Levine Schubert

Joseph Szigeti, Andor Földes, Carlo Bussotti and Joseph Levine | Schubert Violin Sonata and Rondo Fantasy in C

Schubert Violin Sonata n° 1 and Rondo Fantasy in C
Joseph Szigeti, Andor Földes, Carlo Bussotti and Joseph Levine
Classical | Ape | 180 Mb
Kathleen Battle - Schubert Lieder (James Levine, Karl Leister) [1990]

Kathleen Battle - Schubert Lieder (James Levine, Karl Leister) [1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 200 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 419 237-2 | TT: 57’18

The songs that Kathleen Battle chooses for her recital mostly eschew deep drama for sheer lyricism. If you want an album that explores the lyric impulse in Schubert songs, then, this is certainly for you. Battle sings these pieces with unfailingly beautiful vocal production, plus a winning charm and insouciance that border on the–well, girlish, one wants to say, if that isn't entirely politically incorrect. Her voice is a beautiful instrument, no doubt about it…
By M. C. Passarella

Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine - The Poetry of Jazz (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 18, 2018
Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine - The Poetry of Jazz (2018)

Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine - The Poetry of Jazz (2018)
Jazz | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 417 MB
Label: Origin Records | Tracks: 14 | Time: 68:13 min

Without knowing or planning it, saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone has spent his life preparing for a collaboration with Philip Levine. Long fascinated by the inherent musicality of the spoken word, Boone crossed paths with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet as fellow professors at California State University, Fresno, and they ended up working closely together in the three years before Levine's death in 2015. Boone and Levine's "The Poetry of Jazz" captures a genre-expanding partnership unlike anything else in the jazz canon. Produced by piano great Donald Brown, the 14-track project features the compositions of Boone, the poetry of Levine, and a stellar band with special guest appearances by Tom Harrell, Greg Osby, Branford Marsalis and Chris Potter.
James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2005)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 128 min | 7,55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 1991

It would be hard to imagine a better performance of Donizetti's comic masterpiece. If there was one role that ideally suited Luciano Pavarotti's voice and stage personality, it was Nemorino, the impoverished and not-very-bright peasant who worships the village's prettiest and richest young woman from a distance, is swindled by a traveling vendor of "miracle" medicines, but wins her hand by dumb luck. The story has comedy, pathos, and a put-down of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (or at least the Tristan story) written long before Wagner composed it.
Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)

Roger Norrington, London Classical Players - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & 8 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 468 Mb | Total time: 59:32+58:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 7243 5 62227 24 | Recorded: 1988-90

These performances of three early and one "late" symphony of Schubert are both bracing and youthfully brisk, done on tart "period" instruments of Schubert's time. This produces what Schubert would have heard and expected to hear. Just listening to each performance convinces that these are "right." Sound is good. Warm and focused.
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Dvořák: "New World" Symphony (1982)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Dvořák: "New World" Symphony (1982)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 148.88 Mb | 41:35 | Scans included
Orchestral | Label: RCA - RCD 14552

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded by Theodore Thomas in 1891. The ensemble makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival. The music director is Riccardo Muti, who began his tenure in 2010. The CSO is one of five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five".
Emerson String Quartet / Mstislav Rostropovich - Schubert: The Late String Quartets (2004)

Emerson String Quartet / Mstislav Rostropovich - Schubert: The Late String Quartets (2004)
EAC Rip | APE (Image+.cue, log) | 02:59:45 min | Covers included | 749 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon's affordable Trio series revives great recordings from the past, many long unavailable and coveted by collectors. Yet this 2004 triple-disc set of Schubert's late string quartets and the Quintet in C major, performed by the Emerson String Quartet and Mstislav Rostropovich, is identical to the 1999 release in all respects except for packaging and price, and will be superfluous to owners of the first edition.

Sam Levine - Sweet Affirmation (1995)  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Jan. 26, 2018
Sam Levine - Sweet Affirmation (1995)

Sam Levine - Sweet Affirmation (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC: Tracks+Cue+Log | 345 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 127 Mb | 54:39
Brentwood Music | CD-5511J
Smooth Jazz, Jazz Fusion

The back sleeve blurb runs, "An eclectic blend of praise tunes and spirituals featuring a smooth, sophisticated combination of saxophone and rhythm", which sums it up pretty well really. From 70's saxmen like Grover Washington to today's Kenny G, there has been a large audience for this style of R&B and pop tinged jazz and the Christianised equivalent is quite acceptable thanks to Sam being a fluid, confident soloist whether soaring on the soprano, (the opener "Holy Ground") or honking new life on tenor into "Awesome God".

Sam Levine - Brentwood Jazz Christmas (1992)  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Jan. 20, 2018
Sam Levine - Brentwood Jazz Christmas (1992)

Sam Levine - Brentwood Jazz Christmas (1992)
XLD Rip | FLAC: Tracks+Cue+Log | 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 123 Mb | Scans | 52:35
Brentwood Records | CD-5296J
Smooth Jazz, Christmas, Instrumental

Brentwood Jazz Christmas delivers just what the title promises, collecting jazzy renditions of holiday favorites like "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Silent Night," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012)

Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697989432 | Time: 01:15:47

"The trees are coming into leaf/Like something almost being said." Taking a cue from these lines of Philip Larkin, pianist Simone Dinnerstein casts her album of the music of J.S. Bach and Franz Schubert in poetic terms. Her understanding of the composers is summed up in her own words: "The music of Bach and Schubert share a distinctive quality, as if wordless voices were singing textless melodies." Of course, Bach and Schubert were masters of setting texts to profoundly expressive music, so it is fruitful to look for the lyrical impulse in their keyboard works and appropriate to find songful interpretations. Yet Dinnerstein doesn't merely serve up rhapsodic renditions or treat the music as some kind of tuneful vehicle for idiosyncratic or personal reveries. Her playing is quite in character for both composers, and her treatment of the material is far from self-indulgent. Indeed, counterpoint and harmony are carefully balanced against the upper lines, and Dinnerstein is completely in control of the inner parts in Bach's partitas and the rhythmic subtleties of Schubert impromptus. Dinnerstein's playing is well-rounded and skillful, and the care she lavishes on the smallest details of execution may well remind listeners of Glenn Gould (without his attendant eccentricities) or Angela Hewitt.