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Arnold Ostman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)

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Arnold Ostman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)

Arnold Östman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 583 Mb | Total time: 75:04+79:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 059-2 | Recorded: 1989

It is an elegantly comic performance with a light orchestral sound, brisk tempi and lighter voices than usual. This is not to say that the reading is lacking in gravitas and there are many felicitous moments. It is a good cast, headed by Håkan Hagegård in the title role. His Giovanni is a little lacking in menace, but is full of volatile energy and sung in a suave baritone voice. The standout performance is the Leporello of the French-Swiss bass-baritone Gilles Cachemaille; the quick and pointed recitatives between him and Hagegård really fizz and his Catalogue aria is a masterpiece of breath control. The two leading ladies are interestingly cast; Arleen Auger’ lighter-voiced than most Donna Annas, produces a rich, creamy sound, while the mezzo Della Jones is a fiery Donna Elvira, with the pungency of her high notes especially impressive.

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart - Johann Sebastian Bach: Schemelli-Liederbuch (1985)

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Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart - Johann Sebastian Bach: Schemelli-Liederbuch (1985)

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart - Johann Sebastian Bach: Schemelli-Liederbuch (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 436 Mb | Total time: 50:17+50:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CBS Records | # CBS M2K 38972 | Recorded: 1983

It is an album devoted to excerpts from the Schemelli-Liederbuch. This song book was a mammoth collection of hymns or chorales put together by Georg Christian Schemelli, a choirmaster in Zeitz, Germany, in the first half of the 18th century. (His son studied with Bach.) For the hymnal, Bach contributed figured basses (to guide in the harmonization by the performer) for 69 chorale melodies. He also was responsible for a few melodies themselves and some complete harmonizations.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)

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Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)

Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 427 878-2 | Recorded: 1967

this recording of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was authorized by the composer himself. It follows, therefore, that the present recording met with the high requirements of the composer himself and so represents an unusual collector's item. Orff intended not just to copy the medieval lyrics but to express the mood of that era. His highly rhythmic compositional style reflects the archaic character of the vocal line. The listener experiences not only the vital primordial pulse of the music in this thrilling interpretation but also the mystery of Fate through the tender lyrical passages. Orff's homage to wine, women and song of the Middle Ages, closely bound up with spring and love, is supported by balanced and precise sound technology. The listener is spirited away to the musical world of Carmina Burana by this recording.

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

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Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,78 Gb | Total time: 11:31:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 108-2 | Recorded: 1984-1994

Bachs Passions and other great choral works in performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the masterly direction of Peter Schreier who also sings the role of the Evangelist. Schreiers aim in Bach interpretation is to bring new lightness without following the full dictates of authentic performance, and in this he succeeds superbly. The recording is first rate, with the choral forces well separated.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2000)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2000)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2000)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 655 Mb | Total time: 59:29+56:21+51:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 8.35668 ZB | Recorded: 1985

This live recording of the concert of 31st March 1985 document the performances of the Passion which have been given annually by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concertgebouw Orchestra for ten years now.

Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis - Schubert: Lieder (1991)

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Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis - Schubert: Lieder (1991)

Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis - Schubert: Lieder (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 217 Mb | Total time: 67:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | VC 7 91195-2 | Recorded: 1990

This is a fine recital of 23 Schubert Lieder, including some popular favorites like Gretchen am Spinnrade, Ganymed, Du bist die Ruh', An Silvia, etc., alongside some less well-known works. Arleen Auger was a celebrated interpreter of this repertoire and sings beautifully. She is accompanied by Lambert Orkis on a fortepiano, so this is one of the few available Schubert song recitals with period accompaniment.

Helmut Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gachinger Kantorei - Mozart: Requiem; Exsultate, jubilate (2009)

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Helmut Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gachinger Kantorei - Mozart: Requiem; Exsultate, jubilate (2009)

Helmut Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei, Pinchas Zukerman, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Judith Blegen - Mozart: Requiem; Exsultate, jubilate (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 68:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697529902 | Recorded: 1979

Blegen’s technically flawless and musically peerless rendition (Exsultate, jubilate) is a pure celebration of beautiful singing and of the wonder of Mozart’s dazzling masterpiece. The sound is as clear and immediate as if it had been recorded yesterday, and Pinchas Zukerman’s direction is exemplary. Not so exemplary is this version of the Mozart/Süssmayr Requiem, although it certainly is one of the sturdier and more durable performances on disc (and the quartet of soloists is unsurpassed).
–David Vernier

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Handel: Alcina (2006)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Handel: Alcina (2006)

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Handel: Alcina (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,09 Gb | Total time: 79:35+74:11+63:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 3 58681 2 | Recorded: 1985

It would be hard to devise a septet of soloists more stylish than those on the reissued EMI set, with Arleen Auger brilliant and warm-toned…Della Jones stands out in the breeches role of Ruggiero and Eiddwen Harrhy as Morgana is no less brilliant…Hickox underlines the contrasts of mood and speed, conveying the full range of emotion.
The Penguin Guide

Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)

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Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)

Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 56:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 423 594-2 | Recorded: 1988

The composition is a tour de force, written by Handel at the age of 22 to showcase his skill in choral music – which this recording certainly does. Outstanding historically informed performance led by Simon Preston. Of particular note: an inspired rendering of the soprano duet "De Torrente" by Diana Montague and the legendary Arleen Augér.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Orlando (1991)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Orlando (1991)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Orlando (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 724 Mb | Total time: 157:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 430 845-2 | Recorded: 1989-90

Those inclined to take for granted Gluck's remarks concerning opera seria (''florid descriptions, unnatural paragons and sententious, cold morality'') could do a lot worse than listen to Handel's Orlando. Based at some remove on an episode from Ariosto's epic poem Orlando furioso, it's a work which in place of posturing heroes and unlikely dilemmas offers credible characters and situations, all drawn with that touching human sympathy and understanding that were such an important part of Handel's creative personality. First staged in London in 1733, it is one of the greatest operas the eighteenth century produced, yet it almost goes without saying that the very musical and dramatic qualities that place it beyond Gluckian criticism were at least partly responsible for the limited success it enjoyed in its own day. Audiences soaked in the blander conventions of Italian serious opera were perhaps tested just a little too much by Handel's ingenious manipulation of their expectations in this work, while its principal singer, the famous castrato Senesino, may well have been frustrated by the lack of opportunity for vocal display afforded by its title-role, that of a character who through unrequited love becomes oddly, even comically, deranged; significantly, Orlando was the last opera he sang in as a member of Handel's company.

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia, Arleen Auger, Della Jones - Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 892 Mb | Total time: 72:27+78:32+43:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 353 468-234 | Recorded: 1989

There’s not much cruelty, corruption or ruthlessness in Arleen Auger’s exquisitely sung portrayal of the manipulative Poppea, but this hardly detracts from her otherwise radiantly expressive performance. This welcome reissue is not just exhilaratingly played by the City of London Baroque Sinfonia with a spareness and verve that keeps the drama taut, but impressively cast. James Bowman is an elegantly spurned Ottone; Gregory Reinhart a noble Seneca; and the wonderful Della Jones a spirited, quite convincingly masculine Nero. The only snag is Linda Hirst’s unlovely, rather hectoring Ottavia; it doesn’t do, somehow, to sympathise with Nero’s decision to dump her.