Eleni Karaindrou, Kim Kashkashian - Ulysses' Gaze (1995) (Repost)

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Eleni Karaindrou,  Kim Kashkashian - Ulysses' Gaze (1995) (Repost)

Eleni Karaindrou, Kim Kashkashian - Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:41 | 242 MB
Genre: Modern Classical, Soundtrack | Label: ECM New Series | Catalog: 449 153-2

Eleni Karaindrou's long, fruitful partnership with Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos has given birth to several scores for his award-winning films. However, perhaps no previous Karaindrou score contains the evocative power of her compositions for Ulysses' Gaze, the film about memory, artistic quests, and war that won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ) (1997)

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Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ) (1997)

Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ) (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:27 | 311 MB
Genre: Modern Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559794572

What's interesting about the latest outing from this prolific chamber group is not so much that they've chosen to create string quartet adaptations of music from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance – after all, these are folks who have commissioned arrangements of Jimi Hendrix and Bo Diddley, so we've learned not to be shocked – but rather that they've chosen to juxtapose the works of Machaut, Pérotin and Tye with pieces by John Cage, Moondog and Harry Partch, among other twentieth-century notables.

Olga Peretyatko - Arabesque (2013) (Repost)

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Olga Peretyatko - Arabesque (2013) (Repost)

Olga Peretyatko - Arabesque (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:45 | 313 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88883738592

Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko is the latest in a group of young performers championed by the revived Sony Classical label. She's got personality to spare, and, from the looks of the pictures, charisma, too. Arabesque seems to be an album designed to showcase her suitability for a wide variety of roles; the program runs from Mozart forward through the 19th century and includes the Italian, French, and German languages (not that you get any of the texts in the CD booklet).

Placido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni, Georges Pretre - Gounod: Faust (1986)

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Placido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni, Georges Pretre - Gounod: Faust (1986)

Placido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni, Georges Pretre - Gounod: Faust (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:08:55 | 874 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 47493

The CD format for opera on records coincides with (and perhaps encourages) the modern habit in the opera house of running two or more acts together without an interval. Some operas benefit from this, but I don't think Faust is one of them. It strikes a genial bargain. ''I won't waste your time,'' it promises, ''but don't bother to come along if you haven't got a full evening-out to spare.''

The Irish Tenors - Ellis Island (2001)

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The Irish Tenors - Ellis Island (2001)

The Irish Tenors - Ellis Island (2001)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:51 | 402 MB
Genre: Pop, Vocal, Celtic | Label: Matrix Music Marketing | Catalog: 9020

On Ellis Island, the Irish Tenors offer the soundtrack to their PBS special. The performance, which took place in New York City in early 2001, is a smooth and classy effort that complements the incredible talent and power that this group possesses. Although many of these songs may be familiar to listeners, the versions offered here are very good and give the songs the power and clarity they deserve.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.3 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 62:27 | 326 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 0687

This is a very good recording of a selection of Vivaldi's "concerti a quattro" - concertos for string orchestra without a solo instrument. Here we have a selection from the vast Vivaldi archive in Turin, selected, as Standage tells us, "on musical and pragmatic grounds with the aim of presenting an attractive cross-section".

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 65:40 | 370 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 0668

With this album, Simon Standage continues his survey of the 40 odd concertos for strings by Vivaldi. As with period practice, winds are added to a few of the works. The continuo consists of harpsichord and guitar, the latter a very appealing sounding period instrument. There is less unity of mood on this album than on Volume 1 of this series. Instead, one is prone to gasp at Vivaldi's prodigious invention.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Donald Runnicles - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (2001)

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Donald Runnicles - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (2001)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Donald Runnicles - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (2001)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:28 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Telarc | Catalog: 60575

Carl Orff's Stravinskian rabble-rouser retains its appeal. The pagan high-jinks, driving rhythms, and dips into semi-hysteria can be irresistible given the right performance. And, of course, with its dynamic range, from delicately colored quiet passages to heaven-storming climaxes, it's tailor-made for showing off hi-fi systems. Telarc is known for its outstanding sound, and this one's well up to the house standards.

Howard Shelley - Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra (2011) (Repost)

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Howard Shelley - Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra (2011) (Repost)

Howard Shelley - Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 05:16:03 | 1,12 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 10695(4)

The piano remained the main instrument of Beethoven throughout his life, and this specially priced 4-CD box set represents his entire and sizeable output for piano and orchestra, starting with the early Piano Concerto in E flat, WoO 4 – a work of tremendous energy and great technical demands, which Beethoven wrote when he was just twelve years old – and ending with Piano Concerto No. 5, the only one that Beethoven never performed himself in concert, due to his developing deafness.

Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon - Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali (2016)

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Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon - Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali (2016)

Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon - Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:24 | 397 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics | Catalog: ALPHA 249

Passions run high in the operas and madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi, and they dominate Capella Mediterranea's 2016 release on Alpha-Classics, I 7 Peccati Capitali (The Seven Deadly Sins). Interpreted here as the seven deadly sins of sloth, envy, pride, greed, gluttony, lust, and wrath, and accompanied by corresponding virtues listed as hope, extravagance, chastity, humility, temperance, charity, and courage, the excerpts from Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and Orfeo…

Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Antoni Ros Marba - Tomas Breton: La Dolores (2000)

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Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Antoni Ros Marba - Tomas Breton: La Dolores (2000)

Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Antoni Ros Marba - Tomas Breton: La Dolores (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:33:52 | 617 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Decca | Catalog: 466 060 2

Tomas Breton's La Dolores from 1895–in which all the male characters love the heroine, Dolores, who works in an inn–is an opera espagnola: a full-blown opera, not a zarzuela, and its plot, characters, mood, and music could belong to no other country but Spain. Breton's musical idiom is late romantic, and he's a fine composer. The opera's acts build with good intensity, and throughout he keeps the local flavor alive with dances and rhythms that are peculiarly Spanish.

Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)

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Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)

Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:51:31 | 584 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato Disques | Catalog: 2292-45773-2

Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz's last completed work, is based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, but the libretto, by the composer, dispenses with most of the intrigue of the original and reduces the plot to a single premise: Béatrice et Bénédict mask their affection for each other by squabbling, and then finally come to their senses and get married. Although designated an opera, it is closer in effect to an opéra comique because of its very extensive use of spoken dialogue.

Ida Falk Winland, Danderyds Vokalensemble, Rikard Karlsson - Alice Tegner, Gustaf Nordqvist: Sang, Var Sang! (2016)

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Ida Falk Winland, Danderyds Vokalensemble, Rikard Karlsson - Alice Tegner, Gustaf Nordqvist: Sang, Var Sang! (2016)

Ida Falk Winland, Danderyds Vokalensemble, Rikard Karlsson - Alice Tegner, Gustaf Nordqvist: Sang, Var Sang! (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 57:38| 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-SACD-2237

The songs of Alice Tegner and Gustaf Nordqvist have been sung and loved by generations of Swedish people, particularly children. Tegner’s songs for children were published into a series which made its way into many schools and homes across Sweden. A lesser-known genre of the two composers is focused on in this new release: music for mixed choir. Both composers held important choral positions, Tegner composing for and leading a chapel choir, and Nordqvist enjoying a respected position in the capitol.

London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (1998)

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London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (1998)

London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:00:26 | 612 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7 63226 2

Conductor and pianist James Levine is one of the powerhouse figures of the classical music scene today. As a child he undertook both piano and violin; he was so accomplished on the violin that at the age of ten he played Mendelssohn's second violin concerto at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra youth concert. He studied piano at various summer music festivals before enrolling at New York's Juilliard School, where he took conducting courses with Jean Morel and continued piano studies with Rosina Lhevinne.

Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)

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Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)

Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:16 | 267 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Challenge | Catalog: CC 72632

The Missa Ave Maris Stella, with its lyrically reverential mood and long duo and trio passages, is among Josquin Desprez's most popular masses, and the listener can choose from among recordings by top Renaissance a cappella vocal groups. This one by the Netherlands ensemble Cappella Pratensis presents itself as hyperauthentic. Backed by a booklet essay from Josquin specialist Jennifer Bloxam, the group purports to re-create the practices, discourse, and atmosphere that would have attended a performance of the mass in the papal chapel around the year 1500.