Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Even before James Levine announced his retirement as Music Director, one of this week’s concerts by the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall had a valedictory feel having nothing to do with Levine. Although it was not announced as such, Sunday afternoon’s all-Richard Strauss concert served as a de facto commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the debut of Renée Fleming, long one of the house’s biggest stars. Although she didn’t perform at the Met this season, in April 2017 she returns for what has long been whispered to be her final Met role, the Marschallin in a new Robert Carsen Der Rosenkavalier. At 57, Fleming was in remarkably fresh and uncharacteristically intense form for the Vier Letzte Lieder (and six other orchestral songs) in what was difficult not to take as the first installment of her Met farewell. Thought reduced a bit in volume, most of her top notes have remained secure and soaring, while, when warmed up, the middle—never her glory—often spoke beautifully and her sparingly used chest register still made its mark. I moved to New York City a few months before her Met debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro substituting for an ailing colleague. Since then the soprano has become exceptionally present in my musical life even though I’d never describe myself as a fan. I was shocked to discover that over the years I’ve attended over 40 of her performances—operas, concerts, galas—since my “Fleming-discovery”—her scintillating La Folie in Rameau’s Platée at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1988! As many times as I heard her, I still didn’t manage to catch everything—I missed her Pamina, her Fiordiligi, her Ellen Orford, her Verdi Requiem, even her Imogene (a rare cancelation!). But otherwise I went to Fleming performances—three Rusalkas, for example and two Rodelindas—and in retrospect, I sometimes wonder why I did. Over these nearly 30 years, she has always been uncommonly dependable: impeccably prepared and dramatically alert. A canny public relations person dubbed her “The Beautiful Voice” and certainly one was always assured of getting that—but in the end she moved me rarely. While I admired her superior gifts, her cool reserve seldom stirred my affection, and her mannerisms (entirely absent during Sunday’s concert) could be maddening. But there were a few occasions where she did break through. Her hushed, heart-breaking “Porgi amor” in the Jonathan Miller production of Nozze did touch me as no other Countess has. As Arabella, she elegantly descended the long staircase holding the glass of water for Mandryka before unleashing a flood of ravishing Straussian silver that elicited a flood of tears. She always struck me as this era’s ideal Mozart-Strauss soprano—Kiri Te Kanawa’s obvious successor, but she consciously rebelled against the label singing a more eclectic repertoire. She inexplicably dropped all Mozart roles from her repertoire just after age 40; I was out of the country when she sang Fiordiligi at the Met in 1996, but I figured I’d catch it “next time”—that sadly never happened. But happily she has continued to embrace Strauss. True, those first Met Marschallins were smiling and bland, and one scarcely caught a word during the entire first act, but she had improved immeasurably for the 2009 run. On the other hand, I found her Met Madeleine in Capriccio irritatingly vapid and unsympathetic. However, her shining Carnegie Hall Daphne beamed from being courted by the god-like trumpeting of Johan Botha. She waited until late to take on Ariadne for just two performances in Baden-Baden, but it proved a surprisingly satisfying portrayal—preserved on DVD . Before Sunday’s concert I had caught her Vier Letze Lieder live just once before—ten years ago in Rome with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She was in splendid voice but the songs struck me as gorgeous vocalizes with not much meaning or heart. Happily, under the meticulously supportive baton of David Robertson (substituting for the absent Levine), Fleming navigated a journey of quiet hope, beginning with an atypically sunny “Frühling.” Although her voice was still a bit unsettled (and what soprano over 40 relishes that merciless first song anyway?), she reveled in the glory of spring. The mood darkened only slightly in “September”—the end of summer suggested the ever-changing seasons, not the ominous intimations of death that surface in remaining songs. She soared in the glorious conclusion of “Beim Schlafengehen” that follows the violin solo, and she held “Im Abendrot” to a sublime stillness draining all the color out of her voice for the final “der Tod?” While the voice had changed amazingly little from that Rome performance a decade ago, a deeply felt interpretation had matured. The slighter songs after intermission predictably had less of an impact, although the dark and deliberate “Ruhe, meine Seele” was haunting with Robertson drawing typically glorious playing from the Met Orchestra. It also shone in the magnificent postlude to Fleming’s final programed song, the otherwise slight “Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland.” The unsurprising encore “Cäcilie” inevitably brought down the house but exposed one tiny clink in Fleming’s vocal armor—forte high notes turn harsh. Robertson opened the program with a bristling bravura Don Juan; after Fleming’s exit (what? no flowers?), Also sprach Zarathustra was scheduled, but as I dislike that over-familiar and bombastic piece I fled content to have heard what may well have been Fleming’s last wistful VLL at Carnegie Hall.
5/21/16 Debussy #2 +1CD set The complete Mélodies with Ameling, von Stade, Command, Mesplé & Souzay 5/21/16 Debussy #2 +3CDs Mélodies by Christopher Maltman, Véronique Gens and Gérard Souzay 5/19/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Estampes, Pour le piano, Suite bergamasque etc. by Bruno Canino (a rip by Corrado D.) 5/19/16 Debussy #3 +1CD La mer, Préludes & Nocturnes by Jean Martinon in Paris (1974) 5/19/16 Odd Couple +1Bonus, Chopin for Cello & Piano with Piatigorsky, Bonucci & Amfitheatrof (encode by Corrado D.) 5/18/16 Debussy #6 +1CD Sonatas for Cello + Flute, Viola & Harp by Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society (2007) 5/18/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD set Ravel's Piano Music by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (2003) (a rip by Corrado D.) 5/17/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye & Prokofiev's Cinderella by piano duo Argerich & Pletnev 5/17/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Préludes by Steven Osborne (2006) 5/17/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Préludes Book 1 & Children's Corner by Nelson Freire (2009) 5/17/16 Debussy #5 +1CD set, Préludes etc by Samson François (1970) (includes 5 Etudes) 5/17/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Images, Pour le piano & Suite bergamasque by Cécile Ousset (1986) 5/16/16 Summer Nights #8 +1CD set Brahms' Symphonies by Antal Dorati (a rip by Corrado D.) 5/16/16 Brahms +2CDs Piano Quartets by J. Demus & the Barylli + Richter & the Borodin (2nd) (rips by Corrado D,) 5/15/16 A Weimar Rhapsody +1CD Krenek Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 4 + G. Washington's Variations. (M. Korzhev, 2007) 5/15/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Koechlin and Jolivet's Chamber Music with Flute (Philippe Racine, 1989) 5/13/16 Debussy #3 +1CD Jeux, Images, Prélude, Danses with Serge Baudo in Prague (1977) 5/13/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Alice Ader's rare album with Images, Estampes, Martyre de S-S, Masques etc. (1989) 5/5/16 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Sacre du printemps (+ Bartok & Boulez) by P. Boulez in Salzburg with the GMJO (1997) 5/5/16 Stravinsky #2 +1DVD Le rossignol by J. Conlon in Paris (Dessay/McLaughlin/Simcic/Urmana/Naouri) (1999) 5/5/16 Bartok #5 +1CD Miraculous Mandarin & Dance Suite by B. Maderna in Monte-Carlo (1968) (a rip by Corrado D.)5/4/16 Massenet Operas: +CD Don Quichotte at Mariinsky theater, Furlanetto/Gergiev 5/4/16 Early Music Collections: New links 5/3/16 Brahms +1CD The Quartets for Voices & Piano by the Kammerchor Stuttgart, A. Rothkopf & F. Bernius (1983)5/3/16 Brahms +1CD The String Quintets by the Hagen SQ & G. Caussé5/3/16 Brahms +1CD set The String Quartets (Italiano SQ) & Clarinet Sonatas (G. Pieterson & H. Menuhin)5/3/16 Brahms +2CDs Piano Sonata No. 3 by Lupu & String Sextets by Carmignola, Brunello etc. (rips by Corrado D.)5/3/16 Brahms +1CD Die schöne Magelone with Andreas Schmidt and Jörg Demus (1988) 5/3/16 Opera Favourites #1 +1DVD Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann by F. Chaslin in Macerata 2004 5/2/16 Summer Nights #8 +1CD set Brahms's Symphonies by B. Haitink in London (2004) 5/2/16 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Brahms's 2nd Symphony by C. Davis in Munich (1988) 5/2/16 Brahms +1CD Cello Sonatas by du Pré & Barenboim (1968) 5/2/16 Brahms +1CD Late Piano Pieces by Radu Lupu (1970) 5/2/16 Brahms +2CDs Ballades Op. 10 by Gould (1983) & Brendel (+ Weber's Grand Sonata) (1990) 5/2/16 Brahms +3CDs Piano Sonata No. 3 by Barenboim (1996), Perahia (1991), Kissin (2001) 4/27/16 Brahms +1CD/1Bonus Violin C.to: D. Oistrakh & Pedrotti (1961, rip by Corrado D.) + Fischer & Sinopoli (2000) 4/27/16 Brahms +1CD set Piano Concertos by Freire & Chailly (2006) 4/27/16 Brahms +4CDs Piano Concertos by Pollini & Abbado, Ax & Haitink, Donohoe & Svetlanov 4/27/16 Brahms +3CDs Violin Sonatas: Zukerman & Neikrug (1992), Tetzlaff & Vogt (2002), Mutter & Orkis (2010) 4/25/16 Rachmaninov #1 +3CDs the 3 Operas (Aleko, The Miserly Knight, Francesca da Rimini) by N. Järvi (1996) 4/23/16 Wintery Romantics +1Bonus Dvorak Symphony No. 7 by I. 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Levine's fundamental Met production for DGG 4/21/16 Wagner's Die Walküre +1DVD the great Boulez 1980 production (Hofmann, Altmeyer, McIntyre, Jones, Schwarz) 4/20/16 Wagner's Tristan und Isolde 2DVDs Z. Mehta in Munich (1998) and J. Levine in NYC (1999) 4/20/16 Wagner's Die Meistersingers +1DVD J. Levine's 2001 release (Morris, Heppner, Mattila, Allen, Pape, Polenzani) 4/20/16 Liszt's Sonata: +1CD Peter Donohoe's 1989 recording (including Berg and Bartok's Sonatas) 4/20/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky and Dvorak: Serenade for Strings by C. Davis in Munich (1987) 4/20/16 Hindemith +1CD Reger's Clarinet Quintet & String Quartet by Karl Leister and the Vogler Quartett (1999) 4/20/16 Stravinsky #2 Apollon Musagète & Cantata by Esa-Pekka Salonen, new rip and scans available. 4/20/16 Summer Nights #8 +1CD set Brahms The Symphonies by Gustav Kuhn in Bolzano (a rip by Corrado D.) 4/19/16 Rachmaninov #1 +2CDs 2nd Symphony by S. Bychkov (1990) & Symphonic Dances by E. Batiz (1991) 4/19/16 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD 6 Choruses Op. 15 (+ Scriabin's 1st Symphony) by Valeri Polyansky (2004) 4/19/16 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD set & 1CD Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux by N. Lugansky, M. Petkova & L. McCawley 4/18/16 Wintery Romantics +6 CDs Scriabin Sonatas, Etudes, Piano Concerto, Poème de l'extase, Prometheus 4/18/16 Schubert #2 +1CD Symphony No. 9 'Great' by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin (1985) 4/18/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 by André Previn in Los Angeles (1986) 4/17/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Piano Trio by Perlman, Harrell, Ashkenazy (1980) 4/17/16 Wintery Romantics + 3CDs Tchaikovsky's 5th (Ormandy 1981) & 6th (Gergiev 1995), Ballet Suites by Karajan 4/17/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto by V. Mullova and S. Ozawa (+ Sibelius) (1985) 4/17/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD set Tchaikovsky's Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 by Gergiev and the Vienna Philh. (2004) 4/16/15 De Fesch Concerti - Musica ad Rhenum: New links 4/15/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Respighi's Sinfonia Drammatica by Daniel Nazareth in Bratislava (1986) 4/15/16 Stravinsky #1 +1Bonus, Oedipus Rex by Jeffrey Tate in Turin 1999 (Moser, Lipovsek, von Kannen, Kapellmann) 4/15/16 Opera Favourites #3 +1DVD Levine's Trovatore at the Met 1988 (Pavarotti, Marton, Milnes, Zajick, Wells) 4/15/16 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Erwin Schulhoff's piano works by Ulrich Urban (1993) 4/15/16 Messiaen +1CD Turangalila-Symphonie with R. Chailly (J-Y. Thibaudet, p.; T. Harada, o.M.) (a rip by Cunctator) 4/14/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Sibelius & Nielsen, Violin Concertos, by Maxim Vengerov & Daniel Barenboim (1996) 4/14/16 Summer Nights #12 +1CD B. Walter Violin Sonata & K. Goldmark 1st Suite by P. Graffin & P. Devoyon (2000) 4/14/16 Stravinsky #2 +2CDs Petrushka by D. Zinman in Baltimore & Symphony in 3 Movs. by J. 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Juffinger) 4/14/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Moritz Moszkowski's piano works by Seta Tanyel (1993) 4/14/16 Shostakovich #2 +1CD Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 4 by Nikolai Miaskovsky in Lydia Jardon's recording (2007) 4/13/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Zemlinsky's Lyrische Symphonie by Riccardo Chailly in Amsterdam (1993) 4/13/16 Darmstadt #2 +1Bonus File: Nono's Il canto sospeso with Mario Venzago in Milan 2000 (+ Berg's Op. 6) 4/13/16 Bartok #1 +1Bonus File: Piano Concerto No. 3 with Roberto Cominati e Juraj Valcuha in Turin (2007) 4/13/16 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Esa-Pekka Salonen 1988 recording of The Firebird and Jeu de Cartes in London 4/13/16 Stravinsky #2 +2CDs Haitink's Berlin Philh. recordings of The Firebird, Scènes de Ballet & Petrushka (1988/9) 4/13/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Joseph Suder's Piano Concerto and piano pieces by Margarita Höhenrieder (1988) 4/13/16 Selig im Glauben (Wagner's Parsifal) +2DVD sets: Levine in NYC (1992) and Nagano in Baden-Baden (2004) 4/13/16 Debussy #6 +1CD String Quartet (+ Zemlinsky's 2nd String Quartet) by the Casals String Quartet (2004) 4/13/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Zemlinsky, Marx, Schreker: Lieder by Dorothy Dorow & Massimiliano Damerini (1980)4/13/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Zemlinsky's Psalm 23 & Symphony in B-Flat by Riccardo Chailly in Berlin (1987)4/13/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Zemlinsky's Lyrische Symphonie by Giuseppe Sinopoli in Vienna (1995)4/13/16 Summer Nights #2 +2CDs Zemlinsky by James Conlon (Eine florentinische Tragödie & Lyrische Symphonie) 4/13/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1DVD Puccini's La fanciulla del West by Nello Santi in London (1983) 4/13/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1DVD Puccini's La Bohème by Lamberto Gardelli in London (1982) 4/13/16 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Clemens Non Papa's Missa Pastores by the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips (1987) 4/13/16 Stravinsky #2 +2CDs Le sacre du printemps by B. 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Allen) (1990) 3/15/16 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Korngold's Lieder by Steven Kimbrough and Dalton Baldwin (1984) 3/15/16 Mahler 9 +1CD Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra 3/14/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Dutilleux's Correspondance and 'Tout un monde lontain...' with Salonen (2011) 3/14/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1CD Boulez's rec.of Schoenberg's Suite Op. 29 & Op. 4 in the Sextet version 3/13/16 Strauss #4 +1CD Lieder with Soile Isokoski and Marita Viitasalo (the studio recording on Ondine) 3/12/16 American Classics +1CD Vernon Duke's Violin Concerto and Sonata by Elmira Darvarova and Scott Dunn 3/12/16 Shostakovich #1 +1BONUS Symphony No. 4: Jukka-Pekka Saraste & the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI (2004) 3/12/16 Strauss Operas #2 +1DVD Der Rosenkavalier: Franz Welser-Möst's production in Zürich (2004) 3/11/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto in Emerson's recording from 1977 (J. Mayer, LPO) 3/11/16 Bartok's Voices #5 +1CD Georg Solti's Hungarian Connections, works by Bartok, Weiner, Kodaly, Liszt (1993) 3/11/16 Strauss Great Operas #1 +1CD set Kurt Masur's Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden (1988) 3/11/16 Strauss Great Operas #1 +1DVD James Levine's Ariadne auf Naxos in New York (1988) 3/11/16 Strauss Great Operas #1 +1CD set with James Levine's Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna (1987) 3/11/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Milhaud's orchestral music and Harp Concerto (F. Cambreling) with Kent Nagano 3/11/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Dukas' complete piano music by Laurent Wagschal (2013) 3/10/16 Remembering Harnoncourt's early recordings: +1CD Music at the Court of Mannheim 3/10/16 Menotti's The Medium +1DVD the 1977 classic video recording with Maureen Forrester as Madame Flora 3/10/16 Gershwin +1DVD Simon Rattle's Porgy & Bess (Glyndebourne 1993) 3/10/16 Debussy #6 +1CD Transcriptions for 2 Pianos of Jeux + Stravinsky's Sacre & Bartok's Portraits by Bavouzet & Guy 3/10/16 Debussy #6 +1CD Violin Sonata (+ Pierné's and Fauré's 1st) by C. Giovaninetti & I. Aoyagi (2013) 3/10/16 Debussy #6 Violin Sonata (+ Brahms' 2nd & Schubert's 1st Sonatina) Simone Bernardini & Vanessa Benelli-Mosell 3/10/16 Debussy #3 +1CD Printemps, La boite à joujoux, Children's Corner with Dutoit in Montréal (1994) 3/10/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #8 +1DVD Berg's Wozzeck in 1987 Claudio Abbado's production in Vienna 3/10/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #8 +1DVD Berg's Lulu in 2002 Franz Welser-Möst's production in Zürich 3/10/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #8 +1DVD Berg's Lulu in 1996 Andrew Davis' production in Glyndebourne 3/9/16 Bartok #5 +1CD Concerto for Orchestra with the Purcell School Orchestra conducted by Lionel Friend (1997) 3/9/15 Malcolm Arnold Symphonies - new links added 3/9/16 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Wagner scenes with tenor William Lewis and conductor Gabor Ötvös 3/4/16 Weill +1CD set 'Street Scene' in John Mauceri's 1990 classic recording for Decca 3/4/16 Strauss Operas #1 +1DVD Levine's Elektra (1980, B. Nilsson, L. Rysanek, M. Dunn, D. McIntyre, R. Nagy) 3/4/16 Stravinsky #1 +1DVD Ozawa's Oedipus Rex (1993), directed by Julie Taymor (P. Langridge, J. Norman, B. Terfel) 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD Catalan keyboardist Miquel Villalba's splendid recording of the Goldberg Variations 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD Glenn Gould's must-have 1981 recording of the Goldberg Variations for CBS 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD Angela Hewitt's rare early Canadian recording of Concertos BWV 1052-3-6 with M. Bernardi 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +7CDs Murray Perahia's Concertos, English Suites, Partitas and Goldberg Variations for Sony 3/2/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set: Anner Bylsma's classic recording of the Cello Suites (1991) 2/21/16 Spanish School #2 +1CD Ginastera's Estancia Suite & Harp Concerto (Barrera) under Josep Pons (2003) 2/21/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Magdalena Kozena's recording of Martinu, Dvorak & Janacek's Love Songs (2000) 2/21/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Clifford Curzon and Vienna Philh. Quartet for Dvorak and Franck's Piano Quintets 2/11/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1 Bonus File: Vanessa Benelli Mosell for Busoni's Chopin Variatons (2006) 2/6/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD Fischer-Dieskau's historic 1975 recording of Ravel, Poulenc and Fauré's songs 2/6/16 Wintery Romantics +1DDL Sibelius and Goldmark, Violin Concertos by Bell and Salonen (2000) 2/6/16 Wintery Romantics +1DDL Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 by Salonen and the LA Philh. (2007) 2/5/16 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Jansons's recrding of Symphonies Nos. 2 & 12 in Munich (2005) 2/5/16 Shostakovich #1 +2CDs New rips for Jansons's Symphonies Nos. 3 + 14 & 13 on EMI 2/4/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set Goldberg-Variationen in Tessa Uys's rare recording for Claremont (2000) 2/4/16 Intense Bruckner +1DVD Audio Rip: Sinopoli's 4th Symphony in Tokyo with the Philharmonia Orchestra (1988) 2/4/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Franck & Debussy by Kenneth Weir (+ Rachmaninov's Chopin Variations) (2001) 2/4/16 Debussy #3 +1CD Images and Nocturnes with Dutoit in Montréal (1988) 2/4/16 Debussy #4 +1CD Etudes & Estampes by Véronique Pélisséro (1991) 2/4/16 American Classics +1CD Leroy Anderson's Favourite Orchestral Pieces conducted by Leonard Slatkin (1993) 1/28/16 Recorder music #1 New rips and links 1/27/16 Musique Française #1 +1LP Franck's Piano Quintet and Prélude, Choral et Fugue by J-P. Collard and Muir SQ 1/27/16 Debussy #6 +1LP String Quartet (+ Ravel's), by the Alban Berg Quartett on EMI (1984) 1/27/16 Summer Nights #4 +1LP Roger Woodward's recording of Beethoven's Op. 111 & Op. 57 for RCA (1973) 1/24/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD set Levine's Manon Lescaut (Decca, 1993) 1/21/16 Opera Favourites #1 +1CD set Karajan's 1982 recording of Carmen for DGG 1/18/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set Johannes-Passion in Harnoncourt's classic recording for Teldec (1993) 1/17/16 Ein Bach... +1CD set The Cello Suites in Rostropovich's classic 1991 EMI recording 1/16/16 Debussy #2 +1DDL Songs (including Chansons de Bilitis) + Ravel and Chausson by DeGaetani & Kalish (1979) 1/15/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit (+ Elliott Carter's piano works) by Pierre-Laurent Aimard 1/14/16 Shostakovich #2 +1CD set Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 (+Bach from WTC Book 1) selections: Mustonen 1/14/16 Bartok's Voices #5 Additional links for 5CD-box Dorati conducts Bartok (Mercury Living Presence) 1/13/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar & Walton's Violin Sonatas by Daniel Hope & Simon Mulligan (2000) 1/12/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Reger's Mozart Variations (Salonen) & Romantic Suite (Zagrosek) in Baden-Baden 1/11/16 Summer Nights #5 +5CDs Vivaldi by Onofri & Antonini, Harnoncourt, Hogwood, Petri, Kermes & Marcon 1/8/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Alice Ader's recording of Préludes 1 & Jeux (2002) (previously posted in Feb. 2012) 1/7/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD set Puccini's Turandot in Molinari-Pradelli's 1965 recording in Rome 1/7/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD set Puccini's Fanciulla del West in Lorin Maazel's 1991 recording in Milan 1/6/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Préludes by Pascal Rogé (2004 recording) 1/5/16 Debussy #4 +1CD set The Piano Music in Daniel Ericourt's rare recording (1962) (a rip by DanseDePuck) 1/5/16 Debussy #5 +1CD set Préludes, Images and Estampes by Claudio Arrau (1981) (a rip by OdeonMusico) 1/5/16 Opera Favourites #2 +2CD sets Puccini: Maazel's Manon Lescaut (1992) & Chailly's La Bohème (1992) 1/5/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Maazel's Mussorgsky: Pictures and Night in Cleveland for Telarc (1978) 1/3/16 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Donald Runnicles in Atlanta (2003) 1/2/16 Strauss Oktoberfest #3 +1CD Vier letzte and Lieder Selection with Soile Isokoski & Marek Janowski (2002) 1/2/16 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1CD set Der Rosenkavalier by Andrew Davis (1995) 12/31/15 Orlando di Lasso: +1CD Moduli Quinis Vocibus, Herreweghe, with extra links (bzzz) 12/29/15 Opera Favourites #2 +1CD Puccini's Suor Angelica by Bartoletti in Rome (1973) (a rip by Juan) 12/23/15 Hindemith +1CD performs his Piano Duet Sonata, 3rd Violin Sonata, Der Schwanendreher (a rip by bzzz) 12/22/15 Debussy #5 +1CD the Préludes by Philippe Bianconi (2012) 12/22/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's Cello Concerto & Enigma Vars. by J. Lloyd Webber & Menuhin (1985) 12/22/15 Ein Bach... +1CD Cantatas BWV 140 & 147 with John E. Gardiner (1990) 12/16/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Walton's 2nd Sym., Hindemith Variations and Partita (G. Szell 1959) (a rip by Sasha) 12/16/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Carols from Trinity College, Cambridge, conducted by Richard Marlow (1988) 12/16/15 English Baroque Music: New links 12/14/15 Mahler 2 +1CD V. Neumann's recording for Supraphon Fidelio in 1980 12/14/15 Liszt +1CD Gyula Kiss' recording of the 2 Piano Concertos and Totentanz (1976) 12/13/15 O Tuneful Voice (Bronze Series) Added new link with tracks Nos.20-22 repaired using CueTools. 12/13/15 American Classics +1CD Rozsa, Gould and Menotti Orchestral Music by David Amos and the LSO (1990) 12/13/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD 2nd Concerto by Cécile Ousset & Simon Rattle (+Grieg's Concerto with Marriner) 12/9/15 Debussy #5 +4CDs Préludes Book 1 (or both) by S.D. Lasry, M. Pollini, O. Maisenberg, Y. Egorov. 12/9/15 Debussy #5 +2CDs Selected Works by M. Lympany and R. O'Hora 12/9/15 Musique Française #1 +1HQ DDL Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir with Robert Shaw (1994) 12/8/15 Spanish School #2 +1HQ DDL Villa-Lobos' Etudes and Preludes for Guitar with Alvaro Pierri 12/8/15 Spanish School #2 +1HQ DDL S. Isbin with the NYP and J. Serebrier for Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos and Ponce 12/8/15 Spanish School #2 +1CD Falla's Popular Songs by Ann Murray + Ginastera's Estancia (Harth-Bedoya cond.) 12/7/15 Summer Nights #10 +4CDs Holst's The Planets by Yoel Levi, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, André Previn. 12/7/15 Debussy #6 +1LP String Quartet (+ Ravel's) by the Quatuor Parrenin on EMI (1970) 12/7/15 Summer Nights #5 +2CDs Handel's Organ Concertos (A. Frigé) and Selected Secular Cantatas (J. Baird) 12/7/15 Composer Alexandre Guilmant: new links 12/5/15 Debussy #4 +1CD box The Piano Music (including a MUST-HAVE recording of the Etudes) by Albert Ferber 12/5/15 Debussy #4 +4CDs The Etudes recordings by Jean-Pierre Armengaud, Monique Haas, Roland Krüger, Ju-Ying Song 12/5/15 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1CD box Edo de Waart's 1976 Der Rosenkavalier in Rotterdam 12/4/15 Summer Nights #10 +3CDs Grainger by Gardiner, Howell's Hymnus paradisi, Elgar by du Pré & Barenboim 12/4/15 Summer Nights #4 +6CDs Beethoven by Rostropovich/Richter, Serkin/Ozawa, Buchbinder, Gieseking, Maazel 12/3/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #4 +1LP Schoenberg's Erwartung by Susan Davenny-Wyner (+ Wolpe's Symphony) 12/2/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Alexander Ardakov's recording of selected Piano works by Glinka, Scriabin, Chopin 12/1/15 Opera Favourites #1 +2CDs Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel recorded by Donald Runnicles in Munich (1994) 12/1/15 Musique Française #3 +1CD Ravel's Gaspard and Tombeau in Charles Rosen 1959 recording for Epic 12/1/15 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Charles Rosen recording of Boulez 1st Sonata and excerpts from 3rd Sonata (1972) 11/27/15 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Brahms' Deutsches Requiem/Levine (a rip by Juan) + Selected Lieder from original LP 11/24/15 Musique Française #2 +1LP Ravel' for 2 Pianos and Piano Duet with Maria Tipo & Alessandro Specchi (1979) 11/24/15 Prokofiev #2 +1LP Tedd Joselson's rare recording of Sonatas Nos. 2 & 8 (RCA, 1976) 11/23/15 The Odd Couple +3CDs Mozart's Violin Concertos (Kavakos & Camerata S.) + "Gran Partita" by I Fiati di Parma 11/23/15 The Odd Couple +2CDs Mozart's K. 467& 595 (R. Serkin/Abbado) + 488 & 537 (F. Gulda/Harnoncourt) 11/20/15 Summer Nights #6 +1CD Rameau's Grands motets in Hervé Niquet's 1992 recording 11/18/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +1LP the rare 1970 J. von Vintschger recording for Turnabout Vox 11/18/15 Debussy #5 +1CD Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky for Piano Duet with Moneta & Rota Piano Duo (1990) 11/18/15 Debussy #5 +1CD Debussy & Ravel's Music for 2 Pianos and Piano Duet by Collard & Béroff (1982) 11/18/15 Debussy #6 +2CDs Debussy & Ravel's chamber works and Songs with chamber ensemble by the Nash Ens. 11/18/15 Debussy #3 +8CDs Orchestral works with Boulez, Lombard, Salonen, Volkov, Krivine, Rattle, F. de Burgos 11/17/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Couperin's Livre de Clavecin (6th, 8th, 18th Ordres) by Angela Hewitt (2002) 11/17/15 Ein Bach... +3CDs Tureck in St. Petersburg + Anderszewski Partitas 1,3,6 + Baroque music for Oboe and Organ 11/15/15 Summer Nights #7 +2CDs Brahms' Piano Concertos by M. Tirimo and the LPO (K. Sanderling & Y. Levi) 11/15/15 Strauss Oktoberfest #2 +1CD Zarathustra (Skrowaczewski) + Symphonia Domestica (Seaman) (NYO of GB) 11/12/15 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Brahms's Serenades in Haitink's classic Philips recording (1981) 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Gatti's 2011 recording with the ONF: Sacre and Petrushka 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Chamber Orchestra Works by the Endymion Ensemble under J. Whitfield (1987). Rare. 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Boulez's 1975 classic Firebird recording with the New York Philharmonic 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +2CD Sacre, Firebird, Petrushka & Pulcinella by Yakov Kreizberg and the Monte-Carlo Philh. 11/12/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD Rattle and the National Youth Orchestra of GB (Sacre) + Dorati and the RPO (Firebird) 11/11/15 Prokofiev #2 +1CD Peter & the Wolf by M. Harth-Bedoya in Fort Worth + Saint-Saens' Carnaval des animaux 11/10/15 Locatelli - Complete Flute Sonatas: New links 11/10/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Dvorak's Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky's Rococo with Rostropovich & Karajan 11/10/15 Mahler Lieder +1CD Y. Minton and P. Boulez for Rückert Lieder + Wagner's Wesendonck (1979) 11/10/15 Hindemith +1CD Quartet with Clarinet and Piano with E.Brunner etc. (1999) (a rip by bzzz) 11/10/15 Summer Nights #7 +2LPs Brahms' Ballades Op. 10 by E. Gilels and by W. Kempff 11/9/15 Schumann +1LP Mehta's recording of the 3rd Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic (Decca 1983) 11/9/15 Summer Nights #8 +1LP Mehta's Brahms's 1st Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic (a transfer by Enrico B) 11/9/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Leon McCawley's recording of the 3rd Concerto with Charles Groves conducting (1990) 11/9/15 Intense Bruckner +1CD Muti's 4th with the Berlin Philharmonic (1985) 11/9/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #1 +1 Bonus: Schoenberg's Phantasy Op. 47 by Irvine Arditti & Noriko Kawai 11/8/15 Poulenc +1LP & 1CD L'Histoire de Babar, with R. Gérôme & J. Février and with J. Moreau & J-M. Luisada 11/8/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 + 1LP Schoenberg's Chamber Works by de Leeuw (1986) 11/7/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1Double LP: Schoenberg's Complete Chamber Choir Works by de Leeuw 11/6/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #6 +1CD Dorow & de Leeuw: Webern's complete Soprano and Chamber Orchestra 11/6/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #6 +1LP Dorow & de Leeuw for Webern, Dallapiccola, Schoenberg & Stravinsky 11/4/15 Sgorby Rips #1 +1CD Sammartini's Quintetti e Quartetti by Ensemble Aglàia (2007) (a rip by Davide) 10/29/15 Dutch Organists #Part2: New links 10/27/15 Essential American Classics +1LP Wolpe, Lieberson, Stravinsky: piano works Peter Serkin (1985) 10/27/15 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1LP Serenade Op. 24, Boulez's classic recording of 1963 for Wergo. 10/27/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +1CD Paul Jacobs' legendary Nonesuch recording (1975) (a rip by BZ) 10/27/15 Mendelssohn Chamber Music: New links 10/25/15 Mendelssohn New links 10/24/15 Hindemith +1CD 4 Violin Sonatas with Oleg Kagan & Sviatoslav Richter (1978) (a rip by bzzz) 10/23/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Domenico Nordio & Giorgia Tomassi (Beethoven & Pärt) 10/23/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Geza Hosszu-Legocki & Giorgia Tomassi (Franck & Beethoven) 10/23/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Giorgia Tomassi's unreleased recording of Chopin's Préludes (1997) 10/23/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Glemser's recording of 2nd and 3rd Concertos under Wit (1996) (a rip by Lupo2004) 10/22/15 Summer Nights #7 +1CD Brahms's Violin Sonatas by Cristopher White and Melanie Reinhard (1999) 10/21/15 Rare Grooves #1 +3LPs Böhm's Eroica; Argerich's Bach and Muti's Verdi (4 Pezzi Sacri) 10/21/15 Dutch Organists #1 New links 10/20/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Debussy Images, Faune and La mer by Paul Paray and the Detroit SO (1957) 10/19/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1CD Ciani & Gavazzeni for Mozart's K. 466 & K. 491 (1970/1973) 10/19/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Noriko Ogawa's recording of 2nd and 3rd Concertos in Malmö under Hughes (1997) 10/16/15 Darmstadt #5 +3LPs Xenakis's Choral and Orchestral works with Constant and Tabachnik (a rip by Sotise) 10/16/15 Darmstadt #5 +1LP Rare album with Levinas's Orchestral Works ripped by friend Sotise (Adès MFA 1985) 10/15/15 American Classics +1CD Bernstein's Dybbuk (Complete Ballet), first recording (1974) 10/15/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade by John Mauceri and the LSO (1987) 10/1/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School +1DDL: Tomassi with Accardo for Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' & 'Spring' (2004) 10/1/15 Glories of the Italian Piano School + 1 Bonus: Dino Ciani plays Brahms's 1st Piano Concerto (Turin, 1969) 10/1/15 Messiaen +1LP: Paul Jacobs' rare recording of the Quatre études de rythme + Busoni, Stravinsky, Bartók (1976) 9/29/15 Strauss Great Operas #2 +2CD sets: Der Rosenkavalier. Karajan's (1956) and Bernstein's (1971) recordings 9/29/15 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1CD set: Die ägyptische Helena conducted by Gérard Korsten in Cagliari (2001) 9/27/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter etc. with Ernest Ansermet (1958) (a rip by Enrico B) 9/26/15 Mahler 3 +1CD set: V. Neumann's great Prague early digital recording for Supraphon (1981) 9/26/15 Mahler Lieder +1CD Christianne Stotijn's Rückert and Selected Lieder + Brahms Alto Rhapsody (2006) 9/25/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #2 +1CD Berg's Kammerkonzert by the Baton Rouge Chamber Players 9/25/15 Messiaen +1CD Cinq rechant by the BBC Singers/S. Cleobury (+ Choral works by Villette, Poulenc, Caplet) 9/25/15 In the Name of Music +1CD Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony ('Lobgesang') by Richard Hickox (2002) 9/24/15 Mahler Das Lied von der Erde +1CD, Donald Runnicles (2008) 9/24/15 Strauss Oktoberfest #2 +2CDs The Piano Music by Stefan Vladar & The Piano Trios by Odeon Trio 9/24/15 Strauss Oktoberfest #3 +2CDs Alpensinfonie: Masur & ONF (2007) and M. Jansons & BBC Welsh (1991) 9/22/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +2CDs Roland Pöntinen's & Madalena Soveral's fabulous complete recordings 9/22/15 Schoenberg Piano Music +1CD, Claude Helffer's classic recording for HM (1969) (a rip by John F) 9/22/15 Schoenberg Operas +1CD set, Georg Solti's reference recording of Moses und Aron in Chicago 1985 for Decca 9/21/15 Messiaen +1CD, Cinq Rechants + Stockhausen's Choruses for Doris and Xenakis choral works (Chandos, 1998)9/21/15 Messiaen +1DDL, Fête Des Belles Eaux by the Sextet of Ondes Martenot of Montréal (ATMA 2008) 9/18/15 Summer Nights #1 +1 Bonus: Martinu, Krasa and Schulhoff conducted by Christopher Hogwood (Milan, 2003) 9/18/15 Hindemith +1Bonus: Hindemith in Italy, conducting his music plus Brahms's, Webern's and Blacher's at RAI 9/18/15 Hindemith +1CD Violist A. Tamestit & P. Järvi beautiful CD (also including pianist M. Hadulla) (2012) 9/18/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD set, Lloyd Webber's rock opera masterpiece Jesus Christ Superstar (London cast 1996) 9/18/15 Weill +1CD Dessau's Symphony No. 2, In memoriam Brecht, Les voix etc. by Roger Epple on Capriccio (2009) 9/18/15 Rare Grooves +1LP Liszt & Wagner Preludes with Mehta & the WP (1967) (a stunning LP transfer by Enrico B) 9/17/15 Prokofiev #2 +1CD Boris Giltburg's recording of the War Sonatas (6th, 7th and 8th) (2012) 9/16/15 Poulenc +1CD Chamber Music with Woodwinds and Piano Duet Sonata by the Ensemble Petra (1999) 9/16/15 Darmstadt #2 +1CD Carter's Sonata (+ Bartók's and Dutilleux's) by Claire-Marie Le Guay on Accord (2000) 9/15/15 Darmstadt #2 +2CDs Including a new rip of Maderna's Oboe Concertos by Holliger & Bertini (1993) 9/14/15 Darmstadt #2 +2 Bonus: Donatoni's Le ruisseau (Brunello); Maderna Grande Aulodia + Nono's A Carlo Scarpa 9/14/15 American Classics +2CDs Herrmann & Diamond Chamber M. + Donald Fagen's milestone album The Nightfly 9/14/15 Schumann +1CD: Fischer-Dieskau's reference recording of Dichterliebe, Myrten and Liederk. Op. 39 (1979) 9/14/15 American Classics +1CD: Ives's "Concord" Sonata by Aimard and Songs by Graham on Warner (2004) 9/14/15 Darmstadt #2 +1CD Maderna's 3 Oboe Concertos by Fabian Menzel and Michael Stern on Col Legno (1996) 9/13/15 Darmstadt #4 +1CD Carter's one act opera "What Next?" in Péter Eötvös's première recording for ECM 9/11/15 Debussy #1 +1CD Thierry Fischer's recording of Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (BBC MM, 2011) 9/11/15 Debussy #5 +2CDs Benedetti Michelangeli's historic recordings of the Préludes for DG (1978 & 1988) 9/11/15 Debussy #4 +1CD Charles Rosen's reference (and first ever) recording of the Etudes (1955) 9/11/15 Summer Nights #12 +1LP Grumiaux and Haitink for Bruch 1st Violin Concerto (a transfer by Enrico B) 8/4/15 Schubert on Modern Instruments: new links for Oktett in D, by Cherubini Quartett 8/4/15 Schubert on Modern Instruments: new links for Richard Goode 8/3/15 Rare Grooves#1 +6 LPs mostly Enrico B's outstanding transfers of great out-of-print material 8/2/15 Intense Bruckner +9CDs with classic recordings by Solti, Chailly, Abbado, Wand, Karajan, Harnoncourt 7/25/15 Buxtehude & Pachelbel Organ Works - New links 7/18/15 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Pollini's classic DGG recording of Boulez's 2nd Piano Sonata (1978) 7/17/15 American Classics +1CD (NEW RIP) Lieberson's Neruda Songs with Hunt Lieberson & Levine (BSO) 7/16/15 Tristan und Isolde +1CD box, Georg Solti's classic recording (1960) (a rip by Cecco) 7/16/15 Selig im Glauben (Parsifal) +1CD box, Georg Solti's classic recording (1972) (a rip by Cecco) 7/15/15 Strauss Operas #1 +1CD box, Leinsdorf recording with Caballé, Milnes and the LSO (1968) (a rip by Cecco) 7/14/15 Die Meistersinger +2CD box, Solti 1975 Vienna (a rip by Cecco) and Kempe 1957 Berlin (a rip by A. Zaccaria) 7/13/15 Tristan und Isolde +1CD box, Fritz Reiner's historical London recording (1936) (a rip by Andrea Zaccaria) 7/2/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #2 +2DT Berg's Violin Concerto by Carmignola/Inbal & Kavakos/Harding 7/2/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #2 +1CD Berg's Violin Concerto's & Kammerkonzert, I. Stern (Bernstein/Abbado) 6/30/15 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Boulez's Piano Sonatas and 12 Notations by Pi-Hsien Chen (2004) 6/30/15 Summer Nights #7 +1DT: J. du Pré with R. Goode and T. Schippers, Brahms & Mendelssohn (live in Spoleto) 6/30/15 Bartok #4 +1CD Violin Concertos by Midori & Mehta (1990) previously only on LP rip (courtesy of Cecco) 6/30/15 Bartok #5 +1CD Concerto for Orchestra & 4 Pieces by Leon Botstein and the London Philharmonic (2000) 6/29/15 Summer Nights #9 +2CDs (incomplete) Franck Symphonie with the Berlin Philh. (Mehta 1995 & Giulini 1986) 6/16/15 German Baroque New link: Fischer Musica Sacra 6/6/15 Bruckner +1CD Ozawa's 7th with the Saito Kinen Orchestra (2004) (Courtesy of Cecco) 5/27/15 Summer Nights #8 +2CD Mehta and the IPO, Brahms' 1st Symphony and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K.364 5/27/15 Musique Française #2 +1CD Milhaud Piano Concertos + Carnaval d'Aix by C. Helffer and D. Robertson (1992) 5/27/15 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD 3rd Concerto by Jorge Luis Prats and Enrique Bátiz (1989) 5/27/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Howell's Music for String & Orchestra, by Richard Hickox (1992) 5/27/15 Wintery Romantics +1LP Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto by Magaloff and C. Davis (a rip by Enrico B.) 5/22/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #9 +1CD Chamber Concerto by J-F. Heisser (a rip by Ranapipiens) 5/19/15 Hindemith +1CD Trumpet Sonata by Ole E. Antonsen & Wolfgang Sawallisch (EMI, 1996) 5/19/15 Prokofiev #1 +1CD "Romeo & Juliet" excerpts with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1987) 5/19/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Wagner Opera Scenes with W. Meier and L. Maazel (1997) 5/19/15 Strauss #1 +1CD Horn Concertos with B. Tuckwell & V.Ashkenazy and the RPO on Decca (1990) 5/19/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky, Dukas, Enescu, Mussorgsky showpieces, E. Mata & the Dallas SO (1988) 5/14/15 Schumann +1CD Piano Concerto by R. Serkin/Ormandy 1965, and same from an outstanding LP rip by Enrico B. 5/14/15 Strauss #3 +1CD Zarathustra and Don Juan with Alan Gilbert and the NYP 5/14/15 Musique Française #1 +2CDs completing Eschenbach's Roussel Symphony cycle in Paris on Ondine 5/5/15 Strauss #2 +2CDs A Cappella Choral Works (Danish Radio Choir 1993) & Alpensinfonie by Michalakis (2000) 5/5/15 Contrappunti italiani +1CD Busoni's Piano Concerto with Peter Donohoe & Mark Elder (1988 on EMI) 5/5/15 Second Viennese School Ess'ls #1 +1CD Verklärte Nacht + Metamorphosen & Siegfried-Idyll by Levine (1991) 5/5/15 Debussy #5 +1CD Images I, II & Oubliées + Estampes & Berceuse Heroique by Fou Ts'Ong (1990) 5/5/15 Schumann +1CD String Quartets Op. 41 with the Eroica Quartet (2001) (a rip by Der Wanderer) 5/4/15 Webern +1LP Chamber Music with P.Serkin and the Tashi Ensemble (1983), + Takemitsu's Piano Works 5/4/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP: Vivaldi Concertos with Ayo and I Musici (1968) (a rip by Enrico B.) 5/4/15 Prokofiev +1LP Violin Concerto No. 2 (+ Sibelius'): Szeryng & Rozhdestvensky 1965 (a rip by Enrico B.) 5/4/15 Bruckner +1DVD: Sinopoli's 4th with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Tokyo 1988 (NHK Classical DVD) 4/29/15 Telemann +1CD Collegium Musicum '90 - Hickox - Donner Ode 4/17/15 Haydn - Complete Baryton Trios - Esterhazy Ensemble Added working link for dsic 16 and cover image for disc 13 4/17/15 Summer Nights #10 +3CDs Elgar Symphonies (C. Davis 2001), 3rd (P. Daniel) & Serenade (Orpheus CO) 4/16/15 Baroque Music in the Netherlands: New links (Koopman, Huggett, Hazelzet, Mathot, vdMeer) 4/16/15 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Mozart's Divertimenti and Serenata notturna with I Musici (a rip by Enrico B.) 4/16/15 Willem de Fesch: New links 4/15/15 Stravinsky #2: +1LP Symphony in C, Symphonies for Wind, 4 Etudes, Suites (Ansermet. A rip by Enrico B.) 4/15/15 Schubert New links Paul Badura-Skoda, playing Sonata D960 & Klavierstücke 4/15/15 Summer Nights #10 +2CDs Walton's Belshazzar's Feast (Terfel & Litton) and the Symphonies (Ashkenazy) 4/15/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Holst's The Planets (Y. P. Tortelier in Manchester) 4/13/15 Sibelius +1CD The NZSO & Inkinen: Scènes historiques and King Christian Suite 4/11/15 Entartete Lieder +1CD Dagmar Krause - Supply & Demand 4/11/15 Schubert: +1CD Quintet in C, by the Arcanto Quartett 4/9/15 Liszt +1CD Symphonic Poems (including Les Préludes) with Zubin Mehta and the Berlin Philh. (1994) 4/9/15 American Classics: 1CD Gershwin Porgy & Bess highlights, American in Paris, Cuban Ov. by Mehta & the NYP 4/9/15 Summer Nights #2: +1CD: Rezniček and Korngold's 1st String Quartets by the F. Schubert Quartett of Vienna 4/9/15 Schubert Essentials #1: +2CDs Works for Piano Duet by Anne Queffélec & Imogen Cooper (Erato, 1978) 4/9/15 Debussy #4: +4CDs The Complete Piano Music by Paul Crossley with one of the finest accounts of the Etudes 4/8/15 Musique Française #1: +1LP Frank Martin's Der Cornet (Rilke), Lipovšek & Zagrosek (1984) 4/8/15 Rare Grooves +1LP Grofé's Grand Canyon and Alfvén's Swedish Rhapsody by Ormandy in Philly (CBS, 1958) 4/8/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Vivaldi, Capuzzi & Paisiello: Concertos with I Musici (Philips 1964. A rip by Enrico B.) 4/7/15 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP: Goldmark's Rustic Wedding Symphony by Jesús López-Cobos (1981) 4/7/15 Rare Grooves #2 +2 LPs: Mendelssohn 3rd (A. Davis), Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht & Suite in G (Scimone) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #3: +1CD Mendelssohn's 3rd ("Scottish") Symphony + Beethoven's 1st by Osmo Vänskä 4/7/15 Summer Nights #4: +1CD Mozart's 'Jeunhomme' Piano Concerto with McCawley and Leaper (1996) 4/7/15 Wintery Romantics: +1CD Silvestrov's 5th Symphony and Postludium with Lubimov and Roberston (Sony, 1995) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #1: +1CD Glière's 'Ilya Muromets' Symphony by Edward Downes in Manchester (1991) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #1: +1CD Borodin's 3 Symphonies by José Serebrier in Rome (1989) 4/7/15 Second Viennese School Essentials #7: +2CDs Schoenberg's Moses und Aron by Sylvain Cambreling (2012) 4/7/15 Wintery Romantics: +1CD Tchaikovsky Suites (Nutcracker & Swan Lake), Mehta & the Israel Philh. (Decca, 1979) 4/7/15 Summer Nights #7: +1CD Brahms Hungarian Dances, 5 Studies and 2 Rhapsodies by Louis D. Alvanis (1994) 4/7/15 Ein Bach...: +1LP: Daniel Varsano's recording of the Goldberg Variations (CBS, 1980) 4/7/15 Debussy #2 +1LP: Mélodies (including Baudelaire & Mallarmé sets) by Hugues Cuenod (1979) 4/7/15 Musique Française #2 +2CDs Wagschal for Fauré's Nocturnes (2009) + Satie by Ciccolini (and Tacchino) (1986) 4/7/15 Easter Passion Music: New links 3/22/15 German Baroque chamber Music New links in the comments 3/21/15 London Baroque - Trio Sonatas: new links in the comments 3/21/15 Vivaldi - Musica ad Rhenum : new link in the comments 3/19/15 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Bernstein's 5th (NYP, Tokyo 1979) & Cello Concerto with Ma & Ormandy in Philly 1982 3/19/15 Mahler 1 +1CD Solti's recording with the LSO (Decca, 1964), a new rip by Sgorby 3/19/15 Darmstadt #3: +1CD rip by Sgorby of already posted Ligeti by Cerha (Wergo) 1971 (previously on LP rip) 3/16/15 Debussy #4 The Complete Solo Piano Music by Aldo Ciccolini on EMI (1991) (a rip by Sgorby) 3/16/15 Strauss #3 +2CDs 4 last Songs Schwarzkopf & Szell (1966) and Harper & Del Mar (1981) 3/15/15 Strauss #3 +1CD Ein Heldenleben by Haitink and the CSO (2009) 3/15/15 Stravinsky #2 +1CD The Firebird (complete) & Chant du rossignol by Kitajenko and the Danish Radio SO 1991 3/14/15 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Respighi's Belfagor, Belkis and Church Windows (Ashkenazy, Netherlands Radio Philh.) 3/14/15 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Hypothetically Murdered Suite + Pushkin Romances (Kharitonov & Elder) 1992 3/14/15 Shostakovich #2 +1CD 1st Violin Concerto (+ Glazunov Violin C.to) with Perlman & Mehta on EMI 1988 3/12/15 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Li & Ozawa's for the 2nd Piano Concerto (+ Ravel's G Major Concerto) (DGG, 2007) 3/12/15 Mahler 8 +2CDs Leif Segerstam's recording in Copenhagen for Chandos (1994) + 10th Adagio 3/12/15 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Andrew Davis recording of Brahms's 4th + the Zigeunerlieder (BBC 1996) 3/12/15 Musique Française #1 +3CDs: Boulanger's Faust et Hélène; Franck by Firkušný & Flor; Debussy & Takemitsu 3/12/15 Debussy #4 +1CD Livia Rev's recording of the Etudes (+ Suite Bergamasque, D'un cahier, Berceuse) (Saga 1980) 3/5/15 Mahler 5 +2CDs Frank Shipway and the RPO (1996) (Symphony + No. 1 by Yuri Simonov) 3/5/15 Spanish School #3 +2CDs Ginastera by Santiago Rodriguez (1984) & Mompou by Ester Pineda (1992) 3/4/15 Bartok #4 +1LP 2nd Piano Concerto and 4 Pieces for Orchestra, Weissenberg and Ormandy (1970) 3/3/15 Musique Française #2 +1CD Debussy for Piano Duet & 2 Pianos by Pascal & Ami Rogé (2011) 3/3/15 Gershwin +1CD Rhapsody in Blue (Daniel Adni in Bournemouth), Addinsell's Warsaw C.to & Rózsa's Spellbound 3/3/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Nielsen's 2nd Symphony (A. Davis) and Sibelius's 5th (Bamert) with the BBC SO 3/3/15 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Salonen and the Berlin Philharmonic: Romeo & Juliet (Excerpts) (CBS 1986) 3/1/15 Spanish School #3 +2CDs Albeniz & Granados selection by J.M. Pinzolas + "My Piazzolla" by Cecilia Pillado 3/1/15 Debussy #1 +1CD Jeux (Eötvös), Prélude (Robertson), Satie's Parade (Porcelijn), Roussel's BeA's 2nd Suite (Weller) 2/28/15 Debussy #4 +3CDs: Anne Queffélec's 12 Etudes, Ravel's Concertos & Miroirs, Fauré's Violin Sonatas (with P. Amoyal) 2/28/15 American Classics +2CDs: Copland The Populist by Tilson Thomas & MacDowell Symphonic Poems by Krueger 2/28/15 Debussy #2 +1CD Claudette Leblanc's album of Mélodies (with Valerie Tryon) (1989) 2/28/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Mackerras' recording of Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (with the RPO, 1994) 2/28/15 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Mackerras' recording of Beethoven 9th for EMI (Liverpool 1991) 2/27/15 Des Horizons #2 +1LP Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis & Satie's Socrate cond. by Friedrich Cerha (1969) 2/27/15 Des Horizons #2 +1CD Debussy and Ravel Music for 2 Pianos, by Pascal & Ami Rogé 2/27/15 Debussy #4 (Etudes) +1DDL: Nelson Goerner's recording of Etudes Livre II, plus Images Livre I & Estampes 2/27/15 Des Horizons #1 +1LP, Munch's last recordings in Paris, Ravel Concerto in G (w. Henriot-Schweitzer) & Honegger 2/26/15 Wintery Romantics +1LP: Maazel early recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in Vienna for Decca (1965) 2/26/15 Des Horizons #1 +1CD Canteloube's complete Chants d'Auvergne by von Stade and De Almeida (CBS 1985) 2/26/15 Strauss Operas #2 +1CD set: Die Frau ohne Schatten, the complete Sawallisch recording for EMI (1987) 2/22/15 Des horizons de la musique française #2 +1CD Chabrier's Piano Music by Hewitt (2004) (a rip by Alan) 2/22/15 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD 2nd Symphony by Farberman & the RPO (1978) (a rip by Sgorby) 2/22/15 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Respighi Antiche Danze e Arie per Liuto by Ozawa (DGG 1979) (a rip by Sgorby) 2/22/15 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker by Gergiev (Philips 1998) (a rip by Alan) 2/21/15 Wintery Romantics +6CDs Tchaikovsky Complete Symphonies: Temirkanov and the RPO (BMG) (a rip by Sgorby) 2/21/15 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (Complete) with Sawallisch (EMI 1994) 2/13/15 The World of Debussy #5 +1LP Rip, Teddy Teirup plays "La boîte a joujoux" (+ Ravel's Sonatine) 2/10/15 Bohemian Composers of the 17th Century New links added 2/7/15 Music from the Renaissance #2 New links added 2/3/15 Shostakovich #2 +1CD Cello Concerto No. 1 by Amit Peled 2/3/15 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Cello works by H. Eccles, Couperin, Fauré & Ligeti (Amit Peled with Eliza Ching) 2/3/15 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's Cello Concerto by Amit Peled 2/02/15 Keyboard Music on Harpsichord New links completed 1/30/15 Brahms's Concertos +1CD Violin Concerto & Sonata No. 2 by Vengerov & Barenboim (1998) 1/30/15 Second Viennese School Essentials #4 +1CD Karl Weigl's String Quartets Nos. 1 & 5 by the Artis Quartett Wien 1/30/15 Schoenberg: Piano Music +1CD Pi-Hsien Chen's reference recording of the complete set (1996) 1/30/15 Des Horizons #1 +1CD d'Indy's Symphonie sur un chant montagnard with Marek Janowski 1/30/15 American Classics +2CDs Thomas Hampson's Songs by Ives, Griffes, MacDowell & Glass Syms 2 & 3 by M. Alsop 1/30/15 Brahms Piano & Chamber Music Gems +1CD Andrea Bonatta's recording of 8 Klavierstücke, Paganini, Rhapsodies 1/29/15 Keyboard Music on harpsichord Added new links 1/28/15 HIF Biber and comtemporaries Added new links 1/12/15 Wintery Romantics +9CDs & 1DDL: Tchaikovsky's Ballets and Symphonies - Courtesy of Sasha 1/7/15 De l'Hoyer- Music for Two Guitars + Added new links 1/1/15 Just: Piano Trios Op. 2 & Op. 13 +1CD: Just Op. 2; Added new links for Op 13 2014 12/19/14 Mozart in Mannheim: Sacred Music by Holzbauer & Mozart Added new links 12/19/14 Schubert - Works for Fortepiano - Jan Vermeulen Added new links (BZ's Rip) 12/5/14 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Scriabin Symphony No. 3 & Poème de l'extase (Sinopoli, NYP 1989) 12/5/14 Summer Nights #9 +5CDs: Mendelssohn Piano Concertos (and 2 Pianos + Bruch), Symphonies 3 & 4, Quartet No. 5 12/2/14 L'Armonica- Music for Glass Harmonica Added new links 11/26/14 Summer Nights #5 +1CD: Tilson Thomas (and Fleming) for Villa-Lobos (RCA, 1996) 11/26/14 Italian Flute Concertos Added new download links. 11/26/14 Summer Nights #6 +4CDs: Muti for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Rota's Film Music; Herreweghe for Rameau's Les Indes galantes and Rossini's Stabat Mater in Giulini's 1982 recording on DGG 11/26/14 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Paganini's 1st Violin Concerto by Chang and Sawallisch in Philadelphia (1994) 11/26/14 Summer Nights #4 +3CDs Beethoven's Late String Quartets by the Takács Quartet (2003) 11/22/14 Christopher Hogwood & The Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart Concertos (Clarinet, Oboe, Flute & Harp, Bassoon) New rip and download links 11/21/14 American Classics +7CDs: Nagano's Bernstein Mass, Barber and Ives Songs sets (Studer/Hampson; DeGaetani) 11/21/14 American Classics +5CDs for the great Jazz avant-garde of the late 50s: Tatum, Davis, Evans, Monk, Brubeck 11/21/14 American Classics +6 LPs Bernstein & Copland originals + Bolcom's 3 Ghost Rags' signature rec. by Paul Jacobs 11/20/14 Prokofiev #2: +1LP Cello Sonata (+ Strauss' Cello Sonata) with Frédéric Lodéon and Daria Hovora 1975 on RCA 11/20/14 Prokofiev #2: +1LP Cinderella Suite, Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony 1985 on RCA 11/20/14 Prokofiev #2: +1LP Romeo & Juliet Suites, Riccardo Muti/Philadelphia 1981 on EMI 11/18/14 Strauss Great Operas #2: +2CDs Daphne (Fleming, Botha, Larsson, Schade, K. Youn, WDR, Bychkov on Decca) 11/18/14 Strauss Great Operas #1: +2CDs Elektra (Polaski, Schwanewilms, Palmer, Grundheber, WDR, Bychkov on Profil) 11/11/14 Bach: St John's Passion (arr. Robert Schumann) Added new download links. 11/11/14 Druschetzky: Quartetto, Serenata, Quintetto Added new download link. 11/11/14 Music by: Bruni, Cambini, Ferrer & Terzetti Added new download links. 11/05/14 18th Century Women Composers: Music for the Solo Harpsichord, Vol. 1 Added new download link. 11/05/14 18th Century Women Composers: Music for the Solo Harpsichord, Vol. 2 Added new download link. 10/29/14 American Classics +1HQDDL Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur (Josefowicz/Adams) + Kraft's Timpani Concerto 10/27/14 Prokofiev #2 +2CDs 'October Cantata' (Elder '96) and 2nd Violin Sonata + Webern + Respighi (Mutter/Orkis '00) 10/18/14 Carl Friedrich Abel: Ouvertures & Sinfonias Added new links 10/15/14 Gershwin +1CD Weissenberg and Ozawa: Rhapsody in Blue, 'I Got Rhythm' Variations (1983) 10/15/14 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's 1st Symphony + P&C Marches 1,3,4 by Andrew Davis and BBC SO 10/15/14 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Khachaturian's Piano Concerto & Prokofiev's 3rd: Dickran Atamian & Gerard Schwarz 10/15/14 Summer Nights #6 +1CD Honegger's 2nd Symphony + Strauss' Metamorphosen by Gerard Schwarz 10/15/14 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Enrique Bátiz 10/14/14 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony ('Lobgesang') by Andrew Litton (Thanks to Nzguy) 10/10/14 After Baroque: Music for the Natural Trumpet Added new links 9/29/14 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Brahms's 4 Serious Songs: Kurt Moll & Cord Garben 9/27/14 Summer Nights #9 +3CDs Brahms Requiem (G. Albrecht), Grieg/Sibelius Quartets (Emerson) & Sibelius Syms 3&7 9/27/14 Summer Nights #10 +3CDs Elgar Violin Concerto (Hahn/C. Davis), Delius Partsongs, Terfel's "The Vagabond" 9/22/14 Weber: Operatic Works on Period Instruments Added link for Weber's Oberon & Abu Hassan 9/16/14 Gallay & Reicha: Trios & Quartet for Horn Added link for new rear inlay with side panels. 9/11/14 Jommelli: Armida abbandonata (1770) Added new links 9/11/14 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Handel Suites for Keyboard: Keith Jarrett (Piano) 9/11/14 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Concertos Nos. 1 & 2: Zimerman & Ozawa with the BSO 9/10/14 Poulenc Tribute +1CD Les Animaux modèles & Sinfonietta, Darlington and the Luxembourg Philh. 9/10/14 Summer Nights #8 +11 original CDs of Brahms Symphonies by C. Davis, Sawallisch, Giulini, Dohnanyi and Chailly 9/2/14 Mozart: The Nannerl's Notebook Added new links 9/2/14 Summer Nights #5 Berlioz Nuits d'Eté, Norman & C. Davis (1979) 9/1/14 Lessel: Fortepiano Concertos Added new links + Bonus Disc 9/1/14 La Chasse: Mozart, Vogler, Haydn, Endler Added new links 9/1/14 Alla Turca: Music by Mozart, Gluck & M. Haydn Added new links 8/11/14 String Quartets by Vanhal, Wranitzky & Jadin Added new links (Old links were missing tracks, cue, logs etc) 7/23/14 Handel: Tolomeo Added new links 7/20/14 Mozart: Piano Quartets Added new links 7/19/14 Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Paris version, 1841) Added new links 7/14/14 Webern Lieder with Piano (compl.): Barainsky, Doufexis, Hesse and Geçer (1994) 7/12/14 Mozart: Piano Concertos Hogwood/ Levin/ AAM New link for Concertos 1-4 7/4/14 Orfeo Ed Euridice: Kuijken-Bernius-Minkowski-Gardiner-Haenchen New link for Haenchen by Saoshya 7/3/14 Debussy #1 +1CD Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Daniele Gatti with Isabelle Huppert as récitant 7/2/14 Gluck Megapost (Happy 300th Birthday!) New links for Echo et Narcisse added courtesy of Saoshya 7/2/14 Beethoven: Quintet Arrangements (Symphonies-Overtures-Chamber Music) Added a new EAC rip of the Beethoven Symphony No.3 to replace the digital download. Includes full scans of booklet. Very rare! 7/1/14 Boccherini: Quintets opus 56 and opus 57 New links added courtesy of Saoshya 7/1/14 Strauss #3 +1CD Ein Heldenleben by Günther Herbig (1985) and Tod und Verklärung by John Pritchard (1980) 7/1/14 Des horizons #2 +1CD Ravel's Violin Sonatas, Pasquier and Engerer on Harmonia Mundi (1990) 7/1/14 Bartok #1 +1CD Mark Elder's Bluebeard's Castle with G. Howell and S. Burgess (1992) 6/29/14 Beethoven: Quintet Arrangements (Symphonies-Overtures-Chamber Music) Added new disc of Beethoven Quintet Arrangements Symphonies Nos.s 1 & 8, Piano Sonatas No. 8, Locrian Ensemble 6/26/14 Boccherini: Quintets opus 56 and opus 57 Added new DL links 6/26/14 Zelter: Goethe Lieder Volumes 1 & 2 Added new DL links for both discs 6/25/14 Debussy #2 +1CD Christiane Oelze's "Locas por Amor" album. Songs by Debussy, Granados, Wolf, Turina, Mompou. 6/25/14 Debussy #5 +2Cds Images, Estampes + Ravel's Gaspard & Valses + Schumann's Kreisleriana: Sergio Fiorentino. 6/22/14 Weill +3CDs, Dreigroschenoper's original recording with Lotte Lenya (1930) and 2 Stratas' Songs albums from the 80s 6/22/14 Mozart: Piano Concertos Hogwood/ Levin/ AAM Added new DL links for Concertos 11-13 & 19-20. 6/19/14 Vanhal- Klavierquartett op. 40 Added new DL links 6/19/14 Byström- 3 Sonatas for Keyboard & Violin, Op. 1 Added new DL links 6/19/14 Hummel: Chamber Music + 1CD Grand Sonata for mandolin & Piano 6/15/14 Cimarosa: Le Sonate Per Fortepiano, Vols. 1 - 3 New Links added 6/13/14 Beethoven: Quintet Arrangements (Symphonies-Overtures-Chamber Music) +1 Digital download of the SACD Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Overtures arranged for String Quartet 6/8/14 Mozart: 3 Piano Concertos K107; Symphony No 14 New Links added 6/8/14 Mozart: Piano Concerti Nos 1-4, Pasticci / Bilson New Links added 6/8/14 Mendelssohn String Symphonies New Links added 6/4/14 Berg Concertos +1CD Berg's Violin Concerto (and Brahms's) with Capuçon and Harding on Virgin Classics (2011) 6/4/14 Brahms Piano & Chamber Gems +1CD David Lively's recording of Sonata Op. 5 and Ballades Op. 10 (1993) 6/4/14 Prokofiev Vol. 1 +2CDs: Bernstein's 5th with the IPO and Mark Elder's October Cantata + Shostakovich Symphony No. 2 6/4/14 Debussy #5 Préludes +1CD Catherine Collard's recording for RCA (1993) 5/30/14 M Haydn: Chamber Music Added new links (Hotfile link is dead) 5/29/14 Piano Trios! Piano Trios! +2CDs Schubert Piano trios & Tchaikovsky Piano Trios. Posted on behalf of Arscan 5/27/14 Strauss #3 +1CD 'Also sprach Zarathustra' Mehta & the Israel Philharmonic on Decca (The Anniversary Season 2007) 5/27/14 Mahler Lieder +1CD Charles Mackerras's Des Knaben Wunderhorn on Virgin Classics (1990) 5/24/14 Des horizons #1 +1CD Koechlin's Seven Stars Symphony and Ballade on EMI with Pellié, Rigutto and Myrat (1982) 5/21/14 Bartók #5 +1CD Boulez's classic recordings of Concerto for Orchestra and Music for Strings... on CBS 5/20/14 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1992): Symphonies Nos. 9 and 15 5/20/14 Des horizons #1 +1CD Leonard Bernstein's 1982 recording of Franck's Symphony in D Minor with the ONF 5/19/14 Messiaen +3CDs, Steven Osborne's and Y. Loriod's 20 Regards + P. Serkin & Y. Takahashi's Visions de l'Amen 5/19/14 Mahler 2 +1CD Solti's recording for Decca in Chicago (1981). Davide's rip/scans 5/15/14 Debussy #5 Préludes +1CD Debussy Images I & II and Pour le Piano + Chopin selected works by Ivan Moravec 5/15/14 Debussy #5 Préludes +1HQDDL Newena Popow's recording for Blumlein (2008) 5/15/14 Debussy #5 Préludes +1CD Steven Osborne's recording for Hyperion 5/15/14 Debussy #5 Préludes +4CDs Ogawa and Thiollier, Préludes, Images I & II, Images oubliées, Estampes etc 5/14/14 Debussy #4 Etudes +1CD Noriko Ogawa's 2007 recording for BIS 5/14/14 Debussy #4 Etudes +1CD François-Joel Thiollier 1997 recording for Naxos 5/9/14 Des horizons #2: +1CD Ravel's Piano Music, Samson François's classic 1967 recordings for EMI 5/9/14 Debussy #5 Préludes +1CD Samson François's classic 1970 recordings for EMI (incl. Images, 5 Etudes etc...) 5/9/14 Debussy #4 Etudes +2CDs Jeffrey Swann (1988) and Walter Gieseking's reference recording on EMI (1956) 5/7/14 Mahler 3 +1CD Mehta's 1978 recording for Decca with M. 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The Royal Ballet in Class on the Royal Opera House Main Stage © Andrej Uspenski 2012 I hope that you have now identified the performances and productions that you wish to book for as part of the Autumn 2016/17 Season . Before you do that, please don’t forget that there are still five productions to come until the end of the current Season with some very exciting productions ahead before the summer break. The Royal Opera's first staging of George Enescu 's Oedipe promises to be a treat for lovers of 20th century opera with its starry cast including Johan Reuter , John Tomlinson , Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan ; while The Royal Ballet present a triple bill featuring a world premiere from Wayne McGregor — always a major event for ballet fans. Perhaps the piece I am most excited about over coming months is The Royal Opera's new staging of Verdi 's Il trovatore . As well as wonderful music and a thrilling story, the cast is sure not to disappoint with tenor Gregory Kunde (sharing the role of Manrico) and conductor Gianandrea Noseda recently winning major prizes at the Opera Awards 2016 in the Best Male Singer and Best Conductor categories respectively. It is an operatic masterpiece I would fully recommend experiencing. Also recommended is The Royal Opera's return to the BBC Proms with Boris Godunov starring Bryn Terfel and conducted by Antonio Pappano . Tickets are now on sale from the Royal Albert Hall website . As we look towards the finale of the current Season, I also would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Friends for their support. I know that many of you have supported us since the foundation of the Friends, and we are truly grateful to all who support the work of the Royal Opera House. With so many wonderful productions on offer in the upcoming Season from September, you may wish to consider upgrading your level of support. Information about the benefits of upgrading your membership can be found on our Supporter pages . At the present time we are unfortunately unable to offer upgrades to membership online, so please do telephone us on +44 (0) 20 7212 9268. If you choose to upgrade, you will be credited with the unexpired portion of your current membership. As always, many thanks, and do get in touch if you would like any additional information. As ever, the Friends team are always keen to hear your feedback so please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0) 20 7212 9268.
The grand illusion is that we know it all. From four hundred years of opera, we’ve distilled the worthy survivors. There are opera lovers who believe that—there are certainly impresarios who believe it—in the teeth of all the evidence: the forgotten rep that is revived with astonishing success (baroque, bel canto, verismo). And then there are operas that were never part of the repertory, stuffed in a drawer and forgotten, today recovered and necessary: Les Troyens, Gezeichneten, Mitridate, Ermione, Maria Stuarda. Will Franco Faccio’s Amleto join them? I don’t know which to discuss first: this fascinating score itself or its astonishing East Coast stage premiere in Wilmington last Saturday. (Two dates of the run remain.) I expected to enjoy Amleto, having admired the score in its Baltimore concert performance a year and a half ago, and as broadcast, fully orchestrated, from Opera Southwest; I wasn’t expecting to be knocked out by the performance. And I’d like to hear it again, and these singers again. OperaDelaware is a small, ambitious company determined to be noticed—and innovative, attractive repertory can cast a wide net. Their May Festival pairs the unknown but tragic Amleto with the wit of Verdi’s Falstaff, a company premiere. The stagings are imaginative and vivid, the singers eager and able, the performances provincial only in locale. This is the way to put yourself on the operatic map—not just another Carmen or Traviata. But Amleto! My guess is that you are aware of Hamlet. You’ve read it, or seen a movie. You can quote it. It’s a familiar brand. So if somebody sets it to music (many have), you’ll attend with expectations at the ready. You’ll expect a broody prince and an angry ghost, a play-within-a-play (terrific concertato finale before the intermission), a drowning, a sword fight, mayhem, soliloquies, blood. Lots of blood. You may or may not expect riveting music-theater or an opera dramatically tighter than the play it’s taken from. I was at the edge of my seat during the climactic scenes that constitute Act IV (the graveyard and the duel), stunned by the beauty of Ofelia’s Funeral March and wondering, through the swordplay, how it would all come out. Although, as I say, I’d seen it before. Faccio was twenty-four years old in 1865 when he collaborated on Amleto with Arrigo Boito, twenty-three. They were part of the crowd eager to take Italian opera to the post-Verdi level. Verdi (revising Macbeth and beginning Don Carlos), was miffed; at fifty, he didn’t think he was through—and we know he wasn’t. (Falstaff showed up in 1893.) But young folks have to invent. Amleto is new, though the Ghost of Verdi stalks through some of the murkier scenes, recalling Sparafucile in Rigoletto’s Mantua in the tinta of Elsinore’s foggy ramparts, and some of the bigger tunes hark to French grand opera. (Ambrose Thomas’ Hamlet premiered in Paris in 1868.) Boito and Faccio turned many of the speeches into arioso declamation over a light orchestration rather than forcing the material into “numbers.” This was, indeed, one of the directions new opera was going, as we know from many later works, but audiences weren’t quite ready for it. Faccio turned more of the verse to melody by the time of the 1871 revival at La Scala, which nonetheless, especially the enormous title role, demanded singers of unusual dramatic intensity and endurance. Tragically (for Faccio and for us), the only tenor who knew the title part was ill; he went on anyway, and the show suffered. The composer’s nerves did not risk another run. The rest of his life was devoted to conducting such occasions as the first Otello and the first Italian Lohengrin. Then he went mad. That is why Amleto never entered the repertory: It lay in the archives until unearthed by conductor and musicologist Anthony Barrese, struck by the notion that Boito had created a Hamlet for Faccio long before he wrote Otello and Falstaff for Verdi. What could it be like? No one knew. The score was in tatters, microfilm and manuscript. Barrese, who heads Opera Southwest, spent years putting it together, getting people interested, even rewriting it a bit. He conducted it in Albuquerque and in Wilmington (Bregenz has expressed interest); the small but able OperaDelaware orchestra played with enthusiasm and finesse. The chorus sounded twice its size. OperaDelaware inhabits The Grand, a lovingly restored 1200-seat Masonic Temple originally built in 1871, the year of Amleto’s last Italian performances. That’s a good size: A smallish orchestra fills the room and singers get to show off. “No fly space,” the general director muttered—but such limitations can encourage creative staging, and did: Peter Tupitza’s three-story jungle-gym set became a banqueting hall, battlements, a court theater and a churchyard, enhanced by Driscoll Otto’s projection design, in which, for example, in the crowded opening scene of the opera, Amleto appears on the screen as well as among the performers, the projection picking him out for us among the clutter. There were also haunting trees for Ofelia to drown among and, in Falstaff, a lovely blue wood full of fairies. The costumes were Renaissance in style, luxurious textures and colors, creating scenic effects against the spare set. The director, E. Loren Meeker, though skillful at deploying his forces, resorts rather too often to inane clichés in characterizing individuals. Laerte need not wave a wine bottle to demonstrate his merry disposition; the music does that. We know the Ghost was a king; he need not wear an ermine robe when Amleto, who can see him, describes him as wearing armor. And the ermine caught on the furniture. The title role of Amleto is long and grueling. Not “heroic” in the sense of Otello—he doesn’t have to battle through Verdi’s skirling brasses—but the great speeches are here and the great confrontations (Ghost, Ofelia, Geltrude). Power must be sustained and beauty not forfeited. Too, unlike Verdi or Wagner but rather like Bellini, Faccio offers no place for a singer to hide, to duck behind the orchestra for a breather. The voice is out there, declaiming and acting, sometimes with only a few plucked strings to keep it on the proper notes. Joshua Kohl gave a star-making performance, tireless to the last, intimate and passionate. He bounded about the set in Amleto’s “antic” moods, with lyric, wooing phrases for his duets, and he’s slim and easy on the eyes. Sarah Asmar, his Ofelia, has sung Verdi’s Desdemona, which is easy to believe. She has a sustained pastel quality, quietly filling a theater without shrieking for attention. The beauty of line was what kept you attentive, and the melancholy of her Mad Scene, which was not without coloratura (perfectly executed) but was not the endless frilly extravagance Ambrose Thomas created for Christine Nilsson in Paris. We all love that silly scene, but Faccio’s version was poetry, integral to the play and the character. Lara Tillotson sang the mezzo Geltrude, and had some heavy weather with her aria of guilt and regret. The queen must express love for her son and for her new husband, and this conflict was not clear, whether due to Faccio’s inattention or Tillotson’s distraction, but she more than held her own in the great trio with Amleto and the Ghost. Ben Wager cut a tall if not very spooky figure as that Ghost but his dark bass had more fun with the role of Luciano in the Gonzago play. Timothy Mix’s Claudio was rather too merry a monarch; he could have done with more saturnine dignity—this was the one interpretation I thought better in the Baltimore performance. True, Faccio sticks him with some unrelieved arioso in the chapel scene, but Mix sang it more drily than he needs to, and his whole attitude seemed a bit youthful for the role. Matthew Vickers sang Laerte effectively and dueled like a maniac, which was good because so did Kohl and one of them was going to get cut. Both, actually. (Fight choreographer is the new title and well earned: Lewis Shaw.) Harold Wilson sang Polonio, barely noticeable in this version of the tale, and also the Gravedigger, who gets a song and a star turn that delighted everyone up for comic relief in the long, tense final act. José Sacin was impressive whenever he sang during the small role of Marcello. OperaDelaware offered me a hotel room if I’d stick around for the matinee of Falstaff the next day. So I stuck, though I’d have preferred an encore of Amleto. One doesn’t hear Amleto every day, and I’d love to encounter it again, with this cast, and soon. Falstaff was just a bit scrappy. The score, of course, is a conductor’s and an orchestra’s dream, and we have all heard the best take it on, but the small-size Delaware band (the pit of the house does not permit a huge one) played it gamely, and conductor Giovanni Reggioli held it to the proper marks. The singers, who had all of two rehearsals with orchestra I’m told, were amazingly tight, their slapstick precise and funny. The laughter ran all afternoon. Dean Anthony’s direction did not overdo moments like Falstaff emerging from a tight door and a tiny page boy appearing, wiping his brow, in the open doorway in his wake. The unit set was realistically Tudor so that one did not have to think about it. I enjoyed the purse-lipped Quickly of Ann McMahon Quintero, though the voice sometimes faded under orchestral onslaught, and I liked the deep, womanly murmurs of Victoria Cannizzo’s Alice. Both Sharon Apostolou’s Nannetta and Ryan MacPherson’s Fenton seemed oversized for their light, lyric roles; that is, they should have been singing Rodolfo and Mimi, or even Cavaradossi and Tosca. I wanted more delicacy for some of Verdi’s most exquisite music. The two big male roles were superbly cast. Steven Condy played an old-fashioned Falstaff, narcissistic and convincing in his inability to believe himself a fool, with fine diction, fine bursts of buffo and a bellyful of swagger. He was always “on.” Va, vecchio John, indeed. His foil is the humorless Ford—nothing is funnier than the humorless in duet with hilarity—and Sean Anderson sang a most winning Ford, full-throated and masterful, acted to the tip but sung with gracious power. Jeremy Blossey and Matthew Curran were just right as Falstaff’s boozy comrades; Jeffrey Halili kind of overdid Dr. Caius’ nose. But as I say, I want to hear Amleto again. I’ll be very surprised if I don’t get the opportunity. Singers will want to take it on, audiences will want to hear it. Photos: Joe del Tufo, Moonloop Photography
Giuseppe Verdi The story begins… Before the opera starts, the tragedy has already been set in motion. The gypsy Azucena has vowed to avenge the murder of her mother at the hands of the aristocratic Luna family, and so has abducted their younger son. The opera joins the story years later, when Azucena’s foster-son Manrico and the military commander Count di Luna have become rivals in love for Leonora. Azucena has a secret that affects both men: will she tell it, or will she see her revenge through at any cost? A spiritual sequel to Rigoletto Verdi began work on Il trovatore in 1851, soon after the premiere of Rigoletto . According to some sources he saw Il trovatore as a spiritual sequel, this time with a female protagonist trapped between love for her child and urgent desire for vengeance. Work on Il trovatore took time (Verdi’s librettist Salvadore Cammarano died in 1852, and Leon Emanuele Bardare was brought in to complete the text) but the opera finally had a successful premiere on 19 January 1853 at the Apollo Theatre in Rome. Il trovatore quickly became one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Grand and passionate music Verdi was inspired by the wild passions of his four principal characters to write some of his greatest arias. These include the brooding ‘Stride la vampa’ (Part II) for Azucena – the first of several great Verdi roles, including Eboli and Amneris, for mezzo-soprano; the heroic ‘Di quella pira’ for Manrico (Part III); Leonora’s poignant ‘D’amor sull’ali rosee’ (Part IV); and Count di Luna’s brief episode of vulnerability as he sings of his love for Leonora in ‘Il balen del suo sorriso’ (Part II). Fierce energy Verdi wanted Il trovatore to be ‘daring’ with ‘many contrasts’. His score includes dramatic narratives, reflective arias, impassioned duets and fiery choruses – including the famous Anvil Chorus using industrial tools as percussion. It uses traditional operatic conventions but also subverts them, and demonstrates from start to finish an immense musical energy, reflecting the inexorable process of this drama of vengeance. Private and public battles Director David Bösch emphasizes the conflict between two worlds: the fragile, poetic world of the gypsies (with its fascination with the supernatural) and the brutal military world of Count di Luna. The military setting complements the personal war between Manrico and the Count, rivals in love. Imagery of snow and fire also reflects the extremes and oppositions of the different social groups, and the vividly drawn passions of the leading characters. Il trovatore runs 2–17 July 2016. Tickets are still available . The staging is a co-production with Frankfurt Opera and is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.
Too often I allow my memories of great singers to be dulled by late career behavior, delving into unsuitable roles or just plain laziness. Perhaps the greatest examples are Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti, who are heard in their full youthful glory in this performance of Rigoletto from 50 years ago. When they collaborated as Gilda and the Duke of Mantua in Rome with Kostas Paskalis and Carlo Maria Giulini on the podium, Scotto was 32 and Pavarotti 31. Listening to this magnificent performance, I was astounded how much these singers eventually came to represent–to me–opera at its worst. After years of glorious Cio-Cio-Sans, Lucias, Mimís, Gildas, Adinas, Aminas, and the heroines of Il tritttico (as La Cieca reminded us yesterday), I began to have doubts about Scotto as early as her first performances in I vespri siciliani and Luisa Miller, culminating in the notorious 1981 Met opening night Norma. I could never again take her seriously after that bizarre fiasco. Similarly, I was wowed by Pavarotti as Tonio, Rodolfo (in La bohème and Luisa Miller), the Duke, Arturo, Nemorino, Fernando, and even his first Cavaradossis, but my admiration began to fade when he took on Un ballo in maschera and continued in a downhill spiral colored by his participation as one of The Three Tenors, stadium concerts, collaborations with pop stars, and the sloppy musicianship and antics that dominated his last years as a performer. For the younger readers of Parterre who perhaps know these singers only from their late careers, I hope this Rigoletto will reveal why they belong in the pantheon of opera legends, just as it has brought back long-forgotten memories of their great performances to me. Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Carlo Maria Giulini 19 November 1966 Rigoletto – Kostas Paskalis Gilda – Renata Scotto Il duca di Mantova – Luciano Pavarotti Sparafucile – Paolo Washington Maddalena – Bianca Bortoluzzi Giovanna – Corinna Vozza Il conte di Monterone – Plinio Clabassi Marullo – Arturo La Porta Borsa – Fernando Jacopucci
Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata and the "Grand March" from Aida. Although his work was sometimes criticized for using a generally diatonic rather than a chromatic musical idiom and having a tendency toward melodrama, Verdis masterworks dominate the standard repertoire a century and a half after their composition.
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