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Sean Shibe - Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar (2017)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Sean Shibe - Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar (2017)

Sean Shibe - Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 66:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian Records | # DCD34193 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

Barely half a century ago, the guitar was such a rarity in the concert hall that even an outstanding player like Julian Bream was remarkable as a pioneer as much as for his exceptional technique and musicality. Today, by contrast, the field is richly populated – thanks not only to Bream’s own inspiring example to younger players but also to the vastly increased repertoire, so much of which he also instigated.

Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (2024)

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Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (2024)

Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 79:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO | # LSO0830 | Recorded: 2018-2019

Celebrating the work of Benjamin Britten, this album combines three of the composer’s enduringly popular, yet vastly distinctive works. Sir Simon Rattle leads us on an unexpected journey through this diverse collection of masterpieces.

Graham Johnson - Benjamin Britten: Purcell Realizations (2006)

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Graham Johnson - Benjamin Britten: Purcell Realizations (2006)

Graham Johnson - Benjamin Britten: Purcell Realizations (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 474 Mb | Total time: 143:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDD22058 | Recorded: 1995

It is more or less axiomatic now that anything Graham Johnson turns his hand to will be perfectly realised, and here it proves once again to be the case. That he is accompanying eight of the finest voices in the young and middle generations of British singers can only have helped. Hyperion supplies full texts and a recorded sound of complete fidelity. These are, moreover, well filled discs. It is plain that nothing short of a strong recommendation will do.

Janine Jansen - Beethoven & Britten: Violin Concertos (2009)

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Janine Jansen - Beethoven & Britten: Violin Concertos (2009)

Janine Jansen - Beethoven & Britten: Violin Concertos (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:20 | 391 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 478 1530

This unusual coupling works surprisingly well, God only knows why. Perhaps the Britten’s neo-classical (or Baroque) leanings and formal freedom sit well next to Beethoven’s echt-Classical language, but whatever the reason the performances of both works are extremely fine. Paavo Järvi’s expertise in Beethoven with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is by now well-known, and in Janine Jansen he has a soloist who matches him for vibrancy and freshness.

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 67:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029500570 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

The first joint album from countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and guitarist Thibaut Garcia, À sa guitare takes it's name from a song by the 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. But it's frame of reference is extraordinarily wide - both culturally and stylistically. It's 22 tracks range across 400 years and music by composers and songwriters from France, Britain, Austria, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the USA.

Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Dance! (2024)

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Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Dance! (2024)

Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Dance! (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 611 Mb | Total time: 01:55:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 028948649945 | Recorded: 2023

Daniel Hope's new album "Dance!" reflects his boundless interest in the most diverse styles and periods of music. The star violinist takes the listeners on a journey through seven centuries of music history and explores the rhythms that have set bodies in motion and lifted hearts since time began.

Stephen Hough: The Erato Years 1987-1998 [9CDs] (2021)

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Stephen Hough: The Erato Years 1987-1998 [9CDs] (2021)

Stephen Hough: The Erato Years 1987-1998 (2021)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.63 Gb | Total time: 9:40:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190296729188 | Recorded: 1987-1998

Some of Stephen Hough’s most exquisite recordings come from his collaborations with EMI and Virgin Classics during this early period, offering a taste of the pianist’s impeccable touch, his musical and intellectual rigor, and his fondness for the short showpieces that filled late 19th-century salons and peppered the 78 rpm records of golden-age pianists. In the two all-Liszt recitals, Stephen Hough is also in his element, creating atmospheric colors, with notes flowing like streams of pearls, shaping and magnifying the dramatic depth of these works. From Mozart to Schumann, Brahms to Britten, looking back at the great virtuoso tradition while looking forward through his own arrangements, Stephen Hough presents, through these early recordings, a fascinating portrait of a young artist whose brilliant, artistic intellect and appetite for creativity remains unmatched today.

Augustin Hadelich, Cristian Măcelaru, WDR Sinfonieorchester - Recuerdos: Sarasate, Prokofiev, Britten, Tarrega (2022)

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Augustin Hadelich, Cristian Măcelaru, WDR Sinfonieorchester - Recuerdos: Sarasate, Prokofiev, Britten, Tarrega (2022)

Augustin Hadelich, Cristian Măcelaru, WDR Sinfonieorchester - Recuerdos: Prokofiev, Britten: Violin Concertos; Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy; Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296310768 | Recorded: 2021

A subtle and profound Spanish theme runs through Recuerdos – ‘Memories’. Violinist Augustin Hadelich has conceived an album that unites three works for violin and orchestra and a piece originally written for solo guitar. For Britten’s Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2 and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy he is joined by the WDR Sinfonieorchester and its Chief Conductor, Cristian Măcelaru; he remains alone for Ruggero Ricci’s arrangement of Tárrega’s shimmering Recuerdos de la Alhambra.

Kerson Leong, Patrick Hahn, Philharmonia Orchestra - Britten, Bruch: Violin Concertos (2023)

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Kerson Leong, Patrick Hahn, Philharmonia Orchestra - Britten, Bruch: Violin Concertos (2023)

Kerson Leong, Patrick Hahn, Philharmonia Orchestra - Britten, Bruch: Violin Concertos (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 73:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 946 | Recorded: 2022

On his second album for Alpha Classics, rising star violinist Kerson Leong juxtaposes the Violin Concertos of Bruch and Benjamin Britten. This unusual pairing is a reflection on the journey from one extreme of expression to another. Bruch’s In Memoriam is the perfect bridge between them.

Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia - Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice (2005)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia - Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice (2005)

Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia - Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 565 Gb | Total time: 151:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10280(2) | Recorded: 2004

Langridge is an inspired interpreter of the role of Aschenbach; his performance here is matched by Alan Opie’s sinister portrayal of the six characters who convey him to his doom. Michael Chance contributes an ethereally unsettling Voice of Apollo, and Richard Hickox coaxes out every bit of the score's morbid beauty.

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein: Britten - Harris (2023)

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Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein: Britten - Harris (2023)

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein: Britten - Harris (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 2.6 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1.5 GB
11:06:05 | Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

No figure in 20th century American classical music had as prominent or controversial a career – or did more to sell classical music to the general public as something genuinely exciting, and worth getting into a sweat over – than Leonard Bernstein. For more than 30 years, from his assumption of the post of Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958 until the final concerts that he conducted in obviously failing health near the end of his life in 1990, he was the most prominent and widely recognized American-born conductor in the world, and the dominant personality in American classical music as both a conductor and, to a lesser degree, a composer. A flamboyant public figure, he burst three different times on the musical world – twice in classical with a rush of success on Broadway in between – in a blaze of glory, in the space of 15 years; and over a career lasting from the early '40s until the beginning of the '90s, he never lost an opportunity to advance his reputation as well as the cause of music.

Anna Prohaska, Julius Drake - Paradise Lost (2020)

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Anna Prohaska, Julius Drake - Paradise Lost (2020)

Anna Prohaska, Julius Drake - Paradise Lost (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 64:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 581 | Recorded: 2019

The gestation of this project lasted two years. Anna Prohaska and Julius Drake finally concentrated their research on the themes of Eve, Paradise and banishment. Some songs were obvious choices, such as Fauré's Paradis, in which God appears to Eve and asks her to name each flower and animal, or Purcell's Sleep, Adam, sleep with it's references to Genesis. But Anna Prohaska also wished to illustrate the cliché of the woman who brought original sin into the world and her status as a tempter who leads man astray, as in Brahms's Salamander, Wolf's Die Bekehrte or Ravel's Air du Feu.

Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Peter Pears - Mozart: Idomeneo (2008/1969)

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Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Peter Pears - Mozart: Idomeneo (2008/1969)

Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Peter Pears - Mozart: Idomeneo (2008/1969)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.79 Gb+4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 164 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of the recently issued Britten/Pears mini series recorded by the BBC for television way back in the 1960's and the 70's is for all intents and purposes another resounding success. All four priceless documents were thought lost, but this Idomeneo seems to have had a charmed life more than others. Indeed, three days before the Aldeburgh première, the hall was left in cinders and it is something of a miracle that the television production could actually go ahead.

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid - Britten: Billy Budd (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid - Britten: Billy Budd (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid - Britten: Billy Budd (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27990 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 175 min | 41,9 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2314 kbps / 16-bit
Classical | Bel Air Classiques | Sub.: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, French

800 litres of water, two sails, thirty pulleys, sixty hammocks: for the Bicentenary of the Teatro Real of Madrid, Deborah Warner coined a colossal production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. A critically-acclaimed performance, praised for its depth and intelligence. Baritone Jacques Imbrailo delivers a stunning rendition of the young sailor's part, while British singers Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt provide solid interpretations of Captain 'Starry' Vere and of John Claggart. In the pit, Ivor Bolton masterfully deploys, along with the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, all the energy and power of Britten's fifth opera. A now iconic production, co-produced by the Opera of Rome and the Royal Opera House.

Daniel Hope - Berg & Britten: Violin Concertos (2004)

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Daniel Hope - Berg & Britten: Violin Concertos (2004)

Daniel Hope - Berg & Britten: Violin Concertos (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 291 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 164 MB | 01:04:54
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics

There's no question that everybody should have a copy of Berg's Violin Concerto. The most beautiful violin, the most moving, the most profound, and the most transcendent violin concerto of the twentieth century, Berg's violin concerto To the Memory of an Angel belongs in every civilized home. But which recording should be the one?
The argument could be made that this 2003 recording by violinist Daniel Hope with Paul Watkins conducting the BBC Symphony should be the one.