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Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Rigoletto (2000/1996)

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Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Rigoletto (2000/1996)

Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Rigoletto (2000/1996)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.13 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Nederlands, Espanol

Verdi's drama of revenge, in its stunning new production by David McVicar, is filled with some of the composer's most celebrated music. Sir Edward Downes conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House with a cast which includes Paolo Gavanelli, Marcelo Alvarez, and Christine Schäfer.

Stephen Costello, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings bel canto (2018)

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Stephen Costello, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings bel canto (2018)

Stephen Costello, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra - A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings bel canto (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 211 Mb | Total time: 49:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delos | DE 3541 | Recorded: 2017

American tenor Stephen Costello's meteoric career has taken him to the stages of the world's top opera houses. In this, his first recording for Delos, he performs a glittering assortment of arias that will appeal strongly to any opera lover, but that will be a particular treat for fans of the bel canto repertoire. While it mainly showcases classic arias by Gaetano Donizetti, we also hear single selections by Vicenzo Bellini and Giuseppe Verdi. Polished and sensitive orchestral collaboration comes courtesy of Maestro Constantine Orbelian and his vaunted Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. The Associated Press has called Stephen Costello ''… a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.''

Angela Hewitt - Gabriel Faure: Piano Music (2013)

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Angela Hewitt - Gabriel Faure: Piano Music (2013)

Angela Hewitt - Gabriel Fauré: Piano Music (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67875 | Time: 01:12:49

For many listeners, the keyboard works of Gabriel Fauré epitomize French music of the fin de siècle, typically because its languorous melodies and subtle harmonies are at times evocative of late Romantic parlor music. Yet Angela Hewitt defends Fauré's piano music from such a superficial judgment, demonstrating that it is much more substantial in content than the conventional piano pieces of the time, and that the difficulties one encounters in his music are akin to the complexities in Bach. Hewitt's polished performances of the Thème et variations, two Valses-caprices, three Nocturnes, and the Ballade are proof of her longtime commitment to this music, and her penetrating insights into Fauré's expressions and technical artistry reveal levels of inventiveness that are often missed in less competent performances. Of course, having played Fauré for most of her life, Hewitt has intimate knowledge of the music, and her sensitivity and control communicate precisely the effects she wishes, so the music never seems sloppily sentimental or vaguely sketched.

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

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

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 | 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.

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino - Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata (2018) [BDRip]

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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino - Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata (2018) [BDRip]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino - Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 140 min | 3,18 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 480 Kbps
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata is an operatic drama in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. The work is based on an epic poem by Tommaso Grossi, which was “very much a child of its age; a grand historical novel with a patriotic slant.” Verdi dedicated the score to Maria Luigia, the Habsburg Duchess of Parma, who died a few weeks after the premiere. "I Lombardi best encapsulates the spirit of the Italian people’s desire for nationhood. One would be pleasantly surprised, full as it is, of rousing choruses and musical numbers of great beauty, with music wonderfully expressive and perfectly in accord with drama at times.

Nazrin Rashidova - Sauret: 24 Études-caprices, Vol. 4 (2020)

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Nazrin Rashidova - Sauret: 24 Études-caprices, Vol. 4 (2020)

Nazrin Rashidova - Sauret: 24 Études-caprices, Vol. 4 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 311 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 152 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:05:49
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

The final volume of the 24 Études-Caprices by the internationally renowned virtuoso Émile Sauret, crowns one of the most impressive but seldom performed bodies of solo violin writing in the entire canon. In the last five Études, once again played by Nazrin Rashidova on Sauret’s own Stradivarius violin, the full range of his art can be heard, from double- and triple-stopping, to registral leaps, chordal and staccato techniques and exercises for absolute control of the bow. Of Volume 3 (8.573975) The Strad wrote: ‘Rashidova plays superbly’.

Ralph van Raat - Boulez, Debussy, Messiaen & Ravel: French Piano Rarities (2020)

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Ralph van Raat - Boulez, Debussy, Messiaen & Ravel: French Piano Rarities (2020)

Ralph van Raat - Boulez, Debussy, Messiaen & Ravel: French Piano Rarities (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 232 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 180 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:17:38
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

This album of French piano rarities features seldom-heard and recently discovered works by composers who had an influence on Pierre Boulez, as well as the premiere recording of Boulez’s Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo. This large-scale early work looks back on virtuosic Romantic music, while at the same time exploring the new compositional styles that Boulez would subsequently embrace. Among the rarities is a posthumously discovered piano study by Debussy, a reconstructed birdsong work by Messiaen, and a tiny masterpiece by Ravel found in a notebook.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 - Johnathan Leshnoff: Double Concerto for Clarinet & Bassoon (2020)

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 - Johnathan Leshnoff: Double Concerto for Clarinet & Bassoon (2020)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Manfred Honeck - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 - Johnathan Leshnoff: Double Concerto for Clarinet & Bassoon (Live) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 273 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:08
Classical | Label: Reference Recordings

Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with Reference Recordings, are pleased to announce the release of a new recording in superb audiophile, pairing Tchaikovsky’s iconic Symphony No. 4 with the world premiere of leading American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon, featuring the orchestra’s own Michael Rusinek, Principal Clarinet, and Nancy Goeres, Principal Bassoon. This HIGHRESAUDIO release was recorded in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, the acoustically outstanding and historic home of the orchestra.

Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

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Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

Johannes Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)
Christina Landshamer, soprano; Florian Boesch bass; Roger Norrington, conductor
NDR Chor, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.327

Among the major choral-orchestral works of the 19th century, Sir Roger Norrington and his former Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, have tackled over the years, now finally comes Brahms' "German Requiem." one of the most beautiful and popular sacred music works in the repertoire. Brahms’ contemporaries, including his close friend Clara Schumann were moved with the score and were enthusiastic about it - and it has been a favorite with the general public ever since. Although Biblical texts are used, the piece is not in the standard church-liturgical tradition. It was Brahms‘personal response to "those who mourn"! The central idea of this masterpiece is the reality of human existence. It is precisely this „earthly character“ that Roger Norrington uses to shape his interpretation emphasizing the grave beautify of the music and not religious awe; in this, Norrington draws us close to the composer’s intentions. He is ably supported by soprano soloist Christina Landshamer, basso Florian Boesch, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR.

James Ehnes, Neeme Järvi, Bergen Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2013)

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James Ehnes, Neeme Järvi, Bergen Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2013)

James Ehnes, Neeme Järvi, Bergen Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 602 Mb | Total time: 81:00+74:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5124(2) | Recorded: 2012

This is the second instalment in our series devoted to Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets. The first recording, of The Sleeping Beauty, was praised upon its release, described by a reviewer in American Record Guide as ‘one of the finest I’ve heard’. Here Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra present the complete version of Swan Lake, with the pre-eminent James Ehnes lending his magic to the violin solos. This was Tchaikovsky’s first full-length ballet, but its premiere in 1877, staged at Moscow’s Bolshoy Theatre, was by no means a resounding success. According to most accounts, the choreography was inept, the shabby sets and costumes were borrowed from other productions, and the orchestral playing was poor. Most ballet companies today base their productions on the 1895 revival by the distinguished choreographer Marius Petipa.

Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2006/1984)

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Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2006/1984)

Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2006/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb+7.27 Gb (2xDVD9) | 267 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Staged and directed by Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang at the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1984, this production of Wagner's only comedy dispenses with the common cliches to reveal the humanity of each character. Here, Beckmesser is no longer a foolish caricature but a cultivated intellectual; Stolzing emerges as a thoughtful individual rather than aggressive aristocret; and Hans Sachs sheds his solemn patriarchal veneer to become a likeable middle-aged man. “Hermann Prey´s interpretation of Beckmesser as a cultivated intellectual is a triumph of dramatic and vocal artistry: a stunning performance . . . Brilliant . . . Bernd Weikl as Sachs – an almost unique combination of musical refinement and expressive power.” (Abendzeitung, Munich)

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005) [Re-Up]

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Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005) [Re-Up]

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts (2005)
Max Bruch, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 394 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 31049 2 1 | Time: 01:09:33

Medieval Baebes and other far greater shocks to the bourgeoisie have come along. Wild adventures placed under the rubric of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are commonplace. Yet Nigel Kennedy continues to roost atop the classical sales charts in Europe, and even to command a decent following in the U.S. despite a low American tolerance for British eccentricity. How does he do it? He has kept reinventing himself successfully. Perhaps he's the classical world's version of Madonna: he's possessed of both unerring commercial instincts and with enough of a sense of style to be able to dress them up as forms of rebellion. Inner Thoughts is a collection of slow movements – inner movements of famous concertos from Bach and Vivaldi to Brahms, Bruch, and Elgar.

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2012)

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Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2012)

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 153 min | 4.14 + 4.21 Gb (2xDVD5)
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2011

Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun ("Sister Colette") in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear.

Neeme Järvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Wagner: Two Symphonies; Overture to 'Rienzi' (2012)

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Neeme Järvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Wagner: Two Symphonies; Overture to 'Rienzi' (2012)

Neeme Järvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Wagner: Two Symphonies; Huldigungsmarsch; Overture to 'Rienzi'; Kaisermarsch (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 79:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHSA 5097 | Recorded: 2010, 2011

Early on in his career, Wagner composed two symphonies, both of which are included on this disc. The Symphony in C, which he wrote when he was just nineteen years old, is heavily influenced by Beethoven in its character, mood, and instrumentation. Written two years later, in 1834, the Symphony in E was left unfinished, Wagner completing only the first movement and thirty bars of the second. The completed version recorded here was prepared by the conductor Felix Mottl more than fifty years later at the request of Wagners widow, Cosima. The two marches on this disc are the composers most obvious contributions to the genre of pomp and circumstance.

Philippe Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Collegium Vocale Gent - Antonín Dvořák: Requiem (2015)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Collegium Vocale Gent - Antonín Dvořák: Requiem (2015)

Philippe Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Collegium Vocale Gent - Antonín Dvořák: Requiem (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 93:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: PHI | LPH016 | Recorded: 2014

The Collegium Vocale Gent, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Philippe Herreweghe join forces once again for a monument of the sacred choral repertoire: Antonín Dvorák’s Requiem, Op. 89. This work, dating from 1890, is one of those that marked a new phase in the composer’s musical creation, in which he recognized himself ‘as much a poet as well as a musician’. In addition, this reveals the veritable nature of a composer without constraint, probably being neither a commission nor an occasional work.