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Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 17, 2017
Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]

Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]
Classical | Virgin 7243 5 45673 2 | TT: 61.01+65.25+50.36 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 760 Mb

Joyce Di Donato and Maite Beaumont are outstanding as the devoted couple tormented by Tiridate’s abuse of power. Their flexible and agile voices are ideally displayed in the opening scenes of Act 2 – Beaumont’s sublime ‘Quando mai’ followed by Di Donato’s powerful ‘Ombra cara’. Patrizia Ciofi is suited to the moods of the Tiridate’s long-suffering wife. Dominique Labelle is the most rounded and ideally equipped Handel soprano in the cast: the music effortlessly trips off her tongue in ‘Mirerò quel vago volto’… Alan Curtis directs with superb pace and judgement. He is a successful advocate for Handel’s first version of Radamisto, although in Act 3 he uses two pieces from the second version for dramatic reasons. I wonder how Polissena’s original climactic aria ‘Sposo ingrato’ might sound instead of the exclamatory ‘Barbiro, partirò’, but I cannot fault Curtis’s decision to opt for the more dynamic later aria. Il Complesso Barocco play neatly and sympathetically support the singers. The orchestra avoids forcing rhetorical effects too much but I wish it had mined the textural richness in Handel’s score a little deeper. However, this enjoyable performance lacks nothing essential in theatrical impact and musical drive. (David Vickers, Gramophone)

Handel - Rodelinda (Alan Curtis) [2005]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 2, 2017
Handel - Rodelinda (Alan Curtis) [2005]

Handel - Rodelinda (Alan Curtis) [2005]
Classical | Archiv Produktion 00289 477 5391 | TT: 66.10+59.01+67.15 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 902 Mb

Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas – his Admeto, from 1979 (see page 465), was one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera to feature period instruments and all voices at correct pitch without transpositions – but it is surprising to note that this is his first recording of an undisputed popular masterpiece. Rodelinda, first performed in February 1725, is a stunning work dominated by a title-heroine who remains devoted to her supposedly dead husband Bertarido and scorns the advances of his usurper Grimoaldo. The potency of Handel's score was enhanced by the complexity of the villain, whose lust-driven cruelty gradually crumbles into a desire to abdicate in order to find spiritual peace. The scene in which the penitent tyrant's life is saved from assassination by the fugitive Bertarido is among Handel's greatest dramatic moments. (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)

Handel - Arminio (Alan Curtis) [2016/2001]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Jan. 31, 2017
Handel - Arminio (Alan Curtis) [2016/2001]

Handel - Arminio (Alan Curtis) [2016/2001]
Classical | Erato 825646854905 | TT: 75.23+71.03 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 665 Mb

One of Handel’s rarer operas, Arminio, set at the time of the Roman Empire, was first performed in 1737. “On the evidence of this very fine recording,” said Gramophone when this performance first appeared, “it can stand among the best of the Handel operas, full of beautiful and imaginative things.” Conducting a cast led by the virtuosic Vivica Genaux in the title role – composed for the castrato Domenico Annibali – is the renowned Handel specialist Alan Curtis.

Handel - Deidamia (Alan Curtis) [2012/2002]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Jan. 29, 2017
Handel - Deidamia (Alan Curtis) [2012/2002]

Handel - Deidamia (Alan Curtis) [2012/2002]
Classical | Virgin 50999 4 40926 2 7 | TT: 69.45+62.45+48.25 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 841 Mb

Written in 1740, Deidamia was the last of Handel’s Italian operas; thereafter he relinquished the form and turned his creative energies to English oratorio. The libretto is based on the myth of Achilles’ boyhood: disguised as a girl on the island of Scyros to escape his fate at Troy, Achilles is unmasked by Ulysses and joins the war, abandoning his lover Deidamia. Despite its heroic subject Deidamia is written with a light, almost comic touch, Deidamia herself providing a central seriousness as she moves from the ecstasies of young love to a tragic maturity, forced to release the boy she loves to his inevitable death. Simone Kermes is Deidamia and Anna Bonitatibus her cynical adversary Ulysses; Alan Curtis’ new recording reveals the many beauties of a very human and appealing work that marks a wistful end to the golden age of Baroque opera.

Alan Davey (Hawkwind) - Captured Rotation (1996)  Music

Posted by uff at Jan. 26, 2017
Alan Davey (Hawkwind) - Captured Rotation (1996)

Alan Davey (Hawkwind) - Captured Rotation (1996)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
HAWKVP40CD | rel: 2006 | 395Mb

Alan Davey, the Elf, once bass guitarist for Hawkwind, and leader of the band Bedouin, now the bass assassin for the Meads of Asphodel is responsible for this excellent solo album from the mid nineties. As a bonus it also features former Hawkwind vocalist Ron Tree on three tracks.
The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe (1976) [2016, 40th Anniversary Edition Box Set]

The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe (1976)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
3CD | Mercury, 0600753726679 | ~ 1147 or 452 Mb | Scans(png) -> 1047 Mb
Progressive Rock / Symphonic Rock

Tales of Mystery and Imagination is an extremely mesmerizing aural journey through some of Edgar Allan Poe's most renowned works. With the use of synthesizers, drums, guitar, and even a glockenspiel, Parsons' shivering effects make way for an eerie excursion into Poe's well-known classics…
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic & David Alan Miller - Corigliano, Torke, Copland: Orchestral Works (2016)

National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic & David Alan Miller - Corigliano, Torke, Copland: Orchestral Works
Classical | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, booklet | 73:52 min | 328 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2016

This is the first recording for Naxos by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, which is composed of elite conservatory students from across the United States and abroad. The chosen works reflect the richness and variety of the American repertoire. A work of immense poignancy and power, John Corigliano’s Symphony No.1 is a commemoration of friends of the composer who died during the 1980s and ’90s. Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music evokes rich lyricism couched in the composer’s favorite key of D major. The suite from Copland’s Appalachian Spring is one of the great, quintessential American works.
The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977) {2016, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2174}

The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977) {2016, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2174}
Converted from SACD[PS3] to Hi-Res Audio 2.0, 24bit/88.2khz
WavPack | WV (Img) + Cue ~ 859 Mb | Full Scans (JPG, 300 dpi) ~ 61 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab #UDSACD 2174

Alan Parsons delivered a detailed blueprint for his Project on their 1975 debut, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but it was on its 1977 follow-up, I Robot, that the outfit reached its true potential. Borrowing not just its title but concept from Isaac Asimov's classic sci-fi Robot trilogy, this album explores many of the philosophies regarding artificial intelligence – will it overtake man, what does it mean to be man, what responsibilities do mechanical beings have to their creators, and so on and so forth – with enough knotty intelligence to make it a seminal text of late-'70s geeks…
The Chieftains – The Chieftains 5 (1975) Polydor/2310426 – Original DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

The Chieftains – The Chieftains 5
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz & 16bit/44kHz
Label: Polydor/2310426 | Released: 1975 | Genre: Irish-Folk

Essential: a masterpiece of Folk music
The fifth album by the Chieftains was also their best, and their first one to cross over, at least in America — where it was originally issued by the Island label — to progressive rock audiences.
Andrew Powell And The Philharmonia Orchestra - Play The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project (1983) [MFSL MFCD 806] Repost

Andrew Powell And The Philharmonia Orchestra - Play The Best Of The Alan Parsons Project (1983)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1985 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, MFCD 806 | ~ 241 or 120 Mb | Covers(jpg) Included
Modern Classical, Prog Rock

This is an excellent CD if you're into orchestrations of pop or rock music. Andrew Powell And The Philharmonic Orchestra do justice to some of The Alan Parsons Project's most recognizable songs, and did this before this became 'de rigeur' in the late 80's through now…