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Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard - Franz Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3-5 (2013)

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard - Franz Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3-5 (2013)

Franz Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 3-5 (2013)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~378 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:20:58
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-1786

Thomas Dausgaard's recordings with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra of three of Franz Schubert's middle symphonies are displays of authentic period practice in state-of-the-art reproduction, and it's a winning combination. The watchword here is clarity, because these symphonies are models of Classical form and precision, with orchestral writing that is utterly transparent and ideally balanced, so the music is only enhanced by the spacious multichannel recording and direct stream digital processing. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra offers pristine string sonorities, and the winds have the distinctive and slightly pungent timbres of the 18th and early 19th century instruments Schubert knew. Dausgaard's interpretations are clearheaded and meticulous, and it's obvious that his musicians respond to his cogent direction with energy and enthusiasm. BIS recorded these performances on different occasions between 2009 and 2011 in the Örebro Concert Hall in Sweden, so in spite of the breaks between sessions, there is consistently superb sound quality, thanks to the first-rate engineering team and the unchanging venue. Highly recommended.

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 140 min | 36,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 140 min | 9,83 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Il Trovatore was based on the play El Trovador by Antonio García Gutiérrez and was an instant success. The cast is here led by Marcelo Alvarez, Norma Fantini and Leo Nucci and is conducted by Yuri Temirkanov.
Large symbols…make an effective home for a serious Il Trovatore, precisely paced and balanced by Yuri Temirkanov…Especially notable is his handling of what one might term 'old' Verdi orchestral tricks (ironic Bellinian wind counterpoints of parodistic military brass). The casting here is led by a Manrico from Marcelo Alvarez worthy of vocal and dramatic attention. (Gramophone Magazine)

Philippe Cassard - Mendelssohn (2017)

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Philippe Cassard - Mendelssohn (2017)

Philippe Cassard - Mendelssohn (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 00:43:32 | 143 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Famed for his Debussy playing, the pianist Philippe Cassard brings his acute ear for instrumental color to these deceptively simple miniatures. Like Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words requires a master pianist’s touch, and Cassard is fully up to the challenge. He plays with an accompanist’s sensitivity (he works regularly with the soprano Natalie Dessay) and brushes in the melodies with real skill. His control of line is effortless, and the music simply flows on the wings of song.

Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4; P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 (2015)

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Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4; P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 (2015)

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4, Op.98; P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Op.64 (2015)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 423 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # 350 111 | Time: 01:19:20

This release in Praga's Reminiscences series of SACD remasterings features the great Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky leading the Leningrad Philharmonic in recordings of two masterpieces of the Romantic repertoire. Brahms's refined and intellectually complex Symphony No.4 is paired with the rich, heart-on-sleeve passion of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.5 – one of the composer's best loved works.

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 137 min | 39,4 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 137 min | 7,20 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This is a wonderful performance, one of the finest in this Tutto Verdi series of the complete operas. Conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti is an unlikely looking gentleman at first glance but at his first wave of the baton one realizes he is a master. His upbeat tempi have a big sweep that gives the opera the brilliance Verdi intended. The tenor, Francesco Meli (Riccardo), is a young fresh voice, powerful and sensitive; the baritone, Vladimir Stoyanov is beginning to take over from the venerable Nucci in the series.

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

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Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis: Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok (1992) 2CDs

Ivry Gitlis - The Art of Ivry Gitlis (1992) 2CDs
Tchaikovsky - Bruch - Sibelius - Mendelssohn - Bartók

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 529 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: VoxBox | # CDX2 5505 | Time: 02:39:09

There are several reasons to own this Vox Box 2CD set. For the first, it includes five great violin concertos in some of the very best performances in their discography. For the second, Ivry Gitlis (born 1922) is a great living violinist and these recordings made in early 1950s show his art in the best way, when Ivry's violin sounded powerful and brilliant.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

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Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lélio, ou le Retour à la Vie (2015) 2CDs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti; Gérard Depardieu, narrator
Chicago Symphony Chorus; Mario Zeffiri, tenor; Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | Time: 01:54:42
Genre: Classical | Label: CSO Resound | # CSOR 901 1501

Recorded in 2010 during Riccardo Muti's first subscription concerts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tenth music director, this new double-CD release pairs Hector Berlioz's beloved Symphonie fantastique with its sequel, Lélio, ou le retour de la vie (Lélio, or The Return to Life). Berlioz intended Symphonie fantastique to be followed by Lélio in concert, as the artist returns to life to comment anew on music and art. Maestro Muti and the CSO are joined in Lélio by the acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu as the narrator, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. With the "conclusion and complement" of Symphonie fantastique, as Berlioz referred to Lélio, this recording increases listeners' familiarity with the music of a daring and revolutionary composer.

Massimo Zanetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Massimo Zanetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Massimo Zanetti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 40,2 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 170 min | 8,37 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 192 Kbps | AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

The singing and musicianship here is of a high standard and Zanetti conducts with verve…Certain aspects of Pier Luigi Pizzi’s production are good while others are somewhat disappointing. (MusicWeb International)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.17+7.65 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 189 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's Tannhauser. The New York Times, reviewing the telecast performance of Tannhauser, observed:"One of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met's repertory …the scenic designs are both breathtakingly grand and painstakingly subtle." The individual performers garnered praise from other critics: "you may just about explode with the musical excitement that conductor James Levine and his cast generate."

Anna Vinnitskaya, Krzysztof Urbański - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2017)

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Anna Vinnitskaya, Krzysztof Urbański - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2017)

]Anna Vinnitskaya, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra & Krzysztof Urbański - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 198 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:34
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Serge Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto might never have seen the light of day had it not been for hypnosis: before the twenty-seven-year-old composer began work on it, he was on his last legs – financially, artistically and psychologically. Dr Nikolay Dahl hypnotised his patient every day, whispering to him: ‘You will write your concerto. You will work with great fluency. The concerto will be of excellent quality.’ The creative block disappeared, and the concerto’s premiere in Moscow in 1901 was a triumph for Rachmaninov, who played the solo part himself. Anna Vinnitskaya says she feels ‘a spring-like atmosphere’ in this work: throughout there is a sense of movement, of awakening. The music passes through the most contrasting psychological landscapes, but moves towards clarity and light. Rachmaninov composed the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in 1934, ten years before his death. Brahms, Liszt, Lutosławski and Andrew Lloyd Webber are among the remarkable roll call of composers inspired by Paganini’s theme.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey & Johannes Fritzsch - Frederick Septimus Kelly: Orchestral Works (2019)

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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey & Johannes Fritzsch - Frederick Septimus Kelly: Orchestral Works (2019)

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey & Johannes Fritzsch - Frederick Septimus Kelly: Orchestral Works (2019)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 220 Mb | Covers - 93 Mb | 01:36:06
Classical | Label: ABC Classics

Frederick Septimus Kelly was one of Australia's great cultural losses of World War One: a composer the equal of Vaughan Williams, who survived Gallipoli but was cut down in the final days of the Battle of the Somme. His music – crafted entirely in his head, and only committed to paper once perfected – displays touching lyricism and profound invention. Even during the war, he never stopped writing music: on troop ships during long ocean crossings, in training camps, in the trenches of Gallipoli, in a military hospital recovering from war wounds, in a bombed-out cellar barely 300 metres from enemy lines in France. This album presents his complete catalogue of orchestral works, many recorded here for the first time.

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008)[BluRay]

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Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008)[BluRay]

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 34,5 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2559 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 152 min | 10,6 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don Jose, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate reading of one of the world's favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet's irresistible score drives the tragedy forward - powering a landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

Quatuor Diotima - George Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54-56 (2009)

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Quatuor Diotima - George Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54-56 (2009)

Quatuor Diotima - George Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54-56 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:17:42
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naïve | # V 5200

Fans of the string quartets by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Mendelssohn should by all means try this disc of string quartets by George Onslow. British-born and Bohemian-trained composer spent most of his career in France, and aside from their tonal language and their four-movement structure, his quartets have little in common with his German contemporaries. In fact, they have little in common with the music of his French contemporaries, who concentrated mostly on stage works. But in these overwhelming persuasive performances by the Quatuor Diotima, Onslow's quartets come across as fully formed, wholly confident, and enormously expressive works. There is tremendous power in the fast movements: the rip-roaring Scherzo, from his D minor Quartet, Op. 55; immense pathos in the slow movements: the heartbreaking Andante con variazioni from the E flat Quartet, Op. 54; and awesome intensity in the opening movements: the monumental Allegro maestoso ed espressivo from the C minor Quartet, Op. 56.

Tasmin Little, John Lenehan - Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach (2019)

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Tasmin Little, John Lenehan - Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach (2019)

Tasmin Little, John Lenehan - Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 71:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHAN20030 | Recorded: 2018

The renowned violinist Tasmin Little returns to Chandos with a line-up of three women composers whose lives share some features but also significant differences that illustrate the complex lives of female musicians. Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth and Amy Beach all came from families that encouraged their musical interests but balked, in varying degrees, at professional training and engagement. All three composers draw on the influence of Robert Schumann and Brahms; Beach and Smyth in particular were fond of metrical and motivic manipulation. Tasmin Little plays this music close to her heart with her usual warmth and dexterity.

Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Lombardi (2004/1984)

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Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Lombardi (2004/1984)

Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Lombardi (2004/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.73 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol

Another Verdi triumph from the archives of La Scala, this 1984 production of one of the master's early popular successes showcases José Carreras's truly glorious instrument, a tenor voice of loveliness and delicacy that, in its abbreviated prime, was one of the true operatic glories. He sounds superb as the hero, Oronte, and, as his paramour Giselda, Ghena Dimitrova nearly matches Carreras's ringingly beautiful tone: their wonderful Act 4 duet is almost too much of a good thing.