian jazz band of the same name. This was released on the USSR label Мелодия (Melodiya), is a vinyl rip and while it is slightly crispy (i.e. a bit of surface noise), it is cleaned up as best as possible.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Osian Ellis, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto, Harp Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 006-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1971

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére’s vocal writing, which isn’t particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére’s 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.

Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

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Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Arnold Schoenberg, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág
Iannis Xenakis, Harrison Birtwistle, Gérard Grisey, Hugues Dufourt, Brian Ferneyhough (1995)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Ensemble InterContemporain
New Swingle Singers, Heinz Holliger, Régis Pasquier, André Trouttet, Sophie Cherrier
Choeur John Alldis, Adrienne Csengery, Marta Fabian, Istvan Matuz

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Scans ~ 78 Mb | Time: 04:57:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-98496-2

Collecting five CDs for about the price of three, this set of Boulez recordings is without parallel among the conductor's new-music releases. Imagine getting Boulez's celebrated single CD of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia and Eindrücke and his equally impressive single CD of Arnold Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande and Variations for Orchestra, bundled with four pivotal Elliott Carter works, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's electrifying …AGM…, Gérard Grisey's Modulations, Iannis Xenakis's Jalons, Hugues Dufourt's Antiphysis, and Brian Ferneyhough's Funerailles, and you have an idea how far this set stretches.

Louth Contemporary Music Society - A Place Between: Tavener, Part, Silvestrov, Knaifel, Gorecki, Cage (2009)

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Louth Contemporary Music Society - A Place Between: Tavener, Part, Silvestrov, Knaifel, Gorecki, Cage (2009)

Louth Contemporary Music Society - A Place Between (2009)
John Tavener · Arvo Pärt · Valentin Silvestrov · Alexander Knaifel · Henryk Górecki · John Cage

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Scans included
Label: Louth Contemporary Music LTD | # LCM5901 | Time: 01:04:36
Classical, Contemporary, Spiritual Minimalism

World première recordings of works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov and Alexander Knaifel sit alongside pieces by Henryk Górecki and John Cage on the first recording from a new Irish label operated by noted concert promoters Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS). All of these very popular contemporary composers have in various ways been deeply influenced by profound spiritual, religious or cultural encounters, and the disc celebrates them in a moving, magical programme. A Place Between intersperses - to wonderful effect - beautiful works for string quartet (Silvestrov's meditative Ikon, Tavener's deeply moving Ikon of Joy/Sorrow, Pärt's reflective Da Pacem Domine) with two solo piano works (Pärt's uplifting Hymn to a Great City, and Cage’s melodic and expressive In a Landscape). Górecki's memorial for Michael Vyner, Good Night and Knaifel’s mystical O Heavenly King both feature the haunting voice of soprano Patricia Rozario. Silvestrov's 25.X.1893 lullaby is a melancholic and lyrical piece for violin and piano.

Magdalena Kožená, Malcolm Martineau - Songs, Lieder, Chansons, Canzoni, Песни (2004)

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Magdalena Kožená, Malcolm Martineau -  Songs, Lieder, Chansons, Canzoni, Песни (2004)

Magdalena Kožená, Malcolm Martineau - Songs, Lieder, Chansons, Canzoni, Песни (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 234 Mb | Total time: 63:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 471 581-2 | Recorded: 2003

By now, fans of this mezzo probably have realized that she could sing the telephone directory and make it sound both beautiful and meaningful. This CD is made up of music by Respighi, Ravel, Britten, Schulhoff and Shostakovich: in other words, songs in five languages from five countries. Unlike most song recital CDs, variety is also supplied by the accompaniments. The Ravel songs are backed up by flute, cello and piano, while the Schulhoff selections feature violin and piano, the Shostakovich and Britten are for piano alone, and the Respighi includes a string quartet. The whole CD is fascinating, but the lengthy Respighi cantata "Il tramonto" ("The Sunset," to a poem by Shelly) is a sensational centerpiece: just lovely, with hints of Straussian and Wagnerian harmonies.

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1994)

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1994)

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 780 Mb | Total time: 67:49+76:47+56:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical ‎| # S3K 58 977 | Recorded: 1993

Claudio Abbado uses Mussorgsky's text in a condition almost as complete as Mstislav Rostropovich's but avoiding some overlap from variant readings. He brings to his conducting the same vitality and scrupulous attention to small details that are familiar from his work in Italian opera. His cast is good throughout and particularly strong in the leading roles. This is a Boris to live with, one that gets better with repeated hearings.

The Hilliard Ensemble, Dresdner Philharmonie, Dennis Russell Davies - Schnittke: Symphony No.9; Raskatov: Nunc dimittis (2009)

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The Hilliard Ensemble, Dresdner Philharmonie, Dennis Russell Davies - Schnittke: Symphony No.9; Raskatov: Nunc dimittis (2009)

Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 9; Alexander Raskatov: Nunc dimittis (2009)
Elena Vassilieva, mezzo-soprano, The Hilliard Ensemble
Dresdner Philharmonie, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 214 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2025, 476 6994 | Time: 00:53:05

This 2009 ECM disc containing the world premiere of Alfred Schnittke's Ninth Symphony, the composer's final work, will be mandatory listening for fans of post-modernist Russian music, or contemporary music in general. Begun after the premiere of Schnittke's Eighth Symphony in 1994 and unfinished at the composer's death in 1998, the Ninth existed only as three movements of manuscript (and indecipherable manuscript at that: a stroke had paralyzed Schnittke's right side, forcing him to write with his left hand) until composer Alexandr Raskatov deciphered the manuscript and conductor Dennis Russell Davies presented its premiere. As presented in this January 2008 recording, Schnittke's Ninth continues and extends the austere sound world of the Eighth into ever more severe zones. There's no denying this is the authentic voice of Schnittke: the etiolated textures, abrupt gestures, timeless tempos, and haunting themes have clear roots in the composer's preceding works. Davies and the excellent Dresdner Philharmonie appear acutely conscious that the Ninth was the composer's last work, but the tone of leave-taking is inherent in Schnittke's inward music.

Yuri Simonov, The Bolshoi Opera - Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades / Pique Dame (2005/1983)

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Yuri Simonov, The Bolshoi Opera - Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades / Pique Dame (2005/1983)

Yuri Simonov, The Bolshoi Opera - Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades / Pique Dame (2005/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.07 Gb (DVD9) | 174 min
Classical | Kultur | Sub.: English

It is rare when four of the Bolshoi’s greatest stars appear together in their home theatre in one of Russian opera’s masterpieces. The opera was Tchaikovsky’s, The Queen Of Spades, (Pique Dream), and Kultur is proud to present it here, complete, for the first time on DVD. With a libretto written by the composer’s brother, Modest, this tale of terror, with a plot involving obsessive love and gambling, hallucinations and descent into madness never fails to have a profound effect on its audience. The Bolshoi’s production is riveting, with sumptuous sets and costumes, and the famed Bolshoi chorus and corps de ballet are at their most elegant and spectacular.

English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

Igor Stravinsky - Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988
English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Patricia Parker (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Paul Hudson (Bass), Anne Mory (Soprano)
Pianos: Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesch

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:44:29
Classical, Ballet, Choral, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 423 251-2

Les Noces is a screaming, shrieking, flat-out masterpiece. Leonard Bernstein himself has referred to it as Stravinsky's greatest work, and listening to this incendiary performance, it's awfully hard to disagree. Scored for voices, four pianos, and percussion, the work provided the inspiration for the entire career of Orff (of Carmina Burana fame), but it's so much better as sheer music than anything Orff wrote. And what a cast! The pianists for this performance include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, and Homero Francesch, four certified virtuoso performers, while the singers of the English Bach Festival Chorus really cover themselves with glory in both works. A stunner.