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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’.
Mussorgsky - Boris Godounov (1869 & 1872 Versions) (Valery Gergiev, Kirov Opera & Orchestra) (5CD) (1998)

Mussorgsky - Boris Godounov (1869 & 1872 Versions) (Valery Gergiev, Kirov Opera & Orchestra) (5CD) (1998)
EAC Rip | (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | RAR | 1418 mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Philips - 462 230-2, 462 547-2, 462 548-2, 462 549-2, 462 550-2, 462 551-2

Mussorgsky's masterpiece performed by Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Opera & Orchestra. This set includes both the 1869 and 1872 versions.
Schubert - Fierrabras, D. 796 (Claudio Abbado; Arnold Schoenberg Chor; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe) [1991/2004]

Schubert - Fierrabras, D. 796 (Claudio Abbado; Arnold Schoenberg Chor; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe) [1991/2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 676 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 427 341-2 | TT: CD1`68:26, CD2`75:27

Fierrabras is a three-act German opera with spoken dialogue written by the composer Franz Schubert in 1823, to a libretto by Josef Kupelwieser, the general manager of the Theater am Kärntnertor (Vienna's Court Opera Theatre). Along with the earlier Alfonso und Estrella, composed in 1822, it marks Schubert's attempt to compose grand Romantic opera in German, departing from the Singspiel tradition.
Wagner - Die Walküre (Erich Leinsdorf, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) (MET 1940) (2013) {Sony Classical}

Wagner - Die Walküre (Erich Leinsdorf, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) (MET 1940)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | RAR | 574 mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical / 88765 42717 2/D11+12+13

Not being a lifelong Wagner devotee, I'm not sure if this particular performance has been released before or not, but I do know that it was included in a 2013 9-title release of Wagner operas recorded live from The Met from 1937 through 1954.

Why this performance? 3 words: Flagstad, Melchior, Huehn. I would add to that Leinsdorf, especially since the recording quality is so bad; his faster-than-the-norm tempi help cut through the densely muddy sound quality.
Mozart - Die Zauberflote (Beecham; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Strienz, Rosvaenge, Lemnitz, Berger) [1999]

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (Beecham; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Strienz, Rosvaenge, Lemnitz, Berger)
[Prima Voce, Berlin 1937] [1999]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 427 MB
Classical | Label: Nimbus | Catalog Number: 7827 | TT: 2 Hours 11 Min

For anyone compiling a directory of the ‘greatest recordings’ of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra some nominations are easy to classify. Sir Thomas Beecham’s 1937/8 Berlin recording of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is certainly one of them. Originally re-mastered in 1991 it is pleasing to have this Nimbus set available in the catalogue…
– Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
Berlioz - Les Troyens (Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra) [2002]

Berlioz - Les Troyens (Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra) [2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 4cd, 1010 MB
Classical | Label: LSO Live | Catalog Number: LSO0010 | TT: 3:59;28

Colin Davis’s 1969 recording remains a landmark event, the first time this grand opera of Meyerbeerian length, spectacular éclat and Wagnerian artistic ambition had found its way complete onto LP. It effectively changed views about Berlioz the opera composer and orchestral genius and has for many remained the yardstick by which all later performances have been judged. Although studio recorded, it was based on the Covent Garden casting of the day – Jon Vickers’s heroic Aeneas and Josephine Veasey’s voluptuous Dido – with a couple of Frenchmen to boost the ranks of lesser Trojans and Carthaginians…
Adele Anthony, Ulster Orchestra; Takuo Yuasa - Philip Glass: Violin Concerto; Prelude and Dance from Akhnaten; Company (2000)

Philip Glass - Violin Concerto; Prelude and Dance from Akhnaten; Company (2000)
Adele Anthony, violin; Ulster Orchestra; Takuo Yuasa, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: Naxos | # 8.559056 | Time: 00:54:44

Naxos’ exciting and important American Classics series now includes music of the present day, in this case three recent works by Philip Glass. The Violin Concerto, a work that (surprisingly) adheres to classical conventions, lures us in with beautiful, seductive harmonies. Glass relies both on his trademark arpeggiated technique (sounding in the first movement somewhat like Vivaldi’s “Winter” concerto) and on his favorite harmonic progressions to suggest a sustained melodic line. In the first two movements Glass’ carefully timed harmonic and rhythmic shifts keep you in a happy daze. He breaks the mood in the finale, however, leaving the soloist to practice arpeggios at length until the quiet, serene coda steals in. Adele Anthony, who plays with the kind of skill and grace we would expect in a Mozart concerto, brings off Glass’ work with consummate, convincing musicianship. Company (music for Becket’s prose) for string orchestra is in four movements, characterized by stimulating changes in time signature and rhythm.
Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Soloists - P.I. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)

P.I. Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1974)
Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Ermler, conductor
Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Vladimir Valaitis, Andrey Fedoseyev, Valentina Levko
Andrey Sokolov, Valery Yaroslavtsev, Vitaly Vlasov, Yury Dementyev, Galina Borisova

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 792 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | # 420 375-2 | Time: 02:40:13

This version of The Queen of Spades was originally recorded in 1974 and made available as a special import; it was then generally released by Philips in 1988. Reviewing it at the time, AB gave a level account of its strengths, but had little difficulty in preferring the Tchakarov set when it was issued in 1990. Deleted by Philips, the Ermler performance has now been restored to the Melodiya catalogue. I cannot see anyone dissenting from AB's view: certainly I do not, except perhaps to regard him as being over-generous in his account of Atlantov's Herman in calling it ''loud and unsubtle''. Stronger words would also be appropriate, especially when Atlantov is compared with the sensitive Wieslaw Ochman on the Tchakarov set. Valentina Levko is a good Countess in what is a well-established Russian tradition of responses to the role: AB thought the old lady's reminiscences not so pointedly delivered as by some other singers, and I would add that she would certainly have acquired a better French accent during her long sojourn as the Venus of Paris.