Berlioz – La Damnation de Faust (Jonas Kaufmann, Sophie Koch, Bryn Terfel, Philippe Jordan, Opera national de Paris) [2015, Opera, HDTVRip]
Orchestra:Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
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Label:Opéra national de Paris
Giovanni Paisiello – I Filosofi Immaginari (2006, opera, DVD5)
Composer: Giovanni Paisiello
Performer: Vladimir Tulips, Elena Gorshunova,
Orchestra: the string section of the Orchestra of Catherine the great + Dutch brass band
Conductor: Eduardo Lopez Banso
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs: 1
Size: 1.42 GB
You are warned: the bass of these bass pipes will blow you away 😉 Virgil Fox playes on the Rufatti Organ at the Garden Grove Community Church in California. The Artistry of Virgil Fox is evident throughout this recording as in all of his recordings. A beautiful farewell from a great performer and superb human being. I recommend it without reservation. Sensetional and spectacular High-End-Recordings by audiophile label Crystal Clear, whose standards were direct-to-disc recordings of the 1st class on 180g vinyl in a time, where no one thought to offer audiophile recordings on 180g vinyl.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Jongen, Cesar Franck, Jehan Alain, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, Eugène Gigout, Louis Vierne # Performer: Virgil Fox # Vinyl (1977) # Number of Discs: 2 # Format: Flac # Label: Crystal Clear # DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: not found # Size: 2.45 GB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory
These recordings are definitive. Brahms is known to be passionate, loud, and temperamental like Beethoven. Thus, the piano playing required would have to be as such. Katchen makes full use of the range of the piano, never subduing any bass note, but rather, amplifies it. Furthermore, you don’t get the over-romanticized and muddy texture of Evgeny Kissin. It is crisp, powerful, direct, and highly artistic. Truly passionate and other-worldly. But loud passion is not the only thing here; my opinion of Brahms is that his orchestral works are his best, that is, the symphonies and concertos. Yet, his intermezzi are perhaps one of the best compositions for the piano, and Katchen plays with the most careful detail to each and every nuance and phrasing for these gentle, often tragic pieces. Definetly recommended.
Composer: Joseph Haydn Performer: Julius Katchen, Josef Suk Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Monteux, Janos Ferencsik
Number of Discs: 11
Size: 10.8 GB
Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this record Great performance of the 94th & 99th by VPO and Krips. Excellent sound and playing, especially from the winds in the 99th. The tempi are perfect.
Josef Krips (1902-1973) was a distinguished conductor of his era, but never held any of the major conducting posts, although e was music director of the London Symphony 1950-1954 and from 1963-1970 led the Buffalo Philharmonic. Krips appeared often at the Metropolitan opera. His recordings include the Beethoven symphonies with the LSO for Everest, the Beethoven piano concertos with Arthur Rubinstein for RCA. Krips also recorded many Mozart symphonies, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings with the Concertgebouw. This new set offers four Haydn symphonies, Schubert’s Symphony 6 and Mendelssohn’s Italian, made with the Vienna Philharmonic and LSO 1948-1957.
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Josef Krips
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 937 MB
Georges Bizet – Carmen (Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yannick Nezet-Seguin , Richard Eyre) (2010,Opera,HDRip-AVC 720p)
Orchestra:CHOIR and ORCHESTRA of the Metropolitan Opera
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Label:DG · Germany
Thank you Jean-Luc for this gem The “Missa in Angustiis” (Mass for troubled times) or Nelson Mass (Hob. XXII/11), is one of fourteenmasses written by Joseph Haydn. It is one of the six masses written near the end of his life which are, together, now seen as a culmination of Haydn’s liturgical composition. Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, has written that this mass “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”. Written in 1798, it is one of the six late masses by Haydn for the Esterhazy family composed after taking a short hiatus, during which elaborate church music was inhibited by the Josephinian reforms of the 1780s. The late sacred works of Haydn are masterworks, influenced by the experience of his London symphonies. They highlight the soloists and chorus while allowing the orchestra to play a prominent role.
R.I.P. Maestro Marriner
Composer: Joseph Haydn Performer: Carolyn Watkinson, Robert Holl, Margaret Marshall, Keith Lewis Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden Conductor: Neville Marriner Vinyl (1989) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: EMI DR-Analysis:13 Size:843 MB Scan: yes Server: FileFactory
Thank you very much Jean-Luc for this jewel I doubt anyone reading this, regardless of how long or little a classical music listener or collector, would include Englishman Neville Marriner among his or her list of great conductors of any of the modern, romantic, classical or baroque eras. Yet, Marriner gracefully conducted music from all those times in recordings for Decca/London, many of which remain alive and in circulation today. I would make an argument that none of his recordings — and he has many great ones — are better than this recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s dozen violin concertos collectively known as Op, 4 and La Stravaganza.
Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P.
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday, Carmel Kaine
Orchestra: The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1975) Number of Discs: 2
Size: 4.35 GB
One of the greatest misconceptions about George Szell is that, while he was able to drill orchestras into incomparable playing, his interpretations were metronomic and lacked imagination. What a load of tosh. George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra were long known for becoming one of the greatest orchestras of the 20th century. Using balance, precision and a desire for perfection, Szell was able to achieve results very few orchestras in the world could hope to achieve. While Szell was often portrayed in the media and society as cold or dictator like, his leadership resulted in the Cleveland Orchestra producing some of the finest Mozart, Bruckner, Beethoven and Haydn recordings ever made.
Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Szell
Vinyl (1969) Number of Discs: 2
Size: 2.04 GB