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Paul Dombrecht, Jos van Immerseel - The Virtuoso Romantic Oboe: Schumann, Kalliwoda, Pixis (1999)

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Paul Dombrecht, Jos van Immerseel - The Virtuoso Romantic Oboe: Schumann, Kalliwoda, Pixis (1999)

Paul Dombrecht, Jos van Immerseel - The Virtuoso Romantic Oboe: Schumann, Kalliwoda, Pixis (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:40 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | Catalog: 78330

This CD is probably unique. The oboe was relegated in the romantic age as the clarinet gained favour. So there are few chamber works for oboe from this period, and those that exist are rarely recorded. But to have several of these pieces on one disc and played so well on period instruments makes this a real treat. The instruments are an 1850 Triebert oboe and Erard pianoforte. These are not so different technically from their modern counterparts, but in these musicians' hands they deliver a warm, distinctive sound that would be hard to emulate with modern instruments.

Hermann Baumann - Glière, Saint-Saëns, Dukas, Chabrier (2010)

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Hermann Baumann - Glière, Saint-Saëns, Dukas, Chabrier (2010)

Hermann Baumann - Glière, Saint-Saëns, Dukas, Chabrier (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 45:59 | 204 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 380-2

The Glière is the most ambitious work here, running for nearly 23 minutes, almost a record length for a horn concerto. It is very florid and romantic—its unlikely model is Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, to which it comes nearest in the finale which is a lively Russian dance. Although some of the material is ingenuous, notably the march rhythm of the first movement, it is quite a jolly piece and has much in common with the Richard Strauss concertos. Otherwise the best known work is the Dukas Villanelle which Dennis Brain liked to play, and which is attractively diverse in mood and style, although essentially a miniature.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:24 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 5099964470

The Martha Argerich Project, presented annually at Lugano, Switzerland, has yielded many exciting sets of live recordings for EMI, all starring its namesake but prominently featuring many musicians she enjoys working with, both established artists and rising talents. Live from Lugano 2011 encapsulates the tenth of these festivals, and this three-disc package offers selections by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Ravel, and a name new to many of the participants: Juliusz Zarebski. This 19th century Polish composer is represented by a piano quintet he composed a few months before his death in 1885 at age 31, and Argerich has recorded this piece for the first time here.

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Liszt: Complete Tone Poems, Vol. 2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:11:12 | 686 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 438754

All recordings of Liszt's symphonic poems should be compared to the fabulous set by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhash Orchestra. They are near perfection in their spontaneity and authenticity. These are good recordings - even great - although it would be hard not to perform such notables as Hungaria, the Mephisto Waltz and Hunnenschlacht.

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

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Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)

Martha Argerich - Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:45:12 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7211192

EMI Classics is pleased to release the 10th annual 3CD set of highlights from the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, “the delightful festival where youth meets experience and both benefit” (Gramophone). The Times described Argerich’s Lugano Festival as “community music-making on a deluxe scale, with performers and listeners mutually uplifted by music’s wonders”. The set is being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2013 season. Reviewing the 2011 Live from Lugano release, Nicholas Kenyon wrote in The Observer, “There are not many reliable annual treats among classical CDs these days, but the series of live recordings from Martha Argerich's Lugano festival are now a highlight of each year.”

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Olga Peretyatko, Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)

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Olga Peretyatko, Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)

Olga Peretyatko, Gomez-Martinez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 70:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697785442 | Recorded: 2010

Operatic powerhouse Olga Peretyatko is accompanied by the Munchner Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra) conducted by Miguel Gomez-Martinez on this high-quality album of (coloratura) soprano favorites. With an able, keen orchestra behind her, Peretyatko is free to demonstrate her considerable talents. Two arias are by opera legend Rossini. One, his "Non si dà follia maggiore," begins the album, and Peretyatko interprets it in a way that leaves the listener entranced. Peretyatko's voice is clean, bright, and full of vibrato. Her interpretation is also highly dramatic.

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

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Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 162 min | 7,25 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 1988

La Cenerentola is one of the few operas to have an important subtitle, "The Triumph of Virtue". This Salzburg production makes a point of its being a moral tale rather than a mere fairy tale like the version reflexively sung by Angelina in her "Cavatina": the defeat and forgiveness of the stepsisters and their greedy father is a settling of moral accounts. The production is also tremendous fun–partly because of gimmicks like the mechanical coach and horses that arrives on stage in the high wind of the Act Two storm–but mostly because of the endlessly energetic pulse of Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.09 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Herbert von Karajan directed this film of Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece as well as conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. As the tragic Moor of Venice, arguably his greatest role, Jon Vickers (in the words of critic David Cairns) "commands both the notes and the moral grandeur of the part… And he has the aura of greatness - greatness of heart, of bearing, of musical and dramatic conception". Mirella Freni is a heartbreakingly lovely and fragile Desdemona, while the fine English baritone Peter Glossop plays the villainous Jago.

Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo - The Art of Patrick Gallois, Vol. 1: Morceaux de concours de Paris (2020)

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Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo - The Art of Patrick Gallois, Vol. 1: Morceaux de concours de Paris (2020)

Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo - The Art of Patrick Gallois, Vol. 1: Morceaux de concours de Paris (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:05:27 | 150 Mb
Classical | Label: Virtus Classics

This is the first album of the series by Maestro Patrick Gallois plays masterpieces for flute under the label VIRTUS CLASSICS. Here is a beautiful and charming collection of “morceaux de concours” (examination pieces) of the Paris Conservatory, starting from Faure in 1898 and the beginning of the 20th century.

Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon - Saint-Saëns: Music for Violin (1999)

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Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon - Saint-Saëns: Music for Violin (1999)

Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon - Saint-Saëns: Music for Violin (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:21 | 332 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 67100

The neglect of the vast majority of Saint-Saëns' chamber and orchestral output is a loss to music lovers everywhere. Even worse is the condescending attitude of musical academia toward a composer who not only was fantastically gifted in his own right, but a true scholar and student of the classics. And if his own works sometimes reflect the result of this knowledge, then what's the harm? The composer himself once said something along these lines: "He who does not get absolute pleasure from a series of well-constructed chords, beautiful only in their arrangement, is not really fond of music."

L'Amoroso & Guido Balestracci - A Schubertiade with Arpeggione (2020)

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L'Amoroso & Guido Balestracci - A Schubertiade with Arpeggione (2020)

L'Amoroso & Guido Balestracci - A Schubertiade with Arpeggione (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 258 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:42
Classical | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

The arpeggione, invented in 1823 by the Viennese luthier Johann Georg Stauffer, had a curious destiny. As its alternative names ‘guitar violoncello’ and ‘guitare d’amour’ suggest, it is in fact a guitar fitted with a bridge, held between the knees like a cello and played with a bow. The instrument enjoyed some success for around a decade, but, oddly enough, almost nothing has survived from its specific repertory except one supreme masterpiece: the sonata Franz Schubert wrote for it in 1824. The guitar was very popular in Vienna at that time, and Schubert was also fond of it; the original version of Die schöne Müllerin was published with guitar accompaniment! Guido Balestracci and the musicians of L’Amoroso have built a delightful Schubertiad around this famous sonata, combining the arpeggione and the piano with voice and guitars to appropriate a rich selection of the Viennese composer’s lieder.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.66 Gb (DVD9) | 163 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

This spectacular opera film was taped in 1967 and is based on the 1966 Salzburg Festival production directed by Herbert von Karajan himself, who also conducts the fabulous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The production features the three greatest exponents of their respective roles at the time: Grace Bumbry’s magnificently seductive-toned Carmen, Mirella Freni’s ineffably lovely, touching Micaëla and Jon Vickers’s thrillingly manic-depressive Don José.

Essen Philharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Netopil - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2020)

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Essen Philharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Netopil - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2020)

Essen Philharmonic Orchestra & Tomas Netopil - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 335 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 195 Mb | 01:24:43
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics

Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was written between 1903 and 1904, mostly in Vienna, during a period of professional success and private happiness. But musically the ‘Tragic’, as the symphony is sometimes called, seems like a bizarre reversal of Mahler’s life events and an anticipation of future tragedies: the death of a daughter, the diagnosis of Mahler’s heart disease, and his profound occupational crisis at the Vienna Court Opera. They would soon bring to an abrupt end Mahler’s short spell of good fortune.

Pianoduo Amacord - Magical Garden (2020)

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Pianoduo Amacord - Magical Garden (2020)

Pianoduo Amacord - Magical Garden (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 176 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 125 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:52:14
Classical | Label: Zip Records

The debut CD of Pianoduo Amacord is devoted to the fairy tale world with works of three French composers who between 1870 and 1914 - gave free rein to fantasy. Fairy tales are literal in the famous Ma mère l’Oye suite, with which Maurice Ravel the children of a friend rejoiced.In addition, Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst two less famous cycles, Jeux d’enfants by Georges Bizet and Six épigraphes antiques by Claude Debussy, also in the original version for four-handed piano. Timbre, musical story art and a desire for Bygone times and distant places determine the delicate atmosphere that all these compositions radiate.