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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder - Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75 (Live) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder - Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75 (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 162:30 minutes | 3.49 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

There was no instant click between Richard Wagner and his future opera hero Lohengrin. Having come across the Lohengrin poem amongst the medieval source material for his opera Tannhäuser, he then laid it aside, considering it to be too mystical. But the figure of Lohengrin would not let him go, and he gradually came to see in the mysterious Grail Knight the very essence of a ‘deeply human longing for unconditional love’. Finally, at the spa town of Marienbad during the summer holiday of 1845, inspiration struck: ‘Lohengrin… stood suddenly revealed before me in full armour at the centre of a comprehensive dramatic adaptation of the whole material.’ In no time at all, he had put down on paper a prose sketch of a libretto. …
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra - Jules Massenet: Don Quichotte (2012) [Stereo & MCH] PS3 ISO

Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra - Jules Massenet: Don Quichotte (2012)
PS3 Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 111:35 minutes | Digital Booklet | 6,26 GB
an heroic comedy in five acts | Features Stereo and Multichannel surround sound
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’.
Tigran Chukhajian - Arshak II (Aram Katinyan; Chorus & Orchestra, Yerevan's State Academic) (1998)

Tigran Chukhajian - Arshak II (Aram Katinyan; Yergat, Gasparyan, Galachyan, Levonian, Davityan, Hovhanessyan, Babouryan, Haroutionyan; Chorus & Orchestra, Yerevan's State Academic) (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG, Scans | CD1`77:11, CD2` 52:58 | 498.9 MB
Classical | Parseghian Records / PR 11-157

Arshak II is the first Armenian classical opera, written by Dikran Tchouhadjian and T. Terzian in 1868. Its libretto, a lyrical tragedy in Armenian and Italian, is based on historical reports about King Arsaces II (Arshak II), written by Movses Khorenatsi and Pavstos Buzand.
"Arshak II" is the first “Armenian grand opera” with choruses and ballets. It was partially staged in 1873, assembled on November 29, 1945 at the Armenian Opera Theater in Yerevan and was awarded by the USSR State Prize in 1946. Arshak II is a "gem" of Armenian musical culture. In 2001, it was staged at the San Francisco Opera. Pavel Lisitsian, Mihran Yerkat, Tigran Levonyan were among the performers of Arshak's role.