Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel in Italy: Solo Cantatas (2008) (Repost)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel in Italy: Solo Cantatas (2008) (Repost)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel in Italy: Solo Cantatas (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:23 | 361 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-SACD-1695

This exciting programme is presented by Emma Kirkby and London Baroque, household names in the sphere of 'early music', and certainly no new-comers to th works of Handel. Indeed, when they last joined forces in a Handel programme the website MusicWeb International called the performances ones that 'make one wish that all Handel music making could be of this order', while the reviewer in BBC Music Magazine wrote 'Ive seldom been as moved by a recording, both music and performance'.

Bruno Walter – Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Operas (1994) (Repost)

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Bruno Walter – Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Operas (1994) (Repost)

Bruno Walter – Wagner: Orchestral Music from the Operas (1994)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:20:59 | 675 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SMK 64456

Bruno Walter's recording of the Siegfried Idyll with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra is radiantly beautiful one of the most affecting of all this great conductor's statements. The horns wobble and nick a couple of notes, the ensemble isn't always perfect, and little things happen in the winds, but the sense of what the music is about the character of the solo playing, the phrasing, and the wonderful feeling of delicacy and joy is unmatched by anyone, except perhaps Karajan.

The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Singers, Jeannette Sorrell – Handel: Messiah (1996)

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The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Singers, Jeannette Sorrell – Handel: Messiah (1996)

The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Singers, Jeannette Sorrell – Handel: Messiah (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:02:59 | 578 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Onda Records | Catalog: PAP9612JS1

A native of San Francisco, American conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell began studying piano at age nine, and she also took up the violin. By 16, she had formed her own ensemble, and began studying composition and conducting. She attended Oberlin Conservatory on a scholarship, and studied harpsichord with Lisa Crawford and conducting with Robert Spano.

Cesaria Evora - Club Sodade (2003)

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Cesaria Evora - Club Sodade (2003)

Cesaria Evora - Club Sodade (2003)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:22 | 456 MB
Genre: Deep House, Future Jazz | Label: Sheer Sound ‎| Catalog: SLCD 046

The first thing to understand about this is that it's not a new album by the lovely Evora. It's not even a straight reissue of old material. Instead, this is Evora remixed, with much of the material coming from her classic Miss Perfumado set. To many, it doesn't sound like a good idea, but it has to be said, it's been done with taste, and there's been little tampering with the vocals, thankfully.

Christophe Rousset, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - J.S. Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos (1998)

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Christophe Rousset, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - J.S. Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos (1998)

Christophe Rousset, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - J.S. Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 128:38 | 917 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 460 031-2

Christophe Rousset is one of the finest and most exciting harpsichordists, and as a conductor is a leader in the late 20th century revival of French Baroque music. After studying piano as a boy, he became deeply interested in the harpsichord at the age of 13. He studied with Huguette Dreyfus at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and, from 1980 to 1983, with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He won a special certificate of distinction at the Schola Cantorum and, in 1983, the first prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)

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Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:15 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 449 206-2

For the sake of both vocal and family well-being, Anne Sofie von Otter has always followed the wise course of self-rationing in opera. This disc, an entirely personal selection of arias from the Viennese Classical period, means all the more to her including, as it does, arias sung by dramatic and passionate women 'most of whom', she admits in the accompanying notes, 'I have never performed on stage and, alas, probably never will'.

Fleetwood Mac - The Essential (2007)

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Fleetwood Mac - The Essential (2007)

Fleetwood Mac - The Essential (2007)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:49:16 | 710 MB
Genre: Blues Rock | Label: Sony BMG | Catalog: 88697105392

This double-CD set may well mislead listeners on two counts. On the one hand, there will be some neophyte listeners expecting to hear the silky pop/rock strains of the Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac. This is, indeed, the original version of the band organized in 1967 by virtuoso blues guitarist/singer Peter Green, in which the latter shared the spotlight with fellow guitarist Jeremy Spencer, and they got no closer to pop/rock than renditions of Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King material.

Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012) (Repost)

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Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012) (Repost)

Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:44 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67948

The coherence of the program on this release by the increasingly popular British cellist Steven Isserlis may not be evident at first glance, but it's a nifty idea, and one with a weight that not so many contemporary composers can comfortably support. What Franz Liszt, Leos Janácek, Gabriel Fauré, and György Kurtág have in common is that they all influenced the last composer on the program, Thomas Adès. This gives you an idea of Adès' eclecticism, which is brought into relief when you hear the strands of music that he likes.

Straight No Chaser - With A Twist (2010)

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Straight No Chaser - With A Twist (2010)

Straight No Chaser - With A Twist (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:12 | 253 MB
Genre: Acapella, Pop, Vocal | Label: Atlantic ‎| Catalog: 23536

On some college campuses, a cappella groups have become as common as frat parties and writing seminars. The phenomenon is almost exclusively collegiate – most singers find that their glory days are bookended by their acceptance into the group and graduation – which makes Straight No Chaser’s success all the more unusual. The group is comprised entirely of former Indiana University students, all of whom sang in college before turning their undergrad hobby into a professional career.

Phantasm - William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ (2012) (Repost)

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Phantasm - William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ (2012) (Repost)

Phantasm - William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:44 | 428 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | Catalog: CKD 399

William Lawes, who was shot and killed during the English Civil War, was the intellectual of English viol music in the 17th century, and the pieces heard here will appeal most to those whose interests run to the brainy and slighly shocking: Gesualdo, Zelenka, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. "Consorts to the organ" are viol consort pieces with the accompaniment of a small organ, which here blends almost imperceptibly into the texture only to emerge into unexpected short solos.

Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets (2005)

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Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets (2005)

Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:19 | 187 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series | Catalog: 4763052

Although Tigran Mansurian has turned to the string quartet medium many times in his career, he has preserved only those mature works that reflect his deepest feelings and speak in a private language of mourning and loss. The chief influences behind the String Quartet No. 1, "In memory of David Chandschian" (1983-1984) and the String Quartet No. 2, "In memory of Eduard Chagagortzian" (1984) are evidently the quartets of Bartók and Shostakovich, though Mansurian has developed a quasi-religious strain derived from Armenian composer Komitas, which tends to make his works resemble the late twentieth century music of Arvo Pärt in its harmonic simplicity and chaste modality.

Chip Taylor - James Wesley Days: Best Of 99-10 (2008)

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Chip Taylor - James Wesley Days: Best Of 99-10 (2008)

Chip Taylor - James Wesley Days: Best Of 99-10 (2008)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 02:29:33 | 367 MB
Genre: Country, Singer-Songwriter | Label: Rootsy

Chip Taylor will probably always be known as the songwriter who wrote "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning." Born John Wesley Voight (actor Jon Voight is his older brother), Taylor began playing country music while still in high school in Yonkers, New York. After finishing high school, he briefly took up his father's occupation, becoming a professional golfer.

Barnabás Kelemen, Gergely Bogányi – Liszt: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2000)

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Barnabás Kelemen, Gergely Bogányi – Liszt: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2000)

Barnabás Kelemen, Gergely Bogányi – Liszt: Complete Works for Violin & Piano (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Digital Booklet | 02:04:23 | 505 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hungaroton | Catalog: 31879/80

This is as complete a representation as humanly possible of all the music scored for violin and piano that Franz Liszt composed, arranged, or had some creative hand in. The 17 works span Liszt's entire career, from the young composer's elegant Zwei Walzer to his experimental late period (the two Elegies and the stark, foreboding La lugubre gondola).

The Four Seasons ‎ - Sing Big Hits By Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Bob Dylan / New Gold Hits (1996)

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The Four Seasons ‎ - Sing Big Hits By Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Bob Dylan / New Gold Hits (1996)

The Four Seasons ‎ - Sing Big Hits By Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Bob Dylan / New Gold Hits (1996)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 01:12:03 | 176 MB
Genre: Pop, Rock | Label: Ace

The seventh in a series of two-fer reissues of the 1960s albums by the Four Seasons and their lead singer Frankie Valli on the British label Ace, this disc combines the group's ninth studio album, The 4 Seasons Sing Big Hits by Burt Bacharach…Hal David…Bob Dylan (originally released in November 1965) and its eleventh, New Gold Hits (May 1967). (For good measure, Ace has tossed in two Four Seasons singles from 1966, "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" and "I've Got You Under My Skin.") These may be the quartet's two most misunderstood albums; for one thing, despite the presence of the word "Hits" in both titles, neither was actually a compilation.

Cliff Richard - 40 Years Of Hits In Holland (1998)

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Cliff Richard - 40 Years Of Hits In Holland (1998)

Cliff Richard - 40 Years Of Hits In Holland (1998)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 01:06:26 | 162 MB
Genre: Rock, Pop | Label: EMI

Cliff Richard scored his first Dutch hit in 1959, when "Living Doll," his sixth U.K. hit (and first number one) conquered the Netherlands as effortlessly as it swept across the rest of Europe. And, no less than in any other country on the continent, it set the stage for a career that would still be going strong half a century later. This collection of Richard's biggest Dutch hit singles is, of course, no different than any other gathering of his biggest successes.