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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.

Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Igor Stravinsky: 'Petrushka' (1947 version), 'The Fairy's Kiss' (complete ballet) (2015)

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Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Igor Stravinsky: 'Petrushka' (1947 version), 'The Fairy's Kiss' (complete ballet) (2015)

Igor Stravinsky: 'Pétrouchka' (1947 version), 'Le Baiser De La Fée' (complete ballet) (2015)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350 113 | Time: 01:16:25

A provocative and probably previously unreleased reunion of two quintessential ballet scores evocative of the Paris of before and after World War I. The Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky, who stayed in his homeland but managed to remain impervious to any authoritative decrees, either political or artistic, presents this daring programme of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' and 'The Fairy's Kiss', both with the same accuracy of interpretation, Impressive and without competition! Live recorded in Leningrad/St.Petersburg, October 24, 1964 (Petrushka), June 20,1982.

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)

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Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Parnassus Records | # PACD 96023 | Time: 01:08:09

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev both made well-known recordings of their own music. But Parnassus has brought back two rare recordings of Stravinsky’s conducting, and has made Prokofiev’s only recording as a conductor more listenable than it’s ever been before.

Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011) [Re-Up]

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Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011) [Re-Up]

Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ica Classics | # ICAC 5020 | Time: 01:16:28

Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time having studied under the legendary Josef Hofmann. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes has Cherkassky playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the Rhapsody only once in 1953 for EMI in mono but it has never been issued on CD so this taping is exceptionally important and adds a major work to Cherkassky’s large discography. Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No.7 was never recorded commercially by Cherkassky so this is another addition to his discography sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. It was recorded in 1951 when Cherkassky was fast becoming a star in Germany. The three scenes from Stravinsky’s Petruschka was a favourite virtuoso work for Cherkassky and this 1951 recording shows him at his most brilliant, sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. Three encores have been added from 1951 and 1953 (not sourced from WDR) which again showcase Cherkassky’s incredible technique during the early period of his career in Germany.

Soirée: Magdalena Kožená & Friends (2019)

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Soirée: Magdalena Kožená & Friends (2019)

Soirée: Magdalena Kožená & Friends (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | PTC5186671 | Recorded: 2017

Soirée captures the atmosphere of informal, domestic music making. Czech star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená offers an intimate and highly personal collection of international songs together with an outstanding group of musical friends, including Sir Simon Rattle, who makes his recording debut as a pianist.
The German lied is represented by Brahms (Two Songs, Op. 91 and Five Ophelia Songs, WoO 22) and Strauss (Morgen!), the French chanson by Chausson (Chanson perpétuelle) and Ravel (Chansons madécasses), and 20th-century avant-gardism with Stravinsky’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare.

Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka; Jeu de cartes (2018)

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Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka; Jeu de cartes (2018)

Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka; Jeu de cartes (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 57:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mariinsky ‎| # MAR0594 | Recorded: 2009, 2014

The pairing of Igor Stravinsky's ballets Petrushka (1911) and Jeu de cartes (1937) may afford insights into his development of neoclassical style, which was anticipated in the former work and stated fully in the latter. Indeed, the bright and tuneful music of both ballets tends toward playfulness, clever parody, and colorful scoring, all characteristic of neoclassicism, and the scenarios – a marionette that comes to life in Petrushka, and the personification of playing cards in Jeu de cartes – suggest a further connection, perhaps even to Stravinsky's notions of musical objectivity.

English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

Igor Stravinsky - Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988
English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Patricia Parker (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Paul Hudson (Bass), Anne Mory (Soprano)
Pianos: Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesch

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:44:29
Classical, Ballet, Choral, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 423 251-2

Les Noces is a screaming, shrieking, flat-out masterpiece. Leonard Bernstein himself has referred to it as Stravinsky's greatest work, and listening to this incendiary performance, it's awfully hard to disagree. Scored for voices, four pianos, and percussion, the work provided the inspiration for the entire career of Orff (of Carmina Burana fame), but it's so much better as sheer music than anything Orff wrote. And what a cast! The pianists for this performance include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, and Homero Francesch, four certified virtuoso performers, while the singers of the English Bach Festival Chorus really cover themselves with glory in both works. A stunner.

Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)

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Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)

Emil Gilels - The Seattle Recital (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:14:45
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 6288 GH

This release features a previously-unreleased recording of pianist Emil Gilels, captured live in an acclaimed 1964 Seattle recital. With the exception of a single work, this recital has never before been made available to the general public and is now being released for the first time. Released in time to celebrate the pianist’s 100th anniversary, the recital includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and more.

Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet - Igor Stravinsky: Apollo; Concerto in D; Sergei Prokofiev: 20 Visions fugitives (2007)

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Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet - Igor Stravinsky: Apollo; Concerto in D; Sergei Prokofiev: 20 Visions fugitives (2007)

Igor Stravinsky: Apollo; Concerto in D; Sergei Prokofiev: 20 Visions fugitives (2007)
Moscow Soloists; Yuri Bashmet, Director

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ONYX | # ONYX 4017 | Time: 01:06:57

This is the second release on ONYX from the amazing Moscow Soloists and their charismatic director, the great Yuri Bashmet. Their first ONYX release was of Chamber Symphonies by Shostakovich, Sviridov and Vainberg (ONYX4007) which gained excellent reviews, including a Grammy 2007 nomination. This disc combines two great Stravinsky works for strings: the marvellous neo-classical ballet Apollon musagète (in the revised 1947 version entitled simply Apollo) and the post-war Concerto in D for strings, with a genuine novelty: in 1962 Rudolf Barshai arranged for his own Moscow Chamber Orchestra 15 of the 20 Visions fugitives that Prokofiev wrote for solo piano between 1915-17. Now Roman Balashov, manager and violist in the Moscow Soloists has completed the set for this world première recording. These are exciting miniatures which truly benefit from the added colours a string orchestra can bring.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 177-2 | Time: 00:59:00

The earliest piece on this disc is the delightful Pastorale, written in 1907, when Stravinsky was 25; the latest is the enigmatic Epitaphium, written 52 years later. In between come a clutch of pieces from that fascinating period of Stravinsky’s life when he was moving from Russianism to neo-classicism via jazz. The remaining two, the Octet of 1923 and the Septet of 1953, are both firmly in Stravinsky’s witty, poised neo-classical style, though the Septet is moving towards new, tougher territory. Stravinsky himself made classic recordings of these pieces in the Sixties, now reissued on CD on the Sony label. These are always electric, if sometimes a little untidy, and so closely recorded you feel the players are sitting in your lap. By that lofty benchmark this new recording measures up superbly. Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s, the accents just as incisive. These qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone – a nice change from Stravinsky’s lemon-sharp sound.

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

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Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:05:54
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1679, 465 1372

This CD's title, Messe Noire, and its dark cover art may mislead some into thinking this album is filled with evil, forbidden things; but the only selection that suggests the diabolical is Alexander Scriabin's macabre Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass," and it comes at the very end, after Igor Stravinsky's light, neo-Classical Serenade in A, Dmitry Shostakovich's sardonic Sonata No. 2, and Sergey Prokofiev's witty but brutal knuckle-buster, the Sonata No. 7, which all have their dark moments, certainly, but not the same sinister mood found in Scriabin. If pianist Aleksei Lubimov's aim in bringing these Russian masterworks together points to some other unifying idea – perhaps the significance of the piano in these composers' thinking – then some other title might have been more helpful. As it is, though, this album seems most unified in Lubimov's vigorous style of playing, brittle execution, and emphasis on the piano's percussive sonorities, evident in each performance. This spiky approach works best in Prokofiev's sonata, and fairly well in Shostakovich's and Stravinsky's pieces; but it seems too sterile in Scriabin's music, which needs more languor and sensuous writhing than clarity or crispness.

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Ravel, Bartók (2015) [4xBlu-Ray]
4xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 600 min | 21,1+22,5+22,0+22,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese

Masters of Classical Music is an informative and captivating guide to twenty of the most important works in music history. Outtakes from the original scores within the documentaries, assist the viewer by making it easier to follow the music and to overall comprehend the structure of the works. The viewer will travel back in time to experience the birth places of these compositions and will thereby gain insight into the lives of the composers whilst receiving a thorough introduction to the works.

Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra ‎- Stravinsky: The Firebird (1984)

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Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra ‎- Stravinsky: The Firebird (1984)

Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra ‎- Stravinsky: The Firebird (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 175 Mb | Total time: 43:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 410 109-2 | Recorded: 1982

Antal Dorati was a veteran ballet conductor and a personal friend of Stravinsky. His recording of The Firebird was a legend in its own time, and its reappearance on CD, sounding better than ever, immediately reestablished its supremacy. All of Stravinsky's complete ballets–as opposed to the suites– have "dead spots," moments when the music sort of stops and lurches about, illustrating something happening onstage. That's why the composer made the suites in the first place. However, many of his most fascinating orchestral ideas occur precisely in these "dead spots," which is why many conductors and audiences prefer the works complete. Trust Dorati: he's the most reliable guide to this music, and his orchestra gives him a virtuoso response.

Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Stravinsky: Symphonie de psaumes, Feux d'artifice (1985)

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Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Stravinsky: Symphonie de psaumes, Feux d'artifice (1985)

Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Stravinsky: Symphonie de psaumes, Le Chant du rossignol, Feux d'artifice, Op.4, Le Roi des étoiles (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 51:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 078-2 | Recorded: 1984

Riccardo Chailly had been anointed by Decca as their resident modernist before he rose to be director of the Royal Concertgebouw, and in some ways these early recordings are still his freshest. This Stravinsky compilation, part of a wide-ranging cycle of the composer's works, all in wonderful sound and played far better than on any version led by the composer, dates from 1984.

Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

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Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)
Westminster Cathedral Choir; City of London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66437 | Time: 01:07:58

Here's a Symphony of Psalms that successfully captures the spirit and letter of the work–reverence, jubilation, and celebration, as well as specifics of orchestral color and texture. Boys' voices–supposedly Stravinsky's original choice–contribute their share to the bright choral timbre, an effect that works very well. We also get first-rate performances of the Mass and the rarely recorded Canticum sacrum.