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Orchestra Next & Brian McWhorter - Kenji Bunch: The Snow Queen (2017)

Orchestra Next & Brian McWhorter - Kenji Bunch: The Snow Queen (2017)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 112:20 min | 363 MB
Label: Innova | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Oregon’s Orchestra Next, in collaboration with the Eugene Ballet Company, has released its debut album featuring the world premiere recording of Kenji Bunch’s The Snow Queen. This 100-minute ballet score is a significant addition to the repertoire.
Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1985)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1985)
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 693 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 359 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical, Opera | Label: Decca Records, #: 414 551-2 | 02:18:46

The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander) is one of the most accessible of Wagner's works, and though it is the first of his operas that earned a permanent place in the repertory, it still possesses many aspects of conventional operatic practice, as well as a Weberian leitmotiv structure much simpler than that exhibited in Wagner's music after Tristan. Surprisingly, despite its accessibility, recordings of the work that are not deficient on technical or vocal or musical grounds seem to be in comparatively short supply. An exception is this classic CSO-Solti effort dating from the late '70s, where the sound is reasonably up to date, and the casting ranges from good to excellent.
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus - Shchedrin: The Left-Hander (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus - Shchedrin: The Left-Hander (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 119:11 minutes | 2.45 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Specially written for Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Rodion Shchedrin s 'The Left-Hande'r is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions and strong drink. The premiere was given by the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg in July 2013. Rodion Shchedrin is one of music s greatest living humourists and his work is laced with pitch-black irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov s classical satirical novella of 1881, 'The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty From Tula and the Steel Flea', The Left-Hander is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia s relationship with the West in general and England in particular.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75 (Live) (2017)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75 (Live)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 210:29 min | 792 MB
Label: RCO Live | Tracks: 38 | Rls.date: 2017

After the enormous success of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's 2013 production of Wagner' sDer fliegende Hollander (RCO Live 14004) a follow-up was inevitable. With the eminent Wagnerian Mark Elder leading the RCO and a cast of internationally acclaimed soloists the production of Lohengrin in December, 2016 was a complete triumph. The beginning of another RCO tradition? ""…Vogt's interpretation was truly superior. Elder…knew how to draw magic from the orchestra."" (Peter van der Lint, Trouw). ""A treat of glorious music on highest level…phenomenal achievements of all…Highlight of the season."" (Erik Voermans, Het Parool).
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20 (1979) 2CDs, Reissue 1996

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Ballet In Four Acts, Op. 20 (1979) 2CDs, Reissue 1996
Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 745 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 414 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 453 055-2 | Time: 02:30:04

Swan Lake was the first of Tchaikovsky's three great ballets– works which added a new level of depth and sophistication to what had been a purely superficial art form. Today the music is so well-known and popular that it's impossible to comprehend the difficulties the composer experienced at early performances. Audiences found the music "too symphonic," and the dancers were put off by the prominence given to the orchestra which, they felt, distracted ballet fans from the action on stage. Of course, all of these supposed "defects" are precisely what we admire about the music today, and this elegant but exciting performance reveals the music in all of its glory.
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (2010) [2SACDs ISO+HiRes FLAC]

London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 6.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front Cover | 7.78GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front Cover | 2.14GB + 5% Recovery

This 2008 live recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is Valery Gergiev's 2nd complete recording of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet, the 1st being a 1991 Philips release with the Kirov Orchestra. This performance, like his 1st, is notable for its refinement & lyricism. It's perhaps surprising that Gergiev, known for the wildness & ferocity of his performances of other Prokofiev works, like The Fiery Angel, shows such restraint here. Gergiev clearly understands the ballet as a work in which Prokofiev, writing originally for the Bolshoi, a theater known for its conservatism (although that production was canceled), tailored his score to follow in the tradition of the 3 great Tchaikovsky ballets.
Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set [Repost]

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set
Beethoven - Shostakovich - Wagner - Mozart - Tchaikovsky - Mussorgsky - Glinka - Glazunov

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.5 Gb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 09:57:02
Genre: Classical, Orchestral | Label: Erato | # 2564-69890-5

This compilation covers 20 years of live recordings made by conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and the then-named Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for Erato. Mravinsky led that orchestra for nearly 50 years, from 1938 until his death. His last recording was that of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, made in 1984, found on Disc 3 here. His interpretations of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky were highly regarded, so it's not surprising that several of their symphonies are here. There are also symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven in this set; tone poems by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky; and orchestral excerpts from operas by Wagner, Glinka, and Glazunov. The final disc contains a rare recording of a rehearsal led by Mravinsky, something few outsiders were ever allowed to witness. Even though he was an elder statesman of Russian music at the time of these recordings, there is still precision and energy in his interpretations.
VA - 100 Best London Symphony Orchestra (2013) (6CD Box set) {Warner Classics}

VA - 100 Best London Symphony Orchestra (2013) (6CD Box set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 2011 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1048 mb
Classical | Label: Warner Classics / 50999 4 33232 2 7

This 6CD set contains 100 tracks from the catalogues of EMI Records, EMI Classics and Virgin Classics of recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra under some of the world’s greatest conductors and with a number of famous soloists.
Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini - Bellini: Norma (2013) [Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini - Bellini: Norma (2013)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.59GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Decca

In collaboration with Giovanni Antonini, Riccardo Minasi and Maurizio Biondi, Cecilia Bartoli restores the sound and spirit of Norma in a landmark Decca recording based on the opera’s original sources. Cecilia Bartoli leads a fabulous cast in Decca’s groundbreaking new recording, which presents Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in a form that is complete with the exquisite mix of vocal and instrumental colours that Bellini intended for his ‘tragic opera’.
Christoph Eschenbach & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Sommernachtskonzert 2017 (Summer Night Concert 2017) (2017) [24/96]

Christoph Eschenbach & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Sommernachtskonzert 2017 (Summer Night Concert 2017) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 82:11 minutes | 1.56 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

You probably didn’t think you’d ever hear the venerable Vienna Philharmonic play music from the Harry Potter films. However, they make a fine job of “Hedwig’s Theme” as part of a let-your-hair-down summer program under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach and themed around figures from the world of fairy-tale and fantasy. Renée Fleming, in voluptuous voice, is luxury casting for a sequence of songs and arias—with one of her party pieces, Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon”, making a welcome appearance.