Christian Thielemann, Chor & Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Lohengrin (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Christian Thielemann, Chor & Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele -  Wagner: Lohengrin (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Christian Thielemann, Chor & Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Lohengrin (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 22382 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 209 min | 44,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3719 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

After Tristan und Isolde (2016), Parsifal (2017) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2018) this is the fourth installment of the exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label is the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray.

Claudio Scimone, Philarmonia Orchestra, June Anderson, Samuel Ramey - Rossini: Maometto Secondo [1985]

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Claudio Scimone, Philarmonia Orchestra, June Anderson, Samuel Ramey - Rossini: Maometto Secondo [1985]

Rossini - Maometto Secondo (Claudio Scimone, June Anderson, Samuel Ramey) [1985]
Classical | Philips 412 148-2 | TT: 184.18 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 767 Mb

Rossini’s original version of Maometto II was premiered at the San Carlo Opera in Naples on 3 December 1820. It was his 31st opera and the eighth, and arguably the most radical, of the reform operas that Rossini wrote for performance there. At Naples he had the benefit of an outstanding full-time orchestra and chorus as well as an unequalled roster of star singers. This enabled him to distance himself from the populist clamour of Rome and Venice for crescendos and simplistic orchestral forms as well as static arias and stage scenes. Maometto Secondo has the potential to become one of the great operas in the repertoire. Richard Osborne, the Rossini scholar, describes it as the grandest of Rossini's opera seria, "epic in scale and revolutionary in the seamlessness of its musical structuring".

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Galuppi: Il mondo alla roversa [2001]

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Galuppi: Il mondo alla roversa [2001]

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Galuppi: Il mondo alla roversa [2001]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 73.07+77.48 | Covers | 752 Mb
Classical | Chaconne | # CHAN 0676(2) | Rec: 2001

The plot is as follows: We are on an island where women reign; three of them–Tulia, Aurora, and Cintia–argue over who should become Queen. Their browbeaten boyfriends, when not begging for a kiss, groveling, or trying to figure out how to please the women, attempt to stop them from bickering, and worse, killing each other. Eventually, sick of the women’s petty rivalries and led on by the tenor Ferramonte, the men take over, returning things to their “natural” state: “You will find us merciful provided that you moderate your vanity,” they sing before the final chorus, which states that “Women in command make for a topsy-turvy world that is inevitably doomed to failure.” The Italian studios of Swiss Radio have lately produced a number of impressive recordings of early music, and their skills are well illustrated in this fresh, lively account of Galuppi, with a first-rate team of soloists, chorus and orchestra. (The Guardian)

Enrique Mazzola, London Pholharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2017) [BDRip]

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Enrique Mazzola, London Pholharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2017) [BDRip]

Enrique Mazzola, London Pholharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 164 min | 7,94 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ★★★★★). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

Alun Francis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Donizetti: Gabriella di Vergy [1993]

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Alun Francis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Donizetti: Gabriella di Vergy [1993]

Alun Francis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Donizetti: Gabriella di Vergy [1993]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 66.56+78.43 | Covers | 607 Mb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC3 | Rec: 1979

Donizetti’s fascination with the story of Gabriella di Vergy began in 1826. His first version, written for his own pleasure, was never completed. For over a century that was all that was known to exist. In 1979, Opera Rara discovered in a London library a hitherto unknown complete opera on the same subject. Donizetti had written this for Naples in 1838. The grisly appeal of the story of Gabriella lies in its powerful final scene in which Gabriella’s husband, Fayel, delivers to her a casket containing the still-warm heart of her lover, Raoul. On this world premier recording, Opera Rara also includes three pieces from the 1826 version.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 2014 [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 2014 [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 2014 [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 17977 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 100 min | 21,0 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3706 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 100 min | 6,99 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated with a concert in an European city of cultural significance. In 2014 the EUROPAKONZERT took again place in Berlin. The concert was conducted by a man who has been associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker for 50 years: Daniel Barenboim. Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, which received its premiere in Berlin in 1849, is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name, and its lively overture has long since secured a place on the concert stage. Also inspired by a Shakespearean comedy hero is Edward Elgar’s symphonic study Falstaff. We then turn from comedy to the tragic twists of fate: The Fifth Symphony of Pyotr Tchaikovsky is characterized by a sombre main theme that for the Russian composer symbolizes “a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate”.

Constantinos Carydis, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester - Handel: Xerxes / Serse (2018) [BDRip]

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Constantinos Carydis, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester - Handel: Xerxes / Serse (2018) [BDRip]

Constantinos Carydis, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester - Handel: Xerxes / Serse (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 180 min | 8,64 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Korean, Japanese

Xerxes is one of Handel’s latest and most frequently performed operas, famous for its marvelous opening aria ‘Ombra mai fu’. At the centre of the confusing tragicomedy, very loosely based upon the life of Xerxes I of Persia, is a powerful and lovesick royal eccentric, King Xerxes. Rising opera star Gaëlle Arquez in the title role of Xerxes ‘scintillates with her nimble, luminous mezzo-soprano’, singing ‘irresistibly beautiful, impassioned, furious – but never mean’ (Frankfurter Rundschau). Frankfurt’s excellent Opera and Museum Orchester contributes ‘all sorts of refinements’ to this ‘musical smash hit’ (Deutschlandfunk) and ‘In Frankfurt Tilman Köhler ensures a three-hour short abundant and furious banquett … a great evening of opera’ (Deutschlandfunk).

Nicola Luisotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Nabucco (2015) [BDRip]

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Nicola Luisotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Nabucco (2015) [BDRip]

Nicola Luisotti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Nabucco (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 132 min | 9,39 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub: English, French, German, Italian

Recorded live in April 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London, Sony Classical is proud to present Verdi: Nabucco starring the legendary Placido Domingo in his debut in the title role. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, the release celebrates the bicentenary year of Verdi’s birth.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker, Alisa Weilerstein - Europakonzert 2010 from Oxford [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker, Alisa Weilerstein - Europakonzert 2010 from Oxford [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker, Alisa Weilerstein - Europakonzert 2010 from Oxford [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 22438 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 89 min | 20,8 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4439 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 89 min | 6,67 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bits
Classical | EuroArts

May morning in Oxford, and the Berliner Philharmoniker join in the celebratory mood abroad in the university city’s medieval streets with this concert in Sir Christopher Wren’s glorious Sheldonian Theatre. For 20 years, the Philharmoniker have given a May Day concert in one of Europe’s great historic cities, and here, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, the Berlin players thrill the Oxford audience with the sonorous Prelude to Act III of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, a deeply-felt account of Elgar’s autumnal Cello Concerto by the young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and a rousing performance of Brahms’s life-affi rming First Symphony.

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra of the Teatro Real - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra of the Teatro Real - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Juan Diego Flórez, María Bayo - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20496 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 167 min | 44,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3717 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 167 min | 9,08 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese

The cast for this Teatro Real de Madrid production is outstanding across the board. Figaro is the glue of any successful Barber – he moves the action ahead and the audience must look forward to his every appearance, vocally and dramatically. From the first bars of “Largo al factotum della città,” we know Pietro Spagnoli’s got the goods, with a satisfyingly solid and nimble baritone and a natural elegance to his movements on stage. Bruno Praticò is a prime basso buffo practitioner, impressively adept with the patter of Bartolo’s first act aria, his representation of the not-so-good Doctor suitably ridiculous, abetted by a Tweedledum/Tweedledee sort of costume. As Don Basilio, veteran Ruggero Raimondi exudes a perfect blend of decrepitude and cunning; if his voice is no longer as resplendent as it was 20 years ago, he still has a wonderful stage presence.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Anja Harteros, Vesselina Kasarova - Handel: Alcina (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Anja Harteros, Vesselina Kasarova - Handel: Alcina (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Anja Harteros, Vesselina Kasarova - Handel: Alcina (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 14483 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 204 min | 41,3 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 6335 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 204 min | 11,0 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
ARTHAUS | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Handels operas are now so thoroughly a part of modern musical life that you might think every major opera house welcomes them. But until November 2010, when it introduced an absorbing new production of Alcina, the Vienna Staatsoper resisted them, not having done a Baroque opera since Monteverdis Poppea in the 1960s. The present production boasted an all-star cast of Baroque specialists, a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Adrian Noble, the highly-acclaimed conductor Marc Minkowski and his Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble in the pit. Adrian Noble places his Alcina into a framework which begins in the magnificent ballroom of the Devonshire-House in London Piccadilly. The legendary Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, stages a play in which she is acting together with her friends, a stage on the stage. Alcina is a great musical experience geared to the Baroque curiosity. Marc Minkowski revives Handels music in an outstanding way.

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra -  Rossini: La Cenerentola (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25001 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 38,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 156 min | 11,7 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

“This is a truly marvellous performance on all counts - staging, conducting and singing. Sir Peter Hall… manages to breathe new life into the routines without ever slipping over into farce, while exploring each character in some depth. The sense of an ensemble on top form is underlined by Vladimir Jurowski's exacting, pellucid and vivid interpretation, so that the music, like the libretto, is presented afresh. The superb cast has no weaknesses and many strengths, Ruxandra Donose may not have the idiomatic Italian timbre of Cecilia Bartoli… but she is the more consistent singer, using her wide range and rich tone to startling effect. Her youthful (24-year-old) partner, Russian tenor Maxim Mironov, proves an ideal Ramiro, fluent in every aspect of his role and delivering its appreciable demands in a light, pliant voice of delicate beauty.”(Gramophone)

Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Natalie Dessay, Simon Keenlyside - Thomas: Hamlet [2004]

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Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Natalie Dessay, Simon Keenlyside - Thomas: Hamlet [2004]

Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Natalie Dessay, Simon Keenlyside - Thomas: Hamlet [2004]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.14 + 5.90 Gb (2xDVD9) | 176 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Catalan

This romantic and rarely performed opera by Ambroise Thomas is now available on DVD in a new production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Starring Natalie Dessay and Simon Keenlyside, this Hamlet production is guaranteed to become the benchmark for all other Hamlets to come on DVD. Dessay creates a monumental performance of Ophelie, culminating in one of the most gripping Mad Scenes of all time ("Partagez-vous mes fleurs! - Et maintenant écoutez ma chanson !")

Kent Nagano, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Kent Nagano, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Kent Nagano, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24978 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 173 min | 41,3 Gb
Audio1: Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3573 kbps
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 173 min | 9,40 Gb
Audio: Русский / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish

Kent Nagano superbly masters the challenges presented by this score, shapes the dynamics with subtle intensity, and casts the score in a mellow glow. As Marfa, the spurned lover of Ivan Khovansky‘s son Andrei, Doris Soffel unfolds such a rich palette of sonorities, from the pathos of the lower ranges to shaded discant heights, that “one is tempted to speak of a Russian mezzo”. The final chorus, which Mussorgsky did not compose, is played in the orchestrally transparent version of Igor Stravinsky – the third great Russian composer who contributed to making “Khovanshchina“ a timeless, gripping stage work. With his stripped-down sets and historicising costumes, director Dmitri Tcherniakov, one of the new voices of contemporary Russian theatre, builds a bridge to the political present. A lesson in history and music!.

Kent Nagano, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mozart: Idomeneo (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Kent Nagano, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mozart: Idomeneo (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Kent Nagano, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Mozart: Idomeneo (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24978 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 174 min | 42,8 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3993 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 174 min | 9,43 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

With this wonderful production, Mozart’s “Munich” opera returns to the place where it was first performed in 1781, the lovingly restored Cuvilliés Theatre, a veritable jewel of Rococo architecture. In Dieter Dorn’s production, the characters are real people of flesh and blood, their emotions and conflicts intelligible to every member of the audience. The cast includes some of the finest Mozart singers of our day, headed by the British tenor John Mark Ainsley in the title role, while Kent Nagano in the orchestra pit appears to unleash an elemental force of nature.