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Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

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Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

Metamorphoses Fidei (Metamorfosis De La Fe - Métamorphoses De La Foi) (2006)
Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal, Choral | Label: Alia Vox | # AV 9849 | 01:12:14

This disc of Iberian and Latin American Renaissance music is a reissue cleverly disguised as a new release. It compiles music from several recordings by Catalonian visionary Jordi Savall, his luminous-voiced collaborator Montserrat Figueras, and his Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya ensembles, dressing them up with a new set of rather philosophical booklet notes on themes of change, of intercultural tolerance, and of the evolving nature of Christianity in the Iberian realm and in New Spain. Some might call this a cynical ploy, but actually Savall has always been moving in a circle, so to speak, spiraling inward toward a deeper musical understanding of the historical themes touched on here: the lingering effects of the legacy of medieval Iberia and its "mestissage" or mixture of cultures, the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles (Carlos) V (did you know that he was both the first monarch to be called "His Majesty" and the first to be honored with the claim that the "sun never set" on his empire?), and the relationships between cultivated and popular styles, both in Iberia and the New World.

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, Français, English, Deutsch, Español

Arrigo Boito's treatment of the Faust legend is imaginative yet also faithful to Goethe's original conception, and the score is memorable for its rich orchestral sounds, beautifully punctuated with lyrical passages and choral interludes. Robert Carsen's sumptuous, post-modern production of Mefistofele is a gloriously decadent and theatrically stunning realisation, and the San Francisco Opera's performance has been unanimously acclaimed in both Paris and San Francisco. Samuel Ramey, in the title role, has won both critical and overwhelming popular approval.

Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)

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Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)

Christian Gerhaher, Rosamunde Quartett - Othmar Schoeck: Notturno (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 179 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2061, 476 6995 | 00:42:55

Although being generally acknowledged as one of the leading composers of his native Switzerland, Othmar Schoeck (1886–1957) has never acquired a stable reputation outside the German-speaking world. This is partly due to his strong focus on the sung word: His output comprises eight operas, some 400 songs and a couple of smaller works for instrumental forces. Moreover, Schoeck’s essentially late-romantic style was considered démodé after the second world war when the avant-garde was arguing for a more rational and emotionally restricted approach to composition. One of his most personal works is the “Notturno” for baritone voice and string quartet. Written between 1931 and 1933 it served as a personal confession after an unhappy extra-marital love affair. Its five movements set verses by German 19th-century-poet Nikolaus Lenau and by the great Swiss writer Gottfried Keller. The highly differentiated interpretation by baritone Christian Gerhaher – one of the most distinguished young German “Lied” singers and a former disciple of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – and the Rosamunde Quartett offers a strong plea for Schoeck’s expressive music and sheds an exciting light on his artistic preoccupation with the dark abysses of human existence.

Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9, Overtures [6CDs] (1997)

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Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9, Overtures [6CDs] (1997)

Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9, Overtures (1989) [6CDs]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 1,35 Gb | Total time: 05:53:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7 49852 2 | Recorded: 1986-1988

One of the most fascinating recording projects of this period was Sir Roger Norrington's pioneering set of Beethoven symphonies with The London Classical Players. Here at long last–after a century and a half of neglect–was a conductor bravely determined to conduct these symphonies according to Beethoven's difficult metronome markings, and as played on the original instruments that Beethoven had composed for–that is, the very sounds that he must have had in his mind when he wrote this music down. Norrington astutely saw that Beethoven's original brass and percussion instruments play a crucially prominent role in these symphonies, and most importantly, that they cannot be tempered without diminishing the passionate intensity of the music itself.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - François Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République (2006)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - François Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République (2006)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - François Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République (2006)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 72:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0727 | Recorded: 2002

Gossec made an important contribution to the development of French symphonic music and played a central role in Parisian musical life for almost three-quarters of a century. The opera 'Le Triomphe de la République' was composed in 1793 folowing the French Revolution and wonderfully demonstrates the musical movement that France experienced following the change in political climate. Music was recognized as a medium for the diffusion of new ideas and 'Le Triomphe de la République' was a case in point. It was written in the wake of popular enthusiasm at the news of the army's victory at the battle of Vlamy in 1792 against the anti-French troops led by the Duke of Brunswick. It features folk music and popular dances of the day reflecting a kind of life quite distinct from that of intellectual, aristocratic society.

André Rieu / Andre Rieu. Christmas Around the World (2005)

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André Rieu / Andre Rieu. Christmas Around the World (2005)

André Rieu / Andre Rieu. Christmas Around the World (2005)
DVDRip | MKV | AVC 720x576, ~ 1.9 Mbps | 1hr 28mn | 1.58 GB
English: AC3, 2 ch, 2192 kbps / English: AC3, 6 ch, 448 kbps
Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
Genre: Show, Music, Classical, Contemporary, Neo-Classical, Vocal, Concerts, Christmas

André Rieu – Christmas Around The World - Weihnachten Rund Um Die Welt

Lilya Zilberstein - Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano, Estampes; Maurice Ravel: Miroirs, Sonatine, Jeux d'eau (1994)

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Lilya Zilberstein - Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano, Estampes; Maurice Ravel: Miroirs, Sonatine, Jeux d'eau (1994)

Lilya Zilberstein - Claude Debussy: Pour le Piano; Estampes
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs; Sonatine; Jeux d'eau (1994)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 927-2 | Time: 01:13:55

Lilya Zilberstein has already taken on some of the virtuoso pillars of the repertoire for DG—Brahms's Paganini Variations, the Mussorgsky Pictures, Rachmaninov's Third Concerto and so it is fascinating to hear her in music of a more subtle evocation and delicacy. And although her Debussy and Ravel are hardly consistent or to the manner born, they are rarely less than individual or distinguished. Like other Russian pianists before her she places greater emphasis on the music's sensuous and expressive warmth than on its formal clarity. Her response to say, ''Le soiree dans Grenade'' (from Estampes) is richly coloured and inflected (a reminder, perhaps, of Falla's awe of Debussy's Hispanicism) and in ''Jardins sous la pluie'' her virtuosity evokes a coldly drenched and windswept garden its flowers momentarily bejewelled by passing sunlight. She is also highly successful in the more objective patterning of Pour le piano, making the opening Prelude's fortissimo chording and shooting-star glissandos resonate with unusual power.

The Hague Philharmonic, Carolyn Kuan - Philip Glass - Life: A Journey Through Time (2017)

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The Hague Philharmonic, Carolyn Kuan - Philip Glass - Life: A Journey Through Time (2017)

Philip Glass - Life: A Journey Through Time (2017)
The Hague Philharmonic, conducted by Carolyn Kuan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Orange Mountain | # OMM0116 | Time: 00:58:11

Orange Mountain is proud to announce the release of the world premiere recording of LIFE - A Journey Through Time with The Hague Philharmonic under the direction of Carolyn Kuan. Commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and conceived of by nature photographer Frans Lanting, LIFE: A Journey Through Time is a multimedia experience with images by Lanting and music by Philip Glass that showcases the wonders of the natural world. The hour-long score is cast in seven movements and was drawn from previously existing music in the Glass catalogue from a variety of sources, orchestrated for the first time by Michael Riesman. Since its premiere in 2006, LIFE has been performed dozens of times including in an abbreviated version, ORIGINS, at the inauguration of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland for an audience of international dignitaries.

Andre Previn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Previn: A Streetcar named Desire (1998)

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Andre Previn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Previn: A Streetcar named Desire (1998)

André Previn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Previn: A Streetcar named Desire (1998)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.41 Gb (DVD9) | 167 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Deutsch, Francais

André Previn turned seventy in 1999. From Berlin refugee to multi-Oscar-winning film score composer, from great jazz pianist to chief conductor of both the London Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, through four marriages including Mia Farrow and present wife Heather, with an honorary knighthood for his services to British music, his story is extraordinary. Previn's remarkable career reached a climax in September 1998 with the premier of his first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire. He also conducted the production at the San Francisco Opera, with Renée Fleming as Blanche.

Andrea Bacchetti - Benedetto Marcello: Piano Sonatas (2011)

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Andrea Bacchetti - Benedetto Marcello: Piano Sonatas (2011)

Andrea Bacchetti - Benedetto Marcello: Piano Sonatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony/RCA Red Seal | # 88697814662 | Time: 00:55:26

Andrea Bacchetti follows his album of sonatas by Baldassarre Galuppi with another little-performed 18th century Venetian, Benedetto Marcello, whose work has a surprisingly modern character. The "Sonata III", for instance, opens with a sequence in which the right hand plays the same note 48 times in rapid succession, while the left cycles quadruplets around it – the kind of gambit you'd expect from a Cage or Feldman, but hardly from a contemporary of Vivaldi. Marcello is said to have once fallen into a grave that opened beneath him, a trauma perhaps responsible for the austere, near-spiritual logic of pieces such as the "Sonata V", where the absence of frills prefigures the enigmatic miniatures of Erik Satie.

The Consort of Musicke, Trevor Jones - John Jenkins: Consort Music (1983) Reissue 2006

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The Consort of Musicke, Trevor Jones - John Jenkins: Consort Music (1983) Reissue 2006

The Consort of Musicke, Trevor Jones - John Jenkins: Consort Music (1983) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Explore Records | # EXP0010 | Time: 01:10:30

John Jenkins: yet another seventeenth century English composer who deserves to be more widely known. This delightful CD from The Consort of Musicke directed by Trevor Jones is no dutiful study of a hidden but rather uninspiring corner of English early Baroque consort music; rather, a mosaic – rich in color and shape, carefully crafted and full of surprises. Listen, for instance, to the unpretentious, jaunty and appropriately figurative progress through the Saraband (52, tr.6) and the restrained melancholy of the Fancy-Air (4, tr.7). Jenkins' counterpoint is well-wrought, his instrumental palette fresh and crisp and his melodies catchy without being fey or superficial in any way. He is in excellent hands with the Consort of Musicke… eight string players of the caliber of Monica Huggett and Alison Crum violins; Alan Wilson organ and Anthony Rooley theorbo. If fresh, beautiful, expertly-played English consort music appeals to you, don't hesitate to get this gem of a CD – actually a reissue of a Decca disc from 1983: it's unreservedly recommended.

Gustav Leonhardt - Johann Jacob Froberger: Werke fur Cembalo (2009)

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Gustav Leonhardt - Johann Jacob Froberger: Werke fur Cembalo (2009)

Gustav Leonhardt - Johann Jacob Froberger: Werke für Cembalo (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 56:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 8869756892 | Recorded: 1989

The cosmopolitan composer and harpsichordist Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-67) was born in Stuttgart. He spent much of his professional life at the court of Vienna but traveled widely to Italy, France, England, and the Netherlands. In his keyboard compositions, he acknowledged the divergent styles of his European contemporaries while forging a highly personal and musically powerful synthesis. Serving the Viennese Hofkapelle from 1634 until 1645, he was granted a stipend from the Italophile Emperor Ferdinand III to travel to Italy and supplement his musical training by studying with Girolamo Frescobaldi. He studied in Rome from late 1637 until 1641 and made a second trip to Rome, Florence, and Mantua before 1649. An extensive period of travel from 1649 to 1653 probably included trips to Paris (where he met Chambonnières and Louis Couperin), the Spanish Netherlands, and England.

Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1999)

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Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1999)

Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 883 Mb | Total time: 183:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 3019 | Recorded: 1984

This opera was a personal triumph for Dame Janet. As Caesar, she arms the voice with an impregnable firmness, outgoing and adventurous. Valerie Masterson shares the honours with Dame Janet, a Cleopatra whose bright voice gains humanity through ordeal. The tinkle of surface- wear clears delightfully in her later arias, sung with a pure tone and high accomplishment. As a total production, Julius Caesar was an outstanding achievement in ENO's history. Strongly cast, it had a noble Cornelia in Sarah Walker, a high-spirited Sesto in Della Jones, and in James Bowman a Ptolemy whose only fault was that his voice lacked meanness of timbre appropriate to the odious character. John Tomlinson's massive bass also commands attention. Mackerras's conducting is impeccable and the opera is given in clear, creditable English.

Claudio Abbado - Abbado: Bach - Bartok (2023)

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Claudio Abbado - Abbado: Bach - Bartok (2023)

Claudio Abbado - Abbado: Bach - Bartok (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 3:04:57 | 853 / 423 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

One of the top conductors of the 20th century, Claudio Abbado left an enormous recording catalog covering a wide range of composers from the Classical era to the early modern period. He was chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 2002. Abbado was born in Milan, Italy, on June 26, 1933, into an old family that traced its roots to Moorish-era Spain. His father, Michelangelo Abbado, was a prominent violinist and a professor at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, and his mother, Maria Carmela Savagnone, was a skilled pianist. Abbado and his brother Marcello, who also became a pianist and composer, had their first lessons from their father. Their careers were interrupted by the Nazi occupation of Milan during World War II; Abbado's mother was arrested for giving refuge to a Jewish child, and the young Claudio became a confirmed anti-fascist who scrawled "Viva Bartók" on a wall and triggered an unsuccessful manhunt.

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Ernst Theis - Lincke: Overtures, Vol. 2 (2023)

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Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Ernst Theis - Lincke: Overtures, Vol. 2 (2023)

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Ernst Theis - Lincke: Overtures, Vol. 2 (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 65:49 | 309 / 151 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

And shortly after Vol. 1, Vol. 2 is already released with further melody-saturated overtures by Paul Lincke, which are thus as good as complete on cpo. "What Strauss once was for Vienna - Lincke is for Berlin!". These verses by comedian Franz Heigl on Paul Lincke's 75th birthday celebrate the composer not only as the epitome of Berlin light music, but also as the founder of the associated operetta. Just as Strauss's Die Fledermaus was to Viennese operetta, his Frau Luna (soon to be released on cpo) is still considered a prime example of the Berlin variety of this genre, even though it did not take its present form until 30 years after its premiere. In addition to the overture to Frau Luna, there are other entertaining pieces worth hearing - also from one-act operas - such as the overture to the operetta Das blaue Bild from his successful series at the Apollo Theater in 1906, a "Fantasy in One Act." Its very Parisian overture is characterized by a furious presto beginning, striking cornet and clarinet solos, and its sometimes lyrically rapturous, sometimes exuberantly lively dance-like gesture. True authentic Paul Lincke discoveries!