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Claudio Abbado, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe – Mozart: Don Giovanni (1998) [Reissue 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Claudio Abbado, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe – Mozart: Don Giovanni (1998) [Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | 3x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 165:23 minutes | Front/Rear cover | 11,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear cover | 2,99 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Deutsche Grammophon # 474996-2

Arguably the greatest opera ever written, the Mozart/Da Ponte depiction of the last twenty-four hours of the legendary libertine is performed here in the standard version combining the two versions Mozart prepared. Abbado offers modern instruments with certain nods to period performance practice–many appoggiaturas, comparatively fleet tempos, and some modest ornamentation.

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Various Artists – 4 Great Operas (2013) [Esoteric Japan] (9x SACD Box Set) PS3 ISO + FLAC

VA – 4 Great Operas on Deutsche Grammophon & Decca (2013) [Esoteric Japan] (9x SACD Box Set)
PS3 Rip | 9x SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 521:23 minutes | Scans included | 21,4 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Box Art & Scans included | 10,6 GB

The reissue of historical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using SACD technology to improve sound quality. This Box Set of “4 Great Operas on Deutsche Grammophon & Decca” features the four works of this time are historical name boards which were produced in the heyday of analog from 1968 to 1977, and at the time of recording, each record company gathered the best conductor, orchestra, singer, the best sound, It was recorded with an in-depth session organized at the proud recording venue.

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Claudio Abbado꞉ The silence that follows the music 1970 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

This documentary about Claudio Abbado from the year 1996 is as much a journey through the recent history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Director Paul Smaczny shows how the orchestra re-adjusted itself after the end of the Karajan era – such as in electing Abbado as chief conductor, whose friendly approach redefined communication and the artistic work of the orchestra.

And we delve into the conductor’s biography, which is brought to life before our eyes through interviews and visits to the locations of his activities. Claudio Abbado himself speaks about his career and his artistic ideals, moreover, there are numerous interviews with colleagues. In addition to musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker, these include Pierre Boulez and Abbado’s former fellow students Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta, and members of other orchestras Abbado has ties with: the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

And of course, the film also approaches the conductor through his music. We hear Abbado at rehearsals and concerts in Salzburg, Venice and Paris, making a recording with Maria João Pires, and in a historic recording from the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna from 1968. From all this, the picture emerges of an artist with a wide range of interests and a multifaceted yet focused personality.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado in Tokyo 1994 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

There is nowhere else in the world that the Berliner Philharmoniker have been received with more warmth, enthusiasm, and for so many years, than in Japan. Recorded in Suntory Hall in Tokyo in 1994, this concert with Claudio Abbado gives an impression of just the kind of reception they are given. The programme includes major works from the Russian repertoire which are shown to their best advantage in the outstanding acoustics of this concert hall.

Suntory Hall, which was opened in 1986, is a kind of home-from-home for the Berliner Philharmoniker – it even stands in “Herbert von Karajan Square”. Karajan actually played a significant role in the designing of the hall, recommending for example the “vineyard” seating arrangement which people know from the Philharmonie in Berlin. Karajan was highly delighted with the result, calling Suntory Hall “a jewel box of sound”.

The concert programme reveals the variety of Russian music around the turn of the 20th century, with Tchaikovsky blending Slavonic passion with the Western symphonic form in his Fifth Symphony, while Mussorgsky in his Night on the Bare Mountain celebrates the primeval power of music which lies beyond any tradition. Like Mussorgsky, Stravinsky takes up the power of Russian folklore in his Firebird, intensifying its effect by enriching it with his own pioneering musical language.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 2002 European Concert in Palermo 2002 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

At the end of this European Concert, flowers rain down on the conductor and orchestra. And with rapturous applause tinged with a little sadness, the audience in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo say farewell to Claudio Abbado as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. With the 2002 European Concert, Abbado’s final tour at the head of the orchestra began. It took him all through his Italian homeland, culminating in Vienna in Austria where Abbado – with his successor Sir Simon Rattle in the audience – gave his last performance as chief conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker on 13 May 2002.

The central work in the first half of the concert is the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms – a work which took a while to establish itself after its composition in 1879 as it did not seem spectacular enough for the virtuoso violinists. Pablo de Sarasate for example found it an impertinence to expect him “to stand on the rostrum, violin in hand, and listen to the oboe playing the only tune in the Adagio”. Gil Shaham, on the other hand, shows just what infinite beauty lies in the subtle, tentative moments of the work.

Antonín Dvořák brings the official part of the European Concert to a close with his symphony From the New World. This is not, as is often assumed, merely a collection of quotations from Native American music and spirituals. The work receives its distinctive flavour rather by the ingenious combination of American and Bohemian elements of the composer’s innate musical idiom. Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker then give as an encore a piece which one could say plays out right at the door of the Teatro Massimo: the overture to Verdi’s opera The Sicilian Vespers.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 1996 European Concert in St. Petersburg 1996 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

There are not many opera houses that deserve the attribute “legendary”, but the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where both Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker received their premieres, is certainly one of them. So it was a special experience for the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado to perform their European Concert on this stage in 1996.

At the same time, the musicians celebrated a small anniversary, as it was one hundred years ago that the orchestra had performed in Russia for the first time, as part of the festivities for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. With reference to their hosts, the musicians opened the concert with excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, which had also been given its premiere there. The Russian-themed part of the concert closed with a powerful performance of the Cavatina from Rachmaninov’s opera Aleka by Anatoli Kotscherga.

The second part of the concert with Beethoven’s Violin Romances is linked to the Cavatina in as far as they also bring operatic scenes to mind with their shifting between beauty of sound and dramatic expression. The soloist is Kolja Blacher, who was first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1993 to 1999. The concert came to a close with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, whose piano reduction Beethoven had dedicated to the Russian Tsarina Elisabeth Alexeyavna. In the words of BBC Music Magazine, the work was given “an exhilarating performance characterised by glossy strings and sprightly wind solos”.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 1994 European Concert in Meiningen 1994 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Although both Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim knew each other from their student days and were artistic neighbours in Berlin for many years – the one as head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the other of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, it was a rarity for them to perform together. One such occasion can be seen in our recording of the 1994 European Concert with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. The venue was the beautifully restored Staatstheater in Meiningen, a place of special significance to the Berliner Philharmoniker.

It was in Meiningen that Hans von Bülow worked from 1880 to 1885 – an excellent conductor, who formed the Meiningen Court Orchestra into an elite orchestra through uncompromising rehearsals. He employed the methods he developed here when he became the first chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1887, creating the basis of the orchestra’s international reputation. This 1994 European Concert was therefore a tribute to Hans von Bülow on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Johannes Brahms also worked closely together with the Meiningen orchestra, just as he did at that time conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this concert we hear his Second Symphony: on the surface a sunny work, but with darkly disturbing undertones. This Janus-like character is also evident in this interpretation by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado, described by the Berliner Zeitung as “ravishingly elegant with startling rumbling”.

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Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker – Brahms: 21 Ungarische Tänze / Hungarian Dances (1983) [Japan 2019] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker – Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances (1983) [Japan 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:18 min | Scans included | 1,95 GB
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Japanese SACD Reissue 2019 | Deutsche Grammmophon / Esoteric Company, Japan # ESSG-90200

At their best, and especially on home ground in central European repertory, Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic could produce electrifying music-making, as on the present recording of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances made in Vienna’s Sofiensaal in 1982. The recording was commissioned as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s superb 8-volume, 62-LP “Brahms Edition”, a survey of the composer’s complete musical output which was released in 1983 to mark the 150th anniversary of Brahms’s birth. Gramophone magazine’s Robert Layton commended the warmth, eloquence and virtuosity of the Vienna Philharmonic’s playing, adding that, though Abbado was scrupulous in his observation of the letter of the score, “the spirit of what Brahms liked to refer to as his ‘genuine gypsy children’ is always in evidence”.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Debussy and Mahler (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In 2009, Claudio Abbado conducted three works with the Berliner Philharmoniker by composers with whom he had a particularly intimate relationship. Claude Debussy played an important role for the conductor, because his Nocturnes aroused a desire in the seven-year-old Abbado to become a musician. The compositions of Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler, incomparable masters of the Viennese tone, were always a central focus of the repertoire of Abbado, who spent his formative student years in Austria’s capital city.

Debussy added the subtitle “Three Symphonic Sketches” to his orchestral work La Mer, which was premiered in 1905. It bears few similarities to the symphonic poems of the German school, however, especially since the “programme”, insofar as there even is one, has an obviously maritime theme, without human beings. The incredibly free development of the work’s dramaturgy, which comes to a splendid climax at the close, reflects the French composer’s almost religious reverence for nature. Or, as he expressed it himself: “To feel the supreme and moving beauty of the spectacle to which Nature invites her ephemeral guests! … that is what I call prayer.” Abbado conducted La Mer with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time at this concert.

Debussy and Gustav Mahler, who were almost the same age, are linked by their attempt to capture the sounds of nature in music. The selections from Mahler’s Wunderhorn Songs chosen by Abbado and sung by mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager included an animal fable, an enigmatic war song and a light-hearted, innocent waltz, revealing the expressive richness of Mahler as a song composer in only three works.

The concert opened with Franz Schubert’s incidental music for Helmina von Chézy’s play Rosamunde, Princess of Cypress, which is forgotten today; along with Kirchschlager, the Rundfunkchor Berlin was heard in the vocal numbers. The Berliner Philharmoniker also played an interlude from this music, which is moving in its songlike simplicity and delicately dreamy atmosphere, in May 2014 at a memorial concert for their former chief conductor, who had died six months earlier. During the performance of this work the conductor’s desk remained empty, symbolizing the void left in the music world by the death of the deeply revered Abbado.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Brahms and Schoenberg 2010 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

There are conductors who, with advancing years, gradually pare back their repertoire. And then there was Claudio Abbado, who tirelessly introduced exquisite rarities to the public at his guest appearances in Berlin – as was the case in this concert featuring works by Schubert, Schoenberg and Brahms. Abbado was joined this evening by Christianne Stotijn and Jonas Kaufmann.

The concert opens with rarely heard orchestral arrangements of three Schubert lieder. The beauty and independent substance of the original piano accompaniments enjoy recurring praise, so it will be particularly appealing to hear these interpreted by the Berliner Philharmoniker. With Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder we then encounter original orchestral lieder, a work which proved to be this artist’s greatest success. The concert then closes with Brahms’s cantata Rinaldo which has never been performed before by the Berliner Philharmoniker and gives us an idea of what an opera by this composer might have sounded like.

The evening’s soloists are among the new star of the classical music scene. A contemporary review in the Times wrote: “Among young mezzo-sopranos, Christianne Stotijn is in a class apart”, and the year before, critics polled by Opernwelt named tenor shooting star Jonas Kaufmann “Singer of the Year”.

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