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Katia & Marielle Labèque ‎- Piano Fantasy: Music For Two Pianos (2003) [6CD Box Set]

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Katia & Marielle Labèque ‎- Piano Fantasy: Music For Two Pianos (2003) [6CD Box Set]

Katia & Marielle Labèque ‎- Piano Fantasy: Music For Two Pianos (2003)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
6CD | Decca, 473 582-2 | ~ 1237 or 945 Mb | Booklet(jpg) -> 65 Mb
Classical, Romantic, Modern

The keyboard aficionados from all over the world know that Katia and Marielle Labeque are the most famous pianistic duo on the international concert stage now. They have reigned supreme in the territory of the two keyboards repertoire for some three decades and still seem inexhaustible in musical resources when conveying its marvels…

Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)

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Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)

Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.52 Gb+4.23 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 170 min
Classical | TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) wanted to move the audience of his operas to tears. And this is exactly what Beatrice di Tenda manages to do: it has great music and the story really touches the heart. In this production by Daniel Schmid, one can experience the stunning singers Edita Gruberova and Michael Volle in the main roles – with Marcello Viotti conducting the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House. In Beatrice di Tenda, Bellini departs from the belcanto style, which he used in Norma, and explores a new way of musical expression, which brought to the fore a new warmth and different characteristics.

Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra - Reinhold Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Murometz" (2003)

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Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra - Reinhold Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Murometz" (2003)

Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra - Reinhold Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Murometz" (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 72:20 | Scans included
Classical | Telarc | CD-80609 | Recorded: 2002

This flamingly multicolored, unashamedly grand-scaled symphony receives a performance here so sonically beautiful that it's practically visible. The work is programmatic and tells of the heroic deeds of a medieval knight-strongman, (translated as) "Il 'ya from the town of Murom." Given the orchestration–quadruple woodwinds, four trumpets, eight horns, four trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, two harps, celeste, and strings–he comes across as a combination of Superman, Batman, Robin Hood, and Wagner's Siegfried. Leon Botstein brings out great warmth in the London Symphony's string section, the flute bird-curlicues in the second movement are luscious, and, in general, his leadership has nice forward propulsion in a work that can easily sound bloated. If this sort of huge, Romantic palette is your cup of tea–and it is sort of irresistible–then look no further. This realization is ravishing, and Telarc's sound is an audiophile's dream.

Vanessa-Mae - The Ultimate Vanessa-Mae (2003)

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Vanessa-Mae - The Ultimate Vanessa-Mae (2003)

Vanessa-Mae - The Ultimate Vanessa-Mae (2003)
FLAC (tracks) - 386 MB | 1:01:30
Pop, Classical | Label: EMI

Bringing commercial sensuality to the often sterile world of classical music, Vanessa-Mae moved from a classical recording career into the field of popular music with her 1994 breakout album, The Violin Player. Born Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson in 1979 to a Thai-Chinese couple living in Singapore, she took her first piano lesson at the age of three and moved to violin two years later. Vanessa-Mae was raised in London, where she first performed with an orchestra (the London Philharmonic) in 1989. The concert was recorded, as were two other works between 1990 and 1992, when the violinist toured with the London Mozart Players.Moving to a solo career but staying on the EMI label, Vanessa-Mae released The Violin Player in 1994. The album began to pick up steam in popular-music quarters, and made several world-wide charts. By then a citizen of England, she was nominated for a BRIT Award in 1996 as Best British Female. Storm followed in 1998, and a year later she returned with The Original Four Seasons & The Devil's Trill Sonata.

VA - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture) (2003)

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VA - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture) (2003)

VA - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture) (2003)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 301 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 MB
00:59:17 | Baroque, Score, Classical, Modern, Soundtrack | Label: Decca

Master and Commander, based on the hugely successful literary series by Patrick O' Brian, chronicles the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey of The Royal British Navy. Musically speaking, the seafaring genre hasn't lived up to its expectations in a long, long time. For a world saturated with lore, shanties, and melodies inspired by the ocean, Hollywood remains unresponsive, uninspired, and bereft of the combination to Davy Jones' locker. One would expect a bombastic, heroic, and unforgettable motif to assist our protagonist in his exploits, but composers Iva Davies and Christopher Gordon provide nothing of the sort. The original portion of the score succeeds in riding wave upon wave of tension, but swashbuckling tales of the sea require a memorable tune, not just a storm of Taiko drums and washed-out strings. The composers fare better on a recurring folk medley, lovingly rendered by master violinist Richard Tognetti – fans of the novels on which the film is based know full well that Lucky Jack is a fiddle-slinging-bard of a captain – that captures the true spirit of being miles away from home with your mates and fending off ghostly freighters. The remainder of the soundtrack yields a tad more bounty, utilizing famous classical pieces from Mozart, Bach, and Boccherini to great effect, bailing out the brackish water intent on keeping this ship permanently docked.

John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)

John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 238:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 475 101-2 | Recorded: 1997, 1998, 2001

Die Kombination hat sich bewährt. Joseph Haydn hat in Sir John Eliot Gardiner einen Interpreten gefunden, der mit dem nötigen Ernst und der fachlichen Kompetenz seinen geistlichen Werken nachzuspüren vermag. “Seine Darbietungen haben eine bewegende Stärke und Energie. Die Solisten sind ausgezeichnet. An keiner Stelle zweifelt man an Haydns wahrer Größe”, urteilte die BBC über Gardiners Messen-Projekt.

Coldplay - Live 2003 (2003)

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Coldplay - Live 2003 (2003)

Coldplay - Live 2003 (2003)
DVD-9: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR, Auto Pan&Scan
Dolby AC3, 2 ch / Dolby AC3, 6 ch / DTS, 6 ch
Pop Rock | 01:51:23+00:40:35 | ~ 7.10 Gb

Nine-camera, super 16 live shoot taken from their July 21 and 22, 2003 performances at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, Australia, as well as band commentary, a never before broadcast behind-the-scenes documentary, a special tour diary.

Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, André Previn - Sibelius & Korngold: Violin Concertos, Sinding Suite (2003)

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Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, André Previn - Sibelius & Korngold: Violin Concertos, Sinding Suite (2003)

Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, André Previn - Sibelius & Korngold: Violin Concertos, Sinding Suite (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 351 MB | 01:09:03
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics

On this disc, the playing's the thing and it is fabulous. Originally made in 1979 and 1980, these recordings capture Perlman at his incomparable peak. The effortless perfection of his technique leaves you gasping in disbelief; even the infamously unplayable passages in the Sibelius Finale are tossed off with easy nonchalance, and he avoids the false accents often heard in the treacherous opening theme. And Perlman's toneis warm, mellow, pure, and constantly expressive; its golden glow is like burnished copper on the low strings, like radiant sunshine up high, and he can vary it instantaneously with bow and vibrato to fit the music.

Nikolaj Znaider - Bravo! Virtuoso And Romantic Encores For Violin (2003)

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Nikolaj Znaider - Bravo! Virtuoso And Romantic Encores For Violin (2003)

Nikolaj Znaider - Bravo! Virtuoso And Romantic Encores For Violin (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 290 MB | 58:36
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal

With the best will in the world, anyone listening to a disc entitled Bravo! Virtuoso Romantic Encores for Violin is all too likely to succumb to terminal ennui. After all, the ephemeral thrills of encores are not supposed to last an hour, and unless the performer is a very great artist, the listener may die of boredom long before the disc ends. Violinist Nikolai Znaider is nearly a very great artist. He has a graceful tone, an elegant technique, and a virtuoso's temperament. His performances are truly virtuoso and his interpretations truly romantic, but with the best will in the world, anyone listening will still succumb to terminal ennui halfway through the disc.

George Robert & Kenny Barron - Peace (2003)

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George Robert & Kenny Barron - Peace (2003)

George Robert & Kenny Barron - Peace (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 324 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 163 MB | Covers - 10 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: DIW Records (DIW-945)

Swiss saxophonist George Robert is one of the top players of his generation, though he seems appreciated far more in Europe and Asia than in the U.S., probably because few of his recordings as a leader have been made for American labels. Known primarily for his brilliant work on alto sax, he opens this live duo date on soprano sax, with the phenomenal pianist Kenny Barron as his sole accompanist. The haunting ballad "Peace" is a superb opener, followed by a dancing "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." Barron launches the furious post-bop interpretation of "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," with Robert switching back to alto. The shimmering rendition of Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes" is absolutely breathtaking…

B.B. King - Reflections (2003) [Re-Up]

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B.B. King - Reflections (2003) [Re-Up]

B.B. King - Reflections (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans ~ 68 Mb
Label: MCA/Universal | # 0602498010440 | Time: 00:46:33
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

B.B. King was 77 years old when Reflections was released, which perhaps entitled him to reflect back on the song standards the album contained. Despite advancing age, King had already been unusually busy on the recording front for a septuagenarian, turning out the gold-selling duets album Deuces Wild in 1997, Blues on the Bayou in 1998, Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan in 1999, the double-platinum Riding With the King with Eric Clapton and Makin' Love Is Good for You in 2000, and the seasonal recording A Christmas Celebration of Hope in 2002. For Reflections, he again worked with Simon Climie, who produced Riding With the King, and collaborated with a session band including such notables as Joe Sample, Nathan East, and Doyle Bramhall II.

Leila K - Greatest Tracks (Limited Edition) (2003)

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Leila K - Greatest Tracks (Limited Edition) (2003)

Leila K - Greatest Tracks (Limited Edition) (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 545 | MP3 CBR 320kbps - 186 MB
1:13:38 | Euro House, Eurodance, Europop | Label: Bonnier Music

Leila K. was the first Swedish rap star and also had some success in the states with her debut single "Got to Get." In a career marred by an unusual number of problems, she managed to go bankrupt as well as become the best-selling European female artist as she moved from hip-hop, over Euro-disco and techno, to rock beats, and then disappeared into almost total obscurity. During the late '90s she was mostly known for a number of alleged scandals in her home country.

The Raymond Scott Quintette - Microphone Music (2CD) (2003) {Basta} **[RE-UP]**

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The Raymond Scott Quintette - Microphone Music (2CD) (2003) {Basta} **[RE-UP]**

The Raymond Scott Quintette - Microphone Music (2CD) (2003) {Basta}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 372 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 314 mb
Genre: jazz

Microphone Music is a 2003 double CD compilation by The Raymond Scott Quintette. It is "a collection of unreleased titles, radio performances, first-rate rehearsals and forgotten gems by the Raymond Scott Quintette recorded between 1936 and 1939." (The size of each version are correct, due to this being a mono CD and what it results in when converted to each format.)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 795 Mb | Total time: 76:37+62:22+42:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901805.07 | Recorded: 2002

This is the first authoritative recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's Griselda, rendered with exquisite beauty by René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and an outstanding cast led by Dorothea Röschmann in the title role. Warming to the story of Griselda (originally by Boccaccio) – the low-born woman who endures a string of indignities as the king, Gualtiero, tests her suitability to be the mother of his heir – is not easy. But the added humanity of Apostolo Zeno's libretto, which invests Griselda with more backbone, and Gualtiero with more sympathy, than they had in Boccaccio's original, and the emotional immediacy of the performances, Röschmann's in particular, make this recording go down smoothly. It is also an abundantly melodic and beautifully orchestrated score, representing Scarlatti at the height of his powers.

Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung - Bizet: Carmen Suite, Petite Suite d'orchestre, L'Arlésienne (2003)

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Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung - Bizet: Carmen Suite, Petite Suite d'orchestre, L'Arlésienne (2003)

Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung - Bizet: Carmen Suite, Petite Suite d'orchestre, L'Arlésienne (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 295 MB | 01:08:31
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

«Light Classics», un jure pour beaucoup, mais c'est exactement ce qui vient à l'esprit de la musique de Georges Bizet (1838-75). Bizet se révèle être un important créateur de mélodies accrocheuses et un grand expert en instrumentation. Il a créé un son orchestral romantique tardif de légèreté française et de richesse des couleurs, ce qui montre la grande compétence de Bizet. L'interprétation de Chung avec l'Orchestre de la Bastille est impeccable et souligne cette légèreté musicale sans tomber dans la douce kitsch. Le CD offre ainsi 68 minutes de pur plaisir d'écoute, musique simple au plus haut niveau.