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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.15 Gb+6.87 Gb (2xDVD9) | 168 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"Bernstein stamps his outsize personality on every bar and regularly has you convinced it is Mahler's own" (Gramophone). Leonard Bernstein, whose performances of the Seventh were instrumental in pushing the woek towards mainstream status, conducts it here with white-hot communicative power. When he prepared the huge "Symphony of a Thousand" with the Vienna Philharmonic for the 1975 Salzburg Festival there had been only one previous Austrian performance. The DVD encompasses the exultancy of the opening movement, Mahler's setting of the final scene from Goethe's Faust, Bernstein drives the music to the final redemptive blaze of glory.

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.

Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2006/1984)

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Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2006/1984)

Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2006/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb+7.27 Gb (2xDVD9) | 267 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Staged and directed by Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang at the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1984, this production of Wagner's only comedy dispenses with the common cliches to reveal the humanity of each character. Here, Beckmesser is no longer a foolish caricature but a cultivated intellectual; Stolzing emerges as a thoughtful individual rather than aggressive aristocret; and Hans Sachs sheds his solemn patriarchal veneer to become a likeable middle-aged man. “Hermann Prey´s interpretation of Beckmesser as a cultivated intellectual is a triumph of dramatic and vocal artistry: a stunning performance . . . Brilliant . . . Bernd Weikl as Sachs – an almost unique combination of musical refinement and expressive power.” (Abendzeitung, Munich)

Helmut Winschermann, Deutsche Bachsolisten - Bach: 13 Sacred Cantatas [5CDs] (1996)

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Helmut Winschermann, Deutsche Bachsolisten - Bach: 13 Sacred Cantatas [5CDs] (1996)

Helmut Winschermann, Deutsche Bachsolisten - Bach: 13 Sacred Cantatas [5CDs] (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.78 Gb | Total time: 5:52:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 346-2 | Recorded: 1968-1972

Winschermann's approach to the cantatas is conservative; his tempos are usually well chosen, though sometimes a little on the slow side, and his phrasing inclines towards that smooth legato so much favoured by Helmuth Rilling… Cantatas Nos. 147 and 74…were issued in 1972 and I think, on balance, they are the two which best illustrate the strong points of Winschermann's approach. In Cantata No. 74, especially, there is some fine obbligato playing from the violinist, Saschko Gawriloff, from Don Smithers (trumpet), and from Winschermann himself (oboe da caccia). The soprano, Ileana Cotrubas, has a vocal colour which suits the music very well…

Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)

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Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)

Karl Richter, Münchner Bach-Orchester, Münchner Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.58 Gb (DVD9) | 129 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karl Richter leads a star line-up of soloists including Gundula Janowitz and Hermann Prey in Bach's enduring В minor Mass, a majestic work that showcases Bach's supreme craftsmanship and skill as a choral composer.

Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (1989)

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Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (1989)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Consortium musicum, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 74:10+73:47+48:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CZS 7 62588 2 | Recorded: 1968

Among traditional modern-instrument versions of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Wolfgang Gönnenwein’s 1968 recording has a lot to offer. Not least is the excellent choral singing from top to bottom. The texts are always clear, and the pacing for the chorales is governed by the story’s dramatic unfolding. You can’t help but be hooked by Evangelist Theo Altmeyer’s warm tone and vivid portrayal, complemented by Franz Crass’ sonorous, touching Jesus. What a joy it is to hear Teresa Zylis-Gara, Julia Hamari, and Hermann Prey at the peak of their respective powers. Tenor Nicolai Gedda is heard to better advantage with Gönnenwein than in Otto Klemperer’s recording, where he struggled with that conductor’s craggy tempos. The orchestra plays beautifully, and the engineering does full justice to Bach’s antiphonal interplay. All the recitatives are accompanied by rather dutiful chordal backing from the organ and cello (Bach adds a “halo” of strings, of course, whenever Jesus opens his mouth). A harpsichordist with a bent for improvisation would have spruced up the texture. Lovers of great Bach singing, however, will treasure this release.
(Jed Distler)