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L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi - Joachim Raff: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2014)

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L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi - Joachim Raff: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2014)

Joachim Raff: Symphony No.5 'Lenore'; Overtures; Abends (2014)
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5135 | Time: 01:20:54

This is the second volume in a series from Neeme Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande dedicated to the orchestral music of the Swiss-born composer Joachim Raff. Although he was a highly popular and prolific composer during his day, his works quickly fell out of the repertoire after his death and are largely forgotten today. The idiomatic performances by Neeme Järvi and his Swiss orchestra in Volume 1, described as ‘peerless’ by BBC Music (*****), suggest that they are the perfect performers to reinvigorate interest in Raff’s music. This second volume features the rhapsody, Abends, and a number of overtures and preludes alongside Symphony No. 5. Subtitled Lenore, the fifth is one of Raff’s so-called programme symphonies, the only one based on a precise extra-musical source: Gottfried August Bürger’s poetic ballad of the same name. The shorter works show very different sides of Raff’s compositional personality.

Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)

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Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)

Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 58:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD 250 128 | Recorded: 1998-1999

Classical in its respect for established forms, romantic in its clearly autobiographical nature, the chamber music by the composer of The Bartered Bride is not plentiful, especially when compared with the output of his younger, immediate successor, Antonfn Dvoiik, who returned to the string quaner form rhroughout his creative life, producing fifteen between 1862 and 1895. Well removed from absolute music - as would be Leoš Janáček's after him -, Smetana's surviving chamber catalogue consists of only four works that make up a rare case of psychological programme music. The Piano Trio(1855) already represented a sort of tombeau for the small daughter he had recently lost to scarlet fever.

Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Macbeth (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Macbeth (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Bruno Bartoletti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Macbeth (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 42,2 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 156 min | 11,0 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

What makes this production so rewarding are the utterly compelling performances of the Macbeths, Shakepearian in intensity…[Nucci's] Macbeth is a deeply thoughtful portrayal…Valayre is up there with the finest Lady Macbeths.(International Record Review)Nucci’s Macbeth is often described as veteran, which rather dismisses his musical and dramatic insight and his sense of Verdian line…Bartoletti is authoritative in the pit. Liliana Cavani’s production is strong, her stage-on-the-stage set magnifying and scrutinising the Macbeths’ moral descent. (Opera Now)

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27470 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 79 min | 20,9 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3704 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 79 min | 5,55 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major

This Blu-ray disc features rising star conductor Andris Nelsons leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of popular Richard Strauss orchestral works: Till Eulenspiegel, Macbeth and Also Sprach Zarathustra. Andris Nelsons is one of todays most sought-after young conductors, having worked with the worlds most important orchestras including the Berlin, Vienna, New York, Royal Concertgebouw and Philharmonia Orchestras. He is a regular guest at Covent Garden, the MET, Wiener and Deutsche Staatsoper and at Bayreuth.

Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)

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Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)

Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 329 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 165 Mb | 01:11:23
Classical | Label: Avi-music

The third album from Trio Image follows the success of their releases of the Piano Trio by Mauricio Kagel and Chamber music by Hans Sommer. The new album consists partly of world premiere recordings of unknown repertoire.

Pražák Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 51/2, String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 (2006)

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Pražák Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 51/2, String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 (2006)

Pražák Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 51/2, String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 61:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD/DSD 250 236 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

Written more than 15 years apart, these two scores, juxtaposed here for the first time, successively illustrate the somewhat morose ‘Nordic’ inspiration of the composer of Ein deutsches Requiem, then a more intimate poetic feeling, and finally a communicative serenity, the headiness of a ‘Hungarian’ dance in the Quartet, a sort of wild csárdás with quasi-orchestral force in the coda of the Quintet.

Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)
Final of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition (Previously unpublished)
Van Cliburn, piano; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1440 | Time: 01:19:54

Deep in the heart of the Cold War, there was once a miracle in Moscow – Texas-based classical pianist Van Cliburn, of whom no one had heard, conquered at the First Tchaikovsky Competition, an event set aside to showcase Soviet talent. Cliburn was warned by his own government not to go, given the tense political relationship between the United States and Soviet Union at the time, and once he arrived he was greeted as a party crasher, subject to hostile stares and animosity of the kind he had never dreamed of back in Texas. And it was Cliburn, at the end, which brought down the house, and held the award. Back in America, he was greeted with a ticker tape parade and was the subject of a best-selling biography by Abram Chasins, The Van Cliburn Story, copies of which continue to clog the shelves of American thrift stores five decades hence. Ultimately, though, Cliburn's celebrity lost its luster. Nerves, ultra-picky perfectionism, and mishandling by management led to his early retirement from the concert scene; his greatest latter-day achievement being the force behind the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, America's most prestigious such event.

Daniele Callegari, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniele Callegari, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Daniele Callegari, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 39,7 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 136 min | 9,61 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Parma’s Boccanegra is Leo Nucci…The handsome voice, which once seemed on the light side for Verdi’s heavier, darker title roles, now has the apposite color and weight, and it remains surprisingly firm and focused…he’s honest, commanding and deeply moving. Honest commitment distinguishes his colleagues, too. Tamar Iveri…[has] a lovely, full lyric voice with a welcome authority at bottom, steered by fine musicianship…and a lively, sympathetic temperament and presence. Francesco Meli…sings handsomely and looks properly romantic…Roberto Scandiuzzi…makes a fine, idiomatic Fiesco; and Simone Piazzola…gives promise of a major-league Boccanegra to come. Daniele Callegari, in Parma’s pit, lets the score unfold naturally and compellingly. (Opera News)

Gurzenich-Orchester Cologne, Cologne Opera Chorus, Dmitrij Kitajenko - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Gurzenich-Orchester Cologne, Cologne Opera Chorus, Dmitrij Kitajenko - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky: Jolanthe (2015) 2CDs
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Chor der Oper Köln; Dmitrij Kitajenko, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 469 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 250 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: OEHMS | # OC963 | Time: 01:47:27

The world premieres of Iolanta and The Nutcracker took place on 18 December 1892 at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre. “The execution of both,” wrote the composer to his brother Anatoly the next day, “was magnificent, and that of the ballet perhaps too magnificent – its brilliance made one’s eyes tired.” Gustav Mahler conducted the first performance of the one-act opera outside Russia on 3 January 1893 in Hamburg and also directed the Viennese premiere of Iolanta on 22 March 1900.

Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)

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Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)

Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Symphonies 1-3 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 557 Mb | Total time: 79:21+72:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 7243 5 62037 2 3 | Recorded: 1990

Rachmaninov’s three symphonies reflect three very different phases in his creative development: the First (1895) is a stormy synthesis of contemporary trends in Russian symphonic music, the Second (1906-07) an epic study in Tchaikovskian opulence, and the Third (1935-36) a seemingly unstoppable stream of original ideas and impressions. The Second was the first to gain wide acceptance, and with good reason. It shares both the key and general mood of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. Cast in E minor, its initial gloom ultimately turns to triumph, and the symphony includes enough glorious melodies to keep Hollywood happy for decades.

VA - Berlioz: 7 Ouvertures (2020)

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VA - Berlioz: 7 Ouvertures (2020)

Orchestre National de la RTF, André Cluytens, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Cleveland Orchestra & George Szell - Berlioz: 7 Ouvertures (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 381 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 198 Mb | Covers included | 01:19:43
Classical | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

French composer Hector Berlioz wrote a number of "overtures," many of which have become popular concert works. They include true overtures, intended to introduce operas, but also independent concert overtures that are in effect the first orchestral tone poems.

Xavier de Maistre - Serenata Española (2018)

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Xavier de Maistre - Serenata Española (2018)

Xavier de Maistre - Serenata Española (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 233 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 147 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:14
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Serenata Española features the unique collaboration between Xavier de Maistre and Flamenco legend & castanets soloist Lucero Tena. Xavier and Lucero were introduced to each other by conductor Jesús López Cobos. Xavier de Maistre fell in love with Lucero' story and personality. Shortly after, they decided to record a repertoire they had in common: Spanish Music. The album features compositions by Albeniz, Granados, Tarrega and de Falla, arranged for harp and castanets.

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)

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Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 4836217 | Recorded: 2018

Sol y vida is Elīna Garanča’sjourney to the South, from Spain to Italy and Latin America, and is her first album focusing entirely on non core-classical repertoire. Be ready to expect a personal album from the mezzo-soprano, whose centre of life has been Spain for many years. A selection of songs, canzone and tango pieces, both mirroring and spreading a flamboyantly emotional array of beaming happiness, passionate longing and exuberant joy. A feast of vocal colours, and a firework of passion, from the well-known Granada to the intimate world of La Llorona.

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

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Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs

Hausmusik London - Felix Mendelssohn: Octet; Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Quartet No. 2 (2000) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 546 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 284 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 6 1809 2 5 | Time: 02:03:13

Hausmusik’s performance of the Mendelssohn Octet comes with the advantage of a sensibly steady tempo for the famous scherzo, allowing for maximum transparency and lightness; and a dazzling finale in which for once the cello’s first scurrying fugal entry sounds crystal clear. The First String Quintet, and the Op. 13 Quartet – Mendelssohn’s homage to the late quartets of the recently deceased Beethoven – are also miraculous products of the composer’s teenage years. The Quintet is quite beautifully done here, but the Quartet, like the late Quintet, Op. 87, is rather lacking in tension and urgency. Woldemar Bargiel was Schumann’s brother-in-law. For all its obvious weaknesses, his Octet contains some attractive ideas, and Divertimenti’s performance makes a strong case for it. Divertimenti is impressive in the Mendelssohn, too – though its finale is not quite as exhilarating as Hausmusik’s; and in the last resort neither group can quite match the élan of the ASMF Chamber Ensemble.

Klaviertrio Amsterdam - Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trios (2000) Reissue 2010

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Klaviertrio Amsterdam - Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trios (2000) Reissue 2010

Klaviertrio Amsterdam - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Piano Trios (2000) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94039 | Time: 00:54:48

In 1832 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) wrote to his sister Fanny that is what about time he wrote some ‘good trios’. He had already started but left unfinished a trio for piano, violin and viola, and started the D minor trio shortly after, completing it in 1839. Mendelssohn’s friend the composer-pianist Ferdinand Hiller advised him after the completion to make several revisions to make the work sound as up to date as possible – Hiller, was a pupil of Hummel was a keen supporter of Berlioz and Liszt. The result is a work of perfect proportions, with a brilliant piano part, skilful counterpoint and a wonderful blend of classical poise and romantic passion. Schumann reviewing the Leipzig premiere on 1840 commented that the trio was a masterpiece that would ‘bring joy to our children and grandchildren’. The 2nd trio is dedicated to the great German violinist and composer Louis Spohr.