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Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies (2017)

Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 1-6, Manfred Symphony, Overtures & Rococo Variations
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 06:59:53 | 1.74 GB
Label: Warner Classics – 0190295869243 | Tracks: 41 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical

“Love and charm are among the many qualities which distinguish this richly enjoyable set of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies,” wrote Gramophone of the cycle that forms the heart of this collection. Mstislav Rostropovich, like Tchaikovsky, represents the very soul of Russian music. Stepping down from the conductor’s podium, he returns to the cello for the Rococo Variations, the composer’s tribute to the spirit of the 18th century.
BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017)

BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 257 MB
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 07 | Time: 72:21 min

Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony (the composer’s favourite of the nine) makes a rare appearance in its 1920 first publication. Three lesser-known works complete a highly desirable programme, while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra understand how this music should be played like few others. This is mandatory listening.
BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:21 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony (the composer’s favourite of the nine) makes a rare appearance in its 1920 first publication. Three lesser-known works complete a highly desirable programme, while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra understand how this music should be played like few others. This is mandatory listening.
The London Haydn Quartet - Joseph Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 & 55 (2017) 2CDs

The London Haydn Quartet - Joseph Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 & 55 (2017) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 750 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 355 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68160 | Time: 02:33:13

Haydn wrote the six quartets of Opp 54 and 55 in 1788, by now a celebrated composer across Europe and still opera Kapellmeister at Esterházy. These period instrument players, whose very name declares their affinity for Haydn, excel in the latest in their Hyperion series. Ever spry in fast movements, faultless in dexterity and intonation, they find a special warmth of feeling in the slower moments: the songful Adagio Cantabile of Op 55 No 1, the puzzling, melancholy Andante of Op 55 No 2, the dark, hymn-like first bars of Op 54 No 2’s Adagio, out of which the violin soars in almost improvised, bluesy reverie. Too many pleasures to enumerate. Try for yourself.
London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Leonore Overture No. 2 (2006) [24/96]

London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Leonore Overture No. 2 (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:04 minutes | 1,24 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet, Front cover

Beethoven took a massive stride forward in the development of the symphonic form with the 'Eroica'. Not only is the work written on an unprecedented scale, it also lays the very foundations of Romanticism in music.The symphony mirrors Beethoven's own emergence from despair and he used it to symbolize mankind's capacity for greatness. He initially dedicated the score to Napoleon whom embodied his view of greatness. However, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven furiously removed the dedication from the score.
Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - William Herschel:  Symphonies (2003)

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - William Herschel: Symphonies (2003)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 68:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10048 | Recorded: 2002

German-born English composer William Herschel (1738-1822) achieved fame as an astronomer, the discoverer of the planet Uranus; but his formal training was musical, and in the early 1760s he composed a series of symphonies, six of which are featured here. They are attractive works in simple forms, all centered on the keys of C or D, scored for continuo, strings, winds, and occasional brass in various combinations. Each has three movements, and none lasts more than about 12 minutes. Not surprisingly, Nos. 14 and 17, which feature horns and timpani, pack the largest punch, and Herschel wrote some surprisingly memorable tunes (particularly in the allegros), making these slight works easy on the ear and, if a touch formulaic in construction, seldom dull.
Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players -  François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonies (1998)

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonies (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 66:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9661 | Recorded: 1997

This disc of five symphonies by François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829) is part of Chandos' Contemporaries of Mozart series. As he was born two years after Haydn and died two years before Schubert, he was also a contemporary of Beethoven as well as many other composers of the Classical and early Romantic periods. Like Haydn, Gossec lead a successful career in music that included composing, performing, teaching and various directorship positions throughout France. (Yes kids, you can make money in music, no matter what your parents say!) As would be expected, Gossec was highly prolific, producing no fewer than thirty works for the stage, a large body of choral and chamber music, and over fifty symphonies.
Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Václav Pichl: Symphonies (1999)

Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players - Václav Pichl: Symphonies (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 68:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9740 | Recorded: 1997

Václav (Wenzel) Pichl was born on September 25, 1741 of humble parentage, at Bechyne. He began his musical studies with Jan Pokorny, the local choirmaster and teacher. Pichl's list of works includes twenty operas, thirty masses, eighty-nine symphonies, thirty concertos, and a huge body of chamber music, including 148 pieces which he wrote for Joseph Haydn's employer. The Symphony in B flat, Z23 is scored for strings, two oboes and two horns. A solemn and substantial introductory Grave prefaces a vivacious sonata-form Allegro assai with two contrasting themes, a taut development section, and a condensed recapitulation. The second movement is a tender Andante arioso in F, elaborately laid out for the strings alone; it is followed by a Rondo with a rather square, but engaging, refrain, and three spirited episodes. The Symphony in E flat, Z24 is scored fro strings, two oboes and two horns as well. The first movement is a trim Allegro with a rhythmic first subject, closely followed by a gentle second subject on oboes and violins. Next comes an Andante in B flat, in the style of a Gavotte and in the form of slow rondo with two episodes, the first in G minor and the second in E flat major, and then a brisk finale in condensed sonata form and enlivened by syncopation. The London Mozart Players in Britain's longest-estalished chamber orchestra. lFounded in 1949 by the late Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players have a worldwide reputation for its outstanding and insightful performances and recordings of its core repertoire - the music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
Paul Baloche - For Unto Us: Christmas Worship Live From London (2017)

Paul Baloche - For Unto Us: Christmas Worship Live From London (2017)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | Tracks: 10 | 46:15 min | 106 Mb
Style: Pop, Rock, Worship | Label: Integrity Music

This singer first began his interest in music after being introduced to the Beatles at an impressionable age. Growing up in a French Catholic family, Paul Baloche learned how to play guitar during his junior-high-school years. After high school, he performed in and around the southern New Jersey club circuit, gradually graduating into Philadelphia and Atlantic City clubs. At the same time, he met his wife Rita, a country & western singer. During this time, both Baloche and his wife had born-again experiences and moved to California.

Where London - December 2017  Magazines

Posted by Pulitzer at Dec. 12, 2017
Where London - December 2017

Where London - December 2017
English | 84 pages | True PDF | 34.4 MB