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Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2011)

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Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2011)

Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 57:01+64:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | 476 1923 | Recorded: 2003

The Orchestra of the Antipodes' 2011 set of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos is certainly worth having for its exquisite period performances of these perennial favorites, but it is even more attractive for offering eight popular sinfonias from the cantatas, thereby giving listeners added value in an already excellent set. The Australia-based ensemble plays original instruments, and the performances are appropriate in textures, tempos, and ornamentation, so everything a fan of Baroque performance practice could want can be found here. The pacing is fleet and efficient, the counterpoint is transparent, and the sonorities are bright, so the combination will certainly excite even the most experienced devotees of these works.

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3; Symphony No.9 (2017/2006)

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Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3; Symphony No.9 (2017/2006)

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3; Symphony No.9 (2017/2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.36 Gb (DVD9) | 96 min
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded by Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said. It consists of young, highly talented Israeli and Arabian musicians and was founded to increase the dialogue between young people in the Middle East and represent the peaceful collaboration of the two cultures. In standard comparable to the most established orchestras, it combines tonal beauty and transparency with youthful expressiveness, passion and exuberance. This technically brilliant and incredibly enthusiastic orchestra brings out all levels of Beethoven’s 9th symphony and we listen to Beethoven at his very best: exuberant, emotional, lucid, tender, clear, triumphant… simply magnificent!Needless to say, Daniel Barenboim conducts excellently and outstanding singers Angela Denoke, Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Fritz and René Pape contribute tremendously to this unforgettable concert.

Josetxu Obregón, La Ritirata - Alessandro Scarlatti: Quella pace gradita: The recorder and violin cantatas (2019)

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Josetxu Obregón, La Ritirata - Alessandro Scarlatti: Quella pace gradita: The recorder and violin cantatas (2019)

Josetxu Obregón, La Ritirata - Alessandro Scarlatti: Quella pace gradita: The recorder and violin cantatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 66:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 923107 | Recorded: 2018

In a new recording of music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Josetxu Obregóns La Ritirata parades its dazzling vocal and instrumental talents in presenting the four cantatas which involve recorders and violins, together with an additional standalone soprano aria, for a further Glossa Neapolitan-flavored release. Drawn from his well over 800 secular cantatas these works combine fully-integrated, imaginative recitatives, expressive and dramatic arias and colorful and exacting instrumental sinfonias and ritornelli into elegant and compact wholes, and featuring poetic texts which typically followed the aspirations of the Accademia degli Arcadi literary circle initiated in Rome around the turn of the eighteenth century.

Michael Hofstetter, Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2006)

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Michael Hofstetter, Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2006)

Michael Hofstetter, Orquestra Simfónica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 216 min | 6,30+7,70 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Catalan, Italiano | Recorded: 2004

“Giulio Cesare” is one of Handel’s most fascinating and exquisite works. It was brought to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu under the direction of Herbert Wernicke, who produced a new adaptation including fragments of other Handel operas such as “Rinaldo”, “Orlando” and “Tolomeo”. This freely-interpreted and updated version does not seek to set the opera in a contemporary context but rather to reveal hidden aspects of the work: its psychology, its history and politics. The orchestra is conducted by Michael Hofstetter and the title role is sung by the Italian-Spanish countertenor Flavio Oliver, who is one of the leading male sopranos in the world today.

Pražák Quartet - Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2; Cello Sonata; Piano Quintet in C minor (2000)

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Pražák Quartet - Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2; Cello Sonata; Piano Quintet in C minor (2000)

Pražák Quartet - Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2; Cello Sonata; Piano Quintet in C minor (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD 250 139 | Recorded: 1999

An amateur cellist, the composer of Prince Igor was the only one of the Group of Five to have written some ten chamber works for his personal pleasure in keeping with the laws of Germanic rhetoric - to Balakirev's great displeasure. One of them is a pure masterpiece: his Quartet in D, featuring an irresistible Nocturne, which has been played round the world in various arrangements.

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: La Traviata (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: La Traviata (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: La Traviata (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 132 min | 38,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 132 min | 9,31 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This 2007 production from the Teatro Regio di Parma is conducted by Yuri Termirkanov. He has appeared with many leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and La Scala.
"Do we really need another Traviata? Yes! Emphatically Yes! This one! The production by Karl-Ernst Herrmann is lavish. Each act has its individual color. Costumes, also by Herrmann, are period lavish. Staging by Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrman is rich in detail." - American Record Guide

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Gaechinger Cantorey - Handel: Messiah (2020)

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Hans-Christoph Rademann, Gaechinger Cantorey - Handel: Messiah (2020)

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Gaechinger Cantorey - Handel: Messiah (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 665 Mb | Total time: 74:49+62:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accentus Music | ACC30499 | Recorded: 2019

Handel's 'Messiah' is one of the most sung oratorios in the world and its great choruses and arias can be heard on countless classical collections. From its premiere to the present day, this great sacred work enjoys almost unbroken popularity and has always fascinated audiences and musicians alike. In the chapter "Resurrection of George Frideric Handel" of his book "Decisive Moments in History", Stefan Zweig provides a particularly colourful description of Handel’s "Messiah". Starting from the fresh spirit of the work, he creates a lively story that lets the reader look over his shoulder as he composes the work. In it, he illustrates the timelessness and special position of this great composition in the context of music history.

Joachim Held - Polish Lute Music of the Renaissance (2019)

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Joachim Held - Polish Lute Music of the Renaissance (2019)

Joachim Held - Polish Lute Music of the Renaissance (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 228 Mb | Total time: 59:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | HC19034 | Recorded: 2019

Solo lute music flourished in large parts of Europe in the first half of the 16th century. In Italy, its most important early exponents were Francesco Spinacino, Joanambrosio Dalza, Vincenzo Capirola and Francesco da Milano. The leading lutenists in France were Albert de Rippe and Guillaume Morlaye. Germanys composers of unaccompanied lute music were Hans Judenkünig, Hans Newsiedler and Hans Gerle. The second half of the century brought new composers to the fore: in Italy, Vincenzo Galilei, Giovanni Antonio Terzi and Simone Molinaro; in Germany, Hans Newsiedlers son Melchior above all.

Dieter Klöcker, Consortium Classicum, Iona Brown, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Symphonies Concertantes (2004)

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Dieter Klöcker, Consortium Classicum, Iona Brown, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Symphonies Concertantes (2004)

Dieter Klöcker, Consortium Classicum, Iona Brown, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Symphonies Concertantes (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 966 Mb | Total time: 216:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 009-2 | Recorded: 1977

This collection of ten Classical symphonies concertantes was recorded (quadraphonically!) in 1977 and issued as a five-record set by EMI Electrola. Now it has been licensed by CPO and reissued economically on just three CDs.

Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Rossini: Tancredi (2007)

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Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Rossini: Tancredi (2007)

Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Rossini: Tancredi (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.78 Gb (DVD9) | 155 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano

This DVD documents a production of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, which over the last 25 years has developed into one of the most important institutions of Italian musical life. This wonderful 1999 "Tancredi" production was on the repertoire there before traveling to Rome and finally to Florence, where it was recorded in 2005. Her concentrated classical pictures are characterized by an almost overwhelming architectural look with columns, reliefs and an altar. Director Pier Luigi Pizzi plays with a black and white contrast, which symbolizes the parties of Syracuse and which he added the color red - a symbol of the retreating hero.

Friedrich Gulda, Münchner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26 (2019)

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Friedrich Gulda, Münchner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26 (2019)

Friedrich Gulda, Münchner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 61:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Münchner Philharmoniker | MPHIL0015 | Recorded: 1986

The Mnchner Philharmoniker are continuing to open up their vast archives, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest collections of recordings by legendary artists. This recording of Mozart's 'Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 26' allows listeners to relive a remarkable concert evening with Friedrich Gulda as conductor and soloist at once.

Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)

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Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)

Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 76:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029542338 | Recorded: 2019

Facce d’amore, ‘Faces of love’ follows Jakub Józef Orliński’s first solo album, Anima Sacra, which moved Gramophone magazine to announce that “This is a voice with a big future.” It brings a switch from the sacred to the personal and passionate. As the Polish-born, New York-trained countertenor says, the programme – which includes eight world premiere recordings – comprises “operatic arias that tell a story, showing a musical picture of a male lover in the baroque era – not only the positive side, like joyful or reciprocated love, but also anger or even madness.” Spanning some 85 years of the baroque period, the arias on Facce d’amore are by Handel, Cavalli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Bononcini, Conti, Hasse, Orlandini, Predieri and Matteis. Orliński is again partnered by the instrumentalists of Il Pomo d’Oro and their Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

Nordic String Quartet - Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Complete String Quartets, vol.1 (2019)

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Nordic String Quartet - Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Complete String Quartets, vol.1 (2019)

Nordic String Quartet - Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Complete String Quartets, vol.1 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 62:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dacapo | 8.226217 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen wrote his first three string quartets in 1959 and his 14th and last in 2013, three years before he died. This first volume in a new cycle comes from an ensemble coached by Tim Frederiksen (he who gave us the Nightingale Quartet) at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The Nordic Quartet gave their graduation performance at the Academy last autumn.

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29932 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 96 min + 55 (bonus) min | 40,9 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2442 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 96 min | 6,74 Gb
Audio: Latin / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Latin, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

A major strength of the Parma performances has been the contribution of the theatre’s chorus. So it proves here as well. Along with the choral contribution, and that of the four soloists, I always listen carefully to hear how the conductor controls the dynamics of the opening Requiem Eternam…the thrilling Tuba Mirum…and the Dies irae and its reprise. Yuri Temirkanov, Musical Director of the Teatro Regio, passes my tests with an ethereally quiet opening. Add to this a viscerally exciting lead into the Mors stupebit…

Arnold Bosman, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli - Niccolo Piccinni: Didon (2003)

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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli - Niccolo Piccinni: Didon (2003)

Arnold Bosman, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli - Niccolò Piccinni: Didon (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 70:49+55:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 406/1-2 | Recorded: 2001

This fine work, in the perfect Classical tradition, is from late in Piccinni’s French period. It was composed in 1783 and was performed in Paris regularly until 1836 and throughout the rest of Europe until about 1830. Piccinni keeps the plot moving at a fine clip, running one number into the next without a glitch and (especially in the third act) effectively using the chorus to add to the excitement. His writing for the solo voices is stirring in a Gluckian way, but elements of his Italian roots show up in the vocal line and melodic inspiration as well.