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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Osian Ellis, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto, Harp Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 006-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1971

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére’s vocal writing, which isn’t particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére’s 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.

John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Overture: Genoveva (2019)

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John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Overture: Genoveva (2019)

John Eliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra - Schumann - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Overture: Genoveva (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 69:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO | # LSO0818 | Recorded: 2018

Following their award-winning Mendelssohn cycle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra embark on a new journey through the symphonies of Robert Schumann. Gardiner feels the Schumann symphonies are criticised unfairly and with these recordings he is on a mission to dispel the cobweb of myths around these symphonic masterpieces.

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2001)

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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2001)

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 696 Mb | Total time: 153:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 464 722-2 | Recorded: 1956, 2961, 1962, 1964

At the ripe old age of 19 Mozart wrote five violin concertos, and they represent his coming of age as a composer of orchestral music. From here on, it's basically one masterpiece after another. Though not difficult works, technically speaking, they partake in full measure of Mozart's uniquely sensual brand of melody. That means that successful performances must know how to spin out a singing musical line, while at the same time making the most of the rare opportunities for soloistic display. Taste and musicianship are more important qualities than virtuosity, and that makes these pieces ideal vehicles for Arthur Grumiaux's aristocratic temperament and technical polish.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 794 Mb | Total time: 174:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 417 588-2 | Recorded: 1975

Sutherland's singing here is brighter and fresher than her earlier recording, with the lovely aria 'Qui la voce' no longer a wordless melisma…The recording is vivid and atmospheric and one marvels at Bellini's gorgeous melodies…with Sutherland, Bonynge and all on electrifying form.

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (2018)

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Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (2018)

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 65:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO Live | LSO0822 | Recorded: 2018

Composed against a cataclysmic backdrop of Stalinist oppression and the Second World War, Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 is a deeply affecting poem of suffering. The composer described it as, ''an attempt to reflect the terrible tragedy of war,'' and it contains some of the most terrifying music he ever wrote. Here, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with intensity and understanding, allowing the music to tell its own story as it travels from darkness into light, yearning more for peace than for victory.

Vadim Repin, Emmanuel Krivine, London Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikowsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos (1996)

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Vadim Repin, Emmanuel Krivine, London Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikowsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos (1996)

Vadim Repin, Emmanuel Krivine, London Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikowsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 66:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 4509-98537-2 | Recorded: 1994

Repin's withdrawn tone in moments of meditation and his fondness for the gentlest pianissimos are as remarkable as his purity and sharpness of focus in bravura. He brings many moments of magic, such as the gentle lead-in to the second subject and the whispered statement of the main theme in the central Canzonetta, enhanced by the natural balance of the soloist in refined and well-detailed Erato recording, making this a highly recommendable alternative to Chung Tchaikovsky/Sibelius: Violin Concertos in this favourite coupling.

London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)

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London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)

London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 244 MB | Tracks: 8 | 75:34 min
Style: Classical | Label: Lso

Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra continue their Shostakovich cycle with a pairing of the iconic Fifth Symphony alongside the composer's First. Few pieces of classical music have been the subject of so much debate and discussion as the Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. Following the 'justified criticism' of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk the Fifth marked a turning point in his career, after which he balanced an even more precarious position as an artist under Stalin’s brutal regime. Completed by the composer at just 18 years old, Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled him into the international spotlight. Breathtakingly unpredictable, the piece charts a course through soundscapes of blazing passion, melancholy introspection and caustic humour.

Jeffrey Tate, London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff, In the South, Froissart (1993)

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Jeffrey Tate, London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff, In the South, Froissart (1993)

Jeffrey Tate, London Symphony Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff, In the South, Froissart (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 68:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 7 54425 2 | Recorded: 1992

Elgar’s Falstaff is a proud, good-humoured, larger-than-life knight, not the amorous figure of fun portrayed by Verdi: Henry IV rather than The Merry Wives of Windsor. This Falstaff needs careful handling, as the composer’s superb 1931 recording makes clear. Jeffrey Tate is remarkably successful in bringing the old fellow to life and, indeed, in putting him to sleep before the Dream Interlude, with its exquisitely nostalgic violin solo. This is a performance full of character and contrast, and it finds the LSO in true virtuoso form: excellent string playing and a suitably gruff bassoon for Falstaff’s protestations.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich - Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1992)

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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich - Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1992)

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich - Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:33 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 0777 7 54314 2 1

This EMI Angel release Barber & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos places a new package on a time-honored item, the Barber and Dmitry Shostakovich violin concerti as interpreted by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Maxim Shostakovich. It originally came out in 1992, and the original release, while it was no "Chant," proved a dependable seller. By reducing the price and putting it into a new package, EMI Angel might seem to be hoping to attract buyers who missed it the first time around, but this is a special case in that it is making available again what may have been the finest recording made by Salerno-Sonnenberg under the terms of her EMI contract.

Kiri Te Kanawa, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias (1989)

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Kiri Te Kanawa, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias (1989)

Kiri Te Kanawa, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 411 148-2 | Recorded: 1982

…To my ears she is at her creamy, relaxed best, evincing no strain at all. Her trill is firmly in place, her divisions clean, her tone even through its range and her arcing phrases soar serenely above the stave. This selection encompasses both dreamy, long-breathed arias and impassioned pyrotechnics…

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Rossini: Ouvertüren (1987)

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London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Rossini: Ouvertüren (1987)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Rossini: Ouvertüren (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:56 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 419869

Good performances of Rossini overtures of the kind taken for granted by a previous generation whenever men like Beecham, Gui, Serafin, or Toscanini stepped on to the rostrum are something of a rarity these days. Too often, conductors, orchestras, and engineers turn poor Rossini into what Scott Goddard once called that "obese old gallant". (Not always very gallant, either.) Happily, in these pieces as in much else besides, Claudio Abbado is a cut above the average.

Jan Mulder & London Symphony Orchestra with Andrea Bocelli - Christmas (2014) [Re-Up]

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Jan Mulder & London Symphony Orchestra with Andrea Bocelli - Christmas (2014) [Re-Up]

Jan Mulder & London Symphony Orchestra with Andrea Bocelli - Christmas (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Label: Miller Music | # 628586714489 | Time: 00:54:34
Classical Crossover, Easy Listening, Holidays

Jan Mulder is a pianist and composer who has become one of the stable of top-selling music stars in the United Kingdom, Europe, and America. He has composes and arranges on a daily basis for solo albums, frequently recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, which have achieved gold and platinum status. His award-winning inspirational CD series, "Love Divine", is popular in over 20 countries, and features one Christmas album with a guest track by Andrea Bocelli.

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.

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.

Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Handel: Messiah (2004)

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Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Handel: Messiah (2004)

Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Handel: Messiah (Highlights) (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 565 Mb | Total time: 45:50+58:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Cala Records | # CACD0538 | Recorded: 1966

As the notes to this welcome release make clear Stokowski had never conducted The Four Seasons before the Phase Four series of LPs of which this is so engaging an example. He, soloist Hugh Bean and the New Philharmonia went to the BBC’s Maida Vale studios and taped it for later broadcast (in the end it wasn’t until 1968 that it hit the airwaves), recording it the following day. The late Hugh Bean has recalled that it was in the can in one session – Stokowski remaining the professional to his batonless fingertips.