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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, Français, English, Deutsch, Español

Arrigo Boito's treatment of the Faust legend is imaginative yet also faithful to Goethe's original conception, and the score is memorable for its rich orchestral sounds, beautifully punctuated with lyrical passages and choral interludes. Robert Carsen's sumptuous, post-modern production of Mefistofele is a gloriously decadent and theatrically stunning realisation, and the San Francisco Opera's performance has been unanimously acclaimed in both Paris and San Francisco. Samuel Ramey, in the title role, has won both critical and overwhelming popular approval.

Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chenier [2005/1981]

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Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chenier [2005/1981]

Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chénier [2005/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 139 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Out of all Italian verismo operas, Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier is one of the few of lasting popularity that is still performed regularly on major opera stages worldwide. This 1981 production features a stellar Plácido Domingo in the title role and a classic staging by Otto Schenk, making for one of the finest readings of the opera. Andrea Chénier was an overwhelming success when premiered at La Scala in 1896 and first performed in Vienna in 1926, returning to the stage whenever a truly great tenor was available to tackle the demanding title role. Gabriela Benacková and Piero Cappuccilli lead a strong supporting cast in this tragic love story set during the times of French Revolution.

Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová (1997)

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Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová (1997)

Charles Mackerras, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Leoš Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 93:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Supraphon | # SU 3291-2 | Recorded: 1997

The Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, recorded at the Rudolfinum hall in Prague Leoš Janáček’s opera Katya Kabanova, starring the world-renowned soprano Gabriela Beňačková in the title role. Released on two CDs in the autumn of 1997, it subsequently won a number of prestigious prizes, including the Cannes Classical Award and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. It also received a nomination for the Grammy Awards.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvořák: Stabat Mater (1988)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvořák: Stabat Mater (1988)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Dvořák: Stabat Mater (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 90:27 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Supraphon | 10 3561-2 | Recorded: 1982

We first heard Sawallisch in Prague conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra during the Prague Spring festival of 1958 and since then he has been a guest at this festival seven times more. In between, however, he has also been a guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and we even heard himas a pianist with Josef Suk as his sonata partner. Sawallisch, as one of the leading opera conductors today and a great admirer of Czech music, literally fell in love with the Czech Philharmonic Chorus which he conducted in big oratorios and cantatas (he even invited it in 1964 to the Milan La Scala for several performances of Wagner's Lohengrin). He very gladly visits us tocollaborate both with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its chorus.