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Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

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Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)
Hilary Hahn, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 474 5042 | Time: 01:06:04

Elgar’s Violin Concerto has a certain mystique about it independent of the knee-jerk obeisance it has received in the British press. It probably is the longest and most difficult of all Romantic violin concertos, requiring not just great technical facility but great concentration from the soloist and a real partnership of equals with the orchestra. And like all of Elgar’s large orchestral works, it is extremely episodic in construction and liable to fall apart if not handled with a compelling sense of the long line. In reviewing the score while listening to this excellent performance, I was struck by just how fussy Elgar’s indications often are: the constant accelerandos and ritards, and the minute (and impractical) dynamic indications that ask more questions than they sometimes answer. No version, least of all the composer’s own, even attempts to realize them all: it would be impossible without italicizing and sectionalizing the work to death.

Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1990)

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Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1990)

Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 69:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 54138 2 | Recorded: 1990

In 1990, Richard Hickox recorded Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Hodie: A Christmas Cantata for EMI, two holiday choral favorites that complement each other well, despite having been created more than four decades apart. The subdued, folk-inspired quality of much of Vaughan Williams' music remained more or less constant through the years in his choral writing, so even though he adopted a more sophisticated and sometimes astringent style in later years, including irregular rhythms and spiky dissonances that never would have passed in the music of his youth, there is a common thread in his choices of modes and harmonies that unites both cantatas.

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 (2021)

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London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 (2021)

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 248 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 136 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:50
Classical | Label: LSO Live

One of Rachmaninoff’s most popular pieces, the Second Symphony is an indulgently melancholic and sentimental work: a magic box of the late-Romantic orchestra. Dramatic sections played by the full orchestra contrast heart-breaking swells that only this composer could have written. The LSO has a long history with the Second Symphony, recording it many times with conductors such as André Previn, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Gergiev. For this recording, which was captured during the opening of the London Symphony Orchestra's 2019/20 season at the Barbican Hall, the Orchestra's Music Director Sir Simon Rattle conducted from memory, performing the uncut version of this symphonic treasure.

Renaud Capuçon, Stephen Hough, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Elgar: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata (2021)

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Renaud Capuçon, Stephen Hough, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Elgar: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata (2021)

Renaud Capuçon, Stephen Hough, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle - Elgar: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:15
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Elgar’s violin concerto – distinctively passionate and nostalgic – is one of the great late-Romantic concertos. “It is a huge piece,” says Renaud Capuçon “both in terms of its length and its romantic and noble nature.” This is Capuçon’s first recording with Sir Simon Rattle, here conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. When Rattle chose Elgar’s Enigma Variations for his inaugural concert as the LSO’s music director in 2017, he was celebrating the close historic links between the composer and the orchestra. Not only did the LSO accompany Fritz Kreisler in the premiere of the violin concerto in 1910, Elgar became its Principal Conductor the following year. Paired with the concerto on this album is his violin sonata, first performed in 1919. Renaud Capuçon, who calls the sonata “a work of nobility and tenderness”, is joined by one of the leading British pianists of today, Stephen Hough.

London Symphony Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 9 & 10 (2021)

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London Symphony Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 9 & 10 (2021)

London Symphony Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 9 & 10 (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:18:59 | 280 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: LSO Live

For Gianandrea Noseda, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his most 'classical’, but a modern statement nonetheless. "Stalin wanted a celebration of the victory of Russia, and Shostakovich came out with a sort of opera buffa symphony", the LSO's Principal Guest Conductor says. "Short, witty, lots of sarcasm. I can really feel his wish to go against what was expected of him". The Tenth Symphony was written after Stalin's death and allegedly portrays the tragedy, despair, terror and violence of his tenure. The second movement is a musical portrait of Stalin, a march of unremitting terror and frenzied violence, while the finale contains some of the slowest music of the whole symphony, a reminder of the desolation of the Gulag prisoners.

Elvis Costello - Live with the Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue (2006) 2CDs

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Elvis Costello - Live with the Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue (2006) 2CDs

Elvis Costello - Live with the Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue (2006) 2CDs
with Bonus CD "Il Sogno" Suite, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 690 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 266 Mb | Scans ~ 168 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0005994-72 | Time: 01:56:13
Vocal Jazz, Vocalese, Big Band, Orchestral, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

My Flame Burns Blue is the twenty-second album by Elvis Costello, released on Deutsche Grammophon. It is his second official live release after the El Mocambo bonus disc issued with the 2½ Years box set. It consists of recordings from the North Sea Jazz Festival in July 2004, made with Steve Nieve and The Metropole Orkest, with Vince Mendoza conducting. With this album, Costello joined the ranks of songwriters adding lyrics to jazz instrumentals, a practice encompassing classic pop, jazz standards, and vocalese. In addition to the Mingus tune, he drafted words for "Blood Count" by Billy Strayhorn, appearing here as the title song "My Flame Burns Blue." The initial release included a bonus disc of an abridged version of his 2004 ballet score recording Il Sogno, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

London SO & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich, Soloists - Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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London SO & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich, Soloists - Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Sergey Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs
Christopher Plummer (narrator), Tamara Sinyavskaya, Sergei Leiferkus, Dolora Zajick
New London Children’s Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 552 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 325 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Oratorio | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 48387 | Time: 02:14:45

The famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein held Prokofiev the film composer in the highest regard, and to couple their two celebrated collaborations, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky, in a two-disc set is therefore entirely appropriate. Ivan the Terrible, however, is a problematic score. Assembled by Abram Stassevich after the composer’s death, the oratorio lacks the large-scale balances and tensions of Prokofiev’s own Nevsky cantata, relying on narration to hold the structure together. This substantial English version by Michael Lankester, intended to ‘compensate for the lack of visual image’, is well projected by Christopher Plummer. Rostropovich directs a vivid performance of Alexander Nevsky, and only the rich tone of Russian voices is lacking. The LSO plays brilliantly, while the recording does full justice to one of Prokofiev’s finest scores.

London SO, Igor Markevitch - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 'Pathetique' (1993) Recorded 1962-1966, 2CDs [Re-Up]

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London SO, Igor Markevitch - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 'Pathetique' (1993) Recorded 1962-1966, 2CDs [Re-Up]

Tchaikovsky - Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 'Pathétique' (1993) [Recorded 1962-1966]
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Igor Markevitch

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Romantic | Label: Philips | # 438 335-2 | Time: 02:11:57

The last three symphonies remain for many listeners the ultimate expression of musical romanticism. Their gorgeous tunes, luscious orchestration, and huge emotional range tempt many interpreters to extremes of musical excess– but not Igor Markevitch. These brilliantly played, exceptionally precise performances let the hysteria speak for itself, while focusing on the music's architectural strength. The results are uncommonly exciting, supple, and above all sensitive to the music's many beauties. Having withstood the test of time, and at two discs for the price of one, this might very well be a first choice for newcomers and collectors alike. Excellent recorded sound too.

Jethro Tull & The London Symphony Orchestra - A Classic Case (1985) [Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD] Re-up

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Jethro Tull & The London Symphony Orchestra - A Classic Case (1985) [Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD] Re-up

Jethro Tull & The London Symphony Orchestra - A Classic Case (1985))
Vinyl Rip 16/44 | Flac(Image + Cue) > 222 Mb
MP3 CBR 320Kbps > 102 Mb | Artwork(jpg) > 25 Mb
DVD-5: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | LPCM, 2 ch, 24 bit, 96 kHz > 1.51 Gb
RCA Red Seal, XRL1-7067 | Modern Classical, Prog Rock

~ The London Symphony Orchestra Plays The Music Of Jethro Tull Featuring Ian Anderson ~

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra - W.A. Mozart: The Piano Concertos (1995) 10 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra - W.A. Mozart: The Piano Concertos (1995) 10 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Piano Concertos (1995) 10 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano & conductor), Philharmonia Orchestra
with Fou Ts'ong, piano; English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor & piano);
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész (conductor)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.78 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.63 Gb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 476 8904 | Time: 12:09:46

Even though Vladimir Ashkenazy is most often celebrated for his brilliantly virtuosic interpretations of Romantic repertoire, his skills in playing works of the Classical era are just as worthy, as proved by this 10-disc set from London of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's piano concertos. These performances span a period from 1966 to 1988, capturing a youthful and vigorous Ashkenazy playing and conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard, in approved Mozartian fashion. All of the keyboard concertos are here, including the official 27 concertos for piano and orchestra, the Concerto for two pianos in E flat major, K. 365, the Concerto for three pianos in F major, K. 242, as well as the two Rondos K. 382 and K. 386. Ashkenazy's elegant playing has been highly praised by critics and placed on a level with his esteemed contemporaries Murray Perahia, Daniel Barenboim, and Alfred Brendel, all past masters of Mozart's primary medium of expression.

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.

Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

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Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

Sergey Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008
Han-Na Chang, cello; London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 5 18189 2 0 | Time: 01:01:41

This is a fine recording of two vastly under-appreciated works by young cello virtuoso Han-Na Chang. She has the extraordinary technique to play the excruciatingly difficult cadenza in the central movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the sustained tone to play the long, lyrical melodies in the opening movement of the cello sonata. Antonio Pappano is a faithful accompanist whether he's directing the London Symphony Orchestra in the Sinfonia Concertante or playing the piano in the cello sonata.

Neil Diamond - Classic Diamonds With The London Symphony Orchestra (2020)

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Neil Diamond - Classic Diamonds With The London Symphony Orchestra (2020)

Neil Diamond - Classic Diamonds With The London Symphony Orchestra (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 374 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | 00:59:43
Pop | Label: Capitol Records

The 14-song set features the world-renowned singer-songwriter’s new performances of many of his best-loved hits, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra.

London Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata - Carlos Chavez: Complete Symphonies (2014) 2CDs

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London Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata - Carlos Chavez: Complete Symphonies (2014) 2CDs

Carlos Chávez: Complete Symphonies (2014) 2CDs
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted Eduardo Mata

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 544 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94858 | Time: 02:15:02

Reissue of a classic, historic and still the best recording of the complete 6 symphonies by Carlos Chávez by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eduardo Mata. Chávez is the most important “classical” composer of his native Mexico. He was the first national composer to embrace the classical symphonic form, infusing it with elements of Mexican folk music and dances: festive, vibrant and exhilarating! Eduardo Mata is a true master in this repertoire, and his recording with the London Symphony Orchestra still sounds as fresh and exciting as in its recording year 1981.

Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, Elsa Dreisig - Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (2020)

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Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, Elsa Dreisig - Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (2020)

Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Pavol Breslik, Elsa Dreisig & David Soar - Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (Christus am Ölberge) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 193 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 105 Mb | 00:45:21
Classical, Opera | Label: LSO Live

Composed in 1803, while Beethoven was also writing the ‘Eroica’ Symphony, Christ on the Mount of Olives (Christus am Ölberge) is the composer’s only oratorio and combines the emotive force of his later Missa Solemnis with the theatre of a Bach Passion. With orchestra, chorus and soloists, it tells the story of Jesus’ prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and also reflects the emotional pressure Beethoven was under at the time.