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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.

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.

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.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 79:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 7243 545325 2 8 | Recorded: 1998

Antonio Caldara was a mainstay at the Hapsburg court of Charles VI, and this large-scale oratorio (almost 80 minutes long) to a text by the renowned Metastasio was premiered at the royal chapel in 1730. It's a series of recitatives, arias, and intermittent choral interjections telling the story of the Passion and meditating on it. The overall mood is devotional, but the attractive music occasionally startles, as in the trombone accompaniment to the soprano aria "Dovunque il guardo." The attractive soloists wrap their voices around sonorous verbal felicities, and Fabio Biondi's fine early-music band plays with verve, making this a welcome exploration of a substantial work by an important contemporary of Vivaldi.

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Orlando: Le Forme dell'Amore (2022)

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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Orlando: Le Forme dell'Amore (2022)

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Orlando: Le Forme dell'Amore (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 464 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 175 Mb | 01:16:02
Progressive Rock | Label: Inside Out Records

There could not be a better time and occasion for Banco del Mutuo Soccorso to celebrate their 50th anniversary while simultaneously releasing their possibly most ambitious concept album since the release of their debut album ‘Darwin’ in 1972. The new album is called ‘Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore’. Vittorio Nocenzi was working on this new album’s musical concept for years together with his son Michaelangelo and lyricist Paolo Lugli. Narrating a real XIV century poem through different songs and possibly describing the facts and the ideals was a mountain to climb.

Valer Sabadus, Michael Dücker, Nuovo Aspetto - Antonio Caldara: Opera Arias (2015)

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Valer Sabadus, Michael Dücker, Nuovo Aspetto - Antonio Caldara: Opera Arias (2015)

Valer Sabadus, Michael Dücker, Nuovo Aspetto - Antonio Caldara: Opera Arias (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 69:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875129732 | Recorded: 2015

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.

Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman - Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (1991)

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Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman - Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (1991)

Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman - Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (1991)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 249 MB | 53:23
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch

Górecki's Third Symphony has become legend. Composed in 1976, it's always had its champions and admirers within the contemporary music world, but in 1993 it found a new audience of undreamt-of proportions. A few weeks after its release, this Elektra Nonesuch release not only entered the top 10 in the classical charts, but was also riding high in the UK Pop Album charts. It became the biggest selling disc of music by a contemporary classical composer.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano, Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)

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Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano,  Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)

Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano, Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 641 Mb | Total time: 68:56+62:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 93361 | Recorded: 2000

During his lifetime, from his Neapolitan years to his Spanish sojourn, Domenico Scarlatti cultivated the “cantata” genre, composing at least about sixty works – those of uncertain attribution and his Serenades excluded. Other cantatas are likely to emerge once the uncatalogued funds are systematically scanned. Since in those years the cantata was a genre on the wane, this high number is revealing of Scarlatti’s uninterrupted link with the baroque tradition, an age in which the cantata had reached its climax as an extremely refined genre, the place for daring experimentation, and exquisite writing, the appropriate gym for high craftsmanship, as expected by the elitist audience for which it was intended. The manuscripts date from 1699 to 1724.