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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572 (2014)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572 (2014)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 543 Mb | Total time: 122:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 5054196055523 | Recorded: 1991

In 1789 Mozart arranged George Frideric Handel's Messiah on behalf of a group of Viennese noblemen.He abridged the work in an effort to tauten the drama, transposed arias to suit his singers' abilities and he subjected it to a fundamental re-orchestration to adapt the sound of the work to the musical taste of his time. lt was not until the 20th century that the historical and musical value of Mozart's Messiah arrangement was reappraised. Mozart's interpretation of Handel's Counterpoint and his synthesis of Baroque and Classical stylistic elements give the work a compelling new sound.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion (arr. Robert Schumann) (2007)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion (arr. Robert Schumann) (2007)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (arr. Robert Schumann) (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 103:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 091-2 | Recorded: 2006

When Schumann was offered the post of music director in Düsseldorf in 1850, his first main project was to perform the St. John Passion, which had never been presented there, in April 1851: “It is much bolder, more powerful, and more poetic than the St. Matthew. This one seems to me not to be free of diffuseness and to be exceedingly long, but the other – how compact, how thoroughly genial, and of what art!” Robert Schumann

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Ch - J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion / St. Matthew Passion (1989)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Ch - J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion / St. Matthew Passion (1989)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion / St. Matthew Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 652 Mb | Total time: 157:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 427 648-2 | Recorded: 1988

Gardiner’s reading of the St. Matthew Passion is conceived and executed on the highest level, an example of period practice that is unlikely to be bettered any time soon. The performance as a whole vibrates with life: soloists are first-rate, and wonderfully well chosen for their respective parts, and the work of chorus and orchestra is exemplary. The recording, made in 1988 in the spacious ambience of The Maltings, Snape, near Aldeburgh, is well balanced and exceptionally vivid.

Klaus Mertens, Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel - Telemann: Passion Cantatas (2009)

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Klaus Mertens, Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel - Telemann: Passion Cantatas (2009)

Klaus Mertens, Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel - Telemann: Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen; Passion Cantatas (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 69:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 299-2 | Recorded: 2006-2007

The five cantatas presented on this disc share several elements. They are all for solo bass and orchestra, and Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus deals with Christ’s agonies in the garden of Gethsemane, with three recitatives setting the scene surrounding two arias for Jesus, ending with an aria by the narrator inviting all to contemplate Christ’s sacrifice. Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen is a meditation on the moment of Christ’s death. Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen expresses the narrator’s desire to follow the way of the cross in Christ’s footsteps. The other two cantatas are more tangentially connected to the events of the passion, although they mention the passion as motivation for the sinner to prepare for eventual union with his Savior.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2001)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2001)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 486 Mb | Total time: 110:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901748.49 | Recorded: 2001

Philippe Herreweghe uses the second of Bach's four versions of the St. John Passion, the one from 1725, which substitutes some of the arias and the opening chorus, along with lesser changes. The result is somewhat more dramatic than the standard version, which Herreweghe recorded previously. Those familiar with the conductor's work will find his usual warmth, making the most of the lyric moments, but they'll also find greater sensitivity to rhythmic and dramatic thrust and a generally livelier approach. The singers are uniformly fine. Padmore is an unusually effective Evangelist, projecting the drama without undue overacting.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1999)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1999)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 683 Mb | Total time: 161.22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901676.78 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion was first performed on Good Friday in 1727 at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. It is the largest single composition Bach ever wrote, both in terms of length and in terms of instrumental and vocal forces. It requires two choruses, two orchestras, four vocal soloists for the arias and vocal soloists for each of the various character parts. Philippe Herreweghe's 1999 recording of Bach's masterpiece features a stellar cast and was a perennial catalog bestseller.

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko - Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]

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Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko -  Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczała, Anna Netrebko - Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 42986 kbps / 2160p / 59.940 fps | 215 min | 86,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 6074 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

DG presents the 2016 live recording of Lohengrin at the Dresden State Opera, conducted by Christian Thielemann and starring Piotr Beczala in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Elsa. Beczala’s Lohengrin was deemed “nothing short of spine tingling” by Opera News and ON hailed Netrebko’s performance in her first Wagnerian role as “utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe.”

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2019)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2019)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 874 Mb | Total time: 75:42+73:10+25:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AAM | AAM 007 | Recorded: 2019

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel's great Brockes-Passion: a long-neglected masterpiece by this most brilliant composer, from a libretto by his friend, Barthold Brockes, one of Germanys leading poets. The culmination of two years of scholarly research by a team of scholars and musicologists from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, King's College London, Open University and more, working alongside Music Director Richard Egarr and editor Leo Duarte. Consulting 15 manuscript sources from 11 collections in 5 countries, this is the most substantial edition of this work yet, including as appendices extra movements and Charles Jennens' partial English translation in their world premiere recordings.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This performance of Strauss' opera Salome, recorded in London, but based on an earlier performance at the Salzburg Festival, could be the perfect Salome on DVD for several years to come. In the first place the casting is superb. Malfitano and Terfel as Salome and Jokanaan are not to be surpassed in the next years. Malfitano does the Dance of the Seven Veils herself, which gives the performance an extra thrill. Herod is good too and as a bonus we see Anja Silja as Herodias, a well-known Salome herself in her younger days.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 448 Mb | Total time: 111:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN0507 | Recorded: 1989

Harry Christophers's account, with The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra it was recorded live in the rich acoustic of St John's Smith Square, London, in March 1989, with a chorus of eighteen and a period instrument band of twenty-one. Christophers leads a solid, warm, and effective account of the 1724 version. Ian Partridge is a distinctive and compassionate Evangelist; the unusual timbre of his elegant, mature voice often calls to mind that of Aksel Schiøtz. Once again, the singing and the playing are of a particularly high quality. Having opted for the original versions of 'Betrachte meine Seel' and 'Erwäge', Christophers makes extensive use of the lute as a continuo instrument in other portions of the Passion.

Wolfgang Helbich, Barockorchester Bremen, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Apocryphal St. Luke Passion (1997)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Barockorchester Bremen, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Apocryphal St. Luke Passion (1997)

Wolfgang Helbich, Barockorchester Bremen, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Apocryphal St. Luke Passion (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 106:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 293-2 | Recorded: 1996

…The only source for the `St. Luke Passion' is a score copy begun by Johann Sebastian Bach and completed by his son Carl Phillip Emanuel….Wolfgang Helbich is a persuasive advocate of the score. Good sound, texts and translations.

VA - Lost Highway: Original Soundtrack (1997) [Re-Up]

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VA - Lost Highway: Original Soundtrack (1997) [Re-Up]

VA - Lost Highway: Original Soundtrack (1997)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 437 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Rock, Industrial | Label: Nothing/Interscope | # INTD-90090 | Time: 01:12:07

The soundtrack to David Lynch's brilliant Lost Highway highlights the evocative gothic nightmares of producer Trent Reznor, whose Nine Inch Nails contribute the single "The Perfect Drug." Along with material from longtime Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, the set also includes new music from the Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and Lou Reed, who offers a taut cover of the Doc Pomus classic "This Magic Moment."

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - J.S. Bach: Passio secundum Johannem BWV 245 Version II (1725) (2000)

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Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - J.S. Bach: Passio secundum Johannem BWV 245 Version II (1725) (2000)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Passio secundum Johannem BWV 245 Version II (1725) (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 508 Mb | Total time: 114:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 0983-2 | Recorded: 1999

Peter Neumann ist der erste, dessen Aufnahme die zweite Fassung der ›Johannes-Passion‹ in einem Durchlauf hören läßt. Dies ist insofern wichtig, als durch die Änderungen die Aspekte ›Schuld‹ und ›Sünde‹ stärker akzentuiert werden, die theologische Aussage des Werks also in eine etwas andere Richtung weist. Das eigentlich Bemerkenswerte der vorliegenden Einspielung ist der Einsatz einer großen Kirchenorgel als Continuoinstrument, was den Arien und Chorälen eine ganz eigene Färbung verleiht.

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben - Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140 (1993)

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Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben - Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140 (1993)

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 58:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 436 226-2 | Recorded: 1984

Münchinger uses WF Bach's alterations to Einfeste Burg (the addition of trumpets and kettledrums to the two largest movements), which - with the fresh, even raw, singing from soloists and chorus alike — makes this a dramatic almost triumphalist account; Wochet aufis similarly spacious and joyful. The sound is excellent; die chorus particularly vivid.

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

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Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,78 Gb | Total time: 11:31:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 108-2 | Recorded: 1984-1994

Bachs Passions and other great choral works in performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the masterly direction of Peter Schreier who also sings the role of the Evangelist. Schreiers aim in Bach interpretation is to bring new lightness without following the full dictates of authentic performance, and in this he succeeds superbly. The recording is first rate, with the choral forces well separated.