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Anastasia Khitruk - Khandoshkin: Virtuoso Violin Music at the Court of Catherine the Great (2006)

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Anastasia Khitruk - Khandoshkin: Virtuoso Violin Music at the Court of Catherine the Great (2006)

Anastasia Khitruk - Khandoshkin: Virtuoso Violin Music at the Court of Catherine the Great (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:17 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: NX 0028

Most listeners will never have heard the name Ivan Khandoshkin (1747-1804), but violinist Anastasia Khitruk has admirably undertaken to bring this little-known solo-violin repertoire to wider attention. Published in the early years of the 19th century, Khandoshkin’s Op. 3 sonatas show the influences we might expect, given the composer’s exposure to a court musical environment that included musicians from Italy, Germany, and France.

Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Egmont, Triple Concerto, Symphony No.6 (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Egmont, Triple Concerto, Symphony No.6 (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Egmont, Triple Concerto, Symphony No.6 (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 98 min | 19,7 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 98 min | 5,36 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | EuroArts

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is a cultural ambassador for Israel, and is regarded as one of the best orchestras in the world. Recorded in the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv in March 2010, this concert sees the Israel Philharmonic conducted in this all-Beethoven programme by the eminent conductor and violinist Itzhak Perlman. After the Egmont Overture, Perlman and the orchestra are joined by the Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio for the beautiful ‘Triple’ Concerto. The programme concludes with the rousing and evocative ‘Pastoral’ Symphony.

Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)

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Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)

Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 54:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 988-2 | Recorded: 2003

Domenico Cimarosa succeeded Salieri as court composer in Vienna and was liked and respected by both Haydn and Mozart. He had an eventful life that included a stint working for Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg (he went back to southern Italy because he couldn't hack the cold weather) and imprisonment in old age for having supported the French Revolution. This Dixit Dominus comes from the last stage of Cimarosa's career, after he composed most of the operas for which he is best known today. Even more than most sacred pieces of the late eighteenth century it is extremely operatic.

Isabel Bayrakdarian, Russell Braun, Michael Schade - Mozart: Arie & Duetti (2006)

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Isabel Bayrakdarian, Russell Braun, Michael Schade - Mozart: Arie & Duetti (2006)

Isabel Bayrakdarian, Russell Braun, Michael Schade - Mozart: Arie & Duetti (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:47 | 350 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: CBC | Catalog: 5239

The choice of repertoire is more or less predictable. There are no lesser known arias, and Gott sei Dank they have been grouped by opera but, within the operas, not in the order of appearance. The ordering of the operas seems haphazard, too. "What an ungrateful nit-picker!" I can hear readers mumble. "Of course they have decided the order to achieve as much variety as possible". But I am not so sure. Why, in that case, start the recital, after the Zauberflöte overture with two arias in a row sung by Russell Braun?

Valentina Lisitsa - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2012) CD & DVD Releases [Repost]

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Valentina Lisitsa - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2012) CD & DVD Releases [Repost]

Valentina Lisitsa - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2012) CD + DVD
works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt, Mozart

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 207 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Time: 01:10:08
DVD9 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) VBR | LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.0 | Time: 01:48:07 | ~ 7.1 Gb
Classical | Label: Decca | # CD: 478 4572 DH / DVD: 074 3599 DH | Scans included

Valentina Lisitsa, a stunning virtuosic pianist, has become the first classical musician to achieve fame via YouTube, emulating Justin Bieber s achievement in the pop world. Having amassed an impressive 43 million views on her channel, Valentina is now in the unique position of going straight to one of the world s leading concert venues for her central London debut. The self-made virtuoso who has achieved all of this on her own without the help of a manager or promoter has now leapfrogged even the world s most revered and long-established pianists and thrown the traditional concert hall route out of the window. Having already booked the 5000-seater Royal Albert Hall in which to perform, Valentina was today in London four weeks ahead of her June 19th date to undertake her own concert promotion. As a thank you to her current online fans Valentina is determined to make the concert a fully digital and interactive experience by inviting fans to vote online to decide what she will play and by fully streaming the concert live via YouTube for those who can t travel to London. This level of online digital interaction is a first for a solo classical concert.

Auryn Quartett - Haydn: String Quartets Op.33 (2008)

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Auryn Quartett - Haydn: String Quartets Op.33 (2008)

Auryn Quartett - Haydn: String Quartets Op.33 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:12 | 538 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tacet | Catalog: Tacet 168

Haydn himself was in a particularly heightened state of awareness when he commenced writing his Op. 33 String Quartets, even going so far as to suggest in a letter to music-loving friends that these quartets were 'composed in an entirely new and special way'. It had been ten years since he last wrote for the medium (his Op. 20), and he had learned many things since that time, producing a series of wonderful symphonies and a number of operas.

Concerto Con Voce - Bella fiamma del mio cor (2012)

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Concerto Con Voce - Bella fiamma del mio cor (2012)

Concerto Con Voce - Bella fiamma del mio cor (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:31 | 291 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: New Classical Adventure | Catalog: 60253

Saxony's Court Orchestra was for many years the working sphere of influential composers known far beyond her borders. Maria Antonia Walpurgis, wife of Friedrich Christian, Elector of Saxony was especially active during the years of her regency with generous and skillful sponsoring of the arts and artists. Works by Ferrandini, her teacher for composition, harpsichord and singing, or Porpora (teacher of Carlo Broschi, the castrato better known as Farinelli), whom she engaged as a second singing teacher at the Dresden Court, convey a lively impression of those times.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 57:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 0630-13146-2 | Recorded: 1996

Haydn's Paukenmesse, Hob.XXII:9 from 1796, was the first work he composed to honour the name day (8th September) of the Princess Maria Hermenegild. The name of Paukenmesse’ (Kettledrum Mass) stems from the employment of timpani in the Agnus Dei; evocative of hearing the advance of the enemy. At the time of composition the French armies had occupied the state of Styria in southeast Austria.

Ivor Bolton, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Händel: Xerxes (2005)

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Ivor Bolton, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Händel: Xerxes (2005)

Ivor Bolton, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Händel: Xerxes (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:51:53 | 940 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Farao Classics | Catalog: B108010

The aria Ombra mai fu at the start of Act I of Handel's opera seria Serse (Xerxes) is likely to be its best-known asset. Serse was written in 1733-38, at the end of Handel's career as an opera composer: he concentrated on oratorio after 1741. It is a great achievement. Not least because it uses the music, and the marriage of words and music, to evoke in the audience pathos, sympathy, delight, and as much tempered ridicule as tempered tenderness.

Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner - Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos (1998)

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Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner - Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos (1998)

Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner - Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:15:22 | 811 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 427 237-2

Five Piano Concertos and the Piano Sonata No. 32, opus 111, recorded in stereo in 1962 and 1964, respectively, by Wilhelm Kempff [1895-1991] and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ferdinand Leitner [1912-96]. The sonata, the composer’s last, is certainly more than a mere filler, from the opening hesitancy of the ‘Allegro con brio ed appassionato’ to the extended closing section of the second movement.

Giuliano Carmignola, Carlo De Martini, Il Quartettone - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2006)

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Giuliano Carmignola, Carlo De Martini, Il Quartettone - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2006)

Giuliano Carmignola, Carlo De Martini, Il Quartettone - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 542 Mb | Total time: 68:38+62:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant | # 92884 | Recorded: 1997

As long as there are violinists around like Giuliano Carmignola, classical music will never be a museum for the dead because in his hands, Mozart's Concertos are brilliantly, vibrantly, irresistibly alive. Carmignola, who later signed with Sony and then Deutsche Gramophone after these recordings were made in 1997, is a violinist with a light bow, a warm tone, an impeccable intonation and a superlative technique, all of which are needed for Mozart's effervescent Concertos. But, best of all, Carmignola has an elegant way of turning a phrase and a graceful manner of expressing the inner life of the music. With the skilled if not especially characterful il Quartettone led by Carlo de Martini, Carmignola turns in performances of Mozart Concertos which while they might not challenge the greatest recordings ever made, certainly do reconfirm the life enhancing – life affirming – qualities of the music.
(James Leonard)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Marek Štilec & Martinů Voices - Koželuch: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II (2018)

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Prague Symphony Orchestra, Marek Štilec & Martinů Voices - Koželuch: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II (2018)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Marek Štilec & Martinů Voices - Koželuch: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 01:10:42 | 323 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Naxos Records

This album is the second release in the Naxos Czech Music Masters from Vienna series, and features the world premiere recording of Kozeluch’s magnificent coronation cantata. The coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791 came at a difficult time for European monarchs, although Leopold himself enjoyed a reputation as an enlightened ruler. Two musical works were commissioned for the occasion: Mozart’s opera ‘La clemenza di Tito’ and Kozeluch’s cantata ‘Heil dem Monarchen.’ The cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well-received and enhanced Kozeluch’s reputation in royal circles. It almost certainly played a part in his appointment in 1792 to the court of Leopold’s son and successor, the last Holy Roman Emperor Franz II.

Vladimir Spirakov, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (2005)

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Vladimir Spirakov, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (2005)

Vladimir Spirakov, English Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 735 Mb | Total time: 76:16+79:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 86528 2 | Recorded: 1977, 1979, 1983

The answer to the question what would post-Oistrakh Soviet Mozart sound like? is Vladimir Spivakov. The answer to the question what does Spivakov's Mozart sound like? is lightly, lively, elegant, and, every once in a while, extremely intense. In these recordings from the late '70s and early '80s of Mozart's violin concertos and Sinfonia Concertante with the English Chamber Orchestra and violist Yuri Bashmet, Spivakov plays and conducts with graceful artistry, consummate virtuosity, and deep humanity. In opening Allegros, Spivakov is airborne in the zephyrs of spring. In the closing Rondos, Spivakov is dancing in the ballrooms of Europe. But sometimes, especially in the central Andantes, Spivakov can sing with an intimacy and intensity that reveal a more profound Mozart, a Mozart touched not only by eternity but by mortality. In the central Andante of the Sinfonia Concertante with the soulful Yuri Bashmet, Spivakov proves he is not only the best of the post-Oistrakh Soviet violinists, but also one of the most moving violinists of the past 30 years.
(James Leonard)

Bernard Haitink, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 1999 from St. Mary Church Krakow (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Bernard Haitink, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 1999 from St. Mary Church Krakow (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Bernard Haitink, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 1999 from St. Mary Church Krakow (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19922 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 94 min | 21,6 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4227 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 94 min | 5,08 Gb
Audio: Latin / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: Latin, German, English, French

The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. For this newly released EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray Disc all recordings were lovingly restored and converted to High Definition video. The Berliner Philharmoniker are joined for Mozart’s Motet and Mass on this recording by Christine Schäfer, whose unique timbre and performing style has more than once been likened to those of other vocal greats such as Irmgard Seefried and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. This round of exceptional musicians is completed by Emanuel Ax, winner the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, as the soloist for the works of Chopin and Schumann.

Jascha Heifetz, Charles Munch - Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (2004)

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Jascha Heifetz, Charles Munch -  Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (2004)

Jascha Heifetz, Charles Munch - Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (2004)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:54 | 328 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | Catalog: 82876 61391-2

These classic recordings need little comment from me on artistic grounds. Heifetz's account of the Mendelssohn never has been bettered for sheer dazzling virtuosity, and although the Beethoven is more controversial (some find it "cold"), I love its unaffected, truly classical purity. Besides, you also get Munch and the Boston Symphony, no mean bonus. It's interesting to compare the two performances in multichannel sound, since the Beethoven is two-track, while the Mendelssohn offers three.