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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble - Offenbach: La Belle Helene (2000)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble - Offenbach: La Belle Helene (2000)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble - Offenbach: La Belle Hélène (2000)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 127 min | 7,65 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2000

Staged and costumed by Laurent Pelly, with sets by Chantal Thomas and choreography by Laura Scozzi, this production of La Belle Hélène never forgets for one moment that Offenbach’s parody of the origins of the Trojan war -clearly recognisable in his day as a satire on the moral laxity of Second Empire high society- is, above all, a supreme manifestion of his comic genius. From start to finish it combines a musically superb performance with a stream of visual humour that flows from Pelly’s core idea that the action all takes place in the imagination of a sleeping, sex-starved, suburban housewife. Dame Felicity Lott is magnificent as the woman who gets into bed beside her somnolent old husband and dreams of being the most beautiful woman in the world, entangled in amorous adventures with the virile young Paris, tastily portrayed by Yann Beuron. And just as dreams do not respect the normal limitations of logic, time and place, so her nighttime fantasies combine the everyday with the mythical, and muddle up Greece, ancient and modern.

RPO, Sir Thomas Beecham - Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt; Symphonic Dance; In Autumn, Old Norwegian Folksong (1993) [Re-Up]

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RPO, Sir Thomas Beecham - Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt; Symphonic Dance; In Autumn, Old Norwegian Folksong (1993) [Re-Up]

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23; Symphonic Dance, Op.64 No.2; In Autumn,
Old Norwegian Folksong with Variations (1993)
Beecham Choral Society; Ilse Hollweg, soprano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # CDM 7 64751 2 | Time: 01:16:15

Beecham had an exquisite ear for detail, and his Peer Gynt has more fantasy — more subtlety, too — than anyone else's: Ase s Death and Anitra 's Dance are simply magical. So is the Symphonic Dance, and if In Autumn and the variations occasionally seem a litde thin musically, Beecham makes amends with keenness of attack and eloquent phrasing. The orchestra is superb and the transfers (which give us the variations in stereo for the first time), excellent.

Sviatoslav Richter, Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1; Symphony No.6 'Pathetique' (2012) [Re-Up]

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Sviatoslav Richter, Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1; Symphony No.6 'Pathetique' (2012) [Re-Up]

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1; Symphony No.6 'Pathetique' (2012) [Richter Edition]
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 206 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350 069 | Time: 01:18:35

This volume from Praga's critically-acclaimed Richter Edition series features an audiophile SACD remastering of the great Russian pianist playing Tchaikovsky. The program pairs the composer's two most popular scores in performances by two uncontested Russian masters. This recording resurrects of one of Sviatoslav Richter;s rare encounters with one of the finest conductors of the 20th century, Yevgeny Mravinsky. Richter is heard in a fiery 1958 recording of the first Piano Concerto, while Mravinsky is featured in a 1956 recording of the Pathetique symphony. This is an indispensable release for anyone interested in these two legendary artists.

Mischa Maisky & Daria Hovora - Franz Schubert: Songs Without Words (1996) [Re-Up]

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Mischa Maisky & Daria Hovora - Franz Schubert: Songs Without Words (1996) [Re-Up]

Mischa Maisky & Daria Hovora - Franz Schubert: Songs Without Words (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 449 817-2 | Time: 01:17:15

SCHUBERT: SONGS WITHOUT WORDS is an elegant recital by pianist Daria Hovora and cellist Mischa Maisky that allows us to hear Schubert songs, beautifully rich as they are with the texts as sung by many of our finest singers, here solely for the instrumental line. Somehow the interplay between melody and accompaniment (always an equal partnership in Schubert's hands) is heightened by this experience. Not that the entire album is appropriated by the cello standing in for a vocalist: the opening work is "Sonata for Arpeggione and Klavier" and is one of the highlights of the CD. But just listen to the performances of 'Standchen', 'An die Musik' and 'Du bist die Ruhe' and hear the extraordinary marriage between the piano and cello, singing as beautifully as any other version. This is one of those CDs that bears keeping out for multiple listenings in the late evening.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Dante Sonata (1994) [Re-Up]

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Dante Sonata (1994) [Re-Up]

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony & Sonata (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec | # 9031-77340-2 | Time: 01:06:31

Liszt’s Dante Symphony is a work of astonishing imagination. His evocation of the ‘Inferno’, the shade of Francesca da Rimini and her sad remembered love is marked by strokes of genius which, with bewildering frequency, pre-empt the mature Wagner (who was, incidentally, the dedicatee of the work). If the second and third movements – the ‘Paradiso’ was wisely commuted to a setting of part of the Magnificat plus a brief Hosanna – don’t quite match the sweep and control of the first, they have their own particular magic. Even so, the work has not acquired the popularity of the Faust Symphony. Barenboim’s new recording with the Berlin Philharmonic is thus particularly welcome. Not only does it augment the number of available recordings to four, it is also the most polished. Even performing ‘live’, the Berlin Philharmonic turns in a performance of near-perfection – the solo lines are a particular joy.

Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)

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Denis Kozhukhin, Berlin RSO, Vassily Sinaisky - P.I. Tchaikovsky & Edvard Grieg: Piano Concertos (2016)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor (2016)
Denis Kozhukhin, piano; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:04:36
Genre: Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 566

After rubbing your eyes and maybe even hitting your forehead with the palm of your hand a few times to convince yourself that, yes indeed, in fact a young pianist has chosen to make his concerto recording debut with the Tchaikovsky and Grieg concertos, go ahead and have a listen. Denis Kozhukhin, who took first prize at the 2010 Queen Elisabeth, here partners with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky. Out of repertory that has been celebrated, picked over and just about played to death over the course of almost a century and a half, they create magic.

Alejo Pérez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Vienna - Gounod: Faust (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Alejo Pérez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Vienna - Gounod: Faust (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Alejo Pérez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Vienna - Gounod: Faust (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25144 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 184 min | 40,5 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1996 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 184 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

Charles-François Gounod’s Faust was once one of the most famous and most performed of all operas and is still cherished today. This is the first performance at the Salzburg Festival!
This stunning production was staged by Reinhard von der Thannen, the supreme cast is led by Piotr Beczała as Faust, Ildar Abdrazakov embodies a seductive and demonic Méphistophélès and Italian soprano Maria Agresta stars as Marguerite, who struggles to resist temptation and gain salvation. The Wiener Philharmoniker play under the baton of young Argentinian conductor Alejo Pérez.

Magdalena Kozena - French Arias (2003)

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Magdalena Kozena - French Arias (2003)

Magdalena Kozena - French Arias (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 346 MB | 01:16:50
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Magdalena Kožená is a remarkable singer. Her voice is a somewhat light mezzo with many colors, and she can shade it to a whisper or impress with a fortissimo high B-flat. Her range is absolutely even from top to bottom and she never switches gears; similarly she refuses to push the voice at either end. Her reading of Eboli's "Veil Song" from Verdi's Don Carlos is seductive and insinuating, with just the right Spanish flavor in the low-register roulades–but they're soft-focused. Perhaps she has no "chest" register, or is afraid to use it?

Sabine Devieilhe - Mirages (2017)

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Sabine Devieilhe - Mirages (2017)

Sabine Devieilhe - Mirages (2017)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:34 | 283 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 0190295767723

This release by hot French soprano Sabine Devieilhe has multiple strengths that propelled it onto the charts right out of the box, so to speak. Appreciation for Devieilhe's manifest vocal gifts should not obscure the superb work done by recording and mixing engineer Hugues Deschaux, working in the Salle de répétition no. 1 of the Philharmonie de Paris. Especially on the orchestral tracks featuring the group Les Siècles under François-Xavier Roth, Deschaux creates a mysterious sound environment in which Devieilhe seems to hover alluringly in the distance.

Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)

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Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)

Mikhail Pletnev - Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 390 MB | 01:42:02
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The billed recital was the Bach-Busoni transcription, the Beethoven Sonata Op 111 and the Chopin Scherzos, and the rest – five items on a ‘bonus’ CD, finishing with Balakirev’s Islamey – amount nearly to a half-programme on top. The recording comes with buckets of applause, linking every item, and by the end of Islamey the audience is in a state of near frenzy (and the piano beginning to complain).

Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias (2008) (Repost)

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Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias (2008) (Repost)

Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 275 MB | 01:12:50
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics

It's a measure of Natalie Dessay's entirely appropriate priorities of musical content over her vanity that she looks so ghastly on the cover of her album of scenes and arias from Italian operas. She's dressed as the mad Lucia who certainly shouldn't be looking her best, but "as if she has risen from the grave" and the image is emblematic of her commitment to dramatic verisimilitude in the role.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)
Carolin Widmann, violin & direction; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:29
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2427, 481 2635

Recordings of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, are abundant, and even the pairing with the rarer Robert Schumann Violin Concerto, WoO 23, of 1853 are not as infrequent as they used to be. The thorny Schumann concerto has undergone a reevaluation upward, and plenty of players now concur with the judgment of Yehudi Menuhin: "This concerto is the historically missing link of the violin literature; it is the bridge between the Beethoven and the Brahms concertos, though leaning more towards Brahms." Violinist Carolin Widmann who (like the ECM label on which the album appears) has focused mostly on contemporary music, takes up the challenge of providing something new here, and she meets it. The central fact of the recording is that Widmann conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the violin. Others have done this before, but few have pursued the implications of the technique as far as Widmann has: the performances are unusually light and transparent, and they are perhaps thus in accord with the sounds an orchestra of the middle 19th century might have produced. Sample the unusually lively, sprightly reading of the Mendelssohn concerto's finale.

Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

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Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesänge Op.121; Lieder Und Gesänge Op.32 (2016)
Matthias Goerne, baritone; Christoph Eschenbach, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902174 | 00:55:47

It's the late Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121, that get the big print on the cover of this release by the awe-inspiring baritone Matthias Goerne, but actually the music on the album falls into a neat early-middle-late classification scheme. The group of middle-period settings of poetry by Heinrich Heine doesn't even get graphics on the cover, but these are fascinating. Brahms wrote a lot of songs, but you couldn't do better than the selection and performances here for a cornerstone collection item. Beyond the sheer beauty of Goerne's voice is an ability to shift gears to match how Brahms' style evolved. If you want to hear his real slashing, operatic high notes, check out the Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 32, settings of poems by the minor poets Georg Friedrich Daumer and Karl August Graf von Platen. These rather overwrought texts add up to a kind of slimmed-down Winterreise, and they catch the spirit of the still-young Brahms with his strong passions, elegantly controlled. The Heine settings, which come from several different sets of lieder, are not that often heard and are in some ways the most compelling of the group here.

Dmitri Jurowski, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Dmitri Jurowski, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Dmitri Jurowski, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 11980 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 137 min | 20,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3492 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 137 min | 7,42 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | ArtHaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

„It can be truly said of Adelaide di Borgogna that, like a rose, it bloomed but a day - l’espace d’un matin.” First performed in Rome on the 27th December 1817, it enjoyed very few revivals. In 2011 the Rossini Festival in Pesaro presented the second staged performance of Adelaide di Borgogna since 1825.

Akiko Suwanai - Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia (1997)

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Akiko Suwanai  - Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia (1997)

Akiko Suwanai - Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia (1997)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 273 MB | 52:38
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips

From the dozens and dozens of recordings availible for this piece, I have to say this is probably the best one I have ever heard. Especially from someone like me, who has about nine recordings of every violin concerto ever written. I have, among others, a Pearlman, Zukerman, and Mutter recording of this peice, yet this seemingly unknown recording has a unique characteristic: Ms. Suwanai's cleaniliness of the notes and preciceness of the music.