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Marcus Creed - Brahms: Sacred Choral Music (1996)

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Marcus Creed - Brahms: Sacred Choral Music (1996)

Marcus Creed - Brahms: Sacred Choral Music (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:51 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC90 1591

This disc gathers all of Brahms' sacred choral music for unaccompanied mixed voices, except for the Sieben Marienlieder of 1859. Taken together with the accompanied sacred choral pieces, including the monumental German Requiem, this amounts to a significant body of work for a composer of his era who was not religious. Brahms was a skilled choral composer and it's a shame that his smaller a cappella works aren't performed more frequently. Except for Zwei Motetten from 1864, all these works come from the last two decades of his life.

VA - Debussy: Estampes, Images I & II, Children's Corner, 5 Etudes (2018)

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VA - Debussy: Estampes, Images I & II, Children's Corner, 5 Etudes (2018)

VA - Debussy: Estampes, Images I & II, Children's Corner, 5 Etudes (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 264 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 197 Mb | Covers included | 01:23:05
Classical | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

« J’aime presque autant les images que la musique », confie Debussy en 1911. L’aveu ne surprend pas chez ce passionné de peinture préraphaélite et d’art japonais, adorateur de Turner (« le plus beau créateur de mystère qui soit en art »). Dans le domaine du piano, c’est en se référant à la dimension visuelle qu’il atteint sa pleine maturité, comme en témoignent les trois Estampes (1903), les deux séries d’Images (1905 et 1907) et deux pièces isolées relevant du même univers : L’Isle joyeuse et Masques (1903-1904). Il généralise alors les titres évocateurs.

Lars Bjørnkjær - Johan Svendsen, Peter E.Lange-Müller: Violin Concertos (2007)

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Lars Bjørnkjær - Johan Svendsen, Peter E.Lange-Müller: Violin Concertos (2007)

Lars Bjørnkjær - Johan Svendsen, Peter E.Lange-Müller: Violin Concertos (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:57| 348 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Danacord | Catalog: 662

Appreciation for the compositions from Scandinavian countries seems to be somewhat of an uphill battle. Apart from the works of Grieg and Nielsen, most other composers from this area of the globe are overlooked. This album of violin concertos by Norwegian composers Johan Svendsen and Peter Lange-Müller seeks to break this injustice. Svendsen's concerto makes clear that the composer was himself a violinist; the solo part is very idiomatically written, favoring lyricism over showiness. The orchestral accompaniment is sometimes overbearing and gets in the way of the solo violin's much more interesting and inspired contribution.

Llŷr Williams - Schubert, Vol. 3 (2019)

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Llŷr Williams - Schubert, Vol. 3 (2019)

Llŷr Williams - Schubert, Vol. 3 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 224 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:57
Classical | Label: Signum Classics

Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, written between the spring and autumn of 1828, the last year of his life, are often considered as a group, sharing many elements of structure and form. He performed the three sonatas at a concert for his friends on 28 September 1828, and in October offered them to his publisher, Probst, who was not interested. Schubert’s health, already weak, rapidly deteriorated and he died on 19 November 1828, at the age of thirty-one.

Alexander Markovich - Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos (2014)

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Alexander Markovich - Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos (2014)

Alexander Markovich - Franz Xaver Scharwenka: Piano Concertos (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:20:12 | 679 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: 10814

The current Scharwenka concerto discography is thin but strong, with sturdy representations of the Second and Third (by Seta Tanyel, Fanfare 27: 3) supported on either end by recordings that can only be called exceptional: Wild (19:4 and 31:3) and Hamelin (29:5) in the First, Hough in the Fourth (19:3). Still, even someone who has already gathered up all four concertos will want to explore these new recordings by Alexander Markovich, plausibly advertised as the first complete cycle by a single pianist (Laurence Jeanningros’s promising edition, 25:3, apparently stalled mid-way through).

Marcelle Meyer - Les Introuvables de Marcelle Meyer, Vol. 2 (1994)

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Marcelle Meyer - Les Introuvables de Marcelle Meyer, Vol. 2 (1994)

Marcelle Meyer - Les Introuvables de Marcelle Meyer, Vol. 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:35:00 | 945 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 68093 2 1

The French pianist Marcelle Meyer made these recordings of music by Francois Couperin, Rameau, Domenico Scarlatti and Rossini in Paris between 1946 and 1955. Celebrated for her performances of French piano music, notably perhaps that of Chabrier, Debussy and Ravel, Meyer was none the less a zealous champion of the eighteenth-century harpsichordists. Bach's keyboard music played an important part in her daily studies and, together with Couperin, Rameau and Scarlatti, occupied a significant place in her public recital programmes.

VA - Johann Strauss II: La Chauve-Souris - Eine Nacht in Venedig, Wiener Blut, Der Zigeunerbaron (extracts) (2018)

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VA - Johann Strauss II: La Chauve-Souris - Eine Nacht in Venedig, Wiener Blut, Der Zigeunerbaron (extracts) (2018)

VA - Johann Strauss II: La Chauve-Souris (die Fledermaus) - Eine Nacht in Venedig, Wiener Blut, Der Zigeunerbaron (extracts) (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 510 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 388 Mb | Covers included | 02:45:41
Classical, Opera | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

Champagne pour le centième opus de la collection, avec la plus viennoise des Chauve-Souris, et un plateau de friandises invitant Wunderlich, Kunz, Streich, Gedda, Köth, Jurinac ou Schwarzkopf à la fête.

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon - Massenet: Manon (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon - Massenet: Manon (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón - Massenet: Manon (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 158 min | 43,2 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 24-bit | Audio3: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 158 min | 9,19 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Chinese

International superstars Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón give inspired performances in Massenet's passionate opera, Manon. Netrebko gives full range to her abilities as a singer and actress in portraying innocence, lust, greed and, above all, beauty. It is Netrebko's mesmerizing performance which makes Villazón's youthful passion and ultimate despair even more authentic and heart-breaking. The setting in this production has been updated to the 1950s and the entire opera takes place as if Manon were the star of her own film. Indeed, Netrebko transforms her character from the innocence of Audrey Hepburn through the voluptuousness of Marilyn Monroe into the tragedy of Ingrid Bergman. The work of director Vincent Paterson, known for his work on Broadway and in music videos, is especially effective in creating an energetic and ultimately tragic performance with stunning visual splendor. Netrebko and Villazón, the true dream-team for this opera, are joined by the conductor Daniel Barenboim who leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in a spontaneous and passionate performance.

Baiba Skride, City of Birmingham SO, Andris Nelsons - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir Russe (2008) [Re-Up]

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Baiba Skride, City of Birmingham SO, Andris Nelsons - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir Russe (2008) [Re-Up]

Baiba Skride (violin) - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir Russe (2008)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697214232 | Time: 01:07:47

Latvian violinist Baiba Skride proffers a collection of works for violin and orchestra by Tchaikovsky, the composer for which she feels the greatest affinity. Featuring the Violin Concerto, the album also includes Skride's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's triptych Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 in this rarely-heard version for violin and orchestra. She completes her musical souvenir album of the great Russian composer with two pieces from Swan Lake.

Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon - Eugene Ysaye: Six Sonatas Op.27; Reve d'enfant; Poeme elegiaque (1997) Reissue 2006

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Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon - Eugene Ysaye: Six Sonatas Op.27; Reve d'enfant; Poeme elegiaque (1997) Reissue 2006

Eugène Ysaÿe - Six Sonatas Op.27; Rêve d'enfant; Poème élégiaque (1997) Reissue 2006
Philippe Graffin, violin; Pascal Devoyon, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55226 | Time: 01:18:30

Within 24 hours of hearing the violinist Joseph Szigeti playing Bach, Ysaÿe had made sketches for his own six solo Violin Sonatas, which constitute his single most substantial and remarkable work, drawing together influences as diverse as Gregorian chant, Spanish and Walloon folk music, French impressionism and, of course, Bach himself. These are virtuoso showpieces, but, as Philippe Graffin demonstrates, there is much in them that is yielding and gentle, such as the stately Sarabandes fromthe Second and Fourth Sonatas (the latter is dedicated to Fritz Kreisler) and the radiant evocation of dawn in the Fifth Sonata. Graffin adroitly negotiates these technical and expressive demands, and if there is an occasional lapse in clarity, it is compensated for by a compelling vitality.

Fou Ts'ong - Chopin: Piano Works (1993)

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Fou Ts'ong - Chopin: Piano Works (1993)

Fou Ts'ong - Chopin: Piano Works (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:35 | 248 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 53249

In this year of his sixtieth birthday, how good to have this reminder of Fou Ts'ong's lifelong devotion to Chopin. Only in the Polonaise-fantaisie does he do himself less than justice: such idiosyncratically fitful, shape-damaging rubato is bound to sound mannered after re-hearings on disc. Just once or twice I would have preferred a more poised, Lipatti-like continuity in the Barcarolle too, though here there are many seductive things by way of compensation.

Andrea Rost - Rost 30 (2019)

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Andrea Rost - Rost 30 (2019)

Andrea Rost - Rost 30 (2019)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:23 | 448 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Artisjus | Catalog: PGO030

Andrea Rost gained recognition in the 1990s as one of the world's leading new lyric sopranos. Her family was not especially musical, but, she says, she was always singing. She copied what she heard on the radio and joined the school chorus. She was 16 when she first attended the opera, at the Budapest Opera House. The fare was Donizetti's Don Pasquale. She was entranced by the blend of music, story, and dramatic staging and said, "Oh my God, I have to do this." She studied voice, then entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Her teacher was Professor Zsolt Bende.

Maurizio Benini, Ireland National Symphony Orchestra - Giovanni Pacini: Saffo (1996)

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Maurizio Benini, Ireland National Symphony Orchestra - Giovanni Pacini: Saffo (1996)

Maurizio Benini, Ireland National Symphony Orchestra - Giovanni Pacini: Saffo (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 524 Mb | Total time: 78:01+59:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Label: Marco Polo | 8.223883-4 | Recorded: 1995

Wexford has long been the home of lost operatic causes that speedily become winners. Giovanni Pacini’s Saffo is a good example. Widely acclaimed in its time (establishing itself as a favourite in North as well as South America), the opera gradually disappeared from view, as did the composer himself. Yet he wrote over 80 operas, and Saffo is generally considered his masterpiece: the first fully ripened fruit of a period, nearly five years long, of retirement from composition, during which he studied, thought and prepared. It appeared in 1840, the year of Donizetti’s La fille du regiment and La favorite, both of them written for the opera in Paris. With Bellini dead and Rossini retired, Pacini may well have felt that the way was open before him; a young fellow called Verdi, whose first opera had enjoyed a modest success in Milan the previous year, would scarcely have caused him sleepless nights.

Eugene Istomin: The Concerto And Solo Recordings (2015) 12CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Eugene Istomin: The Concerto And Solo Recordings (2015) 12CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Eugene Istomin: The Concerto And Solo Recordings (2015) 12CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.4 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.4 Gb | Scans ~ 17 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875026172 | Time: 10:30:14

Eugene Istomin (1925–2003), one of America’s most respected pianists, was highly esteemed by audiences and colleagues alike for his mindful virtuosity and unusually wide-ranging repertoire. 2015 marks Istomin’s 90th birthday year, a milestone that Sony Classical celebrates with the first-ever release of his complete Columbia Masterworks concerto and solo recordings in a limited original-jacket collection including 10 previously unreleased studio recordings. Many of these performances appear in their first authorized CD editions, including the 19-year-old pianist’s recorded debut in Bach’s D minor Concerto led by Adolf Busch; his youthful concerto collaborations with Pablo Casals; Chopin’s complete Nocturnes; Brahms’s Handel Variations; Schubert’s D major D 850 Sonata, plus the long-out-of-print Rachmaninoff 2nd, Tchaikovsky 1st, Brahms 2nd, and Beethoven 4th and 5th (“Emperor”) Concertos with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Newly remastered from the original analogue tapes, the discs are presented in facsimile sleeves and labels corresponding to the original LP releases. An enclosed booklet offers full discographical information, an essay by Jed Distler, and a photographic retrospective.

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2009) [Blu-ray]

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Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2009) [Blu-ray]

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2009) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 16984 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 277 min | 42,9 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2010 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 277 min | 14,9 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese

Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, “Das Rheingold”. In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of this unique tetralogy. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.