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Kathleen Battle - Mozart Opera Arias (James Levine)  Music

Posted by Aregak at March 30, 2017
Kathleen Battle - Mozart Opera Arias (James Levine)

Kathleen Battle - Mozart Opera Arias (James Levine) [1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 258 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 439 949-2 | TT: 59’04

This disc of Mozart's opera arias manages to capture the perfection of Kathleen Battle's first disc of Mozart concert arias conducted under Previn. We are accorded the opportunity and privilege to hear Ms. Battle essay characters that she never did in the opera house, Constanze, Cherubino, and the Countess among them. In "Porgi amor," the CD's opening track, she negotiates the long passages of the Countess' aria with seeming ease. Hers is a smaller voice than we are used to hearing in the role but this is unimportant as her vocal acting is superb, bringing the heartache housed in the libretto fully to life…
By M. Bish
Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine)

Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine) (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | CD 60:05 | Scans | 250.4 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon, DE | C/N: 427 686-2

Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo delight the listener from start to finish in this complilation. Most notable are the duets from La Traviata and The Merry Widow. In my experience of soprano/tenor performances, one voice usually is stronger or more powerful than the other, thus disappointing to that listener who is seeking a perfect blending of voices. Ms. Battle and Mr. Domingo achieve that perfect blend on each duet on this CD. Their solo performances are equally outstanding. It is no wonder they are in such demand with audiences in Japan where this CD was recorded live, as well as throughout the world.

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.
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".

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."
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 127 min | 35,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3964 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 127 min | 6,89 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Korean, Chinese

Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years – and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first new production since his return to his podium at the Met. When it comes to theatrical flair, captivating costumes, stage antics and imagination, there are not many shows on Broadway to rival the Met s new Falstaff. “Ambrogio Maestri is made for the title role, with the apt physique, nimble acting and superb vocal presence that make him the leading Falstaff of the day. There is no weak link in a finely balanced, comically-attuned cast (the women are especially impressive) and Levine’s conducting is pitch-perfect. The show fizzles from start to finish and is tremendous fun” (Classical Music).
Mozart - Don Giovanni (James Levine, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming) [2005]

Mozart - Don Giovanni (James Levine, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming) [2005]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) Italiano (DTS, 5 ch) Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.91 Gb + 5.31 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | 180 min | +3% Recovery

This fabulous 2000 production of Don Giovanni is the best - bar none. I have seen many, many productions of this greatest of all operas and none come even close to this brilliantly cast production. Outstanding are Solvieg Kringelborn, who nearly (but not quite) steals the show as a very funny! Donna Elvira and Paul Groves, much more sympathetic than usual in the role of Don Ottavio. Fleming, Hong, Relyea and Koptchak are terrific. But, Don Giovanni lovers literally haven't lived until they see and hear the matchless pair of Bryn Terfel as the Don and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello. They both possess wonderful voices and first-class acting chops. In fact, IMO, Furlanetto is a comic genius and the best actor in opera. The fact that both Terfel and especially Furlanetto are very attractive men doesn't hurt either,I could watch them forever..
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem - Wagner: Gotterdammerung (2002/1990)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.50 Gb+7.68 Gb (2xDVD9) | 281 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese

Under the baton of James Levine, Gotterdammerung ("The Twilight of the Gods") has a narrative drive that reminds us that, of all the individual operas in Wagner's Ring cycle, this is the one most about human emotions and the one in which its heroes are pulled into a world where they are most vulnerable to them. Siegfried Jerusalem as Siegfried and Hildegard Behrens as Brunnhilde never, in a sense, stand a chance: they are innocents who allow themselves to be manipulated not merely by the villainous Hagen, but by the ordinary venality of Gunther and his sister Gutrune, who goes along with a dirty little scheme to get what she wants, and is destroyed by it.