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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Sonetti del Petrarca (2015)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Ivari Ilja (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 196 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1277-2 | Time: 00:58:53

GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - December 2015. Ondine’s fourth release together with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky features a program of sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) and Franz Liszt (1811–1886). Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longstanding duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja.

English Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Jopling - Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Schumann: Fantasie (2007)

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English Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Jopling - Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Schumann: Fantasie (2007)

English Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Jopling - Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Schumann: Fantasie (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 00:53:24 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Classics | Catalog: 95

Schubert's 'Wanderer Fantasy' and Schumann's 'Fantasie' are two highly remarkable works: while musically embodying the romantic spirit of the age in their unconventional structures and lyrically imaginative styles, they also act as self-portraits to their creators through the evocation of their creative process. In these new orchestrations by Joseph James, the familiar beauty of the works is rekindled in exciting and fresh interpretations performed by the illustrious English Chamber Orchestra alongside concertante solos from members of the Schubert Ensemble.

Rued Langgaard - The Symphonies (2009) (Thomas Dausgaard) (7CD Box Set)

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Rued Langgaard - The Symphonies (2009) (Thomas Dausgaard) (7CD Box Set)

Rued Langgaard - The Symphonies (2009) (Thomas Dausgaard) (7CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers, d.booklet | 1966 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1008 mb
Classical, Romantic, Symphony | Label: Dacapo - 6.200001

With his symphonies the Danish composer Rued Langgaard offered 16 vastly different versions of what a symphony can be. His captivating, complex genius made room for all conceivable idioms and a wealth of styles ranging from the grandiosely Late Romantic to the purest Absurdism. This box is the first collected recording of Langgaard's 16 symphonies based on the critical edition of the scores; recordings which demonstrate, with spectacular sound quality, Langgaards masterly grasp of the orchestra and his ecstatic view of art.

Rossini - Ermione (David Parry) [2010]

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Rossini - Ermione (David Parry) [2010]

Rossini - Ermione (David Parry) [2010]
Classical | Opera Rara ORC42 | TT: 64.47+69.35 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 602 Mb

During the years from 1815 to 1822 when his career centered on Naples, Rossini composed a sequence of works for the Teatro San Carlo, which at that time boasted an outstanding orchestra and a company of resident singers that was the leading ensemble available anywhere. A string of masterpieces resulted, including Ermione - which is without doubt one of the composer's greatest operas, despite it being perhaps the least immediately successful. Ermione was received with incomprehension at its sole performance in 1819 and was never revived in Rossini's lifetime. Since its first stage revival in Pesaro in 1987, Ermione has been recognized as a lost masterpiece. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the opera's novelties begin with an overture interrupted by a choral lament of Trojan prisoners. Tension and staggering originality are maintained right to the very end.

Kathleen Battle - French Opera Arias (Bastille Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Myung-Whun Chung) [2013]

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Kathleen Battle - French Opera Arias (Bastille Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Myung-Whun Chung) [2013]

Kathleen Battle - French Opera Arias (Bastille Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Myung-Whun Chung) [2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 268 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 479 1116 | TT: 62’52"

Kathleen Battle ended her operatic career on a sour note when she was fired from the MET, and this album somehow reflects that–it lacks her usual vivacity and joy. This is the only recital I've heard form her that's routine, and things aren't helped by the fact that her voice, a light colorature, isn't substantial enough for many of these arias, which are for a lyric soprano.
By Santa Fe Listener

Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine)

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Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine)

Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine) (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | CD 60:05 | Scans | 250.4 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon, DE | C/N: 427 686-2

Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo delight the listener from start to finish in this complilation. Most notable are the duets from La Traviata and The Merry Widow. In my experience of soprano/tenor performances, one voice usually is stronger or more powerful than the other, thus disappointing to that listener who is seeking a perfect blending of voices. Ms. Battle and Mr. Domingo achieve that perfect blend on each duet on this CD. Their solo performances are equally outstanding. It is no wonder they are in such demand with audiences in Japan where this CD was recorded live, as well as throughout the world.

Donizetti - Belisario (Mark Elder) [2013]

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Donizetti - Belisario (Mark Elder) [2013]

Donizetti - Belisario (Mark Elder) [2013]
Classical | Opera Rara ORC49 | TT: 69.00+77.05 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 511 Mb

Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti’s finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti’s maturity, with its premiere in 1836 (the year after the debut of Maria Stuarda in Milan and Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples), Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the 19th century. Yet, incredibly, it is little known today. The libretto, by Salvadore Cammarano (who collaborated with Donizetti on Lucia di Lammermoor), tells the moving and typically complicated story of the 6th century Byzantine general. Falsely accused by his wife, Antonina, of killing their son, he was blinded and exiled as his punishment. Only the recognition by his daughter, Irene, that her father’s former captive, Alamiro, was her long-lost brother restores Belisario’s reputation; tragically, too late to save his life.

Wagner - RSO Berlin / Marek Janowski - Lohengrin (2012, Pentatone # PTC 5186 403) {3x Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip} [RE-UP]

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Wagner - RSO Berlin / Marek Janowski - Lohengrin (2012, Pentatone # PTC 5186 403) {3x Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip} [RE-UP]

Richard Wagner - Lohengrin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Rundfunkchor Berlin / Marek Janowski
3xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 843 MB | Full Artwork: 512 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Pentatone # PTC 5186 403 | Country/Year: Netherlands 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Opera

"PentaTone have definitely established a winning formula for success with the ten Wagner operas they are currently recording in association with Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin. (…) The presentation of this set is excellent. Thankfully, it includes a well translated German/ English libretto (unlike the travesty supplied with the Bychkov version), a thought provoking essay on the opera by Steffen Georgi and full artist biographies. Though my own allegiance to the Bychkov version among recent recordings remains steadfast this Janowski account is unlikely to disappoint. It will surely be welcomed by avid Wagnerites and makes one eager for the next issue in what is proving to be a superlative series." ~sa-cd.net

Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty (Núñez, Muntagirov; Kessels) 2017 [HDTV 1080i]

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Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty (Núñez, Muntagirov; Kessels) 2017 [HDTV 1080i]

Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty (Nunez, Muntagirov; Kessels) 2017 [HDTV 1080i]
AVC, 1920x1080i (16:9), 17.5 mbps, 25 fps | AC3 448 kbps, 6 ch | 00:52:54 + 00:45:02 + 01:29:01 | GB
Classical, Ballet | Royal Opera House | HDTV->TS

Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells in this landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky.

Verdi - La Forza del Destino (Francesco Molinari Pradelli) (2002/1958)

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Verdi - La Forza del Destino (Francesco Molinari Pradelli) (2002/1958)

Verdi - La Forza del Destino (Francesco Molinari Pradelli) (2002/1958)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.79 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub: English, Francais

“…Tebaldi proved at the Maggio Musicale at Florence in 1953 under Mitropoulos that Leonora was to be among her most successful roles, and here she confirms the fact in spades with her lustrous, effortlessly shaped and eloquent traversal of the role. By her side she has the incomparable Corelli, singing his first Don Alvaro, and revealing that his brilliant, exciting yet plangent tone is precisely the right instrument to project Alvaro's loves and sorrows. At this stage of his career his thrilling upper register and incisive delivery of the text were at their most potent, as he makes abundantly clear in aria and duet. As his antagonist, Bastianini sings with the kind of Verdian élan seemingly now extinct among his breed. He may not be the most subtle of Verdian baritones, but here his macho approach ideally suits Don Carlo's vengeful imprecations.” (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)

David Geringas & Ian Fountain - Malincolia: Works for Cello and Piano by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius (2015)

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David Geringas & Ian Fountain - Malincolia: Works for Cello and Piano by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius (2015)

Malincolia: Works for Cello and Piano by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius (2015)
David Geringas (cello) & Ian Fountain (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Profil | # PH15005 | Time: 01:08:13

The Italian word malinconia was very commonly used in the nineteenth century as a title for melancholy pieces. Yet the idea of malinconia covered a myriad of romantic notions, so that simply translating it as "melancholy" does not do it justice. It subsumes many other emotional states as well - all kinds of dejection, gloom, unknown sadness, desperation, depression and even frustration. Each language has evolved its own terms, and interpretations of the word itself also differ from region to region. Malinconia in sunny Italy or Spain is quite different from melancholy in Norway and in Finland, where the winters are harsh and long. The Nordic variant is expressed here in various musical examples; words alone are anyway inadequate.

Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait [2002]

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Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait [2002]

Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait (Puccini, Handel, Traditional, Vangelis, Mozart, Faure, Ellington, Mahler, Bach, Dvorak) [2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 303 MB
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog Number: SK 89464 | TT: 68:28

Kathleen Battle initially made her considerable reputation on the operatic stage, but quickly went on to become a premier recitalist and a vibrant interpreter of a wide variety of musical styles. CLASSIC KATHLEEN BATTLE - A PORTRAIT is an overview of the dynamic soprano's career that emphasizes her remarkable versatility. Her extraordinary technical control is shown to great effect in works by Handel and Bach, and her crystal clear readings of Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" and "Alleluja" leave no doubt as to why she's considered one of the leading exponents of his work…

LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)

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LSO, John Eliot Gardiner - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)

Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No.5 'Reformation'; Overtures (2015)
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: LSO Live | # LSO0775 | Time: 00:47:09

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra join forces once again in the latest instalment of their exploration of Mendelssohn’s symphonies. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 5, commonly known as the ‘Reformation’ Symphony, was written in 1830 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsberg confession – a seminal event in the Protestant Reformation. Allusions to the symphony’s title and inspiration can be heard throughout the music itself; the Dresden Amen is cited by the strings in the first movement whilst the finale is based on Martin Luther’s well-known chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’). Coupled with this are two of Mendelssohn’s overtures, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Ruy Blas, both of which were inspired by literary works. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, based on two short poems by Goethe, depicts the journey of sailors at sea with a still adagio opening ultimately giving way to a triumphant homecoming. Completing the album, the overture Ruy Blas was commissioned by the Leipzig Theatre as an overture to Victor Hugo’s tragic drama of the same name.

Verdi - Les Vepres Siciliennes (Mario Rossi) [2004/1969]

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Verdi - Les Vepres Siciliennes (Mario Rossi) [2004/1969]

Verdi - Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Mario Rossi) [2004/1969]
Classical | Opera Rara ORCV303 | TT: 67.37+61.31+67.04 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 814 Mb

Les Vêpres Siciliennes is one of Verdi’s misunderstood operas. It is usually presented to audiences today as I vespri Siciliani - that is, in a clumsy and pedestrian Italian translation and as such gives a false representation of Verdi’s original concept. This opera was composed for the Paris Opera to a libretto by Eugene Scribe, one of the greatest poets of the day and Charles Duveyrier. Verdi embraces the French idiom – the musical forms, the orchestration, the vocal writing – with the same grandeur and sense of occasion as Rossini and Meyerbeer before him. Certainly to give an opera in translation is no crime but to continually deprive the public of this particularly beautiful marriage of text and music is close to criminal. This is the third in the Verdi Originals series and this BBC recording of the opera finally restores the original French libretto.

Siegfried Wagner - Staatsphilharmonie RP / Albert - Complete Ouvertures Vol. 1 (1994, CPO # 999 003-2) [RE-UP]

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Siegfried Wagner - Staatsphilharmonie RP / Albert - Complete Ouvertures Vol. 1 (1994, CPO # 999 003-2) [RE-UP]

Siegfried Wagner - Complete Overtures Vol. 1
Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz / Werner Andreas Albert
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 252 MB | Full Artwork: 128 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: CPO # 999 003-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1994
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Early 20th Century

Siegfried Wagner had the best musical pedigree that a composer could conceivably have: the son of Richard Wagner and the grandson of Franz Liszt (through Liszt's daughter Cosima). His ancestry proved to be a decidedly mixed blessing, however, as the younger Wagner – despite working in a different musical era – was never fully able to step outside of the long shadow cast by his father, even as he engendered the jealousy of musical rivals. (…) Following Siegfried Wagner's death, the family did its best to suppress performances of his music, casting its lot with the more popular and profitable works of Richard Wagner, and it was only with lapsing of various copyrights, and the formation of the Siegfried Wagner Society in 1972, that his music was made available again, first in concert editions and more recently in full performances.