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Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)

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Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)

Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - Dvořák: Symphony No.9; Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (2011/1988,1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.00 Gb (DVD9) | 114 min
Classical | EuroArts | Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Sergiu Celibidache (1912-1996) has been called a musical giant, a magician, a brilliant lion-tamer and an enfant terrible of classical music. He was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras audiences and critics with his intensity and brilliance. Celibidache himself claimed that not a single French conductor was capable of conducting French music - a bold statement that makes this recording even more interesting. This DVD shows most of what made Celibidache a legend in his own lifetime and offers todays viewer to participate in the musical wonders he produced.

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées - Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 5 (2009)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées - Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 5 (2009)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées - Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 5 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 73:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 902011 | Recorded: 2008

Herreweghe’s Bruckner symphony cycle with the period instruments of his Orchestre des Champs-Elysees reaches the tremendous Fifth, a pivotal work in the composer’s development. As usual it’s a sober account, and nicely tailored, though the conductor’s knack for shaving away the sharp edges can be a mixed blessing.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Haydn: Symphonies 78 & 102 (1990)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Haydn: Symphonies 78 & 102 (1990)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Haydn: Symphonies 78 & 102 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 202 Mb | Total time: 45:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 429 218-2 | Recorded: 1988

The precision and polish of the ensemble in the playing of the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra remains a marvel. These performances follow up the success of the group's three previous DG discs of Haydn symphonies, but I am sorry that the pattern adopted last time of having three works coupled, representing different periods, has not been adopted again. The idea here is to couple one of the last of the ''London'' Symphonies with No. 78, one of three symphonies (Nos. 76-78) which represented a London contact in advance, intended as they were for possible performance in the Hanover Square Rooms.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Haydn: Symphonies 53, 73 & 79 (1994)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Haydn: Symphonies 53, 73 & 79 (1994)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Haydn: Symphonies 53, 73 & 79 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 63:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # D104838 | Recorded: 1992

As ever, the conductor-less New York orchestra give lithe, impeccably groomed performances. Tempos tend to be swift, articulation exceptionally buoyant and precise, phrasing stylish and gracious. . . . [A]ll three minuets are beautifully judged, poised and light of foot . . . and the Andantes of the two D major symphonies are nicely done, too, with an awareness of deeper currents beneath the perky charm of No. 73. . . . [T]here's a lot of pleasure to be had from these nimble and elegantly crafted performances, cleanly recorded . . .

Seiji Ozawa, Mito Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (2018)

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Seiji Ozawa, Mito Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (2018)

Seiji Ozawa, Mito Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 68:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 483 4431 | Recorded: 2017

45 years after his debut Philips recording of Beethoven’s 9th, Seiji Ozawa returns to this epic masterpiece. The Mito Chamber Orchestra features many international star players including Radek Baborák (horn), Ricardo Morales (clarinet) and Philippe Tondre (oboe). The German baritone Markus Eiche leads a quartet of leading Japanese soloists and the Tokyo Opera Singers in a fascinating performance on a chamber orchestra scale.

Véronique Gens, Alexandre Bloch, Orchestre National de Lille - Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie Op.20 (2019)

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Véronique Gens, Alexandre Bloch, Orchestre National de Lille - Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie Op.20 (2019)

Véronique Gens, Alexandre Bloch, Orchestre National de Lille - Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie Op. 20 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 60:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA441 | Recorded: 2018

Ernest Chausson is a most unusual figure in French music, positioned at the crossroads where the romanticism of Berlioz and Franck meet the language of Wagner and the symbolism of the young Debussy. His Poème de l amour et de la mer is a unique score for the period and certainly his greatest work; simultaneously a profane, naturistic cantata, a monologue, and a song cycle, it was composed between 1882 and 1892.

Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6 (1995)

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Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra -  Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6 (1995)

Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 72:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | SMK 64462 | Recorded: 1958/59

Bruno Walter was always a most persuasive advocate of the gentler Beethoven–at least, that's what everyone thought until his stereo Beethoven cycle was remastered onto CD, revealing a much stronger musical profile than had been suspected. But that just made the cycle's best performances sound better still–and here they are, together on one midpriced CD! It's amazing that a man in his 80s, as Walter was when these performances were recorded, could take what was essentially a pickup orchestra and turn in performances of such power and authority. Walter and the Columbia Symphony had a genuine chemistry between them–they play these two symphonies as if they had been making music together for years.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen (2008/1983-87)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen (2008/1983-87)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Metamorphosen (2008/1983-87)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 3.43 Gb (DVD5) | 52 min
Classical | Sony Classical

Celebrating one of the most revered conductors of the 20th century, this series was originally released to commemorate Herbert von Karajan’s 100th birthday in 2008. Using innovate technology to recreate the original concert acoustics, the audio for these DVDs has been re-recorded at the Philharmonic Hall in Berlin and the Musikverein in Vienna, Karajan’s two favourite concert venues, to create re-mastered surround-sound versions of these classic performances. With each DVD featuring von Karajan conducting either the Berlin Philharmonic or Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, two of the highest regarded orchestras in the world, this series really does marry the greatest music, the highest calibre performers, and the best possible audio-visual presentation.

Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic - John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 2 (1992)

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Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic - John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 2 (1992)

Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic - John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 2 (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 50:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: New World Records | NW 350-2 | Recorded: 1986

John Knowles Paine (1839–1906) was a pioneer—the first university Professor of Music in America (at Harvard), the first American composer to have a symphonic work published in full score. Yet there is nothing primitive about this pioneer. If anything, his music is polished and conscientious to a fault, displaying an apparently uncritical adherence to European models of the kind that would eventually drive Charles Ives and other radicals to revolt.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Ein Heldenleben (2008/1983-87)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Ein Heldenleben (2008/1983-87)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Ein Heldenleben (2008/1983-87)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 6.08 Gb (DVD9) | 90 min
Classical | Sony Classical

Celebrating one of the most revered conductors of the 20th century, this series was originally released to commemorate Herbert von Karajan’s 100th birthday in 2008. Using innovate technology to recreate the original concert acoustics, the audio for these DVDs has been re-recorded at the Philharmonic Hall in Berlin and the Musikverein in Vienna, Karajan’s two favourite concert venues, to create re-mastered surround-sound versions of these classic performances. With each DVD featuring von Karajan conducting either the Berlin Philharmonic or Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, two of the highest regarded orchestras in the world, this series really does marry the greatest music, the highest calibre performers, and the best possible audio-visual presentation.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Also Sprach Zarathustra (2008/1983)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Also Sprach Zarathustra (2008/1983)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Also Sprach Zarathustra (2008/1983)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 5.69 Gb (DVD9) | 88 min
Classical | Sony Classical

Celebrating one of the most revered conductors of the 20th century, this series was originally released to commemorate Herbert von Karajan’s 100th birthday in 2008. Using innovate technology to recreate the original concert acoustics, the audio for these DVDs has been re-recorded at the Philharmonic Hall in Berlin and the Musikverein in Vienna, Karajan’s two favourite concert venues, to create re-mastered surround-sound versions of these classic performances. With each DVD featuring von Karajan conducting either the Berlin Philharmonic or Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, two of the highest regarded orchestras in the world, this series really does marry the greatest music, the highest calibre performers, and the best possible audio-visual presentation.

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13; Prokofiev: October (2014)

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Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13; Prokofiev: October (2014)

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ Op.113; Prokofiev: October, Cantata Op.74 (excerpts) (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 79:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals ‎| # DSD 350 089 | Recorded: 1962, 1966

A historic version of the patriotic October cantata by Prokofiev plus only the second public performance of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony on December 20, 1962, using the original text by Yevtushenko, which pays tribute to murdered Jews in the Ukrainian ravine of Babi Yar.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (1990)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (1990)

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 71:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Studio | 7 63359 2 | Recorded: 1957

The Philharmonia Orchestra was in superb form in the autumn of 1957 when the opportunity came for it to perform all nine Beethoven symphonies, plus the five piano concertos, in a series of 10 concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Otto Klemperer. Credit for that certainly should go to Herbert von Karajan, who had been the orchestra's principal conductor since its founding a decade earlier, and had recently been tapped by the Berlin Philharmonic as its conductor for life.

Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Pennario - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2, Two Preludes (1992)

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Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Pennario - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2, Two Preludes (1992)

Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Pennario - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2, Two Preludes (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 63:35 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Seraphim | S21-57855 | Recorded: 1992

The Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, is a symphony by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, written in 1906–07. The premiere was conducted by the composer himself in Saint Petersburg on 8 February 1908. Its duration is approximately 60 minutes when performed uncut; cut performances can be as short as 35 minutes. The score is dedicated to Sergei Taneyev, a Russian composer, teacher, theorist, author, and pupil of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Alongside his Piano Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3, this symphony remains one of the composer's best known compositions.

Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Arthur Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 "Ligurgique"; Pacific 231 (1994)

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Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Arthur Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 "Ligurgique"; Pacific 231 (1994)

Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Arthur Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 "Ligurgique"; Pacific 231 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 55122 2 | Recorded: 1993

The Oslo Philharmonic is a world-class orchestra, and the playing in these two Honegger symphonies is superlative. Mariss Jansons conducts with real concentration and control; his attention to matters of detail and balance serves the longer-term expressive and symphonic concerns, while the recording allows the full range of the music to be experienced. Both these great symphonies date from the war years, the Second from the dark days when Honegger lived through the occupation of Paris, the Third from 1945. In his Second Symphony the string orchestra is joined in the closing bars by a single trumpet sounding a chorale of hope; and in Jansons’s performance this image emerges naturally from the resolution of the conflicts and the strenuous rhythmic activity which have come before.