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Roger Norrington, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'London', Tallis Fantastia (2000)

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Roger Norrington, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'London', Tallis Fantastia (2000)

Roger Norrington, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'London', Tallis Fantastia (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 76:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 467 067-2 | Recorded: 1996, 1997

Roger Norrington's starrily cast Serenade to Music remains just as potently beautiful as it did on its initial appearance in 1997 while his clear-headed, defiantly dry-eyed conducting of the timeless Tallis Fantasia certainly offers plenty of food for thought. Nor can there be any grumbles about the startling range and fidelity of Decca's engineering throughout. It's the main item on the menu, however, which may well sharply divide opinion. Although the LPO responds in impressively clean-heeled fashion, Norrington rather fights shy of the London Symphony's breathtakingly varied range of emotions, and anyone familiar with, say, Boult's classic mono recording will surely crave far more in the way of passionate fervour and symphonic thrust.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D. Scarlatti, A. Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 1973, 1977, 1978

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4 (1990)

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Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4 (1990)

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 64:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CDC 7 54000 2 | Recorded: 1989

What is so good about Sir Roger's performances are that they are alive, vibrant, full of colour, devoid of clichés, utterly musical, coherent and convincing. Like Thomson he has a reliable ear for balance and texture and an instinctive ability to gauge the correct and most effective tempi.

Steven Isserlis, Roger Norrington - Joseph Haydn: Cello Concertos in C & D; Sinfonia Concertante (1998)

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Steven Isserlis,  Roger Norrington - Joseph Haydn: Cello Concertos in C & D; Sinfonia Concertante (1998)

Joseph Haydn - Cello Concertos in C & D; Sinfonia Concertante (1998)
Steven Isserlis, cello; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | # 09026 68578 2 | Time: 01:15:22

What a versatile artist Steven Isserlis is. Having made his name as a sympathetic interpreter of a wide variety of romantic and modern music, here he shows he can be just as persuasive in eighteenth-century repertoire. His stylistic awareness is evident in beautiful, elegant phrasing, selective use of vibrato and varied articulation, giving an expressive range that never conflicts with the music’s natural language. In the cello concertos he is helped by an extremely sensitive accompaniment, stressing the chamber musical aspects of Haydn’s pre-London orchestral writing. The soft, intimate sonority at 3'06'' in the first movement of the D major is a typical example. The Adagios are taken at a flowing speed, but Isserlis’s relaxed approach means they never sound hurried. The Allegro molto finale of the C major Concerto, on the other hand, sounds poised rather than the helter-skelter we often hear. In his understanding of the music, Isserlis is a long way ahead of Han-na Chang, whose version places the emphasis on fine, traditional-style cello playing. Mork’s vivacious, imaginative performances characterize the music very strongly, but my preference would be for Isserlis’s and Norrington’s lighter touch and greater refinement.

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players, Schutz Choir - Mozart: Requiem, Ave verum corpus, Masonic Funeral Music (2013)

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Roger Norrington, London Classical Players, Schutz Choir - Mozart: Requiem, Ave verum corpus, Masonic Funeral Music (2013)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem, Ave verum corpus, Masonic Funeral Music (2013)
Nancy Argenta, soprano; Catherine Robbon, alto; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Alastair Miles, bass
Schütz Choir of London; London Classical Players; Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Classical, Choral | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 7 35296 2 0 | Time: 00:57:45

The Mozart Requiem is one of the best-known sacred works in the classical repertoire. It was the composer's last work, and he left it unfinished at his death. British conductor Roger Norrington, a pioneer of authentic performing practice, and an outstanding group of singers present Duncan Druce's version of the Requiem, based on the latest Mozart research, together with other moving choral works.

Andreas Scholl, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Heroes: Handel, Hasse, Gluck, Mozart (1999)

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Andreas Scholl, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Heroes: Handel, Hasse, Gluck, Mozart (1999)

Andreas Scholl, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Heroes: Handel, Hasse, Gluck, Mozart (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 57:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 466 196-2 | Recorded: 1998

Compact disc buyers who purchased Andreas Scholl's disc of Handel arias on Harmonia Mundi barely a month before HEROES was released may wonder why they might need the present recital, with its further helping of Handel. One listen will stop the wondering! The key is the non-Handel portion of the program. That Scholl is excellent in baroque music is well-established by his recordings for Harmonia Mundi. But with selections by Hasse, Gluck, and a young Mozart, he demonstrates his talent for later music as well.

Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

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Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

Johannes Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)
Christina Landshamer, soprano; Florian Boesch bass; Roger Norrington, conductor
NDR Chor, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.327

Among the major choral-orchestral works of the 19th century, Sir Roger Norrington and his former Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, have tackled over the years, now finally comes Brahms' "German Requiem." one of the most beautiful and popular sacred music works in the repertoire. Brahms’ contemporaries, including his close friend Clara Schumann were moved with the score and were enthusiastic about it - and it has been a favorite with the general public ever since. Although Biblical texts are used, the piece is not in the standard church-liturgical tradition. It was Brahms‘personal response to "those who mourn"! The central idea of this masterpiece is the reality of human existence. It is precisely this „earthly character“ that Roger Norrington uses to shape his interpretation emphasizing the grave beautify of the music and not religious awe; in this, Norrington draws us close to the composer’s intentions. He is ably supported by soprano soloist Christina Landshamer, basso Florian Boesch, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR.

Melvyn Tan, The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 (1993)

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Melvyn Tan, The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 (1993)

Melvyn Tan, The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:33 | 237 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | Catalog: 7 49815 2

Whereas Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 is, despite its exemplary classical form, a direct descendant of Mozart's late works of the same genre (the opening theme appears to be a quotation), his No. 4 is a pioneering work full of innovation and ideas that were staggeringly different: the very fact that the first movement is introduced by the pianist playing solo instead of by an orchestral introduction is a revolution in itself and a signpost of the good things to come. The adjective that seems to describe Melvyn Tan's and Roger Norrington's recording best is 'winsome', here used in its positive meaning of 'attractive, pleasing' with a slight tinge of 'childlike-ness'.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Roger Norrington, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Radamisto (2007)

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Roger Norrington, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Radamisto (2007)

Roger Norrington, The English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Radamisto (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 994 Mb | Total time: 75:54+79:03+79:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponte | # PO-1054 | Recorded: 1984

The performance of Radamisto is notable for an array of vocal talent headed by Janet Baker. Every name is familiar and admired. The ECO was a vibrant presence in the Handel operatic and oratorio market at this time and Norrington at the helm ensures that period practices are helpfully integrated into the fabric of a modern instrument performance – recitatives for instance, once the bane of some 1960s and 70s performances, move fluidly and intelligently, highly responsive to textual meaning and dramatic implications. Note Act I’s Reina, infausto avviso when Tigrane and Polissena’s recitative embodies fine pacing, telling rubato, and appropriately coloured accompaniment. Some cuts though were clearly necessary to accommodate the length of the production.

Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens [3CDs] (2012)

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Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens [3CDs] (2012)

Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens: Handel, Purcell, Byrd, Britten, Elgar, Walton, Williams [3CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,06 Gb | Total time: 72:12+76:44+78:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 27285

Glorious Majesty Music for English Kings and Queens is a 3CD collection of classical music written for English Kings and Queens through the ages. From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II (via Queen Mary II, Queen Anne, George II, Edward VI, and George V) the collection includes the much-loved classics Handel s Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks, Parry s I was glad, Elgar s Coronation March, Walton s Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre, and not forgetting Elgar s arrangement of the National Anthem

Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players - Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9, Overtures (1997) [5CDs]

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Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players - Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9, Overtures (1997) [5CDs]

Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players - Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9, Overtures (1997) [5CDs]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,38 Gb | Total time: 74:35+73:01+69:12+73:57+62:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 61943 2 | Recorded: 1987-1989

One of the most fascinating recording projects of this period was Sir Roger Norrington's pioneering set of Beethoven symphonies with The London Classical Players. Here at long last–after a century and a half of neglect–was a conductor bravely determined to conduct these symphonies according to Beethoven's difficult metronome markings, and as played on the original instruments that Beethoven had composed for–that is, the very sounds that he must have had in his mind when he wrote this music down. Norrington astutely saw that Beethoven's original brass and percussion instruments play a crucially prominent role in these symphonies, and most importantly, that they cannot be tempered without diminishing the passionate intensity of the music itself. Thus, not only does Norrington faithfully adhere to the original scores and markings–come what may, but again and again throughout these performances, he encourages the brass and percussion sections to play full out–at their utmost intensity, and it is truly magnificent.

David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)

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David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)

David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 69:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 45326 2 | Recorded: 1998

The ever-increasing popularity of Handel and his contemporaries, and their employment of alto castratos, has encouraged the development of countertenors capable of similar vocal feats to the original interpreters of the heroic roles in these works. Among these the distinguished American, David Daniels, who burst on to the scene here a couple of years ago at Glyndebourne in Theodora, is a leading contender. If I would place Scholl in the category of Deller and Esswood, with their luminous, soft-grained tone, Daniels is closer to the more earthy sound of Bowman, his voice — like Bowman's — astonishingly large in volume.

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)

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Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 468 Mb | Total time: 59:32+58:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 7243 5 62227 24 | Recorded: 1988-90

These performances of three early and one "late" symphony of Schubert are both bracing and youthfully brisk, done on tart "period" instruments of Schubert's time. This produces what Schubert would have heard and expected to hear. Just listening to each performance convinces that these are "right." Sound is good. Warm and focused.
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