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Evelino Pido, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2010)

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Evelino Pido, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2010)

Evelino Pidó, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 138 min | 7,31 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Decca | Sub: English, Francais. Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 2009

In his latest Decca DVD release, bel canto star Juan Diego Flórez undertakes the role of Elvino in Bellini’s romantic drama, playing opposite the mercurial French soprano, Natalie Dessay, in the Met’s striking, modern-dress production from March 2009. Bellini’s romantic opera La Sonnambula (1831), hinges on the love and misunderstanding between Elvino and Amina (the ‘sleepwalker’ of the title). Discovered in the bedroom of Rodolfo, Amina is assumed to have been unfaithful, and Elvino cancels their wedding. But in the dramatic final scene, he witnesses Amina sleepwalking, understands her innocence, and all ends happily. Mary Zimmerman’s production plays with the dual realities of a rehearsal of the opera and a performance of the opera itself.

Stefan Plewniak & Il Giardino d'Amore - Leclair: Scylla & Glaucus (2022)

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Stefan Plewniak & Il Giardino d'Amore - Leclair: Scylla & Glaucus (2022)

Stefan Plewniak & Il Giardino d'Amore - Leclair: Scylla & Glaucus (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 914 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 376 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:42:49
Classical, Opera | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

What if the tour de force of French opera in the Age of Enlightenment was Scylla et Glaucus? At the age of 50, the famous violinist Leclair decided to write his first operatic piece, investing irrepressible energy in it. The drama is unrelenting: the nymph Scylla spurns the advances of the Demigod Glaucus, who seeks out the sorceress Circe to cast a spell on her; Circe is in love with Glaucus, drives Scylla to madness and turns her into a deadly rock… An infernal scene, an ocean storm and final cataclysm are employed to give striking relief to this trio of unappeased love, the effusions of irresistible beauty. The conductor and violinist Stefan Plewniak conducts a glorious stage of soloists in the eddies of vengeance!

Vesselina Kasarova, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - George Frideric Handel: Sento Brillar - Arias for Carestini (2008)

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Vesselina Kasarova, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - George Frideric Handel: Sento Brillar - Arias for Carestini (2008)

Vesselina Kasarova, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - George Frideric Handel: Sento Brillar - Arias for Carestini (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 64:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 7318712 | Recorded: 2008

In 1733 the Opera of the Nobility was set up in London in opposition to Handel's own opera company. Handel lost all of his star singers except for the soprano Anna Strada del Po - she was rewarded with two of Handel's finest roles, Alcina and Ginevra (Ariodante)). Handel engaged the castrato Carestini as leading man. He had a range of two octaves and an ability to sing elaborate coloratura. He only sang for Handel from 1733 to 1735 but Handel wrote the roles of Ariodante and Ruggiero (Alcina) for him. These are roles which exploited Carestini's virtuosity in instrument-like vocal writing.

Cantus Firmus Consort & Andreas Reize - Claudio Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea (2022)

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Cantus Firmus Consort & Andreas Reize - Claudio Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea (2022)

Cantus Firmus Consort & Andreas Reize - Claudio Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 3:59:00 | 1.07 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Rondeau Production

This first complete recording of the rarely performed Naples version of Claudio Monteverdi‘s L‘incoronazione di Poppea examines the familiar story about love, seduction and power from a new perspective, and enthrals with its passion and gusto. Both the music and text differ from the earlier, ‘Venice’ version from 1643 in many places, enabling the story of Poppea and the Emperor Nero to be experienced in a fresh and thrilling way. Beautifully played on historical instruments by the Cantus Firmus Consort under the direction of Andreas Reize, who is the new Thomaskantor in Leipzig since September 2021, this elaborate CD production was created within the framework of the production at Waldegg Castle / Solothurn in summer 2021.

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

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Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)

Richard Bonynge, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The Metropolitan Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor features Joan Sutherland in a triumphant return to the Met after a four year absence. Dame Joan gives a performance of astounding facility and musical sensitivity. Gaetano Donizetti's tragic masterpiece is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, a brooding tale of love, murder, and vengeance set in seventeenth-century Scotland. Taped live in its entirety on November 13, 1982.

Vanni Moretto, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica - Niccolò Jommelli: L'Uccellatrice (2003)

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Vanni Moretto, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica - Niccolò Jommelli: L'Uccellatrice (2003)

Vanni Moretto, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica - Niccolò Jommelli: L'Uccellatrice (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 221 Mb | Total time: 55:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 436 | Recorded: 2003

This delightful intermezzo per musica in two acts - recounting the old story of a naïve young nobleman and of a sly girl who, after a series of squabbles and pranks, following the best of traditions, declare eternal love to each other and decide to get married - has pleased audiences ever since its first performance at the San Samuele theatre in Venice in 1750, and is here recorded for the first time. At that time the intermezzo was already a well-defined and self-standing music form, detached from opera seria, with which, originally, it had been combined. It was also, however, in a declining phase and nearing its disappearance. And yet L'uccellatrice by Niccolò Jommelli enjoyed many performances (Leipzig, 1751; Bologna, Ravenna and Vicenza, 1753; Parma, 1756; Florence, 1760; Pescia, 1772) and was even translated into French, with the score adapted and enlarged.

Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)

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Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)

Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.54 Gb (DVD9) | 115 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This gripping and visually stunning film has been universally hailed as one of the most satisfying of all versions of opera on celluloid. Director Gianfranco de Bosio has given an extraordinary dimension of realism to this story of love, deception and murder by shooting it all in the original Roman location. Using diverse cinematic tricks and imaginative camerawork, this opera film is much more a visual interpretation of Puccini’s music than a theatre piece filmed in original settings.

Ville Matvejeff, Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka - Charles Gounod: Faust (1864 version) (2019)

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Ville Matvejeff, Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka - Charles Gounod: Faust (1864 version) (2019)

Ville Matvejeff, Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka - Charles Gounod: Faust (1864 version) (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 724 Mb | Total time: 178:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660456-58 | Recorded: 2016

The international success of Faust after its premiere in 1859 completely overshadowed all of Gounod’s subsequent operas. He had known Goethe’s masterpiece for two decades and brought to the text his gifts for memorable melody and rich orchestration. Added to this, the plot of Faust’s ageing and the heroine Marguerite’s redemption, offered the opportunity for the most spectacular stage effects. Heard here in its 1864 London version with an additional air and without spoken dialogue or ballet, Faust represents 19th-century French opera at its peak.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1991)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1991)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 834 Mb | Total time: 78:02+70:45+61:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 674-2 | Recorded: 1990

“This is unquestionably the most vital and authentic account of Idomeneo to date on disc. We have here what was given at the work's first performance in Munich plus, in appendices, what Mozart wanted, or was forced, to cut before that premiere and the alternative versions of certain passages, so that various combinations of the piece can be programmed by the listener. Gardiner's direct, dramatic conducting catches ideally the agony of Idomeneo's terrible predicament – forced to sacrifice his son because of an unwise row. This torment of the soul is also entirely conveyed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson in the title role to which Anne Sofie von Otter's moving Idamante is an apt foil. Sylvia McNair is a diaphanous, pure-voiced Ilia, Hillevi Martinpelto a properly fiery, sharp-edged Elettra.

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici, Maria Grazia Schiavo - Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris (2012)

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Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici, Maria Grazia Schiavo - Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris (2012)

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici, Maria Grazia Schiavo - Luigi Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 58:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67893 | Recorded: 2010

Following acclaimed discs exploring some of the more fascinating byways of the Italian eighteenth century, Auser Musici and its founder-director Carlo Ipata turn to the man Beethoven regarded as the finest of his contemporaries, Luigi Cherubini. It’s not difficult to understand why Beethoven was so impressed: this is music full of character and seriousness of intent, from the strong-jawed Sinfonia for the opera Armida abandonnata, written when Cherubini was just twenty-two, to the dark drama of the Overture to Démophon (which unaccountably failed to wow the sniffy Parisian audiences). And there are vocal delights too, showcasing a virtuosity that looks forward to Rossini and sung here with effortless agility by Maria Grazia Schiavo.

Gaétan Jarry, Marguerite Louise - Lully & Moliere: George Dandin; La Grotte de Versailles (2020)

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Gaétan Jarry, Marguerite Louise - Lully & Moliere: George Dandin; La Grotte de Versailles (2020)

Gaétan Jarry, Marguerite Louise - Lully & Moliere: George Dandin; La Grotte de Versailles (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 435 Mb | Total time: 78:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS027 | Recorded: 2020

It was on July 18, 1668 that Moliere successfully performed George Dandin ou le mari confundu, a play mixed with a sung pastoral, for "Le Grand Divertissement Royal de Versailles" offered by Louis XIV to his Court, as a celebration of the Peace of Aachen. This amusing story of a rich peasant who purchases a young noble girl includes interludes set to the splendid music of Lully. The same year sees the promising meeting between Lully and Quinault: together they write for King La Grotte de Versailles, in which Louis is glorified, and dances in person the role of a nymph. These two works, symbolic of the creative vigor of the early days of Versailles, and of the artistic appetite of a thirty-year-old Sovereign, are brought back to life thanks to Gaetan Jarry and Marguerite Louise, with incomparable taste: tambourines, flutes and musettes are part of the festivities and the trumpets proclaim the glory of Louis. Here we have a scintillating echo of the sumptuous festivities given at Versailles by Louis XIV!

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (1991)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (1991)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 471 Mb | Total time: 58:20+59:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 806-2 | Recorded: 1990

Listening to this work so soon after hearing Zauberflote one is amazed anew that Mozart could write two such totally contrasted pieces within months of each other. Here, in the composer's last opera seria, we are in another world, one of formality tempered by the deep emotions engendered by love and jealousy. Instead of birdcatchers and Masonic rights we are dealing with historic figures in a supposedly historic context with down-to-earth feelings. For each Mozart finds precisely the appropriate music.

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala - Giordano: Andrea Chénier (2006/1985)

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Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala - Giordano: Andrea Chénier (2006/1985)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala - Giordano: Andrea Chénier (2006/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.73 Gb (DVD9) | 128 min
Classical | Kultur | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

Set in Paris immediately before and during the French Revolution, Andrea Chenier is Giordano's passionate and most successful opera. Jose Carreras stars in the title role as the idealistic poet of the French Revolution, and Maddalena, the object of Chenier's adoration, is portrayed by Hungarian soprano Eva Marton.

Riccardo Chailly, London Sinfonietta - Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (2017)

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Riccardo Chailly, London Sinfonietta - Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (2017)

Riccardo Chailly, London Sinfonietta - Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (2017)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 596 MB | 02:15:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

This opera is a masterpiece. The music is some of Stravinsky's finest work and the libretto is brilliant. Based on Hogarth's satirical etchings, this is an ironic look at the nature of love and ambition. Auden and Kallman developed a libretto which is the perfect complement to Stravinsky's neoclassical style. This is probably the finest English language opera and while there isn't much competition for that title, this work is a masterpiece by any standard. This recording is a fine production with excellent singing and orchestral work.

Hilary Griffiths, Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra - Domenico Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto (2005)

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Hilary Griffiths, Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra - Domenico Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto (2005)

Hilary Griffiths, Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra - Domenico Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 153 min | 7.50 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EuroArts | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais | Recorded: 1986

Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosa's most famous opera buffa and it is one of the few comic operas to have maintained its place in the repertoire until today. At its first performance in 1792, Austrian emperor Leopold II is reputed to have liked this masterpiece so much that he ordered the musicians to play it again from the beginning!