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Julian Pregardien, Les Epopees, Marie Perbost, Cyril Auvity and Gwendoline Blondeel - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2024)

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Julian Pregardien, Les Epopees, Marie Perbost, Cyril Auvity and Gwendoline Blondeel - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2024)

Julian Pregardien, Les Epopees, Marie Perbost, Cyril Auvity and Gwendoline Blondeel - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 1:57:51 | 568 Mb
Genre: Classical

1607 führte Claudio Monteverdi seinen Orfeo zur Eröffnung des Karnevals im Hoftheater des Herzogs Vincenzo I. von Gonzaga in Mantua auf. Zum ersten Mal in der Musikgeschichte werden echte Charaktere von überwältigenden menschlichen Gefühlen beseelt: Mit dieser außergewöhnlichen dramatischen Kraft wird die moderne Oper geboren. Stephane Fuget, ein großer Spezialist für dieses Repertoire und seine historische Instrumentalisierung, versammelt nach Le Retour d’Ulysse dans sa Patrie für diesen neuen Orfeo erstklassige Vokal- und Instrumentalvirtuosen: Er vertraut dem herrlichen und sensiblen Julian Prégardien die gleichnamige Rolle an, um die ganze Pracht des ersten echten Helden der Operngeschichte zu singen.

Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonino Fogliani - Rossini: Ermione (2024)

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Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonino Fogliani - Rossini: Ermione (2024)

Jusung Gabriel Park, Aurora Faggioli, Katarzyna Guran, Bartosz Jankowski, Serena Farnocchia, Mariana Poltorak, Moisés Marín, Patrick Kabongo, Chuan Wang, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Kraków Philharmonic Chorus & Antonino Fogliani - Rossini: Ermione (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 646 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 310 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:13:01
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Numerous myths surround the supposed failure of Ermione, and while Rossini himself feared the subject might be ‘overly tragic’, he was clearly fond of the work, keeping its manuscript until his death. Ermione is set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, with the Greek princess Ermione consumed with jealousy because Pirro has forsaken her and fallen in love with Andromaca, the widow of Hector. This complex web of emotional turmoil explores the calamitous consequences of passion between larger-than-life characters, with Rossini’s captivating lyrical expressiveness and spectacular vocal acrobatics superbly performed in this acclaimed Rossini in Wildbad production.

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht, Ausrine Stundyte, John Lundgren - Eine florentinische Tragödie (2024)

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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht, Ausrine Stundyte, John Lundgren - Eine florentinische Tragödie (2024)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht, Ausrine Stundyte, John Lundgren - Eine florentinische Tragödie (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 54:19 | 271 Mb
Genre: Classical

Dutch National Opera presents Alexander von Zemlinsky's Eine florentinische Tragodie (1917), with Marc Albrecht conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca), Nikolai Schukoff (Guido Bardi) and John Lundgren (Simone) as soloists. Eine florentinische Tragodie (1917) fully adheres to George Bernard Shaw's famous dictum that every opera is "when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone". Yet Zemlinsky's piece presents this core narrative in its most condensed form, and its conclusion is one of the most original and enigmatic in opera history. This suspenseful, opulent score is in good hands with Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, whose proficiency in late-Romantic repertoire was crowned with a 221 Opus Klassik Award for their recording of Zemlinsky's symphonic poem Die Seejungfrau. The three soloists are all seasoned in Wagnerian and late-Romantic repertoire, having appeared on the world's greatest opera stages. Oper! Magazine has crowned Dutch National Opera as Opera House of the Year 224, an accolade that the company also received from the International Opera Awards in 216.

Luigi Mangiocavallo, Academia Montis Regalis - Gaetano Pugnani: Werther: Melologo in due parti da Goethe (1998)

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Luigi Mangiocavallo, Academia Montis Regalis - Gaetano Pugnani: Werther: Melologo in due parti da Goethe (1998)

Luigi Mangiocavallo, Academia Montis Regalis - Gaetano Pugnani: Werther: Melologo in due parti da Goethe (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 540 Mb | Total time: 43:13+48:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-197/198 | Recorded: 1997

Espousing the cause of the Institute for the Musical Heritage of Piedmont, over a ten-year period Opus 111 are issuing 50 discs of “Treasures of Piedmont”, mostly first recordings. The Academia Montis Regalis under Luigi Mangiocavallo has already opened our eyes and ears to orchestral music by Pugnani (10/96), perhaps the greatest violinist of his time. Now the same forces offer something well off the beaten track and only recently brought to light – a “musical translation” of Goethe’s novel Werther, which had been published a couple of decades previously. (The Baker-Slonimsky Dictionary, exceptionally, is totally wrong about this work.)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Louise Bertin: Fausto (2024)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Louise Bertin: Fausto (2024)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Louise Bertin: Fausto (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 584 Mb | Total time: 02:05:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Palazzetto Bru Zane | # BZ 1054 | Recorded: 2023

It was around 1825 that Louise Bertin, pupil of Reicha and friend of Berlioz, tackled the subject of Faust with all the energy and confidence of a young woman of twenty. She entirely exceeded the public's expectations and won over the critics with her daring. Colourful orchestration, charming cantabiles, vigorous choruses - everything seemed to promise the work would enter the repertory. But the closure of the Theatre-Italien after just three performances in 1831 decided otherwise, and the score languished in the vaults of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France for 190 years.

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Charles-Hubert Gervais: Hypermnestre (2019)

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György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Charles-Hubert Gervais: Hypermnestre (2019)

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Charles-Hubert Gervais: Hypermnestre (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 868 Mb | Total time: 74:32+71:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 924007 | Recorded: 2018

The remarkable Hypermnestre by Charles-Hubert Gervais is the latest unremembered early 18th-century French opera to be recorded afresh for Glossa, and conducted by György Vashegyi.

Hugo Reyne, La Symphonie du Marais - Henry Desmarest: La Diane de Fontainebleau (1998)

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Hugo Reyne, La Symphonie du Marais - Henry Desmarest: La Diane de Fontainebleau (1998)

Hugo Reyne, La Symphonie du Marais - Henry Desmarest: La Diane de Fontainebleau (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 51:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | E 8633 | Recorded: 1997

Petit opéra de scène de chasse, écrit et donné à Fontainebleau pour Louis XIV ( qui allait à Fontainebleau pour y chasser ) voici un (très) rare témoignage de ce format très français auquel répond par exemple l'Orphée de MA Charpentier. La partition nous est revenu un peu incomplète et H.Reyne a "composé" un air pour la compléter ( ça s'entend et dieu merci, H. Reyne le fait sans prétention ) . C'est une magnifique musique de divertissement. C'est bien chanté et bien joué. C'est beau.

Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Charles Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)

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Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Charles Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)

Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Charles Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 753 Mb | Total time: 73:44+67:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ1033 | Recorded: 2018

After Polyeucte (1878), Gounod tackled the operatic genre for the last time in 1881 with what is probably his most ambitious work, Le Tribut de Zamora. The action takes place in ninth-century Spain – from Act Two onwards, on ‘a picturesque site on the banks of the Guadalquivir before Córdoba’. Here Gounod – finally noted more for his neoclassical pastiches (Le Médecin malgré lui and Cinq-Mars) and his ardent Romanticism (Faust and Roméo et Juliette) – was given an opportunity to display his talents as an orchestrator and colourist in an exotic setting. He produced an epic in the tradition of French grand opéra, with numerous ensembles and showpiece airs.

Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS Kammerchor - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (Remastered) (1964/2024)

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Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS Kammerchor - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (Remastered) (1964/2024)

Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS Kammerchor - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (Remastered) (1964/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 723 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 342 Mb | 02:27:36
Classical, Opera | Label: Alexandre Bak - Classical Music Reference Recording

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), K. 620, is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form during the time it was written that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered on 30 September 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, just two months before the composer's premature death. Still a staple of the opera repertory, its popularity was reflected by two immediate sequels, Peter Winter's Das Labyrinth oder Der Kampf mit den Elementen. Der Zauberflöte zweyter Theil (1798) and a fragmentary libretto by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe titled The Magic Flute Part Two.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2024)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2024)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 985 Mb | Total time: 03:12:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5187 084 | Recorded: 2023

Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre return to Handel with a complete recording of his opera Alcina. The title role is interpreted by Magdalena Kožená, who reunites with Les Musiciens and maestro Minkowski after a series of acclaimed baroque recordings.She is joined by an excellent cast of soloists, consisting of Erin Morley (Morgana), Anna Bonitatibus (Ruggiero), Elizabeth De Shong (Bradamante), Alois Mühlbacher (Oberto), Valerio Contaldo (Oronte) and Alex Rosen (Melisso).This studio recording transports the listener to Alcina’s enchanted island, and shows Handel at the peak of his power: the score is dramatic, lush and colourful as well as introspective and profound where the story requires it.

Dimitri Mitropoulos, Wiener Philharmoniker - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (1994)

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Dimitri Mitropoulos, Wiener Philharmoniker - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (1994)

Dimitri Mitropoulos, Wiener Philharmoniker - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (1994)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 02:22:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # BACD001 | Recorded: 1956

This is a review of the 'live' Mitropoulos recording from Salzburg. Although it is in mono sound the sense of perspective is actually better than in many stereo efforts. Yes sometimes voices recede further than is ideal but that is to be expected in the theatre. The audience is unobtrusive between numbers. The stage noise is generally very low frequency so does not obscure the music.

Andrea Bocelli - Opera - The Ultimate Collection (Super Deluxe) (2014/2024)

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Andrea Bocelli - Opera - The Ultimate Collection (Super Deluxe) (2014/2024)

Andrea Bocelli - Opera - The Ultimate Collection (Super Deluxe) (2014/2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 116:15 min | 561 / 262 Mb
Genre: Classical

After emerging in the late 20th century in a duet with Luciano Pavarotti, Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli established himself as an enduring international star of both classical and pop music, even earning the label "the fourth tenor." With a rich tone that moves gracefully between powerful opera arias and tender pop balladry, Bocelli has charted in multiple countries with every album since his 1994 debut, Il Mare Calmo Della Sera. Often referred to as his fourth LP, the 1997 pop compilation Romanza marked his breakthrough in the U.K. and U.S. and topped the charts in over a dozen countries. Bocelli went on to record with some of the world's biggest pop stars, including Céline Dion and Ed Sheeran, and classical icons like Placido Domingo and Cecilia Bartoli, while continuing to chart internationally with classical, pop, and full opera recordings. His 2009 holiday album, My Christmas, went to number one in Italy and has sold over three million copies in the U.S. alone.

London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)

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London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)

London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD428 | Time: 00:48:16

London Early Opera follow up their debut release (Handel in Italy, Vol. 1) with a treasure trove of music by George Frideric Handel (as well as his contemporaries Thomas Arne and John Hebden) centered on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a carnival of music and entertainments that entertained visitors for nearly 200 years. The booklet notes features images and expert commentaries of the Vauxhall Gardens by author David E. Coke and conductor and musicologist Bridget Cunningham.

Raffaello Monterosso, Orchestra da camera di Milano - Antonio Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa (1995)

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Raffaello Monterosso, Orchestra da camera di Milano - Antonio Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa (1995)

Raffaello Monterosso, Orchestra da camera di Milano - Antonio Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 604 Mb | Total time: 64:07+61:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | CDL 145/2 | Recorded: 1964

The story is of Oralto, pirate and despotic ruler of Naxos, an island in the Aegean Sea, has seized in the course of one of his plundering expeditions the old Narete, a shepherd of Scyros, and his two daughters, Licori and Elpina. Licori, an extremely beautiful young girl, had been promised in marriage when she was still a child to Osmino, a young shepherd of Scyros: but Osmino had been carried off by Thracian soldiers. Licori however had never forgotten Osmino and had remained faithful to his memory to the extent of rejecting every other proposal.

Bernhard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble - Christian Ludwig Boxberg: Sardanapalus (2014)

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Bernhard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble - Christian Ludwig Boxberg: Sardanapalus (2014)

Bernhard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble - Christian Ludwig Boxberg: Sardanapalus (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 822 Mb | Total time: 164 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC 10315 | Recorded: 2014

Christian Ludwig Boxberg (1670-1729) belongs to the 'lost' generation of composers between Schütz and Bach. For decades, the revival of baroque music has concentrated on these two poles of German Baroque music to such an extent that everything between them can appear imperfect by comparison. Boxberg's 'Sardanapalus', however, is by no means imperfect. On the contrary, we experience here a remarkable synthesis of the various European national styles. Alongside German influences, those of both French and Italian opera are unmistakeable. The very witty libretto was written by Boxberg himself, and retells Diodorus's history of the profligate Assyrian King Sardanapalus who, far from being interested in ruling the land, liked to put on makeup, parade about in women's clothing and give in to acts of salaciousness with both women and men.