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Mainz Bach Orchestra, Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir, Georg Poplutz, Thomas E. Bauer - Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (2018)

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Mainz Bach Orchestra, Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir, Georg Poplutz, Thomas E. Bauer - Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (2018)

Mainz Bach Orchestra, Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir, Georg Poplutz, Thomas E. Bauer, Katharina Magiera, Julia Kleiter & Victoria Braum - Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 647 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 334 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:25:11
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written for the Christmas season of 1734, and although it incorporates music from earlier works it belongs firmly among his timeless large-scale compositions. The development of the oratorio, which was to become a new musical form in Protestant church services at that time, was stimulated by Bach’s compositions, particularly by the unusual form of his six-part Christmas Oratorio.

Daniele Gatti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniele Gatti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Daniele Gatti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19424 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 108 min | 20,6 Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 2058 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 108 min | 5,84 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese

With Richard Strauss’ Elektra, the Salzburg Festival delivers a thoroughly impressive new production that the Vienna daily Kurier calls the “best new opera production of 2010”. Reaping acclaim are the top-quality vocalists as well as the mighty stage set and the sensitive direction of Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Portraying Elektra is Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, who injects astonishing dramatic power into her role. “Impressive in every respect”, wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about her role debut here. Internationally acclaimed Wagner singer Waltraud Meier also gives her spectacular, commanding stage debut here as Klytämnestra. They are complemented by an outstanding Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chrysothemis, and a forceful René Pape as Orest. Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s many years of experience on the world’s greatest stages are clearly visible in his direction of the singers: moving about a sinister, forbidding set bathed in suggestively changing lighting, the vocalists are treated as stage actors, whose expressive gestures are captured with particular vividness and immediacy by the camera. Leading the Wiener Philharmoniker is Daniele Gatti. Alternating between late 19th-century lyricism and early 20th-century excess, he clearly emphasizes the dual conflicts at the heart of the work.

Marcello Panni, Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1990)

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Marcello Panni, Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1990)

Marcello Panni, Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 808 Mb | Total time: 74:59+55:53+56:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 6863/65 | Recorded: 1989

"Giulio Cesare" is the most famous and popular of Handel's many operas. In fact, for a long time it was the only one surviving in the repertoire, and brilliant productions of it in the 1960s were responsible for inciting interest in other Handel operas. Giulio Cesare contains perhaps a greater variety of beautiful arias and choruses than any other Handel opera, and has one of the best plots. This 1989 recording stars contralto Martine Dupuy, very famous in France but little known in the Western hemisphere. She made a sterling reputation in Baroque opera as well as the opere serie of Rossini, in which she has been adjudged incomparable.

Valer Sabadus & Concerto Köln - Caro gemello - Farinelli and Metastasio (2018)

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Valer Sabadus & Concerto Köln - Caro gemello - Farinelli and Metastasio (2018)

Valer Sabadus & Concerto Köln - Caro gemello - Farinelli and Metastasio (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | 01:11:47
Classical, Vocal | Label: Sony Classical

Countertenor Valer Sabadus is one of the world's most successful artists of the baroque music scene. "One of the best countertenors of our day" (Fonoforum), "what he achieves to dizzying heights of naturalness, is simply overwhelming," judges the press. Immediately for his first album at Sony Classical with opera arias by Gluck, he was awarded the 2015 ECHO Klassik.

Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Freiburg Bach Choir - Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20 (2018)

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Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Freiburg Bach Choir - Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20 (2018)

Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Freiburg Bach Choir, Katerina Hebelková, Irina Jae-Eun Park, Narae Park, Christoph Waltle, Paweł Trojak, Andrei Yvan, Jan Żądło, Jin Seok Lee, Frank van Hove, Fabrice Bollon, Annemarie Kremer, Ian Storey, Aris Argiris, Nuttaporn Thammathi, György Hanczár, Opernchor des Theater Freiburg & Extrachor des Theater Freiburg - Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20 (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 753 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 372 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:41:28
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was at the height of his fame and technical mastery by the time he began work on his fourth opera in 1923. Prominent opera houses clamored to stage his works, and the Viennese premiere of Das Wunder der Heliane (‘The Miracle of Heliane’) featured Lotte Lehmann among its star cast. Its story is one of the redemptive power of love over injustice and adversity, expressed in music that is richly impressionistic and intensely dramatic. Korngold was criticized for resisting the tide of modernist atonality in this opulent score, but its symbolism and compelling romantic atmosphere can be appreciated today more than ever. This Freiburg Opera production has a strong cast topped by soprano Annemarie Kremer, one of the most successful singers in the lyric dramatic soprano repertoire. Award-winning baritone Aris Argiris has established an international career, performing regularly at the world’s most prestigious opera houses.

Nashville Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony & Giancarlo Guerrero - John Harbison: Requiem (2018)

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Nashville Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony & Giancarlo Guerrero - John Harbison: Requiem (2018)

Nashville Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony & Giancarlo Guerrero - John Harbison: Requiem (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 215 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 129 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:54:30
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur fellow John Harbison has composed a Requiem for our times- a moving choral work that incorporates the composer’s distinctive sensibilities while drawing deeply on the tradition of Latin sacred music. Completed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Harbison’s Requiem is full of dramatic passages from singers and musicians alike, with abundant opportunities for vocal soloists, brass and percussion to shine. “I wanted my piece to have a sense of the inexorability of the passage of time,” the composer says, “for good and ill, of the commonality of love and loss.” Giancarlo Guerrero is the six-time Grammy-winning music director of the Nashville Symphony, music director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, and principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. A passionate proponent of new music, he has championed a number of America’s most respected composers through recordings, commissions, and eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the Grammy-winning recording of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway.

Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Handel: Julius Caesar (1999)

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Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Handel: Julius Caesar (1999)

Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Handel: Julius Caesar (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 880 Mb | Total time: 183:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 3019 | Recorded: 1984

This opera was a personal triumph for Dame Janet. As Caesar, she arms the voice with an impregnable firmness, outgoing and adventurous.
Valerie Masterson shares the honours with Dame Janet, a Cleopatra whose bright voice gains humanity through ordeal. The tinkle of surface- wear clears delightfully in her later arias, sung with a pure tone and high accomplishment. As a total production, Julius Caesar was an outstanding achievement in ENO's history. Strongly cast, it had a noble Cornelia in Sarah Walker, a high-spirited Sesto in Della Jones, and in James Bowman a Ptolemy whose only fault was that his voice lacked meanness of timbre appropriate to the odious character. John Tomlinson's massive bass also commands attention. Mackerras's conducting is impeccable and the opera is given in clear, creditable English.
— Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Stefan Soltesz, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Richard Strauss: Salome (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Stefan Soltesz, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Richard Strauss: Salome (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Stefan Soltesz, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Richard Strauss: Salome (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18451 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 102 min | 20,5 Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3753 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 102 min | 5,47 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean

This highly acclaimed production of Strauss’ “Salome” from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is staged by German director Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Starring Angela Denoke as “a brilliant Salome” (FAZ), who is joined by a great ensemble of soloists, Kim Begley, Doris Soffel and Alan Held. Performing with “great aplomb” (FAZ), the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Stefan Soltesz, was also enthusiastically celebrated by critics and audience.

Camille Saint-Saëns - Ascanio - Guillaume Tourniaire, De La Haute École de Musique de Genève (2018) {B Records LBM013}

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Camille Saint-Saëns - Ascanio - Guillaume Tourniaire, De La Haute École de Musique de Genève (2018) {B Records LBM013}

Camille Saint-Saëns - Ascanio - Guillaume Tourniaire, De La Haute École de Musique de Genève (2018) {B Records LBM013}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/48kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 983 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 453 Mb
Full Artwork (jpg+pdf) ->46 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2018 B Records | LBM 013
Classical / Romantic / Opera / French

Ascanio is the student of Benvenuto Cellini, a legendary Florentine sculptor. This latter character's genius and romances came to know a great operatic destiny. The name Ascanio is also the title of a grand lyrical drama by Camille Saint-Saëns which premiered in 1890, and is based on Paul Meurice's play. The opera was abridged several times and reassembled despite the composer's strong objections. It is a wonderful work, far too little-known, in which Italian lyricism, Wagnerian influence and French elegance combine. For the very first time, we will be able to hear the complete premiere performance of the version abiding by the 1888 autograph manuscript. It is brought to us by the impassioned conductor, Guillaume Tourniaire, and a topflight, French-speaking cast. They are accompanied by the Orchestra and Choirs from the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Haute École de Musique. All this has been meticulously and enthusiastically recorded by B Records.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 52:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-14774-2 | Recorded: 1996

Charpentier (1643-1704) is best known for his religious works and the opera "Medée". He also wrote a number of chamber music works (instrumental and vocal) of which three were released on CD. "Les plaisiers de Versailles H.480" is described as an opera-like divertimento. Actually an opera with only one act that takes about half an hour. This work was intended for performance in Versailles within the palace to entertain the king. "Airs sur les stances du cid H.457-459" are three 'airs sérieux', songs for solo voice with basso continuo accompaniment. These airs are set on texts from Corneille's drama "Le cid". "Amor vince ogni cosa H.492" is a dramatic pastoral; a small cantata with a pastoral character for five voices that mainly function as a shepherd's chorus and comment on the events. They have not inherited their own character yet. The accompaniment is Italian as well: two violins and basso continuo. Of course, the love between shepherds and shepherdesses plays the most important role, assisted by Pan, god of the shepherds.

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok Bluebeard's Castle - Valery Gergiev (2018) {B&W Society of Sound LSO97 16-44.1}

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London Symphony Orchestra - Bartok Bluebeard's Castle - Valery Gergiev (2018) {B&W Society of Sound LSO97 16-44.1}

London Symphony Orchestra - Bartók Bluebeard's Castle - Valery Gergiev (2018) {B&W Society of Sound LSO97 16-44.1}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (bowers-wilkins.co.uk) -> 218 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 138 Mb
Full Artwork (jpg+pdf) ->12 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2018 LSO / B&W Society of Sound | LSO97
Classical / Early 20th Century

Bartók’s only opera is an intense drama, involving only two characters and underpinned by a rich orchestral score. Bluebeard’s young bride persuades him to open seven doors in his castle to let the light in. Behind each she finds increasingly disturbing sights, until the final door opens to reveal the castle’s secret and her fate.

Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)

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Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)

Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 622 Mb | Total time: 52:34+62:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GES 920913-E | Recorded: 2006

As part of their comprehensive survey of the music of Claudio Monteverdi, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana delivered an exceptional version of L’Orfeo, a reading which had been honed by their trailblazing interpretations of the composer’s madrigals. This highly-esteemed recording of the favola in musica – critics applauded and fêted it in many different countries – subsequently dropped out of the catalogue and Glossa is very pleased to have the opportunity to return it there as part of this year’s 450th anniversary commemorations of the composer’s birth.

Riccardo Frizza, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Riccardo Frizza, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi  (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Riccardo Frizza, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26474 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 135 min | 37,7 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 96 kHz / 6756 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 135 min | 7,30 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, German, French, Italian

Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I Capuleti e i Montecchi, inspired by the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, is what The New York Times calls “an opera of definite dramatic appeal.” The cast is headlined by international stars Joyce DiDonato (winner of the Grammy and the ECHO Klassik) and Nicole Cabell as the ill-fated lovers Romeo and Giulietta.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Moise et Pharaon (2005)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Moise et Pharaon (2005)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Moïse et Pharaon (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 181 min | 6,58+6,12 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2003

TDK presents an impressive staging of one of Rossini’s opera masterpieces. This production, staged by La Scala Milan is conducted by Riccardo Muti. Moïse et Pharaon - Rossini’s re-adaptation of the story of Moses in Egypt - emphasizes the dramatic moments of the biblical account beautifully and also demonstrates the composer‘s mastery of the French tradition: solos and choral work are superb compositions, the duets are expressive and touching. Including an extensive ballet scene at the beginning of Act III and featuring a preeminent international cast of singer-actors – Erwin Schrott, Barbara Frittoli, Sonia Ganassi - this recording brings a Rossini experience of the highest rank onto the screen.

Wilhelm Kempff - Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin (2018)

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Wilhelm Kempff - Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin (2018)

Wilhelm Kempff - Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 182 MB | Cover | 49:33 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 114 MB
Classical | Label: G.O.P.

As these nine selections recorded in 1958 reveal, Wilhelm Kempff has no feel whatsoever for Chopin's music. While Kempff is beyond all argument one of the great German pianists of the middle years of the twentieth century, with superlative recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann to his credit, he is simply terrible as a Chopin player. With stiff rhythms, awkward phrasing, and muted colors, his Chopin lacks lyricism, drama, and drive, and thus sounds utterly unlike Chopin.