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Giordano - Andrea Chenier (James Levine, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina) (2011/1997)

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Giordano - Andrea Chenier (James Levine, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina) (2011/1997)

Giordano - Andrea Chénier (James Levine, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina) (2011/1997)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.90 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

In continuing the great tradition of Decca's magnificent Met Opera DVDs, Giordano's Andrea Chénier is captured here in excellent quality, showcasing Luciano Pavarotti, the premiere opera star of his day in one his most memorable performances, alongside Maria Guleghina and Juan Pons, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine. One of the great verismo operatic dramas, Andrea Chénier is notable for the title role's two great solo arias, 'Un di all'azzurro spazio' (also known as 'L'improvviso') and 'Come un bel di di maggio', as well as the overwhelming final duet, 'Vicino a te'. Truly a legendary and unique performance from the great tenor.

Verdi - La Traviata (Nino Verchi, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras) (2008/1973)

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Verdi - La Traviata (Nino Verchi, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras) (2008/1973)

Verdi - La Traviata (Nino Verchi, Renata Scotto, José Carreras) (2008/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4.35 Gb (DVD5) | 129 min
Classical | VAI | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Japanese

In this live 1973 performance from Japan, Scotto is parthnered by one of the great tenors of our time, José Carreras, then at the start of his international career. The distinguished baritone Sesto Bruscantini is a formidable Germont who sings an exceptionally moving rendition of the famous aria "Di Provenza il mar".

Lisa Batiashvili & Sir Simon Rattle - Osterfestspielen 2017 [HDTV 720p]

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Lisa Batiashvili & Sir Simon Rattle - Osterfestspielen 2017 [HDTV 720p]

Lisa Batiashvili & Sir Simon Rattle - Osterfestspielen 2017 [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), mbps, 25 fps | AC3 448 Kbp, 6 ch | 01:31:52 | 6.5 GB
Classical / Orchestral / Violin | arte HD | HDTV->TS

Fanstastic Lisa Batiashvili & Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, give unforgettable performance of works by Antonín Dvořák and Béla Bartók. Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, April 14, 2017.

Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber - Weber: Der Freischutz (1998)

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Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber - Weber: Der Freischutz (1998)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber - Weber: Der Freischutz (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:09:42 | 521 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415 432-2

Der Freischutz is one of the great milestones in the history of opera. The resounding success of its premiere in 1821 practically made it a manifesto for German Romantic opera, one that would become a significant formative influence on Wagner. Although it has its roots in the Singspiel tradition exemplified by Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Der Freischutz cut new ground with its potent mixture of supernatural elements, dreams, folk melodies, evocations of nature, and symphonic tone painting.

Quartet Via Nova, Jean Hubeau - Gabriel Faure: Quintettes, Quatuors, Trio (1971) 3 CDs, Reissue 1994

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Quartet Via Nova, Jean Hubeau - Gabriel Faure: Quintettes, Quatuors, Trio (1971) 3 CDs, Reissue 1994

Gabriel Fauré: Quintettes, Quatuors, Trio (1971) 3 CDs, Reissue 1994
Quartet Via Nova; Jean Hubeau, piano; Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, violin;
Colette Lequien, viola; André Navarra, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 785 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 396 Mb | Scans ~ 277 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-96953-2 | Time: 02:50:07

An attractive and intelligently annotated set, devoted to Fauré’s chamber music with piano; the sole drawback concerns generally astringent sound quality in these 1969/70 recordings. Pianist Jean Hubeau features in all but one of these performances. An uncommonly perceptive, adroit, and lucidly compelling artist, his readings of the large-scale piano quintets, Opp. 89 and 115, are superb. He is partnered by the Quatuor Via Nova, who contribute their own serenely idiomatic account of Fauré’s three-movement string quartet, Op. 121. Hubeau’s impressively understated pianism adds distinction to refined performances of the piano quartets, Opp. 15 and 45, and the particularly fine D minor Trio, Op. 120.

Markus Becker, Thierry Fischer - The Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 55 - Widor: Piano Concertos (2011)

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Markus Becker, Thierry Fischer - The Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 55 - Widor: Piano Concertos (2011)

Markus Becker, Thierry Fischer - The Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 55 - Widor: Piano Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 265 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans (covers+d.booklet) included
Classical | Label: Hyperion Records, CDA67817 | 2011 | 01:11:37

Charles-Marie Widor was born in Lyon to a family of organ builders and consequently became an organist of great skill and an assistant to Camille Saint-Saëns at La Madeleine in Paris at the age of twenty-four. Today, Widor's compositions for organ have a prominent position in the instrument's core repertoire, but it is often forgotten that the composer wrote many other significant works, notably his two piano concertos.

Goerner - Chopin: 24 Preludes; Barcarolle; Polonaise; Berceuse (2016)

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Goerner - Chopin: 24 Preludes; Barcarolle; Polonaise; Berceuse (2016)

Goerner - Chopin: 24 Preludes; Barcarolle; Polonaise; Berceuse (2016)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 177 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha Productions | Catalog Number: 224

"After Debussy and Schumann, Nelson Goerner comes back to the composer who revealed him to the great audience of recorded music: Chopin. His first Chopin recordings won him high praise and countless distinctions (3 Diapasons d’Or!): ‘Everything he touches seems 'right’ wrote Gramophone in a recent issue. Nicknamed ‘the great poet of the piano’, he now attacks Chopin’s 24 Préludes, which he chose to record live, in a single go, in Poland where he is particularly appreciated and considered an essential pillar of the Chopin Institute. As a complement, Nelson Goerner opts for the Barcarolle Op. 60, the Polonaise Op. 44 and the Berceuse op.57.

Doric String Quartet & Edward Gardner - Elgar: Symphony No 1; Introduction And Allegro (2017)

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Doric String Quartet & Edward Gardner - Elgar: Symphony No 1; Introduction And Allegro (2017)

Doric String Quartet & Edward Gardner - Elgar: Symphony No 1; Introduction And Allegro
Classical, Romantic Era, Orchestral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:12 min | 244 MB
Label: Chandos | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

This new Elgar surround-sound recording brings together some of Chandos’ finest exclusive British artists for the first time.

Nigel Kennedy, Paul Tortelier - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Rococo Variations (1993)

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Nigel Kennedy, Paul Tortelier - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Rococo Variations (1993)

Nigel Kennedy, Paul Tortelier - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Rococo Variations (1993)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:11 | 211 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 0777 7 54890 2 6

Nigel Kennedy’s repackaged 1986 recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is an adventure – free, rhapsodic, emphasising the constant flow of song which is the work’s main asset. Perhaps he’s a little over-keen to emphasise what melancholy there is here, nearly bringing the outer movements to a halt with the bitter-sweet dreams of second subjects, but the Canzonetta is a miracle of introspection. All this passes Gil Shaham by. While the young Israeli clearly has a fabulous palette, conjuring a bright, beautiful sheen at the top of the instrument (though unduly spotlit by DG), he rarely uses it discriminatingly enough, and the sense of flexible movement so vital for the Tchaikovsky is missing.

Jonas Kaufmann: Dolce Vita (Jochen Rieder) (2016) [Blu-Ray]

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Jonas Kaufmann: Dolce Vita (Jochen Rieder) (2016) [Blu-Ray]

Jonas Kaufmann: Dolce Vita (Jochen Rieder) (2016) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24500 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 120 min | 33,5 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 7104 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 120 min | 6,85 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony | Sub: Italian, English, German, French

Jonas Kaufmann is the biggest opera star in the world & he returns with a brand new album of (x18) favourite Italian songs - his own personal homage to a culture where the influence and beauty of opera are felt far beyond the walls of the opera houses. Features immortal Italian songs such as "Con Te Partiro", "Parla Piu Piana" from THe Godfather, "Catari Catari", Caruso & many more… Jonas recorded the album in Palermo with conductor Asher Fisch and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, who bring their innate Italian flair to this music.

Jonathan Plowright - Johannes Brahms: Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2016)

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Jonathan Plowright - Johannes Brahms: Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2016)

Jonathan Plowright - Johannes Brahms: Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2016)
Variations, Op.21 No.2; Piano Pieces, Opp.76 & 118; Waltzes, Op.39

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2127 | 01:21:20

GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - February 2016. Critical acclaim for Jonathan Plowright's two previous discs in his series of Brahms’s works for solo piano includes distinctions such as ‘10/10’ on the website Classics Today and top marks in Diapason as well as ‘Instrumental Choice of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine. On his third disc Plowright presents the listener with two seemingly contradictory aspects of Johannes Brahms: the deeply serious, emotionally charged, but also meticulously constructed late Piano Pieces of Op. 118 and their precursor Op. 76 appear side by side with the unapologetic extroversion and scintillating verve of most (if not all) of the 16 Waltzes Op. 39, and the flamboyant Variations on a Hungarian Melody. Brahms’s fascination with Hungarian gypsy music stemmed from his friendship with the violinist Eduard Reményi, and found an outlet in several works, among which the Hungarian Dances are probably the most famous.

Bizet - Les Pecheurs de Perles (Gianandrea Noseda) (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Bizet - Les Pecheurs de Perles (Gianandrea Noseda) (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Bizet - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Gianandrea Noseda) (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 120 min | 34,9 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 120 min | 6,54 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, set in Sri Lanka, is known above all for its unforgettable duet for tenor and baritone, but it its score is full of delightful and dramatic music. When recently staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York it proved a major success, both for the production by Penny Woolcock and the musical performance, conducted by Paolo Noseda, with (once again) Diana Damrau as the priestess Leïla and, as the two men competing for love, the tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga). Woolcock’s concept brought the production up to date, with photographic and video references to the 2004 tsunami, and offered a superb ‘aquatic’ spectacle during the overture: the whole stage appeared to be beneath the Indian Ocean and acrobatic divers ‘swam’ down from the surface (located in the flies of the theatre).

Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

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Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7; La Mort de Cléopâtre (1982)
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 594-2 | Time: 00:52:19

Kiri Te Kanawa does well by these songs, avoiding the billowing excesses of sentiment that in other hands (or vocal chords) can make them sound much too soggy. Although Berlioz gathered them all together under the present title, all of the songs were composed at different times for different singers, so they aren't really a cycle at all. I seldom listen to all of them at once, and you should feel free to take them in any order that suits you. "The Death of Cleopatra" is an early cantata that perfectly suits Jessye Norman's stately delivery. She's always at her best playing royalty, and if they're dying in mortal agony, so much the better.

Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Jaap van Zweden - Wagner - Das Rheingold (2015)

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Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Jaap van Zweden - Wagner - Das Rheingold (2015)

Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Jaap van Zweden - Wagner - Das Rheingold (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:33:35 | 567 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.660374-75

The opening evening of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold is the prologue of the cycle, which is followed in turn by the music dramas Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. The first instalment in Jaap van Zweden's projected Ring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic – an undertaking he regards as central to his tenure with the orchestra – is a promising beginning that may surprise many experienced Wagnerians. Van Zweden is ambitious in presenting the Ring with this orchestra, which plays it for the first time, though in fairness to the musicians, they offer an intensity and vigor that more than makes up for any minor scrappiness.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Dante Sonata (1994) [Re-Up]

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Dante Sonata (1994) [Re-Up]

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Sonata (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec | # 9031-77340-2 | Time: 01:06:31

Liszt’s Dante Symphony is a work of astonishing imagination. His evocation of the ‘Inferno’, the shade of Francesca da Rimini and her sad remembered love is marked by strokes of genius which, with bewildering frequency, pre-empt the mature Wagner (who was, incidentally, the dedicatee of the work). If the second and third movements – the ‘Paradiso’ was wisely commuted to a setting of part of the Magnificat plus a brief Hosanna – don’t quite match the sweep and control of the first, they have their own particular magic. Even so, the work has not acquired the popularity of the Faust Symphony. Barenboim’s new recording with the Berlin Philharmonic is thus particularly welcome. Not only does it augment the number of available recordings to four, it is also the most polished. Even performing ‘live’, the Berlin Philharmonic turns in a performance of near-perfection – the solo lines are a particular joy.