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Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra – Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (2010) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 6.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front Cover | 7.78 GB
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front Cover | 2.14 GB

This 2008 live recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is Valery Gergiev’s 2nd complete recording of Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo & Juliet, the 1st being a 1991 Philips release with the Kirov Orchestra. This performance, like his 1st, is notable for its refinement & lyricism. It’s perhaps surprising that Gergiev, known for the wildness & ferocity of his performances of other Prokofiev works, like The Fiery Angel, shows such restraint here. Gergiev clearly understands the ballet as a work in which Prokofiev, writing originally for the Bolshoi, a theater known for its conservatism (although that production was canceled), tailored his score to follow in the tradition of the 3 great Tchaikovsky ballets. The composer certainly cuts loose when appropriate, as in the fierce Introduction to Act III & the various fights, but the score is exceptional in its delicacy & finely calibrated orchestration. Because it is a “numbers” ballet, made up of a series of discrete movements or sections, it’s easy for the complete, nearly 2.5 hour ballet to come across as episodic, especially without the visual element to hold the narrative together. Gergiev does an excellent job of keeping the dramatic momentum going at the same time as he gives loving attention to its many exquisite details, & even though his approach is refined, that doesn’t mean that it in any way lacks passion, intensity, & suspense. Another strong recommendation for this performance is the fact that it is the 1st recording of the ballet as the composer originally conceived it. In preparation for the ballet’s Russian premiere at the Kirov Theatre in 1940, Prokofiev reluctantly cut or altered some numbers & added others. This version, prepared for the Mark Morris Dance Group by Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison, restores the composer’s original intentions for the scenario & the music. Gergiev led the LSO in accompanying Morris’ British premiere of the restored version in 2008, & went on to conduct it in concert, the source of this recording. The sound of the SACD is clean, clear, & brilliant. This is a recording that should be of strong interest to Gergiev’s fans & anyone who loves the music.

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Valery Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 (2005) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Valery Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:00 minutes | Artwork (PDF) | 3,17 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Artwork (PDF) | 807 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Decca/Philips # 475 6197

Tchaikovsky’s six symphonie by Valery Gergiev leading the Vienna Philharmonic contains performances that are undeniably fire-breathing, undoubtedly heaven-storming, and inarguably heart-on-sleeve. Gergiev, one of the most exciting Russian conductors, leads the works with a combination of reckless passion, imperious command, and unbearable drama that is his hallmark, and the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the finest Austrian orchestras, plays the works with a combination of superb polish, impeccable technique, and warm colors that are its trademark and the fusion is absolutely riveting.

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Valery Gergiev & Wiener Philharmoniker – Sommernachtskonzert 2018 / Summer Night Concert 2018 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev & Wiener Philharmoniker – Sommernachtskonzert 2018 / Summer Night Concert 2018 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:50 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

With this open air concert in Schönbrunn, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Since 2008 the Vienna Philharmonic have provided an outstanding experience for all visitors. In the recent years the orchestra has been conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach and Zubin Mehta. Among the previous guest solists: Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, Rudolf Buchbinder, Katia and Marielle Labèque. This year Valery Gergiev returns to conducts the Summer Night Concert and is joined by star Soprano Anna Netrebko in what promises to be one of the most popular concerts this year. The theme for this year is An Italian Night. The evening’s repertoire is an attractive combination of extremely popular works for orchestra including the William Tell Overture, the March from the opera Aida and the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as famous Soprano arias like Vissi d’arte,vissi d‘amore from the Opera Tosca.

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Munchner Philharmoniker & Valery Gergiev – Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Live) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Münchner Philharmoniker & Valery Gergiev – Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Live) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:12:26 minutes | 722 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

Hardly any other concert marks the city of Munich’s musical history as strikingly as the premiere of Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony, the Symphony of a Thousand, which struck real waves of enthusiasm within the city’s cultural scene, and beyond. It marked a memorable triumph for the composer, whose works had regularly been performed in Munich since 1896. Mahler felt his art form was understood by the people of Munich.

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Behzod Abduraimov, Concertgebouworkest, Valery Gergiev – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Behzod Abduraimov, Concertgebouworkest, Valery Gergiev – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:31 minutes | 409 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Serge Rachmaninoff himself played his Third Piano Concerto in 1911 in the Netherlands with the Concertgebouworkest and Willem Mengelberg. He noted at the time: “The musicians thought it was beautiful, but the audience and the critics did not.” In the end, pianist Vladimir Horowitz was able to inspire the audience for the work, and today ‘Rach 3’ is considered to be one of the warhorses in the repertoire. With this notoriously difficult concerto the young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov made his dazzling Concertgebouworkest debut under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

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Valery Gergiev, Daniil Trifonov – Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev, Daniil Trifonov – Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:20 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mariinsky

Daniil Trifonov, winner of the XIVth International Tchaikovsky Competition, is probably the world’s most exciting young pianist. On his first Mariinsky recording he joins Valery Gergiev for a scintillating performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. Daniil also presents a selection of recital repertoire including music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Liszt transcriptions of Schubert and Schumann.

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Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev: Symphonies 4, 6 & 7 & Piano Concertos 4 & 5 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev – Prokofiev: Symphonies 4, 6 & 7 & Piano Concertos 4 & 5 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:38:05 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mariinsky

This major release launches the Mariinsky label’s projects to honour the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth. A long-time champion of the music of Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev conducts Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7, coupled with Piano Concertos Nos 4 and 5. The result is a 2-SACD set programmed to showcase some of Prokofiev’s finest works written before and after the Second World War.

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Valery Gergiev – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Songs and Dances of Death, Night on Bare Mountain (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Songs and Dances of Death, Night on Bare Mountain (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:17 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mariinsky

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra celebrate Mussorgsky with the release of two of his most cherished works, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ and ‘Night on a Bare Mountain’ (performed here in Mussorgsky’s original version). Gergiev is at his finest conducting these paragons of Mussorgsky’s work, featured alongside which are the seldom heard ‘Songs and Dances of Death’, composed during the years 1875 to 1877 and left languishing unpublished during the composer’s lifetime. One of Mussorgsky’s most powerful compositions, each song deals with death in a poetic manner reflecting experiences not uncommon in 19th century Russia: child death, death in youth, drunken misadventure and war.

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Valery Gergiev – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Valery Gergiev – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:39 minutes | 979 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

Gustav Mahler and the Munich Philharmonic share a very special connection. As a composer he sustainably linked the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. The world premiere of his Symphony No. 4 took place under his baton on 25 November 1901 in Munich’s Großen Kaim-Saal with the then called Kaim-Orchester, present day Munich Philharmonic. His works have been a substantial part of the Munich Philharmonic’s core repertoire ever since and the orchestra has excelled on many occasions. After the MPHIL release of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in September 2016 now follows the release of the Symphony No. 4 with which the orchestra’s history is so closely intertwined. The live concert recording released on this album took place at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, the orchestra’s home, with Salzburg soprano Genia Kuehmeier. Valery Gergiev has paid the Austro-German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Gustav Mahler. Over recent decades he has continued to explore the Austro-German repertoire, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

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Valery Gergiev – Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Valery Gergiev – Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:20:51 minutes | 750 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

The first releases from the Munich Philharmonic’s own recording label feature sensational performances of works by two composers with whom the orchestra is closely associated: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.

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