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Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

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Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 931 Mb | Total time: 64:51+58:11+71:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Westminster | # 471 217-2 | Recorded: 1972

Anna Bolena premiered in 1830 and was Donizetti’s first great success–and it remains one of his finest works. Aside from his usual endless fount of melodies, we find through-composed scenes wherein recitative seamlessly melds into arioso and into aria or ensemble. Anna manages to come across as a real character, as does the unfortunate Jane Seymour, who has the (bad) luck to be Henry VIII’s new love; and Henry’s music, too, is composed effectively for this royal villain. Less successfully portrayed but still with a couple of fine arias and some stunning ensemble music is Anna’s brother Percy. He’s an earthbound character but his music is wonderful and difficult (it was composed for the legendary Rubini).

Jesus Lopez Cobos, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real - Puccini: La Boheme (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Jesus Lopez Cobos, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real - Puccini: La Boheme (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Jesús López Cobos, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real - Puccini: La Bohème (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29153 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 117 min | 39,0 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 117 min | 10,7 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

"This Bohème is a glorious vindication of traditional staging at its imaginative, re-creative best. Giancarlo Del Monaco here turns his attention to the much more popular work and comes up with a humdinger of a production, beautifully set by Michael Scott in period, fast-moving and full of pertinent detail." (Gramophone)

Riccardo Muti, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)

Riccardo Muti, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 173 min | 7,55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1999

For his production of “ Don Giovanni“ at the Vienna International Festival (Wiener Festwochen), Roberto de Simone does not want to follow in the footsteps of other directors who modernise the design and add something that did not exist in Mozart’s original. He sends Don Giovanni on a journey through time to revisit the centuries that the character lived through starting with the original costume of the 16th century and ending in the 19th century. Don Giovanni changes garments but is still the same legend and archetype. Something similar can be said for his accompanying antagonist, Donna Elvira. De Simone succeeds in sticking to the flow of the plot and to the music, in which the soloists and Riccardo Muti’s state opera orchestra have a crucial part. Muti spiritedly conducts with a sense for style and gives the singers room to shine. In the baroque ambiance of the theatre on the river Wien, we experience a “Don Giovanni“ in a unique unity of theatrical pretence and top-rate musical performance.

Thomas Beecham, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Grétry: Zémire et Azor (2011)

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Thomas Beecham, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Grétry: Zémire et Azor (2011)

Thomas Beecham, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Grétry: Zémire et Azor (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:54:01 | 464 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Somm Recordings | Catalog: 030-2

The operas of Grétry are seldom recorded, and even less often performed, today. The composer was for a time the personal director of music to Marie-Antoinette and there is a strong vein of pretty artificiality which can seem at best trivial in unsympathetic hands. The present recording is certainly not in such hands as Beecham had a particular liking for the music of Grétry and his contemporaries.

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)

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Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Richard Greager - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.48 Gb (DVD9) | 143 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Lucia di Lammermoor catapulted Joan Sutherland to international fame in 1959. It is a role with which her name is now inextricably linked and one which provides a perfect showcase for her remarkable vocal agility and acting ability. Set in the misty moors of Scotland, Lucia di Lammermoor is based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott. It is a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers separated by a family feud. In Gaetano Donizetti's dark, romantic opera, the forces of hate tear the young couple apart, leading to madness and murder. Richard Greager, Malcolm Donnelly, Joan Sutherland. Directed by John Copley, conducted by Richard Bonynge.

Charles Mackerras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (2001)

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Charles Mackerras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (2001)

Charles Mackerras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 638 Mb | Total time: 65:55+69:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Westminster | # 471 224-2 | Recorded: 1969

Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux was, Beverly Sills has said, the role that took 10 years off her career, and indeed, it’s a fearsome undertaking. The very long role is composed over a slightly larger than two-octave span, and there are forte passages at both ends, both in ensembles and alone, and the sheer number of notes the character has to get out is awe-inspiring. Emotionally, too, the part is ripping: The elderly Elizabeth, in love with the Earl of Essex, who in turn loves Sara, the Duchess of Nottingham (forget real English history), is a ferocious monarch, comfortable and powerful only when ruling, and in private, a shattered woman, filled with vulnerabilities. Sills’ voice was at its pristine best in 1969, when this was recorded, before she sang it on stage. She is in absolute control of every resource she ever had: accurate roulades, brutal chest tones, full-bodied high notes, the ability to express both rage and joy, an impeccable bel canto line, stupendous breath control.

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.