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Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)

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Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)

Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.54 Gb (DVD9) | 115 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This gripping and visually stunning film has been universally hailed as one of the most satisfying of all versions of opera on celluloid. Director Gianfranco de Bosio has given an extraordinary dimension of realism to this story of love, deception and murder by shooting it all in the original Roman location. Using diverse cinematic tricks and imaginative camerawork, this opera film is much more a visual interpretation of Puccini’s music than a theatre piece filmed in original settings.

Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)

Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 79:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BBC Music | # BBCL 4046-2 | Recorded: 1969

This performance is a revelation. Philip Reed, in his authoritative note, points out that, unbeknown to many, Britten and Giulini had a mutual respect for and an admiration of each other’s work. Here they combine to give a performance that is a true Legend, as this BBC series has it. Giulini’s reading is as dramatic and viscerally exciting as any I have heard. The music leaps from the page new-minted in his thoroughgoing, histrionically taut hands, the rhythmic tension at times quite astonishing. For instance, the sixth movement, ‘Libera me’, is simply earth-shattering in its effect, every bar, every word, every instrument sung and played to the hilt – and so it is throughout, with the live occasion added to the peculiar, and in this case peculiarly right, acoustics of the Albert Hall adding its own measure of verite to the inspired occasion.

John Barbirolli - Gustav Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 5, 6 & 9; Lieder [5CDs] (2021)

Posted By: ArlegZ
John Barbirolli - Gustav Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 5, 6 & 9; Lieder [5CDs] (2021)

John Barbirolli - Gustav Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 5, 6 & 9; Lieder (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.81 Gb | Total time: 06:00:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295004286 | Recorded: 1957-1969

"Barbirolli's famous 1969 version on any count is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting performances ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving… A classic version." The Penguin Guide to Classical Music about the 5th Symphony

Sony The Classical Collection [30CDs], Vol. 8: Ravel, Gershwin (2008)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Sony The Classical Collection [30CDs], Vol. 8: Ravel, Gershwin (2008)

Sony The Classical Collection [30CDs], Vol. 8: Ravel, Gershwin (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 680 Mb | Total time: 02:14:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697334532 | Recorded: 1961-2006

This Sony-made 30CD classical music collection covers almost all classical music, from the early Baroque period represented by Bach to the schools of classical music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms represent romantic, national and even modern musical schools led by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, etc. representative, everything wonderful and vivid.

Sir Charles Mackerras, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn on the Moskva River (1975/2022)

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Sir Charles Mackerras, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn on the Moskva River (1975/2022)

Sir Charles Mackerras & New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Dawn on the Moskva River (1975/2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 142 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 89 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:37:13
Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics

Modest Mussorgsky was a man of great friendships and great loyalties. When his friend the Russian painter Victor Hartman died in 1873 of a heart ailment at the age of thirty-nine, Mussorgsky's grief knew no limits. Hartman's drawings and pastels, all in a style très russe, were exhibited in a St. Petersburg gallery shortly after his death, and Mussorgsky decided to pay a musical tribute to his friend by writing a suite for piano, setting to music selected paintings from Hartman's exhibition. This suite, published under the tide Pictures at an Exhibition, became very popular, and acquired an even greater popularity through Maurice Ravel's dazzling orchestration.

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard - Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)

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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard - Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 791 Mb | Total time: 153:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 438 323-2 | Recorded: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967

The Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux made his debut in 1940 and established himself after the war as a consistently fine player with a wide repertory whose recordings show not only his mastery of the instrument but also unfailingly good taste—and lest anyone thinks that last phrase implies a lack of personality, we should remember that it was one which Haydn chose to praise Mozart. These performances of the five standard violin concertos, the Sinfonia concertante and a couple of other pieces were admired when they came out on LP, and still earn praise for their crispness, lightness and eloquence.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia & New Philharmonia Orchestras - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1991)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia & New Philharmonia Orchestras - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1991)

Otto Klemperer, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Philharmonia & New Philharmonia Orchestras - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 63:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 47231 2 | Recorded: 1966

Mahler considered The Song of the Earth his most personal work, and indeed it is one of his greatest and most moving. Its six sections, sung alternately by the mezzo-soprano and tenor, are set to seven poems from The Chinese Flute, a collection of Chinese lyrics translated into German by Hans Bethge, which echo Mahler's love of nature and contrast the earth's renewal each spring with the transience of human life. Composed after he lost his beloved 4-year-old daughter and was diagnosed with a serious heart ailment, the music encompasses heart-rending anguish and sublime ecstasy; conceived in the shadow of death, it is suffused with a sense of sorrowful, reluctant leave-taking finally transformed into resigned renunciation.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre - Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Concerto (2001)

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre - Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Concerto (2001)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré - Schumann: Cello & Piano Concertos, Introduction & Allegro appassionato (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 74:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 74589 2 | Recorded: 1969, 75

If ever a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto stressed the principle of dialogue between soloist and conductor, then this is it. True, the Philharmonia's string ensemble isn't as watertight under Fischer-Dieskau as it might have been under some other conductors; and poetry is invested at the premium of relatively low-level drama. Orchestral textures are absolutely right for Schumann – warm yet transparent, full-bodied yet never stodgy – and poetry is a major priority. Add Barenboim's compatible vision and keyboard finesse, and you indeed have a memorable reading.

Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)

Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 59:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 73751 2 | Recorded: 1974

Together with the Requiem, Mozart's C minor mass is one of the brilliant composer's great unfinished sacred works. The work combines monumental power, solemn spirituality and moving solo passages. This recording under the baton of Baroque and Classical expert Raymond Leppard has great expressive depth, and offers a truly legendary vocal ensemble featuring stars like Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas.