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Posted By : waldstein | Date : 01 May 2022 12:53:42 | Comments : 0 |

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor - Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
Recorded at performances in the Grosser Saal of the Musikverein, Vienna during February and March 1990.
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 309 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Covers | RS links
Publisher: DGG

...It is, above all, a triumph for the Vienna Philharmonic: their second memorable live Bruckner Ninth in so many months. ...Given my reservations over Bernstein's handling of the first movement, this is obviously no front-line library recommendation. But, Bernstein being Bernstein, he can misdirect parts of the first movement and still go on to conduct an utterly memorable performance. As Schumann said of Chopin in a rather different context: "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!".
Richard Osborne, The Gramophone
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 28 Apr 2022 20:20:13 | Comments : 2 |

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major (1885 ed. Robert Haas) – Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 311 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: EMI Classics

‘Glowing' is also an apt word with which to describe this account of the Seventh. Very much sue generis, this is arguably the most purely beautiful account of the symphony there has ever been on record.
Richard Osborne, The Gramophone, 1997
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 20 Apr 2022 10:06:44 | Comments : 5 |

Tito Gobbi – arias from operas “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”; “Lucia di Lammermoor”; “Rigoletto”: “La Traviata”;
“Simone Boccanegra”; “Un ballo in maschera”; “Don Carlos”; “Pagliacci”; “Tosca”; “Otello” and “Falstaff”

Classical (mono/stereo)| 1 CD | EAC Rip | 291 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: EMI Classics

Tito Gobbi's renditions remain standards for many operas, from bubbling hilarious Figaro to devilish Iago. A great singing actor Gobbi made each role distinctly his own, his relatively light but incredibly vibrant and colorful baritone capable of sounding ardent or paternal. His Scarpia is quite possibly the best on record, he literally lives this demanding role and brings fateful sinister presence to the charater as no one else.
Gobbi's musical intelligence, breath control and evenly projected sound without a trace of wobble serve as example and inspiration for generations of baritones to come. - from Amazon.com
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 15 Apr 2022 21:05:41 | Comments : 3 |

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida – Renata Tebaldi; Carlo Bergonzi; Giulietta Simionato; Cornell MacNeil;
Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde; Wiener Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan

Classical | 2 CDs | EAC Rip | 718 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: DECCA

This Aida recording will come to be regarded as a landmark in the art of capturing grand opera on disc. Gramophone
***
Forty-eight years have elapsed, and sopranos (Callas, Price, Caballé), tenors (Corelli, Domingo, Pavarotti), and conductors (Levine, Mehta, Muti) have come and gone, but this set still manages to be among the best Aidas ever recorded. classicstoday.com
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 07 Apr 2022 18:16:11 | Comments : 5 |

Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture; Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor op. 98 –
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Rene Leibowitz (Beethoven); Fritz Reiner (Brahms)

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 229 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: Chesky Records

Editorial Reviews- Amazon.com
Noted podium tyrant and sadist Fritz Reiner must have scared the daylights out of the Royal Philharmonic, which plays this music as though their very lives depended on it. This is one of the great Brahms Fourth Symphonies, a performance of eruptive force and barely contained fury. It's been superbly transferred to CD, and anyone who loves this symphony simply has to own this recording. No question about it. --David Hurwitz
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 27 Mar 2022 14:38:27 | Comments : 3 |

Antonin Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 and Op. 72 - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 334 Mb | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: CBS Odyssey


After a slew of second-rate Slavonic Dances recordings, it's gratifying to once again make acquaintance with this classic Szell reading. Yes, the sound's a bit harsh and shallow, but boy, you just don't find performances as exciting and well played as these every day. Szell conducts enthusiastically and enlivens the music with a natural poetic inflection and nuance, while the Cleveland Orchestra takes to these pieces as if bred to play them. Listen to the delightfully bright woodwind tone in Op. 46 Nos. 1, 3, and 4, the sweetly singing strings in Op. 72 No. 1, the dancing lilt of Op. 46 No. 6, or the beautifully sculpted phrasing of Op. 72 No. 8. Plus, Szell is the only conductor on disc to play the opening repeat of Op. 72 No. 7 after the introductory bars (which otherwise is an awkward "restart" that, in the score or no, makes little musical sense). No matter which Slavonic Dances recording you own (even great ones like Kubelik, and Neumann) you simply must not do with out this magnificent Essential Classics release.
--Victor Carr Jr. classicstoday.com
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 24 Mar 2022 14:55:53 | Comments : 3 |

Bach (arr. Busoni) Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564; Glinka (arr. Balakirev): The Lark; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition –
Evgeny Kissin, piano

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 183 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: BMG/RCA Red Seal

Editorial Reviews- Amazon.com
Kissin gives us Horowitz's brilliance, without the nervous affectations and missed notes, and Rubinstein's healthy athleticism and grandeur, without the occasional inattention to detail. In a performance such as this, Kissin convinces us that he is at once the Horowitz and the Rubinstein of our era--and perhaps superior to either. In Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Kissin almost never falters in evoking the inherently Russian quality of the tableaux --Stephen Wigler
Customer Reviews:
Genius!! • Excellent Pictures • Great "Pictures" • Horowitz surpassed • Great recording • Brilliant, but idiosyncractic • Transcendant pianism of the highest order
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Posted by :: Alex | Date :: Aug 20, 2021 19:05:00 | [ 34 comments ]


Posted By : waldstein | Date : 12 Mar 2022 18:43:05 | Comments : 2 |

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 23 in A major K.488 & No. 26 in D major K.537-
Robert Casadesus, piano; Columbia Symphoy Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 241 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS and 4shared links
Publisher: CBS Masterworks

Posted By : waldstein | Date : 11 Mar 2022 22:10:33 | Comments : 3 |

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 21 in C major K.467 & No. 24 in C minor K.491-
Robert Casadesus, piano; Members of The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 254 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: CBS Masterworks


Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com
The brilliant, energetic readings of Robert Casadesus and George Szell set a standard for this repertory that has yet to be surpassed. Dramatic and tightly wound, but never dry or unsmiling, these accounts combine grace and lucidity with an almost operatic lyricism, and remain among the most satisfying and evocative in the catalog. The sound is dry but firm and detailed, and Sony has done an excellent job of remastering. --Ted Libbey
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 25 Feb 2022 09:23:37 | Comments : 3 |

The Very Best Of Mantovani – The Mantovani Orchestra coducted by Annunzio Paolo Mantovani
Classical | 2 CD | EAC Rip | 686 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: Decca


Conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist Mantovani was one of the most popular and prolific easy listening artists of all time. His trademark "cascading strings" (or "tumbling strings") effect gave him an instantly recognizable sound, and his heavy reliance on the string section in general helped map out the blueprint for much of the light orchestral music that followed in his wake. His repertoire did feature original compositions, but was built chiefly on lush adaptations of familiar melodies: TV and movie themes, show tunes, pop hits (chiefly of the MOR variety), classical material, and the like. Starting his career in the '20s, Mantovani was very much a product of the recording age: he focused almost entirely on recording, instead of live performance; he was one of the first artists to utilize the LP as a primary medium for his releases (as opposed to singles); he was one of the first popular artists to use stereo recording technology, and likely the first to sell over a million records in the stereo format. Fascinated by the studio recording process, he experimented restlessly with miking methods and other technical nuances over the course of an astoundingly large discography -- more than 50 albums from the early '50s until his death in 1980 (not counting his numerous 78 rpm records, dating back to the late '20s).
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 18 Feb 2022 19:55:26 | Comments : 4 |

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 & Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 –
Murray Perahia, piano; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Zubin Mehta, conductor

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 244 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical


Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com
I suppose if I had to choose a single recording coupling both of Chopin's concertos, it would be this one. Perahia is a sensitive, extremely persuasive artist who understands his own particular gifts better than anyone. He's not a muscle-bound virtuoso by any means--neither was Chopin, for that matter. All of Perahia's interpretations are finely graded, carefully prepared, and sensitive to the music's every nuance, but they never sound stiff or studied. In fact, his natural eloquence and grace at the keyboard makes him an ideal Chopin pianist, though he has been very selective in the music that he has actually recorded. Here then is a superb example of artist and composer in perfect harmony with one another. --David Hurwitz

Posted By : waldstein | Date : 11 Feb 2022 15:13:24 | Comments : 2 |

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies No. 25 K. 183; No. 29 K. 201; No. 35 K. 385; No. 36 K. 425; No. 38 K. 504;
No. 39 K. 543; No. 40 K. 550; No. 41 K. 551 – Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein

Classical | 3 CDs | EAC Rip | 1,01 GB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: Deutsche Grammophon


Leonard Bernstein's Late Mozart Symphony recordings come from the 1980s when the market was deluged with "authentic" and "period" style offerings from the likes of Trevor Pinnock and Christopher Hogwood. Bernstein, never a slave to fashion, conjured up some wonderfully "old fashioned" performances, full of rich orchestral sonorities, generous helpings of vibrato, and unabashedly romantic pacing, phrasing, and rubato... Even with the pile of Mozart symphony discs on the market, Bernstein's compelling renditions easily command your attention and warrant your purchase. - Victor Carr Jr, classicstoday.com
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 04 Feb 2022 22:33:06 | Comments : 0 |

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Scenes from the Ballet – San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 320 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | 4shared links
Publisher: BMG/RCA Red Seal


Considering that Thomas' arrangement contains virtually all the main thematic material from the ballet (minus Prokofiev's many repetitions), for many listeners this hugely enjoyable disc will be the one Romeo & Juliet to have and hold. - Victor Carr Jr, classicstoday.com
***

A most enjoyable, refreshing version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - Terry Blain, Classical Net - CD Reviews Apr 96
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 28 Jan 2022 19:35:11 | Comments : 2 |

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major - Juliane Banse, soprano; Dresden Staatskapelle; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor
Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 303 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: Profil © PH07047


Mining the archive uncovers this treasurable performance.
"Glorious" and "sublime" were among the epithets applied to the playing of Dresden's "Royal Chapel" ensemble when Mahler's Fourth Symphony was first performed in the city in 1908. Both epithets could be applied to the playing on this latter-day realisation under Giuseppe Sinopoli. Richard Osborne, August 2008 GRAMOPHONE
Posted By : waldstein | Date : 26 Jan 2022 22:01:34 | Comments : 2 |

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125,
Gundula Janowitz (soprano); Sieglinde Wagner (contralto); Luigi Alva (tenor); Otto Wiener (baritone);
Chor des St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, RIAS Kammerchor; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 284 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | 4shared links
Publisher: Berliner Philharmoniker – im Takt der Zeit

Live Recording – Berlin, Philharmonie, 15. October 1963 (night of opening Berlin Philharmonie concert hall)