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Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstucke (1999)

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Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstucke (1999)

Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schönberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstücke (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 162 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1667, 465 136-2 | 01:04:28

Consummation. This is what the piano music of Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) and Franz Schubert (1979-1828) have in common, the bridge that Thomas Larcher brings to this welcoming solo recital, his first for ECM. To underscore this point, he shuffles Schönberg’s Klavierstücke op. 11 with Schubert’s posthumous Klavierstücke D 946. By turns halting and didactic, the opening pairing opens into the fresh air of Schubert’s precisely syncopated revelry. The contrasts between the two composers are obvious to the ear, but to the heart Schönberg is an extended exhalation to Schubert’s inhalation. Where Schönberg plots slow, jagged caverns, Schubert runs furtively above ground in the sunshine. Yet both seem so urgent to tell their stories, offering lifelong journeys from relatively young minds.

Zoltan Kocsis, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos; Erno von Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song (1989)

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Zoltan Kocsis, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos; Erno von Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song (1989)

Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos; Ernö von Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song (1989)
Zoltán Kocsis, piano; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 422 380-2 | Time: 01:00:36

So what if Liszt spent most of his life in France and Germany and never learned to speak Hungarian? The music of the Magyars' fiery favorite son played by a hot-blooded local boy is an irresistible combination. Even the delightful Dohnanyi filler (variations on ''Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'') doesn't really douse the flames. Put it in the CD player and let 'er rip! Just be sure to remove all flammable vestments first. (Entertainment Weekly)

Neville Marriner - Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces (2013)

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Neville Marriner - Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces (2013)

Neville Marriner - Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces (2013)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 59:12 | 145 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics

Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces is a generous collection of Romantic gems performed by Neville Marriner and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, including popular selections by Georges Bizet, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Charles Gounod, and Benjamin Godard. Because the music is mostly taken from famous operas and ballets, the album offers a mix of highly colorful and serenely beautiful pieces, though all of them are extremely tuneful and memorable.

Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)

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Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)

Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 345.19 Mb (CD1) + 355.41 Mb (CD2) + 60.91 Mb (Scans) | 2:25:03
Orchestral | Label: RCA (1950-54)

The main question here is how BMG's new 20-bit remasterings compare to those in their 1990 Toscanini Complete Edition. Both ends of the dynamic spectrum are considerbly opened up, which intensify the Maestro's stinging accents and point up the carefully sculpted cantabile phrasings to an unprecedented degree. I also detect smidgens of artificial reverberation: tastefully applied, but frankly superfluous.

Alice Sara Ott - Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante (2008) (Repost)

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Alice Sara Ott - Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante (2008) (Repost)

Alice Sara Ott - Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante (2008)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:11 | 254 MB
Genre: 4778362 | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4778362

Alice Sara Ott's 2008 recording of Franz Liszt's 12 Transcendental Etudes may be the right prescription for jaded listeners who are sure they've heard all they need of this composer. To the extent that any pianist can make Liszt's music sound fresh, innovative, and interesting again, after years of mistreatment at the hands of sentimentalists and show-offs, Ott succeeds brilliantly on all three points.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

Imogen Cooper - Robert Schumann: "Abegg" Variations; Davidsbundlertanze; Novelettes Op. 21 Nos 2 & 8; Geisternahe (2015)

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Imogen Cooper - Robert Schumann: "Abegg" Variations; Davidsbundlertanze; Novelettes Op. 21 Nos 2 & 8; Geisternahe (2015)

Imogen Cooper - Robert Schumann:
"Abegg" Variations; Davidsbündlertänze; Novelettes Op. 21 Nos 2 & 8; Geisternähe (2015)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10874 | Time: 01:15:52

This third recording by Imogen Cooper on Chandos features some of Robert Schumann’s most characteristic and complex works for solo piano. Cooper is one of those artists who are reaching a glorious maturity in middle age; she seems to follow in the steps of her teacher Alfred Brendel, her prodigious virtuosity coexisting with lyrical and emotional wisdom. This album includes the Davidsbündlertänze which she describes as a ‘work of stirring beauty and humour that make it one of the great romantic masterpieces for the piano’. It also illustrates the journey between two sets of variations: Schumann’s first published and last composed piano pieces. While the ‘Abegg’ is ‘virtuosic, extroverted, challenging to play, and charming’, the Geistervariationen are ‘introverted and sparse, with a deep but elusive emotion’. Finally, in the two Novelletten Imogen Cooper reveals what she calls the ‘hidden narrative filaments to be discovered’ in Schumann’s music; this requires ‘a skill which is very necessary in the interpretation of scores that frequently appear disjointed and illogical’.

Michaela Paetsch Neftel - Joachim Raff: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Cavatina, Ungrischer (2000)

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Michaela Paetsch Neftel - Joachim Raff: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Cavatina, Ungrischer (2000)

Michaela Paetsch Neftel - Joachim Raff: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Cavatina, Ungrischer (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:06 | 351 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tudor | Catalog: 7086

If the idea of a marginally more advanced Mendelssohn or a slightly more coherent Liszt sounds appealing, try Joseph Joachim Raff. In this disc of his two violin concertos coupled with two shorter works for violin and orchestra, Raff writes for the soloist in an effervescent style that clearly has its origins in Mendelssohn's elfin manner.

Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker - New Year's Concert Vienna 1992 (2004)

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Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker - New Year's Concert Vienna 1992 (2004)

Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker - New Year's Concert Vienna 1992 (2004)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.18 Gb (DVD9) | 90 min
Classical | Philips

"The Kleiber must-haves are two New Year's concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic (1989, from Deutsche Grammophon; 1992, from Philips). Here is the very essence of joyous music-making with the added visual value of the sumptuous large hall of the Musikverein in Vienna." - New York Times

Francesco Rosi, Lorin Maazel, Orchestre National de France, Julia Migenes-Johnson - Bizet: Carmen (2011/1984) [Blu-Ray]

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Francesco Rosi, Lorin Maazel, Orchestre National de France, Julia Migenes-Johnson - Bizet: Carmen (2011/1984) [Blu-Ray]

Francesco Rosi, Lorin Maazel, Orchestre National de France, Julia Migenes-Johnson, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi - Bizet: Carmen (2011/1984) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25095 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 155 min | 41,8 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1770 kbps / 16-bit | Audio3: Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4977 kbps / 29,97 fps | 155 min | 6,93 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Gaumont / Second Sight | Sub: English

This movie version of Bizet's popular opera Carmen was filmed on location, conveying a kind of atmosphere, a sense of space, movement, and presence that's hard to achieve in a staged performance. It takes the action out of doors for many scenes, with the opening titles superimposed on the bloody conclusion of a bullfight. Elsewhere the changing of the guard, the crowd scenes, the dance number that opens Act 2, and the panoramic scenery of the smugglers' mountain hideout all benefit from the freedom granted by movie cameras.

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Donizetti: La Favorite (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonello Allemandi, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Donizetti: La Favorite (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Donizetti: La Favorite (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24920 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 35,2 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4049 kbps / 24-bit

Classical | BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 152 min | 8,26 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

One of the composer's most beguiling scores, La Favorite is Donizetti's La favorita in its original French form - a tale of love and war that represents a glorious mix of Italian bel canto and 19th century grand opera.

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Bellini: I Puritani (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Bellini: I Puritani (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Nino Machaidze, Juan Diego Flórez, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo - Bellini: I Puritani (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 174 min | 41,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 174 min | 9,43 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

This very traditional production by Pier'Alli boasts an enchanting Elvira in the young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, with Juan Diego Flórez as a peerless Arturo and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo a strong presence as Giorgio Valton.

James Ehnes - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet (2010) (Repost)

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James Ehnes - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet (2010) (Repost)

James Ehnes - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet (2010)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:31 | 278 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ONYX | Catalog: LC 19017

The last of his orchestral compositions and one of his most enduringly popular pieces, Mendelssohn's violin concerto is as much a crowd-pleaser now as it was when premiered by Ferdinand David and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1845. Its unassuming focus on melody and dynamic interaction between soloist and orchestra – rather than merely on technical feats and virtuosic showmanship – ensures its place at the heart of the violin concerto repertoire.

Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)
Nicola Benedetti, violin; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 8758 | Time: 00:59:03

This has the look of a career-making recording from Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti, putting her up against difficult repertory that diverges from the crowd-pleasing fare that formed the basis of her career up to this album. It would have been hard to predict just how well she pulls off her task here; few could have heard the profound interpreter of Russian music in the Italia and Silver Violin collections from earlier in the 2010s. The Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99, is an emotionally thorny work in five movements anchored by a tense passacaglia in the middle. The composer withheld it from publication during the period of renewed Stalinist repression in the late 1940s. It was premiered in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and in endurance and elevated tone even if not quite in lyrical grandeur, Benedetti brings that master to mind. Sample the Stravinskian "Burlesque" finale for a sense of how Benedetti gets outside herself here. The Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op. 82, is a more stable work, rooted in pre-WWI conservatory traditions, and Benedetti's reading is nothing short of letter-perfect.

VA - Greatest Hits: Sibelius (1995)

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VA - Greatest Hits: Sibelius (1995)

VA - Greatest Hits: Sibelius (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:18:02 | 301 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.