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John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

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John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia,  Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 614 Mb | Total time: 56:06+73:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 232468 | Recorded: 1989

This is a reissue of a recording that was previously issued by Nuova Era and Mondo Musica. It allows us to hear Marilyn Horne in one of her signature roles, and it was presumably for her that this production was mounted at Venice’s La Fenice. Horne’s performance is what one would expect; she tosses off the coloratura with ease, and her performance is very assured. Her colleagues provide generally good support. Gasdia does not make as strong an impression as some of her recorded competition as Almirena, but her singing is technically assured.

Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Antoni Ros Marba - Tomas Breton: La Dolores (2000)

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Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Antoni Ros Marba - Tomas Breton: La Dolores (2000)

Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Antoni Ros Marba - Tomas Breton: La Dolores (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:33:52 | 617 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Decca | Catalog: 466 060 2

Tomas Breton's La Dolores from 1895–in which all the male characters love the heroine, Dolores, who works in an inn–is an opera espagnola: a full-blown opera, not a zarzuela, and its plot, characters, mood, and music could belong to no other country but Spain. Breton's musical idiom is late romantic, and he's a fine composer. The opera's acts build with good intensity, and throughout he keeps the local flavor alive with dances and rhythms that are peculiarly Spanish.

Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)

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Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)

Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Nelson - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:51:31 | 584 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato Disques | Catalog: 2292-45773-2

Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz's last completed work, is based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, but the libretto, by the composer, dispenses with most of the intrigue of the original and reduces the plot to a single premise: Béatrice et Bénédict mask their affection for each other by squabbling, and then finally come to their senses and get married. Although designated an opera, it is closer in effect to an opéra comique because of its very extensive use of spoken dialogue.

London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (1998)

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London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (1998)

London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:00:26 | 612 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7 63226 2

Conductor and pianist James Levine is one of the powerhouse figures of the classical music scene today. As a child he undertook both piano and violin; he was so accomplished on the violin that at the age of ten he played Mendelssohn's second violin concerto at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra youth concert. He studied piano at various summer music festivals before enrolling at New York's Juilliard School, where he took conducting courses with Jean Morel and continued piano studies with Rosina Lhevinne.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet music [2007]

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet music [2007]

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet music from Alcina, Il pastor fido and Terpsichore [2007]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.51 Gb | Total time: 343:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69838-3 | Recorded: 1981, 85, 86

As well as recording for, and eventually publicly falling out with, Deutsche Grammophon, John Eliot Gardiner made a series of recordings for Erato, which Warner Classics are now bundling together at bargain price. Pairing the opera Tamerlano with the joyously exuberant choral setting of Milton (with a disc of ballet music from the operas too) makes no obvious sense, except that both rank among Gardiner's finest Handel performances; and his versions of each (L'Allegro from 1981, Tamerlano from five years later) arguably remain the most recommendable in the current catalogue. The cast in Tamerlano is led by a pair of outstanding counter tenors, Derek Ragin and Michael Chance, then both at the start of their careers, with tenor Nigel Robson as Bajazet, while the soloists in L'Allegro include Marie McLaughlin, Jennifer Smith and Martyn Hill; dramatic energy and vitality course through both performances.
(Andrew Clements)

Tõnu Kõrvits ‎- Moorland Elegies (2017)

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Tõnu Kõrvits ‎- Moorland Elegies (2017)

Tõnu Kõrvits, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Risto Joost - Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies (2017)
Classical | 54:00 min | MP3, 320 kbps | 128 MB
Label: Ondine

Moorland Elegies (2015) is a 50-minute work for mixed choir and string orchestra by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits (b. 1969). This work, a nine-part cycle, is a crowning achievement of its composer Tõnu Kõrvits’s magical impressionism. The work was premiered by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra at Tallinn’s St. John’s Church on 31 October 2015, conducted by Risto Joost.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon - Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide; La Rencontre imprevue; Don Juan [2008]

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon - Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide; La Rencontre imprevue; Don Juan [2008]

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, The English Baroque Soloisits - Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; La Rencontre imprévue; Don Juan [2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Total time: 264.35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69562-0 | Recorded: 1981/87/90

This four disc set from Erato opens with Gluck’s three act lyric tragedy Iphigénie en Aulide, his first original ‘French’ opera for the fashionable Paris Opéra. In 1773 Gluck had been persuaded that he could establish himself at the Paris Opéra (also known as L’Opéra) by François du Roullet, an attaché at the French Embassy in Vienna. Baille du Roullet provided Gluck with the libretto for Iphigénie en Aulide, based on the tragedy of Racine and founded on the play of Euripides. Initially the Director of L’Opéra hesitated in accepting Gluck’s score. Fortunately he had a influential ally in Marie-Antoinette, the Queen of France, to whom he had taught singing and harpsichord. The first staging of Iphigénie en Aulide was at the Paris Opéra in 1774.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2003)

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2003)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:29:32 | 458 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Decca | Catalog: 0289 473 6442 9

This is one of the Decca stereo recordings of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas that does not include dialog. Thanks to the popularity of the work, it is familiar enough that missing the few plot points that occur in dialog doesn't hurt it. However, this is a somewhat disappointing performance and recording by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company compared to the others in this series of reissues. Longtime principal comedian John Reed is Ko-Ko.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito [1991]

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito [1991]

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito [1991]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 473 Mb | Total time: 58:20+59:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 806-2 | Recorded: 1990

Listening to this work so soon after hearing Zauberflote one is amazed anew that Mozart could write two such totally contrasted pieces within months of each other. Here, in the composer's last opera seria, we are in another world, one of formality tempered by the deep emotions engendered by love and jealousy. Instead of birdcatchers and Masonic rights we are dealing with historic figures in a supposedly historic context with down-to-earth feelings. For each Mozart finds precisely the appropriate music.

Alberto Hold-Garrido - Sweet Rapture & Heartache: Beloved Opera Arias for Soprano (2017)

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Alberto Hold-Garrido - Sweet Rapture & Heartache: Beloved Opera Arias for Soprano (2017)

Alberto Hold-Garrido - Sweet Rapture & Heartache: Beloved Opera Arias for Soprano (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:55:46 | 130 MB
Label: Alba

New release Sweet Rapture and Heartache includes 12 of the most beloved opera arias for soprano. Arias are performed by a rising Finnish soprano star Marjukka Tepponen and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Alberto Hold-Garrido. Marjukka Tepponen, winner of the Timo Mustakallio Competition in Savonlinna in 2008, went on to take the first prize in the national Lappeenranta Singing Competition in January 2010. She has been a soloist with most of the main Finnish orchestras, and abroad with, for example, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. In 2010 she made her debut at the Finnish National Opera, the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Graz Opera in Austria. In summer 2015 she makes her debut at the Bregenz Festival as Liù in Turandot.

Laura Claycomb - Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter (Live) (2017)

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Laura Claycomb - Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter (Live) (2017)

Laura Claycomb - Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter (Live) (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:51:12 | 256 MB
Label: Naxos

David Mason’s beautiful verse adaptation of Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlet Letter, astutely portrays its characters amid the Puritan society of 17th-century New England. My music – lyrically expressive and intricately orchestrated – dramatizes the psychological underpinnings of this story. Though Hester is shamed for adultery, her steadfast strength of character reveals a true moral sense, while the weaknesses of both her lover and estranged husband ultimately yield their self-destruction.'

Maxim Mironov - Bellini: Bianca e Gernando (2017)

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Maxim Mironov - Bellini: Bianca e Gernando (2017)

Maxim Mironov - Bellini: Bianca e Gernando (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:57:35 | 274 MB
Label: Naxos

Vincenzo Bellini was among the most important Italian opera composers of the early 19th century, and the quintessential representative of its bel canto tradition. Despite his enduring renown, his official operatic debut Bianca e Gernando was known only in its revised version of Bianca e Fernando until this rediscovery and revival at Bad Wildbad in July 2016. Set in the ducal palace of Agrigento and with its tale of secretive plots and triumph over tyranny, this original version of the opera presents both unknown music and significant differences from the revised version, giving its dramatic shape a distinctive new character.

Prince Consort Orchestra, David Lyle - Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (1989)

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Prince Consort Orchestra, David Lyle - Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (1989)

Prince Consort Orchestra, David Lyle - Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (1989)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:58:32 | 742 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Pearl | Catalog: SHE9615

“IVANHOE is a romantic opera in three acts based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by Julian Sturgis. It premiered at the Royal English Opera House on 31 January 1891 for a consecutive run of 155 performances, unheard of for a grand opera. Later that year it was performed six more times, making a total of 161 performances.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Idomeneo [1991]

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Idomeneo [1991]

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloisits, The Monteverdi Choir - Mozart: Idomeneo[1991]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 832 Mb | Total time: 78:02+70:45+61:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 674-2 | Recorded: 1990

“This is unquestionably the most vital and authentic account of Idomeneo to date on disc. We have here what was given at the work's first performance in Munich plus, in appendices, what Mozart wanted, or was forced, to cut before that premiere and the alternative versions of certain passages, so that various combinations of the piece can be programmed by the listener. Gardiner's direct, dramatic conducting catches ideally the agony of Idomeneo's terrible predicament – forced to sacrifice his son because of an unwise row. This torment of the soul is also entirely conveyed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson in the title role to which Anne Sofie von Otter's moving Idamante is an apt foil. Sylvia McNair is a diaphanous, pure-voiced Ilia, Hillevi Martinpelto a properly fiery, sharp-edged Elettra.

VA - Ross Crean: The Great God Pan (2017)

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VA - Ross Crean: The Great God Pan (2017)

VA - Ross Crean: The Great God Pan (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:26:20 | 205 MB
Label: Navona

Chicago-based composer Ross Crean’s opera The Great God Pan soars in this new release, the first collaboration between the composer and PARMA recordings. The Great God Pan takes its story from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, which explores themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatural behavior. Impressively, Crean adapted Machen’s narrative into the work’s libretto himself, an ambitious and rare undertaking for a composer. Crean’s familiarity with the story shows through in the emotional resonance of his music, which matches and communicates the character’s concerns and feelings with unflinching precision. The key to Crean’s musical portrayal of the story is twofold.