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Anne Sofie von Otter, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Hannu Lintu - Sibelius: Tapiola, En saga & Songs (2017)

Anne Sofie von Otter, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Hannu Lintu - Sibelius: Tapiola, En saga & Songs
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 54:58 min | 223 MB
Label: Ondine | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

This new release by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu is an all-Sibelius programme featuring internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. The album includes two major tone poems by Jean Sibelius, Tapiola and En Saga, combined with a set of songs orchestrated by Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) in 2015. Sibeliuss tone poem Tapiola, written shortly after the 7th Symphony, may be regarded as the culmination of a period that began with the Fifth Symphony, a period where Sibelius created music that grew organically out of tiny germs into huge processes. It was completed in 1926 and remained Sibeliuss last great orchestral work.
Gabriel Schwabe, Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Marc Soustrot - Saint-Saëns: Works for Cello & Orchestra (2017)

Gabriel Schwabe, Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Marc Soustrot - Saint-Saëns: Works for Cello & Orchestra
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:31 min | 241 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2017

Composed during a period of social readjustment in post-war France, the First Cello Concerto marked Saint-Saëns acceptance as a composer among the establishment, and has long been one of his most admired works. Recognition for the fiendishly technical Second Cello Concerto took longer, although its tranquil central movement contains one of the most sublime melodies Saint-Saëns ever wrote. The supremely famous Le Cygne appears alongside the less well-known Bach-inspired Suite in D minor, and with the inclusion of the Romance this programme contains Saint-Saënss complete works for cello and orchestra.
Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)

Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 345.19 Mb (CD1) + 355.41 Mb (CD2) + 60.91 Mb (Scans) | 2:25:03
Orchestral | Label: RCA (1950-54)

The main question here is how BMG's new 20-bit remasterings compare to those in their 1990 Toscanini Complete Edition. Both ends of the dynamic spectrum are considerbly opened up, which intensify the Maestro's stinging accents and point up the carefully sculpted cantabile phrasings to an unprecedented degree. I also detect smidgens of artificial reverberation: tastefully applied, but frankly superfluous.
Ella Fitzgerald & London Symphony Orchestra - Someone to Watch Over Me (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Ella Fitzgerald & London Symphony Orchestra - Someone to Watch Over Me (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 43:59 minutes | 486 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic vocals are given new life by marrying newly recorded string arrangements from the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and conducted by James Morgan and Jorge Callandrelli, this new approach to Ella’s timeless music reinvigorates her catalog and is sure to excite and please long time Ella fanatics and classical music connoisseurs at the same time. Guest vocalist Gregory Porter also lends his incredible talent to "People Will Say We're in Love.”

Sarah Brightman - Symphony (2008) [Limited Edition, Japan]  Music

Posted by v3122 at Oct. 13, 2017
Sarah Brightman - Symphony (2008) [Limited Edition, Japan]

Sarah Brightman - Symphony (2008
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
EMI, TOCP-70460 | ~ 410 or 149 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 3.96 Mb
Pop, Classical, Contemporary, Vocal

Sarah Brightman took five years between 2003's pop exotica outing Harem and Symphony. The over-the-top gothic excess in the artwork here seems like a cousin to Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II, so much so that it feels like legendary theatrical rock excess king Jim Steinman – a former associate of Brightman's longtime producer Frank Peterson (who wrote or co-wrote five of these tunes) – is haunting the recording…
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Daniele Gatti - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Live) (2017)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Daniele Gatti - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Live)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 88:24 min | 304 MB
Label: RCO Live | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 2017

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and conductor Daniele Gatti join with the Netherlands Radio Choir and soloists Chen Reiss and Karen Cargill for a vibrant live recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor "Resurrection”. The history of the world-famous orchestra is interlinked with that of Mahler's own, and the Concertgebouw musicians certainly appear to have an affinity for this music, offering up a rousing and intense interpretation of this well-known symphony with sparkling vocal contributions from Reiss and Cargill.
Philharmonie Festiva & Gerd Schaller - Bruckner: Symphony in F Minor 1863 "Study Symphony" (2017)

Philharmonie Festiva & Gerd Schaller - Bruckner: Symphony in F Minor 1863 "Study Symphony" (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:43:21 | 100 MB
Label: Profil

The so-called “Study Symphony”, sometimes known as Symphony No. 00, dates from six years previously and understandably contains far fewer of the Brucknerian trademarks his aficionados prize; indeed some might concur with the verdict of Bruckner’s teacher Otto Kitzler who adjudged it to be “uninspired”, a criticism somewhat at odds with the appreciative and appreciable notes from Dr Rainer Boss. My colleague Michael Cookson, who reviewed this disc last March, also summons up rather more enthusiasm for it than I feel inclined to express but I am in full agreement that it could hardly be given better advocacy than it receives here from Schaller and the excellent Philharmonie Festiva, who have already proved their prowess in their series of recordings of the complete Bruckner symphonies on Profil.
London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Leonore Overture No. 2 (2006) [24/96]

London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Leonore Overture No. 2 (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:04 minutes | 1,24 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet, Front cover

Beethoven took a massive stride forward in the development of the symphonic form with the 'Eroica'. Not only is the work written on an unprecedented scale, it also lays the very foundations of Romanticism in music.The symphony mirrors Beethoven's own emergence from despair and he used it to symbolize mankind's capacity for greatness. He initially dedicated the score to Napoleon whom embodied his view of greatness. However, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven furiously removed the dedication from the score.
Vakhtang Kakhidze, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra & Djansug Kakhidze - Vakhtang Kakhidze: Piano Concerto / Amazons Suite / Conjugat

Vakhtang Kakhidze, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra & Djansug Kakhidze - Vakhtang Kakhidze: Piano Concerto / Amazons Suite / Conjugations (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:03:51 | 148 MB
Label: CuGate Classics

The roles featured on this CD are, in more ways than one, truly great ones; the vocal and interpretational demands on the artist are of an equally high calibre. The fact, as J. M. Fischer writes in the booklet text, that the term 'heroic baritone' has established itself in connection with these roles is recognition of the highly technical challenges – and simultaneously an understatement. The parallels with Wagnerʼs 'heroic tenor roles' can be seen in the truly supreme vocal challenges, and yet the bass-baritone protagonistʼs role in each of these works also demands even greater control of the dramatic character and, therefore, a more complex musical approach. The enduring fascination of these demanding roles can also be sought in their 'tragic awareness'.
Gábor Farkas, MAV Symphony Orchestra & Gábor Takács-Nagy - Farkas: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 (2017)

Gábor Farkas, MAV Symphony Orchestra & Gábor Takács-Nagy - Farkas: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:18 min | 297 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

The Toccata Classics survey of the music of the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (19052000) continues with this fifth album of his orchestral music. Earlier releases have presented the lighter side of his music, with its quasi-Baroque textures and buoyant good humour, but this one shows Farkas working on a larger scale and in generally darker mood. Here he uses the full resources of the symphony orchestra in a number of powerful and dramatic works, including two movements from a symphony that he later withdrew and an orchestration of Liszts Funérailles. A lighter bonne bouche the Dances from the Mátra, rather like Kodálys Dances from Gálanta rounds things off.