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Charles Mackerras - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori; Water Music Suite (2002)

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Charles Mackerras - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori; Water Music Suite (2002)

Charles Mackerras - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori; Water Music Suite (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 400 Mb | Total time: 75:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Testament | STB 1253 | Recorded: 1956, 1959, 1977

Sir Charles Mackerras has a reputation for providing exciting and full-blooded interpretations in Janáček and baroque music and this thrilling collection of Handel recordings dating from almost 50 years ago is a case in point.

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, Piano Concerto; Debussy: Children's Corner (2012)

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, Piano Concerto; Debussy: Children's Corner (2012)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, Piano Concerto; Debussy: Children's Corner (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 73:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD/DSD 350 091 | Recorded: 1952, 1958, 1960

A tribute to Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, a veritable mythic and unpredictable Italian pianist,; a perfectionist with a carefully chosen repertory in which Scarlatti's works joined those of Debussy and Ravel, while the great German romantics, from Beethoven to Brahms, were magnified and exalted, showing the soundness of their construction. The number of his recordings is limited, with mostly works by Debussy and Ravel and a few by Beethoven. He used to buy pirate live discs of his concerts as presents for his friends instead of his 'official' recordings! Here is a French anthology collecting legendary renderings of his inimitable touch easy to recognise by its ductile nature and the purity of his style. A revived masterpiece.

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

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Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.06 Gb | Total time: 7h 30'33'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 2564 69568-6 | Recorded: 1974, 1978, 1982, 1994

The performance here of Samson is definitive. It is lively, colourful and highly dramatic. There is no comparison with the tedious performance by the Sixteen on Coro. The performance of the Messiah with limited modern instrumental forces of the English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with very good soloists doesn't sacrifice grandeur nor does it go to the other extreme of over-blown pomp. It is a very good performamce on modern instruments under the direction of the Baroque music specialist conductor Raymond Leppard.

Jan Vogler, Ismo Eskelinen - Songbook: Paganini, Burgmüller, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Falla, Ravel, Gnattali, Satie (2019)

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Jan Vogler, Ismo Eskelinen - Songbook: Paganini, Burgmüller, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Falla, Ravel, Gnattali, Satie (2019)

Jan Vogler, Ismo Eskelinen - Songbook: Paganini, Burgmüller, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Falla, Ravel, Gnattali, Satie (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 301 Mb | Total time: 54:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 19075959762 | Recorded: 2019

Jan Vogler's new album was recorded in a small studio in New York. He teamed with the fantastic Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen for this recording. ''Songbook'' presents partly pieces originally written for cello and guitar such as 3 Nocturnes by Friedrich Burgmüller (1806-1874) and the first movement of the Sonata for Guitar and Cello by Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali (1906-1988). ''Songbook'' also features several famous works in arrangements for guitar and cello: Cantabile by Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), the Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie (1866-1925), the Suite Popular Espanola by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) as well as the famous Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras by the most famous South American composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).

Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

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Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 57:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 75683 2 | Recorded: 2002

Balsom explains in her booklet note that EMI gave her considerable freedom in choosing her programme for the disc and thereby lays my only real reservation. The objective (a daunting one as Balsom readily admits) was to seek out new material although what we get is a slightly uncomfortable blend of one vast original composition in the Eben, that whilst well coupled with the shorter Tomasi work seems rather ill at ease with the likes of Shenandoah and George Thalben-Ball’s well-known organ Elegy. It may be that Balsom was conscious of not duplicating works with Håkan Hardenberger’s release of music for the same combination that appeared on BIS earlier this year (also reviewed by the writer) although in fact it is only the Tomasi that is common to both discs.

Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

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Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 479 Mb | Total time: 111:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 615-2 | Recorded: 1998

With a libretto based on the Old Testament account of Gideon and his non-violent triumph over the Midianites, the Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) produced a score which, though far from consistent, has moments of great beauty. Among them are Gideon’s aria ‘Cadranno i lupi’; a sublime Sinfonia at the opening of Part Two; a couple of fine choruses and, above all, beautifully wrought recitatives. These apart, don’t expect a forgotten masterpiece. This performance – the first in modern times – boasts competent and well-matched soloists.

Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel Arias(2014)

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Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel Arias(2014)

Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel Arias(2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 68:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67979 | Recorded: 2013

Hyperion is delighted to present a tour de force from the supreme mezzo-soprano of today, Alice Coote, accompanied by The English Concert and Harry Bicket, making their Hyperion debut. Coote performs a selection of Handel’s greatest arias from opera and oratorio, employing an extraordinary range of vocal and dramatic colour, tone and emotion to produce triumphant and moving interpretations of these masterpieces.

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

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Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 424 Mb | Total time: 76:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vivat | VIVAT 117 | Recorded: 2018

Acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson, partnered by Robert King and The King's Consort,with whom she has been associated throughout her professional career, turns her talents to Handel's two most dramatic cantatas, linked by the theme of abandoned women.

Mark Elder, The Hallé - Wagner: Siegfried (2019)

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Mark Elder, The Hallé - Wagner: Siegfried (2019)

Mark Elder, The Hallé - Wagner: Siegfried (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 958 Mb | Total time: 261:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hallé Concerts Society | CD HLD 7551 | Recorded: 2018

The Hallé completes its highly regarded Ring cycle, with the live recording of its acclaimed Bridgewater Hall performance under Sir Mark Elder. Roaring jubilation and radiant beauty from Elder and the Halle. Elder is a superb Wagnerian, acutely conscious of the complex relationship between tempo and pace, and immaculate in his judgment both of the span of each act and the ebb and flow of detail within it. Thrilling climaxes alternated with moments of astonishing beauty and quiet, almost exquisite terror. (The Guardian on the Halles performance of Siegfried) The third element of Wagners Ring cycle contains humor, drama and a concluding ecstasy as the eponymous hero meets his heroine Brünnhilde, setting up the explosive finale of the concluding opera.

Café Zimmermann - J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, Vol. 3 (2007) Repost

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Café Zimmermann - J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, Vol. 3 (2007) Repost

Café Zimmermann - J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, Vol. 3 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:15 | 435 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | Catalog: 071

Every one of the six volumes of Café Zimmermann's recordings of Bach's "Concerts avec plusiers instruments" is absolutely excellent. The music is all magnificent and played with a freshness combined with depth of understanding which is a real joy. You may like to know that they have now been issued as a set J.S. Bach: Concertos with Several Instruments Complete Works Vol. I-VI which I recommend in the strongest possible terms.

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDH55038 | Recorded: 1987

When churches were closed by clerical ordinance on special feast days, Parisians of the mid-18th century went instead to Concerts Spirituels of music ranging from grand motets to intimate chamber music. Mondonville's contributions are exceptional for their unusual timbral mix. They include a dozen Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, the harpsichord parts designed not as continuo infill, but fully self-sufficient, while nonetheless accompanying violin and soprano soloists. Three of them here create a rare and arresting soundscape.

Benjamin Zephaniah - Belly Of De Beast (1996) {Ariwa}

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Benjamin Zephaniah - Belly Of De Beast (1996) {Ariwa}

Benjamin Zephania - Belly Of De Beast (1996) {Ariwa}
WEB Rip | FLAC (no log) | scans | 243 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 92 mb
Genre: reggae, dub poetry

Belly Of De Beast is the 1996 album by reggae artist Benjamin Zephaniah. The aroma is Ariwa.

Cyrille Dubois, Tristan Raës - Lili & Nadia Boulanger: Mélodies (2020)

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Cyrille Dubois, Tristan Raës - Lili & Nadia Boulanger: Mélodies (2020)

Cyrille Dubois, Tristan Raës - Lili & Nadia Boulanger: Mélodies (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 65:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | AP224 | Recorded: 2018

Tenor Cyrille Dubois and pianist Tristan Raës bring together Nadia and Lili Boulanger's finest works as they release their new record. The precocious early talent that is reflected in these mélodies echoes to their singular path. Nourished from Debussy and Fauré, these pieces also show a remarkable boldness and unusual nature that would probably have given birth to the most striking works of the twentieth century, if Lili's life hadn't been taken away aged 24, leading her sister Nadia to stop composing.

Olari Elts, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra - Heino Eller: Night Calls; White Night; Twilight; Dawn (2019)

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Olari Elts, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra - Heino Eller: Night Calls; White Night; Twilight; Dawn (2019)

Olari Elts, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra - Heino Eller: Night Calls; White Night; Twilight; Dawn (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 59:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 1335-2 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

Heino Eller was much more than anything I can express in words. It was largely due to him that music in Estonia was able to achieve a cultural and professional dignity. - ARVO PÄRT. This second volume in a series dedicated to the orchestral works of Heino Eller (18871970) by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Olari Elts is a ground-breaking introduction to one of the founders of the Estonian school of music. The present volume consists of Ellers symphonic poems and contains some of Ellers earliest symphonic works, including one of his most well-known works, Dawn (Koit).

Ralph McTell - The Best Of... Streets Of London (1997) {Pulse/Castle Music}

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Ralph McTell - The Best Of... Streets Of London (1997) {Pulse/Castle Music}

Ralph McTell - The Best Of… Streets Of London (1997) {Pulse/Castle Music}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and LOG | scans | 428 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 172 mb
Genre: folk

The Best Of Ralph McTell: Streets Of London is a 1997 compilation CD by folk artist Ralph McTell. This was released by Pulse/Castle Music.