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Andras Schiff – J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (2020) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD.MA.5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Andras Schiff – J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
Release year: 2020
Genre: Classical

Released: EuroArts
Duration: 01:50:39
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Audio Codec: LPCM, DTS-HD Master
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27897 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio # 2: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3643 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 28.07 GB

Johann Sebastian Bach was undoubtedly the greatest musical thinker of his age. Dubbed ‘the Old Testament of music’ by the conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow, The Well-Tempered Clavier is acknowledged to be one of the most significant works ever written for the keyboard. Each of these 24 preludes and fugues encapsulates its own mood, and Bach’s delight in mixing technical strictness with freedom of expression has made this work an indispensable element of Western culture for centuries. Sir András Schiff is heralded as one of the finest Bach interpreters today, and this first complete performance at the prestigious BBC Proms was summed up as ‘stupendous’ by The Independent.

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Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Hermus – Galaxymphony (2019) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD.MA.5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Hermus – Galaxymphony
Release year: 2019
Genre: Neo Classical

Released: EuroArts
Duration: 01:42:40
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Audio Codec: LPCM, DTS-HD Master
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20929 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio # 2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4169 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 20.99 GB

A must-have for all sci-fi fans, available on Blu-ray & CD; CD includes a download code for the full album + 3 bonus tracks. Featuring film music hits from multiple Oscar-winning movies. Including film music tracks from Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Fifth Element, Interstellar, 2001 – A Space Odyseey, Blade Runner and Alien.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Simon Rattle conducts Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri” (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

“He is the most honest of all composers,” Sir Simon Rattle once said about Robert Schumann. During Rattle’s tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker Schumann has increasingly become a stronger focus of the orchestra’s work, and all the Schumann symphonies were programmed during the 2008/2009 season, with various conductors. The “secular oratorio” Das Paradies und die Peri (Paradise and the Peri) was also presented under Rattle’s baton – a work which Sir Simon has said he would take with him to the proverbial “desert island”. Schumann himself regarded Peri as one of his best compositions. After great successes during his lifetime, the work was almost completely forgotten later. One of its admirers was the great Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, who drew Sir Simon’s attention to the beauty of the underrated score.

The work, which combines oratorical, operatic and songlike characteristics in an oriental atmosphere, seems to hover between the worlds, like its protagonist. The peri, whose story Schumann drew from Thomas Moore’s epic tale Lalla Rookh, has both earthly and celestial origins. During the story she tries to gain admittance to paradise, which should actually remain closed to her because of her background. The international ensemble of soloists was led by soprano Sally Matthews as the peri and baritone Christian Gerhaher, who has championed Robert Schumann’s lesser-known works for many years and shares Simon Rattle’s enthusiasm for Das Paradies und die Peri.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – A Schumann evening with Simon Rattle and Mitsuko Uchida (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Robert Schumann’s D minor Symphony is one of the works which he revised in later years, thus depriving it of several brilliant ideas in the opinion of some critics. The original version was composed in 1841, immediately following the First Symphony. Schumann set it aside after the unsuccessful premiere, however, and did not publish the revision until ten years later, as his fourth and last symphony. Johannes Brahms published the original version after Schumann’s death, against the will of his widow Clara: “Anyone who hears it is of my opinion that the score has gained nothing from being revised; it has certainly lost grace, lightness and clarity.” An opinion shared by Sir Simon Rattle, who has preferred the first version of the work for several years and also conducted it at this concert in February 2009.

Several features of the symphony, such as the thematic connections between movements and the unconventional new emphasis on elements of sonata form, also characterize Schumann’s only piano concerto, composed in 1841 as well, which has been interpreted as a poetic declaration of love to Clara. Mitsuko Uchida, for many years one of the most loyal and closest musical partners of Sir Simon and the Philharmoniker, is heard as soloist in this recording.

The Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, the third Schumann work on this programme, is rarely heard, despite its beauty and originality, because it is not easy to find four hornists for the demanding solo parts. As in several other programmes during the 2008/2009 season, compositions by Robert Schumann and Bernd Alois Zimmermann were also juxtaposed in this concert. The Symphony from 1953 is one of Zimmermann’s early works inspired by Arnold Schoenberg, and integrates the elements of the symphonic model with several movements into a single movement. Schumann strived for something similar in his Fourth Symphony. Thus, the two composers on this concert programme resemble each other not only because of their sometimes depressive temperaments but also in their relentless search for new forms.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Heinz Holliger conducts Schumann and Zimmermann (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

When the Berliner Philharmoniker combined Schumann symphonies with works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann on several concert programmes during the 2008/2009 season, it was logical that they invite Heinz Holliger. The Swiss composer, oboist and conductor has devoted himself intensively to Schumann’s music since his youth, which has also strongly influenced his own works. Holliger also has a close affinity with Zimmermann.

The programme was structured symmetrically, with a symphonic work and a composition for violin and orchestra by both Schumann and Zimmermann. Schumann’s Violin Fantasy was composed at the same time as his concerto for the same instrument, and after its premiere with Joseph Joachim it enjoyed a certain degree of popularity before disappearing almost entirely from the classical repertoire. One of the composer’s most popular works, on the other hand, is the Spring Symphony from 1841, which, with its opening motto, innovative formal development and the integration of songlike elements, represents a new type of symphony after Beethoven.

Like Schumann, Zimmermann also avoided historical and stylistic categories to a great extent. In his works one finds the influence of popular culture and quotations from music history as well as experiments with dodecaphony emulating Arnold Schoenberg. His work Alagoana, which was initially composed as ballet music, is characterized by a complex time structure and unusual scoring, with instruments such as vibraphone, guitar, celesta, harpsichord and saxophone quartet. The soloist for the concert was violinist Thomas Zehetmair, who made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1985 and is known for both his unconventional interpretations of familiar repertoire and his strong commitment to rarely performed works.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Sakari Oramo (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Robert Schumann’s only violin concerto is a problem child of the classical repertoire in several respects. That applies first of all to the content of the work itself. The expression of grief is unmistakable, in the slow movement, for example, whose theme Schumann would take up again in his very last composition, the Ghost Variations for piano. It is equally true of its performance and reception history, however. The dedicatee Joseph Joachim and Schumann’s wife Clara had doubts about the playability and quality of the work. Joachim’s son insisted that the concerto not be premiered until 100 years after the composer’s death. Shortly before this deadline elapsed, the work was premiered in 1937 – but in a dubious arrangement. In addition, it was misused for propaganda purposes by the National Socialists, who wanted to establish it as a “German” replacement for the violin concerto by the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn, which was banned from concert programmes.

Since then, many distinguished soloists have championed the unmistakable beauty of the unconventional work. Violinist Isabelle Faust, who played the concerto at her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, has contributed to the renaissance of the work as well. As part of its Schumann focus during the 2008/2009 season, the orchestra also presented the Second Symphony, which is one of the composer’s most demanding and successful works in this genre, with thematic quotations recurring throughout the movements, the use of Baroque compositional techniques and one of the most beautiful slow movements of the Romantic repertoire. The programme also featured Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s orchestral work Photoptosis, which is characterized by a complex rhythmic structure and numerous quotations from music history. At the podium was the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo, who was appointed music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1998, as the immediate successor to Sir Simon Rattle.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” with Anja Kampe and Michael Boder (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Modern and contemporary music are an essential component in the repertoire of conductor Michael Boder, who, among other works, has conducted the premieres of new operas by Friedrich Cerha and Aribert Reimann. Thus, it is not surprising that his concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in March 2009 began and ended with 20th-century works. The programme opened with a piece by the American composer Elliott Carter, who celebrated his 100th birthday in December 2008 in good health and as productive as ever. To mark the occasion the orchestra focussed on works by Carter during the season. In A Celebration of Some 100 x 150 Notes Carter plays a complex and clever game with the genre of the musical fanfare.

Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra picks up the thread of the composition of the same name by his revered Hungarian colleague Béla Bartók. In one of his most striking and accessible works the Polish composer combines folk motifs and rhythmic energy with exciting dramaturgy. German Romanticism was also represented between the works by Carter and Lutosławski. After Robert Schumann was welcomed with great enthusiasm at his new post in Düsseldorf in 1850, he composed his Third Symphony at his usual breathtaking tempo; it became famous under the nickname Rhenish, which did not originate with the composer. The traditional four-movement symphonic model was expanded with a second slow movement whose mysterious, eerie atmosphere forms a contrast to the largely cheerful character of the work.

A few years later Schumann’s contemporary Richard Wagner set five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck, the industrialist’s wife for whom he felt an intense passion, to music. Several motifs from the songs, Wagner’s only significant contribution to the genre of the art song, turn up again in the opera Tristan und Isolde, which was composed at the same time and inspired by his love for Mathilde Wesendonck. The soloist in this recording is Anja Kampe, who, as an interpreter of highly dramatic roles of the operatic repertoire, is one of the most successful singers of our day.

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The Rolling Stones Live Glastonbury (2013) 720p+1080p MBluRay x264-TREBLE

More than a show, this is a historical document of the greatest rock band in activity of all time. The band Rolling Stones was formed in London in 1962, alongside the Beatles, and is considered the most significant of the so-called British Invasion that occurred in the 1960s. millions of albums worldwide. The Rolling Stones played at the iconic Glastonbury Festival for the first time in the history of the band and the festival, where they headed the Pyramid Stage. The band played a setlist of twenty songs, including a special version of ‘Factory Girl’, which was adapted to become ‘Glastonbury Girl’. The band was accompanied on the songs “” Can not You Hear Me Knocking “”, “Midnight Rambler” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by former member Mick Taylor, who was a Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974; in addition, one of the last records of saxophonist and Stones collaborator Boby Keys, who died in 2014.

1. Miss You
2. Midnight Rambler (Feat. Mick Taylor)
3. 2000 Light Years From Home
4. Sympathy For The Devil
5. Start Me Up
6. Tumbling Dice
7. Brown Sugar
8. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
9. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Feat. Mick Taylor)

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Yellow Magic Orchestra – Live In San Francisco 2011 (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC LPCM 2.0 + BDRip 1080p

Title: Yellow Magic Orchestra – Live In San Francisco 2011
Release Year: 2015
Genre: Electronic, Synth-pop

Released: Commmons
Duration: 01:46:59
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: H.264
Audio Codec: PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 34872 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: Japanese / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 29.76 GB

Yellow Magic Orchestra’s June 27, 2011 show, at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. It has been 31 years since YMO performed in the U.S. last. The band featured support members Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius), Gondō Tomohiko (anonymass, pupa) and Christian Fennesz.

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Blue Oyster Cult – Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 (2020) Blu-ray 1080i MPEG-2 LPCM 2.0 + BDRip 1080p

Title: Blue Oyster Cult – Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014
Release year: 2020
Genre: Hard Rock

Released: Frontiers Music
Duration: 01:57:45
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2 Video
Audio Codec: AC3 / PCM
Video: MPEG-2 Video / 23392 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9
Audio # 1: Dolby Digital Audio / English / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Audio # 2: LPCM Audio / English / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 22.75 GB

Recorded at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, ‘Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014’ offers a comprehensive and exciting look at the Blue Öyster Cult repertoire. Containing almost two hours of music, the band is on fire, performing some of the finest and most beloved songs from their extensive catalogue, while not forgetting some deeper cuts that will make long term fans of the band very happy. The release will be available on 3xLP (180g gatefold), 2xCD+DVD, Blu-Ray and digital formats.

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