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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: L’Olimpiade (2011)

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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: L’Olimpiade (2011)

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: L’Olimpiade (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 74:53+76:56+76:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697807712 | Recorded: 2010

The first complete and unabridged recording of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s operatic masterpiece, as well as the world-premiere recording on period instruments, undertaken by the critically acclaimed 2010 production from the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, known as the “Bayreuth of Baroque Opera”. In his all too brief career Pergolesi, who died in 1736 aged only 26, set the course for 18th century opera. His works, especially L’Olimpiade, which was first performed in 1735, introduced a new and sentimental tone to the opera stage. Based on one of the most popular subject matters of opera seria, Pergolesi’s masterpiece L’Olimpiade offers a drama of love and intrigue coupled with highly virtuoso singing. Presenting Italian conductor Alessandro de Marchi, one of the most sought-after Early Music specialists, and a stunning cast of top-league international Baroque singers.

Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)

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Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)

Marcello Viotti, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Edita Gruberova - Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda (2003)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.52 Gb+4.23 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 170 min
Classical | TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) wanted to move the audience of his operas to tears. And this is exactly what Beatrice di Tenda manages to do: it has great music and the story really touches the heart. In this production by Daniel Schmid, one can experience the stunning singers Edita Gruberova and Michael Volle in the main roles – with Marcello Viotti conducting the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House. In Beatrice di Tenda, Bellini departs from the belcanto style, which he used in Norma, and explores a new way of musical expression, which brought to the fore a new warmth and different characteristics.

VA - Elisabeth Rethberg: A Tribute / Bohème, Met 1935 plus Duets (2020)

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VA - Elisabeth Rethberg: A Tribute / Bohème, Met 1935 plus Duets (2020)

VA - Elisabeth Rethberg: A Tribute / Bohème, Met 1935 plus Duets (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 549 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 382 Mb | Covers included | 02:34:30
Classical, Opera | Label: Immortal Performances

Elisabeth Rethberg, one of the leading sopranos of her era, enjoyed a sterling career at the Metropolitan Opera. During her 20 years at the Met, Rethberg sang 350 performances of 29 different roles in the House and on tour. A survey of these roles indicates the breadth and variety of Elisabeth Rethberg’s repertoire, spanning the works of Mozart to the contemporary operas of her day. Rethberg was equally adept in Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini and his fellow verismo composers. Rethberg also numbered among her roles several heroines in French grand opera (Rossini’s GUILLAUME TELL, Meyerbeer’s L’AFRICAINE, Gounod’s FAUST, and Halévy’s LA JUIVE).

Christopher Purves, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - George Frideric Handel: Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)

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Christopher Purves, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - George Frideric Handel: Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)

George Frideric Handel - Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)
Christopher Purves, bass; Arcangelo, conducted by Jonathan Cohen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67842 | Time: 01:10:53

The magnificent Christopher Purves performs a recital of Handel’s bass arias. This unique collection demonstrates the range and brilliance of Handel’s writing for this voice, featuring a selection from Italian and English operas, English classical drama, Biblical oratorios, literary odes and a masque. Handel’s endlessly imaginative gift for characterization is fully explored here, with Purves commanding an extraordinary emotional and technical range from the buffo blustering of Polyphemus in Acis and Gatalea to the loving musings of Abinoam in ‘Tears, such as tender fathers shed’ from the oratorio Deborah.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch| LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.89 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mozarts beliebte Oper "Die Zauberflöte" unter der Leitung von Wolfgang Sawallisch - jetzt erstmals auf DVD erhältlich! 1983 live aufgenommen, zeigt diese Produktion aus der Bayerischen Staatsoper eine der bekanntesten Opern überhaupt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts "Die Zauberflöte" in der Inszenierung von August Everding. Edita Gruberova als begehrteste Königin der Nacht der Welt, Francisco Ariza als einer der berühmtesten Taminos unserer Zeit, machen neben anderen Weltstars der Oper (Kurt Moll, Lucia Popp, Wolfgang Brendel, u.a.) diese Produktion zu einem Fest für Augen und Ohren. Eingerahmt und kongenial geleitet wird dieses Ensemble von Wolfgang Sawallisch. "Zeigt das Ernsthafte - vergesst aber den Humor nicht" - mit dieser Einstellung beweist Everding in dieser einzigartigen Inszenierung sein Genie auf dem Gebiet der Opernregie. Diese Zauberflöte ist ein absolutes Muss für alle Opernfans.

Capella Cracoviensis - Stanislaw Moniuszko: Halka (2021)

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Capella Cracoviensis - Stanislaw Moniuszko: Halka (2021)

Capella Cracoviensis - Stanislaw Moniuszko: Halka (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:20:46 | 370 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: deutsche harmonia mundi

Si cet opéra est une rareté hors de la Pologne qui l'a vu naître, Halka signé du père de l'opéra polonais Stanisław Moniuszko, est au répertoire dans son pays d'origine, mais seulement connu dans sa version corrigée de 1858. Le présent album, enregistré en version de concert dans le sillage du Festival Opera Rara de Cracovie présente pour la première fois la version originale de 1848, plus intéressante dans son découpage et son dramatisme concentré.

Alessandro de Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Telemann: Flavius Bertaridus (2012)

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Alessandro de Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Telemann: Flavius Bertaridus (2012)

Alessandro de Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Telemann: Flavius Bertaridus (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.0 Gb | Total time: 76:13+75:27+68:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88691926052 | Recorded: 2011

This live recording of Georg Philipp Telemann's "Flavius 'Bertaridus" is a rarity: The performance at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music has been hailed by critics and frenetic. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described this world premiere recording under the direction of Alessandro di Marchi - one of the leading specialists in historical performance practice. As "a milestone in German music history," "Not a single scene, no aria want to miss it," the Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes to di Marchis spectacular interpretation with orchestra and chorus of the Academia Montis Regalis. The opera is entirely filled with wonderful singers like Maite Beaumont, Ann-Beth Solvang and Nina Bernstein.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901336 | Recorded: 1990

Due to legal complications engineered by Jean-Baptiste Lully and effected by Louis XIV, Marc-Antoine Charpentier's brilliant incidental music for Molière's final comedy, Le Malade imaginaire (1672-1674), was subjected to two drastic revisions. Despite the composer's usual precautions and careful maintenance of his manuscripts, the work's ordering became confused and scores of two important sections – the "Premier intermède" and the "Petit opéra impromptu" – lost. Thanks to the work of musicologists John S. Powell and H. Wiley Hitchcock, the full work has been reconstructed from surviving parts and restored for performance. The 1990 recording by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is the most complete and authoritative version available; but if that makes it seem stuffy and dry, then hearing the performance will come as a glorious surprise.

Opella Musica, Gregor Meyer, Camerata Lipsiensis - Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 6 (2021)

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Opella Musica, Gregor Meyer, Camerata Lipsiensis - Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 6 (2021)

Opella Musica, Gregor Meyer, Camerata Lipsiensis - Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 6 (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 57:36 | 235 / 131 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

Le sixième volume de cette intégrale des cantates de Kuhnau présente ce que l'on pourrait appeler les extrémités opposées du large spectre couvert par la musique du compositeur, tant sur le plan formel que sur le plan chronologique. D'une part, avec Ihr Himmel jubiliert von oben et Lobet, ihr Himmel, den Herrn, nous avons deux magnifiques cantates de l'Ascension pour grands ensembles, datant de la période tardive où Kuhnau était directeur musical de St. Thomas à Leipzig.

Claudia Urru, Giorgio Misseri, Omar Montanari, Gaia Petrone - Donizetti: Le nozze in villa, A. 4 (Live) (2021)

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Claudia Urru, Giorgio Misseri, Omar Montanari, Gaia Petrone - Donizetti: Le nozze in villa, A. 4 (Live) (2021)

Claudia Urru, Giorgio Misseri, Omar Montanari, Gaia Petrone - Donizetti: Le nozze in villa, A. 4 (Live) (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:50:41 | 510 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Dynamic

This early, long-forgotten opera by Donizetti was staged during the 2020 edition of the Festival dedicated to the composer, with full-Covid 19 safety measures on. Fondazione Donizetti and its scholars took on the challenge to stage a work which had no original printed copy of the libretto, no autograph score and a second act quintet – 'Aura gentil, che mormori' – which was completely missing. This latter was commissioned to Elio and Rocco Tanica with the collaboration of Enrico Melozzi, who created a new version which 'seamlessly blended with the rest of the score.' (Bachtrack). The mise-en-scène is contemporary, imaginative and playful.

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD [Re-Up]

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Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD [Re-Up]

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | 00:59:37 | Scans ~ 30 Mb
DVD9 | PAL | 4:3 (720x576) VBR | AC3 5.1 / 2.0 @ 448 kbps; DTS | ~ 5.3 Gb
Subs: English, French, Italian, German | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79835-2
Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Video Opera

Three Tales is a video-opera in three acts (titled Hindenburg, Bikini and Dolly) with music by American composer Steve Reich and visuals by Beryl Korot, his wife. It is scored for two sopranos, three tenors, string quartet, percussion, keyboards, and pre-recorded audio. Its premiere was at the Vienna Festival on May 12, 2002; the BBC had commissioned a version for television broadcast four months later. The 12-minute tale Hindenburg had been written (and recorded) in 1998, while the remaining tales were completed (and recorded) in the year of the premiere.

Oliver Ostermann - Ostermann: Bei der Feuerwehr wird der Kaffee kalt (2021)

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Oliver Ostermann - Ostermann: Bei der Feuerwehr wird der Kaffee kalt (2021)

Oliver Ostermann - Ostermann: Bei der Feuerwehr wird der Kaffee kalt (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:44:35 | 543 / 240 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Rondeau

At the fire department, the coffee gets cold – known to many as the (East) German children's book classic by the author Hannes Hüttner and the illustrator Gerhard Lahr from 1969 - is darn funny: the firefighters just want to recover from their strenuous work with a good cup of coffee, the phone is ringing again and calling for the next operation. The coffee stops untouched and Wachtmeister Meier, Löschmeister Wasserhose and the rest of the troops rush to Grandma Eierschecke in Kaffeestraße 13, where an open oven door has just set the apartment on fire. Fortunately, nothing happened to anyone. As a thank you Grandma Eierschecke puts the after all not charred cake in the bag. But who thinks that this can be eaten comfortably for the next coffee break, of course, was wrong!

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

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Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 850 Mb | Total time: 168:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ludi Musici | # LM005 | Recorded: 2008

The booklet for this release tells us that it is not only a world premiere recording but that La Rosinda has been revived on only one other occasion since the 17th century. Baroque opera enthusiasts should be circling, then, for this is a work in which Cavalli’s skills as an opera composer who can mix fluidity of text with just enough lyricism to make musical drama that is both compelling and attractive are clearly displayed.

La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Handel's Unsung Heroes (2021)

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La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Handel's Unsung Heroes (2021)

La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Handel's Unsung Heroes (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 367 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:14
Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone

After their acclaimed recording of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, La Nuova Musica and David Bates expand their PENTATONE discography with Handel’s Unsung Heroes, in which the instrumentalists of Handel’s operas are put centre stage. Traditionally restricted to an “invisible” existence in the orchestra pit, La Nuova Musica’s obbligato instrumentalists – violinist Thomas Gould, oboist Leo Duarte and bassoonist Joe Qiu – are now in the limelight. They will stand as equal partners alongside a world-class line up of soloists – soprano Lucy Crowe, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and countertenor Iestyn Davies – showing how Handel wrote music as virtuosic and lyrical for his unsung heroes as for their singing counterparts. The album includes arias from Handel masterpieces such as Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, Agrippina and Ariodante.

Sarah Brightman - Encore (2001) {2002, 24 Bit Remastered}

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Sarah Brightman - Encore (2001) {2002, 24 Bit Remastered}

Sarah Brightman - Encore (2001) {2002, 24 Bit Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 308 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 142 Mb
Full Scans | RAR 5% Recovery
Classical, Musicals, Opera | Decca Broadway / Really Useful Records #589 050-2

Ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Records can be accused of scraping the bottom of the barrel in its second compilation of old Sarah Brightman tracks released to take advantage of the singer's international popularity due to her albums Time to Say Goodbye, Eden, and La Luna, all recorded for a different company. Happily, even the bottom of the barrel contains some excellent material, even after the cream was skimmed off with The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. During and after her marriage to Lloyd Webber, Brightman performed on the Original London Cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera and recorded the albums The Songs That Got Away (1989) and Surrender (1995), and that's the material sampled here, that is, the remaining tracks that weren't used on The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.