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Chicago SO; Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) (1988)

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Chicago SO; Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) (1988)

Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 1; Symphonie No. 10 (Adagio) (1988)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 565-2 | Time: 01:19:00

Mahler's First Symphony was originally conceived as a tone poem in two parts. Loosely based on Jean Paul's novel Titan, the structure was this: Part I: "From the Days of Youth," Music of Flowers, Fruit and Thorn – 1. Spring and No End; 2. Flowers; 3. In Full Sail; Part II: "The Human Comedy" – 4. "Stranded!" Funeral March in the Style of Callot; 5. D'all Inferno al'Paradiso (From Hell to Heaven). These titles were accompanied by more extensive programs describing the metaphorical content of each movement. In Jean Paul's Titan we have a youth gifted with a burning artistic desire that the world has no use for, and who, finding no outlet or ability to adapt, gives way to despair and suicide. Mahler apparently saw himself in this figure, as he described this work as autobiographical in a very loose sense. On the other hand the music, some of which Mahler actually accumulated from various earlier works, contradicts this program in so many ways, especially in the triumphant conclusion, that Mahler later withdrew it. He eventually came to scorn the application of specific programs to his symphonies in general.

Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

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Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997
Alfred Brendel, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 725 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 402 Mb | Scans ~ 29 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 456 045-2 | Time: 02:54:44

Recorded live in 1983, Alfred Brendel's third go-round with these works drastically improves on his previous Beethoven concerto cycles. He finds a calmer, more direct route to the Emperor Concerto, although the Fourth's first movement is still pock-marked with finicky phrase adjustments that pull focus from the music's poetic arcs. Levine provides sympathetic and alert support, yet is much more than a mere deferential accompanist.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 48:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 458-2 | Recorded: 1979

Solti finds all the detail in the score not only in the very grand passages but brings tenderness to the more reflective sections which is a joy to listen too. The CSO are magnificent, the strings have that bloom that makes you think of the Vienna Philharmonic at their peak, the rest of the ensemble are no less perfect either. The Decca recording, which just predates digital sound, is full and opulent and puts you in the best seat in the concert hall and is as just as good, if not better, then many later recordings of these works.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1986)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1986)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 313 Mb | Total time: 70:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 665-2 | Recorded: 1985

These are both exciting, high-powered performances very typical of Sir Georg. The dazzling qualities of the Chicago orchestra in achieving knife-edged precision of ensemble shine out consistently, and anyone who still thinks that Mendelssohn has Victorian cobwebs on him could hardly find more striking proof otherwise. The performances certainly bring out the exuberance of the inspiration, with the Scottish Symphony made almost as bright and athletic as the Italian.

Sir Michael Tippett - Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Symphonies, etc (2005) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Sir Michael Tippett - Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Symphonies, etc (2005) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Sonatas 1-3; String Quartets 1-3, Fantasia Concertante
Double Concerto, Concerto for Orchestra; Triple Concerto; 4 Symphonies, Ritual Dances
Paul Crossley, piano; György Pauk, violin; Nobuko Imai, viola; Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
Lindsay String Quartet; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Barry Tuckwell Horn Quartet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Sir John Pritchard
Academy of St Martin in the Fileds, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.92 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.03 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6750 DC6 | Time: 07:36:50

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Anyone who loves twentieth century music, who loves English music, or who just plain loves music will love this collection of the music of Michael Tippett. Culled from previously issued but long out-of-print Philips, London, Argo, and l'Oiseau-Lyre LPs, most of these recordings were world premieres made in close consultation with the composer and in the hands of conductors Colin Davis, Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, pianist Paul Crossley, and the Lindsay String Quartet, they receive what can fairly be described as definitive performances. From the ecstatic lyricism of the Suite for Double String Orchestra of 1939 through the luminous vitality of the First Symphony of 1945, the radiant sensuality of the Ritual Dances of 1955, the blues-based modernism of the Third Symphony of 1972, to the glistening transcendentalism of the Fourth Symphony of 1977, Tippett's unique fusion of line, drive, color, and form is performed throughout with passionate dedication and absolute faith in the music's greatness.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' (2019)

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Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' (2019)

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 68:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CSO Resound | CSOR9011901 | Recorded: 2018

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and bass soloist Alexey Tikhomirov in this poignant performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 (Babi Yar), recorded live in September 2018.

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Daniel Barenboim and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2017/2000)

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Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Daniel Barenboim and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2017/2000)

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Daniel Barenboim and Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla (2017/2000)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 7.62 Gb (DVD9) | 110 min
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: Espanol, English, Deutsch, Francais

Recorded in 2000 at the world's most important festival for 20th century music, the Musik Triennale Cologne, this concert programme successfully set out to capture the great wealth and diversity of modern classical music.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

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Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lélio, ou le Retour à la Vie (2015) 2CDs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti; Gérard Depardieu, narrator
Chicago Symphony Chorus; Mario Zeffiri, tenor; Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | Time: 01:54:42
Genre: Classical | Label: CSO Resound | # CSOR 901 1501

Recorded in 2010 during Riccardo Muti's first subscription concerts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tenth music director, this new double-CD release pairs Hector Berlioz's beloved Symphonie fantastique with its sequel, Lélio, ou le retour de la vie (Lélio, or The Return to Life). Berlioz intended Symphonie fantastique to be followed by Lélio in concert, as the artist returns to life to comment anew on music and art. Maestro Muti and the CSO are joined in Lélio by the acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu as the narrator, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. With the "conclusion and complement" of Symphonie fantastique, as Berlioz referred to Lélio, this recording increases listeners' familiarity with the music of a daring and revolutionary composer.

Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, Chicago SO - Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No.3 (1999) [Re-Up]

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Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, Chicago SO - Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No.3 (1999) [Re-Up]

Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No.3 (1999)
Maxim Vengerov, violin; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec | # 0630-17144-2 | Time: 01:01:52

Maxim Vengerov now confronts - and conquers - one of the supreme challenges all great violinists must face: The Brahms violin concerto. This beautiful, virtuosic work has defined careers from Heifetz to Perlman. Vengerov's turn has come, and his rich, burnished tone and impassioned phrasing make this one of the standout concerto CDs of the year. The soulful partnership of Vengerov and Barenboim (one of his most important mentors) is also a strong selling point.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2006/1989)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2006/1989)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2006/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 134 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Español, Francais

This live recording was made at the Royal Albert Hall during one of London’s famous Promenade Concert seasons. Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a magnifi cent performance of Berlioz’s concert cantata La Damnation de Faust. This feast of Berlioz launched Solti’s farewell tour with the orchestra he had directed for twenty years and was described by The Times as “the unsurpassable culmination of two decades of music-making…one that summarised all that has been most admirable about Solti’s long reign in Chicago.”

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (1984)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (1984)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 196 Mb | Total time: 45:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 410 116-2 | Recorded: 1983

Solti in Chicago at his very best. The promising excitement in the first movement opens to a performance of drama and poetry… This is simply great conducting, great orchestral playing, captured in superbly recorded early digital engineering.