Andrew Davis, The London Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2005/1994)

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Andrew Davis, The London Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2005/1994)

Andrew Davis, The London Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2005/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 6.93 Gb (DVD9) | 154 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

Graham Vick's production of Onegin, conducted by Andrew Davis, was one of Glyndebourne's most memorable achievements of the past 20 years. It was a staging with a wealth of psychological perceptions and beautifully rendered dramatic imagery, all held within the spare framework of Richard Hudson's designs, which still stand up superbly well under the close scrutiny of this video recording taken from performances in 1994.

Emmanuelle Haim, Orchestre et Chœur Le Concert d’Astree - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (2014)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Orchestre et Chœur Le Concert d’Astree - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (2014)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Orchestre et Chœur Le Concert d’Astrée - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.71 Gb+5.97 Gb (2xDVD9) | 174 min
Classical | ERATO | Sub: Francais, English

Emmanuelle Haïm has established herself as one of the world’s leading performers, conductors and interpreters of Baroque repertoire, not only with Le Concert d’Astrée, the ensemble she founded in 2000, but with several of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for her fresh and expressive approach to Baroque music, she has garnered critical acclaim and several international awards with her own ensemble, including Victoires de la Musique Classique, ECHOs, Gramophone Awards, and Grammy nominations.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka,  Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne) (2009/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This time-honoured production of Verdi's final opera, one that has seen all the greatest Falstaffs of the last four decades hold court at its convincingly shabby Garter Inn and upset the decent folk of its lovingly recreated Tudor Windsor, marked the first appearance at the Met of producer and designer Franco Zeffirelli in March 1964. The Anglophile Zeffirelli had by then made his Shakespearean reputation with a revelatory Romeo and Juliet in London - his films of this play and of The Taming of the Shrew were shortly to follow - as well as with a similar production of Falstaff at Covent Garden, and the attention to visual and psychological detail displayed in his Met Falstaff won it high praise: “a milestone in the history of operatic production in this city" was the judgement of the New York Herald Tribune.

Artur Rubinstein in Concert: Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert (2008/1973)

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Artur Rubinstein in Concert: Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert (2008/1973)

Artur Rubinstein In Concert: Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert (2008/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 111 min + 29 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon

This DVD is the first release of this legendary performance by a legendary artist. "Rubinstein's superb form is matched by the incredible musical sensitivity of Haitink and the orchestra… Sounds and images are expertly cued to the split second… Rubinstein's face, body and hands are captured in a smooth flow of shots and reflectionsThe Beethoven takes on an almost Mozartean delicacy, the Brahms is infused with all the power it requires." -The New York Times

Giulio Svegliado, Collegium Symphonium Veneto - Galuppi: Il Re alla caccia (2007/2000)

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Giulio Svegliado, Collegium Symphonium Veneto - Galuppi: Il Re alla caccia (2007/2000)

Giulio Svegliado, Collegium Symphonium Veneto - Galuppi: Il Re alla caccia (2007/2000)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 5.92 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Bongiovanni | Sub: talian, English, Japanese

Baldassare Galuppi held the position of church organist, from which he composed operas for the Italian stage. Since his forte was the keyboard, his operas have nice harpsichord recitatives (which usually I detest) and the harmonics are contrapuntal. Galuppi as a youth had studied counterpoint under Antonio Lotti, the first organist at St Mark's. Galuppi became cembalist in the great opera houses of Venice, and was involved in the first presentations of Vivaldi's operas there. Galuppi himself wrote at least 111 operas, the best of which are collaborations with the librettist Goldoni. The young Mozart reused some of the librettos that already existed in settings by Galuppi, and the mature Mozart raised to sublime heights the dramma giocoso form which Galuppi practically invented. This release supplies a missing link between Mozart and the opera world before his time.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2014/1974) [BDRip]

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2014/1974) [BDRip]

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2014/1974) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 146 min | 7,90 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

In his sumptuous filming of Puccini's opera, directer Jean-Pierre Ponnelle uses an array of cinematic effects (including a memorable dream sequence) to evoke the protagonists' irreconcilably separate lives and worlds. As Butterfly, Mirella Freni is unbearably moving in one of the finest performances of her career, while Plácido Domingo makes Lt. Pinkerton a more sympathetic figure then usual.

Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Fondazione Orchestra Stabile di Bergamo 'Gaetano Donizetti' - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2002)

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Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Fondazione Orchestra Stabile di Bergamo 'Gaetano Donizetti' - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2002)

Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Fondazione Orchestra Stabile di Bergamo 'Gaetano Donizetti' - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2002)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.68 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: English, Italiano, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

With the present release of this Donizettian masterpiece, recorded live in 2001, Dynamic makes an historic move, becoming the first Italian label to produce a DVD opera. This very high quality production by Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo features, in the roles of the two queens, Carmela Remigio (Maria Stuarda) and Sonia Ganassi (Elisabetta), two great artists here making a fine display of their excellent vocal and acting skills. Francesco Esposito’s direction and costumes, and Italo Grassi’s sets are very effective and superbly highlighted by the filming. What makes the release even more interesting is the use of a new critical edition made by the renowned Swedish musicologist Anders Wiklund for Casa Ricordi.

Gabriele Ferro, Orchestra del Teatro regio di Torino, Lella Cuberli, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra

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Gabriele Ferro, Orchestra del Teatro regio di Torino, Lella Cuberli, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra

Gabriele Ferro, Orchestra del Teatro regio di Torino, Lella Cuberli, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra (2002/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.26 Gb (DVD9) | 150 min
Classical | Hardy Classics | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais

Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra, marked Rossini's first venture into the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, the most glamorous theatre of that time. The famous impresario Domenico Barbaja, had carefully prepared the launching of the rwenty-three year old composer -with sumptuous scenery, designed by a celebrated archirect, Antonio Niccolini, and engaging a firsr-rate cast. Foremost was Isabella Colbran, who later became Rossini's wife; and tenors — Andrea Nozzari and Manuel Garcia.

Bruno Campanella, Houston Symphony, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1996)

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Bruno Campanella, Houston Symphony, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1996)

Bruno Campanella, Houston Symphony, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1996)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.48 Gb (DVD9) | 163 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Cecilia Bartoli both thrills the senses and touches the heart in Rossini's sparkling comedy, her feisty Cinderella combining rebelliousness with pathos, vocal beauty with stunning virtuosity. She and a star cast of Italian principals captivate the Houston audience in this exuberant Bologna production, recorded live in November 1995.

Lorin Maazel, Deutsche Oper Berlin - Cimarosa: Die Heimliche Ehe / Il Matrimonio Segreto (2012/1967)

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Lorin Maazel, Deutsche Oper Berlin - Cimarosa: Die Heimliche Ehe / Il Matrimonio Segreto (2012/1967)

Lorin Maazel, Deutsche Oper Berlin - Cimarosa: Die Heimliche Ehe / Il Matrimonio Segreto (2012/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.01 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Domenico Cimarosas erfolgreiches Werk „Die heimliche Ehe“ gehört eigentlich zu seinen bekanntesten Opern und doch ist sie, wie viele seiner anderen Kompositionen, so unbekannt. Am Abend der Uraufführung in Wien am 7. Februar 1792 musste sie auf Befehl des Kaisers Leopold II. sogar komplett wiederholt werden. Lorin Maazel führte in seiner ersten Spielzeit als Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin die selten gespielte Oper am 23. November 1965 in der Inszenierung von Rudolf Sellner auf. In der 100-jährigen Geschichte des Deutschen Opernhauses Berlin war es die erste und einzige Produktion von Cimarosas Oper.

Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter - Beethoven: Tne Cello Sonatas (2002/1964)

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Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter - Beethoven: Tne Cello Sonatas (2002/1964)

Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter - Beethoven: Tne Cello Sonatas (2002/1964)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | (LinearPCM, 1 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 128 min
Classical | EMI Classics

Take two of the twentieth century’s greatest instrumental soloists, put them together at the service of Beethoven in a live recital, film it and you get what we have here – an historic musical document that is both important and inspirational.
This single concert was recorded at the Usher Hall during the Edinburgh Festival in 1964 and the West was still getting used to being able see and hear these sensational Soviet artists in the flesh. Until the late ’fifties they had been virtually locked behind the "Iron Curtain".

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Anja Harteros - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder & Eine Alpensinfonie (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Anja Harteros - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder & Eine Alpensinfonie (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Anja Harteros - Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder & Eine Alpensinfonie (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19958 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 103 min | 21,6 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4132 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 103 min | 5,53 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Many of Richard Strauss's compositions had their world premiere in Dresden and the composer dedicated An Alpine Symphony to the Dresden orchestra. It is apt, therefore, that this performance is given by the Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. The programme includes Four Last Songs, Wolfgang Rihm's Ernster Gesang and the German premiere of the last completed Strauss song: Mallows, in an orchestral version arranged specifically for Dresden by Wolfgang Rihm. The soprano in these performances, Anja Harteros, is enjoying a flourishing operatic career with recent performances at the MET, Covent Garden, La Scala, and Salzburg Festival.

Fabiano Maria Carminati, Orchestra of Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2006)

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Fabiano Maria Carminati, Orchestra of Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2006)

Fabiano Maria Carminati, Orchestra of Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti, Dimitra Theodossiou - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.70 Gb + 5.41 Gb (2*DVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

In the summer of 1830 the impresarios of Teatro Carcano contacted Donizetti and asked him to compose a new opera for the season’s opening. At the moment of signing the contract Donizetti still ignored the subject of the new opera; but he knew that the librettist would be Felice Romani and the female protagonist Giuditta Pasta. Success was resounding and unanimous, also with the critics. Donizetti had indeed reached artistic maturity. Anna Bolena tells of a human drama of solitude and oppression; it is a work of psychological introspection centred.

Daniele Gatti, Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015/2002) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniele Gatti, Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015/2002) [Blu-Ray]

Daniele Gatti, Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015/2002) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 12014 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 14,3 Gb
Audio: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 7,39 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

One of the lesser known works by Giuseppe Verdi, Simon Boccanegra is regarded by most opera lovers as one of his finest. The action takes place in the 14th century and deals with the political and personal rivalry between the corsair Simon Boccanegra, who has been elected Doge of Genoa with the help of the plebeian vote, and the local nobleman, Jacopo Fiesco. Arthaus presents a visually alert, musically sensitive and disturbingly coherent (Der Standard) production of the piece on DVD. The staging was directed by one of the giants of the European theatre, Peter Stein. His fondness for atmospherically dense spaces in which the characters can fully develop is particularly well brought out in his Vienna production, not least because he had at his disposal two remarkable singing actors for the principal male roles, Thomas Hampson and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)

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Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)

Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1981, live from the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti sings Nemorino in Donizetti's comic opera. This one of his Pavarotti's most famous roles and here he sings it in his prime joined by an all-star ensemble: Judith Blegen sings the role of Adina and the great comic baritone Sesto Bruscantini plays the wily Dr Dulcamara. Nicola Rescigno conducts. Kirk Browning's production is traditional and entertaining.