Halle Nagano Britten

Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Kent Nagano - Britten: Double Concerto; Two Portraits; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo (1999)

Benjamin Britten - Double Concerto; Two Portraits; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo (1999)
Gidon Kremer, violin; Yuri Bashmet, viola; Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 3984 25502-2 | Time: 00:58:36

Kent Nagano and the Hallé continue to commit to CD less celebrated portions of the Britten canon. Last year there was the four-act Billy Budd; before that the premiere recording of a concert version of the radio drama The Rescue. Now come two more firsts, recordings of the Double Concerto - prepared from Britten's almost complete sketches by Colin Matthews and presented by Nagano at Aldeburgh in 1997 - and the Two Portraits from 1930. The second of these is a portrait of Britten himself, a surprisingly plaintive and reflective meditation for viola and strings in E minor. The image is belied by the rest of the music on the disc, which is buoyant, energetic, young man's music all written before Britten was 26. Big guns Kremer and Bashmet are brought in for the Double Concerto and give of their impassioned best. Nagano and the Hallé are appropriately spirited and vigorous throughout the disc. It's not mature Britten, but clearly points the way forward and is worth getting to know.
Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)

Benjamin Britten - The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)
Dame Janet Baker, narrator; Alison Hagley, soprano; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor; William Dazeley, bass; Lorraine Hunt, soprano
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630 12713-2 | Time: 00:51:10

Soon after his return from America, at the height of the war in 1943, Britten wrote incidental music for a radio play by Edward Sackville-West on the Homeric subject of Odysseus’s return to Penelope. Drawn from the complete score with barely any amendment of the original, and compressed into a 36-minute cantata, with Chris de Souza tailoring the text and Colin Matthews, Britten’s last amanuensis, most tactfully editing the music, the result is extraordinarily powerful. The most important role is that of the narrator, here masterfully taken by Dame Janet Baker who brings the story vividly to life despite the stylized classical language (e.g. “Odysseus, Lord of sea-girt Ithaca” or “His fair wife, white-armed Penelope”). Rather confusingly Athene also appears as a soprano, with the radiant Alison Hagley sounding totally unlike Dame Janet. She is one of a godly quartet of singers who contribute Greek-style commentaries – vocal passages which regularly add to the atmospheric beauty of the piece.
Halle Orchestra & Choir, Kent Nagano - Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)

Gustav Mahler - Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)
Soloists, Hallé Orchestra & Choir, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 100 Mb
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Erato | # 3984-21664-2 | Time: 01:02:27

This unbelievably exciting record is actually a Mahler world premiere! Das klagende Lied was Mahler's first great work–he was only 18 when he wrote it–but he later removed its first part and extensively revised the remaining two. The original versions of the second two parts, then, have never been performed until their release in 1997 as part of the new critical edition. The music is, as might be expected, less polished than the revision, but it's also wilder and even more powerful in many respects. Hopefully it will gain new attention for this neglected but totally characteristic work. This performance is nothing short of spectacular, and makes the best possible case for Mahler's original thoughts.
Britten: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto - Anthony Marwood, Lawrence Power, Ilan Volkov (2012)

Britten: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto - Anthony Marwood, Lawrence Power, Ilan Volkov (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 259 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67801

Long recognized as an outstanding chamber musician, Anthony Marwood has more recently been making waves as a concerto soloist, with two contributions to the Romantic Violin Concerto series and now a disc of Britten with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov. The youthful Violin Concerto, with its mix of anguished lyricism and changeability of mood nods to both Berg (whose own Violin Concerto had made a profound impression on Britten) and Prokofiev but the result is entirely personal.
London Symphony Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda - Britten: War Requiem (2012) [Official Digital Download]

London Symphony Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda - Britten: War Requiem
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | 83:31 min | 726 MB | Digital booklet
Label: LSO Live | Tracks: 26 | Rls.date: 2012

For his first LSO Live recording, Gianandrea Noseda is joined by three of today s most widely acclaimed singers for a magnificent performance of Benjamin Britten s choral masterpiece. Premiered 50 years ago on 30 May 1962, the 'War Requiem' was commissioned for the re-dedication of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed by bombing raids during the Second World War. Using the Latin mass of the dead, interspersed with texts by war poet Wilfred Owen, Britten, a pacifist and conscientious objector, created a work that both mourned the dead and pleaded the futility of war.
Dejan Lazic – Liaison Vol.3: Bach, Britten (2011) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

Dejan Lazic – Liaison Vol.3: Bach, Britten (2011)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Digital Booklet | 3.42GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 980MB + 5% Recovery

The word liaison can be translated in many ways: affair, affinity, connection, link, relationship, union. The CDs in the Liaisons series each feature 2 particular composers, enabling us to explore their musical worlds, sources of inspiration & degree of influence. At the same time, the recordings reveal their most conspicuous differences & their common denominators.

Kent Nagano - Danse Macabre (2016)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 19, 2017
Kent Nagano - Danse Macabre (2016)

Kent Nagano - Danse Macabre (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks - 389 MB | 01:09:21
Classical | Label: Decca | Release Year: 2016

The supernatural meets technical wizardry in this spectacularly recorded program of rare and familiar music to celebrate Halloween. Kent Nagano conducts some of the best-loved classics of the macabre including Rimsky-Korsakovs technicolor re-orchestration of Mussorgskys Night on a Bare Mountain and Dukass The Sorcerers Apprentice which achieved fame on the soundtrack for Disneys film Fantasia. The album is also filled with rarities such as Balakirevs tone poem Tamara and Charles Ivess Halloween, the first of his Three Outdoor Scenes of which Central Park in the Dark is the best-known.

Noémi Boutin - Britten Cello Suites (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 18, 2017
Noémi Boutin - Britten Cello Suites (2017)

Noémi Boutin - Britten Cello Suites (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:14:05 | 171 MB
Label: NoMadMusic | Release Year: 2017

Britten's works for the cello were the result of a close friendship with Mstislav Rostropovitch. The cellist inspired the composer with his Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, his Sonata for Cello and Piano, and the following three Suites - undoubtedly the most important corpus of cello music since the Bach Suites. This is a completely new music, totally unclassifiable and marked by the personality of Britten; A kind of re-reading of a baroque form that contains some of the most overwhelming pages that have been composed for the cello. Often absent from concert programs, the young French cellist Noémi Boutin chose to record them because, she says, "they possess the density, delicacy and visionary sensitivity of the greatest works.

Kent Nagano - Danse Macabre (2016) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 5, 2017
Kent Nagano - Danse Macabre (2016) [TR24][OF]

Kent Nagano - Danse Macabre
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 69:21 min | 1.28 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2016

The supernatural meets technical wizardry in this spectacularly recorded program of rare and familiar music to celebrate Halloween.
Peter Pears, Claire Watson, ROH, Benjamin Britten - Britten: Peter Grimes (1959/2016) [TR24][OF]

Peter Pears, Claire Watson, ROH, Benjamin Britten - Britten: Peter Grimes
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 141:57 min | 2.70 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | Rls.date: 1959/2016

Tenor Sir Peter Pears leads the cast on this famous and highly-lauded presentation of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer himself and recorded live in London in December 1958. The album has been included on the list of the 100 greatest recordings by Gramophone, which said this version "has never been superseded in its refinement or insight." BBC Music Magazine named this album the greatest Britten recording of all time.