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David Willcocks - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro ed il Penseroso; Ode for St Cecilias Day (1999)

Posted By: ArlegZ
David Willcocks - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro ed il Penseroso; Ode for St Cecilias Day (1999)

David Willcocks - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro ed il Penseroso; Ode for St Cecilias Day (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 760 Mb | Total time: 73:51+76:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 460 287-2 | Recorded: 1960, 1967

'L'Allegro il penseroso ed il moderato' brings together Sir David Willcocks, some fluent chamber players and the illustrious tenor Peter Pears - not the most orthodox of Handel interpreters in an era of so-called authentic performance, but here appropriately sonorous. The greater feast, however, is the 'Ode for St Cecelia', whose spiritual patronage of the sonic arts first really took off in the seventeenth century and has not looked back since. April Cantelo and Choir of King's College Cambridge offer an inspired and inspiring account of a rich, celebratory and gorgeously double-rhythmed delight.

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.

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Lübecker Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1997)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Lübecker Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1997)

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Lübecker Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Christmas Oratorio (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 774 Mb | Total time: 79:53+79:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 455 410-2 | Recorded: 1966

Previous recordings allotted the words of the angel in the Evangelist's narration of No. 13 to the tenor, but Münchinger rightly, in my view, gives them to the Angel. His direction is more lively and, where called for, more dramatic than in the competing version under Richter, and the Decca recording has, also, an extra brightness and clarity lacking in the DGG. The soloists are admirable in both versions, and in both, also, the Pastoral Symphony is beautifully played.

Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)

Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 79:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BBC Music | # BBCL 4046-2 | Recorded: 1969

This performance is a revelation. Philip Reed, in his authoritative note, points out that, unbeknown to many, Britten and Giulini had a mutual respect for and an admiration of each other’s work. Here they combine to give a performance that is a true Legend, as this BBC series has it. Giulini’s reading is as dramatic and viscerally exciting as any I have heard. The music leaps from the page new-minted in his thoroughgoing, histrionically taut hands, the rhythmic tension at times quite astonishing. For instance, the sixth movement, ‘Libera me’, is simply earth-shattering in its effect, every bar, every word, every instrument sung and played to the hilt – and so it is throughout, with the live occasion added to the peculiar, and in this case peculiarly right, acoustics of the Albert Hall adding its own measure of verite to the inspired occasion.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 223:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 67538 2 | Recorded: 1960-1961

In its scale and gravitas, Otto Klemperer’s interpretation of the St Matthew Passion draws on the Bach performance style that developed in the 19th century; but its clarity, its underlying energy, and its superb array of soloists – singers with impeccable operatic credentials – also ensure that full justice is done to the drama of Bach’s sublime retelling of the Gospel story.