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Celtic Woman – Ancient Land: Live from Johnstown Castle (2019) 1080i Blu-Ray MPEG-2 LPCM 2.0 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Celtic Woman – Ancient Land: Live from Johnstown Castle
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Celtic Folk

Production/Label: Capitol
Duration: 01:31:21
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29486 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 21,09 GB

Multi-platinum, international music sensation, Celtic Woman, return with Ancient Land, a spectacular new concert filmed against the stunning backdrop of Johnstown Castle in Wexford, Ireland. Filmed on a magical Irish evening on castle grounds, this lavish production showcases Celtic Woman’s shimmering voices, accompanied by an orchestra, choir and Irish dancers. The 23 songs performed include new music from the latest album along with a selection of timeless classics and well-known cover songs.

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The Who: Live At Shea Stadium (1982) SD Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: The Who: Live At Shea Stadium
Released: 1982
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Art Rock
Artist: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Kenney Jones, Tim Gorman

Issued: United States | Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 2:06:33
Size: 46.18 GB

The Who s 1982 tour, which was all in North America apart from two warm-up dates at the Birmingham NEC in England, was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and they wouldn t tour again until 1989. The tour promoted the recent It s Hard album, which had been released in June 1982, and the set list included a number of tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York s Shea Stadium and was filmed on October 13th 1982. Although a couple of tracks have appeared on compilations, this is the first official release of the full show and features restored footage and newly mixed sound.

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The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun (Hyde Park Live) (2013) Bluray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun (Hyde Park Live)
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Rock
Director: Paul Dugdale

Mick Jagger – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Keith Richards – guitars, vocals; Ronnie Wood – guitars; Charlie Watts – drums; Darryl Jones – bass; Chuck Leavell – keyboards, percussion, backing vocals; Bernard Fowler – backing vocals, percussion; Lisa Fischer – backing vocals; Bobby Keys – saxophone; Tim Ries – saxophone, keyboards; Matt Clifford – French horn, keyboards; Mick Taylor – guitar

Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 01:57:44
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Audio codec: PCM, DTS-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 23889 kbps 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8051 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 36.02 GB

The Rolling Stones historic and triumphant return to Hyde Park was without doubt the event of the summer. Over 100,000 delirious fans of all ages packed into the park for two spectacular outdoor concerts to watch Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood do what they do best. The Stones delivered a five star performance that had both fans and critics singing their praises. The set packed in hit after hit and saw the band joined by former guitarist Mick Taylor for a special guest appearance on two songs. This stunning concert film is the perfect way to celebrate the return of The Rolling Stones back where they truly belong: live on stage in their hometown.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis and Alan Gilbert 2009 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In April 2009, Alan Gilbert conducted Czech compositions with the Berliner Philharmoniker which were composed in his native city of New York: Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Bohuslav Martinů’s Fourth Symphony. The two composers took up residence in their temporary home in the United States for very different reasons, however. Whereas Dvořák accepted a well-paid position in the up-and-coming musical centre of New York in 1892, at the height of his international fame, Martinů left Paris and crossed the Atlantic, fleeing the invading National Socialists.

Martinů began work on his Fourth Symphony in 1945, during the last months of the Second World War, and completed it a few weeks after the unconditional surrender of the Nazi regime. In Alan Gilbert’s opinion, the work should be understood as a musical reflection of this event in world history. The second movement depicts the horror of war, and the finale, relief in view of the hoped-for peace. The electrifying work by the still-underrated composer exhibits structural features of the Baroque concerto grosso as well as ingeniously used elements of French Impressionism.

Of the few important cello concertos in the repertoire, Dvořák’s contribution to the genre stands out because of its inexhaustible melodic richness and radiant late Romantic tone. The concerto was composed as the last work in a tremendously productive American creative phase, although the premiere did not take place until 1896 in London, after the composer had returned to Europe. During the subsequent years Dvořák again devoted himself increasingly to opera and, emulating Franz Liszt, also composed a series of symphonic poems. The Philharmoniker and Alan Gilbert opened the concert with one of these works, The Noon Witch, which is based on a gruesome fairy tale. The soloist for the concert was Steven Isserlis – “Britain’s greatest cellist”, according to The Telegraph – whose repertoire comprises compositions ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Donald Runnicles conducts works by Strauss and Elgar 2011 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Both works in this concert with Donald Runnicles represent the brilliance of the art of orchestration at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century – and yet they could be hardly more contrasting in terms of expression and attitude. For while Edward Elgar’s First Symphony impresses with its nobility and sensitivity, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote is, not least, a biting satire.

Don Quixote’s skewed perception of the world, the clash of his dreams and an incomprehensible reality give Strauss the opportunity for wonderfully ironic effects – but also to create a differentiated characterization of the tragicomic hero. Strauss’s Don Quixote is represented by a solo cello, played here by Ludwig Quandt, principal cellist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1993. Amihai Grosz, principal violist with the orchestra since 2010, gives voice to Sancho Panza.

As in Don Quixote, in Elgar’s First Symphony we experience a wide range of expression: triumphant grandeur, delicacy, and even the hymn-like rapture which helped Elgar’s march Pomp and Circumstance to world fame. Elgar’s personality shines through again and again as a unifying element – the sensitive gentleman who with this symphony, wanted to send a message of “great charity (love) and a massive hope in the future.” The premiere, given in Manchester, was conducted by Hans Richter, who was also a regular guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker. For him, the symphony represented “the greatest symphony of modern times, written by the greatest modern composer – and not only in this country.”

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Donald Runnicles conducts a concert “à la française” 2015 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Donald Runnicles specialises in performances of requiems. At least this impression could arise if you look back on the Philharmoniker concerts the Scottish conductor conducted since 2003: he had already conducted the requiems by Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz and Johannes Brahms. This time, the general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducts Maurice Duruflé’s requiem.

The work is the best-known creation of the French composer, who was one of his country’s great organists in the 20th century. Duruflé, who studied with Louis Vierne and Paul Dukas, was inspired in his requiem by the Gregorian melodies of the Catholic liturgy, which he in some cases quotes in the original and drapes in very subtle sounds. By this means he created a vocal composition of suggestive character – archaic, transcendent, consolatory. And the work makes one thing very clear: Duruflé’s musical language is rooted not only in Gregorian chant, but also in French Impressionism.

The programme begins with a work by Duruflé’s contemporary and colleague Olivier Messiaen: Hymne. Like Duruflé, Messiaen was also an organist. The Catholic church, the liturgy and piety also strongly shaped his musical oeuvre. The orchestral composition, an early work by Messiaen, has a sacral character and is characterised by a richly coloured, atmospherically dense musical language. Claude Debussy’s poetic cantata La damoiselle élue is another early work. While in this work the young composer is still under the influence of Richard Wagner’s music, Debussy’s personal style is already apparent.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Daniele Gatti’s journey from the Romantic to the modern era 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In the “principle of the developing variation”, Arnold Schoenberg identified a fundamental element of Johannes Brahms’s compositional technique. With the Haydn Variationsop. 56a, called thus though actually based on a chorale tune of unknown origin, Brahms composed a work in 1873 that can be regarded as a precursor to his First Symphony, premiered three years later. At the same time it already extends towards the final movement of Brahms’s last symphony from 1884–85, which is constructed as a passacaglia.

In this Berliner Philharmoniker concert conducted by Daniele Gatti, Richard Wagner is represented as musical antipode to Brahms with instrumental excerpts from Götterdämmerung, first performed at the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876.

In addition, the programme includes Alban Berg’s Three Orchestral Pieces op. 6, undertaken shortly before the outbreak of the First World War and in part premiered by the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1923 conducted by Anton Webern, Berg’s university friend. The work, which is dedicated to Berg’s “teacher and friend Arnold Schoenberg in immeasurable gratitude”, draws on the compositional rigour of Brahms’s compositions as well as Wagner’s instrumental refinements, but nonetheless marks the dawn of a new musical epoch.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Daniele Gatti conducts masterworks of French modernism 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

With La Mer, “three symphonic sketches for orchestra” premiered in Paris in 1905, Claude Debussy created a work that many classical music lovers consider a high point of impressionism in music. The composer himself, however, reacted sensitively when the term, first used in 1874 in connection with a painting by Claude Monet, was applied to his compositions: “It is only journalists doing their job who call them that,” he had his literary alter ego, the self-titled anti-dilettante Monsieur Croche, proclaim: “That’s of no importance”. It was less fear that his compositions would be compared with paintings than a general aversion to overly facile categorisations that inspired Debussy to call for an attack against all “-isms”. Nonetheless, precisely a piece like his compositional seascape La Mer contributed to the word “impressionism” soon being used in the field of music without negative connotations.

Like many French composers of the following generation, Henri Dutilleux was also influenced by Debussy’s music – at times more to distinguish his own from it. Thus the composer, who died in 2013 at the age of 97, once confessed: “I have a tendency – it’s almost entirely intuitive – not to present the theme in its definitive state at the beginning. It is not cyclic form, that is different; in cyclic form, the theme is a given from the beginning, as for instance in Debussy’s Quartet. It’s different in my music: I use small cells which develop bit by bit.” The orchestral composition Métaboles from 1964 that is played in this programme is considered a milestone in Dutilleux’s compositional development. Daniele Gatti, who took up his duties as chief conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra at the beginning of this season and who could last be experienced conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2014, kicks off the evening with Swiss composer Arthur Honegger’s Third Symphony, the so-called Liturgical. Composed in the years 1945-46, inspired by psalm texts and passages of the mediaeval requiem mass, the work, according to the composer, represents “an unabashedly personal dialogue with the specific liturgical texts”, but nonetheless has a clear message to his listeners: “It is the inner peace of mind that faith gives, the peace of the heart, nature, life – how things could be if humanity had the goodwill.”

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Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes (2017) Blu-Ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Art Rock, Documentary

Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 01:15:10 + 01:51:15
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Audio codec: PCM, DTS-HD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 27999 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3752 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 69.41 GB

The Reflektor Tapes is a visually stunning and hypnotic documentary about the making of Arcade Fire’s hugely successful 2013 studio album Reflektor by director Kahlil Joseph (who also directed Beyonce’s Lemonade film). The film received its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary captures recording sessions, live performances and the band’s time in Haiti, a country with which they have a long-standing relationship. The second disc in the set features Arcade Fire’s full length live concert from Earl’s Court in London on June 6th, 2014 during the Reflektor tour, which perfectly complements the documentary.

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Neil Diamond – Hot August Night III (2018) Blu-Ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Neil Diamond – Hot August Night III
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock

Production/Label: Reprise Records/Bushbranch Records/EPC Enterprises LLP
Duration: 02:22:44+00:12:26
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Audio codec: PCM, DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video 19948 kbps 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Dolby TrueHD Audio English 4107 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4107 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Audio#2: LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: DTS-HD Master Audio English 4566 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4566 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 38.45 GB

Los Angeles – June 22, 2018 – On August 17, Capitol/UMe will celebrate one of the century’s most electrifying live albums, with the release of Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night Ill, a live concert DVD/CD Blu-Ray multi-disc set. Hot August Night Ill chronicles Diamond’s triumphant return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2012.The magical evening was Diamond’s 40th anniversary celebration of the original multiplatinum-selling Hot August Night collection that was recorded at the very same venue in 1972.

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