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Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)

Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 122-2 | Recorded: 1964

Catherine Gayer makes a spirited, fresh sounding Adonis and Brigitte Fassbaender as Venus is superb throughout; Venus's ''Augelletti, si cantate'' has an almost irresistible allure and her radiant duet with Adonis at the conclusion of the work is something to treasure. The instrumental accompaniment is excellent of its kind and of its vintage, with a notable contribution from Hans-Martin Linde on the sopranino recorder. This is, in a word, enlightened music-making which brings a ravishing score to life affectionately and convincingly. Excellent recorded sound and a considerable adornment to Archiv Galleria's otherwise arbitrary and mainly disappointing selection of reissues.

Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)

Posted By: Vilboa
Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)

Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.45 Gb+7.22 Gb (2xDVD9) | 186 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1979, this delightful staging by Otto Schenk features outstanding singer-actresses Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender and Lucia Popp. Der Rosenkavalier is Richard Strauss’s most popular opera and the greatest comic opera since Mozart. Premiered just three years before the start of the First World War, the opera traces the artistic heritage of the Austrian-Hungarian empire in the days of Mozart, where the story is set, to the morbid distraction of the Viennese Art Nouveau.

Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2006/1989)

Posted By: Vilboa
Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2006/1989)

Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2006/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.14 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Recorded at the Vienna State Opera house in 1989, this staging of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Elektra is one of the glories of live opera on film, deserving of eternal availability. The DVD picture has great clarity, despite the darkness of Hans Schavernoch’s set design. Other than the cliché of a huge statue head, toppled on its side, the set manages to be suitably representative of a decaying palace as well as an imposing, theatrical space, dominated by the mammoth body of the statue from which the head apparently dropped, draped with the ropes that seem to have enabled the decapitation. Sooner or later most of the characters cling to and twist around those ropes, an apt stage metaphor for the remorseless repercussions from the murder of Agammenon by his unfaithful wife Klytämnestra and her paramour, Aegisthus. Reinhard Heinrich’s costumes capture a distant era while sustaining a creepily modern look — part Goth, part homeless, part Spa-wear.