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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (2008)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (2008)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Vienna - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, 'Utrecht' Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (highlights) [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Total time: 06:31:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69567-7 | Recorded: 1978, 84, 86, 88, 90

This is the sixth set in this comprehensive and excellent Handel edition from Warner. This volume deals with an important oratorio in the shape of "Saul" as well as the "Utrecht Te Deum" and the famous "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day" and "Alexander's Feast", another splendid cantata. The recordings date from the early 1970's to 1990 and come from the prolific Teldec stable under the indefatigable Nikolaus Harnoncourt who conducts in his exemplary no nonsense fashion. "Saul' is a fine interpretation although I still feel that John Eliot Gardiner comes to the core of the work better. "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day' is also given a pomp and circumstance treatment whilst the Utrecht Te Deum is winningly done. The team of soloists is also very good and the recordings are fine and well balanced in proper Teldec tradition.

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

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Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1987)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1987)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 535 Mb | Total time: 61:57+73:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDS 7 49014 8 | Recorded: 1957-1958

Few singers have fused words and music as eloquently as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and few sopranos have proved more radiant in Strauss. All this makes her the ideal protagonist in the composer’s final opera, his ingenious and engaging ‘conversation piece’ on artistic themes. Schwarzkopf is joined by a cast of superlative stature and style and by a conductor intimately identified with the works of Strauss, Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2005/1976]

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2005/1976]

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2005/1976]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.33 Gb+5.07 Gb (2xDVD9) | 181 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This luxuriously cast film of Mozart's beloved opera buffa features a host of legendary interpretations, including Kiri Te Kanawa's exquisite Countess Almaviva, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as her philandering husband, Hermann Prey as the wily title character, Mirella Freni, a delight as his no less savvy bride Susanna, and Maria Ewing, hilarious as the lovesick page Cherubino. Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's imaginative camera-work tellingly emphasizes character and mood in this immortal story of love, intrigue and class struggle, set against the historical background of ancien regime Europe sliding inexorably towards revolution.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 9: Wagner (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 9: Wagner (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 9: Wagner (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.98 Gb | Total time: 15:24:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 1: Bach, Handel, Gluck (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 1: Bach, Handel, Gluck (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 1: Bach, Handel, Gluck (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.46 Gb | Total time: 06:41:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene. But just what makes up this fascination? And what makes his recordings so special? This edition provides the answers.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre - Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Concerto (2001)

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre - Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Concerto (2001)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré - Schumann: Cello & Piano Concertos, Introduction & Allegro appassionato (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 74:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 74589 2 | Recorded: 1969, 75

If ever a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto stressed the principle of dialogue between soloist and conductor, then this is it. True, the Philharmonia's string ensemble isn't as watertight under Fischer-Dieskau as it might have been under some other conductors; and poetry is invested at the premium of relatively low-level drama. Orchestral textures are absolutely right for Schumann – warm yet transparent, full-bodied yet never stodgy – and poetry is a major priority. Add Barenboim's compatible vision and keyboard finesse, and you indeed have a memorable reading.

Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)

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Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)

Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 427 878-2 | Recorded: 1967

this recording of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was authorized by the composer himself. It follows, therefore, that the present recording met with the high requirements of the composer himself and so represents an unusual collector's item. Orff intended not just to copy the medieval lyrics but to express the mood of that era. His highly rhythmic compositional style reflects the archaic character of the vocal line. The listener experiences not only the vital primordial pulse of the music in this thrilling interpretation but also the mystery of Fate through the tender lyrical passages. Orff's homage to wine, women and song of the Middle Ages, closely bound up with spring and love, is supported by balanced and precise sound technology. The listener is spirited away to the musical world of Carmina Burana by this recording.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 558 Mb | Total time: 57:53+51:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 435 077-2 | Recorded: 1966-1969

Herbert von Karajan recorded between 1966 and 1968 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast of stars this reference version of 'The Creation' by Joseph Haydn.
After a legendary concert given in 1965 in Salzburg, Herbert von Karajan entered the studio a few months later to record Haydn's masterpiece with the same lead singers, Fritz Wunderlich and Gundula Janowitz. Almost completed in 1966, the recording was abruptly interrupted by the accidental and tragic death of Fritz Wunderlich at the age of 35, on September 17, 1966. The sessions then resume with a young tenor, Werner Krenn, who replaces Wunderlich on the songs. recitatives in particular.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Essentials (2020)

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Essentials (2020)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Essentials (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 Mb | 01:22:35
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was a German lyric baritone and conductor of classical music, one of the most famous Lieder (art song) performers of the post-war period, best known as a singer of Franz Schubert's Lieder, particularly "Winterreise" of which his recordings with accompanist Gerald Moore and Jörg Demus are still critically acclaimed half a century after their release.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Daniel Barenboim - Franz Schubert: 'Winterreise' (1980) Reissue 2013 [Re-Up]

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Daniel Barenboim - Franz Schubert: 'Winterreise' (1980) Reissue 2013 [Re-Up]

Franz Schubert: 'Winterreise' (1980) Reissue 2013
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Daniel Barenboim, piano. Recorded 1979
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 478 5186 | Time: 01:13:06

Schubert knew madness. He knew it to the depths of his soul and feared it. And out of his fear he wrote the greatest monument to love lost, to death lost, to madness found. He wrote Die Winterreise, the most hopeless art work ever conceived by the despairing mind of man. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is the voice of Winterreise. In small part, this is because he recorded it seven times between 1952 and 1990. In larger part, this is because he is able to transform himself into the despairing lover. Yet Fischer-Dieskau is still the most lucid and most technically controlled of madmen. As Ingmar Bergman remarked on actor Max von Sydow, "If I'd had a psychopath to present these deeply psychopathic roles, it would have been unbearable". At 55, Fischer-Dieskau returned to Winterreise in 1980, no longer the sad swain or the suicidal lover, but as a man bowed with age and burdened with an interpretive past. His voice far past freshness, Fischer-Dieskau still has something to say concerning Winterreise, indeed, about man's fate. Accompanied by the self-effacing Daniel Barenboim, Fischer-Dieskau sings of the meaninglessness of love of the pointlessness of life.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 223:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 67538 2 | Recorded: 1960-1961

In its scale and gravitas, Otto Klemperer’s interpretation of the St Matthew Passion draws on the Bach performance style that developed in the 19th century; but its clarity, its underlying energy, and its superb array of soloists – singers with impeccable operatic credentials – also ensure that full justice is done to the drama of Bach’s sublime retelling of the Gospel story.

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)

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Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 983 Mb | Total time: 63:49+41:30+46:06+71:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 421 053-2 | Recorded: 1985, 1986

Sir George Solti's renditions of Wagner's operas often defined the standard interpretation practice in the post-World War II musical world, and he is at his best in this late 1980s digitally mastered recording partnered with his long-time collaborators, the Vienna Philharmonic–perhaps the most emotionally satisfying orchestra in the world for these challenging scores. Domingo, in the title role, shows himself as a true Heldentenor (i.e. a baritone with high notes), and his earlier weakness in German diction is not apparent. Norman's Elsa is musically perfect though at times a bit chilly and distant. The mature compassion of the role of Henry the Fowler is admirably captured by Sotin.

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)

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Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 869 Mb | Total time: 203:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 427 704 | Recorded: 1979

The opening with the opening choir "Kommt, ihr Töchter" immediately sets the tone; not a quick-played waltz, but imposing and wide-set, like the start of a great human drama. Richter exceeds 11 minutes with this tempo. Only the version by Otto Klemperer is even slower. But unlike Klemperer, here in the rest of the MP we are not dealing with a somewhat stately approach, but with a sharply profiled and dramatic one!

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Bach: Coffee & Peasant Cantatas (1990)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Bach: Coffee & Peasant Cantatas (1990)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Bach: Coffee Cantata & Peasant Cantata / Kaffee-Kantate & Bauern-Kantate (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 57:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 412 882-2 | Recorded: 1981

In the early 1950s Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau began what would become a long and distinguished career as one of his generation’s foremost Bach interpreters. By 1981, when he and his wife Julia Varady made this recording for Philips, his declining vocal abilities apparently didn’t prevent him from continuing to deliver the kind of infectious, exuberant performances that established that reputation and endeared him to so many listeners.