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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Vivaldi: La Senna Festeggiante (2002)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Vivaldi: La Senna Festeggiante (2002)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Vivaldi: La Senna Festeggiante (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 72:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30339 | Recorded: 2001

Three serenatas by Vivaldi survive (he is known to have composed at least eight)‚ of which La Senna festeggiante is by far the most enjoyable…One of the work’s most interesting features is Vivaldi’s deliberate use in places of elements of French style‚ for instance in the solemn ‘ouvertur’ which opens Part 2 and the courtly minuet of The Golden Age’s second aria‚ thereby adding to the richness of a work which for the most part is vintage Vivaldi at his most buoyant and irresistible.

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal - Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1991)

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Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal - Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1991)

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal - Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 570 Mb | Total time: 150:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 430 502 | Recorded: 1990

Among modern recordings of the opera, this one is a safe bet, assuming you want a safe version of this opera. Unlike Herbert von Karajan's oppressively string-heavy reading with the Berlin Philharmonic on EMI, this is a balanced, idiomatic account of the score, given a special luster by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's coloristic instincts and the warm recording acoustic at St. Eustache Church. Conductor Charles Dutoit has a fine instinctive feel for Debussy in general and this score in particular. The singers in the title roles–Didier Henry and Colette Alloit-Lugaz–have both come to terms with the opera's enigmatic dramaturgy. However, it's very much a symphonic rather than operatic performance, clearly a product of the recording studio rather than of the stage.

Giuseppe Sinopoli, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2003/1983)

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Giuseppe Sinopoli, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2003/1983)

Giuseppe Sinopoli, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2003/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 129 min
Classical | NVS ARTS | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Japanese

This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera, recorded in 1983, features two of the biggest stars in opera, Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa, in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo’s performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Guiseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production. Puccini’s first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark sensuality and also a youthful freshness, its untamed outpouring of melody just as passionate as his more famous operas, La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. The role of Des Grieux is one of the most taxing in the tenor repertoire and Domingo’s passionate portrayal is one of his greatest achievements.

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Siegfried (2009) [Blu-ray]

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Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Siegfried (2009) [Blu-ray]

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Siegfried (2009) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18481 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 251 min | 41,7 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2021 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 251 min | 13,5 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese

Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, “Das Rheingold”. In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of this unique tetralogy. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.

Philarmonia Hungarica, Janos Kulka - Eugen d'Albert: Die Abreise (1998)

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Philarmonia Hungarica, Janos Kulka - Eugen d'Albert: Die Abreise (1998)

Philarmonia Hungarica, Janos Kulka - Eugen d'Albert: Die Abreise (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 45:50 | 236 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: CPO999 558-2

The fourth of d'Albert's twenty operas, "Die Abreise" ("The Departure") was premiered in 1898 at Frankfurt. In a single 40 minute act, its story is very slender indeed. A man (Gilfen) suspects his wife (Luise) of being unfaithful to him with a friend (Trott) so pretends to go away on a journey. Returning "unexpectedly" he finds Luise rejecting the advances of Trott who is summarily ejected. A reconciliation between Gilfen and Luise ensues.

The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, Dennis Russell Davies Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1987) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, Dennis Russell Davies Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1987) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - Akhnaten: An Opera in Three Acts for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists (1987)
The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 316 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: CBS Masterworks | # M2K 42457 | Time: 02:08:37

The third in the Glass’ trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas, “Akhnaten”‘s subject is religion. The Pharaoh Akhnaten was the first monotheist in recorded story, and his substitution of a one-god religion for the multi-god worship in use when he came to power was responsible for his violent overthrow. The opera describes the rise, reign, and fall of Akhnaten in a series of tableaus. Libretto (Egyptian, Arcadian, Hebrew, and language of the audience) by the composer in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell. Vocal text drawn from original sources by Shalom Goldman.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini - Verdi: La Forza del Destino [2005/1984]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini - Verdi: La Forza del Destino [2005/1984]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini - Verdi: La Forza del Destino [2005/1984]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.07 Gb+3.24 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 180 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This John Dexter production was premiered in 1975 and filmed in 1984. The incomparable Leontyne Price delivered a series of unforgettable performances as Leonora, imprinting the role with the uniqueness of her voice and her superlative acting. James Levine's conducting was hailed by The New York Times for being "full of drive and fire" with "the grandeur of the magnificent score coming through."

Ernst Theis - Johann Strauss: Der Carneval in Rom (2011)

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Ernst Theis - Johann Strauss: Der Carneval in Rom (2011)

Ernst Theis - Johann Strauss: Der Carneval in Rom (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:35:30 | 476 MB
Genre: Classical, Operetta | Label: CPO | Catalog: 7774052

Johann Strauss Junior’s second operetta, Der Carneval in Rom, premiered in 1873 only one year before Die Fledermaus, and while the music is enjoyable enough, with several nice tunes, there is little in the score to presage the gorilla blockbuster soon to come. For one thing, Strauss wrote the music in the more romantic style of light opera because the work was originally scheduled to be mounted at the Vienna court opera, a place of more serious mien than the Theater an der Wien, then the home of the comic-oriented Viennese operetta.

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1994)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1994)

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 651 Mb | Total time: 214:37 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orfeo | # C351943D | Recorded: 1965

It is usually the big nineteenth-century opera sets that are bought for their singers; but with a line-up of principals such as we have here Handel too is swept into the golden net. Lucia Popp, two years into her career after her Vienna debut, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry: that is a quartet which in its time may have seemed no more than standard stuff, but at this date looks starry indeed. […] The Orfeo, for one thing, is sung in German instead of Italian; it has cuts, though many fewer than the Mackerras recording in English with Dame Janet Baker; it has the solo voices recorded very close indeed (those that are supposedly off-stage are just about where many modern recordings would have them except when off-stage); and the orchestra sounds, to our re-trained ears, big and thick, with the heavy bass-line that used to seem as proper to Handel as gravy from the roast was to Yorkshire pudding.

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Die Walküre (2009) [Blu-ray]

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Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Die Walküre (2009) [Blu-ray]

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Die Walküre (2009) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19479 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 236 min | 41,1 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2007 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 236 min | 12,8 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese

Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, “Das Rheingold”. In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of this unique tetralogy. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.

Franco Zeffirelli, Georges Pretre, Teatro alla Scala - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2005)

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Franco Zeffirelli, Georges Pretre, Teatro alla Scala - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2005)

Franco Zeffirelli, Georges Prêtre, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2005/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.66 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The great Italian stage and screen director Franco Zeffirelli made these widely acclaimed films, both starring Plácido Domingo. with Georges Prêtre conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala. Pagliacci, which co-stars the great singing actress Teresa Stratas, brought Zeffirelli the coveted Emmy as Best Director in the category of Classical Music Programming. Cavalleria was filmed on location in Sicily, which adds immeasurably to the power and atmosphere of this timeless story of love, honour, justice, and violence.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Il Giustino (2002)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Il Giustino (2002)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Il Giustino (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 655 Mb | Total time: 56:41+79:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45518 2 | Recorded: 2001

Supreme master of the Baroque concerto and one of the finest composers of sacred music, Vivaldi is now also being rediscovered as an opera composer of genius. Some credit for this must go to Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco, whose performances of Giustino since 1985 have made this colourful and dramatic work the most widely played of Vivaldi's operas in modern times. Giustino contains an endless flow of Vivaldian melodic inspiration and inventive orchestration; the score calls for a psaltery and for birdsong, while the goddess Fortune descends to the tune of Spring from the Four Seasons. This first recording is based on a concert performance in Rotterdam in 2001; the fine cast is headed by Dominique Labelle as the empress Arianna and Francesca Provvisionato as the plough-boy emperor Giustino.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Choir & Concentus Musicus Wien - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten - Les Saisons (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Choir & Concentus Musicus Wien - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten - Les Saisons (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Genia Kühmeier, Werner Güra, Arnold Schoenberg Choir & Concentus Musicus Wien - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten - Les Saisons (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 587 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 318 Mb | Scans included | 02:16:43
Classical, Opera | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

Un double CD Diapason d'or à retrouver dès aujourd'hui en kiosque avec le numéro de février de Diapason.

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2009) [Blu-ray]

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Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2009) [Blu-ray]

Carl St. Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2009) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 22966 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 166 min | 34,7 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1917 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 166 min | 8,93 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese

Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, “Das Rheingold”. In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of this unique tetralogy. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.

Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio, Armonia Atenea - Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia (2012)

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Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio, Armonia Atenea - Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia (2012)

Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio, Armonia Atenea - Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 929 Mb | Total time: 76:23+67:43+51:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1733-2 | Recorded: 2011

On May 14, 1763, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale opened with the world premiere of Il trionfo di Clelia. Completed a year after Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck’s setting of Metastasio’s story of romantic fidelity put to the test against the background of the Siege of Rome, was tailored both to display the new theatre’s capacity for spectacle (Act II calls for the collapse of a bridge and a heroic swim across the rising waters of the Tiber) and a cast hand-picked for their fioritura (embellishment of a melodic line). Thus while musicologists may cherish Il trionfo di Clelia for its pivotal role in the composer’s progress from the gilded cage of opera seria to the grand austerity of his reform operas, the rest of us can enjoy an inventive score.