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)
Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009) (Repost)

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 03:23:15 | 1,01 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 4777374

Alan Curtis, lauded by Opera as one of our finest conductors of Baroque opera, illumines Handel s masterpiece, Alcina, by casting, as heroine, the brilliant Joyce DiDonato. Since Alcina is historically dared by virtuosic sopranos like Sutherland and Battle, this innovative recording with a mezzo is a must-have not just for Alcina freaks but all who adore sensational vocalism. As Handel did in his time, Curtis arrays our era s finest Baroque singers such as Maite Beaumont and Karina Gauvin in supporting roles around his star. With this electrifying Alcina, first ever studio recording of the rarely heard Ezio and Rolando Villazón s new album, Handel Year 2009 is being exceptionally well feted by Deutsche Grammophon.

Alan Bennett: Stories [Audiobook]  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by IrGens at Feb. 5, 2017
Alan Bennett: Stories [Audiobook]

Alan Bennett: Stories [Audiobook] by Alan Bennett
English | September 1, 2016 | ASIN: B01K7TM3LC, ISBN: 1785293931 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 3 mins | 304 MB
Narrator: Alan Bennett

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 - 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.

Alan Mistero - Volume 15  Comics

Posted by Mendose at Jan. 23, 2017
Alan Mistero - Volume 15

Alan Mistero - Volume 15
Italian | CBR | 21 pages | 18.7 MB
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…

BBC - Alan Bennett's Diaries (2016)  Video

Posted by notbanned at Jan. 9, 2017
BBC - Alan Bennett's Diaries (2016)

BBC - Alan Bennett's Diaries (2016)
HDTV | 1920x1080 | .MKV/AVC @ 3221 Kbps | 59mn 23s | 1.39 GiB
Audio: English AAC 123 kbps, 2 channels | Subs: None
Genre: Documentary

Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, this documentary shows Alan Bennett as he has never been seen before. The film follows Bennett to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond the Fringe; to his community library in Primrose Hill which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a pizza restaurant; to the East Coast railway line, which he would like to see renationalised; and to the village in Yorkshire he calls home.
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…