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Lorin Maazel, Sakari Oramo - Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Imperial Hall Concerts, 100th Anniversary Mozartfest Würzburg (2021)

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Lorin Maazel, Sakari Oramo - Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Imperial Hall Concerts, 100th Anniversary Mozartfest Würzburg (2021)

Lorin Maazel, Sakari Oramo - Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Imperial Hall Concerts, 100th Anniversary Mozartfest Würzburg (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 06:39:22 | 910 Mb / 1,9 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orfeo

Germany’s oldest Mozart festival celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2021. The present jubilee boxed set presents previously unpublished treasures from the archive of the Bavarian Broadcasting. All live recordings from the Baroque Imperial Hall at Würzburg Residence are digital remasters. The Mozart Festival Würzburg, like the Salzburg Festival, ranks among the most well-known festivals of classic music in the German-speaking world. Each year between May and June internationally renowned symphony orchestras perform Mozart's masterpieces in more than 60 concerts. It is a mixture of indoor and open-air concerts in the unique atmosphere of Würzburg Residence and its court gardens. Today between 25,000 and 30,000 people from all over the world visit Würzburg to join this musical event.

Selina Ott & En-Chia Lin - Desenclos, Vasilenko, Glière & Others: Works for Trumpet & Piano (2021)

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Selina Ott & En-Chia Lin - Desenclos, Vasilenko, Glière & Others: Works for Trumpet & Piano (2021)

Selina Ott & En-Chia Lin - Desenclos, Vasilenko, Glière & Others: Works for Trumpet & Piano (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 55:01 | 172 / 123 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orfeo

After her critically acclaimed album debut in October 2020, ARD music competition 2018 winner Selina Ott presents her second album together with her duo partner En-Chia Lin. The album presents works composed around 1950 that are hardly found in concerts and on recordings: Arthur Honegger’s Intrada, the chamber music version of Alfred Desenclos’ Incantation, Thrène et Danse – whose orchestral version appeared on her debut album with the ORF RSO – Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister’s Gavotte de concert, Sergei Vasilenko’s Concert-Poème and Reinhold Glière’s Concerto (in the original version for coloratura soprano and orchestra).

Eberhard Waechter - J. Strauss II: Ritter Pásmán, Op. 441 (Excerpts) [Live] (2021)

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Eberhard Waechter - J. Strauss II: Ritter Pásmán, Op. 441 (Excerpts) [Live] (2021)

Eberhard Waechter - J. Strauss II: Ritter Pásmán, Op. 441 (Excerpts) [Live] (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 2:14:15 | 679 / 307 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orfeo

When the Court Opera Director Wilhelm Jahn commissioned the by no means unvain Johann Strauss Jr. to write a ‘genuine’ opera, he readily accepted. So, he wrote Ritter Pásmán, a work the Waltz King himself regarded as his only one in this genre, although the plot is basically like an operetta. The source was the narrative Pázmán lovag by the Hungarian writer János Aranyi (1817-1882). It deals with jealousy and a kind of tit-for-tat. The premiere of the comic opera at the Vienna Court Opera on New Year’s Day 1892 was a major society event, but its artistic success lagged somewhat behind. The reviewers of the premiere were distanced towards the work. On the one hand, they unanimously elevated the ballet music at the beginning of Act III to the status of an absolute masterpiece. (By the way, this was the first time that a cimbalom could be heard in the orchestra of the Court Opera). The present live recording was captured at the Vienna Musikverein on 27 October 1975, with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Heinz Wallberg, Eberhard Waechter as Ritter Pásmàn, Sona Ghazarian as Queen, Josef Hopfwieser as Hungarian King, and Truedeliese Schmidt as Eva as main cast. The recording includes the complete ballet music as bonus tracks, performed by the Slovac State Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alfred Walter.

Joachim Bißmeier - Berlioz: Lélio, Op. 14b, H. 55B (Live) (2021)

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Joachim Bißmeier - Berlioz: Lélio, Op. 14b, H. 55B (Live) (2021)

Joachim Bißmeier - Berlioz: Lélio, Op. 14b, H. 55B (Live) (2021)
FLAC tracks | 55:21 | 231 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orfeo

Hector Berlioz‘ Lélio, ou Le retour à la vie was a sequel to his Symphonie fantastique, the second part of the Episode of the life of an artist, which had premiered in 1830 at the Paris Conservatory. The piece that is made up of six sections was written and composed during his travels to and in Italy; for this he made use in part of material that he had already prefabricated for the prestigious Rome Prize. Berlioz and the Irish Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson, whose rejection he had tried to compensate in the Symphonie fantastique, got married in 1833.

Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2021)

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Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2021)

Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 2:14:59 | 537 / 309 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orfeo

Le label Naxos avait déjà publié, en DVD, une version live filmée au Teatro Real de Madrid en 2008 du Bal masqué de Verdi sous la direction du grand chef espagnol Jesús López Cobos, disparu en 2018. On le retrouve ici dans cet enregistrement audio capté sur la scène de l’Opéra de Vienne en 2016 et commercialisée par le même éditeur. Cette publication fait honneur à deux grands artistes disparus peu après, le baryton Dmitri Hvorostovsky en Renato et Jesús López Cobos qui donne une superbe impulsion au chef-d’œuvre de Verdi à la tête de l’Orchestre de la Wiener Staatsoper, lequel, comme on le sait, n’est autre qu’une partie du Philharmonique de Vienne.

Johan Botha - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228a (Live) (2021)

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Johan Botha - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228a (Live) (2021)

Johan Botha - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228a (Live) (2021)
FLAC tracks | 2:08:53 | 509 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orfeo

This live recording of Ariadne auf Naxos in October 2014 took place not only at the site of the opera premiere of the version of the opera that we are best familiar with these days, but it also testifies Christian Thielemann’s first conducting engagement of a scenic performance of a Strauss opera at the opera house on the Ring. The cast includes Soile Isokoski as Ariadne, Johan Botha – in one of his latest performances before his untimely death – as Bachus, Daniela Fally as Zerbinetta, Sophie Koch as the composer, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as the music teacher and Peter Matic as the dancing master.Many attendees of the premiere of Strauss‘ first version of Ariadne - which was intended to succeed Moliere’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme and for this reason was six hours long – felt that they had just been part of a first-rate funeral. It had become obvious that this third cooperational work with Hugo von Hofmannsthal needed some restructuring. As a consequence, the Moliere piece was replaced with the Prologue, and premiered four years later on 4 October 1916 at Vienna’s Court Opera (today’s State Opera). In March 2021, Ariadne returns to the Vienna State Opera’s playing schedule.

Alison Hargan, Marjana Lipovšek, Thomas Moser, Matthias Hölle, Wiener Singverein, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Micha

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Alison Hargan, Marjana Lipovšek, Thomas Moser, Matthias Hölle, Wiener Singverein, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Micha

Alison Hargan, Marjana Lipovšek, Thomas Moser, Matthias Hölle, Wiener Singverein, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Michael Gielen - Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 364 MB | Tracks: 5 | 74:24 min
Style: Classical | Label: Orfeo

Missa solemnis was Beethoven’s response to the appointment of his student Archduke Rudolph (youngest brother of Emperor Franz I of Austria) as Archbishop of Olmütz in 1819. He set to work spontaneously, without a direct commission. He planned for the piece to be completed on the occasion of Rudolph’s enthronement, on 19 March 1820, but the work proved to be much more of a challenge for the composer than he had anticipated. Accordingly, the premiere did not take place for another four years, on 7 April 1824, at a charity concert given by the Philharmonic Society of St Petersburg. Missa solemnis still faces challenges today.

Pavol Breslik - The Diary of One Who Disappeared (2020)

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Pavol Breslik - The Diary of One Who Disappeared (2020)

Pavol Breslik - The Diary of One Who Disappeared (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 190 MB | Tracks: 36 | 52:48 min
Style: Classical | Label: Orfeo

Leoš Janácek (1854–1928) composed the song cycle The Diary Of One Who Disappeared at a time when many people already considered him on a par with the other two masters of Czech national music, Smetana and Dvorák. The inspiration for the autobiographical ‘Diary’ came from a few enigmatic lines of poetry in two editions of the “Lidove noviny” (People’s Newspaper) of May 1916. Although this work is Janácek’s most important original song cycle, his keen interest in the folk songs and dances of his Moravian homeland resulted in a plethora of arrangements, making this music also accessible to the classical concert hall.

Amir Katz - Hommage à Liszt (2020)

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Amir Katz - Hommage à Liszt (2020)

Amir Katz - Hommage à Liszt (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 339 MB | Tracks: 25 | 137:15 min
Style: Classical | Label: Orfeo

Liszt’s Études represent a peak in the history of piano writing. Beyond the tremendous technical difficulties, Liszt’s Études are poetic works, études tableaux, suggesting programme music influenced by literature, painting, and folklore as can be identified by titles such as Mazeppa, Wilde Jagd, Gnomenreigen or Feux follets. Similar to Schumann, Liszt added those lyrical appellations as an afterthought to stimulate the fantasy of both the listener and the performer, thus paving the path to modern piano playing as we know it today. “I have chosen to bring here authentic testimonies regarding the Études from the late masterclasses he gave in Weimar, Pest, and Rome in the early eighties of the 19th century, just a few years before his death in 1886.

Franz Fuchs - Auber: Le cheval de bronze (Sung in German) (2020)

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Franz Fuchs - Auber: Le cheval de bronze (Sung in German) (2020)

Franz Fuchs - Auber: Le cheval de bronze (Sung in German) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 409 MB | Tracks: 27 | 88:14 min
Style: Classical | Label: Orfeo

Daniel Francois-Esprit Auber (1782-1871) was the most amiable French composer of the 19th century. His sparkling and beautiful overtures were once universally as famous as those of Rossini and Suppé. The greatest turning point in Auber’s life was meeting the librettist Eugène Scribe (1791-1861), with whom he developed a long and hugely successful working partnership. Success followed success; works such as Le Macon (1825) and La Muette de Portici (1828) brought Auber public fame and official recognition. Le Cheval de bronze, an opéra-féerique in three acts, derived from the tale « Les Sept Fils du Calender » in The Arabian Nights, unfolds in Shantung providence in a fairy tale China of long ago.