Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen, Andreas Scholl, Inger Dam-Jensen - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2007)

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen, Andreas Scholl, Inger Dam-Jensen - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2007)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen, Andreas Scholl, Inger Dam-Jensen - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 3h 36 min | 4,32+7,55 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2005

Here is what is probably Handel’s most accomplished opera: the heir to L’incoronazione di Poppea with respect to the villainy of some of its characters, but also the Baroque ancestor of certain Romantic operas! Scrupulously based on historical characters, this work illustrates many different facets of the human soul, and also boasts perhaps the most sumptuous orchestral textures Handel ever conceived, magnificently brought out by Lars Ulrik Mortensen in this production from the Copenhagen Opera. Francisco Negrin’s transposition of the opera to the universe of modern war and Anthony Baker’s refined designs place Andreas Scholl (Giulio Cesare) and the other soloists in an unsettling, crepuscular atmosphere that is highly contemporary.

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Gottingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Samson (2009)

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Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Gottingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Samson (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Samson (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 806 Mb | Total time: 60:09+57:46+49:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.425 | Recorded: 2008

Handel’s English oratorios, though unstaged, generally remain vividly theatrical. Samson is less operatic, opening with the hero already defeated, blinded and in chains, long after Dalila’s seduction and subsequent treachery.
The drama is of the mind rather than of action, with virtually no incidents in Act I, and Act II limited to two encounters, Dalila offering remorse and the giant Harapha mocking the captive.
Nicholas McGegan’s approach focuses on this depiction of states of mind and emotions. Tempos are reflective rather than animated, while instrumental expression and phrasing is strikingly subtle. Of his soloists, Thomas Cooley makes a tragic Samson, from his first soliloquy on his mental anguish, through a heart-rending ‘Total eclipse’ to his humility and returning strength in Act III.

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Deutschland: Keiser, Telemann, Graun [9cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Deutschland: Keiser, Telemann, Graun [9cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Deutschland: Keiser, Telemann, Graun [9cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,67 Gb | Total time: 611:51 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - England: Blow, Purcell, Handel [7cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - England: Blow, Purcell, Handel [7cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - England: Blow, Purcell, Handel [7cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,85 Gb | Total time: 675:10 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1989, 1998, 2002

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - France: Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Rameau [13cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - France: Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Rameau [13cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - France: Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Rameau [13cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,44 Gb | Total time: 801:14 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

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

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

Arnold Östman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 583 Mb | Total time: 75:04+79:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 059-2 | Recorded: 1989

It is an elegantly comic performance with a light orchestral sound, brisk tempi and lighter voices than usual. This is not to say that the reading is lacking in gravitas and there are many felicitous moments. It is a good cast, headed by Håkan Hagegård in the title role. His Giovanni is a little lacking in menace, but is full of volatile energy and sung in a suave baritone voice. The standout performance is the Leporello of the French-Swiss bass-baritone Gilles Cachemaille; the quick and pointed recitatives between him and Hagegård really fizz and his Catalogue aria is a masterpiece of breath control. The two leading ladies are interestingly cast; Arleen Auger’ lighter-voiced than most Donna Annas, produces a rich, creamy sound, while the mezzo Della Jones is a fiery Donna Elvira, with the pungency of her high notes especially impressive. The peasant couple, Zerlina and Masetto, is sung by Barbara Bonney and Bryn Terfel and they are among the very best on record.

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.
–Barbara Eisner Bayer

Rene Jacobs, Collegium Vocale Gent - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2006)

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Rene Jacobs, Collegium Vocale Gent - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2006)

René Jacobs, Collegium Vocale Gent - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 115 min + 52 min | 7,20+3,11 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch, Nederlands | Recorded: 1998

First seen at La Monnaie in Brussels on 13 May 1998, this production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo seen through the eyes of Trisha Brown and René Jacobs has become an operatic classic in a few short years. This is doubtless because it offers a total symbiosis of music, text and movement – described by the critic of the Daily Telegraph of London as being ‘as close to the perfect dance opera as I have ever seen’. Or to quote Gilles Macassar in Télérama: ‘In the pit and onstage, the Brussels production has only one watchword: mobility, nimbleness, dexterity. The singers run, fly, whirl like dancers defying gravity. From the flies down to the footlights, the whole theatre is under a fantastic spell.’ For Christophe Vetter, on ConcertoNet: ‘This Orfeo can be seen again and again with immense pleasure. . . . René Jacobs’s conducting continues to arouse admiration for its precision, its stylistic rigour, its inexhaustible inventiveness and its feeling for the contrasts so vital to this repertoire.’

Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,61 Gb | Total time: 625:14 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1982, 1990, 1992, 2002

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)

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Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)

Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 770 Mb | Total time: 183:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telars | # 3CD-80726 | Recorded: 1995

This is the second fine Don Giovanni we have had within the past year. Like Gardiner (Archiv), Mackerras includes every note Mozart wrote for both the original Prague version and the Viennese revival. Moreover, it is easier than ever for listeners to ‘programme in’ their preferred version: all Prague die-hards have to do is to bypass Don Ottavio’s ‘Dalla sua pace’ in Act I – a beautiful aria, in all conscience, though it holds up the dramatic action at a crucial stage. By coaxing a modern orchestra into a real awareness of period style, Mackerras seems to have the best of both worlds: the playing has admirable liveliness and intensity, and there are none of the intonation problems that so often plague actual period instruments. Mackerras does use natural trumpets, and their rasping sound lends real bite, not least to the overture’s chilling opening chords. In his introductory essay Mackerras argues that Mozart’s Andantes in ‘cut-time’ (ie two beats to the bar) are often taken too slowly.

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Hasse: Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra (2010)

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Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Hasse: Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra (2010)

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Hasse: Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 480 Mb | Total time: 46:22+43:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian | # DSL-92115 | Recorded: 2010

Later in life Hasse’s operas would be spoken of in the same breath as the poet Metastasio, whose librettos he frequently set, as though the two were one: a high-minded, classicizing Marc Antonio e Cleopatra . It brought Hasse a degree of renown in wealthy Neapolitan circles, and a commission from the San Bartolomeo opera house for Il Sesostrate . That in turn blossomed into a lucrative match-up, with seven opera seria composed and produced in six years, as well as a number of comic intermezzo operas and a full-length opera buffa for other venues. Hasse was suddenly on the fast track to fame and contracts.

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 452 Mb | Total time: 77:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 6767 | Recorded: 2014

For the later part of her career, Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has apparently settled on a campaign of major conceptual releases covering all-but-unknown repertory, and St. Petersburg fits right in. It's a collection of arias from operas written in the second half of the 18th century for the Russian imperial court, which had imported the best Italian and German composers money could buy. The names of all but Mozart's contemporary Domenico Cimarosa are unknown today. Most of the arias are in Italian, but a couple are in Russian, and to untutored ears Bartoli brings her trademark passion to them. This is the kind of release where one can quibble with any number of details. Bartoli sounds thick in some places, strained in others. The material is a bit uneven, with especially the last two pieces creating a bit of a letdown, although much of it does indeed live up to major-forgotten-works billing.

Mstislav Rostropovich, Iona Brown, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Haydn: Cello Concertos 1 & 2 (2000)

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Mstislav Rostropovich, Iona Brown, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Haydn: Cello Concertos 1 & 2 (2000)

Mstislav Rostropovich, Iona Brown, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Haydn: Cello Concertos 1 & 2 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 49:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 67234 2 | Recorded: 1975

This is a quite extraordinary achievement. Not the least of its merits is that it leaves you loving the music as never before. The orchestra gives splendid support and the sound is warm and ingratiating.
— Gramophone Magazine

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation–Grosses Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)

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Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation–Grosses Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation – Großes Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 49:54 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC1814 | Recorded: 2013

With opera arias of Hasse, he has become the shooting star amongst countertenors; Valer Sabadus appeared in Mozart roles for the Styriarte in December 2013.
The Salzburg master wrote for some of the greatest castrati of his time: Rauzzini, Consoli, Bedini. The young interpreter must therefore sing up into the heights of the soprano range; he succeeds in this wonderfully, as he also does in the exploration of profound feelings. His mentor Michael Hofstetter is on the podium, adding the orchestra‘s pulsing Mozartian vitality to this flawlessly beautiful singing.

Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)

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Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)

Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle München - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 62:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC830 | Recorded: 2011

The outstanding young countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus has chosen works by a composer who was highly esteemed in his lifetime, but slipped into oblivion. The artist writes “My aim is to give new life to these works… one that places the individuality of the musical works in the forefront.”
Barna-Sabadus dazzles with the swiftness and surety of his execution. His voice seems to have a higher centre than, say, Andreas Scholl's…The last Didone aria takes more than 11 minutes: an entrancing vocal line above an orchestral simplicity which is often composed of staccato chords, which Barna-Sabadus captivatingly tracing the melodies.
— International Record Review