Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 57:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 0630-13146-2 | Recorded: 1996

Haydn's Paukenmesse, Hob.XXII:9 from 1796, was the first work he composed to honour the name day (8th September) of the Princess Maria Hermenegild. The name of Paukenmesse’ (Kettledrum Mass) stems from the employment of timpani in the Agnus Dei; evocative of hearing the advance of the enemy. At the time of composition the French armies had occupied the state of Styria in southeast Austria.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Symphoniker, Arnold Schonberg-Chor - Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (2005)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Symphoniker, Arnold Schönberg-Chor - Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 554 Mb | Total time: 145:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Apex | # 256462086-2 | Recorded: 1987

Of the two oratorios Haydn wrote in his old age The Creation is the more dramatic and immediate while The Seasons is more idyllic. It’s also a good deal longer, which to some extent explains why The Creation is regularly performed while its country cousin is a comparatively rare visitor to the concert hall. There is no denying that the later work contains a lot of good music and has a more folksy character; Austrian folk music is never far away. It is also has a more leisurely pace with long stretches of admittedly beautiful but slow and restrained music. There are moments of drama also, for example the end of part II, Summer (CD1 tracks 16 – 18), where in the recitative the soloists build up the tension. This describes how the air changes, the sky turns black, “the muted roar from the valley that announces the furious tempest”. We hear the timpani murmuring in the distance and suddenly lightning flashes, the thunder rolls and the people (the chorus) are dismayed and frightened. Harnoncourt makes the most of this, rhythmically alert and backed up by the excellent Arnold Schönberg-Choir. Suddenly the thunderstorm is over, the sun looks out again and the soloists and the choir rejoice.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20949 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 94 min | 20,4 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3717 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 94 min | 5,10 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This is exceptional. There are certainly many different valid ways to perform the Missa solemnis, but it's hard to imagine they will surpass this outstanding version…The Royal Concertgebouw is on absolutely top form…As for the soloists, it is hard to recall a Solemnis quartet who blend so well while retaining their mesmeric individuality. (BBC Music Magazine)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Beethoven: Fidelio (1995)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Beethoven: Fidelio (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:58:24 | 522 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Teldec Classics | Catalog: 4509-94560-2

Despite what the Gramophone says, I think this is the best digital Fidelio available. If you bought Harnoncourt's superb Beethoven cycle with the same orchestra, you will know what to expect: sharp tempos in early XIX Century fashion, and sensational orchestral playing. But there is also warmth and humanity in Harnoncourt's vision. This set reminds me of my favourite Fidelio: the Ferenc Fricsay recording in DG with Rysanek, Haefliger and DFD. Charlotte Margiono has the right voice for Leonore and gives an outstanding performance. The rest of the cast is also excellent.
Concentus musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Telemann: Darmstadt Overtures (2009)

Concentus musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Telemann: Darmstadt Overtures (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:28:39 | 757 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics & Jazz | Catalog: 2564 69052-3

Telemann's connection with Darmstadt is typical of a composer who cast his net widely on the path to becoming Germany's most acclaimed composer. Appointed to his Frankfurt post in 1712 Telemann was shrewd enough to realize that to 'get on' he needed to write music for the best. In instrumental terms, he was lucky enough to be based less than 20 miles from the Darmstadt court of Ernst Ludwig VII, a music-loving nobleman who had at his disposal a fine orchestra of musicians, many recruited from Paris, trained by the court Kapellmeister, Johann Christoph Graupner (known largely through his turning down the cantorate at St Thomas's Leipzig before Bach was reluctantly found to be an acceptable choice).
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Dvorak: Piano Concerto, The Golden Spinning Wheel (2006) (Repost)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Dvorak: Piano Concerto, The Golden Spinning Wheel (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:51 | 263 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec Classics | Catalog: 8573 87630-2

Pierre-Laurent Aimard continues to present a repertoire for the piano that is never less than imaginative and is always compelling. The Dvorák Piano Concerto is rarely heard, not because it lacks beauty or inventive scoring for both piano and orchestra, but because the piece has gained the reputation of the 'Tristan' of concertos. Enter Pierre-Laurent Aimard and all of that changes.
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies No. 4 & No. 5 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016) {Sony Classical 88875136452}

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies No. 4 & No. 5 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016) {Sony Classical 88875136452}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 324 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 165 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 109 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Sony Classical | 88875136452
Classical / Symphony

Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his period orchestra, Concentus Musicus Wien, never recorded a complete cycle of the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, and this 2016 Sony release is their only recording of the Symphony No. 4 in B flat major and the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, made almost ten months before the conductor's death. Harnoncourt planned for this to be his last recording before his retirement, so it inevitably has the feeling of a valedictory performance, and one can also hear it as the orchestra's warm tribute to its leader and his sterling musicianship.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Mozart: Early Symphonies (7CDs) [2006]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Mozart: Early Symphonies (7CDs) [2006]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.28 Gb | Total time: 8 hours 39 minutes | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 82876892682 | Recorded: 1991-2000

Because Mozart's earliest symphonies are performed less often than the later masterpieces and are consequently underrepresented on disc, Nikolaus Harnoncourt's period performances with Concentus Musicus Wien may have an added value beyond sheer musical excellence. Much has been written about how these works are miraculous manifestations of the young Mozart's genius, and their consistently high quality obviates criticism for their few shortcomings. But these symphonies really do sound magical and even startling in Harnoncourt's vital renditions, and Concentus Musicus delivers them with boisterous enthusiasm and full bow, with absolutely no precious Rococo affectations. Brisk tempi, tight ensemble playing and the clear timbres of original instruments contribute to the authenticity of the performances, but these may count less than the gusto, humor, and freshness that the musicians display in each work. The woodwinds and horns are especially robust and earthy, and Harnoncourt draws out their distinctive colors and striking rhythms to contrast them more effectively with the strings. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi's sound is immaculate, without doubt the best the label can offer, and the acoustics of Kasino Zögernitz are ideal for balance and resonance.
(Blair Sanderson)
Mozart - Missa Solemnis c-moll KV 139 & Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165 (Harnoncourt)  (1992)

Mozart - Missa Solemnis c-moll KV 139 & Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165 (Harnoncourt) (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG, Scans (jpg) | 58’04 | 244 MB
Classical/Sacred/Vocal | Label: Elektra / Wea

La discographie de la musique religieuse de Mozart est dominée par la "Grande messe en ut mineur " et le "Requiem" au point de nous priver d'authentiques chefs-d'oeuvre, dont cette quatrième messe connue sous le nom de "Messe de l'orphelinat" ("Missa Solemnis" KV 139) …
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2009/1989)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2009/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb+3.75 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 198 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Critical acclaim for this superb co-production of Vienna's Staatsoper, the Wiener Festwochen and Brussels' Théâtre de la Monnaie (Das Opernglas): "Directors Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, demonstrate that the 'Entführung' is fully on the level of Mozart's Da Ponte operas and 'Zauberflöte'. In the harmony of staging and music, this is one of the most impressive Mozart performances Vienna has offered in a long time… Breaking with tradition, it seeks to fulfil his intentions as closely as possible."