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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 881 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Russian Romances (1991)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Russian Romances (1991)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Russian Romances (1991)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:54 | 203 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Philips | Catalog: 432 119-2

Though Dmitri Hvorostovsky revisits repertoire he recorded in his 1991 ‘Russian Romances’ disc in the heady months following his sensational win at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition (Philips, 10/91 – nla), he has little to fear from comparisons with his more svelte-voiced younger self. Early in his career, he made his name more in recitals than in opera.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 135 min | 7,59 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais | Recorded: 1982

The renowned orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who headed up the world famous Berlin Philharmonic between 1956 and 1989, is filmed conducting a 1982 performance of Verdi's wonderful FALSTAFF. Filmed at Salzburg's Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the performance features strong performances from stars Giuseppe Taddei, Janet Perry, and Christa Ludwig.

Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort - Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata in B minor (2011)

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Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort - Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata in B minor (2011)

Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort - Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata in B minor (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:19 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Etcetera | Catalog: KTC 4037

Pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort (1984) was one of the laureates and the audience’s favourite of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 2007. Since that time he has built an honourable reputation as a concert pianist, giving recitals in prestigious concert halls in Europe, Israel, China, South Africa, Canada and the USA.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 661 Mb | Total time: 140:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7514 | Recorded: 1970

Donizetti's rollicking comic opera The Elixir of Love receives a scintillating performance in this early 1970's London/Decca recording. Featuring an unbeatable cast, headed by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, this wonderful interpretation demonstrates singing of the highest levels of artistic integrity- definitive, passionate, lyrical, committed. The English Chamber Orchestra responds to Richard Bonynge's direction to provide sharp, colorful orchestral support, and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus' performance can only be described as brilliant.

Erik T. Tawaststjerna - Ballades & Other Stories (2019)

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Erik T. Tawaststjerna - Ballades & Other Stories (2019)

Erik T. Tawaststjerna - Ballades & Other Stories (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 228 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 154 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:14
Classical | Label: Alba Records

The new album by Erik T. Tawaststjerna will be released on the 8th of April. He has taught a number of pianists who have recorded for Alba, for example Janne Mertanen, Risto-Matti Marin, Tuula Hällström, Katriina Korte and Emil Holmström.

Pierre Fouchenneret & Éric Le Sage - Brahms: Sonates pour violon et piano (Intégrale musique de chambre), Vol. 4 (Live) (2019)

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Pierre Fouchenneret & Éric Le Sage - Brahms: Sonates pour violon et piano (Intégrale musique de chambre), Vol. 4 (Live) (2019)

Pierre Fouchenneret & Éric Le Sage - Brahms: Sonates pour violon et piano (Intégrale musique de chambre), Vol. 4 (Live) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 340 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | 01:11:22
Classical | Label: B Records

The sonatas for violin and piano, which were composed on holidays to lakeside forests in the midst of sublime nature where Brahms loved to spend his summers, contain all the contradictions unique to the man who described himself as a wanderer: daring and discipline, naïveté and sagacity, melancholy and joy. Pierre Fouchenneret and Eric Le Sage embark fervently on this adventure with this new volume in this crazy journey through Brahms’s complete chamber music works, charted by B Records. Of the project, Pierre Fouchenneret writes: “One crazy day, a few of us decided to embark on a project which, at the time, some people deemed impossible to achieve: to perform all of Brahms’s chamber music within only a few months. Every concert would be recorded… we are now a company, as in the theatre, bonded by an unstoppable urge, a definite notion of boldness, a shared perception of chamber music and a love for the repertoire.”

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux & Marc Minkowski - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)

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Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux & Marc Minkowski - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Chœur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux & Marc Minkowski - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 458 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 236 Mb | 01:42:47
Classical, Opera | Label: Bru Zane

Offenbach’s La Périchole (1868) will never cease to delights music lovers of all persuasions. Marc Minkowski – long one of the composer’s prophets – was keen to pay tribute to him with this world premiere recording on period instruments, in the company of the young school of French singers, including the bewitching Aude Extrémo, the dashing Stanislas de Barbeyrac and the hilarious Alexandre Duhamel. Combining fashionable rhythms with the most unexpected touches of folklore, the score is a veritable flood of hit numbers. How can one not be swept away by the insolence of the Seguidilla, the frenzy of the Bolero or the furious rhythm of the Prison Trio? Never before, perhaps, had Offenbach gone so far in caricaturing political leaders – nor used drunkenness to resolve the imbroglio of inextricable sentimental relationships. And indeed, the ‘Tipsy Arietta’ is one of the composer's best-known numbers. Cheers!

Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet - Romantic Piano Quintets (2012) (Repost)

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Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet - Romantic Piano Quintets (2012) (Repost)

Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet - Romantic Piano Quintets (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:29:29 | 1.23 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 94377

This unique collection features a representative selection of early Romantic piano quintets, ranging from the astronomically popular Trout Quintet by Schubert to lesser known works from Hummel, Ries, Cramer, Limmer, Dussek, and Onslow.

Essener Philharmoniker & Frank Beermann - Marschner: Hans Heiling, Op. 80 (Live) (2019)

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Essener Philharmoniker & Frank Beermann - Marschner: Hans Heiling, Op. 80 (Live) (2019)

Essener Philharmoniker & Frank Beermann - Marschner: Hans Heiling, Op. 80 (Live) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 665 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 323 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:19:48
Classical, Opera | Label: Oehms Classics

The link between Weber and Wagner, Marschner's Hans Heiling, was staged in the Aalto Music Theatre in February 2018. The production by Andreas Baesler received a mixed reaction, but the music was unanimously lauded by critics, above all the performance of Essen Philharmonic under the baton of Frank Beermann. The German Romantic opera in 3 acts is the composer's most successful opera, and brought the composer a considerable reputation. The story is based on a folk legend, and the opera's libretto was written by Eduard Devrient, who also sang the title role at the premiere at what is now the Berlin State Opera. In this production, Heiko Trinsinger performs the title role.

Elena Gaponenko - Hommage à Vienne (2019)

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Elena Gaponenko - Hommage à Vienne (2019)

Elena Gaponenko - Hommage à Vienne (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 206 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:55
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics

That Vienna is one of the capitals (if not THE capital) of music is undisputed. With this recording, Elena Gaponenko has dedicated an entire album to the city on the Danube and the composers who have worked there. Really interesting is the time frame that these works originate from, they span exactly 25 years, from 1815–1840. In her introduction to this CD Elena Gaponenko writes: “This recording should honour this enchantingly beautiful city as a great guardian of culture, as it has brought so many musical icons together and allowed them to develop creatively.”

Jasper String Quartet - The Kernis Project: Debussy (2019)

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Jasper String Quartet - The Kernis Project: Debussy (2019)

Jasper String Quartet - The Kernis Project: Debussy (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 297 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 146 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:33
Classical | Label: Sono Luminus

This album marks the culmination of our decade-long journey with Aaron Jay Kernis’ music for string quartet. From the moment we put bow to string for Aaron’s Second Quartet, we realized his special voice and our connection to his music’s ability to capture both the complexity of the world and the simplicity of a moment. This depth fascinated us, inspired our playing and prompted us to dream of commissioning Aaron’s 3rd Quartet.

Christopher Jacobson, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Kazuki Yamada - Saint-Saëns, Poulenc & Widor: Works for Organ (2019)

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Christopher Jacobson, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Kazuki Yamada - Saint-Saëns, Poulenc & Widor: Works for Organ (2019)

Christopher Jacobson, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Kazuki Yamada - Saint-Saëns, Poulenc & Widor: Works for Organ (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 277 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 154 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:05:29
Classical | Label: PentaTone

The monumental and colourful sounds of the organ and symphony orchestra blend together perfectly on this splendid recording of Saint-Saëns’s “Organ” Symphony, Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani and the Toccata from Charles-Marie Widor’s Organ Symphony No. 5. The majestic organ chords at the start of the final movement of Saint-Saëns’s symphony equal the sublime effect of Beethoven’s choral conclusion of his Ninth, and have made it an audience’s favourite straight from the moment of its 1886 premiere. Poulenc’s organ concerto shows the composer’s retrospective side, while simultaneously offering flashes of his stylistic playfulness. After Poulenc’s serene concerto, Widor’s Toccata offers a vibrant conclusion to this programme.

Jan Vogler & Ismo Eskelinen - Songbook (2019)

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Jan Vogler & Ismo Eskelinen - Songbook (2019)

Jan Vogler & Ismo Eskelinen - Songbook (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 307 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 140 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:21
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Vogler’s passion for the Songbook project comes to the fore the moment he speaks about it. “In our age, when all the key classical works have been recorded numberless times, a new album should convey a message and present something new.” In this case, the “newness” is an ardent plea for a combination of instruments that may seem puzzling at first glance, and was long underappreciated, but which, on close listening, unveils a wealth of delights.

Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, 4 Nocturnes, Ballade No. 1, Polonaise No. 6 (2001)

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Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, 4 Nocturnes, Ballade No. 1, Polonaise No. 6 (2001)

Maurizio Pollini - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, 4 Nocturnes, Ballade No. 1, Polonaise No. 6 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:04 | 360 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 50999 90771927

This review is my celebration of two anniversaries. Composer Frederic Chopin was born 200 years ago, and this recording was made 50 years ago today. Chopin's piano concerto in F minor op 11, while carrying the number 1, was actually his second piano concerto. In any case it has always been my favorite of the two. The first maovement (allegro maestoso risoluto) contains a lenghthy (four minutes here) orchestral introduction and is by far the longest of the movements.