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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Gluck: Alceste (2002)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Gluck: Alceste (2002)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Gluck: Alceste (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 607 Mb | Total time: 65:13+69:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 470 293-2 | Recorded: 1999

Gardiner illuminates Alceste's subtle colors and inflections, assisted by von Otter, whose perceptive performance as Alceste is one of emotional sincerity and spot-on vocal accuracy.
Despite being a watershed between baroque and classical opera - and a major influence on Mozart, Berlioz and even Wagner -Gluck (1714-87) is still best known today for one opera. Orfeo ed Euridice might be a masterpiece but it's one that has tended to overshadow his other fine achievements.

Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Thierry Fischer; Soloists of the Kirov Opera

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9488 | Time: 00:59:44

This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa, 'Mavra.' At only 28 minutes, the opera is short, but interesting. By scoring the orchestra with full winds and just a handful of strings, Stravinsky molded the usually romantic opera genre into his cool, neoclassical form. Both the singing and the playing are highly energetic, and contain a certain wittiness. Conductor Thierry Fischer does something quite amazing: instead of the usual separation between voice and pit orchestra, Fischer puts the orchestra in direct dialogue with the stage action, creating an incredible integration. The 'Octet' and 'Concertino', more standard works, are also well played. Attacks and articulations are so very clean, and it was this cleanliness that attracted Stravinsky to wind instruments in the first place. Unlike other Stravinsky recordings, this one has the vitality and moodiness that make the notes sparkle. One always feels a sense of propulsion. In the 'Concertino', this rhythmic drive is contrasted beautifully with eerie string lines. The 'Octet' manages to achieve a perfect chamber music feel. The ensemble never forces the sound, and the result is an elegant, interesting and contagious performance. The same could be said for the whole album.

Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 6

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Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 6

Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 6
EAC Rip | APE (*image+.cue+.log,scans) | Run Time: 1:41:27 | 315 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

2017 is the tenth anniversary of the passing of the 20th Century’s most famous tenor – Decca marks this occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of ‘The People’s Tenor’ with a 101-disc collection presenting every role he ever recorded and performed. Every role since his debut recording of La Boh?me in 1961 is included, allowing critics, collectors and opera lovers once more to appreciate his truly exceptional gifts. Every single opera is presented in the best possible audio quality, remastered at Abbey Road under the supervision of former Decca engineers.

Philippe Jordan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter - Bizet: Carmen (2008/2002) [Blu-Ray]

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Philippe Jordan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter - Bizet: Carmen (2008/2002) [Blu-Ray]

Philippe Jordan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter - Bizet: Carmen (2008/2002) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24001 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 43,4 Gb
Audio1: French / Dolby TrueHD Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: Dolby TrueHD Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3339 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 7,93 Gb
Audio: French / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 448 Kbps
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

An exhilarating Carmen from Glyndebourne. Director David McVicar describes Carmen as "the first ever musical", and in his new production, with Anne Sofie von Otter in the title role, Carmen is restored to the original Opera Comique as Bizet wrote it, Philippe Jordan makes his Glyndebourne debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Glyndebourne Chorus.

Véronique Gens, Jean-Claude Malgoire - Händel: Agrippina (2004)

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Véronique Gens, Jean-Claude Malgoire - Händel: Agrippina (2004)

Véronique Gens, Jean-Claude Malgoire - Händel: Agrippina (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:45:19 | 963 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Dynamic | Catalog: CDS431

Recording Handel's operas can be tricky. Overly immaculate studio readings tend to rob the long chains of recitatives and arias of the immediacy they need to stay interesting; and live recordings tend to be messy, not to mention noisy. This Agrippina, by Jean-Claude Malgoire and La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, and starring Veronique Gens as the titular anti-heroine, certainly suffers from some "live-itis:" the orchestra isn't always sharp, orchestra and singers are occasionally out of phase, and there is plenty of audience and stage noise.

Sylvain Cambreling, Orchestra of the Opera national de Paris - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2010/2005) [Blu-Ray]

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Sylvain Cambreling, Orchestra of the Opera national de Paris - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2010/2005) [Blu-Ray]

Sylvain Cambreling, Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2010/2005) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 147 min | 42,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3639 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 147 min | 8,00 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II in Prague, Mozart’s last opera is a deep, humane reflection on relationships, power and forgiveness. With the composition of some of the most beautiful passages in his oeuvre, Mozart has succeeded in giving this opera seria both a noble sobriety and transparent instrumentation, to which this commanding production by the Herrmann partnership does full justice on all levels. Susan Graham’s most extraordinary Sesto and Christoph Prégardien’s superb Tito set the standard for this riveting Opéra national de Paris performance, conducted by the outstanding Sylvain Cambreling.

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

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James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 189 min | 4,24+7,00 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1982

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval, when it was premiered in Salzburg. The Theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnellecreated a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubas˛ as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Andrea Bocelli - The Complete Pop Albums (16CD Box Set, 2015)

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Andrea Bocelli - The Complete Pop Albums (16CD Box Set, 2015)

Andrea Bocelli - The Complete Pop Albums (16CD Box Set, 2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (*tracks,covers) | Run Time: 15:03:26 | 5,33 Gb
Genre: Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Opera | Label: Verve Records

Famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is an iconic figure in music, as one of the most successful classical solo artists ever, and one of the best-selling performers in any genre, having sold more than 80 million albums worldwide of both his classical and pop albums. His worldwide hit albums such as Romanza, Amore, Passione and Love in Portofino have made him synonymous with love and romance. On July 10th, 13 titles from his incredible Pop catalog and 3 bonus discs of memorable Bocelli performances will be released in a special edition box set.

Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals (23CD Box Set, 2011)

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Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals (23CD Box Set, 2011)

Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals (23CD Box Set, 2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (*image+.cue+.log,scans) | Run Time: 20:08:41 | 5,31 Gb | Covers - 11,62 Mb
Genre: Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: Decca

Decca pays tribute to Joan Sutherland - "La Stupenda" to her numerous fans - with a limited-edition 23-CD set of her complete studio recitals. Joan Sutherland shot to international fame in February1959 when she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a month later she recorded her first solo album in Paris for Decca - the start of an exclusive association that would last until her retirement from the operatic stage on 31 December 1990. This is the first time all of Joan Sutherland's studio recitals have been made available in a single collection and the set is released in time for what would have been the diva's 85th birthday on 7 November; October 10 marks the first anniversary of her death. The CDs are presented in sleeves with original cover art a 48-page booklet contains an appreciation of Joan Sutherland by opera wrter and critic George Hall.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 188 min | 5,89+6,55 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1983

Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. This DVD provides a closer look at a classical staging from the Salzburg Festival in the series of important opera productions seen at the festival in the last decades. Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg début in 1971 and this Così fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production. Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart’s music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers. The production became a staple at the Salzburg Festival and hugely popular with audiences. Muti gives both the musicians and the audience time to appreciate Mozart’s music in all its beauty, formal mastery and, above all, in the endless variety of its depiction of human foibles. The Vienna Philharmonic’s playing is well sprung and relaxed, but always imbued with great intensity.

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Handel-Festspielorchester Halle - Handel: Poros (1998)

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Horst-Tanu Margraf, Handel-Festspielorchester Halle - Handel: Poros (1998)

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - Händel: Poros (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 842 Mb | Total time: 52:00+56:00+48:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0093742BC | Recorded: 1958

Poro, re dell'Indie ("Porus, King of the Pakistani region", HWV 28) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel. The Italian-language libretto was adapted from Alessandro nell'Indie by Metastasio, and based on Alexander the Great's encounter with King Porus in 326 BC. The libretto had already been set to music by Leonardo Vinci in 1729 and by Antonio Vivaldi among others and was used as the text for more than sixty operas throughout the 18th century.
The opera was first given at the King's Theatre in London on 2 February 1731 and on 15 further occasions. A run of 16 performances was a mark of success for the time as is the fact that the work was revived on 23 December 1731, and again in a revised form on 8 December 1736. It was also given in Hamburg and Brunswick.

Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 5

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Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 5

Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 5
EAC Rip | APE (*image+.cue+.log,scans) | Run Time: 18:44:54 | 4,53 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

2017 is the tenth anniversary of the passing of the 20th Century’s most famous tenor – Decca marks this occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of ‘The People’s Tenor’ with a 101-disc collection presenting every role he ever recorded and performed. Every role since his debut recording of La Boh?me in 1961 is included, allowing critics, collectors and opera lovers once more to appreciate his truly exceptional gifts. Every single opera is presented in the best possible audio quality, remastered at Abbey Road under the supervision of former Decca engineers.

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais - Antonin Dvorak: From the New World (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais - Antonin Dvorak: From the New World  (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais - Antonín Dvořák: From the New World (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18992 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 100 min | 21,4 Gb
Audio1: Czech / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3542 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 100 min | 5,43 Gb
Audio: Czech / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Accentus Music | Sub: Czech, German, English, French, Japanese, Korean

Andris Nelsons, Kristine Opolais, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig form a Dvorák sound from the middle, singing the melodies that the composer concealed in all of the layers of his music with tender, warm, soft colors. Nelsons’ tempos remain calm and relaxed, allowing the omnipresent beauty of Dvorák’s music to unfold and flood the Gewandhaus. This is the first DVD and Blu-ray release of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of its new music director Andris Nelsons. Recorded at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, May 2017.

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Serse (2013)

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Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Serse (2013)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Serse (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 722 Mb | Total time: 66:46+60:16+39:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0797(3) | Recorded: 2012

The opera is based on a libretto adapted by the poet Silvio Stampiglia for Giovanni Bononcini, whose setting was staged at Rome’s Teatro di Torre Nona in 1694. Handel completed his opera in 1738 in little more than a month. However, his typically swift pace and resourceful treatment of musical themes and models should not be misconstrued as complacency, carelessness, or low imaginative powers. The autograph manuscript reveals that Handel invested considerable skill in arias that are perfectly tailored to the dramatic storyline, many of which were meticulously crafted and then redrafted.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Bizet: Carmen (2014) [BDRip]

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Bizet: Carmen (2014) [BDRip]

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Bizet: Carmen (2014) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 8,81 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don Jose? and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.
Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don Jose? as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.