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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 72:05 | Scans included
Classical | Decca | 417 514-2 | Recorded: 1980, 1983

Despite the fact that there are multiple recordings of Shostakovich's deeply moving Symphony No. 14, this rather old but remastered recording is unique in the quality of performance: Bernard Haitink conducts his Concertgebouw Orchestra and elected to use non-Slavic singers Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who in turn sing the poems in their original languages rather than the Russian translations used in the original premiere. The effect is staggeringly beautiful and if one must choose a single recording of this symphony, this would be the one that captures the essence of Shostakovich's vision.

Maurice Jarre - Doctor Zhivago: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1965) The Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition 1995

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Maurice Jarre - Doctor Zhivago: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1965) The Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition 1995

Maurice Jarre - Doctor Zhivago: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1965)
The Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition 1995

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 335 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 161 Mb | Scans ~ 185 Mb
Soundtrack, Score | Label: TCM Turner/Rhino | # R2 71957 | Time: 01:09:46

Maurice Jarre wrote the central musical motif of his score for Doctor Zhivago, "Lara's Theme," in a few minutes in a hotel, amid a frantic five-week rush to score the 197-minute movie. That theme made the Doctor Zhivago soundtrack album one of the biggest selling soundtrack of the 1960s, a considerable feat when one reckons in the competition from A Hard Day's Night, Never on Sunday, A Man and a Woman, Exodus, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The rest of Jarre's score is more in the realm of lushly textured Russian-themed mood music, filled with dark male choruses, folk and folk-like themes, and dense orchestrations, sort of faux-Tchaikovsky. The stereo separation is used to good effect, and the music as a whole forms a kind of romantic/exotic travelogue as much as a dramatic sketch of the movie's action.

Dmitry Sinkovsky & La Voce Strumentale - Akhunov: Songs and Poems (2021)

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Dmitry Sinkovsky & La Voce Strumentale - Akhunov: Songs and Poems (2021)

Dmitry Sinkovsky & La Voce Strumentale - Akhunov: Songs and Poems (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 270 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:25
Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa

The Russian composer Sergey Akhunov (b. 1967) was educated at the Kiev State Conservatory, before he started his career as an oboe player. He subsequently gained experience in various musical styles and genres such as electronic music and rock. In the mid-2000s, he consistently turned to composing orchestral, chamber and vocal music, but also film music. This recording presents vocal music by Akhunov, including "Songs", which he wrote as a commission for La Voce Strumentale. Dmitry Sinkovsky as the spiritus rector of the recording - he is at the same time singer (countertenor) and conductor - succeeds in an impressive way, among others seconded by soprano Julia Lezhneva in three songs, in combining tonal contemporary music with the sound of an early music ensemble.

Elizaveta Pakhomova, Tatiana Barsukova, Marina Dichenko & Olga Solovieva - Myaskovsky: Vocal Works, Vol. 1 (2021)

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Elizaveta Pakhomova, Tatiana Barsukova, Marina Dichenko & Olga Solovieva - Myaskovsky: Vocal Works, Vol. 1 (2021)

Elizaveta Pakhomova, Tatiana Barsukova, Marina Dichenko & Olga Solovieva - Myaskovsky: Vocal Works, Vol. 1 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 245 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:24
Classical, Vocal | Label: Toccata Classics

The dignified bearing and quiet wisdom of Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881–1950) gained him the sobriquet of ‘the conscience of Russian music’ – and those qualities are reflected in the unemphatic strength of his music. His orchestral, chamber and instrumental works are regaining the currency they once enjoyed, but his large corpus of songs, many of them understated masterpieces, has yet to attract systematic attention – a situation this series hopes to remedy. The pairing here of his late Violin Sonata with his last two song-cycles for soprano and piano mirrors the Moscow concert in 1947 when all three were given their first performances.

VA - Jukebox: Music In The Films Of Aki Kaurismaki (2006) 2CDs

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VA - Jukebox: Music In The Films Of Aki Kaurismaki (2006) 2CDs

VA - Jukebox: Music In The Films Of Aki Kaurismäki (2006) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 840 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 338 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Soundtracks | Label: Megamania | # MGMCD 2222 | Time: 02:27:42

The rules of the game were clear when the credits for the soundtrack of Aki Kaurismäki's debut film Crime and Punishment gave the names Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich, Olavi Virta, the Renegades, Harri Marstio and Billie Holiday. Dostoevskian to say the least! Added to these as Kaurismaki’s career progressed were Tchaikovsky (the Pathetique Symphony a dozen or so times!), Shostakovich, Chuck Berry, the great Estonian Georg Ots, rhythm & blues, Finnish rock’n’roll (Melrose, with Tokela in the vocal lead), Jussi Bjorling, and Toshitake Shinohara - the Japanese composer of a host of beautiful scores now settled permanently in Karkkila, home of Kaurismäki himself. Not all are familiar to a non-Finnish audience. Yet Finn and foreigner, familiar and unfamiliar are as such one seamless entity, their associations equally fascinating. The director himself says he grabs armfuls of discs off his shelf at home before setting off for the editing room.

Maria Ewing, Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (1993)

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Maria Ewing, Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (1993)

Maria Ewing, Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (1993)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 590 MB | 02:35:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

This opera is a study in the psychopathology of everyday life. It exposes the kind of brutal manners familiar in naturalistic novels after the Goncourts and Zola, but Shostakovich had the misfortune of running afoul of the official Soviet position that criminality and pathology couldn't exist in the workers' paradise. Maria Ewing's strength isn't pure vocalism; anyone can find fault on technical grounds. But she is a passionate, involving actress with her voice, and she makes our anti-heroine chillingly desperate and driven–every moment is haunted. The supporting cast joins in with a broadly vicious portrayal of a spider's den passing for normal home life.

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Russia: Schnittke, Taneyev, Gubaidulina, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (2014)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Russia: Schnittke, Taneyev, Gubaidulina, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (2014)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Russia: Schnittke, Taneyev, Gubaidulina, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 62:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.317 | Recorded: 2013

Diese CD bietet eine breite Palette russischer Komponisten, die in der Tradition orthodoxer Kirchenmusik komponierten. Sie reicht von Michail Glinka, Peter Tschaikowsky, Sergej Tanejew und Sergej Rachmaninoff bis zu Alfred Schnittke und Sofia Gubaidulina, von romantisch-expressiven Vertonungen bis zu den expressiven Klängen der beiden neueren Komponisten.

Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

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Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

P.I. Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)
Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, conductor
Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Vladimir Valaitis, Andrey Fedoseyev, Valentina Levko
Andrey Sokolov, Valery Yaroslavtsev, Vitaly Vlasov, Yury Dementyev, Galina Borisova

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 718 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 365 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | # 420 375-2 | Time: 02:40:13

This version of The Queen of Spades was originally recorded in 1974 and made available as a special import; it was then generally released by Philips in 1988. Reviewing it at the time, AB gave a level account of its strengths, but had little difficulty in preferring the Tchakarov set when it was issued in 1990. Deleted by Philips, the Ermler performance has now been restored to the Melodiya catalogue. I cannot see anyone dissenting from AB's view: certainly I do not, except perhaps to regard him as being over-generous in his account of Atlantov's Herman in calling it ''loud and unsubtle''. Stronger words would also be appropriate, especially when Atlantov is compared with the sensitive Wieslaw Ochman on the Tchakarov set. Valentina Levko is a good Countess in what is a well-established Russian tradition of responses to the role: AB thought the old lady's reminiscences not so pointedly delivered as by some other singers, and I would add that she would certainly have acquired a better French accent during her long sojourn as the Venus of Paris.

Magdalena Kožená & Yefim Bronfman - Nostalgia: Brahms, Mussorgsky & Bartók (2021)

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Magdalena Kožená & Yefim Bronfman - Nostalgia: Brahms, Mussorgsky & Bartók (2021)

Magdalena Kožená & Yefim Bronfman - Nostalgia: Brahms, Mussorgsky & Bartók (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 210 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:06
Classical, Vocal | Label: Pentatone

On her third PENTATONE album Nostalgia, Magdalena Kožená presents Bartók’s Village Scenes, Mussorgsky’s The Nursery and a selection of Brahms songs, together with acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman. Sung in Slovak, Russian and German, these songs on love, longing and innocence show three master composers transforming folk traditions into their unique musical styles. Kožená demonstrates her vocal mastery once more, and this recording with Bronfman is the result of a two-decades-spanning congenial artistic partnership. Nostalgia is star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená’s third album as part of her exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE, after having presented the baroque cantatas recital album Il giardino dei sospiri and the songs in chamber-musical setting project Soirée in 2019. Yefim Bronfman, whose commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike, makes his PENTATONE debut.

Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Pierre Boulez conducts Igor Stravinsky (2010) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 812 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 8730 | Time: 05:54:22

The years have seen Pierre Boulez record for CBS, Erato, EMI, and Philips, among other labels, but his most consistent and critically praised work has appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, where he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his own Ensemble InterContemporain in many successful performances. These ensembles are heard on this trimline, six-CD box set of Igor Stravinsky's major works, which brings together Boulez's recordings of L'oiseau de feu, Petrushka, Le Sacre du printemps, L'histoire du Soldat, the symphonies, concertos, and other works, recorded between 1980 and 1996. As one of the leading champions of modernism, first as a composer and essayist, then as a prominent conductor, Boulez is regarded as an authority on Stravinsky's oeuvre, and it is difficult to imagine many conductors who have a better understanding of the technical and stylistic issues that affect performances. Boulez is also famous for his precision and meticulousness, which make the details stand out clearly in the rhythmically complex and texturally dense orchestral scores of the ballets, and yet seem so delicate and exact in the concertos and pieces for smaller ensembles.

Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine (1978) [Non-Remastered English Version]

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Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine (1978) [Non-Remastered English Version]

Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine (1978) [Non-Remastered English Version]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Electronic | Label: Capitol | # CDP 7 46039 2 | Time: 00:36:19

The Man-Machine is closer to the sound and style that would define early new wave electro-pop – less minimalistic in its arrangements and more complex and danceable in its underlying rhythms. Like its predecessor, Trans-Europe Express, there is the feel of a divided concept album, with some songs devoted to science fiction-esque links between humans and technology, often with electronically processed vocals ("The Robots," "Spacelab," and the title track); others take the glamour of urbanization as their subject ("Neon Lights" and "Metropolis"). Plus, there's "The Model," a character sketch that falls under the latter category but takes a more cynical view of the title character's glamorous lifestyle. More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of The Man-Machine – in particular among Kraftwerk's oeuvre – had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain's later new romantic movement.

Benjamin Bernheim, Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia - Benjamin Bernheim (2019)

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Benjamin Bernheim, Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia - Benjamin Bernheim (2019)

Benjamin Bernheim, Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia - Benjamin Bernheim (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 63:17 | Scans included
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6078 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

This is the debut album of Benjamin Bernheim, signed to the Deutsche Grammophon after several sensational appearances with major opera companies. Like many other debuts, it mixes French and Italian arias, with an odd Tchaikovsky item thrown in, but pay attention, and it will be apparent that Bernheim is a cut above. Raised in Switzerland, he has perhaps a natural way with both French and Italian music. You get the feeling, though, that Bernheim could sing almost anything and make it convincing. His voice is not big, but it has many shades, and he falls easily into the grooves of Massenet and Verdi without seeming to shift gears in any way.

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)

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PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir & Vladimir Gorbik - More Honourable Than the Cherubim (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 276 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:36
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Chandos Records

The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute strives to present Russian Orthodox choral music in its highest possible form, uniting deep spirituality, a profound love for the rich traditions of Orthodox Christian singing, and an uncompromising standard of musical professionalism rooted in the great traditions of Russian choral composers.

Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

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Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Arnold Schoenberg, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág
Iannis Xenakis, Harrison Birtwistle, Gérard Grisey, Hugues Dufourt, Brian Ferneyhough (1995)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Ensemble InterContemporain
New Swingle Singers, Heinz Holliger, Régis Pasquier, André Trouttet, Sophie Cherrier
Choeur John Alldis, Adrienne Csengery, Marta Fabian, Istvan Matuz

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Scans ~ 78 Mb | Time: 04:57:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-98496-2

Collecting five CDs for about the price of three, this set of Boulez recordings is without parallel among the conductor's new-music releases. Imagine getting Boulez's celebrated single CD of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia and Eindrücke and his equally impressive single CD of Arnold Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande and Variations for Orchestra, bundled with four pivotal Elliott Carter works, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's electrifying …AGM…, Gérard Grisey's Modulations, Iannis Xenakis's Jalons, Hugues Dufourt's Antiphysis, and Brian Ferneyhough's Funerailles, and you have an idea how far this set stretches.

Lorne Balfe - Black Widow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2021)

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Lorne Balfe - Black Widow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2021)

Lorne Balfe - Black Widow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 417 MB | Cover | 01:20:03 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 185 MB
Soundtracks | Label: Hollywood Records

Black Widow is a 2021 American action superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the 24th film in the superhero MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). The film is written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, directed by Cate Shortland, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, stars Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), David Harbour (Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian), Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova), O. T. Fagbenle (Mason), Rachel Weisz (Melinna Von Vostokoff / Iron Maiden), William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Yolanda Lynes, Ever Anderson, Violet McGraw, Michelle Lee, Shaina West, Jade Ma, Nanna Blondell, Georgia Curtis, Ione Butler, Simona Zivkovska.