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V.A. - Mercury Living Presence: The Collector's Edition Vol.3 (53CDs, 2015)

V.A. - Mercury Living Presence: The Collector's Edition Vol.3 (53CDs, 2015)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 7,38 Gb
Label: Decca Classics

This 53-CD set is more than the sum of its parts. While not all the performances and recordings are top-notch, the overall quality is very high and as a historical overview of a label known for its sonic as well as musical merits, it's full of treasures. The Mercury sound at its best is vivid and still sounds remarkable and many of these recordings - such as the marches, show tunes and orchestral showpieces conducted by Frederic Fennell - demonstrate this amply. But it's not all lollipops by any means.
Aram Khachaturian - Piano Concerto in D flat; Sonatina; Toccata (Alberto Portugheis, London Symphony Orchestra,  Tjeknavorian)

Aram Khachaturian - Piano Concerto in D flat; Sonatina; Toccata (Alberto Portugheis, London Symphony Orchestra, Loris Tjeknavorian) (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG, Scans (jpg) | 00:49:42 | 179.7 MB
Classical | Asv Gold / 3037

Despite no doubt dedicated performances, this recording of Khachaturian's Piano Concerto, Sonatina, and Toccata are distinctly disappointing. Part of the responsibility for this is pianist Alberto Portugheis, who plays with plenty of panache but not enough power and nowhere near enough precision. Part of the responsibility is conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, who leads the London Symphony Orchestra in a tepid accompaniment to the Piano Concerto with especially grave ensemble and intonation problems in the slow movement. Part of the responsibility is AVS, which gives Portugheis, Tjeknavorian, and the LSO distant and dismal recorded sound. But most of the responsibility is the incontrovertible fact that William Kapell recorded the Khachaturian Piano Concerto at the height of his powers and, after that awesome achievement, any merely dedicated performance cannot help but sound distinctly disappointing.
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1–7 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1–7 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 308:42 minutes | 6.43 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Sir Colin Davis was instrumental in the development and success of LSO Live, including the label’s first Grammy award. He also played a huge part in the pre-eminence of the LSO across the globe for more than 50 years. A ‘master Sibelian’ his landmark cycle of the complete symphonies on LSO Live has been described as possibly "the finest Sibelius cycle on disc" by The Observer.
Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox - Haydn: London Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2000) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox - Haydn: London Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:11 minutes | 962 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

One of the most striking features of the twelve symphonies that Haydn composed for London between 1791 and 1795 is the strong sense of rapport between the composer and the intended audience. It was a popularity that he nurtured so that the tastes and enthusiasm of his audience were gradually developed. – for Haydn, popularity went hand in hand with artistic integrity. The three symphonies recorded here were all premiered in different seasons and reveal these qualities to the full.
Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar; Benjamin Britten; William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Adrian Boult - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9 (1958/2013) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Adrian Boult - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9 (1958/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 34:59 minutes | 1.11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Giuseppe Verdi was 79 when he finished his final opera the glorious comedie humaine - Falstaff, and he was 85 at the time his Four Sacred Pieces came to publication. In our own day we have seen England’s great symphonist, Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. 1872-d. 1958) complete between his 79th and 85th years such varied scores as the Eighth and Ninth Symphony, a Romance for Harmonica and Orchestra, a Tuba Concerto and choral pieces.
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1–7 (2016)

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1–7
Classical, Orchestral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 331:03 min | 760 MB
Label: LSO Live | Tracks: 30 | Rls.date: 2016

Sir Colin Davis was instrumental in the development and success of LSO Live, including the label’s first Grammy award. He also played a huge part in the pre-eminence of the LSO across the globe for more than 50 years. A ‘master Sibelian’ his landmark cycle of the complete symphonies on LSO Live has been described as possibly "the finest Sibelius cycle on disc" by The Observer.
The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, op.33 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, op.33 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 133:17 minutes | 2.44 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

A fourth volume of Haydn String Quartets nds period band The London Haydn Quartet on sparkling form. Their previous recordings have been praised for the glowing sound of gut strings played perfectly in tune the ensembles delicacy of nuance and sensitivity to harmonic colour, treating the listener as a privileged eavesdropper (Gramophone). This competitively priced set contains the six Op 33 quartets, which Haydn wrote in Esterhazy after neglecting the genre for a decade, and which immediately became popular around Europe on publication.
London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 653:49 minutes | 5.95 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Valery Gergiev’s performances and recordings of Mahler’s symphonies with the LSO have garnered international acclaim. They have performed the works in Europe, North America and the Far East and their recordings have received numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2008 and 2011 and will now be made available together.
Johann Peter Salomon & Joseph Haydn - 12 London Symphonies (2012) (La Tempestad) (4CD Box Set)

Johann Peter Salomon & Joseph Haydn - 12 London Symphonies (2012) (La Tempestad) (4CD Box Set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 1649 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 892 mb
Classical | Label: Música Antigua Aranjuez - MAA010

The London symphonies, sometimes called the Salomon symphonies after the man who introduced London to Joseph Haydn, were composed by Joseph Haydn between 1791 and 1795. They can be categorized into two groups: Symphonies Nos. 93–98, which were composed during Haydn's first visit to London, and Symphonies Nos. 99–104, composed in Vienna and London for Haydn's second visit.
Every London Symphony, apart from one (No. 95), has a slow introduction to the first movement.