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Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - E.S.T. Symphony (2016) {ACT 9034-2}

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - E.S.T. Symphony (2016) {ACT 9034-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 466 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 182 Mb
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© 2016 ACT Music | ACT 9034-2
Jazz / Classical / Orchestral Jazz / Modern Composition / Contemporary Jazz / Creative Orchestra

Esbjörn Svensson, the Swedish original who consistently turned crossovers between jazz, pop and classical music into lasting art with EST, would have got around to this orchestral venture himself but for his accidental death in 2008. With its shapely themes, subtle pacing and big climaxes, his popular trio’s music was ideal material, eloquently confirmed here by arranger Hans Ek, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and four star jazz soloists, including brilliant Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala and Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset.
Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)

Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:56:09 | 580 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: S2K 52 492

I have a personal criterion for judging sopranos in modern recordings of any role that Maria Callas excelled in: If you can beat Callas, you are gold. And despite her achievements in bel canto roles (most of which I find uninteresting, either dramatically or as music), I still think that Callas’s greatest gift to the world of opera, particularly opera in Italy, was to point out to the entire country and the world how much more there was in roles like Elvira in I Vespri Siciliani, Cheribini’s Medea, Iphigénie in this opera, and yes, even Lady Macbeth than had been previously thought.
English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1986)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:10 | 287 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 299-2

At under an hour this mini-masterpiece should be in every opera-lover's collection. There are scores of versions available but I tend to favour those with a Dido of really starry vocal quality given that her torments lie at the heart of the opera and all other considerations are secondary: Purcell and his librettist Nathum Tate make little of Aeneas's psychology and the other roles are all supplementary, reflecting upon Dido's plight, even to the extent of some suggesting that the Sorceress is her alter ego.
Richard Hickox,‎ BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Frank Bridge: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1-6 (2001-2005) (Repost)

Richard Hickox,‎ BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Frank Bridge: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1-6 (2001-2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 1,62 Gb | 07:05:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CHANDOS

Frank Bridge couldn't write a tacky note to save his life. It's instructive in this respect to compare this premiere recording of his early tone poem Mid of the Night to Hyperion's recent release of Granville Bantock's almost exactly contemporaneous Thalaba the Destroyer. Where Bantock stitches shameless cribs from Tchaikovsky into a ramshackle and repetitive musical structure, Bridge's thematic material covers large, well-sustained spans and consistently holds the listener's interest. The lovely central melody introduced by English horn against softly murmuring strings has real lyrical beauty, and Bridge times his climaxes with unerring precision. Isabella, dating from 1907 (three years later than Mid of the Night), features some splendidly passionate string writing and an even more tightly integrated structure.
Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 60:53+66:21+53:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | # TROY 460 | Recorded: 2001

Here we have the first recording of Handel's final Italian opera with a period instrument orchestra, chorus and a superb American cast. Deidamia was Handel's last opera. He began work on it in October, 1740, at the same time he was completing its companion work, Imeneo, which he had begun two years earlier. On November 8, Handel presented his London winter season - with some new works, some revivals - and for this purpose had engaged the Theatre Royal at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Opening night saw a semi-staged version of the serenata Il Parnasso in festa; later in the month came the premiere of Imeneo. Despite a superb score and fine cast, the production was a failure and was offered only once again in early December. The fact is that opera - Italian opera - was passe in London by this time. The public had turned to other musical delights - stage works in English of a more frivolous nature than Handel's offerings.
Geir Lysne - Aurora Borealis - Nordic Lights (Suite For Jazz Orchestra) (2002)

Geir Lysne - Aurora Borealis - Nordic Lights (Suite For Jazz Orchestra) (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 250.16 Mb | 47:43 | Cover
Post-Bop | Label: ACT ‎– ACT 9406-2

"Breath-taking", the "biggest surprise" of the five-day festival, "a discovery, very original, very exciting". Although the daily press and music journals are seldom in agreement, in this case they were united in their opinion. They heaped praise upon a big band that was up to that point virtually unknown outside their Norwegian homeland.
Giulio Marazia & Orchestra Filarmonica Campana - Il nuvolo innamorato (Ballet in One Act for Orchestra) (2017)

Giulio Marazia & Orchestra Filarmonica Campana - Il nuvolo innamorato (Ballet in One Act for Orchestra) (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:45:22 | 106 MB
Label: Da Vinci Classics

The OFC was founded in 2006 in Pagani by Maestro Giulio Marazia, its current artistic and musical director. It is composed by both experienced musicians of prime importance and young neo-graduates and post-graduates from various Italian Music Conservatoirs. In addition to having established itself as one of the realities that can actually produce and promote music in the region, the OFC is increasingly able to attract excellent musicians, many of which combine their orchestral activity with a brilliant solo career, in chamber formations and education.
Matthias Goerne, Daniel Harding & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - The Wagner Project (2017)

Matthias Goerne, Daniel Harding & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - The Wagner Project
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 121:59 min | 559 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Thanks to the combined talents of Matthias Goerne and Daniel Harding at the head of the excellent Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the music of Richard Wagner glows here with a special radiance. In the finest scenes for baritone or bass from Tristan und Isolde, Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal and other operas, the themes dear to the composer (gods, men and redemption) inspire him to deploy supreme expressive resources and show the incontestable genius of this born orchestrator in a new light.
Matthias Goerne, Daniel Harding & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - The Wagner Project (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Matthias Goerne, Daniel Harding & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - The Wagner Project (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 121:59 minutes | 1.19 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Thanks to the combined talents of Matthias Goerne and Daniel Harding at the head of the excellent Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the music of Richard Wagner glows here with a special radiance. In the finest scenes for baritone or bass from Tristan und Isolde, Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal and other operas, the themes dear to the composer (gods, men and redemption) inspire him to deploy supreme expressive resources and show the incontestable genius of this born orchestrator in a new light.
Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 7: Live, The Radio Recordings, 2000-2010 (2013) (14 CDs)

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 7: Live, The Radio Recordings, 2000-2010 (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 14 CDs, 17:32:09 min | 4,22 Gb | Scans -> 14,8 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Rco Live

This seventh and final installment of the Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra covers the years 2000 to 2010, a rich period in the orchestra's history largely characterized by the changing perspectives of a new century. Indeed, it was in 2004 that Riccardo Chailly relinquished his position as chief conductor, to be replaced by the Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons, who shifted the orchestra's focus more towards Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich. A generation of orchestral players retired and were succeeded by a group of outstanding young musicians, most of them hailing from outside the Netherlands, resulting in a growing internationalization of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Also in this period, the launch of the orchestra's own in-house record label, RCO Live, breathed new life into its rich recording tradition.