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Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997] **RE-UP**

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Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997] **RE-UP**

Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 257 MB
Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 452898 | TT: 1:11;06

Barbara Bonney's recital of the Schumanns' songs is prefaced, in the booklet-note, with a little feminist homily from the singer defending the reputation of Clara as woman and artist. Clara hardly needs that kind of defence nowadays, witness recent CDs by Skovhus and Stutzmann, plus several others not reviewed in these pages; her songs are far from patronized, let alone neglected. Yet, for all the advocacy of these singers, her inspiration remains for me intermittent, though thoroughly conventional songs are occasionally leavened by notably individual ones, such as, here, her very last and unpublished song, Loreley, which vividly conjures up that dangerous creature, particu lady in the hectic piano part, evocatively played by Ashkenazy. Indeed it seems that Heine most inspired her, as "Sic liebten sich beide" from her Op. 13 provoked a setting of economically intense meaning, to which Bonney finely responds.
– Gramophone [9/1997].

Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Handel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Handel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Händel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x420) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 175 min | 7.55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese | Recorded: 1988

The work is an extraordinary curiosity; a child of the heady days just before the French Revolution, Tarare is the famous French writer's only opera and one of the Italian composer's rare French scores. First and most strikingly a work of social and political commentary, Tarare is also an entertaining work of theatre. Salieri's music supports these aims admirably and offers a few memorable moments of its own. As an opera form, Tarare defies easy categorization; it may be best described as a comedic satire dressed in the clothes of a sprawling 5 act lyric tragedy, complete with Prologue and a grand divertissement with dance.

Schubert - Missa Solemnis, D.950 (Orgonasova, Remmert, Walt, Holzmair, Scharinger; Harnoncourt) [1997]

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Schubert - Missa Solemnis, D.950 (Orgonasova, Remmert, Walt, Holzmair, Scharinger; Harnoncourt) [1997]

Schubert - Missa Solemnis in E flat No.6, D.950 (Orgonasova, Remmert, Walt, Holzmair, Scharinger;
Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Arnold Schoenberg Choir) [1997]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 223 MB
Classical | Label: Teldec | Catalog Number: 0630-13163-2 | TT: 58:54

This recording received the 1998 Cannes Classical Music Award for "Best Choral Performance - 19th/20th Centuries"..

Arnold Ostmann, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart - Antonio Salieri: Falstaff (2000)

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Arnold Ostmann, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart - Antonio Salieri: Falstaff (2000)

Arnold Östmann, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart - Antonio Salieri: Falstaff (2000)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 120 min | 6.18 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Dutch

Antonio Salieri set Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor to music in 1799, and his work was successfully premiered in Vienna the same year. Michael Hampe staged Salieris’s Falstaff at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival in 1995 with similar success – wonderfully supported by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Arnold Östman. The libretto by Carlo Prospero Defranceschi reduces Shakespeare’s original play to a few main characters and drastically simplifies the plot. This gives John Del Carlo, Teresa Ringholz, Richard Croft and Delores Ziegler a lot of space for their artistic interpretation and brilliant singing. The work lives from the wealth of the Italian opera buffa and absorbed influences from the German Singspiel (song-play), and delights with a number of great arias.

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Krommer, Stamitz, Pleyel, Kozeluch, Wranitzky: Symphonies [2010]

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Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Krommer, Stamitz, Pleyel, Kozeluch, Wranitzky: Symphonies [2010]

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Krommer, Stamitz, Pleyel, Kozeluch, Wranitzky: Symphonies [2010]
Classical | Chandos Records CHAN 10628(5) | TT: 317.52 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.32 Gb

Matthias Bamert’s Contemporaries of Mozart project is one of Chandos’ longest-running and most successful recording series. Mozart’s unquestionable genius has tended to eclipse the work of many otherwise excellent composers who were writing at the same time as he. Often successful in their day, many of these composers fell into neglect over subsequent decades and were in some cases almost forgotten. Matthias Bamert has shown just how rich this area of the repertoire is, and each of his CDs received superb critical acclaim. This uniquely compiled set comprises five of his most successful CDs in the series – much of this music is not easily available elsewhere – and provides an ideal introduction – and at bargain price. Each symphony (by Krommer, Stamitz, Pleyel, Kozeluch and Wranitzky), full of classically elegant melodies and stylishly orchestrated, is imbued with a variety of imaginative touches to keep the listener on his toes!

Lowell Greer, Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)

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Lowell Greer, Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)
Lowell Greer, horn; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907012 | Time: 01:02:13

"Greer is a highly accomplished player of the natural horn… I find Greer's playing very musicianly: unusually graceful in the phrasing of the quick movements, with gentle, thoughtful playing in K417 and some lovely smooth and clear lines in K495, while the slow movements are all beautifully done—the Romance of K447 refined and graceful, that of K495 often truly poetic with happy details of timing. And there is no shortage of wit in the finales, or of high spirits. Greer improvises his cadenzas: in the first movement of K495 he does, rightly I think, simply a longish flourish, with no reference to the themes of the movement." (Stanley Sadie, Gramophone Magazine)

Mozart - Haffner-Serenade & Serenata Notturna (Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra) [1998]

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Mozart - Haffner-Serenade & Serenata Notturna (Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra) [1998]

Mozart - Haffner-Serenade & Serenata Notturna (Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra) [1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 286 MB
Classical | Label: Telarc Distribution | Catalog Number: CD-80161 | TT: 01:06;01

The Haffner Serenade in D major was written in 1776 for Marie Elizabeth Haffner's wedding celebration and was commissioned by her brother Sigmund, later the recipient of the Haffner Symphony. Though this composition has elements of Mozart's symphonic style – particularly in its dramatic first and last movements, the grand Menuettos, and the sixth movement Andante – it is cast in eight movements of diverse character and has a casual ambience that belongs to the serenade. The violin solos in the second, third, and fourth movements lend a concertante air to this work, though they have a private quality unlike the bravura displays of the concerto style…

Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)

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Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)

Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:56:09 | 580 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: S2K 52 492

I have a personal criterion for judging sopranos in modern recordings of any role that Maria Callas excelled in: If you can beat Callas, you are gold. And despite her achievements in bel canto roles (most of which I find uninteresting, either dramatically or as music), I still think that Callas’s greatest gift to the world of opera, particularly opera in Italy, was to point out to the entire country and the world how much more there was in roles like Elvira in I Vespri Siciliani, Cheribini’s Medea, Iphigénie in this opera, and yes, even Lady Macbeth than had been previously thought.

Schubert - Fierrabras, D. 796 (Claudio Abbado; Arnold Schoenberg Chor; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe) [1991/2004]

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Schubert - Fierrabras, D. 796 (Claudio Abbado; Arnold Schoenberg Chor; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe) [1991/2004]

Schubert - Fierrabras, D. 796 (Claudio Abbado; Arnold Schoenberg Chor; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe) [1991/2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 676 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 427 341-2 | TT: CD1`68:26, CD2`75:27

Fierrabras is a three-act German opera with spoken dialogue written by the composer Franz Schubert in 1823, to a libretto by Josef Kupelwieser, the general manager of the Theater am Kärntnertor (Vienna's Court Opera Theatre). Along with the earlier Alfonso und Estrella, composed in 1822, it marks Schubert's attempt to compose grand Romantic opera in German, departing from the Singspiel tradition.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Joseph Haydn: Stabat Mater (1990)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Joseph Haydn: Stabat Mater (1990)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Joseph Haydn: Stabat Mater (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 61:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 429 733-2 | Recorded: 1989

At last there is a Haydn Stabat mater within easy reach. The piece is seldom performed and even more rarely recorded, and this despite the fact that it contains some of the composer's most rich and deeply felt writing. One of the few works not written to order (Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy was less than keen on encouraging the sacred duties of his Kapellmeister) the Stabat mater is also one Haydn himself grew to respect highly, and Trevor Pinnock's performance makes it clear why.

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies (2013/2001) [Blu-Ray]

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies (2013/2001) [Blu-Ray]

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies (2013/2001) [Blu-Ray]
4xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23998 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 387 min+26 min (bonus) | 21,4+18,5+35,7+20,8 Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4245 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29.970 fps | 387 min | 20,9 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian

In February 2001 the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado were guests at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with all Beethoven symphonies. Their success was overwhelming with standing ovations after each performance. “Abbado, a Furtwängler admirer in principle, seems ever more Italian, his tauter lyricism allied to a sense of forward movement influenced, we are told, by period practice. The surprise is not the Mediterranean luminosity and scrupulous attention to instrumental detail - one expects nothing less from this source - but the animating sense of line. The Seventh Symphony… knows precisely where it's going and why… The sense of joy present throughout is overwhelming by the close.” - Gramophone Magazine.

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Cherubini & Plantade: Requiems pour Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette (2016)

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Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Cherubini & Plantade: Requiems pour Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette (2016)

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Cherubini & Plantade: Requiems pour Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:14 | 365 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Classical | Catalog: ALPHA 251

At the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in France in 1815, tributes to the executed Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were frequently offered, and two of the most important compositions used for their belated memorials were Luigi Cherubini's Requiem in C minor and Charles-Henri Plantade's Messe des morts in D minor. Cherubini's work was performed at a ceremony in 1816, shortly after the monarchs' remains had been moved to the royal crypt in St. Denis, while Plantade's score was revised and performed in 1823 for the thirtieth anniversary of Marie-Antoinette's death.

Fausto Ghiazza, Riccardo Chailly - Luciano Berio: Orchestral Transcriptions (2004) (Repost)

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Fausto Ghiazza, Riccardo Chailly - Luciano Berio: Orchestral Transcriptions (2004) (Repost)

Fausto Ghiazza, Riccardo Chailly - Luciano Berio: Orchestral Transcriptions from Bach, Boccherini, Brahms, Mozart, Purcell, Schubert (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:57 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 476 2830

A leader of the avant-garde, most celebrated for his groundbreaking Sinfonia (1968), Luciano Berio is presented in a much different light on this album of his appealing orchestrations of Baroque and Classical works, vividly performed by Riccardo Chailly and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. These colorful transcriptions and reworkings of pieces and fragments by Purcell, Bach, Boccherini, Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms will, in most cases, attract listeners for their surprising accessibility and clarity.

Walter Gieseking, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan - Mozart, Beethoven: Philharmonia Wind Quartet (1996)

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Walter Gieseking, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan - Mozart, Beethoven: Philharmonia Wind Quartet (1996)

Walter Gieseking, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan - Mozart, Beethoven: Philharmonia Wind Quartet (1996)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:40 | 274 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | Catalog: SBT 1091

Walter Gieseking is joined by stellar wind players, including the great hornist Dennis Brain; and the Quintets have a gleaming, robust quality that make them irresistible. They were recorded in the mid- 1950s, a time when Gieseking sometimes operated on automatic pilot, but here he sounds involved and fluent; the keyboard part played with aristocratic grace and, where appropriate, sparkling high spirits. The filler is one of Herbert von Karajan's few successful Mozart recordings, aided immeasurably by the expert first-desk soloists of the Philharmonia.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Camerata Salzburg - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2006)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Camerata Salzburg - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2006)

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Camerata Salzburg - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 4.78 Gb+4.90 Gb (2xDVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon

In these thrilling concert films, Anne-Sophie Mutter plays and directs all five of Mozart's Violin Concertos. "Mutter's approach is full of expressive detail, her tempos bringing warmth to the slow movements … urgent speeds in outer movements … technically immaculate" (The Strad).