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January 17

A point upon a map of fog

parterre boxSan Francisco Opera in 2017-2018 presents the Ring cycle, a new John Adams/Peter Sellars collaboration called Girls of the Golden West, plus new productions of Elektra (Christine Goerke, Stephanie Blythe, Adrianne Pieczonka) and Manon (Nadine Sierra, Michael Fabiano.) The full press release follows: SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 17, 2017) — San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced plans for the 2017–18 repertory season. The Company’s 95th season will open Friday, September 8 with a gala performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot led by Maestro Luisotti and an international cast starring Martina Serafin, Maria Agresta and Brian Jagde. On the occasion of this special evening, San Francisco Opera Guild will produce their signature event Opera Ball 2017, presented in honor of Nicola Luisotti, who concludes his tenure as the Company’s music director at the end of the 2017–18 Season. San Francisco Opera’s new season features the highly anticipated world premiere of Girls of the Golden West by composer John Adams; the return of Francesca Zambello’s production of Richard Wagner’s epic tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung); bold new productions of Richard Strauss’ gripping music drama Elektra and Jules Massenet’s sensual Manon; and revivals of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. All performances will be presented at the War Memorial Opera House. Today’s public announcement was held at San Francisco Opera’s Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera before an audience of the Bay Area press corps, cultural and civic community leaders and special guests. Director Francesca Zambello, composer John Adams and librettist/director Peter Sellars joined Matthew Shilvock for the live-streamed press conference. “Our 2017–18 Season encapsulates the power of opera to tell the great stories of humanity, whether about us as individuals or as a society. The diverse sweep of engaging productions features many of the world’s finest artists, including some very exciting debuts,” said Matthew Shilvock. “The season was planned by David Gockley, and it represents the tenets of excellence that defined his incredible tenure with the Company, including the commissioning of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West. We are so proud to premiere this new opera in the fall as a culmination of the worldwide events honoring John’s 70th birthday year.” Shilvock continued: “Beginning in September, we also honor Nicola Luisotti in his final season as our distinguished music director. The energy and vitality he has brought to us will resonate long into our future. The esteemed forces of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus, Dance Corps and Crew will create spectacular worlds on the War Memorial Opera House stage, worlds that will move, transport and thrill audiences. At the apex of this is the summer Ring Cycle, the most monumental celebration imaginable of the Company and the community that we serve. I am incredibly excited for what lies ahead.” The 2017–18 Season marks Matthew Shilvock’s second as general director of San Francisco Opera. Shilvock is the Company’s seventh General Director in its 94-year-history, following in the footsteps of Gaetano Merola who founded San Francisco Opera in 1923, Kurt Herbert Adler (1953–1981), Terence A. McEwen (1982–1988), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), Pamela Rosenberg (2001–2005) and David Gockley (2006–2016). Due to the necessity of long-term artistic planning and contracting of artists, David Gockley planned the 2017–18 Season. Shilvock’s first planned season as general director will be the 2018–19 repertory season. At the conclusion of the 2017–18 Season, Nicola Luisotti will formally step down as music director. Maestro Luisotti made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 conducting Verdi’s La Forza del Destino and became music director in 2009. During his tenure with the Company, he has led over 40 opera productions and concerts, including a historic performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem that united the orchestras and choruses of San Francisco Opera and Teatro di San Carlo of Naples on the War Memorial Opera House stage. During the fall season, Luisotti will conduct performances of Turandot, La Traviata and the annual San Francisco Opera in the Park concert. As an expression of San Francisco Opera Guild’s appreciation of Nicola Luisotti’s artistic contributions, Guild President Jane Mudge designated the Italian maestro as their distinguished honoree for Opera Ball 2017. “I am deeply honored to be on the podium for the gala opening of San Francisco Opera’s 2017–18 Season and to lead such an important cast of singers in Turandot,” commented Nicola Luisotti. “I’m very proud of the work we have accomplished during my time with San Francisco Opera. As I will be stepping down from the post of music director at the end of next season, it will certainly be an emotional year for me. I believe strongly in our Company and that we will continue to make extraordinary music each night. My wife, Rita, and I both thank the entire Company, the San Francisco Opera Guild and the Bay Area community from the bottom of our hearts.” For the 2017–18 Season, San Francisco Opera has invited many of the world’s leading singers, as well as emerging artists, to perform at the War Memorial Opera House. They include: Maria Agresta, Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, J’Nai Bridges, Julia Bullock, Melissa Citro, Leah Crocetto, Aurelia Florian, Christine Goerke, Evelyn Herlitzius, Hye Jung Lee, Karita Mattila, Ronnita Miller, Adrianne Pieczonka, Martina Serafin, Nadine Sierra, Nina Stemme; Raymond Aceto, Paul Appleby, Atalla Ayan, Daniel Brenna, David Cangelosi, Michael Fabiano, Greer Grimsley, Soloman Howard, Brian Jagde, Brandon Jovanovich, Elliot Madore, Štefan Margita, Ryan McKinny, Brian Mulligan, David Pershall, Artur Ruci?ski, Andrea Silvestrelli, Falk Struckmann, Davóne Tines and Alfred Walker. Featured conductors, directors and designers include: Patrick Fournillier, Christopher Franklin, Grant Gershon, Nicola Luisotti, Henrik Nánási, Donald Runnicles; Vincent Boussard, Garnett Bruce, Anja Kühnhold, Shawna Lucey, Peter Sellars, Keith Warner, Francesca Zambello; John Conklin, David Gropman, David Hockney, Vincent Lemaire and Michael Yeargan. Ian Robertson is San Francisco Opera Chorus Director. FALL 2017 SEASON Puccini: Turandot (September 8–30; November 18–December 9) The 2017–18 Season opens Friday, September 8 with Turandot, Giacomo Puccini’s 1926 unfinished masterpiece of fantasy and romanticism set in legendary Peking (last duet and finale by Franco Alfano). San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts an international cast led by the acclaimed Viennese soprano Martina Serafin as Princess Turandot. A frequent performer with the Vienna State Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and the Opéra National de Paris, Serafin sang her first performances in North America with San Francisco Opera in 2007 as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. American tenor Brian Jagde, who was praised by The Mercury News for his “ardent and expressive” role debut as Radames in Aida last November, returns in 2017 to take on Calaf, another new role which is known for the famous aria “Nessun dorma.” Italian soprano Maria Agresta will debut as the tragic heroine Liù on September 8, 12, 15 and 21. Heralded for her artistry in a variety of roles, Agresta’s performance as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra with Rome Opera led Opera News to observe: “her voice is exquisitely focused and freshly attractive in coloration, her legato impeccable and her soft singing as effortless as her fortissimos above the staff.” Last season at London’s Royal Opera, Agresta was praised for her portrayal of Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, which featured conductor Luisotti on the podium. American soprano and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Toni Marie Palmertree will perform Liù on September 24 and 30. Palmertree thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences in November 2016 when, with two hours’ notice, she stepped in for an ailing colleague to perform as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. American bass Raymond Aceto sings the role of Timur. Director Garnett Bruce stages this revival of David Hockney’s colorful production and Company Chorus Director Ian Robertson prepares the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Turandot returns to the stage in November and December with a cast led by Swedish soprano Nina Stemme in the title role. Admired for her Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring cycle at San Francisco Opera in 2011, Stemme gives an equally accomplished stage portrayal of Turandot, for which the New York Times praised her “powerful, luxuriant voice [which] retained its warmth throughout the evening, with blazing high notes.” American soprano Leah Crocetto sings Liù, a role which she first performed with San Francisco Opera in 2011 and subsequently at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2015–16 Season. American bass Soloman Howard makes his Company and role debut as Timur, and American conductor Christopher Franklin bows for the first time with the Company leading the Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the November and December performances. Brian Jagde returns as Calaf and Joo Won Kang (Ping), Julius Ahn (Pang), Joel Sorensen (Pong), Brad Walker (a Mandarin) and Robert Brubaker (Emperor Altoum) complete the cast in all performances. Strauss: Elektra (September 9–27) On September 9, Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s 1909 opera Elektra surges back onto the War Memorial Opera House stage for the first time in two decades in a provocative new production by celebrated English director Keith Warner. This psychologically complex and vocally formidable opera requires lyric artists of the first rank and San Francisco Opera has assembled a superlative cast that includes soprano Christine Goerke, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, along with bass-baritone Alfred Walker in his Company debut and tenor Robert Brubaker. The staging of this co-production with the National Theatre in Prague and the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe will be directed in revival by Anja Kühnhold. The creative team features the work of set designer Boris Kudli?ka, costume designerKaspar Glarner, lighting designer John Bishop and video designer Bartek Macias. American soprano Christine Goerke returns to San Francisco Opera in one of her most celebrated roles as the deranged and vengeful Elektra. Her portrayal of the part with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall led the New York Observer to proclaim: “To the rarefied society of superb interpreters of Elektra, consisting of perhaps two or three singers in each generation, we can now welcome Ms. Goerke.” American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, “who boasts one of the most powerful voices in opera” (New York Times), makes her role debut as Elektra’s embattled mother, Klytemnestra. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, renowned for her interpretation of Chrysothemis, returns to the Company for the first time since performing Tosca in 2009. In his first appearance with San Francisco Opera, American bass-baritone Alfred Walker sings Orest and tenor Robert Brubaker is Aegisth. Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási, General Music Director of Komische Oper Berlin, makes his podium debut with the Company leading Strauss’ intricate and explosive score. Warner’s setting of this opera based on the classic Greek tragedy brings Elektra into the present day. The British director commented: “On one hand, Elektra is really an amazingly complex, deep piece and on the other it is an almost horror movie kind of thriller. Dreadful, terrible deeds are happening in this family: there have been murders in the past and there will be more murders on the day when the story is taking place. We have decided to set the piece in a modern museum where a girl is going through and reading about Sophocles’ Electra and Carl Jung’s Electra complex. The artifacts and information trigger a series of memories in her and we go back into her story. She must confront the truth by confronting the terrible events that started this whole chain reaction of murder and mayhem.” Verdi: La Traviata (September 23–October 17) A revival of Verdi’s enduring classic La Traviata opens on September 23 with Maestro Nicola Luisotti leading a cast that includes three artists making their Company debuts in leading roles. Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian, who has performed Violetta Valéry in Berlin, Munich, Oslo and Tel Aviv, will sing her first performances in the United States as the courtesan who sacrifices everything for love. Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan debuts as Alfredo Germont, a role which he will also sing this year in March and April at the Metropolitan Opera and in June at Covent Garden. Polish baritone Artur Ruci?ski will portray Giorgio Germont. Since his 2010 breakout performances in the title role of Eugene Onegin at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Ruci?ski has been heard in many of the world’s leading opera houses and has performed Germont in Berlin, Verona and London. John Copley’s elegant production returns and will be directed in revival by Shawna Lucey. Flamenco performer and Artistic Director of Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco Carola Zertuche contributes new choreography in her Company debut. Massenet: Manon (November 4–22 Soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Michael Fabiano headline a new production of Jules Massenet’s opera of young love and reckless passion, Manon, which returns to the Company’s repertory on November 4 after an absence of 19 seasons. Sierra sings the title role for the first time in her career, which in 2016 included acclaimed debuts with the Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala and Opéra National de Paris where her “lithe soprano masterfully soared with tones of exceptional grace” in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo (Musical America). Hailed as “a sensational performer” by The Guardian for his role debut as Lensky in Eugene Onegin and last heard with San Francisco Opera in June 2016 performing the title role in Don Carlo for the first time, Fabiano premieres another new role with the Company in 2017 with Chevalier des Grieux. At a recent San Francisco Opera gala, the duo of Sierra and Fabiano were featured in the “vocally steamy” St. Sulpice scene from the opera. The San Francisco Chronicle declared “nothing got the audience quite so jazzed as the incendiary duet from Massenet’s Manon.” Baritone David Pershall, who made his first appearance with the Company in September 2016 as Roucher in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, returns as Lescaut. Bass James Creswell is Comte des Grieux, baritone Timothy Mix is De Brétigny and tenor Robert Brubaker portrays Guillot de Morfontaine. Parisian-born conductor and Massenet specialist Patrick Fournillier, who made his Company debut in 2010 conducting Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac and who also led the 2013 new production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, returns to conduct the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Massenet’s plush score. Vincent Boussard, whose production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi was presented at San Francisco Opera in 2012, returns to direct this new interpretation of Manon, a co-production with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Israeli Opera, featuring sets designed by Vincent Lemaire, costumes designed by Boussard and lighting by Gary Marder. Boussard noted: “Manon is a specific play from 18th-century France, rewritten by Massenet in the 19th century, who was dreaming about that earlier time. So, we have to find all the crispy colors of all those periods of time. I tried to make it as pure as possible in terms of setting, not too much decoration. It is a style that requires the singers to be great performers because Manon is a very intimate piece. I believe that the story of a young lady who wants to listen to a call for freedom and pleasure belongs to our period of time.” Adams: Girls of the Golden West (November 21–December 10) On November 21, the War Memorial Opera House will play host to one of the musical season’s most eagerly anticipated events: the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, the newest opera by composer and California resident John Adams, written expressly for San Francisco Opera. With a libretto by director Peter Sellars, Girls of the Golden West explores the dramatic and often brutal stories of pioneers on California’s Gold Rush frontier during the 1850s. Initiated by the Company’s former General Director David Gockley, this auspicious opera debut will be the culmination of the yearlong, worldwide celebrations honoring the American composer’s 70th birthday. A co-commission and co-production between San Francisco Opera, The Dallas Opera, Nationale Opera and Ballet Amsterdam and the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Girls of the Golden West will premiere in San Francisco, a mere 200 miles away from the opera’s setting in the historic mining sites of Rich Bar and Downieville. The opera is presented by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner. Adams, whose previous operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer and Doctor Atomic have all been produced by San Francisco Opera, began work on the score in June 2015. He said, “I have a cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains not far from where these events in the opera took place. I know the terrain. I have hiked through those valleys and along those hillsides. This is home to me. Not many composers can hope to be as lucky as I to have this connection to the historical reality.” The libretto by Sellars is drawn from period sources including The Shirley Letters, vivid accounts of life at Rich Bar written by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe, using her pen name “Dame Shirley”; speeches by civil rights champion Frederick Douglass; poetry of Argentinian, Chilean and Chinese miners; songs of the period; and the journalistic writings of Mark Twain. Reflecting on these historic writings, Sellars commented: “The true stories of the Forty-Niners are overwhelming in their heroism, passion and cruelty, telling tales of racial conflicts, colorful and humorous exploits, political strife and struggles to build anew a life and to decide what it would mean to be American. And let me add that I’m hugely stimulated by the dynamic, high-spirited and deeply moving music that John is creating. I am in high anticipation in my eagerness to bring this new work to life, first in San Francisco, and later around the world.” “One of the key elements in the opera,” Adams remarked, “is the trove of original Gold Rush song lyrics that I’ve set. These are lyrics that, in their frank and homely simplicity, describe the hardships, wild expectations and crushing realities these miners experienced.” Adams continued, “I am unusually excited about our cast for this world premiere. They are, in a lot of ways, a slam dunk.” Soprano Julia Bullock will make her Company debut as Dame Shirley. Earning acclaim for her performances in contemporary works by Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Tyshawn Sorey, Bullock’s performance in Purcell’s The Indian Queen with the English National Opera was admired by The Telegraph for its “moments of heart-stopping beauty.” Bass-baritone Davóne Tines makes his first local operatic appearance as Ned Peters, an African-American cowboy and former slave who is drawn to the promise of the frontier. At age 30, Tines has had three operas composed with his voice in mind, and was hailed in a tweet by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross as a “great, electrifying singer.” Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges returns to the Company as Josefa Segovia, a young Mexican woman who serves drinks and entertains the miners at The Empire Hotel in Rich Bar. Along with her 2016 San Francisco Opera debut as Bersi in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Bridges, whom the Los Angeles Times and Opera News have declared a “rising star,” also won acclaim last year for her portrayal of Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten with LA Opera. Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, who recently portrayed Amfortas in Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival, will make his Company debut in Girls of the Golden West as Clarence King. Tenor Paul Appleby, who last appeared with the Company as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in 2015, returns to sing the pivotal role of Joe Cannon, a miner whose desire for Josefa leads to a crisis in the camp. Having previously appeared with San Francisco Opera as Madame Mao Tse-tung in Nixon in China in 2012 and Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 2013, Korean soprano Hye Jung Lee returns to portray Ah Sing, the Chinese courtesan who wishes to marry Joe. Baritone Elliot Madore, who first appeared with the Company as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, portrays the bartender of The Empire Hotel, Ramón. San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Lorena Feijoo will portray the mid-19th-century entertainer and celebrity Lola Montez, who was known for her provocative “Spider Dance.” Sellars, who “has created a body of work that will transcend epoch and place, style and fad” (Opera News), anchors a creative team that is drawn from the worlds of opera, theater and cinema, including set designer David Gropman, costume designer Rita Ryack, lighting designerJames F. Ingalls, sound designer Mark Grey and choreographer John Heginbotham. Conductor Grant Gershon, currently in his sixteenth season as the artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will lead the cast, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Dance Corps in this new work. The collaboration between San Francisco Opera and John Adams began with the co-commission of The Death of Klinghoffer and presentation of its West Coast premiere in 1992. The Company commissioned the composer to create Doctor Atomic, presenting that work’s world premiere in 2005. Adams’ collaboration with Sellars extends back to 1987 when Sellars directed the world premiere of Adams’ first opera, Nixon in China, with a libretto by Alice Goodman, at Houston Grand Opera. San Francisco Opera presented Nixon in China in a production by Michael Cavanagh in 2012. SUMMER 2018 SEASON Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (June 12–July 1) (The Ring of the Nibelung) From June 12 through July 1, 2018, San Francisco Opera will present one of the greatest and most ambitious works of music, theater and stagecraft ever created: Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). When first unveiled as a full cycle at San Francisco Opera in 2011, Francesca Zambello’s production was hailed by the New York Times as “boldly contemporary” and the San Francisco Chronicle observed: “San Francisco Opera’s most ambitious undertaking in years also turned out to be the company’s greatest triumph.” The 2018 Ring Festival will revive the acclaimed production in three complete cycles of the tetralogy: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Director Francesca Zambello returns to direct and introduce several new features, including technologically advanced projections, new imagery and restudied stage action that were not part of the production’s earlier incarnation at San Francisco Opera in 2011. Utilizing visuals from various periods of American history in each of the four operas, Zambello commented: “Since directing the Ring again in 2016 in Washington, D.C., the power of the work feels even more contemporary. We are presenting a world in some ways familiar to our audience but also one that will feel very mythic as we look to our country’s rich imagery. The characters seem known to us as we have placed more emphasis on the role of the family and the role of redemption through all the female characters. The great overarching themes of the Ring—nature, power and corruption—resound through America’s past and haunt our present.” Renowned Wagnerian conductor Donald Runnicles returns to lead cast, orchestra and chorus in all three cycles. An international cast of the world’s leading Wagnerians has been assembled for this production of the Ring, including a trio of exceptional artists who are new to the Company. German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius will portray Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung; American tenor Daniel Brenna will bow as Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung; and German bass-baritone Falk Struckmann, who has performed most of the low-voiced roles in the Ring, makes both his Company and role debuts as Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Known throughout the world for his interpretation of Wotan King of the Gods, American bass-baritone Greer Grimsley brings his celebrated portrayal to the War Memorial Opera House stage for the first time. Finnish soprano Karita Mattila will sing Sieglinde in Die Walküre. American tenor Brandon Jovanovich reprises the roles he performed in the 2011 production: Froh in Das Rheingold and Siegmund in Die Walküre. Triumphant in her Company debut as Adalgisa in the 2014 performances of Bellini’s Norma, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will sing the roles of Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, and Waltraute and the Second Norn in Götterdämmerung. Štefan Margita and David Cangelosi reprise the roles of Loge and Mime respectively, portrayals for which the two tenors were highly praised in the Company’s 2011 Ring. Bass Raymond Aceto sings the roles of Fafner (Das Rheingold and Siegfried) and Hunding (Die Walküre); baritone Brian Mulligan portrays Donner (Das Rheingold) and Gunther (Götterdämmerung); and bass Andrea Silvestrelli is Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Hagen (Götterdämmerung). As part of today’s announcement, San Francisco Opera revealed additions to the roster of artists who will be featured in the four Ring operas. Soprano Julie Adams joins the previously announced cast as Freia in Das Rheingold and Gerhilde in Die Walküre. Mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and incoming Adler Fellow soprano Sarah Cambidge will portray the three Norns in Götterdämmerung. The Valkyries in the third act of Die Walküre, who sing the memorable “Ho-jo-to-ho”s following Wagner’s iconic “Ride of the Valkyries,” will be performed by Adams, Cambidge, Melissa Citro, Laura Krumm, Lauren McNeese, Renée Rapier and Renée Tatum. All artists will perform their roles in each of the three cycles, which are scheduled for June 12–17, June 19–24 and June 26–July 1, 2018. Ring cycle performances take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To provide Ring aficionados and those who are new to the work additional points of engagement, San Francisco Opera will partner with Bay Area cultural institutions to present myriad activities during the 2018 Ring Festival, including lectures and other events. The full calendar of ancillary programs will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit sfopera.com/ring . Regarded as one of the world’s leading companies in presenting the Ring, San Francisco Opera first produced Wagner’s masterwork in 1935 with Friedrich Schorr (Wotan), Lauritz Melchior (Siegmund/Siegfried), Elisabeth Rethberg (Sieglinde) and Kirsten Flagstad (Brünnhilde). Later stagings followed in 1972, 1985, 1990, 1999 and 2011. For details of past San Francisco Opera presentations of Turandot, Elektra, La Traviata, Manon and the Ring, visit the online performance archive at archive.sfopera.com .

Meeting in Music

January 17

Recent updates to previously posted music

01/18/17 Musique Française #2 +1DDL Respighi's Fountains & Pines of Rome, The Birds by Louis Lane in Atlanta (1985) 01/11/17 Debussy #3 +1DDL Jeux & Images pour Orchestre by Tilson Thomas in San Francisco (2014) 01/10/17 Musique Française #2 +1CD Saint-Saens' 1st Cello Concerto by Tortelier & Frémaux in Birmingham (1974) 01/03/17 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's Cello Concerto by Paul Tortelier & Charles Groves in London (1988) 12/29/16 Goodbye 2015 +1CD Monteverdi's Selva morale e spirituale by William Christie (1987) 12/26/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD set Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ by C. Davis in London (1976) (a rip by Enrico B.) 12/19/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Tchaikovsky's 'Pathétique' Symphony by Giuseppe Sinopoli in London (1989) 12/16/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Gesualdo's Tenebrae responsories by the BBC Singers & Bo Holten (2004) 12/16/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD set Byrd and Taverner: Masses, by David Willcocks in Cambridge (1963) 12/12/16 Schubert #1 +1CD Sonata D.894 & Impromptus D.899 by Daniel Levy in London (1997) 12/11/16 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Volkmann's Cello Concerto & Serenades by H. Karni & M. Pommer (Hamburg 1997) 12/9/16 Mozart: Nachtmusik Added missing track #9 (+New cue file and log) 12/5/16 Stravinsky #2 +1DVD Petrushka + Blacher's Paganini Variations by Zubin Mehta in Florence 1995 12/5/16 Opera Favourites #3 +1DVD Verdi: 4 Pezzi Sacri by Claudio Abbado in Stockholm 1998 (+ Debussy's Nocturnes) 12/3/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #4 +1CD Schoenberg's Pelleas + Variations Op. 31 by Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv 12/3/16 In the Name of Music +1CD Orff's Carmina Burana by James Levine in Chicago (1984) (a rip by Cunctator) 11/29/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Korngold's Piano Music by Ingrid Jacoby (1998) 11/29/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Grieg & Schumann, Piano Concertos by Ingrid Jacoby in London (2005) 11/21/16 Poulenc +1CD Motets, 7 Chansons, Mass, Figure humaine by the Grex Vocalis choral ensemble (1999) 11/18/16 Musique Française #1 +1 CD Ravel Tombeau, Fauré Masques & Pavane by the Orpheus Chamber Orch. (1995) 11/18/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD set Ravel's piano music by Jacques Rouvier (1974) 11/15/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 with Gary Graffman & George Szell in Cleveland (1966) 11/15/16 In the Name of Music +1CD Orff's Carmina Burana by Richard Hickox in London (1987) 11/14/16 American Classics +1CD Ives & Creston's Symphonies no. 2 by Neeme Neeme Järvi in Detroit (1995) 11/13/16 Shostakovich #2 +1CD Suites from 'The Gadfly' and 'Pirogov' film scores by José Serebrier (1987) 11/13/16 Shostakovich #1 +1CD Semyon Bychkov's 5th in Berlin (1986) now from original CD 11/11/16 The Odd Couple +1CD Mozart Concerto No. 13 + Beethoven's 'Eroica' by Barenboim in Versailles (1997) 11/11/16 The Odd Couple #2 +1CD Mozart's Requiem by Riccardo Muti in Berlin (1987) 11/8/16 Rachmaninov #2 +1DVD Rip Concerto no. 3 with Giorgia Tomassi in Tel Aviv (1992) 11/8/16 The Long Goodbye +1CD Mozart & Weber's Clarinet Quintets by Eduard Brunner & the Hagen Quartett (1987) 11/7/16 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Korngold & Schmidt Chamber Music with Piano Left Hand by Leon Fleisher (1993) 11/4/16 Mahler Lieder +1CD Fischer-Dieskau's Gesellen & Kindertoten + Wolf's Lieder in the 50s (a rip by Corrado D.) 11/4/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Dvorak Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky's Rococo' by Christine Walevska (1971) 11/3/16 Rare Grooves #2 +LP set Vivaldi's Il Cimento Op. 8 by I Musici and Felix Ayo (1959) (a transfer by Enrico B.) 11/1/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Chinese Ancient Classical Music by Xiaming (2001) 11/1/16 Debussy #4 +1CD Etudes, Images oubliées, Estampes, Suite Bergamasque by Roger Woodward (1997) 11/1/16 American Classics +1CD Copland's Piano Works (Blues, Sonata, Rodeo, Salon) by Eugenie Russo (1995) 11/1/16 American Classics +1CD Copland's Tender Land & Red Pony Suites by James Sedares in Phoenix (1991) 11/1/16 Stravinsky #2 +1CD The Rite of Spring & The Firebird Suite by James DePreist in Portland (2000) 11/1/16 Stravinsky #2 +1CD The Rite of Spring & Apollo by Jaap van Zweden in Hilversum (2006) 10/17/16 Mahler Lieder +1CD Wyn Morris 1966 Des Knaben Wunderhorn (J. Baker & G. Evans) (a rip by Leroy V) 10/12/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Saint-Saens: Violin Sonatas by Kang & Devoyon (2003) 10/11/16 Darmstadt #4 +1CD Carter's Piano & Cello Sonatas + works by Del Tredici, Helps & Persichetti 10/11/16 Brahms Piano & Chamber Gems +1CD Clarinet & String Quintets by D. Shifrin and Chamber Music N-W 10/11/16 Darmstadt #3 +1CD Boulez's Structures for 2 Pianos by the Kontarsky Duo (1965) 10/8/16 Spanish School #2 +1CD set Albeniz's Iberia by Olivier Chauzu (2008) 10/4/16 Strauss #3 +1CD Oboe Concerto by Douglas Boyd & Paavo Berglund (1986) (+ Mozart's K. 314) 10/4/16 Strauss #3 +1CD set Heldenleben & Zarathustra with Zubin Mehta in L.A. (1968) (a rip by Dante B.) 10/3/16 Bartok #5 +1CD The wooden Prince & Hungarian Pictures by Neeme Jarvi in London (1990) 10/3/16 Bartok #5 +1CD The wooden Prince & Dance Suite by Ivan Fischer in Budapest (1996) 10/1/16 Haydn Quartets Op. 9 New links added for the original release from the 1990's. Disc scans and inside cover scans are included in the new scans link. Scroll to the bottom of the comments section for the new links. 9/22/16 Prokofiev #1 +1DVD Romeo & Juliet: Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Alessandra Ferri & Wayne Eagling (1984) 9/21/16 Prokofiev #2 +1CD 1st Symphony, Love for 3 Oranges & Lieutenant Kijé by Lorin Maazel in Paris (1985) 9/21/16 Prokofiev #2 +5CDs 5th Symphony by: Y. Levi, V. Handley, Y. Temirkanov, J. Martinon & G. Noseda 9/20/16 Prokofiev #1 +3CDs Romeo & Juliet (Excerpts) by Claudio Abbado, Claus Peter Flor & Yoel Levi 9/20/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD set Cinderella complete ballet by Vladimir Ashkenazy in Cleveland (1983) 9/20/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD set Romeo & Juliet complete ballet by Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg (1990) 9/20/16 Prokofiev #1 +2 CDs Alexander Nevsky & Scythian Suite by Valery Gergiev (2002) & Neeme Jarvi (1988) 9/14/16 Spanish School #2 +1CD Spanish & Argentine Flamencos played by Paco Peña & Eduardo Falú (1989) 9/14/16 Spanish School #2 +1CD Montoya & Ricardo: Flamencos, played by Paco Peña (1987) 9/13/16 Spanish School #3 +1CD Spanish 20th Century Guitar Works by Agustin Maruri (1995) 9/13/16 Spanish School #1 +1CD Guitar Music of Ponce, Piazzolla, Barrios played by Manuel Barrueco (1997) 9/12/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Borodin's String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 by the Borodin Quartet (1980) 9/12/16 Rachmaninov #2 +3CDs Piano Concertos & Paganini Rhapsody by T. Vasary & Y. Ahronovitch (a rip by Dante B.) 9/12/16 Bruckner +1CD set Symphony No. 8 by Giulini in Vienna 1985 (a rip by Dante B.) 9/10/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Vivaldi's Le Quattro Stagioni by Gil Shaham & the Orpheus C.O. (1993) 9/10/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Smetana's Ma Vlast by Vaclav Talich in Prague (1954) (a rip by Corrado D.) 9/10/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD 1st Violin Sonata (+ Debussy & Janacek) by V. Mullova & P. Anderszewski (1994) 9/10/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD The War Sonatas by Vladimir Ashkenazy (1995) 9/10/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD 3rd Concerto & Tchaikovsky's 1st by Noriko Ogawa & Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1989) 9/10/16 Prokofiev #1 +1 CD set The 5 Piano Concertos by Vladimir Krainev & Dmitri Kitaenko in Frankfurt (1992) 9/10/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD set 3rd & 5th Concertos (+ Schumann's and Liszt's) by Samson François (1958-1961) 9/10/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD 3rd Concerto & Ravel's left Hand Concerto by John Browning & Erich Leinsdorf (1960) 9/8/16 Schumann +1CD Papillons, Piano Quintet, Fantasiestücke Op. 73 with Jonathan Biss, Jerusalem Q., Martin Fröst 9/8/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Domenico Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas by Marcela Roggeri (Piano) (2004) 9/8/16 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD Symphony No. 1 by Mariss Jansons in St. Petersburg (1999) (a rip by Corrado D.) 8/29/16 Schumann +1CD Margaret Price's Frauenlieben und Leben (1981) 8/14/16 The Long Goodbye +1CD Beethoven & Mozart's Wind Quintets by Alfred Brendel & Soloists (1986)8/14/16 The Long Goodbye +1LP Beethoven's 7th Symphony by Karl Böhm (1958) (a transfer by Enrico B.) 8/14/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Pergolesi Stabat Mater by Claudio Abbado (1985)8/14/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Mozart's 3rd & 5th Violin Concertos by Isabelle van Keulen (1989)8/14/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD Mozart Piano Sonatas by Daria van den Bercken (2014) 8/5/16 Summer Nights #7 +1CD Mendelssohn's String Quintets at the Marlboro Festival 1990 (a rip by Corrado D.) 8/5/16 In the Name of Music +1CD set Mendelssohn's Elias by Wolfgang Sawallisch (a rip by Corrado D.) 8/5/16 In the Name of Music +1CD set Mendelssohn's Elias & Paulus Oratorios by Helmut Rilling (a rip by Dante B.) 7/19/16 Mahler 7 +1CD Gianandrea Noseda in Manchester (2010) (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/19/16 American Classics +1CD Barber's Sonata (+ Berg's Op. 1 & Beethoven's Op. 126) by Ashley Wass 7/19/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Gubaidulina: The Piano Music by Marcela Roggeri (2007) 7/18/16 Summer Nights #6 +1CD Frederica von Stade's Haydn, Mozart, Rossini solo album (1975) w/ de Waart & Dorati  7/18/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD set J-P. Rameau's Zais by Christophe Rousset (2014) 7/16/16 Summer Nights #4 +1CD set Beethoven's 4th Concerto (+ Chopin's 2nd & Schumann's) by Guiomar Novaes 7/16/16 Summer Nights #4 +1LP Beethoven's Violin Concerto by H. Szeryng & B. Haitink (a transfer by Enrico B.) 7/16/16 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Anne-Sophie Mutter & Kurt Masur in NYC (2002) 7/16/16 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's Quartets Nos. 9 & 14 by the Quartetto Italiano (1969) 7/16/16 Summer Nights #4 +1CD Beethoven's 4th Concerto by Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach in Paris (2007) 7/13/16 Summer Nights #12 +1CD Guastavino's Songs by Florent Héau (Clarinet) with Marcela Roggeri, Piano (2008) 7/11/16 Opera Favourites #2 +1DVD Puccini's Il Tabarro & Leoncavallo's Pagliacci by James Levine (1994) 7/11/16 Messiaen +1CD La fauvette passerinette & other piano pieces by Peter Hill (2014) 7/11/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Lalo's complete Piano Trios by the Trio Parnassus (1992) (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/11/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD set Bizet's complete Orchestral Music by Enrique Batiz (1988) (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/9/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Saint-Saens's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 by G. Pretre (1991) (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/9/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Satie, Piano Music (including most Gnossiennes) by Marcela Roggeri (2005) 7/5/16 Opera Favourites #1 +1CD set, Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri by Claudio Abbado in Vienna (1987) 7/5/16 Opera Favourites #1 +2CD sets, Bellini's Norma (J. Levine 1979) & I Capuleti e i Montecchi (R. Muti 1984) 7/5/16 Bach +1CD Cantatas for Counter-Tenor (BWV 170, 54, 35) by A. Scholl & P. Herreweghe (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/5/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD 'Nocturne' (Selected Lieder) by Rupert Charlesworth & Edwige Herchenroder (2014) 7/4/16 In the Name of Music +1CD set Liszt's Christus oratorio by Helmuth Rilling (1997) (a rip by Dante B.) 7/2/16 Summer Nights #7 +1CD Brahms' Trio Op. 8 & Beethoven's 'Archduke': V. Mullova, H. Schiff & A. Previn (1993) 7/2/16 Summer Nights #7 +1LP Brahms' Violin Concerto by Henryk Szeryng & Bernard Haitink (a transfer by Enrico B.) 7/2/16 Bach 1CD set The well Tempered Clavier by Sergey Schepkin (1998-9) ( a rip by Corrado D.) 7/2/16 Bach +1CD The Art of Fugue by the Keller Quartett (1998) (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/2/16 Bach +1CD Cantatas BWV 4, 56, 82 with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1951-2-3) (a rip by Corrado D.) 7/2/16 Bach +1CD Goldberg Variations (Arr. for String Trio by Bruno Giuranna), Trio Broz (2008) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/28/16 Bach +1CD set The well Tempered Clavier by Samuel Feinberg (1959) (a rip by Corrado D.)6/28/16 Bach +1CD set Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin by Salvatore Accardo (1976) (a rip by Corrado D.)6/28/16 Bach +1CD set The Art of Fugue by Grigory Sokolov (2008) (a rip by Corrado D.)6/28/16 Bach +1CD set Brandenburg Concertos by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (2007) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/27/16 Musique Française #2 +1CD Fauré, Chausson, Saint-Saens, Massenet by K. Deshayes & Ensemble Contraste 6/27/16 Musique Française #2 +2CDs Chausson Concert (Accardo) & Symphony (Ansermet) (rips by Corrado D.) 6/26/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD set Songs by Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc etc. by G. Souzay (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/26/16 Musique Française #3 +1CD Ravel's Piano Music by Vlado Perlemuter (1955 recordings) 6/26/16 Musique Française #3 +1LP Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suites by Willem van Otterloo in The Hague (1956) 6/26/16 Mahler 3 +1CD set Michael Tilson Thomas and the LSO, 1990 (with Janet Baker + Rückert-Lieder) 6/23/16 Schubert #2 +1CD set the Late String Quartets by the Quartetto Italiano (1965-1976-1977) 6/23/16 Schubert #1 +1CD Impromptus Op. 90 + Bach's Partitas Nos. 1 & 2 by Simone Dinnerstein (2011) 6/23/16 Schubert #3 +1CD Winterreise by Cristoph Prégardien & Andreas Staier (1998) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/23/16 Schubert #3 +1CD Winterreise by Anton & Hilda Dermota (1963) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/23/16 Schubert #3 +1CD Schwanengesang by Wolfgang Holzmair & Imogen Cooper (1994) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/21/16 Bach +1CD The Musical Offering by the Accademia Bizantina and Carlo Chiarappa (1991) 6/21/16 Bach +1CD set The Cello Suites in Mischa Maisky's first recording (1985) 6/21/16 Bach +1CD The Art of Fugue by Ramin Bahrami (2006) 6/21/16 Bach 2CD sets The well Tempered Clavier Books 1 & 2 by Daniel Barenboim (2003-2005) 6/21/16 Schumann +1CD set Kreisleriana by Imogen Cooper + V.A. at the Festival de Valloires 2006 6/19/16 Strauss Operas #2 +1DVD Der Rosenkavalier by John Neschling in Palermo (2004) 6/19/16 Strauss #3 +1CD set Wind Sonatinas, Suite & Serenade by the Royal Academy Wind Ensemble (2006) 6/19/16 Strauss #2 +1CD Music from the Operas by Jeffrey Tate in Rotterdam (1992) 6/19/16 Strauss #1 +1CD Metamorphosen, Don Juan & Lieder by Joan Rodgers & Jan Latham-Koenig (2001) 6/19/16 Strauss #1 +1CD set Lieder by Edita Gruberova & Friedrich Haider (1990) 6/16/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Fauré's 1st Piano Quartet & Trio by the Beaux Arts Trio (1988) (a rip by Dante B.) 6/16/16 Summer Nights #5 +1CD Berlioz's Symphonies fantastique by James Levine (1991) (a rip by Enrico B.) 6/16/16 Bach +1CD set Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin by Stefan Milenkovich (1997) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/16/16 Bach +1CD set Brandenburg Concertos by Giardino Armonico & Giovanni Antonini (1997) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/13/16 In the Name of Music +1CD Orff's Carmina Burana by Franz Welser-Möst in London (1989) 6/13/16 In the Name of Music +1 CD set Mendelssohn's Paulus by Kurt Masur with Theo Adam (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/13/16 Mahler Lieder +1CD Fischer-Dieskau's classic EMI recordings of the major Lieder sets (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/13/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Frank Martin's Piano Concertos & Ballade by J-F. Antonioli & M. Viotti (1985) 6/10/16 Burgmüller Songs & Sonata Replaced rip which was missing two tracks. The new link is complete. 6/10/16 Bach +1CD set Goldberg Variations & the Partitas by Karl Richter (1958-60) (a rip by Corrado D,) 6/8/16 Summer Nights #10 +1CD Elgar's 2nd Symphony + In the South Ov. with Andrew Davis (1992) 6/8/16 Bach +1CD set The Partitas for Keyboard by Richard Goode (Piano) (2002-2003) (a rip by Corrado D,) 6/8/16 Bach +1CD set The Cello Suites by Mario Brunello (1994) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/5/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD A. Caldara's & A. Lingua's Cantate by Recitarcantando Urbino (2009) 6/5/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD F.M. Stiava's Vespri di Santa Cecilia by Federico Bardazzi in Florence (2008) 6/5/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD G. Carissimi's Historia di Job, Vanitas Vanitatum by Federico Bardazzi in Florence (2005) 6/5/16 Summer Nights #11 +1CD H. von Bingen's O Orzchis Ecclesia by Federico Bardazzi in Florence (2007) 6/3/16 Gershwin +1CD Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Cuban Ov. by Lorin Maazel in Cleveland (1975) 6/3/16 American Classics +1CD MacDowell's Piano Concertos by Donna Amato & Paul Freeman in London (1985) 6/3/16 Odd Couple #2 +1CD Chopin's 3rd Sonata by Felipe Browne in London (1999) 6/3/16 Bach +1CD Goldberg Variations by Bruno Canino (1993) (a rip by Corrado D.) 6/2/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD set Janáček's Piano Music by Håkon Austbø (2004)6/2/16 Bach +1CD Goldberg Variations by Jörg Demus (1989) 6/1/16 Schumann +1CD set Dichterliebe by M. Padmore & I. Cooper + V.A. at the Festival de Valloires 2007 6/1/16 Summer Nights #2 +1CD Yehuda - Jewish Music from the Seraglio, L'Orient Imaginaire, V. Ivanoff (1996) 5/31/16 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Dvorak's New World Symphony by Riccardo Chailly in Amsterdam (1987) 5/31/16 Summer Nights #9 +1CD Franck's Symphony by Tadaaki Otaka (1999) (a rip by Corrado D.) 5/31/16 Summer Nights #9 +1CDs Franck's & Saint-Saens' Symphonies by Antonio de Almeida in Moscow (1993) 5/29/16 Debussy #2 +1CD Mélodies by Barbara Hendricks & Michel Béroff (1985) 5/29/16 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD Cello Sonata (+ Strauss') bt Werner Thomas & Carmen Piazzini (1987) 5/27/16 Rare grooves #2 +1LP Mendelssohn's 4th Sym. 'Italian' by Colin Davis in Boston (1976) (a transfer by Enrico B.) 5/24/16 Medieval Music: New links 5/24/16 Debussy #6 +1CD String Quartet (+ Brahms's Op. 51/1) by the Ceruti Quartet (2008) 5/24/16 Debussy #5 +1CD Images & other piano pieces by Zoltan Kocsis (1988) 5/24/16 Debussy #5 1CD set Préludes & Etudes by Georges Pludermacher (2003) 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 #2 +1Bonus, Chopin for Cello & Piano: Piatigorsky, Bonucci & Amfitheatrof (enc. 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. Fischer in Rome (2006) 4/23/16 Strauss #1 +1Bonus Le bourgeois gentilhomme by Christopher Hogwood in Milan (2005)  4/23/16 Rachmaninov #1 +1CD Symphony No. 1 & Isle of the Dead by M. Pletnev and the RNO (2000) 4/23/16 Rachmaninov #2 +1Bonus, 3rd Concerto by B. L. Gelber & E. Krivine in Geneva (1988) 4/23/16 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD set The Concertos in E. Wild & J. Horenstein's great recording in London (a rip by Odeon) 4/23/16 Rachmaninov #2 +3CDs Ashkenazy/Haitink; Glemser/Wit; Zilberstein/Abbado classic recordings of concertos 4/23/16 Rachmaninov #1 +2CDs Preludes by Weissenberg (1969) & 2nd Symphony by I. Fischer (2003) (rips by Sasha) 4/22/16 Schumann Piano Trio Op. 63 & Ravel's by the Trio di Bolzano (1954) (a rip by Corrado D.) 4/22/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD set 5th Symphony by L. Maazel in Cleveland (1977) (+ Rimsky's orch. works) (a rip by Sasha) 4/22/16 Wagner's Ring +4DVDs The entire Ring des Nibelungen in J. 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. Conlon in Rotterdam 4/14/16 Stravinsky #2 +1DVD Gergiev and the Vienna Philh. in Salzburg for The Firebird (+ Prokofiev & Schnittke) 4/14/16 Strauss Great Operas #2 +1DVD Ariadne auf Naxos by Colin Davis in Dresden (2000) 4/14/16 In the Name of Music +1CD Orff's Catulli Carmina & Trionfo di Afrodite by Franz Welser-Möst (1995)4/14/16 In the Name of Music +3CDs Orff's Carmina Burana by Z. Mehta (1992), A. Previn (1993) & R. Shaw (1980) 4/14/16 Hindemith +2CDs F. Schmidt's 4th Symphony (F. Welser-Moest) and Selected Organ Works (A. 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. Haitink in Berlin (1995) and M. Alsop in Baltimore (2006) 4/13/16 Stravinsky #1 +2CDs Oedipus Rex: Colin Davis' 1983 and Esa-Pekka Salonen's 1991 recordings. 4/13/16 Stravinsky #2 +2CDs Esa-Pekka Salonen for Apollo, Cantata, Concerto and Works for Piano & Orchestra (1988-90) 4/12/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1CD Scarlatti Sonatas in Ivo Pogorelich's classic 1991 recording 4/12/16 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Szymanowski's Piano Music by Marc-André Hamelin (2002) & Roland Pöntinen (2008) 4/12/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Scharwenka's 2nd Sonata, Romanzero with Seta Tanyel (1992) 4/12/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with L. Maazel and the Berlin Philh. (1985) 4/12/16 Prokofiev #2 +2CDs Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-5 and 9 & 10; Piano Sonatinas (P. Donohoe) + Cello Sonata (Wallfisch) 4/12/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Symphony No. 2 with Valery Gergiev and the USSR TV & Radio Symphony (1988) 4/12/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Alexander Nevsky with Riccardo Chailly in Cleveland (1983) 4/12/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CDs set Alexander Nevsky & Ivan the Terrible with Mstislav Rostropovich and the LSO (1991) 4/12/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Violin Sonatas with Erik Schumann & Henri Sigfridsson (2007) 4/12/16 Prokofiev #1 +1CD Complete works for Cello and Piano with Raphael Wallfisch & John York (1999) 4/8/16 Cello Sonatas New links 4/4/16 Schumann +1CD set The Symphonies by Gustav Kuhn and the Haydn Orchestra (2010) (a rip by Corrado D.) 4/4/16 Hindemith +1CD Reger: 4 Solo Violin Sonatas by Ulrike-Anima Mathé (1995) 4/3/16 Hindemith +1CD Reger's Clarinet Quintet by Wenzel Fuchs & the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet (1999) 4/3/16 Hindemith +1CD set Reger's Cello Sonatas by Alban Gerhardt and Markus Becker (2008) 4/3/16 Hindemith +1CD set Reger's Complete Works for Clarinet & Piano (Ib Hausmann & Nina Tichman, 1998) 4/3/16 Hindemith +1CD Reger: 2 Violin Sonatas by H. Schneeberger & J-J. Dünki (1991) 4/3/16 Hindemith +1CD Reger's Mozart Variations (+Schumann, Weber & Naumann) by Blomstedt in Dresden (1990) 4/3/16 Hindemith +1CD Reger: 3 Solo Violin Sonatas by Ulrike-Anima Mathé (1993) 4/3/16 American Classics +1CD Korngold's Symphonic Serenade + Griffes' Roman Sketches by S. Pittau and the LSO 4/3/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1CD Busoni pieces by G. Andaloro & M. Vacatello (+Franck, Handel, Liszt, Chopin) (2005) 4/3/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1CDset Malipiero's complete String Quartets by the Orpheus String Quartet (1991) 4/3/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1CD Busoni's Turandot Suite + Casella & Martucci's orchestrals works: Riccardo Muti (1992)4/3/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1CD Busoni's Piano Concerto by Garrick Ohlsson & Christoph von Dohnányi (1989) 4/3/16 Contrappunti Italiani +2CDs Busoni's 6 Sonatinas both by Roland Pöntinen (1999) and Michele Campanella (1981) 4/3/16 Contrappunti Italiani +1CD Busoni: Elegies and Sonata by Bruce Wolosoff (rare CD 1986) 3/30/16 Schumann +1CD Alicia de Larrocha for Piano Concerto (C. Davis) + Piano Quintet (Tokyo SQ) 3/30/16 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Brahms' 1st Symphony by Sawallisch in London (1991) (a rip by Corrado) 3/29/16 Summer Nights #1 +1CD Lieder by Korngold, Schreker, Weigl & Schoenberg by S. Kimbrough & D. Baldwin 3/29/16 Mahler Das Lied von der Erde +1CD K. Sanderling 1985 recording (with P. Schreier & B. Finnilä) (a rip by Juan F.) 3/28/16 Summer Nights #8 +1CD Brahms' Symphony No. 3 with Carlo Maria Giulini in Vienna 1991 3/28/16 Strauss #2 +1DVD Giuseppe Sinopoli and the Staatskapelle Dresden: Eine Alpensinfonie (+Wagner's Rienzi Ov.) 3/26/16 Mahler Das Lied von der Erde +1DVD Semyon Bychkov in Cologne (with Torsten Kerl & Waltraud Meier) 3/26/16 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Gorecki's 3rd Symphony (Zinman) and Khachaturian's Ballet Suites (Simonov) 3/26/16 Wintery Romantics +3CDs Lyapunov, Paderewski, Moszkowski's Piano C.tos; Moszkowski, Karlowicz's Violin C.tos 3/26/16 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Borodin's Symphonies by V. Gergiev (Rotterdam, 1990) and M. Ermler (Moscow, 2000) 3/26/16 Wintery Romantics +1CD Borodin's String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 by the Borodin Quartet (1966) 3/25/16 Hindemith +2CDs Bernstein's and Eschenbach's recordings of Orchestral Works (with Midori for the Violin C.to) 3/25/16 Debussy #1 +1CD Montserrat Caballé for La damoiselle élue (and Chausson's Poème), Wyn Morris conducting. 3/25/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +2CD Berg's Violin C.to (van Keulen) + Orchestral Works (M. Venzago, cond.) 3/25/16 Second Viennese School Ess.ls #3 +1CD Berg's Kammerkonzert conducted by Hindemith (1959) 3/24/16 A Weimar Rhapsody +1CD Krenek's Quartets Nos. 1 & 7 by the Petersen String Quartet (2003) 3/24/16 Strauss Operas #2 +2DVDs Abbado's (1989) and Böhm's (1981) Elektra in Vienna 3/24/16 In the Name of Music +4CDs Wolf's Lieder Bär & Fischer-Dieskau + Italienisches Liederbuch (Cotrubas/Allen & Oelze/Blochwitz) 3/24/16 In the Name of Music +1CD Pfitzner's Lieder selection with J. Kaufmann, C. Prégardien & A. Schmidt (1997) 3/24/16 In the Name of Music +2CDs Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang' by Abbado (1985) and Chailly (2005) 3/24/16 Wagner Romantic Masterpieces +1DVD James Levine's celebrated Lohengrin at the Met 1986. 3/24/16 Strauss #4 +1CD Don Quixote in Pierre Fournier's classic Szell/1960 recording in Cleveland (a rip by Sasha) 3/18/16 Schubert #2 +1CD Symphony No. 3 by Ilan Volkov (+ Haydn's Symphony No. 46 & Mendelssohn's Melusine) 3/18/16 Schumann +1CD Brigitte Engerer's late studio recording (2003), including Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt. 3/18/16 Schumann +2CDs Concerto (+Grieg's) by Kovacevich & C. Davis (1971); Symphonic Etudes by Brendel (1990) 3/18/16 Schubert #3 +1CD New Rip and original scans of Winterreise by Hampson and Sawallisch (1997) 3/17/16 Poulenc +2CDs Sonatas by Pascal Rogé & Friends & Gloria by Andrew Davis (+ Stravinsky's Psalms Symphony) 3/17/16 Strauss #4 +1CD Pfitzner and Strauss Orchestral music from Operas, with Thielemann at the Berlin Deutschen Oper 3/16/16 Wintery Romantics +2CDs Grieg's Lyric Pieces (Andsnes, 2001) and 3 Violin Sonatas (Amoyal & Chiu, 1999) 3/16/16 The long Goodbye +1CD Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Karajan's classic London recording (1955) (a rip by Sasha) 3/15/16 Liszt +1CD Piano Sonata (+Scriabin's 2nd Sonata) by Ivo Pogorelich (1992) 3/15/16 Musique Française #1 +1CD Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 with Peter Maag and Daniel Chorzempa (1986) 3/15/16 Mahler Lieder +1CD Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Charles Mackerras (with A. Murray and T. 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




Meeting in Music

December 19

Merry Christmas 2016

Hello all! Like last year, again we have teamed up to present a collection of Christmas Music from the 13th through the 20th Centuries. We hope you enjoy our selection. We feel there may be a little something for everybody during this Blessed Holiday Season. May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ~ Thomas Cadfael, Cunctator, Aart, Dutch Publisher and the rest of the Core Team ~ Codex Sanblasianus Medieval Mass for the Feast Of Annuntiation (14th Century) Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis János Mezei - direction Label: Hungaroton HCD 32200 Recorded September 2001 Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael [Flacs & scans] Download Es Stot ein Lind in HimelrichWeihnachtliche Musik aus Mittelalter und RenaissanceEnsemble Freiburger SpielleytFreiburger DomsingknabenRaimund Hug - directionLabel: Ars Musici 232276Recorded July & August 1998-[Flacs & scans]Download[Flacs & scans]Download William Byrd (1539/40-1623) Propers for the Nativity and Annuntiation of the Virgin and other vocal works The Cardinall's Musick Andrew Carwood - direction Label: Hyperion CDA67675 Recorded November 2008 Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael [Flacs & scans] Download Der Tag der ist so freudenreichChristmas Music of the 16th CenturyWorks of di Lasso, de Rore, Isaac,Senfl and othersGruppe für Alte Musik MünchenKarl Ernst Schröder - LuteMartin Zöbeley - directionLabel: Ars Musici 232235Recorded May 1996[Flacs & scans]Download Fare la nina na Christmas music of the Italian Baroque Works of da Gagliano, Turini, Merula,Kapsberger, Frescobaldi etc Amaryllis Dieltjens - Soprano Ensemble Capriola di Gioia Label: Aeolus AE-10073 Recorded January 2013 Thanks to unknown uploader [Flacs & scans] Download Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)In dulci jubilo Vocalensemble RastattEnsemble Les favoritesHolger Speck - directionLabel: Carus 83.156Recorded October 2003Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael[Flacs & scans]Download Cristofaro Caresana (ca.1640-1709) Per la nascita del verbo Christmas Cantata and other works of Giaccio and Storace Capella de Turchini Antonio Florio - direction Label: Opus111 OPS 2035 Published in 2000 Thanks to Orlando Furioso [Flacs & scans] Download Wie schön leuchtet der MorgensternWorks of Praetorius, Scheidt, Purcell,Regnart, du Caurroy, Phalèse and others Flautando Köln - recordersGuests on Lute, Harpsichord, Organ,Sopran and CountertenorLabel: Ars Musici 232357Recorded June 2002[Flacs & scans]Download Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Choralbearbeitungen advents- und Weinachtslieder, Preludium & Fuge BWV 532, BWV 541 Fugen BWV 579, BWV 574 Ewald Kooiman - organist Holzhey organ, Klosterkirche Neresheim Label: Coronata COR2313 Recorded August 1996 [Flacs & scans] Download Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)Magnificat in D major, BWV 243Kantate Herz und Mund..., BWV 147Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045 Münchener Bach-Chor und - OrchesterHansjörg Albrecht - directionLabel: Oehms OC 1801Recorded December 2012[Flacs & scans]Download Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele Organ works of Corelli, Bach, Krebs, Karg-Elert, Reger and others Christian Brembeck - organist Lenter organ, 1994 Pfarrkirche, Maishofen (A) Label: Oehms OC 419 Recorded October 2011 [Flacs & scans] Download Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)Dialogus von der Geburt ChristiChristoph Graupner (1683-1760)Magnificat in C major Rastatter HofkapelleJürgen Ochs - directionLabel: Carus 83.417Recorded June 2008Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael[Flacs & scans]Download Organ Music for Christmas Works of Dandrieu, Corrette, Balbastre, Chauvet, Guilmant, Franck, Dubois Christian Lambour - organist Grass organ, 1779 Benedictine Abbey, St Gallen (CH) Label: Brilliant Classics 94101 Recorded in 2014 [Flacs & scans] Download Johann Sebasian Bach (1685-1750)Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248Soloist of the Wiener Sängerknaben, Paul Esswodd,Kurt Equiluz, Siegmund NimsgernWiener Sängerknaben, Chorus ViennensisConcentus Musicus WienNikolaus Harnoncourt - directionLabel: Teldec 8.35022 ZB (1984). Recorded 1973Courtesy of Cunctator[Flac, cue, log, scans]Download Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Christmas Cantatas BWV 91 - 57 - 151 - 122 La Petite Bande Sigiswald Kuijken - direction Label: Accent ACC 25314 (Vol.14) Recorded December 2010 Courtesy of member Carbozie [Flacs & scans] Download Christmas Trompeten GalaWorks of Charpentier, Bruhns, Bach,Krebs, Kuhnau, Mozart and others Bach-Trompetenensemble MünchenArnold Mehl - directionBilgram, Krapp, Lehrndorfer - organistsLabel: Ars Musici 232243Published in 1996[Flacs & scans]Download George Frederic Handel Messiah (Dublin version, 1742) Dunedin Consort and Players John Butt - direction Label: Linn Records CKD 285 Recorded May 2006 Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael [Flacs & scans] Download Organ Music for ChristmasWorks of Bach, Kneller, Weckmann,Reger and Messiaen Michael-Christfried Winkler - organistSilbermann organ, Reinhardsgrimma (D)Jehmlich organ, Kreuzkirche Dresden (D)Label: Berlin Classics 0013812BCRecorded Oktober & November 1991[Flacs & scans]Download Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) Magnificat Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes Basler Madrigalisten L'arpa festante Fritz Näf - direction Label: Carus 83.412 Recorded January 2008 Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael [Flacs & scans] Download Noël a L'OrgueOrgan Music for ChristmasWorks of d'Aquin, Balbastre,Dandrieu and CorretteMichel Dapuis - organistKoenig organ & Clicquot organLabel: Valois V 4637 (2CDs)Recorded 1969/1980/1988/1991Courtesy of member Aart[Flacs & scans]Download Vom Himmel hoch Weihnachten mit Ludwig Güttler Works of Vejvanowsky, Praetorius, Schein, Heinichen, Langlais and others Virtuosi Saxoniae et al Ludwig Güttler - Trumpet Label: Berlin Classics 0300146BC Published in 2010 [Flacs & scans] Download Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738)Noëls VariesPierre Du Mage (1674-1751)Live d'Orgue Francois Delor - organist Thanks to unknown uploader[Flacs & cover only]Download Michel Corrette (1707-1795) Noëls and Concertos Fabio Bonizzoni - organist Boizard organ, 1714 Ensemble La Risonanza Label: Tempérament 316039 Recorded August 2008 Thanks to unknown uploader [Flacs & scans] Download Bernard Aymable Dupuy (1707-1789)Magnificat, Noël 'Au milieu de la nuit'Motet 'Cantate Domino canticum Novum'Groupe Vocal de ToulouseEnsemble Instrumental BaroqueAlix Bourbon - directionLabel: Arion ARN 68300Published in 1994Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael[Flacs & scans]Download Magnificat Anima mea Dominum Exaudi Nos Joan Grimalt - direction Label: Columna musica 1CM0184 Recorded July 2007 Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael [Flacs & scans] Download The Christmas AlbumFestive Music From Europe & America Taverner Consort, Choir & PlayersAndrew Parrott - directionLabel: EMI CDC 7 54529 2Recorded November 1991[Flacs & scans]Download Voces8 - Christmas Selection of wellknown Christmas Songs Ensemble Voces8 Label: Signum Classics SIGCD291 Recorded August 2011 Thanks to vladcap343 (rutracker) [Flacs & scans] Download Silent NightGerman Christmas Songs Bettina Pahn - SopranoJoachim Held - LuteLabel: Hänssler Classic 98.525Published in 2009Courtesy of Thomas Cadfael[Flacs & scans]Download Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) L'Enfance du Christ London Symphony Orchestra Tenebrae Choir & vocal soloists Sir Colin Davis - direction Label : LSO Live 0606 Recorded December 2006 Thanks to unknown member [Flacs & scans] Download Peter Cornelius (1824-1874)Chor - und Psalmlieder PolyphonyStephen Layton - directionLabel: Hyperion CDA67206Recorded May 2000Thanks to Peotuvave[Flacs & scans]Download Weihnachten im deutschen Lied des 19ten Jahrhunderts Works of Cornelius, Humperdinck, Trunk, Haas and Reger Olaf Bär - Bariton Helmut Deutsch - Piano Label: EMI 56204 2 Recorded May 1996 [Flacs & scans] Download Organ ChristmasWorks of Händel, Morandi, Schneider,Widor, Dubois and others Beatrice-Maria and Gerhard Weinberger - organistsHeiss und Nebler organ (1909/1957/2004)Klosterkirche Roggenburg (D)Label: CPO 777 487-2Recorded April 2009[Flacs & scans]Download Uns ward geschenkt ein Kindelein Weihnachtsmusik Vocal Works of Wiggins, Spiegler, Sailer, Seckinger, Philipp and others Freiburger Domsingknaben Raimund Hug - direction Label: Ars Musici 232425 Recorded Februrary 1989 [Flacs & scans] Download Faire is the HeavenChristmas Vocal works of Mendelssohn,Poulenc, Stanford, Harris, Reger,Distler, Gruber and others Camerata Vocale FreiburgWinfried Toll - directionLabel: Ars Musici 232347Recorded January 2001[Flacs & scans]Download Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) Vidimus sTellam - Weihnachten, Epiphany Parts from L"Orgue Mystique & Gregorian Songs Harald Feller - organist Schola Gregoriana Monacensis Johannes Berchmans Göschl - direction Label: Ars Musici 232369 Recorded April & June 2002 [Flacs & scans] Download John Rutter (1945)Music for Christmas PolyphonyThe City of London OrchestraStephen Layton - directionLabel: Hyperion CDA67245Recorded January 2001[Flacs & scans]Download

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

December 13

Retrospectively Ours

Haochen Zhang, favorite of two In early 2008, a bon vivant classical impresario, a veteran journalist, and a renowned musicologist-pianist began to free-associate about the decline of classical music print journalism. A few months later, I hit the “publish” button for the Boston Musical Intelligencer. An entirely volunteer undertaking, we’ve had no business plan or dedicated revenue stream beyond the generosity of one individual and one association. We have declined to accept advertisements from performers or presenters, and general fundraising has been nonexistent since this journal lacks formal nonprofit status. The publisher has so far seen fit to absorb the remaining costs. That in a bit over seven years we have published 4,155 articles and reviews and attracted the eyes of as many as 2,000 people a day gives great satisfaction. We have found our niche. Nearly 10,000 comments and sometimes more than 1,000 Facebook likes indicate that readers care strongly about what our 75 writers have to say about local classical events. Those who write (whether as reviewers or commenters) really do take pleasure in seeing their thoughts materialize on these pages as part of a lively debate. The strains of making this happen may not be apparent, but they are certainly real. Getting sufficient quality content onto the screen requires considerable effort, as well as vigilance, skill, and sometimes arm-twisting. The assistance of a professional editor has helped, and readers and fellow writers as well all conspire to catch typos and the like. When we see how presenters cite our reviewers and articles (previews, features, interviews, obituaries, memoirs, reminiscences, and more), and when we hear of the sophisticated appreciation from many respondents, we glow. And another kind of glow persists in our remembrance of music past. Once again, I have called upon BMInt writers to recall favorite concerts and recordings from the parade gone by. The following list serves to remind us of 2016’s musical riches. We salute all players, writers, readers and presenters. Happy New Year! And the year’s best nominations follow. Members of the Bilitis Sextet embrace the impresario Lee Eiseman Elias String Quartet Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra The Golden Bride Russell Sherman Haochen Zhang David Moran Alex Beyer Haochen Zhang Kirill Gerstein Trio Solisti Mark DeVoto Francois-Xavier Roth, BSO Lowell House Opera Winsor Chamber Music CDs Brahms Choral Works, Nicol Matt conducting: Brilliant Classics Stravinsky Oedipus Rex, Apollo, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Stravinsky conducting: Acanta Berwald Symphonies 3 and 4, Ivor Bolton conducting: Super Audio CD Hybrid Vance Koven BSO, Roth BMOP, del Tredic i Murrath and Planès Borromeo and Berman BSO, Dutoit Harvard Baroque Susan Miron Lorelei Blue Heron Edwin Barker Laura Prichard Charles Dutoit et alia, L’Histoire du Soldat (Tanglewood) Boston Lyric Opera, Greek Henry Purcell Society et alia CDs Jody Talbot: Path of Miracles, Craig Hella Johnson conductor, Conspirare Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, Charles Bruffy conductor Render, Brad Wells & Roomful of Teeth Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, Martin Pearlman conductor, Boston Baroque DVDs / Films Janáček: Jenůfa, Donald Runnicles conductor, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, directed by Spike Lee Score: A Film Music Documentary, directed by Matt Schrader The post Retrospectively Ours appeared first on The Boston Musical Intelligencer .



Royal Opera House

December 12

Masterful or muddled? The controversial opera and ballet hybrid that heralded the dawn of The Royal Opera

Beryl Grey and other Attendants to Summer in Act III of The Fairy-Queen, Sadler's Wells Ballet/Covent Garden Opera Company (1946). Photo by Frank Sharman Not quite a ballet, not quite an opera, not quite a play; Purcell ’s The Fairy-Queen , a 17th-century masque based on Shakespeare ’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream sees dancers, singers and actors unite on stage. Nowadays it might seem an unlikely choice of work for the first ever performance by the Covent Garden Opera Company (later to become The Royal Opera) – but so it was, on 12 December 1946. The production saw the fledgling opera company work together with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (which would become The Royal Ballet) and leading actors of the day, in an intriguing blend of dance, song and drama. The Fairy-Queen was the brainchild of Constant Lambert , music director of Sadler’s Wells Ballet and one of its founders. As Lambert wrote in the programme, Purcell’s score had been lost until its rediscovery early in the 20th century; before this production at Covent Garden there had only been one revival of the work, in Cambridge in the 1920s. Lambert saw this starting point of the two resident companies at the Royal Opera House as the perfect opportunity to bring to life a work that had been lost for centuries. He conducted his own arrangement of the score, which compressed the work into three acts; the original version was five acts long and some have suggested could have lasted as long as seven hours. The Fairy-Queen remains one of the few times the two resident companies have graced the Royal Opera House stage together. Sadler’s Wells Ballet had been established before the war and had grown exponentially during it; by the premiere of The Fairy-Queen the Company was already well-established at Covent Garden, having reclaimed it from its wartime use as a dance hall with a lavish production of The Sleeping Beauty . The Covent Garden Opera Company, on the other hand, was newly formed, and while many of its singers were already well-known opera stars of the era, these performances of The Fairy-Queen were the Company’s first chance to introduce itself to the London audience. The production featured choreography by Frederick Ashton , the ballet company’s resident choreographer, and designs by the acclaimed artist and writer Michael Ayrton . Ballet dancer Robert Helpmann starred as Oberon with actress Margaret Rawlings as Titania, the tenor Edgar Evans as the God of the Birds and actor Michael Hordern as Bottom. Images from the Roger Wood and Frank Sharman Photographic Collections , held by ROH Collections, show sumptuous production values and striking costumes. However, reactions from contemporary newspapers were mixed. Some commentators lauded it as a ‘feast of enchantment to the eye’ but others questioned its impact, arguing that the production appealed neither to ballet, opera nor Shakespeare enthusiasts. Nor was it an unqualified success for Covent Garden Opera Company; while the chorus was largely praised, solo singers came under criticism for their unsteady performances. Following The Fairy-Queen, Covent Garden Opera Company continued its debut Season with more traditional works, such as Carmen and Der Rosenkavalier . Despite Lambert’s hopes The Fairy-Queen would remain in the Covent Garden repertory, it was revived only once, in summer 1951, with new choreography by John Cranko . Nevertheless, it will always be remembered for bringing the Covent Garden Opera Company to the Royal Opera House stage for the first time. Find out more about ROH Collections.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

December 12

Shalin Liu Witnessed Dover’s Expressive Nuance

The sparkle of a crisp winter evening set the tone for the concert by the Dover Quartet (violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Camden Shaw) on Friday evening at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. Steeped as the players are in the traditions of their acknowledged mentors, the Guarnieri, Cleveland, and Vermeer Quartets, the Dovers brought a youthful freshness combined with confident musicianship and fine-tuned expressive nuance to favorite works by Mozart, Britten, and Beethoven. Seeking a wider exposure for his music, Mozart journeyed in the spring of 1789 to the major cities of Prussia: Leipzig, Dresden, and Berlin. Although he came away with a commission for six new string quartets from Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, an enthusiastic amateur cellist, he completed only three of them. In severe financial straits at the time, he never sent the promised quartets to the king, but sold them instead in 1790 to the Viennese publisher Artaria, who finally announced their publication shortly after his death in December 1791. Friday night’s program opened with the second of the so-called “Prussian” quartets, K. 589 in B-flat major, composed in May 1790, after the highly successful premiere in January of Così fan tutte. Sweetly lyrical playing of the opening theme by the Dover violins was enriched by hints of imitation in the viola and cello. In the development section, that sweetness gave way to wide leaps, incisive offbeat accents, and chromatic enhancement, culminating in a cadenza-like rush of triplets in the first violin, only to slither into a re-scored reprise of the opening. The second movement, Larghetto, gave special prominence to the king’s instrument. Camden Shaw introduced both of the principal themes with muted lyricism, always balanced by beautifully coordinated ensemble. The Menuetto, a delightful mixture of courtly and rustic modes, found the Dover players showing a keen awareness of stylistic contrasts. In the Trio, hurdy-gurdy noodling in the first section preceded a ghostly and perversely accented half-step motive in the second section before the return of the rustic theme in the first violin. The richly scored Finale in a rollicking 6/8 went by like the wind, its air of innocence belying a greatly expanded pattern of varied repetitions offset by offbeat excursions and unexpected harmonic twists. As recounted by violist van de Stadt, Benjamin Britten’s Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Opus 36 was written in 1945 just after the composer and violinist Yehudi Menuhin returned from a tour of Germany, where they played for concentration camp survivors. The premiere took place on November 21, 1945, the 250th anniversary of the death of the English composer Henry Purcell, an observance that seems to have provided an additional emotional anchor to the quartet. With the viola playing a drone, the first movement opened with a gradually-evolving C major chord outlined in the other instruments before introducing more pungent harmonies and stridently dissonant passages, only to return at the end to a calm but sorrowful C major over percussive pizzicato in the cello. The Vivace that followed opened on a repeated-note figure and continued in perpetual motion, with all four strings muted. Homage to Purcell was embodied in the third movement, Chacony, in the choice of both title and technique. The nine-bar chaconne bass theme was introduced at the opening and followed by twenty-one variations that thickened the harmonic and rhythmic texture with strident chords punctuated by solo cadenzas, but returned at the end to a triumphant C major. Energetic and virtuosic playing demonstrated the Dover’s passionate commitment to this work. Dover Quartet (file photo) The Andante con moto introduction to Beethoven’s C Major Quartet, Opus 59, No. 3, played after the intermission, opens with a search for harmonic clarity reminiscent of the off-key introduction of his own first symphony, but even more strongly of Haydn’s depiction of chaos in the introduction to The Creation. The first chord, a diminished seventh built on F sharp in the cello, belongs to no key at all. As the cello moves gradually downward, the first violin rises, bringing the voices farther and farther apart, until they finally land on the dominant. Now a strong resolution is expected, but instead Beethoven opens the Allegro with two tentative statements of a violin theme before all four instruments come crashing down 14 measures later to establish both key and tempo with a downbeat C major chord, forte, reinforced with double stops and pounding eighth-notes in the cello. The Dover players handled the gradual evolution from chaos to order in this passage with carefully controlled restraint, maintaining a suspenseful atmosphere throughout. After the development, the return of the Allegro is heralded by harmonies borrowed from the conclusion of the introduction, then launches into an ornamented version of the violin theme that functions almost like a cadenza leading to the emphatic C major downbeat. Here again the players captured the feeling of suspense we experienced earlier in the movement. In the second movement, Andante con moto quasi Allegretto, they maintained the lyrical 6/8 pace of the exotic-sounding melody over cello pizzicato, conveying nostalgia but never sentimentality, the mood darkening at the end in the pianissimo cello conclusion. There was plenty of virtuosic passage work passed from one instrument to the other in the Menuetto and its syncopated Trio, all executed with sure-footed panache. The Coda brought more harmonic mystery, ending on a dominant seventh that barely prepared us for the headlong rush (attacca subito) of the Allegro molto fugal opening. Although the fugal texture is sporadic, the running eighth notes almost never stop. When they do, the effect is dramatic, as when they introduce the return of the fugue, now with a new counter-theme in staccato half-notes. What made the Dover’s performance so convincing was their absolute control of rhythm and dynamics through multiple shifts in phrasing and texture right up to the madcap fortissimo skirmish of the coda. We’re eager to hear more from this accomplished quartet, whose debut CD, containing Mozart’s Prussian Quartets in B-flat and F Major along with his Quintet in C Minor with violist Michael Tree has just been issued. Virginia Newes, who lives in Cambridge, was Associate Professor of Music History and Musicology at the Eastman School of Music. The post Shalin Liu Witnessed Dover’s Expressive Nuance appeared first on The Boston Musical Intelligencer .

Henry Purcell
(1659 – 1695)

Henry Purcell (10 September 1659 - 21 November 1695), was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.



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