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Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]

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Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]

Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907063.65 | TT: 72.22+70.53+62.38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 839 Mb

Agrippina (HWV 6) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. Composed for the 1709–10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani's libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an "anti-heroic satirical comedy", full of topical political allusions. Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani's political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI.

Richard Tucker - The Opera Recital Album Collection (10CDs, 2013)

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Richard Tucker - The Opera Recital Album Collection (10CDs, 2013)

Richard Tucker - The Opera Recital Album Collection (10CDs, 2013)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 991 Mb
Label: Sony Music Classical | Release Year: 2013

Regarded as one of the great voices of the Metropolitan Opera, Richard Tucker made his debut there as Alfredo Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, in January, 1945, and became a specialist in the Italian and French lyric roles. He appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in 734 performances. The only other tenors to have had longer professional careers were Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Sony Classical celebrates 100 years of this legendary American tenor with the release of two limited- edition original album releases.

VA - Best Of Italian Opera - 16 Great Arias [1996]

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VA - Best Of Italian Opera - 16 Great Arias [1996]

VA - Best Of Italian Opera - 16 Great Arias (Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Cilea, Catalani, Mascagni) [1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 338 MB
Classical | Label: Royal Opera | Catalog Number: 862142 | TT: 01'06''10

The Royal Opera is a company based in central London, resident at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Along with the English National Opera, it is one of the two principal opera companies in London. Founded in 1946 as the Covent Garden Opera Company, it was known by that title until 1968. It brought a long annual season and consistent management to a house that had previously hosted short seasons under a series of impresarios. Since its inception, it has shared the Royal Opera House with the dance company now known as The Royal Ballet.

Handel - Partenope (Christian Curnyn) [2005]

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Handel - Partenope (Christian Curnyn) [2005]

Handel - Partenope (Christian Curnyn) [2005]
Classical | Chaconne CHAN 0719(3) | TT: 77.57+55.49+56.29 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 844 Mb

Partenope is mature Handel, and belongs in the top flight of his stage works. A comedy from 1730, which was first rejected as too frivolous by the Royal Academy of Music in London, the text had been set 20 years earlier by Caldara for an opera that had been a major influence on the young Handel. The tone is light and the action - all disguises and cross-dressing, with everyone ending up with the right partner - is swift moving; there are relatively few extended arias but a number of ensembles, as well as the obligatory sinfonia and march for the battle scene at the beginning of the second act. This performance under Christian Curnyn hits the right spot from the very start. There are no outstanding performances, but a whole collection of first-rate ones - Rosemary Joshua in the title role of the queen with so many admirers, Hilary Summers as the princess Rosmira, Kurt Streit as Emilio, the one prince who doesn't get the girl. (Andrew Clements)

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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Rameau: Zais (2015)

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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Rameau: Zais (2015)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Rameau: Zais (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:36:54 | 982 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Aparte | Catalog: AP 109

In 1745, the king granted Jean-Philippe Rameau the position of Composer du cabinet du roy, which came with a pension. This new period would see productions in a lighter vein, in collaboration with the librettist Louis de Cahusac, and some of the Burgundian musician's most important masterpieces. 'Zaïs', performed in 1748 on the stage of the Académie Royale de Musique, is one of them. This ballet-héroïque gave French music one of its finest works.

Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]

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Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]

Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907073.75 | TT: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 854 Mb

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading. McGegan, however, fields the marginally more convincing team of singers, led by Drew Minter, whose pure bright tone, breathtaking coloratura and ardent delivery give pleasure at every hearing; Bowman, for King, sings with sensitivity but his mannered tone and technical limitations are serious drawbacks. Conversely, Dominique Visse, for King, with his inimitable reedy timbre and impeccable musicianship, is matchless as Ottone’s rival in kingship, Adelberto, fine as Ralf Popken is for McGegan. Of the female roles, Claron McFadden produces a stream of radiant tone as Teofane; but so does Lisa Saffer, who, in addition, offers a wider range of colour. Both sets are recommendable, but Minter’s charismatic performance, Saffer’s deeper perceptions and the inclusion of arias Handel wrote for later revivals tip the balance in favour of McGegan. Whatever your choice, it’s an opera not to be missed. (Antony Bye)

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Paul Goodwin) [2008]

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Handel - Riccardo Primo (Paul Goodwin) [2008]

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Paul Goodwin) [2008]
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697174212 | TT: 42.31+74.29+59.30 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 861 Mb

Rewritten with enhanced regal bravado for the coronation of George II, Handel's 1727 opera of Richard the Lionheart is a rarely heard but rewarding enterprise. Goodwin conducts a fervent Basel Chamber Orchestra in this new scholarly version, fully exploiting the dramatic twists of the King's quest to reclaim his abducted fiancée, Constanza. Amid much nice character-building from the decent cast, Nuria Rial enjoys Constanza's luxuriant lines, while Lawrence Zazzo revels as the Lionheart. Riccardo's Act III revenge aria is truly ominous, furiously driven by Goodwin and some innovative brass writing. (The Times)

VA - Best Of Opera Tenors - 19 Great Arias [1996]

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VA - Best Of Opera Tenors - 19 Great Arias [1996]

VA - Best Of Opera Tenors - 19 Great Arias (Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Bizet, Donizetti, Ponchielli, Lalo, Wagner, Mozart, von Flo) [1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 338 MB
Classical | Label: Royal Opera | Catalog Number: 86217 | TT: 01'15''42

The Royal Opera is a company based in central London, resident at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Along with the English National Opera, it is one of the two principal opera companies in London. Founded in 1946 as the Covent Garden Opera Company, it was known by that title until 1968. It brought a long annual season and consistent management to a house that had previously hosted short seasons under a series of impresarios. Since its inception, it has shared the Royal Opera House with the dance company now known as The Royal Ballet.

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Christophe Rousset) [1996]

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Handel - Riccardo Primo (Christophe Rousset) [1996]

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Christophe Rousset) [1996]
Classical | DECCA 452 201-2 | TT: 73.48+56.05+67.16 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 914 Mb

"Rescue operas are not what one is used to associating with Handel, yet that, in a sense, is what this is. Costanza, a princess of Navarre, has been shipwrecked on Cyprus, where she now awaits the arrival of her betrothed, Richard the Lionheart (yes, the same). The island's tyrannical ruler, Isacio, fancies her for himself, however, and spends the entire opera trying to prevent the intended union from going ahead, first by sending Riccardo his daughter Pulcheria instead, and, when that has failed thanks to Pulcheria's brave entreaties, by imprisoning Costanza and declaring war. Only with his final defeat by Riccardo's army, aided by Pulcheria's own fiancé Oronte, do things finally turn out happily.

Gluck - Ezio (Michael Hofstetter, Ruth Sandhoff, Kirsten Blaise, Franco Fagioli) [2008]

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Gluck - Ezio (Michael Hofstetter, Ruth Sandhoff, Kirsten Blaise, Franco Fagioli) [2008]

Gluck - Ezio (Michael Hofstetter, Ruth Sandhoff, Kirsten Blaise, Franco Fagioli) [2008]
Classical | Oehms Classics OC918 | TT: 62.19+78.50 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 661 Mb

Gluck composed “Ezio” only one year after the success of “Orfeo”. It was premiered in 1763 at the Burgtheatre in Vienna. Although not as successful as “Orfeo” it contains many fine moments and this recording, in which Michael Hofstetter conducts a first rate cast, should introduce more opera listeners to this fine work. “….the representation of his (Gluck’s) early and middle years is patchy. All the more fitting then, to be able to welcome a thoroughly satisfactory issue of Ezio….. It is greatly to the credit of countertenor Franco Fagioli, who sings the part (Ezio, sung by the famous castrato Guadagni in the première) in this recording, that there is no sense of anticlimax: he produces firm, expressive singing, with delicacy where appropriate.” (International Record Review)

Roberta Invernizzi - Queens (2017)

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Roberta Invernizzi - Queens (2017)

Roberta Invernizzi - Queens (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:18:00 | 179 MB
Label: Glossa | Release Year: 2017

The queens of Handel are both the royal heroines of her operas - Berenice, Cleopatra, Cleofide, Agrippina, Adelaide, Ariane - and the female singers who evolved around her in various capacities, of course. Four queens of the composer's personal card game; That of heart was probably Margherita Durastanti, met from the Italian stay but engaged in 1720 only in London. Durastanti was "evicted" by the arrival of Francesca Cuzzoni, who could be compared to the queen of spades. Faustina Bordoni, one of the most extraordinary singers of the eighteenth century and one of the few prima donnas, with Cuzzoni, Able to compete with the vocal and media preeminence of the castrates.

Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]

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Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]

Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]
Classical | Virgin 7243 5 45673 2 | TT: 61.01+65.25+50.36 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 760 Mb

Joyce Di Donato and Maite Beaumont are outstanding as the devoted couple tormented by Tiridate’s abuse of power. Their flexible and agile voices are ideally displayed in the opening scenes of Act 2 – Beaumont’s sublime ‘Quando mai’ followed by Di Donato’s powerful ‘Ombra cara’. Patrizia Ciofi is suited to the moods of the Tiridate’s long-suffering wife. Dominique Labelle is the most rounded and ideally equipped Handel soprano in the cast: the music effortlessly trips off her tongue in ‘Mirerò quel vago volto’… Alan Curtis directs with superb pace and judgement. He is a successful advocate for Handel’s first version of Radamisto, although in Act 3 he uses two pieces from the second version for dramatic reasons. I wonder how Polissena’s original climactic aria ‘Sposo ingrato’ might sound instead of the exclamatory ‘Barbiro, partirò’, but I cannot fault Curtis’s decision to opt for the more dynamic later aria. Il Complesso Barocco play neatly and sympathetically support the singers. The orchestra avoids forcing rhetorical effects too much but I wish it had mined the textural richness in Handel’s score a little deeper. However, this enjoyable performance lacks nothing essential in theatrical impact and musical drive. (David Vickers, Gramophone)

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009) (Repost)

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Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009) (Repost)

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 03:23:15 | 1,01 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 4777374

Alan Curtis, lauded by Opera as one of our finest conductors of Baroque opera, illumines Handel s masterpiece, Alcina, by casting, as heroine, the brilliant Joyce DiDonato. Since Alcina is historically dared by virtuosic sopranos like Sutherland and Battle, this innovative recording with a mezzo is a must-have not just for Alcina freaks but all who adore sensational vocalism. As Handel did in his time, Curtis arrays our era s finest Baroque singers such as Maite Beaumont and Karina Gauvin in supporting roles around his star. With this electrifying Alcina, first ever studio recording of the rarely heard Ezio and Rolando Villazón s new album, Handel Year 2009 is being exceptionally well feted by Deutsche Grammophon.

VA - SemperOperaball 2017 (Garifullina, Gritskova; Järvi) [HDTV 720p]

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VA - SemperOperaball 2017 (Garifullina, Gritskova; Järvi) [HDTV 720p]

VA - Semper Opera Ball 2017 (Garifullina, Gritskova; Järvi) [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), ~12 mbps, 25 fps | AC3 448 kbps, stereo | 00:18:00 | 1.8 GB GB
Classical, Vocal, Aria | 3sat HD | HDTV->TS

The enchanting soprano, Aida Garifullina, and a new shooting star of the Vienna State Opera, Margarita Gritskova, perform at 12th SemperOpernball, February 3, 2017.

Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD): Part 06 [2011]

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Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD): Part 06 [2011]

Lumières - La musique du XVIIIème siècle (29 CD): Part 06 [2011]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 2908601.30 | TT: 45.16+57.05+69.48 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 718 Mb

The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume’ it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.