18.12.09

The Economist (December 19th - December 25th 2009)


The Economist (December 19th - December 25th 2009)
English | 176 pages | PDF | 73 MB - MP3 Audio | 198 MB

Progress and its perils
Why is the modern view of progress so impoverished?


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11.12.09

The Economist (December 12th - December 18th 2009)


The Economist (December 12th - December 18th 2009)
English | 132 pages | PDF | 57 MB - MP3 Audio | 177 MB

Toyota slips up
What the world's biggest carmaker can learn from other corporate turnarounds


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Montserrat Caballé - Strauss - Salome


Montserrat Caballé - Strauss - Salome
Classical/Opera | 2 CDs | FLAC, Nero, none LOG, none CUE | 184+147 MB
Publisher: RCA Victor Red Seal | 1990 | RapidShare

Montserrat is best known for her roles in Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti operas. Her superb voice, breath control, exquisite pianissimos, and infamous technique overshadow her acting and dramatic abilities.

Although Montserrat's personal favorite performance was her Norma on July 20, 1974, she is best known for her Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca, which displays her remarkable breath control and technique. She set the bar and no one has surpassed it.

Tracklist
Disk: 1
01. Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute nacht!
02. Ich will nicht bleiben
03. Du wirst das für mich tun, Narraboth, nicht wahr?
04. Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist?
05. Jokanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib
06. Dein Haar ist gräßlich!
07. Tochter der Unzucht Reinhören
08. Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin?
09. Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir
10. Wahrhaftig, Herr, es wäre besser
11. Siehe, der Tag ist nahe

Disk: 2
01. Eine Menge Menschen
02. Willst du mir wirklich alles geben
03. Wer ist der, der von Edom kommt
04. Tanz der sieben Schleier
05. Ah! Herrlich! Wundervoll, wundervoll!
06. Still, sprich nicht zu mir!
07. Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst
08. Wer hat meinen Ring genommen?
09. Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen
10. Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter
11. Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküßt, Jokanaan


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10.12.09

Montserrat Caballé & Shirley Verrett - Great Operatic Duets


Montserrat Caballé & Shirley Verrett - Great Operatic Duets
Classical/Opera | 1 CD | FLAC, Nero, none LOG, none CUE | 274 MB
Publisher: RCA Victor Red Seal | 1969 | RapidShare

Montserrat is best known for her roles in Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti operas. Her superb voice, breath control, exquisite pianissimos, and infamous technique overshadow her acting and dramatic abilities.

Although Montserrat's personal favorite performance was her Norma on July 20, 1974, she is best known for her Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca, which displays her remarkable breath control and technique. She set the bar and no one has surpassed it.

Tracklist:

1. Semiramide, opera Alle Piu Calde Immagini
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by Anton Guadagno

2. Anna Bolena, opera Dio, che Mi Vedi; Sul Suo Capo Aggravi Un Dio
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by Anton Guadagno

3. Norma, opera Mira, O Norma
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by Anton Guadagno

4. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts selections
Composed by Jacques Offenbach
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by Anton Guadagno

5. Aida, opera Silenzio! Aida Verso Noi S'avanza
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by John McCarthy, Anton Guadagno

6. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera Il Cannone Del Porto! (Flower Duet)
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by Anton Guadagno

7. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts E Un Anatema!; L'amo Com Il Fulgor Del Creato
Composed by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra
with Shirley Verrett, Montserrat Caballe
Conducted by Anton Guadagno

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9.12.09

Montserrat Caballé - Zarzuela Arias (Popular Music of Spain)


Montserrat Caballé - Zarzuela Arias (Popular Music of Spain)
Classical/Opera | 1 CD | FLAC, Nero, none LOG, none CUE | 197 MB
Publisher: RCA Victor Red Seal | 1966 | RapidShare

Montserrat is best known for her roles in Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti operas. Her superb voice, breath control, exquisite pianissimos, and infamous technique overshadow her acting and dramatic abilities.

Although Montserrat's personal favorite performance was her Norma on July 20, 1974, she is best known for her Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca, which displays her remarkable breath control and technique. She set the bar and no one has surpassed it.

Tracklist:
1. La canciòn del olvido- Marinela, Marinela (The Song of Forgetfulness)
2. El rey que rabió, zarzuela- Mi tío se figura (My Uncle imagines)
3. Bohemios, zarzuela- No quieto que sepa que aquí vengo yo (I don't want him....
4. El Cabo Primero, zarzuela- Yo quiero a un hombre (I Love a Man)
5. Marina, zarzuela in 3 acts- Pensar en él (Thinking of Him)
6. El Barquillero, zarzuela- Cuando está tan hondo (When it's deep)
7. El Niño Judio, zarzuela- De España vengo (From Spain I Come)
8. La Rosa del Azafrán, zarzuela- No me duele que se vaya (I am not sorry he ....
9. Don Gil de Alcalá, zarzuela- Plegaria e Invocatión (Prayer and Invocation)....

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8.12.09

Montserrat Caballé - Songs of Enrique Granados


Montserrat Caballé - Songs of Enrique Granados
Classical/Opera | 1 CD | FLAC, Nero, none LOG, none CUE | 173 MB
Publisher: RCA Victor Red Seal | 1966 | RapidShare

Montserrat is best known for her roles in Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti operas. Her superb voice, breath control, exquisite pianissimos, and infamous technique overshadow her acting and dramatic abilities.

Although Montserrat's personal favorite performance was her Norma on July 20, 1974, she is best known for her Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca, which displays her remarkable breath control and technique. She set the bar and no one has surpassed it.

Tracklist:
A1. Canciones Amatorias: Descubrase El Pensamiento De Mi Secreto Cuidado;
A2. Canciones Amatorias: Mananica Era;
A3. Canciones Amatorias: Llorad, Corazon, Que Teneis Razon;
A4. Canciones Amatorias: Mira Que Soy Nina, !Amor, Dejame!;
A5. Canciones Amatorias: No Lloreis, Ojuelos;
A6. Canciones Amatorias: Iban Al Pinar;
A7. Canciones Amatorias: Gracia Mia;
B1. Tonadillas: La Maja Dolorosa No. 1;
B2. Tonadillas: La Maja Dolorosa No. 2;
B3. Tonadillas: La Maja Dolorosa No. 3;
B4. Tonadillas: El Tra la la y el Punteado;
B5. Tonadillas: El Mirar de La Maja;
B6. Tonadillas: Callejeo;
B7. Tonadillas: Amor y Odio;
B8. Tonadillas: El Majo Discreto;
B9. Tonadillas: El Majo Timido; &
B10.Tonadillas: La Maja de Goya.

7.12.09

Montserrat Caballé - A Richard Strauss Song Recital


Montserrat Caballé - A Richard Strauss Song Recital
Classical/Opera | 1 CD | FLAC, Nero, none LOG, none CUE | 182 MB
Publisher: RCA Victor Red Seal | 1967 | RapidShare

Montserrat is best known for her roles in Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti operas. Her superb voice, breath control, exquisite pianissimos, and infamous technique overshadow her acting and dramatic abilities.

Although Montserrat's personal favorite performance was her Norma on July 20, 1974, she is best known for her Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca, which displays her remarkable breath control and technique. She set the bar and no one has surpassed it.

Tracklist:
01. Ich liebe dich ('Vier adlige Rosse voran unserm Wagen')
02. Ruhe, meine Seele ('Nicht ein Lüftchen regt sich leise')
03. Ich Schwebe ('Ich schwebe wie auf Engelsschwingen')
04. Traum durch die Dämmerung ('Weite Wiesen im Dämmergrau')
05. Zueignung ('Ja, du weisst es, teur Seele')
06. Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten
07. Wiegenlied ('Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben')
08. Ich trage meine Minne, song for voice & piano, Op. 32-1 (TrV 174-1)
09. Freundliche Vision ('Nicht im Schlafe hab' ich das geträumt')
10. Schlechtes Wetter ('Das ist ein schlechtes Wetter')
11. Morgen ('Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen')
13. Die Nacht ('Aus dem Walde tritt die Nacht')
14. Cäcilie ('Wenn du es wüsstest')


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6.12.09

Puccini - Manon Lescaut


Puccini - Manon Lescaut
Classical/Opera | 2 CDs | APE, Nero, none LOG, none CUE | 230+235 MB
Publisher: EMI | 1998 | RapidShare


Performer: Montserrat Caballé, Ian Partridge, Plácido Domingo, Robert Tear, Bernard Dickerson, et al.
Orchestra: Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti, John McCarthy
Composer: Giacomo Puccini

This disc has most of the right ingredients for a classic Manon Lescaut. Plácido Domingo and Montserrat Caballé in their prime were two of the loveliest Puccini voices of the late 20th century. Their Spanish temperaments only aid in conveying the passion in this story of a love that survives unpleasant parents, religious vows, and arrest, and ends without a shred of dignity in the swamps of Louisiana. The main drawback here is that conductor Bruno Bartoletti, for all of his experience, could've given a fresher account of the score and, in general, the whole thing sounds a bit studio bound. However, operatic decisions are made on the basis of voices, and this set has them.
--David Patrick Stearns

The Economist (December 5th - December 11st 2009)


The Economist (December 5th - December 11st 2009)
English | 136 pages | PDF | 45 MB - MP3 Audio | 163 MB

Stopping climate change
Rich and poor countries have to give ground to get a deal in Copenhagen; then they must focus on setting a carbon price

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4.12.09

Delibes: Coppélia; Massenet: Le Carillon


Delibes: Coppélia; Massenet: Le Carillon
Classical/Ballet | 2 CDs | APE, none LOG, none CUE | 259+254 MB
Publisher: Decca | 1997 | RapidShare


Le Carillon was written in the same year as Werther. The villains of the story who try to destroy the bells of the title are punished by being miraculously transformed into bronze jaquemarts, fated to continue striking them for ever. The music of this one-Act ballet makes a delightful offering-not always as lightweight as one would expect. With his keen rhythmic sense and feeling for color, Bonynge is outstanding in this repertory, and the 1984 Decca recording is brilliant and colorful.

Coppelia is a lively and very tuneful ballet which is given a fine performance by master ballet conductor Richard Bonynge on this two CD set. Massenet's short ballet Le Carillon is a delightful filler. Please do yourself a favor and get this outstanding set while it is still available.

3.12.09

Puccini - Manon Lescaut


Puccini - Manon Lescaut
Classical/Opera | 2 CDs | APE, none LOG, none CUE | 203+220 MB - MP3 | 320 Kbs | 137+145 MB
Publisher: Deutsche Grammophon | 1984 | RapidShare


PUCCINI Manon Lescaut • Giuseppe Sinopoli, cond; Mirella Freni (Manon Lescaut); Renato Bruson (Lescaut); Plácido Domingo (Des Grieux); Kurt Rydl (Geronte di Ravoir); Robert Gambill (Edmondo); Royal Op House London Ch; Philharmonia O • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 289 477 (2 CDs: 123:23 Text and Translation)

I have long enjoyed Jonel Perlea’s classic Rome account of Manon Lescaut featuring Licia Albanese and Jussi Björling, which was last reviewed in Fanfare 29: 4. I generally agree with the comments made there. However, I find Naxos’s recent issue of the recording to have marginally more helpful sound than the Opera d’Oro version reviewed then.

The reappearance of Sinopoli’s set at midprice as part of Universal’s new “Grand Prix” series surely merits serious consideration, even if you have an “old faithful” recording in your collection. For a start, there is the sound quality—spacious and faithful, allowing all concerned to be heard in the most flattering light. As the leads, Freni and Domingo are in top form, providing a significant challenge for Albanese and Björling. Freni is the more pliant of tone and emotionally affecting. She’s not at all forced in the upper register as Albanese can appear to be, no doubt a result in part of the 1954 recording. Björling vs. Domingo is a battle royal between tenors, and it is one that Domingo wins by a head. His sheer ardor early on and grief-stricken expression at the opera’s close make this quite a reading, even by his own high standards. Bruson’s Lescaut is every bit as Italianate as Perlea’s Robert Merrill, making the choice between them rather hard. As I write, the jury is still out in choosing between them. DG’s casting in the lesser roles is more successful. Having Brigitte Fassbaender as the Madrigal Singer is nothing short of luxury.

Those familiar with Sinopoli’s conducting will know that on occasion it could work against the intended musical dynamic—but here that is not the case. Indeed, Sinopoli could hardly be a more winning guide; he is so effective that I regret he did not find this form more often. That the excellent Philharmonia orchestra brings out the full beauty of Puccini’s writing is a significant bonus. The chorus is handled with atmosphere. It will, I suspect, be some time before a more cogent account of the work appears. This is a recording I shall return to often with much pleasure.

2.12.09

Puccini - Tosca



Puccini - Tosca
Classical/Opera | 2 CDs | APE, none LOG, none CUE | 260+196 MB - MP3 | 320 Kbs | 150+120 MB
Publisher: Philips | 2001 | RapidShare


Though recorded 25 years ago, this is still one of the best performances of Tosca on disc. Montserrat Caballe may not have been the most convincing of Floria Toscas on stage, but here her beautiful voice, intelligent phrasing and wide range of vocal colour, helped no doubt by the sympathetic conducting of Colin Davis, combine to produce a thoroughly believable characterisation. Carreras captivates with his then glorious vocal timbre and impeccable legato line, while Ingvar Wixell's Scarpia is both powerful and subtle. Supporting roles are well cast and characterised, with the young Samuel Ramey a strong Angelotti. Colin Davis conducts an exciting performance. But even more desirable are Callas, di Stefano and the incomparable Tito Gobbi under the dramatically forceful Victor de Sabata.
© BBC Music Magazine 2001

1.12.09

David Garrett - Encore


David Garrett - Encore
Instrumental/Classical/New Age | 1 CD | FLAC, none LOG, none CUE | 344 MB - MP3 | 320 Kbs | 111 MB
Publisher:Deag Music (Warner)| 2008 | RapidShare

Whether he's playing to classical audiences in intimate concert venues or drawing capacity crowds playing with his band in vast arenas, David Garrett is touching hearts and astounding audiences wherever he performs. The virtuoso violinist, already on the road to rock-star fame, has truly become one of the most exciting entertainers in the music world.

The Encore album demonstrates that with David there are no barriers. From beautiful classics like Salut d'Amour through to movie themes, Queen, AC/DC, Michael Jackson and gypsy dances - they all have one thing in common: great music played by one of the great new musicians of our age.

Tracklist:
01. Smooth Criminal - 3:08
02. Who Wants to Live Forever? - 4:08
03. Clair de Lune - 3:31
04. He's a Pirate - 3:02
05. Summertime - 3:56
06. Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 - 2:59
07. Chelsea Girl - 2:45
08. Summer - 2:38
09. O Mio Babbino Caro - 3:13
10. Air - 3:38
11. Thunderstruck - 3:07
12. New Day - 3:52
13. Ain't No Sunshine - 2:41
14. Rock Prelude - 3:22
15. Winter Lullaby - 2:39
16. Zorba’s Dance - 2:33

27.11.09

The Economist (November 28th - December 4th 2009)


The Economist (November 28th - December 4th 2009)
English | 128 pages | PDF | 54.10 MB - MP3 Audio | 163 MB

The quiet American
Is Barack Obama's diplomacy subtle and strategic, or weak and naive? The world is about to find out

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20.11.09

The Economist (November 21st - November 27th 2009)


The Economist (November 21st - November 27th 2009)
English | 104 Pages | PDF | 46 MB - MP3 Audio | 136 MB

Dealing with America's Fiscal Hole

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18.11.09

Ve que - Tran Manh Tuan


Ve que (Coming home) - Tran Manh Tuan
Saxophon/Jazz | 1 CD | APE, none LOG, none CUE | 282 MB - MP3 | 320 Kbs | 97 MB
Publisher: Phuong Nam Phim | RapidShare

Tran Manh Tuan was born in Hanoi on May 7th to a family with a tradition in the performing arts. His father, mother and sister are all stage performers of the traditional "Cai Luong" (The Renovated Theater), a theatrical art based on song and dance, created in the South of Vietnam.

Yet he found his own musical love in jazz and has responded by becoming one of the leaders of the Vietnamese jazz movement.
While Tuan plays Jazz, Pop, R&B, his favorite is a combination of traditional Vietnamese music and contemporary music that brings to the music-loving public a feeling of unity and a common language. This music evokes love, breath and happiness.

Taught at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, working as composer, producer, arranger and saxophonist.
So far Tuan has released 7 solo CDs, and has collaborated with many well-known Vietnamese singers. He has received many music awards for his talent and for taking the voice of Vietnam and Vietnam TV and also for his performances to students.

He has performed in many countries including France, Germany, the United States, Holland, Russia, China, Thailand, Singapore, and many more.

Tracklist:
01. Ve que
02. Nguoc dong Huong Giang
03. Chi toi (Trong Dai)
04. Chi toi (Tran Tien)
05. Me yeu con
06. Huyen thoai me
07. Tro ve dong song tuoi tho
08. Que huong
09. Thang 4 ve

13.11.09

The Economist (November 14th - November 20th 2009)


The Economist (November 14th - November 20th 2009)
English | MP3 Audio | 163 MB

Brazil takes off
Now the risk for Latin America's big success story is hubris

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7.11.09

The Economist (November 7th - November 13th 2009)


The Economist November 7th - November 13th 2009
English | 92 pages | PDF | 42.77 Mb - MP3 Audio | 148 MB

Twenty years after the Wall

Over the past 20 years economic freedom has outpaced political liberty. Neither should be taken for granted

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30.10.09

The Economist (October 31st - November 6th 2009)

The Economist (October 31st - November 6th 2009)
English | PDF | 112 Pages | 48 MB - MP3 Audio | 147 MB

Falling fertility
Astonishing falls in the fertility rate are bringing with them big benefits

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26.10.09

Aram Khachtaurian - Spartacus (The Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre Orchestra, 1990)

Aram Khachtaurian - Spartacus

Aram Khachtaurian - Spartacus (The Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre Orchestra, 1990)
Classical/Ballet | 1 DVD9 | 136 minutes | 7,7 GB
Publisher: ARTHAUS MUSIK | Language: English, German, French, Spanish

“If there's such a thing as a "guy's ballet," Spartacus is it. Sure, there are women in the cast, but the focus is on men and on manly things, and it's no surprise that a series of popular travel guides for gay men also is named "Spartacus." (One of the most heart-wrenching moments in the ballet is when Spartacus is made to kill a fellow slave in gladiatorial combat for the amusement of the Roman upper crust, and then cries over his friend's fresh corpse.)

This production was filmed live at the Bolshoi in 1990 by a Japanese crew. The original scenario by Nikolai Volkov presented the title character as a Christ-like figure, down to his betrayal by Harmodius, one of his followers. In 1968, choreographer Yuri Grigorovich made several changes to Volkov's scenario, including the removal of Harmodius. Under his direction, dance (not pantomime) regained the upper hand, and the ballet gained greater focus as the contrast between the "pure" slaves and the "decadent" Romans was emphasized. No doubt this pleased Soviet leaders of the time, and I am sure the point was not lost on them when the Roman soldiers marched a goose-step. Each of the four main characters was given several psychological dance "monologues" in front of a black curtain; these monologues also allowed unobtrusive scene changes. Khachaturian's very long score was cut, and many of its numbers were moved and rearranged. Four acts became three. To my mind, these changes were not a bad thing, but if viewers are looking for Spartacus in its original form (about four hours long!), they will be disappointed by the Grigorovich production.

The dancing, with an emphasis on athleticism, is quite spectacular. Crassus is the first main character to appear, and Aleksandr Vetrov immediately establishes the character of the arrogant general with a display of icy-cold gymnastics. Aegina, his mistress, also is danced with aptly frigid precision by Maria Bilova. The highlight of her performance comes in Act 3, when she distracts the would-be rebellious slaves with a very suggestive hoochie-koochie dance. Although no less proud than Aegina, Phrygia, the beloved of Spartacus, is characterized as warm and sincere. In her duets with Spartacus, she frequently is carried, sometimes over the hero's head! The other telling pose has her kneeling at his feet and holding his thigh. (Imagine a Frank Frazetta painting.) In the title-role, the charismatic Irek Mukhamedov tempers his athleticism with true passion. (Who wouldn't follow a man like this to the brink of the grave?) Like Vetrov, he executes chains of astonishing leaps without even looking winded. The Bolshoi corps lives up to its reputation here, and the sets and costumes are excellently done. Zhuraitis keeps things moving in the pit and soft-pedals the bombast, of which there is plenty in this score. (It is about as authentically Roman as Roman Polanski.) Because this is a live performance, there are occasional flubbed notes from the winds. The sound quality is top-drawer. The video quality is less fine; director Shuji Fujii favors wide shots of all or most of the stage, and so what we don't get to see are the dancers' facial expressions, which remain indistinct much of the time. Still, this is a ballet and not a play, so at least Fujii has his priorities in the right place.

If you want a muscle-bound evening enjoying a ballet at home, the Bolshoi's Spartacus will do nicely.
~ Raymond Tuttle, Classical.net ”


  • Irek Mukhamedov (Spartacus)
  • Aleksandr Vetrov (Crassus)
  • Lyudmilla Semenyaka (Phrygia)
  • Maria Bilova (Aegina)
  • Gediminas Taranda (Gladiator)
Bolshoi Ballet
Bolshoi Theater Orchestra/Algis Zhuraitis
Arthaus Music DVD 101115 136min Full Frame 1:33 LPCM Stereo


DANCER'S DREAM: The Great Ballets of Nureyev - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Sleeping Beauty

DANCER'S DREAM: The Great Ballets of Nureyev - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Sleeping Beauty (Paris National Opera, 1999)

DANCER'S DREAM: The Great Ballets of Nureyev - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Sleeping Beauty (Paris National Opera, 1999)
Classical/Ballet | 1 DVD9 | 89 minutes | 6,4 GB
Publisher: ARTHAUS MUSIK | Language: English, German, French, Spanish

“Music by Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky. Choreographed and staged bu Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa. Restaged by Patricia Ruanne.
The Sleeping Beauty remains, Rudolf Nureyev often called it, the 'ballet of ballets'. It is the most accomplished and the most brilliant, as well as one of the most spectacular of the 19th century, and the most representative of the 'noble' style of classical dancing. Rudolf Nureyev's version, which he created for the Opera Ballet in 1989, was recoreded at the Opéra Bastille in 1999, in a new production (set and costumes) created by his faithful collaborators, Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino, who had already produced Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and La Bayadere.

Princess Aurora: Aurélie Dupont Prince Désiré: Manuel Legris King Florestan: Vincent Cordier The Queen: Nathalie Quernet Catalabutte: Laurent Queval The Lilac Fairy: Béatrice Martel Carabosse: Nathalie Aubin Princess Florina: Delphine Moussin Bluebird: Benjamin Pech Puss In Boots: Stéphane Elizabé White Cat: Laetitia Pujol Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris Conductor: David Coleman Sets: Ezio Frigerio. Costumes: Franca Squarciapino. Directed byu Pierre Cavassilas.

Experience Rudolf Nureyev's version of Tchaikovski's spectacular 19th Century ballet in this release showcasing a 1999 performance captured live at the Opera Bastille. Restaged by Patricia Ruanne, this version of The Sleeping Beauty stars Aurlie Dupont, Manuel Legris, and Vincent Cordier. David Coleman conducts the Orchestre de l'Opra National de Paris in a performance featuring set design by Ezio Frigerio and costumes by Franca Asquarciapino.
~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide ”


La Princesse AuroreElisabeth Platel
Le Prince DesiréManuel Legris
La Fée CarabosseClotilde Vayer
La Fée LilasNathalie Riqué

Les Etoiles, Les Premiers Danseurs, et Le Corps de Ballet de
l'Opéra national de Paris

Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
Vello Pähn, conductor

Rudolf Nureyev, choreography and stage direction after Marius Petipa
Ezio Frigerio, set design
Franca Squarciapino, costume design
Vinicio Cheli, lighting


Sergei Prokofiev - Ivan The terrible

Sergei Prokofiev - Ivan The terrible (DVD9)

Sergei Prokofiev - Ivan The terrible (DVD Released 2005)
Classical/Ballet | 1 DVD9 | 113 minutes | 6,4 GB
Publisher: ARTHAUS MUSIK | Language: English, French, Spanish
Actors: Natalia Bessmertnova, Irek Mukhamedov, Gediminas Taranda

“This is a strange review to write, so let's start at the beginning. Read the title line to the headnote. It credits this ballet, Ivan the Terrible, to Serge Prokofieff. But what we have here is an adaptation – often, a very free adaptation – of Prokofieff's film score to Sergei Eisenstein's two-part film about Ivan the Terrible. (a third part was planned but never made.) The adaptation was made Mikhail Chulaki, who also drew heavily on music from Prokofieff's Third Symphony, Russian Overture and Alexander Nevsky. Whenever the ballet score closely follows Prokofieff's originals, the orchestration is almost invariably different in some way. Thus, in the end, we get an episodic arrangement of themes and sections from Prokofieff's music.

There are, of course, parallels in ballet for this kind of thing, Les Sylphides being the most prominent example. Who actually expected a ballet from Prokofieff's film music – or Stasevich's famous arrangement of it – without some adjustments, that is, without undanceable parts excised or altered? At any rate, the big question here is, what are the music and dancing like? For all Chulaki's takeoffs and tampering, his work is colorful and quite imaginative. Prokofieff purists might scoff at it, but I, an admirer of the composer's music for a half-century or so now, find it a compelling mixture of the enchanting and the riveting. It may lack depth, but Chulaki has fashioned a score that most 20th century ballet aficionados should find appealing. The dancing, as you expect from the Bolshoi, is brilliant, with both leads, Irek Mukhamedov and Natalya Bessmertnova, as well ensemble dancers, turning in impressive performances. The choreography and scenery are imaginative, though the latter is tinged with a bit of drabness.

There are long sections from Prokofieff's various scores that are presented with relatively few changes, #7 (track 8) – Celebrating the victory (from the Russian Overture); #9 – Ivan's fortune (from Symphony #3, second movement); and #10 – Revolt of the Boyars (Symphony #3, third movement); and #16 – Finale (Symphony #3, finale). So, lest I leave the reader with a false impression, there is a lot a fairly straight Prokofieff here. In fact, as the score progresses it becomes clear that Chulaki relies more and more on Prokofieff and less on himself. I should point out that the booklet notes, apparently written by Boris Kehrmann, claim that #15, Dance of the Oprichniki (from Ivan the Terrible) is unchanged from the film score. Kehrmann was probably referring to one small section in #15, but even though the music closely follows Prokofieff here, extra percussion and other instrumental effects are added by Chulaki.

As for conductor Algis Zhuraitis, his interpretation is generally insightful and the performance he draws from the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra is spirited. Some of the tempos vary from Prokofieff's original scores (the dark opening of #13, Ivan at Anastasia's grave, is taken too fast), but one cannot tell if Chulaki altered the tempo marking to make the music more danceable or if Zhuraitis stepped on the accelerator. At any rate the performance is fine overall, and the sound, from this 1990 live Bolshoi Theater presentation, not quite state-of-the-art but clear and full. Recommended.”Expert Review on Classical.net


Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (DVD9)

Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (DVD Released 2005)
Classical/Opera | 1 DVD9 | 129 minutes | 7,2 GB
Publisher: Deutsche Grammophon | Language: Italian
Actors: Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Juan Pons, Enzo Dara, James Levine

“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.
Kathleen Battle is not only a wonderful singer and convincing actress; as Adina, she is pretty enough to make Nemorino's infatuation totally credible. Juan Pons struts convincingly as Belcore, Nemorino's self-important rival, and Enzo Dara is properly spectacular as Dr. Dulcamara, who sells Nemorino the magic potion guaranteed to improve his love life, or at least to get him drunk. The melodies in this opera include some of the best ever written, and James Levine, his extraordinary orchestra, and his wonderful chorus know exactly what to do with them. Everything comes together in this production to make it one of the best opera DVDs available.
--Joe McLellan”Expert Review on Amazon.com


24.10.09

Prima Donna - Montserrat Caballé


Prima Donna - Montserrat Caballé
Classical | 1 CD | FLAC, none LOG, none CUE | 366 MB - MP3 | 320 Kbs | 145 MB
Publisher: Sony Music | 2003 | RapidShare


Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folc, better known as Montserrat Caballé (born April 12, 1933, Barcelona, Spain), is a Spanish soprano. One of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century, she possesses a voice of remarkable beauty and of great range and flexibility, renowned for her flawless bel canto technique and unfailling musicianship. She is particularly admired for her famous interpretations of the works of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti.



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Donizetti: Gemma di vergy
01 Nouve contese? ... Oh Cielo
02 Egli riede? Oh lieto istante
03 Dio possente! Ah! tu ben sai
04 Eccomi asola alfine

Rossini: Der Türke in Italien
05 Non si da follia maggiore
06 Per piacere alla signora
07 Credete alle femmine
08 Sqallida veste e bruna

Verdi: Aroldo
09 Ciel, ch'io respiri!... Salvami tu, gran Dio
10 Ah, dagli scanni eterei
11 Ah dal sen di quella tomba

Wagner: Der fliedende Holländer
12 Ballade der Senta

Wagner: Tannhäuser
13 Arie der Elisabeth

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
14 Ilsodes Liebestod


23.10.09

The Economist (October 24th - October 30th 2009)


The Economist (October 24th - October 30th 2009)
With a special report on China and America
English | PDF | 128 Pages | 55 or 6,6 MB - MP3 Audio | 160 MB

The odd couple
America should be much more confident in its dealings with its closest rival


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16.10.09

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The Economist (October 17th - October 23rd 2009)


The Economist (October 17th - October 23rd 2009)
English | PDF | 124 Pages | 53 MB - MP3 Audio | 138 MB

Obama's war
The war in Afghanistan deserves more resources, commitment and political will


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11.10.09

The Economist (October 10th - October 16th 2009)


The Economist (October 10th - October 16th 2009)
English | PDF | 104 Pages | 44 or 5,9 MB - MP3 Audio | 137 MB

Wake up Europe!
It is time for the world's biggest economy to rise from its slumber and play a global role


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8.10.09

Giacomo Puccini - La Bohème


Giacomo Puccini - La Bohème
Classical/Opera/Musical Film | 1 DVD-9 | 7,4 GB - Dolby Digital 2.0 | Cover & Booklet included | 100 minutes
Publisher: Axiom Films | 2009


Giacomo Puccini's immortal opera is brought to life in a new, specially filmed, big budget feature-film version directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm (The Children of Theatre Street), produced by Jan Mojto's Unitel, one of the largest producers of audiovisual classical music films in the world, and starring the opera world's ''dream team'', soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazon. Features two of opera's biggest superstars, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, in the roles they have performed to live audiences all over the world. Comprehensive and successful commercial run in cinemas, screening in all major towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, and opening in London's Barbican Centre and Apollo West End to outstanding figures. Exclusive DVD bonus features, including in-depth interviews with stars Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon and director Robert Dornhelm, behind-the-scenes of La Bohème, limited edition collector's booklet and more.



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