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Leonard Slatkin, Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: The Six Symphonies (Live) (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leonard Slatkin, Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: The Six Symphonies (Live) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 04:33:44 minutes | 4,55 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Live from Orchestra Hall

The symphonies of Tchaikovsky are richly scored and very demanding technically, as well as displaying a remarkable and highly individual amalgam of Russian characteristics and Western symphonic structure. In the case of his first three symphonies, we find many unusual features, a desire on his part for affirmation from his teachers and mentors, and an unease on their part due to what they expected him to compose and what he actually did. There is, of course, the question of an influence of native folk music in his output. About this, he once wrote: “…as far as the Russian element in my music is concerned, i.e. the relationship between the national songs and my melodies and harmonies, this is because I grew up in the backwoods, from earliest childhood saturated with the indescribable beauty of the characteristic traits of Russian folk music.”

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Leonard Slatkin – Saint-Saens – Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ Symphony’ (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leonard Slatkin – Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ Symphony’ (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:45 minutes | 970 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

Leonard Slatkin conducts the Orchestre National de Lyon and organist-in-residence Vincent Warnier on this recording of two major works for organ and orchestra by Saint-Saëns. The programme is rounded out with an arrangement for solo organ of the composer’s famous Danse macabre.

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Leonard Slatkin – Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leonard Slatkin – Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:41 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

The impact of Russian and Oriental culture on Ravel’s formative years retained a hold on him throughout his life. His colourfully re-orchestrated selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite ‘Antar’ and opera Mlada, with interpolations of his own music, as the incidental score for a theatre production are heard here in their première recording, revived and reconstructed alongside a new text that symbolizes the romance and chivalric spirit of Antar the warrior-poet and his beloved Abla. Ravel’s fascination with the exotic is brought together with Debussy’s influence in the ravishing and enduringly popular song cycle Shéhérazade

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Lyon National Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2013/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lyon National Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2013/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:06:39 minutes | 2,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

This is the second volume of works by Maurice Ravel from Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon National Orchestra, featuring the composer’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, a vivid mixture of atmospheric impressionism, intense expression and modernist wit. Ravel’s fascination with the waltz is further explored in La valse, a mysterious evocation of a vanished imperial epoch.

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Lyon National Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (2012/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lyon National Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (2012/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:07:37 minutes | 2,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

This album is the first volume in a series of the complete orchestral works of Maurice Ravel, featuring acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin leading the Orchestre National de Lyons. Includes Slatkin’s interpretation of one of the most popular works in all of classical music, Bolero, which Ravel himself called an “orchestrated crescendo.”

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Lyon National Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lyon National Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:10:33 minutes | 2,33 GB | Genre: Classical
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Leonard Slatkin conducts the Lyon National Orchestra on Berlioz’s remarkable and immensely influential Symphonie fantastique, an autobiographical tale describing a young musician’s opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair and fatal justice following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz added a second movement cornet obbligato in a subsequent revision of the score, included here as an optional extra.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Copland: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salon Mexico / Danzon cubano (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Copland: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salón México / Danzón cubano (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:09:56 minutes | 2,42 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

While Copland’s hugely successful celebration of the American West, Rodeo, has become an American classic, Dance Panels is barely known despite working beautifully as a concert work. Based on popular Mexican melodies, the glittering, even exotic El Salón Mexico is one of Copland’s most frequently performed works. Of his rhythmically complex Danzón Cubano, inspired by a visit to a dance hall in Cuba, in which there were two orchestras playing at both ends, the composer himself wrote: “I did not attempt to reproduce an authentic Cuban sound but felt free to add my own touches of displaced accents and unexpected silent beats.” GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin’s recording of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (8.559373–74) received “the kind of performance that brought tears to my eyes” (Audiophile Audition).

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead – Symphony No. 1 (2013/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead – Symphony No. 1 (2013/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:05:11 minutes | 2,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

After the disastrous failure of its première in 1897, Rachmaninov’s youthfully exuberant Symphony No. 1 had to wait until after his death before it was reconstructed from the surviving orchestral parts and performed again, in Moscow in 1945. Since then it has taken its rightful place as one of the great Russian symphonic works of the late nineteenth century. The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 is a vivid and powerful symphonic poem based on a well-known nineteenth-century painting by the Swiss symbolist artist Arnold Bocklin.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44 – Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (2013/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44 – Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (2013/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:14:19 minutes | 2,53 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

This recording, one volume in an acclaimed series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies from Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, features the Symphony No. 3, considered by the composer to be one of his finest works. Both the symphony and the Symphonic Dances, his last work, offer a summation of his late style in blending intense rhythmic energy with rich romanticism.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – McTee: Symphony No. 1 (2013/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin – McTee: Symphony No. 1 (2013/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:43 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra present this album, recorded live in 2010 and 2012, showcasing works by contemporary American composer Cindy McTee that embody the musical and cultural energy of modern day America. Her Symphony No. 1 is smartly assembled with diverse ideas that unfold naturally within an orchestral fabric, taking full advantage of the ensemble’s colouristic range. The use of computer music in Einstein’s Dream lends sonic complexity to a piece that celebrates the scientist’s work on quantum theory. The final piece, Double Play, was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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