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Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (2000/2003) RE-UP

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Beethoven: Symphonie No. 9 (2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:19 minutes | 1024 MB
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On this fantastic, critically acclaimed recording of Beethovens’ greatest masterpiece, Claudio Abbado leads the Berlin Philharmonic through a performance of such nuance, such tumultuous emotion, that it’s difficult to imagine there’s a better way to hear this massively influential piece of music. Abbado is widely considered to be one of the most virtuosic and important conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries: in addition to winning two Grammy Awards, he holds four honorary doctorates, the Imperial Prize of Japan, and the French Legion of Honour among many other honors. Add that to one of the world’s premiere orchestras performing one of the most important compositions of all time, and a stunning high resolution audio recording, and you have an absolutely essential addition to your music collection.
Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Mahler: Symphony No.5 (1993/2015) [Official Digital Download]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Mahler: Symphonie No. 5 (1993/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 69:29 minutes | 656 MB
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The Fifth Symphony demonstrates Mahler’s principle of “progressive tonality”, moving from a Funeral March to a jubilant sense of triumph in D Major. In the course this monumental score, divided into three parts, Mahler juxtaposes the most extreme emotions and musical forms: learned counterpoint and simple country laendler, vociferous anger and grotesque fantasies, and grateful love and appreciation of Nature and human affection.
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.6 (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.6 (2005)
FLAC tracks 24bit/192kHz | Front Cover | 2.27GB + 5% Recovery
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Fischer’s performance of the Sixth is quite similar to Abbado’s recent live recording for DG. Textures are generally light and transparent, with a swift opening march that, by the same token, never sounds unduly rushed or trivialized. The andante comes second, not the best option in my view, but Fischer has the intelligence to treat it as a true andante, and not as an adagio (which is a more legitimate possibility when it’s placed third). However, in contrast to Abbado’s boring Berliners, Fischer’s orchestra plays better, and he’s much better recorded. Just listen to the characterful brass in the coda of the first movement, with a particularly fine first trumpet, or the splendid woodwinds in the trios of the scherzo. The emphasis on fleetness never compromises expressivity, as happens in Berlin.
Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonien 1-9 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonien 1-9 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 343:33 minutes | 11,7 GB
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Recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies with their chief conductor are always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker. So it was with Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado, and expectations are correspondingly high for this cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Where does the special status of these symphonies come from? Simon Rattle has an explanation: “One of the things Beethoven does is to give you a mirror into yourself – where you are now as a musician.” In fact, this music contains such a wealth of extreme emotions and brilliant compositional ideas that reveal the qualities of the orchestra and its conductor as if under a magnifying glass.
Anna Netrebko - Sempre Libera (2004) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz] RE-UP

Anna Netrebko, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Sempre Libera (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 68:57 minutes | 1,25 GB
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On this stunning album, Anna Netrebko delivers spine-tingling renditions of arias by four of the greatest composers of Italian opera: Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. Conducted by the great Claudio Abbado, this is a true masterpiece—a must have for any fan of opera or orchestral music.