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Playboy Magazine's Iconic Alcohol Advertising in the 1980s

Playboy Magazine, a hallmark of 20th-century popular culture, was known for many things - its groundbreaking interviews, in-depth articles, and iconic centerfolds. But, often overlooked, was its strategic and stylish portrayal of alcohol advertising, particularly during the exuberant decade of the 1980s.

Playboy Magazine's Iconic
Alcohol Advertising in the 1980s

Ratas del viejo Mundo & Floris de Rycker - Music at the Farnese Court in Renaissance Parma (2023) [Official Digital Download]

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Ratas del viejo Mundo & Floris de Rycker - Music at the Farnese Court in Renaissance Parma (2023) [Official Digital Download]

Ratas del viejo Mundo & Floris de Rycker - Music at the Farnese Court in Renaissance Parma (2023) [Official Digital Download]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 49:38 minutes | 500 MB
Classical, Vocal | Label: Passacaille Records, Official Digital Download

The ensemble Ratas de viejo mundo lets us discover the richness of the musical heritage of Parma, which developed into a leading musical centre under the Farnese, at the latest in the 16th century. At the Farnese court, Flemish musicians such as Cipriano de Rore or Josquin Persoens achieved great fame and had a decisive influence on the development of instrumental music and the madrigal.

Emile Parisien & Roberto Negro - Les Métanuits (2023) [Official Digital Download]

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Emile Parisien & Roberto Negro - Les Métanuits (2023) [Official Digital Download]

Emile Parisien & Roberto Negro - Les Métanuits (2023) [Official Digital Download]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 38:33 minutes | 388 MB
Jazz | Studio Master, Official Digital Download

Tribute to the 100th birthday of the composer György Ligeti. 11 improvisations by Emile Parisien (soprano saxophone) and Robert Negro (piano), inspired by the String Quartet No. 1 "Métamorphoses Nocturnes".

L'Orfeo Barockorchester & Michi Gaigg - Joseph Haydn: L'incontro improvviso (2023) [Official Digital Download]

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L'Orfeo Barockorchester & Michi Gaigg - Joseph Haydn: L'incontro improvviso (2023) [Official Digital Download]

L'Orfeo Barockorchester & Michi Gaigg - Joseph Haydn: L'incontro improvviso (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 111:36 minutes | 1,1 GB
Classical, Opera | Label: CPO, Official Digital Download

The opera L’incontro improvviso (The Unexpected Encounter), a work set in Egypt’s Cairo when it was under Ottoman dominion, was the main musical attraction during the four days of festivities held at Esterház Castle, near Süttör, at the end of August 1775 and hosted by Prince Nikolaus I Esterházy. The occasion was a visit from the Viennese imperial court led by Ferdinand Karl, Empress Maria Theresia’s second youngest son, the later Governor of Lombardy and the founder of the House of Austria-Este.

Michel Corboz - Chansons et madrigaux de la Renaissance avec leur double orné par Bassano (2023) [Digital Download 24/192]

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Michel Corboz - Chansons et madrigaux de la Renaissance avec leur double orné par Bassano (2023) [Digital Download 24/192]

Michel Corboz, Ensemble vocal de Lausanne, Michel Piguet & Anthony Bailes - Chansons et madrigaux de la Renaissance avec leur double orné par Bassano (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 44:39 minutes | 1,58 GB
Classical, Vocal | Label: Erato Records, Official Digital Download

This album compares hits from the Renaissance (by Rore, Lasso, Arcadelt and others) with their instrumental ornamented arrangement published in 1591 by Venetian Giovanni Bassano, author of a reference treatise on arrangement. It also includes some Paladino transcriptions for solo lute, performed by Anthony Bailes.

Alexandre Baldo & Ensemble Mozaïque - Caldara: Arias for Bass (2023) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Alexandre Baldo & Ensemble Mozaïque - Caldara: Arias for Bass (2023) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Alexandre Baldo & Ensemble Mozaïque - Caldara: Arias for Bass (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 60:00 minutes | 1,12 GB
Classical, Vocal | Label: Pan Classics, Official Digital Download

Antonio Caldara, a native of Venice, spent almost two decades at the beginning of the 18th century in the service of the Habsburg Emperor Charles VI as Vice-Kapellmeister.

Maria Callas - Sings Operatic Arias by Puccini (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Sings Operatic Arias by Puccini (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Sings Operatic Arias by Puccini (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 45:00 minutes | 484 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Although Maria Callas considered herself a bel canto and Verdi soprano, through recordings and video documents her name is inextricably linked with that of Puccini. This extraordinary album of Puccini arias was aptly named Puccini Heroines, as it is indeed a collection of portraits of many of the composer’s powerful creations for soprano. By September 1954, Callas had reinvented herself as a slim, elegant diva; the weight loss brought a new slenderness to the voice as well, while the instrument retained flexibility and plushness.

Maria Callas - Verdi: La Traviata (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Verdi: La Traviata (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Verdi: La Traviata (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 160:26 minutes | 1,15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Violetta, the most complex and fully-rounded of Verdi's heroines, was one of the roles that defined Maria Callas as an artist. She performed it more than 60 times between 1951 and 1958, most famously in Luchino Visconti's production at La Scala in 1955/56. It is often said that the role demands a different kind of voice for each act, and, when she made this recording for the Cetra label in 1953, Callas offered youthful, ringing power complemented by coloratura prowess and the capacity for great delicacy. More than 60 years on, her characterisation, in its subtlety and truth, still sets the standard for La traviata.

Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 160:26 minutes | 1,71 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

It was as Ponchielli's long-suffering ballad singer, La Gioconda, that Callas made her Italian debut, in 1947 at the Arena di Verona, and it proved crucial to her career. Five years later, La Gioconda became her first studio recording of a complete opera. It showcases both the dark-hued splendour of her voice at this period - she was still in her twenties - and her inimitable intensity and insight.

Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 110:24 minutes | 1,12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

This Lucia di Lammermoor was the first complete recording that Callas made under the aegis of Walter Legge for EMI/Columbia - and also her first recording with Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi and her mentor Tullio Serafin. She had made her role debut as Lucia the previous year, bringing tragic stature to the archetypal fragile bel canto heroine. Gramophone described her recorded performance as'certainly some of the finest singing of our time'.

Nahuel Di Pierro, Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Coro del Teatro della Fortuna - Rossini: Edipo a Colono (2023) [24/96]

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Nahuel Di Pierro, Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Coro del Teatro della Fortuna - Rossini: Edipo a Colono (2023) [24/96]

Nahuel Di Pierro, Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Coro del Teatro della Fortuna & Fabrizio Ruggero - Rossini: Edipo a Colono (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 44:32 minutes | 815 MB
Classical, Opera | Label: Audax Records, Official Digital Download

A puzzling piece with a tormented history, Rossini's Edipo a Colono for bass, male choir and orchestra is rarely performed today and represents a unicum in the entire repertoire of Italian music. The fruit of an unusual collaboration between librettist Giambattista Giusti and Italy's most sought-after composer at the time, Rossini's astonishing incidental music for Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus is brought to life again by Nahuel Di Pierro, the Coro del Teatro della Fortuna and the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini conducted by Fabrizio Ruggero. Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

Maria Callas - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:49 minutes | 739 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The role of Nedda in Leoncavallo's verismo classic never entered Callas's stage repertoire, and so her recording made with the forces of La Scala, Milan, between 12 and 17 June 1954 represents one of her explorations of an opera made purely within the confines of the studio, rather than developing over a period on the stage. But as in all such cases - this was the first time she recorded a role she had not previously sung - Callas's desire to explore it to the fullest remains paramount. There is a complete identification between singer and character, down to the smallest detail, that make her Nedda an unusually complex creation that grows throughout the opera as she responds to its desperate emotional thrills and spills.

Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 112:50 minutes | 1,22 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Callas's two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia. She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla - a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk - in Rome in 1950. Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli, also, famously, the director of her Covent Garden Tosca and Paris Norma. Gramophone wrote: 'Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting, melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a 'key' figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards'.

Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 160:26 minutes | 1,63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

This is the first of Callas's two complete recordings of her signature role, the druid priestess Norma, in which she has remained unrivaled for 50 years. It captures her voice inits imposing early prime, while in the two famous duets for Norma and Adalgisa she is partnered by Ebe Stignani, generally considered the greatest Italian mezzo-soprano of her era. The conductor is Callas's mentor Tullio Serafin.

Maria Callas - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 165:32 minutes | 1,76 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Relentlessly pursued by Fate, Leonora in La forza del destino is a haunted heroine whose passions and fears are expressed on a grand scale. Callas’s stage experience of Forza was limited to her early career in Italy – in fact, Leonora was her first Verdi role – but, as Lord Harewood, founder of Opera magazine, observed, her recorded assumption exhibited ‘an unparalleled musical sensibility and imagination and a grasp of the musico-dramatic picture which is unique’. She took her place in a powerful cast conducted by her mentor Tullio Serafin.

Maria Callas - Puccini: Tosca (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Maria Callas - Puccini: Tosca (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas - Puccini: Tosca (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 108:55 minutes | 1,11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

This Tosca, made in 1953 with the forces of La Scala, is a landmark in recording history.Conducted with searing intensity by Victor de Sabata, it teams Callas with two of her closest colleagues, the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano and the baritone Tito Gobbi - a performer who could rival Callas in dramatic finesse and power. Tosca's aria 'Vissi d'arte' (I lived for art) has come to be seen as Callas's personal manifesto.