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Montreal SO & Chorus, Pascal Roge, Charles Dutoit - Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos, etc (2005) 4CD Box Set

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Montreal SO & Chorus, Pascal Roge, Charles Dutoit -  Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos, etc (2005) 4CD Box Set

Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos;
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade (2005) 4CD Box Set
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Chœurs; Charles Dutoit, conductor
Pascal Rogé, piano; John Zirbel, horn; Theodor Baskin, oboe;
Catherine Dubosc, soprano; Timothy Hutchins, flute

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6891 DC4 | Time: 05:03:53

For listeners who prefer their Ravel lushly textured, luminously colored, and luxuriantly impressionistic, this four-disc set of his orchestral music performed by Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will be just the thing. Recorded between 1981 and 1995 in warmly opulent Decca sound and including all the canonical works plus the two piano concerts and the opera L'Enfant et les sortiléges, Dutoit's approach to Ravel is decidedly sensual, even tactile. One can feel the excitement in the closing "Dance générale" of Daphnis et Chloé, sense the energy in La Valse, smell the sea in Une barque sur l'océan, and touch the dancer's flushed skin in Boléro. This is not to say that details are lost in Dutoit's performances – with the superlative playing of the Montreal orchestra, one can assuredly hear everything in the scores. Nor is this to say that Dutoit neglects the music's clear shapes and lucid forms – with a decisive beat and a clean technique, Dutoit's interpretations are models of clarity. But it is assuredly to assert that, for sheer aural beauty, these recordings cannot be beat. With the very virtuosic and very French playing of Pascal Rogé in the two piano concertos plus very characterful singing in L'Enfant, this set will be mandatory listening for all those who love Ravel.

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

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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

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Florio, Cappella Neapolitana - Tormento d'amore (2022)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Florio, Cappella Neapolitana - Tormento d'amore (2022)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Florio, Cappella Neapolitana - Tormento d'amore (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295037079 | Recorded: 2020

With the 10 arias on Tormento d'amore, Ian Bostridge demonstrates the important place that the tenor voice held in Italian opera from the mid-17th to the mid-18th century - often thought of as the era of the castrato. At this time, there were two main centres of opera in Italy: Venice, where such composers as Cavalli, Vivaldi, Cesti, Stradella, Sartorio and Legrenzi were active, and Naples, home to Provenzale, Caresana, Vinci and Fago. In addition to arias - two of them in world premiere recordings - the album offers five instrumental sinfonie and a traditional Neapolitan song, 'Lu cardillo', or 'The Goldfinch', a songbird closely associated with Naples. Bostridge is partnered by conductor Antonio Florio and his ensemble Cappella Neapolitana.

Arianna Savall, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sopra la Rosa (2002)

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Arianna Savall, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sopra la Rosa (2002)

Arianna Savall, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sopra la Rosa (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 52:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9931 | Recorded: 2002

There’s no way around it. Arianna Savall sounds exactly like a young Emma Kirkby, and if you like that straight-toned, sharply focused soprano quality, with just the bare hint of a vibrato at the very ends of phrases, then you’ll find Savall very satisfying and you’ll easily appreciate her superb interpretations of these rarely heard vocal works from 17th-century Italy. She begins with a magnificent cantata by Marco Marazzoli that sets the tone for the whole program–a “moral canzona” that focuses on the “literary theme of the rose”–and her vocal prowess is evident in her ability to lend enough dramatic force to the work to keep us interested for its entire 13 minutes. She lends a particularly warm and ingratiating quality to the beautifully wrought final minutes of the same composer’s “moral cantata” O mortal, whose text refers to the fate of the Biblical Samson, and repeatedly urges, “Do you desire even greater glories? Then learn how to conquer yourself.”

VA - Now Yearbook '80 (2022)

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VA - Now Yearbook '80 (2022)

VA - Now Yearbook '80 (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.9 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 691 MB
4:59:08 | Vocal, Synth-pop, Soundtrack, Soul, Soft Rock, Reggae-Pop, Power Pop, Pop Rock, New Wave, Arena Rock, Ballad, Classic Rock, Country | Label: Sony Music / EMI / Now Music

NOW Music is proud to present the newest addition to the 'Yearbook' series: NOW - Yearbook 1980. 4 CDs of 85 tracks that defined the charts in 1980. This special edition CD is housed in 'hard-back book' packaging, including a 28-page booklet with a summary of the year, a track-by-track guide, a quiz, and original singles artwork.Kicking off with Queen's anthem 'Another One Bites The Dust', Disc 1 includes massive hits from Kate Bush, Madness, Roxy Music and the Top 40 debut from Adam and The Ants, alongside #1s from Blondie, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Jam and ABBA - plus the decade's first new #1 'Brass In Pocket' from Pretenders - and 1980's biggest selling single 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' from The Police. Lipps Inc., Diana Ross and Sheila and B. Devotion had timeless floor-fillers - and synth driven pop, that would come to dominate the charts of the early 80s , fuelled iconic hits for Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Gary Numan, Ultravox and the debut from Spandau Ballet… and to close the first disc, three of the year's biggest love songs from KC and The Sunshine Band, Randy Crawford and Billy Preston and Syreeta.

Franco Fagioli, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Arias for Caffarelli (2013)

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Franco Fagioli, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Arias for Caffarelli (2013)

Franco Fagioli, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Arias for Caffarelli (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 417 Mb | Total time: 78:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V5333 | Recorded: 2012

Naples in 1750 was one of the ten biggest cities in the world, and it spawned two of the biggest musical stars of the era: the castrati Farinelli and the much lesser known Caffarelli, whose real name was Gaetano Majorano. This release consists of arias written for Caffarelli, and you might treasure it for the flamboyant, high-volume singing of countertenor Franco Fagioli, who arguably comes as close as any of his contemporaries to conveying what the high-powered sound of the castrati was like (in the understandable absence of the genuine article). Or, you might be grateful to hear the music associated with Caffarelli, who in his own time had a reputation for being troublesome and has generally ignored by the historical opera revival movement.

Rod Stewart - Fly Me To The Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V (2010)

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Rod Stewart - Fly Me To The Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V (2010)

Rod Stewart - Fly Me To The Moon… The Great American Songbook Volume V (2010)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2CD | J Records, 88697772092 | ~ 421 or 145 Mb | Artwork -> 11 Mb
Smooth Jazz, Swing, Vocal, Easy Listening

Rod Stewart has been mining the Great American Songbook for the better part of a decade, so it would only make sense that he would get a little bit better as time goes by. And, by some stroke of fate, Fly Me to the Moon – the fifth installment in this never-ending series and first since 2005, as Rod spent the back half of the 2000s taking songbook detours into rock and soul – is Stewart’s best album in the entire serie…

Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022)

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Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022)

Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:16
Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records

Both Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge at one point owned the Giussani viola played by Hélène Clément on this album, which features pieces the two composers wrote for the instrument. The most substantial work here, Britten’s Lachrymae, is a series of pensive variations on a theme by John Dowland and is performed evocatively by Clément. In the Elegy, also by Britten, the Giussani viola’s special eloquence is evident in its deep tonal resonance and vivid responsiveness to Clément’s pizzicatos. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly’s stirring performance of Bridge’s Three Songs is another highlight, as is the vein of aching sadness Clément finds in another of Bridge’s works, There Is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook.

Cassandra Wilson - Belly Of The Sun (2002)

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Cassandra Wilson - Belly Of The Sun (2002)

Cassandra Wilson - Belly Of The Sun (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 371 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 146 Mb
Full Scans ~ 122 Mb | 01:00:08 | RAR 5% Recovery
Contemporary Jazz, Vocal, Funk, Soul, World Fusion | Blue Note #7243 5 35072 2 0

Cassandra Wilson continues to move down a highly eclectic path on Belly of the Sun, the somewhat belated follow-up to Traveling Miles. While displaying a jazz singer's mastery of melodic nuance and improvisatory phrasing, Wilson draws on a variety of non-jazz idioms – roots music, rock, Delta blues, country, soul – to create a kind of earthy, intelligent pop with obvious crossover appeal. Her core band includes guitarists Marvin Sewell and Kevin Breit, who blend marvelously, Sewell mostly on mellow acoustic and Breit adding atmospheric touches on electric, 12-string, and slide guitars, as well as mandolin, banjo, and even bouzouki.

Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore - Thomas Larcher: What Becomes (2014)

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Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore - Thomas Larcher: What Becomes (2014)

Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore - Thomas Larcher: What Becomes (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 175 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907604 | Time: 01:13:19
Classical, Contemporary, Modern Composition

Thomas Larcher s sound world is both original and captivating in its fusion of contemplative harmonies with innovative performance techniques. Written for and performed by tenor Mark Padmore, 'A Padmore Cycle' features the composer at the keyboard. Works for solo piano performed by Tamara Stefanovich round out this programme of first recordings. Born 1963 in Innsbruck, composer Thomas Larcher studied piano and composition in Vienna. He first gained renown primarily as a pianist, performing with major orchestras and prominent conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Franz Welser Möst. In 1998, he began to define himself more clearly as a composer. Since then he has composed works for the San Francisco Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the Belcea Quartet, and for Leif Ove Andsnes, Matthias Goerne, Mark Padmore and Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley. He has recorded five CDs with ECM, most recently 'Madhares' with Kim Kashkashian, Till Fellner and Dennis Russell Davies.

Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt - Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 (1977) 2 CDs, Reissue 2014

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Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt - Beethoven: Leonore, Op.72 (1977) 2 CDs, Reissue 2014

Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore, Op.72 (1977) 2 CDs, Reissue 2014
Rundfunkchor Leipzig; Staatskapelle Dresden; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Edda Moser, Richard Cassilly, Theo Adam, Helen Donath, Eberhard Büchner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 704 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:35:40
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94868

Reissue of this near legendary recording of Beethoven’s Leonore (the first version of what later became Fidelio). This recording from 1977 was the first recording of this opera, and since then remains a benchmark. Featuring the best singers of the time: Eberhard Büchner, Edda Moser, Edith Mathis, Theo Adam, Karl Ridderbusch, and the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Herbert Blomstedt.

Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Joseph Haydn: Opera at Eszterháza: Arias; La Circe (2009)

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Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Joseph Haydn: Opera at Eszterháza: Arias; La Circe (2009)

Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Joseph Haydn: Opera at Eszterháza: Arias; La Circe (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-1811 SACD | Recorded: 2008, 2009

Haydn composed more than twenty operas, mainly for the sumptuous theatre at Eszterháza, the palace of his long-time employers, the princes of Esterházy. Even so, his work in the operatic field remains largely neglected. This disc focuses on an even more closely guarded secret: the so-called 'insertion arias' that Haydn wrote for inclusion in operas by other composers. The rarely, if at all, recorded music includes Haydn's three contributions to La Circe, an opera pasticcio which combined music by several composers, and six of the surviving insertion arias. Among these is Infelice sventurata, written for an opera by Cimarosa, and one of Haydn's finest arias, here movingly performed by Miah Persson. The Swedish soprano shares the greater part of the programme with the Swiss tenor Bernard Richter.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

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Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681 | Time: 01:15:21

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

Ensemble Seicentonovecento, Flavio Colusso - Giacomo Carissimi: Complete Motets of Arion Romanus (2014) 3CDs

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Ensemble Seicentonovecento, Flavio Colusso - Giacomo Carissimi: Complete Motets of Arion Romanus (2014) 3CDs

Giacomo Carissimi - Complete Motets of Arion Romanus (2014) 3CDs
Ensemble Seicentonovecento; Flavio Colusso, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 822 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 434 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94808 | 03:04:52

One of the most significant musical figures in mid-17th-century Rome, Giacomo Carissimi was a prolific composer of motets and cantatas, who also greatly influenced the developments of the Latin oratorio. This set brings together his 28 motets that were published under the title Arion Romanus by Giovanni Battista Mocchi, a student and loyal admirer of Carissimi. Arion was an ancient Greek bard and musician, who, in Greek and Roman mythology, was thrown overboard by pirates and rescued by a dolphin. In the liner notes that accompany this collection, the authors draw fascinating parallels between Arion and Carissimi himself: both were accomplished, charismatic and influential artists and musicians, and just as Arion was plunged into the depths of the sea, Carissimi explored the depths of the sacred music tradition to create a perfect synthesis of spiritual contemplation and intense emotional expression. The motets from the Arion Romanus collection also showcase his mastery of a wide range of formal structures, from the concertato to the madrigal.

Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (2002) {Special Limited Edition}

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Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (2002) {Special Limited Edition}

Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (2002) {Special Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 326 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 145 Mb
Full Scans ~ 173 Mb | 01:00:14 | RAR 5% Recovery
Classical, Opera, Vocal | Sugar S.r.l. / Philips #289 470 400-2

Though Andrea Bocelli kicks off SENTIMENTO with a 20th Century piece, the stately setting of Rodrigo's "En Aranjuez con tu amor," the balance of the album wisely focuses on one of the renowned vocalist's greatest strengths, the Romantic period, as Rodrigo quickly gives way to the more sprightly feel of Leoncavallo's "Mattinata." After moving arrestingly through similar fare, Bocelli bookends things nicely by closing with a pair of canzonas from Tosti; the passionate, poignant "'A vucchella" and the quietly elegant "Vorrei morire," followed immediately by Donaudy's "Vaghissima sembianza," which ends things on a fulsome, appropriately romantic (with a small "r") note. Throughout SENTIMENTO, the sympathetic accompaniment of the London Symphony Orchestra, masterfully conducted by Lorin Maazel, provides the perfect instrumental setting for Bocelli's evocative voice.