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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtu de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtu de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtù de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 2.83+6.21 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 150 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

La virtù de’ strali d’Amore was the first of ten operas Cavalli wrote with librettist Giovanni Faustini. Set in Cyprus, the plot involves enchanted and pastoral elements, love and its thwarting, the counterpointing of Man and God, sorcery, revelation and ultimate resolution, all accomplished in a brilliant series of scenes. A follower of Monteverdi, Cavalli reveals the influence of the older man but also his own pronounced independence. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante have become one of the most admired partnerships in the history of baroque music performance.

Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)

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Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)

Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 917 Mb | Total time: 64:35+61:26+49:37+44:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Eurodisc | # GD69005 | Recorded: 1981

Janowski's unfussy, clearly laid out performances, with the Dresden Staatskapelle on superlative form, may lack the sweep and energy of Solti's, or the compelling beauty of Karajan's, but they still have much to recommend them… Jessye Norman, then at the height of her vocal powers, is a rich-toned Sieglinde.

Gilbert Bezzina, Ensemble Baroque de Nice - Antonio Vivaldi: Rosmira Fedele (2003)

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Gilbert Bezzina, Ensemble Baroque de Nice - Antonio Vivaldi: Rosmira Fedele (2003)

Gilbert Bezzina, Ensemble Baroque de Nice - Antonio Vivaldi: Rosmira Fedele (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 855 Mb | Total time: 76:19+61:40+31:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 437/1-3 | Recorded: 2003

In collaboration with the Opéra de Nice and with the Ensemble Baroque de Nice, Dynamic releases a Vivaldian rarity, Rosmira Fedele, first staged at Venice’s Teatro Sant’Angelo on 27th January 1738. Written on a libretto by Silvio Stampiglia, Rosmira Fedele is the last opera by Vivaldi that has come down to us. Written three years before the composer’s death, this work heralds the end of one of the most fertile theatrical careers in the history of music.

Pablo Heras-Casado, Balthasar-Neumann Chor and Ensemble - Verdi: La Traviata (2016)

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Pablo Heras-Casado, Balthasar-Neumann Chor and Ensemble - Verdi: La Traviata (2016)

Pablo Heras-Casado, Balthasar-Neumann Chor and Ensemble - Verdi: La Traviata (2016)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 139 min
Classical | C major | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Korean, Chinese, Japanese

Star tenor and director Rolando Villazn's staging of La Traviata at the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden is "visually spectacular" (The Huffington Post) and made for "an enthusiastic reception for the premiere" (Stuttgarter Zeitung)! Villazn "proves again his excellent narrating skills on stage" (WDR Klassik). "The setting and opulence of the stage captivates the spectator, as do the stylized costumes designed by Thibault Vancraenenbroeck for circus artists" (Stuttgarter Zeitung). Olga Peretyatko as Violetta delivers "a fantastic portrait of the title role wavering between adolescent joie de vivre, mature insight and anguish" (Stuttgarter Zeitung).

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2002)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2002)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 712 Mb | Total time: 75:01+72:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 403/1-2 | Recorded: 2001

Catone in Utica (1737), written for the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, is one of Vivaldi’s last operatic masterpieces. Its splendid score, however, has come down to us incomplete: in fact the first of the three acts is missing. With infinite patience, Jean-Claude Malgoire has reconstructed the missing act, realising the recitative passages complying perfectly to Vivaldi’s stylistic idiom and integrating the missing arias with original arias taken from other operas written by the Red Priest. Thus Catone in Utica is at last available, in a world-première recording, in its complete form.

Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Giuseppi Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015)

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Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Giuseppi Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015)

Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Giuseppi Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 519 Mb | Total time: 65:50+64:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delos | # DE 3457 | Recorded: 2013

Our first-ever full-length Italian opera recording, Delos’s star-studded current release of Giuseppi Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra promises to make quite a splash among today’s opera fans. As Verdi was entering his glorious “late period” (Otello and Falstaff) he wrote and re-worked much of Simon Boccanegra, a work that he had first tackled in 1857. The opera emerged in 1881 as a powerful masterpiece, although one that has been unfairly neglected, in comparison with Verdi’s other works on that level. So it’s high time for an authoritative new release of an opera that gives glamorous title star Dmitri Hvorostovsky – considered by many to be the world’s greatest Verdi baritone – the chance to record what he calls “…one of the most complex, deepest characters in the whole baritone repertoire.”

Lü Jia, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (2008)

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Lü Jia, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (2008)

Lü Jia, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.56+6.64 Gb (2xDVD9) | 201 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

The title La Gazza Ladra is translated as ‘The Thieving Magpie’, which as expected is a story based around the theft of some silverwear which a magpie has absconded for its nest, a crime which a servant girl is wrongly accused of. La Gazza Ladra is an "opera semiseria", a genre from Rossini’s time which was used to define a drama with a happy ending in which the innocent victim, unjustly condemned, should be saved from the scaffold at the eleventh hour and the rascal persecutor punished.

Philharmoniker Hamburg & Chor der Staatsoper, Soloists, Simone Young - Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler (2007) 3CD

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Philharmoniker Hamburg & Chor der Staatsoper, Soloists, Simone Young - Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler (2007) 3CD

Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler (2007) 3CD Set
Philharmoniker Hamburg & Chor der Staatsoper Hamburg, conducted by Simone Young

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 683 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 419 Mb | Scans ~ 16 Mb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: OehmsClassics | # OC 908 | Time: 03:03:51

The greatest strength of Oehms Classics' live recording of the Hamburg Staatsoper 2005 production of Mathis der Maler is the supple and dramatic conducting of Simone Young, the Australian general manager of the company. The score contains some of Hindemith's most overtly romantic and emotionally expressive music, as well as some extended passages that sound like academic note-spinning. Young is remarkably successful in accentuating the score's moments of sensuality, such as the opening "Concert of Angels," and manages to keep the dramatic momentum up during the more pedestrian passages. The sound is full, clean, and well balanced for a live opera performance.

Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte del mondo - Josef Mysliveček: Medonte (2012)

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Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte del mondo - Josef Mysliveček: Medonte (2012)

Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte del mondo - Josef Mysliveček: Medonte (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 675 Mb | Total time: 62:27+73:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697861242 | Recorded: 2011

When this opera's oratorio was rediscovered in 1928, it was first believed to be composed by Mozart. But in fact it was a piece of the last opera of the Prague composer Josef Myslivecek (1731-1781), with whom Mozart had friendly relations and who indeed was inspired by Myslivecek’s work. This world premiere recording of the opera “Medonte” by the ensemble l’arte del mondo shows imposingly the exceptional skills of this wrongly neglected composer. Recorded live at the Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen.

Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Elīna Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (2006)

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Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Elīna Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (2006)

Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Elīna Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 620 Mb | Total time: 72:46+79:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 82876 80429 2 | Recorded: 2005

Of Rossini’s thirty-nine operas Il barbiere di Siviglia is the only one to have remained in the repertoire since its composition. When the composer met Beethoven in Vienna the great man told Rossini to only compose buffa operas like Il Barbiere. Verdi was also a great admirer of the work as he was of Rossini’s opera seria and particularly his William Tell. Il Barbiere was one of the works Rossini squeezed in during his contract as Musical Director of the Royal Theatres at Naples and where he was supposed to present two new works every year.

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1987)

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Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1987)

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 726 Mb | Total time: 73:32+59:02+53:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 7 47727 8 | Recorded: 1986

A fine, effectively complete recording. Haitink's reading is sunny rather than brilliant, but with a typically superlative Glyndebourne stage cast even if the men - the sardonic Desdei excepted - are less characterful than the ladies.

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2012) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30675 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 280 min | 41,5+40,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3739 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 280 min | 12,9 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch

English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production – the first at Glyndebourne – which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood. At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, a 'gleamingly sung', 'eminently believable' Sachs (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.

Francesca Aspromonte, I Barocchisti & Diego Fasolis - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

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Francesca Aspromonte, I Barocchisti & Diego Fasolis - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

Francesca Aspromonte, I Barocchisti & Diego Fasolis - Maria & Maddalena (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 342 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 146 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:07
Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone

On her second PENTATONE album Maria & Maddalena, star soprano Francesca Aspromonte explores the Two Marys in oratorios by Lulier, Bononcini, Leopoldo I d’Asburgo, Caldara, Perti, Handel and Scarlatti, partly in new editions, documenting the extremely bloom of the genre in the years around 1700. She performs these works together with violinist Boris Begelman as well as the seasoned players of I Barocchisti under the baton of the eminent Diego Fasolis. Traditionally seen as two feminine opposites, with far-reaching moral implications, Aspromonte brings the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene together as two beautiful and strong women who turned their lives upside down by making the choice to dedicate themselves completely to an ideal. Her interpretation of these exceptional pieces explores all the emotions of the Two Marys, constituting a fascinating and profoundly moving portrait of what it means to be a woman.

Orchestra e Coro Donizetti Opera & Riccardo Frizza - Donizetti: Belisario, A. 47 (2021)

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Orchestra e Coro Donizetti Opera & Riccardo Frizza - Donizetti: Belisario, A. 47 (2021)

Riccardo Frizza, Simon Lim, Roberto Frontali, Carmela Remigio, Annalisa Stroppa, Celso Albelo & Donizetti Opera Orchestra - Donizetti: Belisario, A. 47 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 582 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 292 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:06:47
Classical, Opera | Label: Dynamic

Donizetti's three-act tragic opera Belisario was a resounding success in its day, driven by its composer’s superlative theatrical instinct and his skilful interweaving of intense tragic narrative and emotional pathos. Belisario is betrayed by his wife Antonina, who falsely accuses him of high treason. Belisario is blinded and exiled, with proof of his innocence coming too late, and is mortally wounded during a final military victory. This production was performed and recorded without an audience in Bergamo during the Covid-19 lockdown in November 2020 – a moving performance reflecting a spirit of defiance amidst ruin and darkness.

Opera Fuoco & David Stern - Mayr: L'amor conjugale (2021)

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Opera Fuoco & David Stern - Mayr: L'amor conjugale (2021)

Opera Fuoco & David Stern - Mayr: L'amor conjugale (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 455 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 240 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:43:03
Classical, Opera | Label: Aparté

A daring wife disguises herself in order to be hired as a prison guard and thus rescue her unjustly detained husband: the story of Leonora, taken from the French novel by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, is familiar to us through Beethoven’s only opera.