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David Craighead, Rochester Chamber Orchestra - Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (1981/2014) [DSD256]

David Craighead, Rochester Chamber Orchestra - Howard Hanson: An American Romantic (1981/2014)
DSD256 (.dsf) 1 bit/11,28 MHz | Time - 68:53 minutes | 6,22 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:53 minutes | 1,38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Composer, conductor, educator, and music theorist Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was, indeed, an “American romantic”. He was among the last of the breed, a kind of twentieth-century throwback to the nineteenth century, so you’ll find little of the avant-garde here, the experimental, the dissonant, the discordant, the odd, the atonal, or the eccentric. Yet as a prizewinning composer and director of the Eastman School of Music for over forty years, he continually championed new American music (Copland, Barber, Carter, Thomson, Sessions, Harris, etc.). On the present album, recorded over thirty years ago, released on the Albany label, and here remastered from the original tapes by HDTT (High Definition Tape Masters), we hear a lighter side of the composer, chamber and choral music mainly. It is not among his most-popular material nor is it his best, but some of it can be downright entertaining, and HDTT’s recording quality, as always, is excellent.
Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 770 Mb | Total time: 183:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telars | # 3CD-80726 | Recorded: 1995

This is the second fine Don Giovanni we have had within the past year. Like Gardiner (Archiv), Mackerras includes every note Mozart wrote for both the original Prague version and the Viennese revival. Moreover, it is easier than ever for listeners to ‘programme in’ their preferred version: all Prague die-hards have to do is to bypass Don Ottavio’s ‘Dalla sua pace’ in Act I – a beautiful aria, in all conscience, though it holds up the dramatic action at a crucial stage. By coaxing a modern orchestra into a real awareness of period style, Mackerras seems to have the best of both worlds: the playing has admirable liveliness and intensity, and there are none of the intonation problems that so often plague actual period instruments. Mackerras does use natural trumpets, and their rasping sound lends real bite, not least to the overture’s chilling opening chords. In his introductory essay Mackerras argues that Mozart’s Andantes in ‘cut-time’ (ie two beats to the bar) are often taken too slowly.
Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra - Beatles Go Baroque (1993)

John Hackett - Another Life (2015)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
HNH International Ltd./NAXOS, 8.990050 | ~ 312 or 137 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 11 Mb
Chamber Music

This unique, baroque take on The Beatles contains arrangements of the songs in the styles of Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, and Corelli. Breiner very successfully finds baroque elements in pop/rock music. (E.g., taking the main theme of "Michelle", Peter Breiner's orchestra creates a perfect FOUR-PART COUNTERPOINT!)…
Joseph Haydn - Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati (2015) {Linn Records CKD 500}

Joseph Haydn - Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati (2015) {Linn Records CKD 500}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 294 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 181 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 164 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2015 Linn Records | CKD 500
Classical / Viennese School / Symphony

For those looking for a fresh read on Haydn's symphonies, look no further than this release by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and youthful conductor Robin Ticciati. They offer a trio of symphonies in D major, from different parts of Haydn's career, and all have the feeling of having been taken up by musicians who had no preconceptions about them. The general classification of the performance is modern-instrument with influences from the historical-performance movement. The splendid hunting-horn quartets that open the Symphony No. 31, Hob. 1/31, are given to gutsy natural horns, and the lyrical effect of the various solo passages in the slow movement is amplified by the emergence of a continuo fortepiano.
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas - Per Nørgård: Complete Works for String Orchestra (1999) (Repost)

Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas - Per Nørgård: Complete Works for String Orchestra (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:33 | 347 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Finlandia Records | Catalog: 3984-25986-2

This Finlandia disc, which sadly never got a US release and is hard to find there, surveys Per Nørgård's works for strings across a broad span of the Danish composer's output, from the 1950s to the 1990s. All of these express the perennial concerns of Nørgård's work: ambiguity, "infererence" and the development of the tonal tradition. Juha Kangas leads the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John Storgards - Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies (2012) [Official Digital Download 24-192]

John Storgårds, Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 69:03 minutes | 2,56 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Vagn Holmboe's three chamber symphonies span the period when the Danish com poser immersed himself in symphonic works; they are a fine demonstration of his preoccupation with the processes of nature and the idea of musical metamorphosis. Lapland Chamber Orchestra and its conductor John Storgårds focus on Vagn Holmboe’s clear musical expression in three major works that have never previously been recorded.
Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Bohdan Warchal - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No. 1-6 (1995) (Repost)

Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Bohdan Warchal - J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No. 1-6 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:46:11 | 650 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Selected Sound Carrier AG | Catalog: 1930.2028-2

Since the beginning of it’s existence in 1960, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra has developed into one of the most popular ensembles in the field of classical music in Slovakia, and into one of the principal representatives of the Slovak interpretation art abroad. The idea of founding a string orchestra has risen in the mind of Prof. Bohdan Warchal in the late 50-s, while still a member of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.
Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 572 Mb | Total time: 67:07+68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 7435 | Recorded: 1984

This is one of those great Rossinian singing competitions in which everyone–and, in particular, the listeners–wins. Composed as a piece of occasional entertainment for the coronation of Charles X in Paris, Rossini borrowed liberally from his recent comic success Le Comte Ory and fashioned a musical necklace chock filled with one shiny bauble after another. Each character has a showpiece aria, from the highs of soprano Cecilia Gasdia as a melodramatic poetess all the way down to the basso realms of Samuel Ramey and Ruggero Raimondi. The ensembles are as delicious as the solos, and Claudio Abbado, in a very theatrical mood (this was recorded live) keeps everything going wittily and with great elan. The plot is practically nonexistent, but with singing like this, it's hard to complain. A real dazzler–and great fun.
–Robert Levine
Daniel Hope & Zurich Chamber Orchestra - Journey to Mozart (2018)

Daniel Hope & Zurich Chamber Orchestra - Journey to Mozart (2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, d. booklet | 339 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon – 00289 479 8376 | Tracks: 12 | Time: 69:14 min
Classical

With Journey to Mozart, Daniel Hope turns to core classical repertoire again, exploring the world of Mozart, as well as composers that inspired him and vice versa.
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Susan Roberts - Handel: Messiah (2003)

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Susan Roberts - Handel: Messiah (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:04:07 | 676 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Apex | Catalog: 2564 60819-2

As other reviewers have noted previously, the sleeve notes for Apex discs don’t necessarily overload readers with information. This issue contains a detailed track-listing in English together with the libretto and a very short uncredited introduction to Messiah written in English, French and German. Sadly however, no details at all are given about any of the performers, despite the fact that the late Lord Menuhin apparently enjoyed a sustained association with both the orchestra and choir from 1990 until his death in 1998.