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Richard Strauss – Antal Dorati Conducts Richard Strauss (1955 & 1958)
Author: janwal46

Richard Strauss – Antal Dorati Conducts Richard Strauss – The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1955 & 1958)
Mercury Living Presence | 1955 & 1958 | Classical | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 435Mb+17Mb

In this one superlative disk you can hear why Dorati was considered one of Strauss's greatest interpreters. Throughout his career, from the days of the Ballet Russe in the '30s and '40s to the Detroit Symphony recordings of the '70s and '80s, Dorati followed Strauss scholarship closely and shared his admiration of Strauss with audiences in stunning and communicative performances.
These are from his Minneapolis years (only the mono Heldenleben is left out) and the performances are knockouts. The maestro plays fair by the composer, but there's an almost operatic type of scene organization that allows him to build drama and lead us through the ebbs and tides of Straussian psychology.
Unlike so many readings of this composer, no lumpiness is allowed, no frowzy attacks, no sitting around. In all instances the music is youthful, alive, spritely, fresh, clear, balanced, and captivating. Dorati gets his best performance of his own assemblage of Rosenkavalier excerpts, hypnotic and rythmic with a good measure of Viennese elegance thrown in. Those of us who have suffered thourgh snoring, routine performances at the Staatsoper would have liked to have had the Minneapolis contingent in the pit. The ensemble played and breathed like an opera orchestra while under Dorati, living and "singing" the drama and life of its repertoire. This comes through strongly on this disk.
Striking here is the Transfiguration, which does, indeed, do that as the conductor brings up a vertical crescendo and breaks apart the sound into transluscent color that scatters across your speakers' spectrum to startling effect.
Wilma Cozart, genius that she is, probably thought rehabbing this one from her own original tapes was a coffee-and-Danish break. My side-by-side comparisons with first-edition Mercury vinyl indicates little, if anything, was needed to bring this outstanding reissue to us. Details
Johnny Richards - Mosaic Select 17 (1955-66) [3CD BoxSet] {2005 Mosaic Remaster}
Author: ruskaval

Johnny Richards - Mosaic Select 17 (1955-66) [3CD BoxSet] {2005 Mosaic Remaster}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.03 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 494 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 47 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2005 Mosaic Records / Capitol | MS-017
Jazz / Progressive Jazz / Third Stream / World

This three-CD set reissues arranger Johnny Richards' Capitol and Roulette albums that originally were called Wide Range, Experiments in Sound, The Rites of Diablo, My Fair Lady, and Aqui Se Habla Espanol, the great majority of his recordings as a leader. In addition, Richards' portion of the album Annotations of the Muses plus a few unreleased selections are included. Johnny Richards, who is most famous for his association with Stan Kenton, was an inventive writer who starting in 1957 and had a band of his own. The music on this three-fer includes the adventurous three-part third stream piece "Annotations of the Muses," a set of Richards' adaptations of themes from My Fair Lady, a few Afro-Cuban projects, some relatively straight-ahead but complex jazz, and Richards' hit "Young at Heart." There are many short solos from the top-notch sidemen, but it's Johnny Richards' writing that makes this set quite definitive and memorable.
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Little Richard - His 3 Original 'Specialty' Albums on 3 CDs [1957-1959] (Non-Remastered CD Releases 1989)
Author: perfecta

Little Richard - His 3 Original 'Specialty' Albums on 3 CDs (1989)
3x EAC-FLAC Images with CUEs & LOGs - 489 MB | Full Scans | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps - 192 MB
Rock & Roll | TT - 85:43 minutes | Label: Ace Records | Year: 1989 | Non-Remastered CDs: 1957-1959

Contains all three original albums released by Specialty Records in 1957 - "Here's Little Richard", 1958's - "Little Richard, Volume 2", and 1959's "The Fabulous Little Richard", re-released on CD in 1989 by Ace Records. These are non-Remastered, direct digital transfer from an original master tapes. Details
The Seven Year Itch (1955) [Repost]
Author: edi1967

The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Sept ans de réflexion - Quando la moglie è in vacanza
A Film by Billy Wilder
DVD9 | PAL | ISO | 2,55:1 | 16: 9 | 720x576 | 01:40:08 | 5% Recovery | 6.8 GB
Languages Available: English, Italian, French Dolby Digital 2.0 / 5.1 AC3
Subtitle: Italian, English, French, Greek, Dutch
Extra: Menù, Scene Selection, Trailer, Restoration Comparison, Back Story, Deleted Scenes
Genre: Comedy, Romance | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations

Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) is a nerdy, faithful, middle-aged publishing executive with an overactive imagination and a mid-life crisis, whose wife Helen (Evelyn Keyes) and son Ricky (Butch Bernard) are summering in Maine. When he returns home with the kayak paddle Ricky accidentally left behind, he meets a woman (Marilyn Monroe), a commercial actress... Details
Various Artists - Blowing the Fuse: 29 Classics that Rocked the Jukebox in 1955 (2008)
Author: d'Avignon

Various Artists - Blowing the Fuse: 29 Classics that Rocked the Jukebox in 1955 (2008)
Rhythm & Blues | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 1h19m05s | 307mb
Label: Bear Family | cat. no. BGCD 16710 AS
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Maria Callas - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]
Author: HDV

Maria Callas - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 165:32 minutes | 1,79 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Relentlessly pursued by Fate, Leonora in La forza del destino is a haunted heroine whose passions and fears are expressed on a grand scale. Callas’s stage experience of Forza was limited to her early career in Italy – in fact, Leonora was her first Verdi role – but, as Lord Harewood, founder of Opera magazine, observed, her recorded assumption exhibited ‘an unparalleled musical sensibility and imagination and a grasp of the musico-dramatic picture which is unique’. She took her place in a powerful cast conducted by her mentor Tullio Serafin. Details
East of Eden (1955) [Special Edition]
Author: Someonelse

East of Eden (1955) [Special Edition]
A Film by Elia Kazan
2xDVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | 02:03:06 | 5,65 Gb + 4,85 Gb
Audio: English AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps; French AC3 3.0 @ 192 Kbps
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Genre: Drama, Romance

In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother. Details
Forever Marilyn - The Seven Year Itch (1955-2012)
Author: edi1967

Forever Marilyn - The Seven Year Itch (1955-2012)
A Film by Billy Wilder
BluRay Full 1:1 | m2ts | AVC | 1920x1080 | 25957 Kbps | 23.976 fps | 16:9 | 01:44:24 | 5% Recovery | 36.4 GB
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 3025 kbps 5.1; English DTS-HD Master Audio 2124 kbps 5.1
Italian, French, German DTS Audio 768 kbps 5.1; English DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0; English Dolby Digital Audio 224 Kbps 2.0
Subtitle: English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian
Genre: Comedy | Won Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations

Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell), a nerdy, faithful, middle-aged publishing executive with an overactive imagination and a mid-life crisis, whose wife Helen (Evelyn Keyes) and son Ricky (Butch Bernard) are summering in Maine. When he returns home with the kayak paddle Ricky accidentally left behind, he meets a woman (Marilyn Monroe), a... Details
Andrew Kennedy, Richard Farnes - Benjamin Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (2014) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/96kHz]
Author: peotuvave

Andrew Kennedy, Richard Farnes - Benjamin Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.66 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: Qobuz

Released in the Britten anniversary year, Richard Farnes, the Music Director of Opera North who led their critically acclaimed production of 'The Turn of the Screw' in 2010, conducts an all-English cast in Britten’s most ingeniously crafted opera, including Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, and 11-year old Michael Clayton-Jolly in the role of Miles.
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Chet Baker - Compact Jazz Series (1955 - 1964)
Author: mohet2003

Chet Baker - Compact Jazz Series (1955 - 1964)
Label: Emarcy | Covers | MP3 cbr 320 kbps | Time: 1h 7m 10s | Size: 154 MB
Style: Jazz, Cool, West Coat Jazz

Chet Baker's entry in the Compact Jazz series is essentially an odyssey between two continents, chronicling his wanderings through Europe and America over the span of a decade. The disc begins with some of his 1955 Paris sessions, and then skips over to Baden-Baden for an eerie duo encounter with pop singer/guitarist Caterina Valente that is rhythmically close to a premonition of bossa nova. On to Chicago in 1958, where Chet communes and races with Stan Getz for 15 often thrilling minutes on "Halfbreed Apache." Two New York tracks from 1965 catch Chet nonchalantly blowing at ballad tempo with a section of reeds and rhythm section. Finally the disc backtracks a year with four tracks from a New York sextet and quartet (whose personnel includes the young Bob James or Hal Galper on piano) where Chet is in prime bop form; no limp tones here. Although these are not his most famous sessions, you'll get a better impression of Chet's work here than with some other single-disc samplers that come to mind. ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
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