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Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra ‎- Stravinsky: The Firebird (1984)

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Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra ‎- Stravinsky: The Firebird (1984)

Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra ‎- Stravinsky: The Firebird (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 175 Mb | Total time: 43:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 410 109-2 | Recorded: 1982

Antal Dorati was a veteran ballet conductor and a personal friend of Stravinsky. His recording of The Firebird was a legend in its own time, and its reappearance on CD, sounding better than ever, immediately reestablished its supremacy. All of Stravinsky's complete ballets–as opposed to the suites– have "dead spots," moments when the music sort of stops and lurches about, illustrating something happening onstage. That's why the composer made the suites in the first place. However, many of his most fascinating orchestral ideas occur precisely in these "dead spots," which is why many conductors and audiences prefer the works complete. Trust Dorati: he's the most reliable guide to this music, and his orchestra gives him a virtuoso response.

Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Stravinsky: Symphonie de psaumes, Feux d'artifice (1985)

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Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Stravinsky: Symphonie de psaumes, Feux d'artifice (1985)

Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Stravinsky: Symphonie de psaumes, Le Chant du rossignol, Feux d'artifice, Op.4, Le Roi des étoiles (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 51:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 078-2 | Recorded: 1984

Riccardo Chailly had been anointed by Decca as their resident modernist before he rose to be director of the Royal Concertgebouw, and in some ways these early recordings are still his freshest. This Stravinsky compilation, part of a wide-ranging cycle of the composer's works, all in wonderful sound and played far better than on any version led by the composer, dates from 1984.

Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Britten: War Requiem (1983)

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Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Britten: War Requiem (1983)

Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Britten: War Requiem (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 85:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 470348 | Recorded: 1983

Rattle’s performance gives us a fascinating view of a masterpiece – we feel that he has approached the music afresh on its own terms, without being influenced by tradition. He has the advantage, as Britten did not, of a choir and orchestra with the music in their blood, so there need be no concerns on grounds of musical accuracy. His pacing of the work overall is masterly in his projection of the overall structure; the drama of earlier parts of the score such as the Dies Irae is not allowed to overshadow the final cataclysmic climax in the Libera Me, which is devastating in its power. In the Owen setting, “Strange Meeting” which follows is sung with great concentration by both Tear and Allen, emphasising as Britten intended the personal cost of conflict and its futility.

Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz ‎- Stratas Sings Weill (1986)

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Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz ‎- Stratas Sings Weill (1986)

Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz ‎- Stratas Sings Weill (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 55:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch | 9 79131-2 | Recorded: 1985-1986

Revealing an affinity for Weill, Teresa Stratas fulfills her promise to Lotte Lenya on her deathbed to "carry on the torch for Kurt Weill's music." Stratas's glorious soprano has never sounded better as she applies her operatic expertise to deliciously caress this music without losing any of the underlying subtext. Lacking the grittiness of other interpreters, she captures the emotional angles by letting her beautiful voice express the tortured heart beneath it; where others shout at you, Stratas sings at you. She casually bounces off the cheerier selections from One Touch of Venus and Happy End, letting Gerard Schwarz's brilliantly conducted orchestra display their wit. Program notes include a fascinating interview with Stratas.

Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade (2019)

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Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade (2019)

Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 76:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68239 | Recorded: 2018

Shostakovich's Cello Sonata belied the young composer's reputation as the 'enfant terrible' of early Soviet music. Steven Isserlis's praises it as ''the most popular cello sonata of the twentieth century.'' It features on this program alongside two other Russian masterpieces from pre-Revolutionary Prokofiev and Khrushchev era Kabalevsky.

Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh (1986)

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Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh (1986)

Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 51:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Records | CDC 7 47348 2 | Recorded: 1985

Yuri Temirkanov's Royal Philharmonic recording has been around for a long time; it was recorded in 1986 and has been in the catalog ever since – for good reason. Temirkanov is always sensitive to the exotic nature of these scores, particularly Spartacus, and he brings excitement to the varied colorful dances of both ballets. His recording is more full-bodied than the Bolshoi CD; no under-staffed orchestra here, and their rich sounds have been superbly captured by EMI's engineers.

Quatuor Élysée - Haydn: Les 6 Quatuors, Op. 76; Webern: Les 6 Bagatelles, Op. 9 (2004)

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Quatuor Élysée - Haydn: Les 6 Quatuors, Op. 76; Webern: Les 6 Bagatelles, Op. 9 (2004)

Quatuor Élysée - Haydn: Les 6 Quatuors, Op. 76; Webern: Les 6 Bagatelles, Op. 9 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | ITrack (Cue & Log) ~ 638 Mb | Total time: 71:46+66:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | ZZT0308022 | Recorded: 2002

he players take an appropriately spacious view of the Sunrise Quartet's serene opening bars, and provide a deeply felt account of the wonderful F sharp major slow movement from Op. 76/5. They offer, too, an intensely dramatic performance of the first movement of the D minor Fifths Quartet, and manage to find a striking change of colour for the minor sections of Op. 76/5's opening movement.

Maxim Shostakovich, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Dmitri Shostakovich: Film & Ballet Suites (1999)

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Maxim Shostakovich, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Dmitri Shostakovich: Film & Ballet Suites (1999)

Maxim Shostakovich, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Dmitri Shostakovich: Film & Ballet Suites (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 806 Mb | Total time: 76:42+67:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BMG Melodiya | 74321 66981 2 | Recorded: 1966

This 2 CD set of Shostakovich's Ballet Suites and film music is a treasure. If you have yet to hear the Ballet Suites, do give this a listen. This is Shostakovich at his most genial and witty. Much credit must be given to the man who compiled and arranged these suites: Levon Atovmyan. Atovmyan is the man responsible for not only arranging these ballet Suites. He also arranged most of Shostakovich's film scores into concert suites. As much as I love Shostakovich's original work, these Atovmyan arrangements are even better. Much of the material used in the Ballet Suites was salvaged from one of Shostakovich's most unipsired works, the ballet The Limpid Stream.

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies 1 & 9 (1985)

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Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies 1 & 9 (1985)

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies 1 & 9 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 57:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 677-2 | Recorded: 1985

The 1st and 9th complement each other perfectly, and this original pairing of the 9th with an equally fine performance of the 1st is a delight. The playing and acoustic of the Philharmonic is not as glorious as that of the Concertgebouw in some of Haitink's other Shostakovich recordings, but they acquit themselves quite well, capturing equally the light and the gloom, playfulness and tragedy, lyricism and satire that run through these both works.

Xavier Gagnepain, Jean-Michel Dayez - Fauré: L'Œuvre pour violoncelle & piano (2007)

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Xavier Gagnepain, Jean-Michel Dayez - Fauré: L'Œuvre pour violoncelle & piano (2007)

Xavier Gagnepain, Jean-Michel Dayez - Fauré: L'Œuvre pour violoncelle & piano (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 73:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT070602 | Recorded: 2006

By today's standards, there's nothing particularly jarring or seemingly progressive about the mature works of Gabriel Fauré. In his own time, however, he was often criticized for his curious, almost experimental use of harmony in his chamber music, and for what some saw as his neglect of the individual qualities of the instruments for which he was composing. Some of these sentiments have endured and resulted in the infrequent performance of many of his chamber works, in this case the two sonatas for cello and piano. While the cello "miniatures," such as the Op. 24 Elegie and the Op. 7 Apre un Reve (transcribed by Casals), have enjoyed popularity particularly in high school and early college studios, they are not representative of Fauré's developed harmonic language.

Valentina Montoya Martínez, Victor Villena, Mr McFall’s Chamber - Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (2017)

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Valentina Montoya Martínez, Victor Villena, Mr McFall’s Chamber - Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (2017)

Valentina Montoya Martínez, Juanjo Lopez Vidal, Nicholas Mulroy, Mr McFall’s Chamber, Victor Villena - Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 469 Mb | Total time: 88:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian Records | DCD34186 | Recorded: 2016

Who is María? Horacio Ferrer,librettist of this unconventional operita , said that she was a representation of Buenos Aires, embodying the spirit of tango itself. María de Buenos Aires lies outside any known genre. According to Ferrer, its highly poetic libretto was written not to be understood, but to create emotion and atmosphere .Piazzolla's music, too, offers a charged mix of classical forms and Argentinian traditions milonga, tango and the sparring spoken word of the traditional payada. In this,the first major recording since the 1980s, Delphian stalwarts Mr McFall's Chamber are joined by their long-term collaborators Valentina Montoya Martínez and Nicholas Mulroy, narrator Juanjo Lopez Vidal, and internationally acclaimed tango musicians Victor Villena and Cyril Garac.

Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano Ensemble - Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain's Mate (2018)

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Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano Ensemble - Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain's Mate (2018)

Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano Ensemble - Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain's Mate (2018)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 748 Mb | Total time: 47:12+73:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Retrospect Opera | RO001 | Recorded: 2015-2016

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Britain's greatest female composer, wrote six operas. The Boatswain's Mate, composed in Egypt in 1913-14, and first performed in 1916, was far and away the most popular of them, and between the wars, was often performed. It is a wonderfully tuneful and funny work, the most successful of all the British operas of the period, using folk music to evoke English rural life. Smyth was a close friend of Emmeline Pankhurst. She had been strongly involved with the suffragette movement immediately before she composed The Boatswain's Mate, and it's generally considered her most feminist opera (the overture quotes 'The March of the Women', her famous suffragette song). Smyth wrote her own libretto, adapting a story and play by W. W. Jacobs.

Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2006) [BDRip]

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Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2006) [BDRip]

Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2006) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 165 min | 13,8 Gb
Audio: Русский / PCM / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

Shostakovich's musically brilliant and ingeniously panoramic opera about love, lust, power and oppression is fabulously well played by the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons in this authoritative production. Stage director Martin Kusej builds on formidable musical strengths to forge a relentless drama that explores with emotional conviction the shadowy, layered boundaries between victims and perpetrators. First-rate protagonist Eva-Maria Westbroek is phenomenal in her gripping interpretation of Katarina, compelling the entire cast, including the choir, to almost unbearable realism in their portrayal of timeless human weaknesses.

Jeffrey Tate, London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff, In the South, Froissart (1993)

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Jeffrey Tate, London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff, In the South, Froissart (1993)

Jeffrey Tate, London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff, In the South, Froissart (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 68:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 7 54425 2 | Recorded: 1992

Elgar’s Falstaff is a proud, good-humoured, larger-than-life knight, not the amorous figure of fun portrayed by Verdi: Henry IV rather than The Merry Wives of Windsor. This Falstaff needs careful handling, as the composer’s superb 1931 recording makes clear. Jeffrey Tate is remarkably successful in bringing the old fellow to life and, indeed, in putting him to sleep before the Dream Interlude, with its exquisitely nostalgic violin solo. This is a performance full of character and contrast, and it finds the LSO in true virtuoso form: excellent string playing and a suitably gruff bassoon for Falstaff’s protestations.

Anne Sofie von Otter, John Eliot Gardiner, NDR-Sinfonieorchester - Speak Low: Songs by Kurt Weill (1994)

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Anne Sofie von Otter, John Eliot Gardiner, NDR-Sinfonieorchester - Speak Low: Songs by Kurt Weill (1994)

Anne Sofie von Otter, John Eliot Gardiner, NDR-Sinfonieorchester - Speak Low: Songs by Kurt Weill (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 78:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 439 894-2 | Recorded: 1993

There are now many exponents and interpreters of Weill’s extraordinary output, from his German roots, through his French exile to his American and Broadway successes. The repertoire chosen for this disc reveals the variety and flavour of Weill’s writing. Von Otter’s honeyed tone and her ability to stamp sharply observed characterisations on the songs make this recording highly individual compared to that of Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya or, more recently, Ute Lemper. This is vocalised, rather than angst-ridden cabaret-style Weill, though Von Otter certainly delivers the dramatic intensity.