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Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal & Kent Nagano – The John Adams Album (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & Kent Nagano – The John Adams Album (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:56 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

The John Adams Album contains his key orchestral works conducted by one of his greatest, lifelong champions.

“Like all great pieces, each time one returns to them and restudies them, I’m able to find something more — new dimensions that I haven’t seen before, other reflections of innovation and genius.” (Kent Nagano on John Adams)

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Mari Kodama, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin & Kent Nagano – Beethoven: Piano Concertos 0-5 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Mari Kodama, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin & Kent Nagano – Beethoven: Piano Concertos 0-5 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 04:29:43 minutes | 3,91 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Berlin Classics

Together with the Berlin-based Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (DSO) Mari Kodama and her husband Kent Nagano have now completed the recording of all of Beethoven’s piano concertos by jumping, as it were, back in time twice: the last element of this recording series that has spanned more than 13 years was Beethoven’s concerto “number nought” (WoO 4) – personally edited by Mari Kodama from the autograph score.

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Kent Nagano, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1869 Version) [Live] (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kent Nagano, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1869 Version) [Live] (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:04:56 minutes | 2,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

In the 19th Century, Russian music was still dominated the Italian and French repertoires. But young composers were taking things in a new direction. In the face of westernisation, they were working to recreate an unbroken Russian thread, with folk melodies centre stage. In this vein, Modest Mussorgski created a synthesis of centuries-old Russian folk music and the musical language of Romanticism. His opera Boris Godunov exemplified this approach: every character has their own identifying theme, in the manner of the Wagnerian leitmotif, and the discourse exploits popular Russian idiom. The writing and the harmony have an impressive aloofness, which immediately stands out as Russian. The orchestration – and in particular the use of clocks in the second part of the prologue, or the coronation scene – corroborates this picture. Finally – and what is particularly salient in this version – is the vocality of this great score, which is eminently lyrical and follows the prosody of the language. The work’s choral character – Varlaam’s song at the tavern, for example, with choirs that chant the score – lends it a grandiose realism which never falls into the picturesque.

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Kent Nagano – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (2012) [Blu-ray ISO+ BDRip 1080p]

Release Date: 2012
Genre: Classsical, Opera
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Actors:
John Mark Ainsley – Idomeneo
Pavol Breslik – Idamante
Juliane Banse – Ilia
Annette Dasch – Elettra
Rainer Trost – Arbace
Guy de Mey – Gran Sacerdote di Nettuno
Steven Humes – La Voce
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor Der Bayerischen Staatsoper

Production/Label: EuroArts
Duration: 02:54:09 + 00:10:20
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG2
Audio codec: PCM, DTS
Video: MPEG-2 Video / 24978 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9
Audio # 1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio # 2: Italian / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3993 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: Italian / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3993 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Size:
42,83 GB

With this wonderful production, Mozart’s “Munich” opera returns to the place where it was first performed in 1781, the lovingly restored Cuvilliés Theatre, a veritable jewel of Rococo architecture. In Dieter Dorn’s production, the characters are real people of flesh and blood, their emotions and conflicts intelligible to every member of the audience. The fantastic cast includes some of the finest Mozart singers of our day, headed by the British tenor John Mark Ainsley in the title role, while Kent Nagano in the orchestra pit appears to unleash an elemental force of nature.

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Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano – Mussorgsky – Khovanshchina 2007 (2012) [Blu-ray ISO + BDRip 1080p]

Release Date: 2012
Genre: Classsical, Opera
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Directors: Karina Fibich, Dmitri Tcherniakov
Actors: Klaus Florian Vogt, John Daszak, Anatoli Kotscherga, Paata Burchuladze, Valeri Alexejev

Production/Label: EuroArts
Duration: 02:53:20 + 00:12:01
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG2
Audio codec: PCM, DTS
Video: MPEG-2 Video / 24978 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9
Audio # 1: Russian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio # 2: Russian / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3573 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Size:
20,3 GB

Kent Nagano superbly masters the challenges presented by Mussorgsky’s lesser-known stage work Khovanshschina, leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and soloists to work with subtle intensity and generous shaping. Top-notch cast members like Doris Soffel, Anatoly Kotscherga, Florian Vogt, John Daszak, and Paata Burchuladze give charismatic performances that lead the listener to question the exclusion of this work from today’s performance repertoire. Stripped down staging and historic costuming by Dmitri Tcherniakov are brought to glittering life by Blu-Ray picture.

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Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg & Kent Nagano – Widmann: Arche (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg & Kent Nagano – Widmann: Arche (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 01:41:04 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM New Series

Commissioned to write new music to inaugurate the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, composer Jörg Widmann drew inspiration from the shape of the building itself: “From the outside it resembles a ship. To me, the interior looked like the hold of a ship, an ark…Re-emerging into the daylight, the ark idea would not leave me alone. The inflection of the music I had to compose was clear….” Arche, an Oratorio for soloists, choirs, organ and orchestra is a compendious work embracing the course of history in the west with a collaged libretto drawing upon a range of writers: from the unknown authors of the Old Testament to Nietzsche and Sloterdijk via Francis of Assisi, Michelangelo and Schiller. Arche looks at the tradition of the oratorio and transforms it. Dieter Rexroth in the liner notes: “What immediately stands out is above all the impression of paradox and the vast diversity of forms and musical resources. Everything happens at once, everything interlocks. Every moment transports us into another world.” Kent Nagano directs the massed musical forces with aplomb in this concert recording from the premiere performance in January 2017.

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Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolai Lugansky, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano – Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto (2003) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolai Lugansky, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano – Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto (2003)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82 MHz | Time – 01:07:48 minutes | 2,67 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © PentaTone

Only a few works from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s huge oeuvre have gained general acceptance; however, these are of such an enduring nature that the Russian is ranked among the great com- posers in the history of music. The way the world of music highlights especially his last three symphonies, his Piano Concerto No. 1, his opera Eugen Onegin and his Rococo Variations is nothing less than extraordinary.

Tchaikovsky’s life alternated between tragedy and happiness. He was born on May 7, 1840 in Kamsko-Votkinsk, and received his first piano lessons from his mother at the tender age of five. Even as a child, he was prone to psychosomatic attacks and depressions, which he attempted to combat by composing brilliant pieces on the piano. His parents established the family home in St. Petersburg in 1852, after moving house a number of times. During the following 10 years, Tchaikovsky read law, found employ- ment as a civil servant, travelled throughout Europe as an interpreter and, on the whole, led a carefree and joyous life. He was only sporadically interested in music: his sole artistic activities consisted of evenings spent at the opera or at concerts, and irregular piano lessons.

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Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal & Kent Nagano – Bernstein: A Quiet Place (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & Kent Nagano – Bernstein: A Quiet Place (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:32:49 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

Why yes, it is still possible to discover Bernstein scores, or in this case the chamber version of A Quiet Place, adapted by Garth Edwin Sunderland, conducted and recorded for the first time by Kent Nagano, at the Montreal Symphony House. The final stage score by the American composer, first performed at the Houston Grand Opera in 1983, it was revisited by the librettist Stephen Wadsworth, and the composer who added several fragments from the one-act piece Trouble in Tahiti, from 1951; this addition would see two new performances (the Scala in Milan, and Washington). Another draft – this one definitive – was performed at the Vienna Opera House, conducted by the composer, in 1986. Fascinating in more ways than one, rather like a modern-day Intermezzo by Strauss, the work depicts American society by way of an existential crisis faced, first by one couple, (Trouble in Tahiti) and then by one family. Bernstein borrowed from Mahler for the structure, with a final movement whose “grave nobility” recalled the final movements of the Third and NinthSymphonies by his much-admired forebear. As is often the case with this composer, Bernstein’s mix of styles (jazz, chorale, Broadway, Mahler, Berg, Britten, Copland…) provides an explosive cocktail, which has about it more of a musical conversation than grand opera – and, paradoxically, that’s what makes this work so unique… And so charming. This is well worth a re-discovery, this time under the baton of Bernstein’s faithful former pupil, Kent Nagano, at the head of top-flight solo singers, who point the way to that “quiet place”, where “love will teach us harmony and grace”. – Franck Mallet

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Mari Kodama, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano – Chopin, Loewe: Piano Concertos No.2 (2003) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mari Kodama, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano – Chopin, Loewe: Piano Concertos No.2 (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:00:45 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © PENTATONE

Revered pianist Mari Kodama shows off her pianistic technique on this program of exciting piano concertos from heavyweight composers, Loewe and Chopin. The polished instrumentalist delivers renowned interpretations of Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F Minor and Loewe’s Piano Concert in A. With superb sonic clarity, this album rejuvenates these familiar works.

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Kent Nagano – Danse Macabre (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kent Nagano – Danse Macabre (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 1:09:25 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Decca

In time for Halloween, this album features Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Dvorak’s The Noonday Witch, among other spooky classical works. This is the second album (following this year’s operetta L’Aiglon) from the renewed partnership between Decca and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, whose original collaboration created some of the most stunningly engineered and award-winning recordings of the late 20th century.

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