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Philippe Jordan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter - Bizet: Carmen (2008/2002) [Blu-Ray]

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Philippe Jordan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter - Bizet: Carmen (2008/2002) [Blu-Ray]

Philippe Jordan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter - Bizet: Carmen (2008/2002) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24001 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 43,4 Gb
Audio1: French / Dolby TrueHD Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: Dolby TrueHD Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3339 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 7,93 Gb
Audio: French / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 448 Kbps
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

An exhilarating Carmen from Glyndebourne. Director David McVicar describes Carmen as "the first ever musical", and in his new production, with Anne Sofie von Otter in the title role, Carmen is restored to the original Opera Comique as Bizet wrote it, Philippe Jordan makes his Glyndebourne debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Glyndebourne Chorus.

Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

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Piers Lane, Bergen PO, Andrew Litton - Eyvind Alnaes & Christian Sinding: Piano Concertos (2007)

The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 42: Eyvind Alnæs & Christian Sinding (2007)
Piers Lane, piano; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67555 | Time: 01:05:10

You're going to love this disc. It does everything this wonderful series of "Romantic Piano Concertos" is supposed to: present captivating repertoire in excellent performances. Christian Sinding was a notoriously spotty composer when working in large forms. After all, if you live well into your 80s writing tons of music along the way, but remain famous for one three-minute piano miniature ("Rustle of Spring"), then something's not right. That said, this youthful concerto offsets its tendency to ramble with an abundance of fresh, enjoyable tunes and fistfuls of pianistic fun and games. When the melodies are so attractive it's impossible to deny Sinding his right to dwell on them at length. Eyvind Alnaes was one of those composer/performer/administrators whose busy schedule prevented him from writing much music, but thank God he turned out this piano concerto. Scored for a massive orchestra with an enormous brass section (six trombones!), the piece is, believe it or not, actually rather light and vivacious, except for those moments when the full ensemble really cuts loose. The finale, a free-flowing waltz, would be a "pops" favorite if the scoring weren't so extravagant. It's just the kind the music you'll want to enjoy on disc because you'll never hear it live: a big, juicy, Wagnerian love-fest between the soloist and the orchestra that leaves you wanting more.

Katarina Karnéus, Julius Drake - Edvard Grieg: Songs (2008)

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Katarina Karnéus, Julius Drake - Edvard Grieg: Songs (2008)

Katarina Karnéus, Julius Drake - Edvard Grieg: Songs (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:54 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67670

The musical world has not lacked for singers to interpret the songs of Edvard Grieg, starting with the composer's wife Nina and moving through the sublime Kirsten Flagstad to the sensual Anne Sofie von Otter. Grieg's songs have been well served by sopranos and mezzo-sopranos. In her second disc for Hyperion, Swedish mezzo Katarina Karnéus performs 25 of Grieg's 180 songs. Some are nearly folk songs sung in Norwegian; some are true art songs in German; but all are deeply expressive, highly emotional, and, in these performances, entirely successful.

Paul Connelly, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Liudmila Konovalova, Vladimir Shishov - Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (2014)

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Paul Connelly, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Liudmila Konovalova, Vladimir Shishov - Tchaikovsky:  Nutcracker (2014)

Paul Connelly, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Liudmila Konovalova, Vladimir Shishov - Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.00 Gb (DVD9) | 102 min
Classical | C Major

This DVD features the Wiener Staarsballett dancing Rudolf Nureyev's final, 1985 Paris version of The Nutcracker, featuring two magnificent young soloist and the splendid Vienna corps de ballet. The critic Clive Barnes set the tone by remarking: 'No version of The Nutcracker that we have ever seen has been more potently dramatic; few have displayed so sharp an imprint of personal style.'

Boris Gruzin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta - Adam: Giselle (2014) [Blu-ray]

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Boris Gruzin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta - Adam: Giselle (2014) [Blu-ray]

Boris Gruzin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta - Adam: Giselle (2014) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 113 min | 27,7 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3876 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 113 min | 6,05 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE

Giselle remains one of the most popular Romantic ballets of all time. The story brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. The production by Sir Peter Wright catches the atmosphere of this great Romantic ballet, especially in the perfection of its White Act, with ghostly maidens drifting through the forest in spectacular patterns – one of the most famous of any scenes for the corps de ballet…

Quatuor Cambini-Paris - Félicien David: String quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2011)

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Quatuor Cambini-Paris - Félicien David: String quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2011)

Quatuor Cambini-Paris - Félicien David: String quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:18 | 336 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naïve | Catalog: AM 206

French composer Félicien David is a more or less forgotten name today but this fine period-instrument recording by the Cambini-Paris Quartet makes a good case for further exploration of his corpus of works. One or two of David's operas survived for a while in the French repertoire, but he was also more interested in instrumental music than many of his contemporaries. Many areas of his oeuvre lie almost entirely unexplored: his four symphonies, numerous choral works and dozens of songs, for example.

Angela Hewitt - Emmanuel Chabrier: Piano Music (2006)

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Angela Hewitt - Emmanuel Chabrier: Piano Music (2006)

Angela Hewitt - Emmanuel Chabrier: Piano Music (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67515 | Time: 01:16:04

Emmanuel Chabrier's piano music has everything going for it: charm, wit, imagination, unexpected harmonic twists, and more than a few technical challenges. So why do pianists habitually ignore it? Hopefully Angela Hewitt's freshly minted, sharply honed interpretations will inspire recitalists to dust off these unsung treasures. Her keen ear for detail always arises from the music's character and never draws attention to itself. The Schumann-esque Ronde champêtre boasts remarkable rhythmic spring, while Bourrée fantasque's busy contrapuntal lines resonate with the clarity of Hewitt's best Bach playing, yet without sacrificing one iota of scintillation. There have been lighter, crisper renditions of the (relatively) well-known Scherzo-valse, but Hewitt's telling left-hand inflections keep things airborne. In fact, the nine other Pièces pittoresques benefit from Hewitt's ability to give each one its own timbral voice. On paper, for example, Mauresque's steady accompanimental chords don't look like anything special. However, in Hewitt's hands they come to animated life.

Ilona Prunyi, Eszter Perényi, Tibor Párkányi - Félicien David: Piano trios Nos. 2 & 3 (1993)

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Ilona Prunyi, Eszter Perényi, Tibor Párkányi - Félicien David: Piano trios Nos. 2 & 3 (1993)

Ilona Prunyi, Eszter Perényi, Tibor Párkányi - Félicien David: Piano trios Nos. 2 & 3 (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:54 | 280 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.223492

Félicien David (1810-1876) (not to be confused with his near-exact German contemporary, violinist and composer Ferdinand David, 1810-1873) was French, and during his life better known for introducing a North-African and Middle-East-inspired exoticism (the so-called “Orientalism”) to choral and opera music (he had made a long journey to these regions from 1833 to 1835) than for his chamber music, paving the way for Delibe’s Lakmé, Bizet’s Djamileh, Gounod’s La Reine de Saba and Lalo’s Namouna.

Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev - Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos (1997)

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Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev - Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos (1997)

Gil Shaham, Mikhail Pletnev - Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:58 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 457 064-2

This is a very enjoyable program of some really worthwhile music. Glazunov's superb violin concerto from 1905 is a conservative, melodic work, but a splendid one whose popularity is definitely well deserved. Gil Shaham's approach is also rather conservative, but in the best sense of the word. The playing is beautifully phrased, warm-toned and romantic, and it is excellently supported by the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. No, Shaham does not really provide any new insights, but as a library version of the work this is, I assume, possibly the best you could do.

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais - Antonin Dvorak: From the New World (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais - Antonin Dvorak: From the New World  (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais - Antonín Dvořák: From the New World (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18992 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 100 min | 21,4 Gb
Audio1: Czech / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3542 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 100 min | 5,43 Gb
Audio: Czech / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Accentus Music | Sub: Czech, German, English, French, Japanese, Korean

Andris Nelsons, Kristine Opolais, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig form a Dvorák sound from the middle, singing the melodies that the composer concealed in all of the layers of his music with tender, warm, soft colors. Nelsons’ tempos remain calm and relaxed, allowing the omnipresent beauty of Dvorák’s music to unfold and flood the Gewandhaus. This is the first DVD and Blu-ray release of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of its new music director Andris Nelsons. Recorded at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, May 2017.

Philip Martin - Henri Herz: Piano Music (2008)

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Philip Martin - Henri Herz: Piano Music (2008)

Philip Martin - Henri Herz: Piano Music (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67606 | Time: 01:19:39

As the piano came into its own in the mid-19th century, the Vienna-born/French-based Henri Herz (1803-1888) all but dominated the scene as a brilliant virtuoso, popular teacher, and best-selling composer. Listening to this first CD entirely devoted to his solo piano works, you can understand Herz’s one-time appeal, as well as why his music predeceased him. As the Op. 81 variations, the nocturnes, and the ballades demonstrate, Herz was a charming yet unmemorable melodist, whose intricate yet harmonically bland keyboard textures go in one ear and out the other. Flashy devices such as tremolos and repeated notes (Herz adored repeated notes) tend to wear out their welcome long after they’ve made their virtuosic point. You sense this in long stretches of the Fantasie dramatique (based upon “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”) and in Op. 158’s “Yankee Doodle” section. And Le mouvement perpetual owes its existence to Weber’s earlier and far more concise rondo finale from the Piano Sonata No. 1. Herz may not be a great composer, yet his stuff certainly is fun to digest in small doses, especially when you consider Philip Martin’s appropriately light and colorful touch, supple finger work, and marvelous sense of dramatic timing.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Bizet: Carmen (2014) [BDRip]

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Bizet: Carmen (2014) [BDRip]

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Bizet: Carmen (2014) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 8,81 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don Jose? and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.
Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don Jose? as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55346 | Time: 01:08:40

This fabulous recording featuring Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers was first released in 1989 at a time when they were recording the standard repertoire for small choirs for Hyperion, and this disc of Brahms' motets and shorter sacred choral pieces was, and is, one of their finest. From the smooth and lovely Ave Maria for women's choir and organ through their hard and harsh "Warum is das Licht gegeben?" to their craggy yet consoling "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein," Best and his choir deliver technically impeccable and deeply moving performances. The Corydon Singers tend toward a big, lush, and slightly fruity sound, as is common with English choirs. But one cannot fault their diction, articulation, pronunciation or their tone, blend, and balance. Best's interpretations are soulful but not sentimental and expressive but not excessive. Recorded in full-bodied digital sound, these performances will likely please fans of Brahms' sacred choral music.

Ilya Gringolts, Ashley Wass - Ernst: Violin Music (2008)

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Ilya Gringolts, Ashley Wass - Ernst: Violin Music (2008)

Ilya Gringolts, Ashley Wass - Ernst: Violin Music (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:44 | 271 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67619

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was nothing more than a stupendously talented violinist and a staggeringly inventive transcriber of other composers' music. And as this 2008 Hyperion recording by violinist Ilya Gringolts shows, that is more than enough to sustain his career during his lifetime and just enough to maintain his reputation after his death.

Frederic Chiu - Piano Transcriptions (1991)

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Frederic Chiu - Piano Transcriptions (1991)

Frederic Chiu - Piano Transcriptions (1991)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Cover + Digital Booklet| 01:02:26 | 199 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 7907054

This is virtuoso playing in the best sense, and only the most churlish listener could fail to respond to it. From the fin-de-siècle decadence of Schulz-Evler’s Arabesque on the Blue Danube, to the more restrained treatments of Bach by Rachmaninoff and Busoni, Chiu finds exactly the right range of sound and approach.