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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Sacred Love: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats, Georgy Sviridov (2014) [Re-Up]

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Sacred Love: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats, Georgy Sviridov (2014) [Re-Up]

Sacred Love: Yuri Falik, Artūrs Maskats, Georgy Sviridov (2014)
Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Kłava; Aleksandrs Antoņenko; Ieva Ezeriete

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1226-2 | Time: 00:57:00

This release from the Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Kłava, features timeless choral works by three composers from Russia and Latvia: Yuri Falik, Artūrs Maskats and Georgy Sviridov. These 20th and 21st century choral works present the profound and sacred, which is to be found and enjoyed in many areas of our lives, from nature and the seasons to personal relationships and love. The Latvian Choir’s previous release on Ondine – Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil – was chosen as ‘Record of the Month’ for Gramophone Magazine and also received a nomination for ‘best choral disc’ in the 2013 Gramophone Awards. The Latvian Radio Choir is considered one of the best chamber choirs in Europe.

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

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Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

Sergey Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37, Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)
The Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jaroslav Brych, conductor; Soloists

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD 350 043 | Time: 01:01:32

The Prague Philharmonic choir join over a dozen others who have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, a work once thought the special property of the Russian choirs who are, of course, prominent in the lists. The Czechs sing it without a cantor, and more as a concert work than some of the others do. Though they take the famous scale in the Nunc dimittis, descending to a profound B flat, in their stride, they are not as sonorous as some others, and their particular contribution is to sing the music lightly and flexibly, with a lively response to the words. They have excellent sopranos, safe in intonation when attacking the exposed high entries in thirds which are a feature of the music, and a good tenor for the three numbers that involve him as a soloist. The Magnificat, with all its tempo changes and shifts of register, is expressively done, as are the light rhythms of ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord’.

Seiji Ozawa, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Vladimir Atlantov, Mirella Freni - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame [2009/1992]

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Seiji Ozawa, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Vladimir Atlantov, Mirella Freni - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame [2009/1992]

Seiji Ozawa, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Vladimir Atlantov, Mirella Freni - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame [2009/1992]
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 145 min
Classical | Sony | Sub.: No

Das war ein Abend, wie Opernfreunde ihn lieben: Tschaikowskis »Pique Dame«, ein Werk des Repertoires und doch selten gespielt, ein Ensemble nicht nur berühmter Namen, sondern großer Singschauspieler, dazu ein Dirigent der Sonderklasse – eine Aufführung, wie sie auch an einem Haus wie der Wiener Staatsoper nicht zum »Alltag« gehört. Der Erfolg der Aufführung, der Jubel waren gleichsam vorprogrammiert. Zumal die Wiener Staatsoper ihrem Publikum noch eine ganz besondere Attraktion anzubieten hatte: Im Mittelpunkt des Abends und schier endloser Ovationen stand eine der großen Heroinen der Opernbühne, Martha Mödl, die hier in den Fünfziger- und Sechzigerjahren des Jahrhunderts als Leonore in Beethovens »Fidelio«, als Isolde und Brünnhilde, aber auch in so manchen Partien des dramatischen Mezzofachs Triumphe gefeiert hatte.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35; Stravinsky: Les Noces (2016)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35; Stravinsky: Les Noces (2016)

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35; Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces (2016)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; MusicAeterna, conducted by Teodor Currentzis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:57:12
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875165122

Testament to the versatility and musical command that Teodor Currentzis and his unique orchestra and choir possess, this new album brings together two diverse masterworks from two titans of Russian music. Although they have been acquainted for a long time prior, this recording represents the first musical collaboration between Teodor Currentzis and the exceptional violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The instant artistic rapport (an “artistic wedding” of sorts) between these two maverick musicians can be heard in this dynamic new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto - one of the most popular works in the violin repertory. Currentzis’ authentic approach to the folk influences in Stravinsky’s music (as revealed in Le Sacre du Printemps) is again very present in his interpretation of Les Noces.

Rod McKuen - The Unknown War: Original Musical Score & Songs (1978) 2CDs Edition 2011 [Re-Up]

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Rod McKuen - The Unknown War: Original Musical Score & Songs (1978) 2CDs Edition 2011 [Re-Up]

Rod McKuen - The Unknown War: Original Musical Score & Songs (1978) 2CDs Edition 2011
Additional Music by Vitaly Gueviksman & Liut Guidravitchus
London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; USSR Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
USSR Cinema Symphony Orchestra; Soviet Army Choir

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 942 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 362 Mb | Scans ~ 51 Mb
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Stanyan Records | # ST112-101 | 02:38:11

The Unknown War was a landmark television documentary series about the Soviet struggle against, and ultimate victory over, the Nazi war machine. In 1977-78, Rod McKuen traveled to Russia to supervise the scripts and write the score for this groundbreaking series that captures both the gripping detail and the epic sweep of Hitler's brutal invasion and the four-year battles that followed.

The Red Army Choir (The Alexandrov Ensemble) - The Best Of The Red Army Choir: The Definitive Collection (2002) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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The Red Army Choir (The Alexandrov Ensemble) - The Best Of The Red Army Choir: The Definitive Collection (2002) 2CDs [Re-Up]

The Red Army Choir - The Best Of The Red Army Choir: The Definitive Collection (2002) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 661 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 275 Mb | Scans included | 01:56:16
Russian Folk Songs, Classical Marches, Brass & Military | Label: Silva | # SILKD 6034

The Alexandrov Ensemble (commonly known as The Red Army Choir in the West) is an official army choir of the Russian armed forces. Founded during the Soviet era, the ensemble consists of a male choir, an orchestra, and a dance ensemble. The Ensemble has entertained audiences both in Russia and throughout the world, performing a range of music including folk tunes, hymns, operatic arias and popular music. The group's repertoire has included The Volga Boatmen's Song, Katyusha, Kalinka, and Ave Maria. It is named for its first director, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov (1883–1946).

Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 174 min | 40,9 Gb
Audio1: Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4115 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 174 min | 12,2 Gb
Audio: Русский / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of ‘the three cards’ from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona’s Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house’s Music Director Michael Boden conducts a large and impressive cast.

Alexander Polianichko, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki / The Tsarina's Slippers (2010) [BDRip]

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Alexander Polianichko, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki / The Tsarina's Slippers (2010) [BDRip]

Alexander Polianichko, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki / The Tsarina's Slippers (2010) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 143 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: Русский / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

Based on Gogol’s fantastical and comic story of the Devil’s antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello’s colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle.

Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy - Serge Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (2015)

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Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy - Serge Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (2015)

Sergey Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil (2015)
Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:33
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5148

Sergey Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil, also known as the Vespers, is among his most admired works, and it was one of the composer's own favorites, along with The Bells. This 2015 Chandos release by Charles Bruffy and the combined voices of the Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale presents the music in the super audio format, so the richness of the divisi choral parts and the depth of the basso profundo come across fully in the multichannel reproduction. Bruffy is the musical director of both groups, so his special rapport with them creates an even ensemble blend that balances the largely homophonic textures, and brings a consistency of approach to the three styles of chant Rachmaninov imitated, Kievan, Greek, and Znamenny. The beauty of the a cappella voices and the surprisingly lush harmonies make this setting immediately appealing and ultimately moving, and listeners who enjoy sacred choral music for inspiration or meditation will find the All-Night Vigil's smooth flow and expressive warmth well-suited to those purposes.

Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

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Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

P.I. Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)
Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, conductor
Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Vladimir Valaitis, Andrey Fedoseyev, Valentina Levko
Andrey Sokolov, Valery Yaroslavtsev, Vitaly Vlasov, Yury Dementyev, Galina Borisova

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 718 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb | Time: 02:40:13
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | # 420 375-2

This version of The Queen of Spades was originally recorded in 1974 and made available as a special import; it was then generally released by Philips in 1988. Reviewing it at the time, AB gave a level account of its strengths, but had little difficulty in preferring the Tchakarov set when it was issued in 1990. Deleted by Philips, the Ermler performance has now been restored to the Melodiya catalogue. I cannot see anyone dissenting from AB's view: certainly I do not, except perhaps to regard him as being over-generous in his account of Atlantov's Herman in calling it ''loud and unsubtle''. Stronger words would also be appropriate, especially when Atlantov is compared with the sensitive Wieslaw Ochman on the Tchakarov set. Valentina Levko is a good Countess in what is a well-established Russian tradition of responses to the role: AB thought the old lady's reminiscences not so pointedly delivered as by some other singers, and I would add that she would certainly have acquired a better French accent during her long sojourn as the Venus of Paris.

David Geringas, DR, Stefan Parkman - Gubaidulina: The Canticle Of The Sun; Hommage a Marina Tsvetayeva (2003)

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David Geringas, DR, Stefan Parkman - Gubaidulina: The Canticle Of The Sun; Hommage a Marina Tsvetayeva (2003)

Sofia Gubaidulina - The Canticle Of The Sun; Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva (2003)
David Geringas, cello; Danish National Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stefan Parkman

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:54:52
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10106

When in the first decade of the twentieth century, pioneering Russian creative artists turned to the sun for inspiration, they saw this theme as a symbol of liberation from turn-of-the-century decadence. In The Canticle of the Sun the power of the sun celebrates two liberating forces: specifically, the dedicatee, Mstislav Rostropovich, who shed light in the darkness of the later Soviet years (Gubaidulina has even spoken of the work embodying his ‘sunny personality’) and more generally, the spiritual sources which the composer has explored through her own musical journey within and beyond Soviet Russia. The Canticle of the Sun is a response to a text by St Francis of Assisi, in which he humbly glorifies the creator. Gubaidulina, aware that the music should not be ostentatious or complicated, suggests the mysteries of creation and humanity through solo cello and percussion, and places St Francis’s text in the restrained mouths of the choir as a kind of wondering response. The second work on this disc is a setting of five poems by Marina Tsvetayeva for unaccompanied choir.

Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)

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Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)

Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.81 + 3.40 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 157 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, this production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin features an excellent, young cast and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim. Director Andrea Breth has created an intimate production that mines the depths of expression and charisma of her singer-actors and integrates silent secondary episodes and miniature dramas to heighten the intensity of the story. The title role–a tour de force for any baritone–is taken by Peter Mattei, who starred as Figaro in the Metropolitan Opera's HD Live Broadcast of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He is joined by dazzling young Russian soprano Anna Samuil, a protégée of Daniel Barenboim who has been acclaimed as a vibrant new presence on the opera stage. The opera includes a wonderful performance from the young tenor, Joseph Kaiser, recently acclaimed for perfomances at The Met opposite Anna Netrebko in Roméo et Juliette, as well as a solid contribution from bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Petr Weigl, Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [2002/1988]

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Petr Weigl, Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [2002/1988]

Petr Weigl, Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [2002/1988]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.21 Gb (DVD9) | 144 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Petr Weigl's beautiful film evokes superbly this most atmospheric of opera, while Sir Georg Solti captures both the passion and subtlety of Tchaikowsky's magnificent score. The golden-voiced Teresa Kubiak sing the innocent Tatyana, Stuart Burrows is the ill-fated Lensky, and Bernd Weikl is Eugene Onegin, whose arrival is destined to change everybody's lives.

VA - Jukebox: Music In The Films Of Aki Kaurismaki (2006) 2CDs

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VA - Jukebox: Music In The Films Of Aki Kaurismaki (2006) 2CDs

VA - Jukebox: Music In The Films Of Aki Kaurismäki (2006) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 840 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 338 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Soundtracks | Label: Megamania | # MGMCD 2222 | Time: 02:27:42

The rules of the game were clear when the credits for the soundtrack of Aki Kaurismäki's debut film Crime and Punishment gave the names Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich, Olavi Virta, the Renegades, Harri Marstio and Billie Holiday. Dostoevskian to say the least! Added to these as Kaurismaki’s career progressed were Tchaikovsky (the Pathetique Symphony a dozen or so times!), Shostakovich, Chuck Berry, the great Estonian Georg Ots, rhythm & blues, Finnish rock’n’roll (Melrose, with Tokela in the vocal lead), Jussi Bjorling, and Toshitake Shinohara - the Japanese composer of a host of beautiful scores now settled permanently in Karkkila, home of Kaurismäki himself. Not all are familiar to a non-Finnish audience. Yet Finn and foreigner, familiar and unfamiliar are as such one seamless entity, their associations equally fascinating. The director himself says he grabs armfuls of discs off his shelf at home before setting off for the editing room.

Steffen Schleiermacher, Berlin RSO, Johannes Kalitzke - Alexander Mosolov: Iron Foundry & Piano Concerto No.1 (2015)

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Steffen Schleiermacher, Berlin RSO, Johannes Kalitzke - Alexander Mosolov: Iron Foundry & Piano Concerto No.1 (2015)

Alexander Mosolov: Iron Foundry & Piano Concerto No.1 (2015)
Steffen Schleiermacher, piano; Ringela Riemke, cello; Natalia Pschenitschnikova, soprano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conucted by Johannes Kalitzke

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Capriccio | # C5241 | Time: 00:55:12

Among his contemporary countrymen, the Russian Alexander Mosolov certainly underwent one of the most individual developments. However unknown most of his compositions have remained both in the Soviet Union and abroad, a single piece has ensured that his name has stayed lastingly present the Iron Foundry from the ballet 'Steel' (1926/27). It clearly ran contrary to the demands of 'Socialist Realism' gradually becoming established in the post-revolutionary Soviet Union and finally declared the official dogma by the authorities in 1932. Whereas the state demanded a kind of music that was easy to receive and could be directly accepted by broad sections of the population, some young composers saw themselves facing the challenge of keeping pace with the international avant-garde and adding a separate Russian and Soviet form.