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Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon, Grenoble Chamber Orchestra - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers (2002)

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Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon, Grenoble Chamber Orchestra - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers (2002)

Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Grenoble Chamber Orchestra - Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers (2002)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 123 min | 7,82 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 1997

In the role of Eurydice, Natalie Dessay begins at once with a display of vocal and verbal pyrotechnics, which are then taken up by Yann Beuron as Orpheus. Together they give us an idea of the developments to follow. Dancers and singers melt into a unit. The stage setting and an unconventional choreography sparkle with inventiveness. When Pluto, for example, arrives on skis from the underworld onto Mt. Olympus and Offenbach quotes the famous can-can right in the middle of Pluto’s aria, it seems to be a parody of his own work. The production offers a wealth of material for modern interpretations of this operetta full to the brim with ironic sideswipes at morality and immorality. Thus we see a bored Eurydice lying on the sofa in her apartment as she zaps her way through the TV channels, constantly looking for diversion, showing us how timeless an opera buffa can really be. Sometimes she sings upside down, sometimes hopping around – a vocal masterpiece. Laurent Naouri also captivates in the role of Jupiter and, costumed as a fly, demonstrates his vocal and acting talent with Jacques Offenbach’s “Buzz” aria.

Alexander Rudin, Musica Viva - Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013) [Re-Up]

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Alexander Rudin, Musica Viva - Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013) [Re-Up]

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013)
Alexander Rudin, cello & direction; Musica Viva

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # FUG714 | Time: 01:03:29

For their fourth Fuga Libera-project, the Russian orchestra Musica Viva recorded one very famous, and one forgotten piece by Antonín Dvorak. The well-known piece is the Serenade for Strings in E major, written by Dvorak in 1875. It is believed that Dvorak took up this small orchestral genre because it was less demanding than the symphony, but allowed for the provision of pleasure and entertainment. The other piece is the Cello Concerto in A major. Unlike its brother, the B minor Concerto Op.104, this concerto has been more than overlooked. It was left un-orchestrated by Dvorak, existing only in piano-score form. It was only after his death that a few composers orchestrated this dazzling piece of music. Cello virtuoso Alexander Rudin, and Musica Viva let us taste from this magnificent forgotten treasure…

Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

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Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)

Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics; Morton Gould: Latin American Symphonette (1995)
Reid Nibley, piano; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # SVC-9 | Time: 00::

This program offers three lively, colorful, and captivating orchestral works by two United States composers, born almost a century apart. These pieces exhibit the fruitful exchange and flow of musical material between North and South America that has long played a role in popular music, apparent not only in commercial song and dance music using Latin American melodies and rhythms but also in early jazz and blues where tango rhythms are so often heard, as in W. C. Handy's St. Louis Blues. And both Gottschalk in the 1850s, close to the beginning of a creative American musical tradition, and Gould in the 1950s, when such a tradition had flowered considerably, show a combination of seriousness of approach with a popular touch.

Susan Drake - Caprices & Fantasies: Romantic Harp Music of the 19th Century, Vol. 3 (1989) Reissue 2004

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Susan Drake - Caprices & Fantasies: Romantic Harp Music of the 19th Century, Vol. 3 (1989) Reissue 2004

Susan Drake - Caprices & Fantasies: Romantic Harp Music of the 19th Century, Vol. 3
Gabriel Fauré - Claude Debussy - Claude Debussy - John Thomas - Mikhail Glinka
Elias Parish-Alvars - Albert Heinrich Zabel - Alphonse Hasselmans

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion (Helios) | # CDH55130 | Time: 01:07:28

Highly successful throughout are the playing and recording: both immaculate. (Gramophone Magazine)

Patrick Davin, Symphony Orchestra of the Theatre de la Monnaie - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers (2002)

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Patrick Davin, Symphony Orchestra of the Theatre de la Monnaie - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers (2002)

Patrick Davin, Symphony Orchestra of the Théâtre de la Monnaie - Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers (2002)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 120 min | 7,30 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 1997

This finely-focused and witty production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers with sets, costumes and lighting by the director Herbert Wernicke, is a visual and musical delight. The burlesque – conducted by Patrick Davin – is situated in a famous fin de siècle café and with a stupendous coup de théâtre the ensemble makes its entry into hell in a steam locomotive, which crashes through the ceiling. Elizabeth Vidal and Alexandru Badea in the main roles are supported energetically by the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Offenbach’s famous “can-can” is, as ever, an intoxicating highlight. In Offenbach’s light and elegant comedy based on the Greek legend of Orpheus – a veiled satire on Napoleon III’s régime – a dissolute bunch of gods, bored with the cushioned confines of Mount Olympus, are in a rebellious mood. They are delighted to go slumming in Hell with the duplicitous Jupiter, who agrees personally to return Eurydice (now Pluto’s lover) to her reluctant (and unfaithful) husband, hoping that, in the process, she will succumb to his charms.

Alexei Sultanov: Live Performances from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (2007)

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Alexei Sultanov: Live Performances from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (2007)

Alexei Sultanov: Live Performances from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (2007)
J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 1001194 | Time: 01:13:17

A compelling performance… "Recorded live in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory at the 1st and 2nd rounds of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition" in June 1998… by one of the era's most talented musicians. In his too-short life and altogether too-brief career, Mr. Sultanov engendered controversy and conflict in the music world with his take-no-prisoners style that demanded complete surrender, enchanting many and offending others, and, as a result, he was unfairly denied the acclaim and honors for which he strove, which he had every right to expect from us, and which he so richly deserved. In every performance (now, alas, recorded only), he offers a precious gift, as if to say, each time, "Here, take it, it's yours." Those who acknowledge and accept the gift are blessed by a new and greater understanding of what they hear, as though for the first time.

Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh SO - Shostakovich: Symphony No 6; Kodaly: Dances of Galánta; Weiner; Bartok; Kabalevsky; Glinka (1996)

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Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh SO - Shostakovich: Symphony No 6; Kodaly: Dances of Galánta; Weiner; Bartok; Kabalevsky; Glinka (1996)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6; Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta;
Leó Weiner: Divertimento No. 1; Béla Bartók: Hungarian Sketches;
Dmitry Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture; Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor; Sigurd Bockman, clarinet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # MHK 62343 | Time: 01:12:26

These pre-Chicago recordings of Fritz Reiner with the Pittsburghers is a reminder of his greatness as a conductor. It also restores to the catalog his recordings of some composers he wasn't closely identified with. Shostakovitch, for example, wasn't a regular on Reiner's studio schedule, but should have been, for this Sixth bristles with sardonic wit and energy. The Kodaly Dances, of course, were right up Reiner's alley, and get a smashing performance. The shorter works too, are first class, especially the Bart243;k Hungarian Sketches and another Reiner calling card, Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon Overture. Weiner's string Divertimento is charming, but the real prize may be Glinka's Kamarinskaya, given a peformance that shimmers and glistens with delicacy and life. Sony's restoration of the 1945-1947 recordings is faultless.

Ying Quartet, Adam Neiman - Anton Arensky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet (2011) [Re-Up]

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Ying Quartet, Adam Neiman - Anton Arensky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet (2011) [Re-Up]

Ying Quartet - Anton Arensky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Classical | Label: Sono Luminus | # DSL-92143 | Time: 01:17:07

Though a pupil of the great orchestrator Rimsky-Korsakov, and in turn a teacher to the likes of Rachmaninov, Glière, and Scriabin, Anton Arensky himself is a composer often forgotten when contemplating the Russian greats. Productive in many genres, it is perhaps in his chamber music that this unduly neglected composer truly shines. His writing has much of the same textural sophistication and melodic beauty as his close friend, Tchaikovsky. In fact, the theme on which the Second Quartet's Variations are based is drawn from a Tchaikovsky quartet. Performing Arensky's First and Second string quartets, along with the Piano Quintet, is the Ying Quartet. This ensemble's playing is characterized by a surprisingly precise, consistent uniformity of sound and exactness of articulation, making it seem as if a single instrument were playing as opposed to four independent parts. All aspects of their technical execution are polished and refined, which only enhances their equally enjoyable musical effusiveness, rich, deep tone, and understanding of Arensky's scores that casts them in the best possible light.

Patrick Davin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2009)

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Patrick Davin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2009)

Patrick Davin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 171 min | 6,00+6,15 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Bel Air Classiques | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2008

Offenbach's masterpiece, based on three stories by the German author E.T.A. Hoffmann, is both a three-act opera and a trilogy of taut, individual dramas, all rolled into one.This Geneva production from 2002 features baritone Marc Laho in the tour-de-force triple villain roles, with three different standout sopranos as the tales' three heroines. French producer Olivier Py caused an uproar among Geneva operagoers with a staging of Tales of Hoffmann that features full-frontal male and female nudity and simulated on-stage lesbian and heterosexual sex.Audiences were left "gasping, giggling or reduced to stunned silence" by the production, which interprets the popular opera as an indictment of capitalist society. Py adds several simulated sex acts, including one between the poet Hoffman and the life-sized doll Olympia as she sings her main aria. Soprano Patricia Petitbon is a major tour de force as she sings Olympia wearing only a transparent body stocking in a Venetian bordello.

Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstucke (1999)

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Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstucke (1999)

Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schönberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstücke (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 162 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1667, 465 136-2 | 01:04:28

Consummation. This is what the piano music of Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) and Franz Schubert (1979-1828) have in common, the bridge that Thomas Larcher brings to this welcoming solo recital, his first for ECM. To underscore this point, he shuffles Schönberg’s Klavierstücke op. 11 with Schubert’s posthumous Klavierstücke D 946. By turns halting and didactic, the opening pairing opens into the fresh air of Schubert’s precisely syncopated revelry. The contrasts between the two composers are obvious to the ear, but to the heart Schönberg is an extended exhalation to Schubert’s inhalation. Where Schönberg plots slow, jagged caverns, Schubert runs furtively above ground in the sunshine. Yet both seem so urgent to tell their stories, offering lifelong journeys from relatively young minds.

Daniele Gatti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Don Carlo (2009)

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Daniele Gatti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Don Carlo (2009)

Daniele Gatti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Don Carlo (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 200 min | 7,27+6,28 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Hardy | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2008

Don Carlos is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller. This new production at the Teatro alla Scala was recorded live on opening night, December 7, 2008. The cast is lead by Ferruccio Furlanetto, Stuart Neill, Dalibor Jenis and Dolora Zajick. Danielle Gatti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala. The opera is presented in a four-act Italian-language version that Verdi prepared for the 1884 La Scala premiere. Includes 'behind the scenes' bonus material.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

András Schiff, Members Of The New Vienna Octet, Takács Quartet - Brahms: Chamber Music (2013)

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András Schiff, Members Of The New Vienna Octet, Takács Quartet - Brahms: Chamber Music (2013)

András Schiff, Members Of The New Vienna Octet, Takács Quartet - Brahms: Chamber Music (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 627 MB | 02:27:25
Genre: Classical | Label: Australian Eloquence

Ths collection of five of Brahms' chamber music masterpieces includes four with piano and all of these feature the supreme artistry of Andras Schiff. Both the quintets - for clarinet and piano - are included; the recording of the Clarinet Quintet with Peter Schmidl with members of the New Vienna Octet, receives its first release on CD.

LPO, Neeme Jarvi, Soloists - Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs

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LPO, Neeme Jarvi, Soloists - Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs

Antonín Dvořák - Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs
Lisa Milne, soprano; Karen Cargill, mezzo soprano; Peter Auty, tenor; Peter Rose, bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir; Neeme Järvi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: LPO | # LPO-0042 | Time: 01:24:41

Never performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before, and rarely heard in concert at all, the Requiem by Antonín Dvorák captured on this CD from a live concert seems a near-forgotten masterpiece. Dvorák scholar Gervase Hughes cites this work for four soloists, chorus and orchestra as one of the composer's finest sacred creations, 'a deeply moving expression of faith on the part of a composer whose religious conviction never wavered'. It's a conviction stamped through the composer's illuminating, fervent score.

Klára Würtz - Schubert: Piano Sonatas (2014)

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Klára Würtz - Schubert: Piano Sonatas (2014)

Klára Würtz - Schubert: Piano Sonatas (2014)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 01:05:12 | 165 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Piano Classics

Klára Würtz has a special affinity for Schubert. The musical world of dark and light, from innocence and bliss to utter despair, finds a natural expression in her ever-flowing, intensely musical playing. The famous last sonata in B flat D. 960 has been on her repertoire for decades, and her interpretation is one of deep love, understanding and feeling. Her interpretation is characterised by a clear sense of structure, a singing quality and a warm and luminous sound.