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Claudio Abbado - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (1998)

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Claudio Abbado - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (1998)

Claudio Abbado - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:16:16| 579 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415 692-2

This is the Verdi opera that separates the casual admirer from the dyed-in-the-wool devotee. Once you put on this recording and listen half way through, you will feel that you have died and gone to Verdi Heaven, and you know what - for all intents and purposes, you have! A strong, strong story…a score that gets better by the minute…a cast and conductor to die for…it is truly a Masterpiece. This is It! This is Opera! Unfortunately, none of us in our lifetime will ever see on stage a company like this one. Cappuccilli, Mirella Freni, Ghiaurov, Jose Carreras…van Dam, Foiani, Savastano conducted by Claudio Abbado. Simply Awesome!

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana & Markus Poschner - The Rossini Project, Vol. 1 & 2 (2019-2020)

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Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana & Markus Poschner - The Rossini Project, Vol. 1 & 2 (2019-2020)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Markus Poschner, Dmitry Korchak, Michela Antenucci, Laura Polverelli - The Rossini Project, Vol. 1: The Young Rossini / The Rossini Project, Vol. 2: From Naples to Europe (2019-2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 560 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 262 Mb | 01:53:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Concerto Classics

In Rossini’s year Concerto Classics is pleased to announce a multi-year agreement with one of the most prestigious European orchestral groupings: the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI), conducted by Markus Poschner and accompanied from time to time by important soloists, is committed, from year 2018 until the whole of year 2020, to the exploration and production of a considerable part of Rossini’s repertoire that is still unedited or that has been rarely performed. The OSI has been making their presence felt on the European music scene with performances that are both innovative and persuasive. The OSI has two main performing venues: one at the Sala Teatro LAC, where it is resident orchestra and performs with leading international artists; the other at the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in Lugano, which provides a performing space for different kinds of musicians with distinctive repertoires.

Gilbert Bezzina, Nice Baroque Ensemble - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2009)

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Gilbert Bezzina, Nice Baroque Ensemble - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2009)

Gilbert Bezzina, Nice Baroque Ensemble - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 383 Mb | Total time: 73:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | CDS 596 | Recorded: 2008

Alessandro Scarlatti La Giuditta was written for five voices and instruments. In 1697, Scarlatti set a second libretto, this time written by Cardinal Ottoboni’s father, Antonio, in which the number of characters was reduced to three. We do not know the occasion for which this second setting was created and lack information on its first performance. The differences between the two versions are discussed in Brian Robins’ review of a previous recording, which interested readers will find in the Archive. (Robins states that the second version was written for Rome in 1700. The notes to Dynamic’s recording state that the first version was the one performed in 1700.)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Frederic Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)

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Frederic Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)

Frédéric Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.17 + 4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 159 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese, Japanese

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is a great, unfinished masterpiece. In 1880 Hoffenbach’s health began to deteriorate rapidly. Les Contes d’Hoffmann had already been programmed for the 1880/81 season of the Opéra-Comique but Offenbach was having a hard time finishing it and worked only in the moments of respite from his illness. he died on October 5th, leaving the opera incomplete (we still do not know to what extent). And so Ernest Guiraud, a ”specialist” who had already transformed into recitatives the spoken parts of Bizet’s Carmen, was called to finish the task. The opera was first staged at the Opéra-Comique on 10th February 1881 and met with great success. Soon it was being performed in the most important theatres of the world. Our edition has an Italian cast of exceptional quality, in which stand out the amazing voice of Desirée Rancatore, the extraordinary artistry of Ruggiero Raimondi and the fascinating direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi.Pizzi, one of today’s most creative directors.

Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande - Lully: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Campra: L'Europe galante (2010)

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Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande - Lully: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Campra: L'Europe galante (2010)

Gustav Leonhardt, La Petite Bande - Lully: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Campra: L'Europe galante (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 594 Mb | Total time: 134:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 88697576312 | Recorded: 1973

This two-CD album brings together the two earliest recordings by La Petite Bande. They were made in 1973 and feature landmarks in two important French forms of entertainment—comedie-ballet and opera-ballet. Performed in 1670 at Chambord, one of Louis XIV's grandest country retreats, Le bourgeois gentilhomme was the high water mark of Lully's collaboration with Moliere and was to be the last work of its kind on which the two worked together. Moliere developed the comedie-ballet from the fashionable court ballets, working the dances and music into the body of the play with unparalleled skill. Lully, himself a dancer, proved a gifted partner as the music for Le bourgeois gentilhomme reveals.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: David et Jonathas (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: David et Jonathas (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: David et Jonathas (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 60:16+62:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901289.90 | Recorded: 1988

Lully may have had a monopoly on the performance of actual opera in France, but David et Jonathas is effectively a sacred opera composed for performance at Jesuit colleges. The work is comprised mostly of arias and choruses; what recitative there is is unusually dramatic–especially in Saul's confrontation with David and his visit to the Witch of Endor to summon the ghost of Samuel. (Dominique Visse as the Witch deserves special mention for a convincing performance in a role that could easily descend into camp.) William Christie's choir and orchestra perform with all the expertise you'd expect; Monique Zanetti makes a rather feminine Jonathan but sings beautifully. In the role of David, the sensitive and heroic countertenor voice of Gérard Lesne is extraordinary.

Peter Maag, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1998)

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Peter Maag, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1998)

Peter Maag, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 575 Mb | Total time: 103:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | 47536-2 | Recorded: 1998

Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice is an opera whose historical value is as great as its musical worth. It stands as a starting point for what is often referred to as the “Gluck reform” of Italian serious opera, and the first performance of Orfeo, which took place in Vienna on the 5th of October 1762, is considered to be one of the key moments in the history of music in the eighteenth century.

City of London Sinfonietta, Álvaro Cassuto - Marcos Portugal: Le donne cambiate (2000)

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City of London Sinfonietta, Álvaro Cassuto - Marcos Portugal: Le donne cambiate (2000)

City of London Sinfonietta, Álvaro Cassuto - Marcos Portugal: Le donne cambiate (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:09 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Marco Polo | Catalog: 225154

Talk about forgotten composers! Marcos Portugal (1762-1830) composed some 50 operas, all of which have disappeared. This present one was premiered in 1797 in Venice but the version recorded is one that was reassembled for Lisbon in 1804. Shorn of what I can only assume were the quasi-endless recitatives that were in style at that time in farces, what we get is 69 minutes of delightful music that makes you want to hear more of this Portuguese composer. Rossini might've been pleased with the plot about two women, one a Countess and the other a peddler, who have their identities switched by a playful magician/pilgrim and who wind up better for it (and their husbands) when all is set right.

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

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Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 162 min | 7,25 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 1988

La Cenerentola is one of the few operas to have an important subtitle, "The Triumph of Virtue". This Salzburg production makes a point of its being a moral tale rather than a mere fairy tale like the version reflexively sung by Angelina in her "Cavatina": the defeat and forgiveness of the stepsisters and their greedy father is a settling of moral accounts. The production is also tremendous fun–partly because of gimmicks like the mechanical coach and horses that arrives on stage in the high wind of the Act Two storm–but mostly because of the endlessly energetic pulse of Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.09 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Herbert von Karajan directed this film of Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece as well as conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. As the tragic Moor of Venice, arguably his greatest role, Jon Vickers (in the words of critic David Cairns) "commands both the notes and the moral grandeur of the part… And he has the aura of greatness - greatness of heart, of bearing, of musical and dramatic conception". Mirella Freni is a heartbreakingly lovely and fragile Desdemona, while the fine English baritone Peter Glossop plays the villainous Jago.

Attlilio Cremonesi, La Cetra - Antonio Sartorio: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2005)

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Attlilio Cremonesi, La Cetra - Antonio Sartorio: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2005)

Attlilio Cremonesi, La Cetra - Antonio Sartorio: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,13 Gb | Total time: 67:38+53:24+33:35+52:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ORF | CD 409 | Recorded: 2004

In campo operistico, il periodo storico tra Cavalli e Handel - quello, per capirci, che comprende giganti come Stradella, A. Scarlatti, Legrenzi… - è il più trascurato dalla discografia. Ed è un peccato, perché è il periodo nel quale si sviluppano le forme e gli stili che saranno tipici del Barocco maturo, come l'aria con il da-capo ed il virtuosismo belcantistico. Benvenuta quindi questa produzione dell'austriaca ORF, che documenta dal vivo l'esecuzione di questo rarissimo "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" del veneziano Antonio Sartorio, uno dei maggiori eredi di Cavalli nel florido operismo lagunare.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.66 Gb (DVD9) | 163 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

This spectacular opera film was taped in 1967 and is based on the 1966 Salzburg Festival production directed by Herbert von Karajan himself, who also conducts the fabulous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The production features the three greatest exponents of their respective roles at the time: Grace Bumbry’s magnificently seductive-toned Carmen, Mirella Freni’s ineffably lovely, touching Micaëla and Jon Vickers’s thrillingly manic-depressive Don José.

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Georg Daniel Speer: Kriegsgeschichten (2016)

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Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Georg Daniel Speer: Kriegsgeschichten (2016)

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Georg Daniel Speer: Kriegsgeschichten: Musikalisch-Türkischer Eulen-Spiegel (1688) (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 51:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC 10317 | Recorded: 2014

In the year 1688, when the 52-year-old Georg Daniel Speer, son of a reputed peltmonger family of Breslau, had his 'Musicalisch-Türckischer Eulen-Spiegel' published in Ulm, he was an organist and assistant teacher in South Germany and already had an eventful life behind him. At the age of 18, he had set off through the Carpathian Mountains to Spisz (located in the north-east of present-day Slovakia). Throughout the following years, he worked as a mercenary for various armies, once as an army drummer, then as a bugler in the war of Hungary against the Turks. Finally, he reached Constantinople in the company of a 'high-born lord'. In his 'Musicalisch-Türckischer Eulen-Spiegel', Speer sets texts from his picaresque novel 'Ungarischer oder Dacianischer Simplicissimus' in music. Speer lets his hero Lompyn travel musically through all the countries then affected by the Turkish invasion.