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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 456 Mb | Total time: 53:23+45:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 45557 2 | Recorded: 2002

This is an excellent recording of Handel's "other" Acis – an Italian cantata he composed during a visit to Naples ten years before he wrote the more famous English masque Acis and Galatea. Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée play with pathos, imagination, and impeccable style, never forgetting that, in a work for such intimate forces, maintaining musical momentum and variety is the key to success. Sandrine Piau (Aci), Sara Mingardo (Galatea), and Laurent Naouri (Polifemo) are perfectly cast; Piau's crystalline soprano and Mingardo's warm, full-bodied mezzo blend wonderfully in their duets, sounding as if they have sung together for years, and both of them deliver spectacular solo moments.

Andrea Licata, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo 'Bellini' - Bellini: Bianca & Fernando (1992)

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Andrea Licata, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo 'Bellini' - Bellini: Bianca & Fernando (1992)

Andrea Licata, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo 'Bellini' - Bellini: Bianca & Fernando (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 579 Mb | Total time: 58:28+76:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 7076/77 | Recorded: 1991

Nuova Era Internazionale is proud to present the first edition of the original version, the only available on the market. The live performance recorded in the Theatre Bellini in Catania is conducted by Andrea Licata. Bianca e Fernando was one of Bellini's best success when it was first performed in 1826 and further revised in 1828, its popularity never arose in the following years and it remains probably the less performed opera among the ten completed by the Sicilian composer. Bellini was only 25 years old when he completed it for the Theatre San Carlo in Naples where it was performed with the name Bianca e Gernando.

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Hasse: Cleofide (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 72:33+60:15+64:22+50:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 7080 | Recorded: 1986

One can easily appreciate this early William Christie recording with Capella Coloniensis, a group originally formed in 1954 (!) to perform baroque works in historically informed performances. Christie masters this orchestra well, and the playing is impeccable. The casting is excellent, including some of the great singers of the time: Emma Kirkby, in her prime, Agnes Mellon, Dominique Visse and David Cordier, among others. There is even a male soprano, Randall K. Wong, a rare type of singer indeed.

Paolo Vaglieri, Orchestra da Camera di Milano, Anne Victoria Banks, Gian Luca Ricci - Paisiello: La Serva Padrona (2007)

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Paolo Vaglieri, Orchestra da Camera di Milano,  Anne Victoria Banks, Gian Luca Ricci - Paisiello: La Serva Padrona (2007)

Paolo Vaglieri, Orchestra da Camera di Milano, Anne Victoria Banks, Gian Luca Ricci - Paisiello: La Serva Padrona (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 57:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 231726 | Recorded: 1991

The characters move in a musical setting which is perhaps less revolutionary than Pergolesi's had been, the scenic action moves at a slower pace, with longer arias. Pergolesi's means are certainly more limited than Paisiello's, his vocal styles more essential and specific — his Uberto is more desperate and his Serpina craftier, while in Paisiello's opera the characters take on a more worldly and fugy-rounded form. In Paisiello's work Uberto and Serpina sing with greater awareness of the fact that they are actors in an institutionalised theatre, and their arias could at times belong to a different text, as for example the splendid 'Donne Vaghe' with which Serpina opens the second act or the delightful duet 'Donne infeste', whose music sounds more like an act of love than the celebration of deep disagreement. These two episodes, whose pertinence to the development of the plot is quite questionable, do not appear in Pergolesi's text.

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2016) [Blu-Ray]

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Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2016) [Blu-Ray]

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2016) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18499 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 248 min | 45,7 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3699 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 248 min | 13,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German

inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012. “Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices” wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini. “[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.” The Financial Times

Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)

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Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)

Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 524 Mb | Total time: 65:40+56:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # ECD 75336 | Recorded: 1986

Ermione is one of Rossini's greatest operas. The libretto by Andrea Tottola based on the tragedy by Racine, Andromaque, is one of the richest Rossini ever set, for Tottola in boiling down Racine retained the essence of the play without producing the silliness which so often characterizes bel canto librettos. Possibly, it was the atrength of the libretto that inspired Rossini to write his most profound and innovative opera. He is uncompromising on his demands on the singers. The opera also makes huge demands on the producer since there are major roles for at least three first-class tenors as well as extremely demanding music for a soprano, a contralto or mezzo soprano and a bass. The orchestral and chorus demands are also very high.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 68:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territories | # ZZT 030801 | Recorded: 2002

Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) was a gifted cellist and a rival of Handel's; he wrote more than 30 operas and 300 cantatas. I approached this "serenata a tre" with trepidation, fearing something coy and intermezzo-like; in fact, it's simply beautiful. The not-riveting plot concerns soprano nymph Cloris' refusal of love for countertenor shepherd Tirsi, and her subsequent turnaround. Baritone Fileno, a satyr, loves her but convinces her that love is cruel because he is jealous of her love for Tirsi. In the end, Fileno vows vengeance and departs, and the lovers unite, praising fidelity and love. Bononcini manages to capture truly felt moments of love, anger, warmth, happiness, and heartbreak with minimal forces–just a few strings, all played stunningly (as usual) by Ensemble 415–and fine melodies.

I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda - Roma '600 (2019)

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I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda - Roma '600 (2019)

I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda - Roma '600 (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks +Booklet) 303 MB | Cover | 56:20 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 168 MB
Classical | Label: Arcana

Eine Reise durch das Rom des 17. Jahrhunderts, die raue und prächtige Stadt, in der Caravaggio und Stradella lebten. Strenger Kontrapunkt und gelehrte Polyphonie in den Lauten- und Tastenwerken von Kapsberger, Pasquini und Frescobaldi vermischen sich mit leichten Tänzen und populären Gitarrenliedern. Improvisation ist das verbindende Element beider Klangwelten: die Hochkultur von Kirchenkapellen und Adelspalästen sowie die Überlieferung von Straßen und Tavernen. Die Entscheidungen in Bezug auf Instrumente und Interpretation beruht auf sorgfältiger Untersuchung der ursprünglichen Quellen. Das berühmte „Antidotum Tarantulæ“ und weitere frühe Beispiele der Tarantella, wie sie vom Jesuitenforscher Athanasius Kircher aufgeschrieben wurden, werden nach historisch informierter Praxis auf Dudelsäcken, Trommeln und Gitarren gespielt.

Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra Donizetti Opera - Donizetti: Il Castello di Kenilworth (2019) [BDRip]

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Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra Donizetti Opera - Donizetti: Il Castello di Kenilworth (2019) [BDRip]

Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra Donizetti Opera - Donizetti: Il Castello di Kenilworth (2019) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 138 min | 6,65 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Recorded during the 2018 Donizetti Festival, Il Castello di Kenilworth was first staged at Naples’ San Carlo in 1829. Drawn from a novel by Sir Walter Scott and adapted by librettist Leone Tottola, this rare opera was unjustly long neglected. This recording features the original version, with the role of Warney entrusted to a tenor (which the composer changed into a baritone in the 1836 revision of the score).Il Castello di Kenilworth is the first of the several successful works to follow that Donizetti based on British history, introducing the character of Queen Elizabeth I, torn by the inner struggle between a monarch’s duty and a woman’s feelings. The fundamental pivot of the drama is the antagonism between the two female characters who both dwell and suffer in their loneliness, in a male-dominated world.

Daniel Barenboim & Kian Soltani & Michael Barenboim - Complete Mozart Trios (2019)

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Daniel Barenboim & Kian Soltani & Michael Barenboim - Complete Mozart Trios (2019)

Daniel Barenboim & Kian Soltani & Michael Barenboim - Complete Mozart Trios (2019)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:29:17 | 342.55 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Maestro Barenboim teams up for the second time with his fellow musicians Kian Soltani (cello) and Michael Barenboim (violin).

Federico Guglielmo, Collegium Musicum del Conservatorio U.Giordano di Foggia - Paisiello: La Daunia Felice (2007)

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Federico Guglielmo, Collegium Musicum del Conservatorio U.Giordano di Foggia - Paisiello: La Daunia Felice (2007)

Federico Guglielmo, Collegium Musicum del Conservatorio U.Giordano di Foggia - Paisiello: La Daunia Felice (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 63:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 516 | Recorded: 2004

This recording of La Daunia Felice ideally concludes a project of study and research that began in 1997 with the Study Seminar organised on the occasion of the bicentenary of the wedding of the heirs to the throne of Naples. In 2002 the Umberto Giordano Conservatory and the Foggia City Authorities promoted the first modern-day scenic performance in the restored Teatro Giordano. Paisiello’s La Daunia Felice was staged in Foggia on 25th June 1797 for the wedding of Prince Francesco, heir apparent to the throne of Naples, to the Archduchess Maria Clementina of Austria.

Mária Zadori, Paul Esswood - Handel: Duets & Cantatas (1984)

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Mária Zadori, Paul Esswood - Handel: Duets & Cantatas (1984)

Mária Zádori, Paul Esswood - Handel: Duets & Cantatas (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 439 Mb | Total time: 47:30+48:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD 12565-2 | Recorded: 1984

These records offer seven of the duets Handel wrote about 1710 for Italian aristocratic parties (they are said to be influenced by Steffani), three much later duets of the 1740s presumably composed in England (why, one wonders?), and one cantata for each singer of which the date is not known. None of these items is available in the current catalogue, and most of them fell on my ears with delightful freshness. This really is lovely music. The duets are mostly in three short sections, the voices treated fugally in the quicker movements but with a lot of coloratura thrown in, and a quiet lyrical middle section in between.

Konrad Junghanel, Saarbrucken State Theater Orchestra - Handel: Agrippina (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Konrad Junghanel, Saarbrucken State Theater Orchestra - Handel: Agrippina (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Konrad Junghänel, Saarbrücken State Theater Orchestra - Handel: Agrippina (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24639 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 164 min | 38.0 Gb
Audio1: Italiano LPCM 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4348 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 164 min | 8,89 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Entertainment One | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Recorded live at the Saarbrücken State Theatre in 2008, this spectacular new production of Handel's Agrippina has received critical recognition, with reviewer Frank Herkommer of opernnetz.de commenting: "Producer Peter Lund with his celebrated production of Agrippina demonstrates his love with detail, focused on directing the characters, with exuberant fantasy and creativity the Berlin director sparks brilliant Handel fireworks! He succeeds in unleashing an effervescent joy of playing, which puts an irresistible spell on the viewer". Featuring a cast of renowned baroque specialists under the direction of Konrad Junghänel, one of the leading conductors in the array of early music.

The Minis - Senza paura (2019)

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The Minis - Senza paura (2019)

The Minis - Senza paura (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 232 MB | Cover | 32:16 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 74 MB
Rock, Indie, Alternative | Label: Cramps Records

"Senza paura" è il primo album degli "enfants teribles del Rock italiano": The Minis. 10 brani originali, dalla scrittura Britrock oriented, che vanno dalle ritmiche veloci (dal sapore welleriano dei primi The Jam) a quelle in levare influenzate dall'ascolto degli Specials. Un universo sonoro arricchito anche dagli arrangiamenti di archi che, a volte, ricordano le spy stories di James Bond, altre quelli più moderni ed elettronici di impatto subsonico. Il tutto è impreziosito dai testi scritti con il supporto dello scrittore Fabio Geda che raccontano, attraverso un punto di vista unico, le problematiche adolescenziali e generazionali, a volte leggere e romantiche, altre in cui si mettono in evidenza temi forti come l'autolesionismo e le diversità. L'energia dei riff di chitarra e i testi diretti sono il marchio di fabbrica che contraddistingue lo stile travolgente dei The Minis.

Anna Bonitatibus, Nicoleta Paraschivescu, La Floridiana - Marianna Martines: La Tempesta (2015)

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Anna Bonitatibus, Nicoleta Paraschivescu, La Floridiana - Marianna Martines: La Tempesta (2015)

Anna Bonitatibus, Nicoleta Paraschivescu, La Floridiana - Marianna Martines: La Tempesta (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 368 Mb | Total time: 66:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88875026722 | Recorded: 2014

Nach der ersten CD "Il primo amore" mit Frühwerken von Marianna Martines (1744-1812), die von der Presse als "interpretatorische Delikatesse" (Rondo) gelobt wurde, hat die Cembalistin Nicholeta Paraschivescu mit dem Ensemble La Floridiana und der Mezzosopranistin Anna Bonitatibus nun drei späte Kantaten, ein Cembalokonzert sowie eine Sonate dieser herausragenden Komponistin des 18. Jahrhunderts aufgenommen, darunter drei Weltersteinspielungen.