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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.

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

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VA - SemperOperaball 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 SemperOperaball, 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.

Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agremens, Guy van Waas - Rameau: Le temple de la gloire (2015)

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Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agremens, Guy van Waas - Rameau: Le temple de la gloire (2015)

Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agremens, Guy van Waas - Rameau: Le temple de la gloire (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:08 + 67:27 | 641 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Ricercar | Catalog: RIC 363

Unlike Rameau's other operatic output, 'Le Temple de la Gloire' has been incomprehensibly neglected on disc and on the stage until very recently. There have been a few recordings of the dances from the opera, arranged into suites, but this is the first recording of the complete work. The libretto by Voltaire involves mainly allegorical, symbolic and mythical characters, but its intention is serious – namely to demonstrate his philosophy advocating tolerance, freedom, the welfare and contentment of the people. Of course these are concepts which few of us would argue with today, but it was a different matter under the absolutism of the 18th century.

Mozart - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (2009/1989)

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Mozart - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (2009/1989)

Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (2009/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb+3.75 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 198 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Critical acclaim for this superb co-production of Vienna's Staatsoper, the Wiener Festwochen and Brussels' Théâtre de la Monnaie (Das Opernglas): "Directors Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, demonstrate that the 'Entführung' is fully on the level of Mozart's Da Ponte operas and 'Zauberflöte'. In the harmony of staging and music, this is one of the most impressive Mozart performances Vienna has offered in a long time… Breaking with tradition, it seeks to fulfil his intentions as closely as possible."

Stéphane Degout - Mélodies Françaises (2011)

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Stéphane Degout - Mélodies Françaises (2011)

Stéphane Degout - Mélodies Françaises
Classical | EAC Rip | FLAC (image)+cue, log, scans | 74:39 min | 271 MB
Label: Naive | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2011

Pour son premier enregistrement en solo chez Naïve, Stéphane Degout, accompagné par Hélène Lucas, choisit le répertoire le plus complexe du point de vue de la langue et des subtilités d’interprétation, celui des mélodies françaises. De Debussy à Ravel en passant par Duparc, Hahn, Chabrier et Saint-Saëns, il aborde des textes se référant souvent au thème de l’amour, dans une juste tonalité mélancolique.

Piotr Beczala - The French Collection (2015)

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Piotr Beczala - The French Collection (2015)

Piotr Beczala - The French Collection
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 62:43 min | 145 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2015

The remarkable Piotr Beczala has just won a prestigious ECHO Klassik award for Singer of the Year 2014 and at the incredible gala event, he performed Massenet s Pourquoi me réveiller , which will be on his brand new album.

Carlo Colombara - Great Opera Scenes (2015)

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Carlo Colombara - Great Opera Scenes (2015)

Carlo Colombara - Great Opera Scenes
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 70:35 min | 126 MB
Label: Decca / Universal Music | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2015

Carlo Colombara’s heavy and powerful voice and acting skills have made him one of the world’s best Verdi interpreters of today. His repertory also includes forays into belcanto and French repertory.

Antonio Caldara - Opera Arias (Valer Sabadus) [2015]

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Antonio Caldara - Opera Arias (Valer Sabadus) [2015]

Antonio Caldara - Opera Arias (Valer Sabadus) [2015]
Classical | Sony 88875129732 | TT: 69.13 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 367 MB

The Venetian composer Antonio Caldara was one of the most famous musicians of his day. In his operas, oratorios and cantatas he showcased the exceptional talents of his singers and the solo virtuosity of his instrumentalists, while also demonstrating an extraordinary wealth of musical ideas. Valer Sabadus and the ensemble nuono aspetto present a varied selection of Caldara's arias of irresistible beauty and fascination - six of them to be heard for the first time.

VA - Music For The Perfect Wedding (2017)

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VA - Music For The Perfect Wedding (2017)

VA - Music For The Perfect Wedding (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 03:49:42 | 522 Mb
Genre: Classical Music, Easy Listening / Label: Universal Music

The perfect music for the perfect wedding! Quiet, joyful classics to delight your guests before the ceremony starts, then walk down the aisle in style to one of the great wedding tunes. All the familiar favourites are here, including Wagner’s ‘Here comes the bride’, Pachelbel’s Canon and the Trumpet Voluntary .

Rameau - Zoroastre (Sigiswald Kuijken) [1990/1983]

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Rameau - Zoroastre (Sigiswald Kuijken) [1990/1983]

Rameau - Zoroastre (Sigiswald Kuijken) [1990/1983]
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD77144 | TT: 183'53 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 707 Mb

Zoroastre was first performed in Paris in 1749 and was, by and large, well received. But the librettist, Cahusac was taken to task by some for relegating the love element in the opera to a secondary place. When it was revived in 1756 Cahusac made shifts of emphasis within the plot and it is this version as it first appeared, rather than that which involved yet further small changes later in the season, which is performed here. The libretto deals with the conflict between Good and Evil or Light and Darkness central to Zoroastrianism. Oromases, King of the Genies, represents the former and has Zoroastre as his high priest, while Abramane, high priest of the Temple of Darkness represents the latter. The chief protagonists in the drama are Zoroastre and Abramane who vie for power, glory and love; their characters are skilfully and often strikingly portrayed by Rameau, whose score is richly endowed with bold dashes of colour.