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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Thierry Fischer; Soloists of the Kirov Opera

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9488 | Time: 00:59:44

This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa, 'Mavra.' At only 28 minutes, the opera is short, but interesting. By scoring the orchestra with full winds and just a handful of strings, Stravinsky molded the usually romantic opera genre into his cool, neoclassical form. Both the singing and the playing are highly energetic, and contain a certain wittiness. Conductor Thierry Fischer does something quite amazing: instead of the usual separation between voice and pit orchestra, Fischer puts the orchestra in direct dialogue with the stage action, creating an incredible integration. The 'Octet' and 'Concertino', more standard works, are also well played. Attacks and articulations are so very clean, and it was this cleanliness that attracted Stravinsky to wind instruments in the first place. Unlike other Stravinsky recordings, this one has the vitality and moodiness that make the notes sparkle. One always feels a sense of propulsion. In the 'Concertino', this rhythmic drive is contrasted beautifully with eerie string lines. The 'Octet' manages to achieve a perfect chamber music feel. The ensemble never forces the sound, and the result is an elegant, interesting and contagious performance. The same could be said for the whole album.

Hamish McLaren & Matthew Jorysz - Sphinx (2021)

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Hamish McLaren & Matthew Jorysz - Sphinx (2021)

Hamish McLaren & Matthew Jorysz - Sphinx (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 283 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:16:27
Classical, Vocal | Label: Orchid Classics

Russia’s rich tradition of art song began with early 19th-century salon pieces: lyrical ‘romances’ that evolved to embrace grander themes yet never lost their intimacy. This selection explores some fascinating but less-trodden paths through this repertoire, inspired by the theme of distant lands and encompassing the enduring themes of travel, romantic landscapes, love and loss, life and death. In this recital, Borodin meets Taneyev, a Moscow composition professor from the next generation; Shostakovich stands alongside another major symphonist, his Moscow colleague Myaskovsky, and Shostakovich’s student Boris Tchaikovsky, a prodigy widely known for his film music, passes the baton to Elena Firsova, a post-Soviet émigré to England and a distinctive lyrical voice of today. Inspired by the songs of Taneyev, Myaskovksy and Firsova, countertenor Hamish McLaren embarked on distant travels of his own, journeying to Russia where he found two previously unreleased film songs by Shostakovich, heard here in their world-premiere recordings.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 2; Faust Cantata (2008)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 2; Faust Cantata (2008)

Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 2; Faust Cantata (2008)
Erik Kurmangaliev, countertenor; Raisa Kotova, contralto; Anatoli Safiulin, bass
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra & State Chamber Choir, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Oleg Kagan, violin; Natalia Gutman, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 01547 | Time: 01:08:50

Alfred Schnittke's Second Concerto Grosso is a different creature than his First. While the 1977 Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 2 Violins, Strings and Keyboards is a lithe, vicious, often comical work, the Second, finished five years later, is a weightier affair. The soloists are now violin and cello; the Baroque band is now a full orchestra with electric guitar, drum kit, and brake drum; there are four large movements rather than six smaller ones; the entire work is imbued with an air of sincere tragedy, albeit with mud on its shoes. Schnittke dedicated the work to its premiere soloists, husband-and-wife duo Oleg Kagan (violin) and Natalia Gutman (cello); famed for their flawless ensemble, the couple inspired in Schnittke a musical air of companionship – a single soul in two instruments.

Alla Pugacheva - Millions Of Roses (1983) [1988, Japan]

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Alla Pugacheva - Millions Of Roses (1983) [1988, Japan]

Alla Pugacheva - Millions Of Roses (1983) [1988, Japan]
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Vocal, Ballad | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 46:06 | 282,02 Mb
Label: Melodia/Victor Musical Industries Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# VDP-1335 | Released: 1988-04-06 (1983)

Happy Birthday, Soviet Superstar!

One of Russia's most beloved pop stars, Alla Pugacheva was first heard at age 16 with her song "Robot," produced for a state radio program, and soon her clear mezzo-soprano was all over the country. In 1975 she won the Bulgarian Golden Orpheus Award, which brought her moderate success. Her victory at Poland's 1978 Sopot International Song Festival with the song "Kings Can Do Everything," however, was the turning point in her career, giving her worldwide fame and recognition. From then on, although for many she grew to represent the government-endorsed pop culture that was forced upon the people, her popularity skyrocketed, and Pugacheva released many albums throughout the years.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina - Borodin: Prince Igor (2003/1998)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina - Borodin: Prince Igor (2003/1998)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina - Borodin: Prince Igor (2003/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.75 Gb+7.01 Gb (2xDVD9) | 194 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this magnificent 1998 production of Borodin’s "Prince Igor", presented in a new Mariinsky Theatre performing edition and featuring Mikhail Fokine’s original choreography in the famous Polovtsian Dances. Its four acts tell of the struggle between the Russians and Polovtsian nomads, of Prince Igor’s capture and escape from his noble opponent, Khan Konchak, and of love between Igor’s son, Vladimir, and Konchak’s daughter, Konchakovna.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko - Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila [2003/1995]

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko - Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila [2003/1995]

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Anna Netrebko, Vladimir Ognovenko - Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila [2003/1995]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb+7.76 Gb (2xDVD9) | 210 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

There is not much to fault in this quintessentially Russian opera with the lavish staging and fantastic costumes surely a feat to the eye. You cannot find much fault on the musical side of things either as many have expressed their opinion that this remains the finest version of the opera by a mile. The charismatic and almost demonic Gergiev conducts with his systematic, unabated passion for music which is most certainly in his blood and his players definitely do him proud. The cast is also top notch on all counts with Netrebko and Gorchakova particularly impressive.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus & Ballet, St Petersburg - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa (2004/1996)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus & Ballet, St Petersburg - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa (2004/1996)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus & Ballet, St Petersburg - Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa (2004/1996)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 174 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this dramatic staging of Tchaikovsky’s historical opera, based on Pushkin’s verse tale of the legendary Cossack chieftain. Tchaikovsky’s dark musical setting intertwines the political drama of Mazeppa’s ill-fated betrayal of the Tsar with the personal tragedy of his love for Maria, the young daughter of his hapless opponent, Kocubej.

Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

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Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Songs (2012)
Kiev Chamber Choir; Mykola Hobdych, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included | 01:15:07
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2279, 476 4990

The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was sound. But what if it was music? What if God, in contemplating the creation of Creation, sang being into being? If so, it might have sounded something like the Sacred Songs of Valentin Silvestrov. In this seventh ECM album devoted to the Ukrainian composer’s music, we thusly encounter a sense of space unique to the Russian liturgy: the more the voices unify in movement, the more they lift from one another like temporary tattoos, leaving behind mirror images that wash away with baptism into infinite oneness with the Holy Spirit. Sin as sun. Firmament as fundament.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.22 Gb+6.67 Gb (2xDVD9) | 210 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Modest Mussorgsky's opera in prologue and four acts is performed by the Kirov Opera with performances from Olga Borodina, Alexei Steblianko and Sergei Leiferkust. Boris Godunov has obtained the throne of Russia by murdering the rightful heir Dmitry. An old monk, Pimen, witnessed this, and convinces his apprentice Grigory to avenge Dmitry's death. In the following years Grigory poses as Dmitry, raising an army against Boris, who is now convinced that he is being punished for the murder.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 179 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

In terms of vocal power, lyrical beauty and idiomatic authenticity, the casting for this 1992 live recording of the Kirov production of Pique Dame ("The Queen of Spades") could hardly be bettered. Gegam Grigorian (Herman) hits his fearsome, anguished high notes with the accuracy of a laser and Maria Gulegina (Liza) has a voice the size of the QEII but uses it with great subtlety–her opening duet with Pauline floats like gossamer, and her declarations of love for Herman at the end of Act 1 are spine-tingling. Kirov superstars Sergei Leiferkus (Tomsky) and rich-toned Olga Borodina (Pauline) also sound divine.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Vladimir Galusin - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko [2006/1994]

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Vladimir Galusin - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko [2006/1994]

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Vladimir Galusin - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko [2006/1994]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9) | 174 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

“Gergiev conducts a sweeping performance, with a typically superb cast of the Kirov's revival years, full of rising stars - Diadkova, Ognovenko, Bezzubenkov and the superb character tenor Gassiev. Charming also is the staging, reproduced from airy, painterly 1920s sets. Museum opera, maybe; but then museums are there to preserve treasures. And this is an absolute gem.”(Music Magazine)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Three Russian Songs (1986)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Three Russian Songs (1986)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Three Russian Songs (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 50:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 414 455-2 | Recorded: 1984

Ashkenazy and Previn are broadly agreed on choice of tempos throughout the work. At the very opening, after the magical silvery flutes, Ashkenazy is a shade more volatile and he certainly echoes the words "sparkle and dash" in the evocation of the "sledges dashing in a row, their bells jingling". Here his tenor soloist, Ryszard Karczykowski, brings an added degree of temperament to the singing. In the slow movement too, Natalia Troitskaya's contribution has all the freshness of Armstrong, yet there is a natural slavonic feeling too—the singing opens up that bit more, yet without a hint of crudeness.

LPO, Vladimir Jurowski, Vsevolod Grivnov - Serge Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3; 10 Songs (arr. Jurowski) (2016) [Re-Up]

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LPO, Vladimir Jurowski, Vsevolod Grivnov - Serge Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3; 10 Songs (arr. Jurowski) (2016) [Re-Up]

Sergey Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 3; 10 Songs (arr. Jurowski) (2016)
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski, conductor; Vsevolod Grivnov, tenor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: LPO | # LPO-0088 | Time: 00:59:20

This recording features one of today’s most sought-after conductors, Vladimir Jurowski, who was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, with many of his recordings on the LPO Label being chosen for special mentions by BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine. When Rachmaninoff finally settled in Switzerland in the early 1930s, it was here, in the tranquil surroundings he needed for inspiration, that he wrote the Third Symphony. Sir Henry Wood, writing in his autobiography My Life of Music (1938), predicted that Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony would ‘prove as popular as Tchaikovsky’s Fifth’. These arrangements of Rachmaninoff’s 10 Songs were made by Vladimir Jurowski’s grandfather, also called Vladimir (1915–72), whose first experience of Rachmaninoff’s music was in Russia after the Second World War. He orchestrated 10 songs specifically for the celebrated Russian tenor Ivan Kozlovsky, who recorded them with the conductor Kiril Kondrashin.

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)
Schumann, Britten, Purcell, Fauré, Gounod, R.Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2102 | Time: 01:08:50

Those of us who rejoice in the crystalline beauty of Carolyn Sampson’s interpretations of Bach, Handel and Purcell will welcome this bouquet of songs on a floral theme, her debut recital disc. It’s been a long wait, but our patience is repaid handsomely. With pianist Joseph Middleton she savours some choice blooms from, among others, Britten, Chabrier, Schubert, Schumann, Gounod and Strauss, her glorious soprano particularly affecting in Fauré’s Le papillon et la fleur and the wonderfully perfumed Les roses d’Ispahan. Middleton plays with dextrous delicacy throughout and brings real virtuosity to Strauss’s Mädchenblumen. Highly recommended.

Sofia Fomina & Alexander Karpeyev - Medtner: Songs (2021)

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Sofia Fomina & Alexander Karpeyev - Medtner: Songs (2021)

Sofia Fomina & Alexander Karpeyev - Medtner: Songs (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 223Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 135 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:57:11
Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records

Like his friend and contemporary Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Medtner enjoyed a privileged and affluent upbringing, and was also exiled from Russia following the revolution in 1917. Unlike Rachmaninoff, Medtner could point to an ancestry that was part German, and his fathers passion for Germanic culture ensured that Goethe and Beethoven exerted as much influence on the young Medtner as Russian composers and writers, in particular Beethovens piano sonatas and string quartets. Medtner moved first to Germany, then France, before settling in London in 1935.