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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

Elīna Garanča - Meditation (2014)
with Latvian Radio Choir, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Karel Mark Chichon

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans ~ 110 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0021327-02 | Time: 01:11:42
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral, Sacred

Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in its comforting tone and gentle treatment, though as a purely musical consideration, it tends to flow a bit too evenly and predictably. Insofar as the selections represent the Christian tradition, including settings of the Ave Maria, the Salve Regina, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Regina Coeli, the character of the collection admits little variety, except for the general alternation between penitential and quietly ecstatic moods.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 211 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English

Verdi's 1855 Paris opera which followed Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La Traviata is treated to a performance of blazing energy and intimate refinement with a superb cast which includes Cheryl Studer and Chris Merritt. The rarely-seen third act ballet is included complete, with the internationally-acclaimed dancers Carla Fracci and Wayne Eagling.

Lorin Maazel, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)

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Lorin Maazel, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)

Lorin Maazel, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 772 Mb | Total time: 167:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697527262 | Recorded: 1978

Raimondi has advantages: the dark coloring of his voice, the vocal menace, the power of his bass." The three ladies - especially the Te Kanawa has become livelier, more insistent - Maazel has the singers and Mozart firmly in hand.
– Hermes Lexikon

Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

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Roberto Abbado, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)

Roberto Abbado, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 665 Mb | Total time: 62:30+69:04+39:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697856522 | Recorded: 1997

Make no mistake, this is not William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This version, by Vincenzo Bellini with a libretto by Felice Romani, has often been dismissed for its story line, which is very different from the familiar tale of the star-crossed lovers. Actually, as noted by musicologist-bel canto answer man Philip Gossett in his liner notes, Bellini and Romani hadn't read Shakespeare when they composed the opera. They had, however, read the sources on which Shakespeare based his play, but while both they and the Bard departed from the original, they departed in different directions. No matter: the opera has some gorgeous music, and it's given some gorgeous performances here by some very fine singers.

Bud Roach, Capella Intima - Alessandro Scarlatti: Gli equivoci nel sembiante (2020)

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Bud Roach, Capella Intima - Alessandro Scarlatti: Gli equivoci nel sembiante (2020)

Bud Roach, Capella Intima - Alessandro Scarlatti: Gli equivoci nel sembiante (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 812 Mb | Total time: 69:02+68:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Musica Omnia | # MO0803B | Recorded: 2018

The Lenten season of 1679 was a cold, rainy, and dreary affair. The new Pope, Innocent XI, was no supporter of the increasingly permissive nature of Roman aristocracy, and he took measures to enforce edicts prohibiting staged performances before a paying public, as well as a general ban on the appearance of women on the stage. Reluctantly granted, however, was permission for private performances, and this concession led to the fortuitous circumstances that made the premiere of Scarlatti’s first opera possible—the ingenuity of the Bernini brothers who produced the work; a liberal interpretation of “private performance”; the support and attendance of Queen Christina of Sweden; and, certainly not least, the fact that Pope Innocent had left the city during the carnival, leaving the enforcement of his conservatism to some of the very cardinals who most enjoyed and supported public theatre!

Jiri Kout, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2013/1993) [Blu-Ray]

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Jiri Kout, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2013/1993) [Blu-Ray]

Jiří Kout, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2013/1993) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20478 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 233 min | 43,1 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2161 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 233 min | 10,6 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16-bit
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean

This production of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” was recorded during the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s great tour to Japan in 1993. Directed by Götz Friedrich and conducted by Jiří Kout, this interpretation of the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde was a great success. Wagner’s composition of “Tristan und Isolde” was inspired by his love affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.

Queen - Opera Omnia: The Ultimate Collection Of Queen Live Tracks [Special Edition 4CD Box Set] (2005)

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Queen - Opera Omnia: The Ultimate Collection Of Queen Live Tracks [Special Edition 4CD Box Set] (2005)

Queen - Opera Omnia: The Ultimate Collection Of Queen Live Tracks [Special Edition 4CD Box Set] (2005)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Run Time: 05:05:32 | 702 Mb
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Red Phantom

This unofficial 'Opera Omnia' was released as a four CD boxed set in Italy in 1992, in a blue and gold box, with a colour booklet. It contains live versions of almost every Queen song ever performed live, from a number of different concerts, in chronological order.

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset & Choeur de Chambre de Namur - Lully: Ballet royal de la Naissance de Vénus (2021)

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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset & Choeur de Chambre de Namur - Lully: Ballet royal de la Naissance de Vénus (2021)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset & Choeur de Chambre de Namur - Lully: Ballet royal de la Naissance de Vénus (2021)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 01:12:10 | 171 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Aparté

Written at the request of Louis XIV in honour of his sisterin- law, Henrietta of England, Le Ballet royal de la naissance de Vénus was performed in 1665 with Henrietta herself as the goddess of love and youth. In twelve entrées, this grandiose spectacle, combining dancing, music and poetry, served the power of the king, while attesting to the magnificence of his court. Musically very inventive, it shows the culmination of the ballet genre, on which Lully was to draw in creating the tragédie en musique. To complete the programme, excerpts from Les Amours déguisés (Armida’s famous lament “Ah! Rinaldo, e dove sei?”), Psyché, Le Bourgeois gentil homme and Le Carnaval - from the latter, a piece recycled from Les Noces de village, a burlesque aria sung by the boastful village schoolmaster Barbacola, a basso buffo role that Lully wrote for himself.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: L'incoronazione di Dario (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 64:34+68:57+43:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30553 | Recorded: 2013

'L’incoronazione di Dario' must be considered one of Vivaldi’s most successful operas. Immediately opening with exceptional arias, it moves at a rapid pace, holding the listener’s attention throughout. Recitatives are interspersed with arioso interludes and there no less than eight 'big' numbers sure to join the ranks of 'Vivaldi’s best opera arias'. The excellent cast acts out this drama with conviction: Anders Dahlin’s sings Dario, with impeccable intonation and stunning coloratura passages; Sara Mingardo, as Statira, brings great depth and beauty, most especially in her Act 2 solo Cantata accompanied only by viola da gamba.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 6 [7CDs] (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 6 [7CDs] (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 6 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,97 Gb | Total time: 07:44:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra - Delibes: Lakme (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra - Delibes: Lakme (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra - Delibes: Lakmé (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 33819 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 42,5 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4014 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 136 min | 6,28 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opera Australia | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Lakmé, Delibes greatest opera, is performed by Opera Australia in all its oriental glory. Starring the exquisite coloratura soprano Emma Matthews as the innocent girl priestess Lakmé, and superb tenor Aldo Di Toro as the love-struck Gerald, the story tackles religion and cross-cultural love against a backdrop of British rule in India in the mid-19th century.

Gabriele Ferro, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Gabriele Ferro, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Gabriele Ferro, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23911 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 130 min | 29,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3330 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 130 min | 6,01 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

…Massimo Checchetto’s opening set…is winningly picturesque…Bepi Morassi’s staging within it seems perfectly natural, its charms never forced. Pratt has a beautiful, expressive face, ever alive to Amina’s changing fortunes and her unchanging love. Her voice, too, is lovely and expressive…She’s endearingly simple, just as Amina should be. Gabriele Ferro conducts the Fenice forces with grace and practiced style…The sound is spacious and the Blu-ray image crystal clear. (Opera News)

Arnold Ostman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2001)

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Arnold Ostman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2001)

Arnold Östman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 609 Mb | Total time: 78:57+76:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 056-2 | Recorded: 1992

There's magic in these musical hills, as conductor Arnold Östman leads an exemplary performance of Die Zauberflöte on original instruments.Sumi Jo's breathtaking Queen of the Night is the queen of intonation, while Barbara Bonny's Pamina is a phrasing angel, from her pianissimo B flats to her gentle, yet heartfelt, "Ach ich fühl's." Singing as comfortably as a folk singer, Kurt Streit's lyrical, yet dramatic, Tamino is manly and heroic. Gilles Cachemaille is an appropriately charming Papageno, and all supporting performances are stellar. This crystal-clear interpretation must be as close to perfection as Mozart probably dreamed. A true treasure.

Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2006/1981)

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Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2006/1981)

Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2006/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 5.93 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

Filmed live at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House in 1981, this staging of Camille Saint-Saens's opera takes on one of the Bible's most famous tales. After trying to force the Hebrews to worship his god, the Philistine ruler meets an untimely end at the hands of the prodigiously powerful Samson (Jon Vickers), who leads the Hebrews in a revolt. But beautiful Philistine Dalila (Shirley Verrett) uses her seductive wiles to weaken the strapping hero.

Rafael Kubelik, Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1992)

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Rafael Kubelik, Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1992)

Rafael Kubelik, Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,51 Gb | Total time: 04:58:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Myto Records | # 4 MCD 925.69 | Recorded: 1967

Featuring a true golden-age cast, this 1967 Radio Broadcast hums and bubbles with invigorating warmth and unquenchable passion under the sprightly baton of Rafael Kubelik. Thomas Stewart is a intelligent Sachs, who brings real weight and power to the great Act III monologue but who retains real lyricism for the role's more tender moments. It would be inconceivable that Gundula Janowitz's creamy-voiced Eva would pass him over if it were not for the ardent, fiery Walther of Sándor Kónya, who gives voice to an ethereal rendition of the Prize song. Thomas Hemsley is an nuanced Beckmesser thankfully devoid of caricature, and Franz Crass is a warm, fatherly Pogner. Brigitte Fassbaender may be the most sensuous Magdalena on record, and is paired expertly by the great Gerhard Unger, at his considerable best as David.