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Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette Orchestra - Gretry: Le Magnifique [2012]

Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette Orchestra - Grétry: Le Magnifique [2012]
Classical | Naxos 8.660305 | TT: 80.00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 352 Mb

André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry was the greatest French composer of opéra-comique in the eighteenth century. His librettist for Le Magnifique, Jean-Michel Sedaine, took a tale by La Fontaine and fashioned it into a compelling libretto. Grétry responded with an outstanding score, including one of the first programmatic overtures in musical history. His expressive love music, and extended preludes and postludes, add to the theatrical variety of this important and varied opera.
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs - Lully: Psyche (2008)

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs - Lully: Psyche (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 173:42 | 1,13 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777 367-2

CPO follows its stellar releases of Conradi's Ariadne and Lully's Thésée by the Boston Early Music Festival with an equally extraordinary performance of Lully's Psyché. These are works that have had limited exposure and are known far better by reputation than by performances or recordings.
Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Sigismondo (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Rossini: Sigismondo (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23944 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 164 min | 36,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3641 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 164 min | 8,86 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Early Rossini has something buoyant, vibrant, youthful about it – even when it is a “dramma per musica” such as “Sigismondo”, a dark swirl of an opera revolving around a mad king and his delusions, his wife who is allegedly dead but very much alive, the fate of Poland and much more. Premiered in 1814 but rarely played thereafter, the work deserves to be resurrected, if only for its many beautiful and original arias and ensembles, some of which were such brilliant little masterpieces that he reused them in his later successes such as “Il turco in Italia”, “La Cenerentola” and “Il barbiere di Siviglia”. The work was given its first performance from the critical new edition at the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. The press hailed the production as a “perfect symbiosis of music and stage work” that yields “truly brilliant theater”.
Rene Jacobs, Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis -  Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (2002)

René Jacobs, Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 587 Mb | Total time: 126:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 905221.22 | Recorded: 1995

The oratorio as a musical form emerged toward the end of the seventeenth century as a kind of "spiritual exercise" encouraged by the Congregazione dell'Oratorio in Rome. The performances took place in oratories (prayer halls) constructed above church naves and were intended to be attractive but edifying entertainments. Then as later, oratorios generally reflected the popular forms and styles of secular music – and in late Renaissance and Baroque Italy, this meant opera, though based on religious rather than mythological and heroic themes. The most prolific composer in this genre was Antonio Caldara (c1670-1736); New Grove lists 43 oratorios (in addition to many operas) and there are probably more that have been lost, written for patrons in his native Venice, Rome, Florence, Mantua, and Vienna.
Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan - Prokofiev, Brahms: Concertos for Cello and Orchestra (2015)

Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan - Prokofiev, Brahms: Concertos for Cello and Orchestra (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:56 | 350 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | Catalog: MELCD 1002380

Firma Melodiya presents recordings of Brahms and Prokofiev concertos performed by Natalia Gutman and Oleg Kagan. One of the worlds best cellists, a Peoples Artist of the USSR, and an owner of the State Prize of Russia, Natalia Gutman received four competition prizes when she was a student.
VA - Lives (1997) {The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, Pointless Orchestra, etc.} **[RE-UP]**

VA - Lives (1997) {Proving Ground Productions/Without Fear}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 357 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 159 mb
Genre: free jazz, improvisational jazz

A compilation taking a look at some of the best music and performances from the "Pointless Night Out" concert series in 1997. New jazz, free jazz, improvisation, you will find all of this here. This was released by Proving Ground Productions/Without Fear.
Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra Filarmonica Della Scala - Gioacchino Rossini: Cantatas Vol.2 (2001)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra Filarmonica Della Scala - Gioacchino Rossini: Cantatas Vol.2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 68:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 466 328-2 | Recorded: 1997-98

Here are two of Rossini's "secular" cantatas: "The Lament of Harmony on the Death of Orpheus" for tenor, male chorus, and orchestra, written when he was a 16-year-old conservatory student, and the far more substantial "Wedding of Thetis and Peleus," one of many such pieces he composed for special occasions, commissioned for the marriage of an Italian princess to a French prince. Both consist of primarily short, separate, contrasting numbers, most of which would be perfectly at home in the opera house.
New Russia State Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Walker - Brian: Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 & 26 (2017)

New Russia State Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Walker - Brian: Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 & 26
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 70:17 min | 319 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2017

Each of the three symphonies on this recording represents a significant milestone in Havergal Brians long musical journey, and each demonstrates the breadth of his symphonic approach. No. 8 was the first of Brians symphonies to be performed and is one of his most gripping and unpredictable, full of sonic invention. Behind the more apparently genial and expansive No. 21 lies profound emotional complexity, while No. 26 embodies elements of a divertimento though it retains disquieting outbursts. Gramophone wrote of the previous Brian recording by these forces (8.573408): The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra do the music proud. This release completes the commercial recording of all 32 of Brians symphonies on Naxos and Marco Polo.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Daniele Gatti - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Live) (2017)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Daniele Gatti - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Live)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 88:11 min | 320 MB
Label: RCO Live – RCO 17003 | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Orchestral, Choral

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.

ACT Like A Child - October 2017  Magazines

Posted by Pulitzer at Oct. 16, 2017
ACT Like A Child - October 2017

ACT Like A Child - October 2017
English | 40 pages | True PDF | 24.1 MB