Britten 2015

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)  Music

Posted by delpotro at April 1, 2018
VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years: 1944-1956 (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 63:45:05 | 10,48 Gb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Today we take high fidelity sound quality for granted, but how did it start? When was the moment when compressed and scratchy sound gave way to natural, realistic sound that captured the whole picture of a performance?
Decca Sound ‘Mono Years’ seeks to answer that question and shows how, 70 years ago, amidst war-time privations, a small team at Decca made technological breakthroughs that brought hi-fi to the world. This latest cube explores Decca’s earliest high-fidelity history, and restores some restores critically acclaimed albums from ensembles such as the Trio di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Griller Quartet which have not been available since their original LP release more than sixty years ago. An equally impressive array of soloists includes pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany and violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli. Several generations of cellists are represented with recordings by Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Zara Nelsova.
Elizabeth Joy Roe - Britten & Barber: Piano Concertos & Nocturnes (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Elizabeth Joy Roe - Britten & Barber: Piano Concertos & Nocturnes (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 74:29 minutes | 1,15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This solo release from Elizabeth Joy Roe and the London Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov couples two of the 20th century’s greatest piano concertos by Britten and Barber. Roe has been performing both works since a student at Julliard and has extensively studied the intriguing parallels between the two composers. The programme is completed with solo piano nocturnes by each composer: Britten’s Night Piece and Barber’s Nocturne, Homage to John Field, widely considered the father of the nocturne.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 626 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | Time: 142:00 min

Britten's first great opera, written in 1945, remains a touchstone not only for postwar opera, but also anticipates the direction that postmodern music would take later in the century. Written at a time when high modernism was in full swing, Britten bucked the trends by taking a personal, political and musically eclectic approach. It's a small story with great ramifications: A sadistic fisherman and his violent actions turn him into the bane of his community, resulting in his suicide.
Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia - Ralph Vaughan Williams & James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos (2015) [24/88]

Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia - Ralph Vaughan Williams & James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 65:50 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Two major British oboe concertos featuring soloist Nicholas Daniel with the Britten Sinfonia. Composer James MacMillan conducts the world premiere recording of his own Concerto (dedicated to Nicholas Daniel), as well as his 2012 composition 'One' and the Britten 'Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was'.
Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings (2015) (51 CD Box Set)

Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings (2015) (51 CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | Covers included | 11,4 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Decca

Many collectors would agree that Sviatoslav Richter was the greatest pianist of the 20th century. His enormous recorded legacy hides hundreds of treasures, many of which are included in this beautiful 51CD set. Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth (20th March 2015), the edition encompasses his complete Decca, Philips and DG recordings, including his Sofia Recital as well as his collaborations with Rostropovich, Karajan and Benjamin Britten.
The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)

The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:09:43 | 565 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 9168

Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was one of the most precocious of all composers who have the term child prodigy attached to them. Britten showed a keen interest in music from a very early age – both as a pianist and composer. He would become a formidable pianist, but as remarkable as his early compositions are (he had composed 6 string quartets by the age of 12!), very few people, including Frank Bridge could predict that he would become the 20th centuries greatest opera composers.
Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [24/96]

Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:12 minutes | 1.63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

“DECCA has used the most recent digital and Cedar technology to improve the original sound, under the overall supervision of veteran technician James Lock. This is one of the great performances of recording history.” Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a benchmark, time has left the original analogue master tapes more fragile than ever.

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 24, 2018
Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:35 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.554360

The Third String Quartet is one of Britten's last works before his untimely death and shows that the composer was still at the height of his powers. The music, inspired by the beauty of Venice, begins tentatively with a delicately wistful opening which contrasts with the passionate outburst that follows it. It is tempting to wonder if Britten had intimations of mortality when he wrote this work.

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 23, 2018
Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:34:33 | 412MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 57968

Due to the profundity of Beethoven's late string quartets and the significance composers and critics have placed on them, few modern string quartets have been regarded as masterpieces on the same level. Bartók's, yes, and Shostakovich's, but almost no other set of twentieth century quartets has been similarly elevated. It is almost axiomatic, then, that Benjamin Britten's three string quartets have not received comparable recognition or reverence, because these bright, transparent works deny most expectations of the genre.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Nicolas Bône (viola)
Douglas Boyd, William Conway, Richard Egarr (conductors)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 66070-5 | Time: 01:12:00

This CD is one of two Warner Classics recordings taped live during a series of concerts presented by the world renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe during Easter Week 2003. The title for the concert series, presented in London, was Passions and Diversions as the works relate to different aspects of reflection and inspiration. In this program, Britten and Stokowski interpret works by Purcell in their own idioms; Britten draws on his English musical roots to inspire an original work, Lachrymae and Britten himself is the source of inspiration in Pärt’s Cantus. In the case of the Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Walton works, the inspirations are other composers and literature. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been described in The Financial Times as “the best orchestra in Europe.” The COE was founded in 1981 and has a membership of 50 musicians from 15 countries who perform together mainly in continental Europe and occasionally in the US and Japan. Since its inception, it has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and its recordings have consistently won the highest praise and international prizes, including three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards.