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Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Raaff: Waiting for Miss Monroe (2015)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Raaff: Waiting for Miss Monroe (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:57:47 | 573 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Challenge Classics

The Dutch National Opera presents this World Premiere Recording of the opera 'Waiting for Miss Monroe' by leading Dutch composer Robin de Raaff. Star soprano Laura Aikin performs as the main protagonist in the role of Marylin Monroe, backed by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Steven Sloane.
Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:42:15 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Opera Rara | Catalog: ORCH104

The "100 Years of Italian Opera" series released by Opera Rara is unique in the annals of opera recordings. However, this installment is especially exciting as it documents the evolution of Italian opera during the 1820's, the decade when romanticism truly began to come into its own on the operatic stage. Opera Rara has lovingly compiled a variety of arcana written by composers famous and forgotten. Included is everything from overtures to arias, duets, ensembles, and entire scenes.
Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra & Gyorgy Vashegyi - Rameau: Naïs, RCT 49 (2018)

Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra & Gyorgy Vashegyi - Rameau: Naïs, RCT 49 (2018)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 798 MB
Label: Glossa | Tracks: 95 | Time: 146:15 min

György Vashegyi's love affair with French Baroque repertoire continues with Rameau's Naïs from 1749 in a Glossa release complete with a characteristically appealing design. Subtitled Opéra pour la paix, Naïs features demanding and extended leading roles for soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Naïs) and high tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (Neptune), ably assisted by Florian Sempey and Thomas Dolié, in an everyday eighteenth-century tale of a lovesick god in disguise, a misinterpreted prophecy and an alternative version of the Olympic Games (the score demands much from the chorus and Vashegyi's refined Purcell Choir is up to the mark).
Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Renato Palumbo - Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable (2001)

Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Renato Palumbo - Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:23:41 | 767 MB
Genre: Classical, opera | Label: Dynamic | Catalog: CDS368

Recommended: not so much for the performance or even the work as for the experience. And even that is not necessarily something you will want to repeat very often. The point is that it may be now or never. Robert le diable, received triumphantly in Paris at its premiere in 1831, took centre- stage in the opera houses of Europe for two or three decades: a pantechnicon of an opera I was about to call it, and then thought to see what the dictionary had to say, finding there ‘the name of a bazaar of all kinds of artistic work’ – and the date 1830!
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 626 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | Time: 142:00 min

Britten's first great opera, written in 1945, remains a touchstone not only for postwar opera, but also anticipates the direction that postmodern music would take later in the century. Written at a time when high modernism was in full swing, Britten bucked the trends by taking a personal, political and musically eclectic approach. It's a small story with great ramifications: A sadistic fisherman and his violent actions turn him into the bane of his community, resulting in his suicide.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64 (2018)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64 (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 529 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 332 Mb | 02:24:08
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Based on Shakespeare’s most famous romantic play, Prokofiev’s realisation of Romeo and Juliet as a full-length narrative ballet was audacious in its day. It was written during a period of artistic turmoil under a Soviet regime in which arguments raged over such fundamental aspects as the choice between a happy or a tragic ending. Famous movements such as the Dance of the Knights have helped maintain Romeo and Juliet as Prokofiev’s bestloved stage work. Marin Alsop’s acclaimed cycle of Prokofiev’s Symphonies has been described as ‘an outstanding achievement’ by BBC Music Magazine.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Miah Persson, Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588 (2013) [24/96]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Miah Persson, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Angela Brower, Adam Plachetka, Rolando Villazón, Mojca Erdmann, Alessandro Corbelli - Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 182:45 minutes | 3.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The second of DG’s series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón. This Così fan tutte enchanted the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus audience when recorded in concert in 2012, with Nézet-Séguin inspiring his stellar cast to feats of vocal derring-do.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti - Solti: The Complete Chicago Recordings (2017) [108CD Box Set]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti - Solti: The Complete Chicago Recordings (2017) [108CD Box Set]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 27.2 GB
Label: Decca – 0289 483 1375 4 | Tracks: 1053 | Time: 109:25:03
Classical, Opera, Baroque, Romantic, Moder

Decca celebrates one of the world’s most prolific conductor-orchestra partnerships with a deluxe 108-CD box set marking both the 20th Anniversary of the passing of Sir Georg Solti and the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 108 CDs presenting Solti’s and the CSO’s complete recorded legacy together: from their very first recording at Medinah Temple in March 1970 of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony to their last at Orchestra Hall, Chicago in March 1997 of Shostakovich’ Symphony No.15.
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
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 70 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 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.
David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Donizetti - Emilia di Liverpool, L’Eremitaggio di Liwerpool [1997]

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Donizetti - Emilia di Liverpool, L’Eremitaggio di Liwerpool [1997]
Classical | Opera Rara ORC8 | TT: 72.00+73.03+54.06 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 953 Mb

Here, for the first time the two versions of this delightful opera which Donizetti wrote for Naples. Betrayed by her fiancée and abandoned by her father, Emilia has turned her back on the world. In a most operatic coincidence, her fiancée appears on the same day as her father returns to England.
'The work has charm and wild improbability in equal proportion' - John Higgins, The Times