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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, John Del Carlo, Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 31000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 142 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4093 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 7,70 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

A red hot ticket at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010/2011 was Donizetti's comic gem, Don Pasquale, with Anna Netrebko reviving Norina, the part that made her a star in New York. Opera summed up the simple truth: ". . . everyone adored her". John Del Carlo's impressive singing and acting chops as the Don are given every boost by Otto Schenk's hilarious staging and James Levine's witty conducting. Leading this opera for the first time at the Met, the renowned maestro demonstrates that his gifts suit Donizetti as perfectly as Wagner. Mariusz Kwiecien and Matthew Polenzani scintillate as Malatesta and Ernesto.

Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)

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Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)

Orchestre National de Lille & Alexandre Bloch - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 319 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:14
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Alexandre Bloch, who has been Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lille since 2016, has chosen to devote a whole season of concerts to Mahler's symphonies. The Seventh (1904-05) is the most rarely recorded of the cycle unjustly, because this work later nicknamed Song of the Night testifies as clearly as its companions to the metaphysical grandiloquence that haunted Mahler during its gestation. From the gloomy Adagio of the first movement to the thundering Rondo that concludes the work, Alexandre Bloch and his orchestra lead us from the anguish of twilight to the ecstasies of dawn.

Amihai Grosz & Sunwook Kim - Schubert, Shostakovich & Pártos (2020)

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Amihai Grosz & Sunwook Kim - Schubert, Shostakovich & Pártos (2020)

Amihai Grosz & Sunwook Kim - Schubert, Shostakovich & Pártos (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 163 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:10:19
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Fascinated by the viola, which he chose at the age of eleven after learning the violin for six years, Amihai loves the sound of his instrument, which is so close to the human voice. He also likes the ambivalence of its timbre, midway between the violin and the cello, which in a sense reflects his own musical education in Israel, with its combination of Mediterranean influences and Russian and Germanic traditions. Initially a quartet musician and founding member of the famous Jerusalem Quartet, Amihai Grosz now pursues a solo career while holding the post of principal viola of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (2009)

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Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (2009)

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.84 Gb (DVD9) | 165 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

Filmed live in 2007 at the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival in the composer’s birthplace, Pesaro, Il Turco in Italia is a madcap ensemble opera with an inspired score that boasts music of both comic genius and extraordinary beauty. Set in Naples, it spins a crazy tale around a poet who uses the romantic entanglements of the inhabitants with a Turkish prince as inspiration for the plot of his next play. Ultimately, life imitates art as all ends happily, but not before a planned abduction leads to a chaotic situation of mistaken identity.

DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

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DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

Claude Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliées; Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati, conductor; Magdalena Kožená

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Orchestral, Vocal | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 550 | Time: 01:08:33

This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash. There's a world premiere: even if you're not on board with the trend of enlarging the repertory through arrangements of works that are perfectly good in their original form, you will likely be seduced by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's ravishing reading of Debussy's voice-and-piano Ariettes oubliées, inventively arranged by Brett Dean. There's a little-known work: the opening one, Fauré's Prelude to Pénélope (a sparsely performed opera, with a slightly less sparsely performed prelude) is a lush and beautifully controlled arc. Controlled and detailed are two words that come to mind for Ticciati's interpretation of La mer, the warhorse work on the program; it may seem a bit deliberate, but there are many hues in his performance. The two Debussy works are balanced by two of Fauré's: the fourth work is the suite from Fauré's incidental music to Pélleas et Mélisande (in Charles Koechlin's version), also deliberate and lush. Linn recorded the performance in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, which allows the full spectrum of orchestral colors to come through. Worth the money for Kozená fans for her turn alone, and a fine French program for all.

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin - Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin - Bruckner: Symphony No. 9  (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin - Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24958 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 65 min | 18,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4055 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 65 min | 4,63 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Accentus Music

With nearly 450 years of tradition, the Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Daniel Barenboim has served as its music director since 1992, and in 2000 the orchestra appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. Having already performed important cycles such as Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann together, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle turned their focus toward Anton Bruckner's last six Symphonies, performed in the Philharmonie Berlin in the course of only one week in June 2010.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2014) [BDRip]

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2014) [BDRip]

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2014) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 8,87 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Japanese

This production of Anna Bolena faithfully meets the musical vision proposed by Fabio Biondi. The mise-en-scène, therefore, excludes any explicit reference to the plot’s historical time, and the events have been set at the beginning of the 1800s, when Donizetti’s opera was premièred.

Klara Kormendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)

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Klara Kormendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)

Klára Körmendi - Erik Satie: Piano Works (Naxos Selection) (2007)
EAC | WavPack | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.571112 | Time: 01:12:01

The Hungarian pianist Klára Körmendi was born in Budapest and studied under Kornel Zempleni at the Bartók Conservatory, later becoming a student of Peter Solymos at the Liszt Academy, where she received her diploma with distinction in 1967. She enjoyed early success in a number of national competitions, before embarking on a career that has taken her to the major musical centres of Europe, with broadcasts in Vienna, Paris and London, as well as Basie, Cologne, Lausanne and Lubljana. Klara Kormendi has a wide repertoire, and has always shown particular interest in contemporary repertoire, both Hungarian and foreign. Her recordings for Hungaroton include music by Pierre Boulez, Oliver Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Heinz Hollinger. For Naxos she has recorded works by Debussy and Ravel and the complete piano music of Eric Satie.

Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Offenbach: Folies Symphoniques, Ouvertures (2019)

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Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Offenbach: Folies Symphoniques, Ouvertures (2019)

Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Offenbach: Folies symphoniques, Ouvertures (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 57:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 275-2 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

As Adolf Tegtmeier, the alter ego of Jürgen von Manger, knew quite well, overtures exercise an important function in the opera: ‘They begin, you see, right off with the curtain and start by playing all the melodies in a row, everything that happens to come up later. But this is just to give you the chance to familiarize yourself with the music. And of course it’s important … so that later on you don’t get such a big shock’. The orchestral overtures brought together on the present recording make the listener eager to hear each of the particular works following them.

Reinbert de Leeuw, Collegium Vocale Gent - Franz Liszt: Via Crucis (2019)

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Reinbert de Leeuw, Collegium Vocale Gent - Franz Liszt: Via Crucis (2019)

Reinbert de Leeuw, Collegium Vocale Gent - Franz Liszt: Via Crucis (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 170 Mb | Total time: 50:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | ALPHA390 | Recorded: 2017

Franz Liszt was 67 when he composed his Via Crucis, yet it did not receive its first performance until 1929, 43 years after the composer’s death. This work of his mature years is in 15 sections, retracing the Stations of the Cross that mark the stages of Christ’s Passion, from being condemned to death to being laid in the tomb. Combining Gregorian chant, the Lutheran liturgy and the Latin, German and Aramaic languages, the Via Crucis shows real formal originality. A devout believer, Liszt gives us here his most important sacred work. He composed several versions: for mixed choir, soloists and organ (with the organ part optionally transcribed for piano), for piano solo, organ solo, and two pianos.

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio (2008)

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Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio (2008)

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 5.17 Gb (DVD9) | 83 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

The plot of La cambiale di matrimonie, which Rossini composed when he was just eighteen years old, revolves around the farcical attempts of Tobia Mill, a rich English merchant, to combine business with pleasure by forcing this daughter, the lovely Fanny (“the merchandise”) to marry Slook, his rich colonial correspondent from America, by means of a bill of exchange. Eventually, it is the gallant Slook himself who persuades Mill to allow Fanny to marry her true love, Edoardo Milfort. This Rossini Opera Festival—Pesaro production features two well-established singers, Désirée Rancatore and Saimir Pirgu, who are joined by three promising young singers: Fabio Maria Capitanucci, Enrico Maria Marabellie and Maria Gortsevskaya.

Aurelia Visovan - Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven: Concerto, Sonate, Symphony (2020)

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Aurelia Visovan - Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven: Concerto, Sonate, Symphony (2020)

Aurelia Visovan, Anna Besson, Cecilia Bernardini & Marcus van den Munckhof - Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven: Concerto, Sonate, Symphony (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 267 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 195 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:22:02
Classical | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

A pupil of Mozart, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was one of the most admired pianists of his era. His career began in Vienna at the time when Beethoven had just moved there. Like the latter, he belonged to that generation of composers whose output may be categorised somewhere between Classicism and burgeoning Romanticism. In addition to an extensive catalogue of original compositions, including piano works of high quality, Hummel also made numerous arrangements for chamber forces of orchestral compositions. Among these were the piano concertos of his teacher Mozart and the symphonies of his friend Beethoven, all of which he transcribed for piano, flute, violin and cello. The Romanian pianist Aurelia Visovan offers this particularly original programme for her album as winner of the 2019 Bruges MA Festival competition.

David Crescenzi, Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra - Lauro Rossi: Cleopatra (2010)

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David Crescenzi, Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra - Lauro Rossi: Cleopatra (2010)

David Crescenzi, Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra - Lauro Rossi: Cleopatra (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 5.92 Gb (DVD9) | 115 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

First performed at the Teatro Regio, Turin, on 5 March 1876, Lauro Rossi's penultimate opera Cleopatra caught the public's attention in the wake of Verdi's Aïda (1871). Like that better-known work, it contains some wonderful arias and set pieces, including a marvellous Act 1 banquet scene, Cleopatra's Act 2 aria, the thrilling ensemble that closes Act 3, and the confrontation between Cleopatra and Octavian in Act 4, all making for compelling viewing and listening. From the brooding opening scene in which Diomedes foretells the fall of Egypt to Cleopatra's death scene, this gripping grand opera by one of Italy's forgotten masters springs vividly to life in this revival filmed at the 2008 Macerata Sferisterio Festival.

Piers Lane & Goldner String Quartet - Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets (2020)

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Piers Lane & Goldner String Quartet - Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets (2020)

Piers Lane & Goldner String Quartet - Dunhill & Erlanger: Piano Quintets (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 305 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 177 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:14
Classical | Label: Hyperion Records

As companionable, healthy and English as the South Downs on a sunny day’ was an early verdict on Thomas Dunhill's Piano Quintet, one which could equally well apply to both works on this attractive programme.

London SCO, Richard Hickox, Soloists - Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015

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London SCO, Richard Hickox, Soloists -  Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015

Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015
London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, conductor
Margaret Marshall, soprano; Felicity Palmer, mezzo-soprano; Arthur Davies, tenor
David Wilson-Johnson, bass; Roderick Elms, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 457 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 241-54 | Time: 01:48:44

Following the success of The Dream of Gerontius in 1900 and The Apostles in 1903, the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival commissioned Elgar to produce another large oratorio for the 1906 festival. The Kingdom continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus’ disciples, depicting the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days. Although less frequently performed than The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom is considered one of Elgar’s greatest choral works, and deserves to rank alongside it. This re-release of the 1989 recording also features Sursum Corda and Sospiri, two short, reflective instrumental pieces, release honors the legacy of the late English conductor Sir Richard Hickox.