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LA Opera, James Conlon - John Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles (2016)

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LA Opera, James Conlon - John Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles (2016)

LA Opera, James Conlon - John Corigliano & William M. Hoffman: The Ghosts of Versailles (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:35:34 | 785 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone | Catalog: PTC5186538

PentaTone's live recording of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles is billed as the world premiere recording, though it was preceded by the 1991 video recording of the Metropolitan Opera's production, which was conducted by James Levine and starred Teresa Stratas. Even so, this 2016 audiophile presentation of the LA Opera production, conducted by James Conlon, is a major event for opera lovers, especially since the Met's recording is difficult to find and performances of The Ghosts of Versailles are rare.

Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra & selections from Passages (2004) (Repost)

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Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra & selections from Passages (2004) (Repost)

Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra & selections from Passages (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:49 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Orange Mountain Music | Catalog: OMM0011

This disc of Philip Glass' Tirol Concerto for piano and orchestra is among the first wave of releases from Orange Mountain Music, a label started by Kurt Munkacsi and Don Christensen out of their attempt to archive the master tapes of Glass' music. Most of the releases slated to appear are of older recordings, including many that have not been heard before. But the Tirol Concerto for piano and orchestra dates only from 2000 and was recorded in 2002.

Adrian Leaper - Xavier Montsalvatge: Laberinto; Sortilegis; Folio Daliniana; Sinfonia Mediterranea (1999)

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Adrian Leaper - Xavier Montsalvatge: Laberinto; Sortilegis; Folio Daliniana; Sinfonia Mediterranea (1999)

Xavier Montsalvatge: Laberinto; Sortilegis; Folio Daliniana; Sinfonia Mediterranea (1999)
Orquesta Filarmónica De Gran Canaria, conducted by Adrian Leaper

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ASV Digital | # CD DCA 1060 | Time: 01:08:50

Apart from his popular Canciones negras, written more than half a century ago, the compositions of the now 87-year-old Montsalvatge (in 1999) have made little impact on the musical public in general: many of his works remain unrecorded – the opera Puss in Boots, the Indian Quartet, the five Invocaciones al Crucificado and the virtuoso Harpsichord Concerto, to name only four. But there are two Montsalvatges – one with a more traditional manner, and a later more trenchant, experimental and individual. From his earlier period comes the Sinfonia Mediterranea, composed three years after the Canciones negras; its lack of fashionable ‘modernity’ tempted him at one time to consider rejecting it completely. I’m glad he didn’t, for it’s an attractive (if slightly overlong), warmly romantic work that includes melodies of a popular cast.

VA - Augusta Read Thomas: Ritual Incantations (2017)

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VA - Augusta Read Thomas: Ritual Incantations (2017)

VA - Augusta Read Thomas: Ritual Incantations (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 01:17:57 | 313 Mb
Contemporary Classical | Label: Nimbus Alliance

The present collection of Augusta Read Thomas's works spans 18 years, from 1999 to 2017. It juxtaposes the two sides of Thomas that we've already encountered in previous volumes, the large-scale thinker in the cello concerto Ritual Incantations, the piano trio Klee Musings and the recent string quartet Chi, and the miniaturist in the six other works which on this disc act as satellites to the above-mentioned three larger works. Two sides that, paradoxically, seem to share more similarities than differences. Common to all the works collected here are the sunny, free-wheeling lyricism, luminosity, sense of colour, spontaneity, caprice, playfulness and spirituality which have long been ineradicable characteristics of her nuanced music, all tied up with an irrepressible energy and a sense of irreducible concision no matter how expansive the time frame, of taking all the time in the world to say everything that needs to be said in any given piece, but not a second more than that!

Ennio Morricone - La monaca di Monza (1969) + La califfa (1970) Original Motion Picture Soundtracks, 2LP in 1 CD, 2014

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Ennio Morricone - La monaca di Monza (1969) + La califfa (1970) Original Motion Picture Soundtracks, 2LP in 1 CD, 2014

Ennio Morricone - La monaca di Monza (1969) + La califfa (1970)
Original Motion Picture Soundtracks, 2LP in 1 CD, Remastered Limited Edition 2014

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 397 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 175 Mb | Scans ~ 93 Mb
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Quartet Records | # QR156 | Time: 01:16:43

Quartet Records presents a new, remastered edition of two Ennio Morricone scores from 1969/1970, written for movies featuring strong female protagonists. Directed by Eriprando Visconti, La monaca di Monza (1969) is widely credited as one of the cornerstones of the nunsploitation subgenre which bloomed in the 1970s. Based on a true story about Sister Virginia de Leyva, the film is about a nun who starts a forbidden romance with an Italian nobleman. Set in the tumultuous 17th century, the film features a brief but passionate Morricone score, highlighted by a tragic romantic theme, a lovely pastoral theme for the couple’s child and Baroque-flavored action cues for the Spanish pursuers. Made a year later, Alberto Bevilacqua’s La califfa (1970) stars Romy Schneider and Ugo Tognazzi in a forbidden romance with a more contemporary setting. Based on the director’s own novel, the story follows the romance of an industrialist and the widow of a worker who used to work in his factory. The 20-page full-color booklet features many illustrations and a detailed discussion of both scores by Gergely Hubai, who also provides trackby- track analyses for these masterful works.

Royal Scottish NO, Frederic Talgorn - John Barry - Born Free: Original Motion Picture Score (1966) Re-Recording 2000

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Royal Scottish NO, Frederic Talgorn - John Barry - Born Free: Original Motion Picture Score (1966) Re-Recording 2000

John Barry - Born Free: Original Motion Picture Score (1966)
Re-Recording 2000, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Frederic Talgorn

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 219 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Orchestral Score | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-6084 | 00:53:33

Though John Barry achieved popular recognition for the swinging, loungey, noir-ish soundtracks he composed for the James Bond films, he moved to the front rank of film composers with his score for 1966's BORN FREE. Stylistically, the music of BORN FREE is miles removed from Barry's Bond soundtracks, though the composer's fondness for brass fanfares, stirring strings, and lush, intricate charts with stunning dynamic range is still intact. On the whole, however, the music to BORN FREE has a playful, innocent quality, evoking the nature of the wild animals at the film's center. As the movie is set in Africa, Barry employs a range of African percussion instruments, and sections of flute music (which often seem to echo the sounds of birds or other creatures). The arrangements are expansive and sweeping, giving rise to the sensation of open plains, and Barry's recurring musical themes parallel the film's action (the track titles indicate plot events). The score is, for the most part, surprisingly subdued, with occasional bursts of energy (mirroring tumultuous events onscreen) and its stirring title theme the exceptions. Barry won an Academy Award for the score in 1966.

Schnittke - Chamber Music: Piano Quintet etc. - Sarah Leonard, Capricorn, Timothy Mason (1996) {Hyperion CDA66885}

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Schnittke - Chamber Music: Piano Quintet etc. - Sarah Leonard, Capricorn, Timothy Mason (1996) {Hyperion CDA66885}

Schnittke - Chamber Music: Piano Quintet etc. - Sarah Leonard, Capricorn, Timothy Mason (1996) {Hyperion CDA66885}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 265 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 172 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 136 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1996 Hyperion Records | CDA66885
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Chamber Music

The chamber works on this recording encompass a variety of instrumental groupings and a range of moods from the humour and lightness of the Serenade to the serious magnificence of the Piano Quintet, a five-movement ‘memorial’ developing the tradition of so great a work as Shostakovich’s single-movement work for this combination. The Three Madrigals set a three-language cycle of miniature poems by Francisco Tanzer, poems which themselves encapsulates much that is distinctively Schnittke through their epigrammatic atmosphere of cryptic completeness.

Kenari Quartet - French Saxophone Quartets: Dubois, Pierné, Françaix, Desenclos, Bozza, Schmitt (2016)

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Kenari Quartet - French Saxophone Quartets: Dubois, Pierné, Françaix, Desenclos, Bozza, Schmitt (2016)

Kenari Quartet - French Saxophone Quartets (2016)
Dubois, Pierné, Françaix, Desenclos, Bozza, Schmitt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573549 | Time: 01:04:39

Invented in Paris in 1846 by the Belgian-born Adolphe Sax, the saxophone was readily embraced by French composers who championed the new instrument through numerous ensemble and solo compositions. This tradition is celebrated in a programme, performed by the young and exciting Kenari Quartet, that explores the saxophone in all of its colours and sonorities, from Pierre Max Dubois’s light-hearted and jazz-inspired music to the lyrical and expressive world of Alfred Desenclos, and from Jean Françaix’s witty ‘bantering’ to the excitement and energy which closes Florent Schmitt’s Quatour, Op. 102.

Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti - Valentin Silvestrov: Three Sonatas for Piano, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1992)

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Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti - Valentin Silvestrov: Three Sonatas for Piano, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1992)

Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti - Valentin Silvestrov: Three Sonatas for Piano, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:57 | 196 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 2292-45631-2

The pianist Alexei Lubimov has championed the music of those Soviet composers who explored an avant-garde style in the 1960s under the influence of the West, but then retreated from high modernism and sought a new style that could both offer a way forward and still allude to the sentimentality of the Classical and Romantic eras. The Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is a famous example of such a career arc, and here Lubimov performs his first three sonatas for solo piano, followed by a sonata for cello and piano where Ivan Monighetti appears.

Bernard Herrmann - The Day The Earth Stood Still: Original Film Score (1951) [The Classic Series, Remastered Reissue 1993]

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Bernard Herrmann - The Day The Earth Stood Still: Original Film Score (1951) [The Classic Series, Remastered Reissue 1993]

Bernard Herrmann - The Day The Earth Stood Still: Original Film Score (1951)
The Classic Series, Remastered Reissue 1993

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 169 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Label: Twentieth Century Fox Film Scores | # 07822 11010 2 | Time: 00:35:20
Soundtrack, Score, Contemporary

This is the movie that gave us the phrase "Klaatu barada nikto!" As befits the film that kicked off the Atomic Age's obsession with flying saucers and giant robots, Bernard Herrmann's score is the last word in 1950s sci-fi. Although many of its elements have become cliches over the years, the original has lost none of its power. Thanks to the many eerie, theremin-drenched passages, it's almost impossible to hear that instrument without thinking about guys in space suits. Other great moments: tinkling space pianos, ominous robot monster chords, and weird, plangent orchestrations. One of Herrmann's most visionary and influential scores.

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 881 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Bernard Herrmann - The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) The Complete Original Soundtrack Recording, Remastered Limited Edition 2009

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Bernard Herrmann - The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) The Complete Original Soundtrack Recording, Remastered Limited Edition 2009

Bernard Herrmann - The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) 2CD Set
The Complete Original Soundtrack Recording, Remastered Limited Edition 2009

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 515 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 246 Mb | Scans ~ 73 Mb
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Prometheus Records | # XPCD 166 | Time: 01:45:35

This 2-disc release of Herrmann's first score for Harryhausen is a lavish delight. Firstly, both discs are presented in full stereophonic sound - the full-bodied monaural descriptor being entirely wrong for the disc-1 complete score. This presentation utilizes the same remastered music stems that the Sony blu-ray disc offers, and is sonically splendid. The second disc is the original soundtrack album re-recording, all stereo except one track, and it's the familiar version that's been a collector's item for many years. The soundtrack album was conducted by Muir Mathieson, and contrary to Herrmann's opinion of it, it's a robust presentation of the original score. A masterpiece, right up there with the likes of Moross' THE BIG COUNTRY, North's SPARTACUS, Rosza's EL CID, and Jarre's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.

Lisa Gerrard - The Best Of Lisa Gerrard (2007)

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Lisa Gerrard - The Best Of Lisa Gerrard (2007)

Lisa Gerrard - The Best Of Lisa Gerrard (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 408 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Covers included | 01:15:36
World Fusion, Vocal Music, Modern Classical, Ambient, Dark Wave | Label: 4AD | # CAD 2701CD

Issued in 2007 on the 4AD label, THE BEST OF LISA GERRARD collects many of the finest tracks by the former Dead Can Dance vocalist/multi-instrumentalist. While the compilation includes a few tracks by that revered act, most notably the mystical "Yulunga (Spirit Dance)," a song that showcases Gerrard's striking voice, it primarily focuses on her solo work and film compositions, which both draw from music across the globe. On these pieces, Gerrard often collaborates with fellow Australian native Pieter Bourke, as on the passionate "Swans" and the expansive "Sacrifice," the latter from the INSIDER score. Although this anthology is a mere fraction of Gerrard's recorded output, it does serve as an excellent introduction to her impressive catalogue.

Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

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Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CDs
Fanfare For The Common Man; Appalachian Spring; Lincoln Portrait; Quiet City;
Music For Movies; Ceremonial Fanfare; El Salón México; Old American Songs;
Dance Symphony; 4 Dances From 'Rodeo'
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta; Gregory Peck, speaker
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Sinfonietta, conducted by Elgar Howarth; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Doráti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 554 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 261-2 | Time: 02:12:18

If you want a good sampling of Copland's orchestral works, then this 2-CD compilation comes highly recommended, with excellent performances of works such as Appalachian Spring, Quiet City, El Salón México and others. (Presto Classical)

Ennio Morricone - Sahara: Expanded Original NGM Motion Picture Soundtrack (1983) 2CD Remastered, Limited Edition 2014

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Ennio Morricone - Sahara: Expanded Original NGM Motion Picture Soundtrack (1983) 2CD Remastered, Limited Edition 2014

Ennio Morricone - Sahara: Expanded Original NGM Motion Picture Soundtrack (1983)
2CD Expanded Remastered, Limited Edition 2014

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 645 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 296 Mb | Scans ~ 38 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Orchestral | Label: Quartet Records | # QR180 | 02:08:17

Quartet Records and M.G.M. are happy to present the premiere complete edition of Ennio Morricone’s Sahara, composed for the Brook Shields adventure movie written and produced by Menahem Golan, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Sahara tells the tale of Dale Gordon (Shields), a young car racer who wants to save her late father’s business by winning a desert rally through the Sahara. Even though women are forbidden to race, Dale dons a disguise to enter the competition. Unfortunately, the desert is ravaged by warring tribes and one of them captures the girl. Seeking refuge with the noble Jaffar, Dale could easily relive a classic Oriental fantasy inspired by Rudolph Valentino’s The Sheikh – but she must also stop the German bad guys and win the race for her father’s honor. Ennio Morricone’s score for the expensive production provides a rich, versatile and powerful epic soundtrack – a real gem and a treat for all Morricone fans. It features a lush main theme for the sweeping romance in the desert, exciting action themes for the battles and three different themes for the race itself.