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Tamas Pal, Salieri Chamber Chorus and Orchestra - Salieri: Falstaff (1995)

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Tamas Pal, Salieri Chamber Chorus and Orchestra - Salieri: Falstaff (1995)

Tamás Pál, Salieri Chamber Chorus and Orchestra - Salieri: Falstaff (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 686 Mb | Total time: 58:55+50:28+45:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD 12789-91 | Recorded: 1984

Falstaff, ossia Le tre burle (Falstaff, or The Three Jokes) is a dramma giocoso in two acts by Antonio Salieri, set to a libretto by Carlo Prospero Defranceschi after William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.
One of the earliest operatic versions of Shakespeare's play, Salieri's Falstaff is notable for a general compression and streamlining of the original plot, note the absence of the two young lovers, Fenton and Anne, and the addition of a scene in which Mistress Ford pretends to be German to charm Falstaff (actually two such scenes exist, one in a separate score by Salieri was probably omitted from the original Viennese productions). Defranceschi moves the plot and structure away from Elizabethan drama and closer to the standard conventions of late 18th century opera buffa.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) |Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 192 min | 5,80+6,39 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2007

This production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro caused a sensation when it first came out, stunning critics and audiences alike with its perfect balance of joyous humor, improvisatory brilliance, and always subtle music-making.

Mark Elder, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Venera Gimadieva, Michael Fabiano - Verdi: La Traviata (2015)

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Mark Elder, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Venera Gimadieva, Michael Fabiano - Verdi: La Traviata (2015)

Mark Elder, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Venera Gimadieva, Michael Fabiano - Verdi: La Traviata (2015)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Japanese, Korean

Verdi's tragic masterpiece is elegantly updated by director Tom Cairns in this 'fresh and thrillingly unfamiliar' (Independent) Glyndebourne production, in which Violetta's death is cast as an idée fixe, creating a liberating framework that is well supported by Hildegard Bechtler's semi-abstract designs. Described as a soprano of 'huge presence, compelling to watch', Venera Gimadieva is 'thrilling' (Guardian) in her company debut as the doomed courtesan, well matched by Michael Fabiano's sharply suited and 'robustly-sung' Alfredo (Financial Times), with Tassis Christoyannis delivering an imposing performance as the formidable Germont père. Conductor Mark Elder reveals his mastery of the opera's dramatic shape, coaxing each and every nuance out of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create beautifully stylish music-making.

Stormy Six: Original Album Series (5CD, 2012) & Benvenuti Nel Ghetto (CD + DVD, 2013) Re-up

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Stormy Six: Original Album Series (5CD, 2012) & Benvenuti Nel Ghetto (CD + DVD, 2013) Re-up

Stormy Six: Original Album Series (5CD, 2012) & Benvenuti Nel Ghetto (CD + DVD, 2013)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
6CD | Warner Music, BTF | ~ 1702 or 687 Mb | Scans(png, 600dpi) -> 823 Mb
DVD5: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR, Auto Letterboxed | Dolby AC3, 2 ch -> 4.94 Gb
RIO / Avant-Prog / Progressive Rock

Stormy Six from Milan, Italy was one of the original bands in the RIO movement and appeared in the famous on March 12th 1978 in the New London Theatre in London. However, as opposed to the other bands appearing with them, they did not start out their musical career as a RIO sounding band…

Il Volo - Musica (2019)

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Il Volo - Musica (2019)

Il Volo - Musica (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 256 MB | Cover | 36:51 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 84 MB
Pop | Label: Masterworks

Die drei jungen Tenöre von Il Volo feiern ihr 10-jähriges Bestehen mit dem Jubiläumsalbum "Musica" Seit 10 Jahren begeistern die drei jungen italienischen Star-Tenöre die Welt mit ihrem mitreißenden und gefühlvollen Operatic Popgesang voller italienischem Temperament. Zum Jubiläum vröffentlichen Sie das Album "Musica", das feierlich zum großen Sanremo Festival angekündigt wurde. Neben dem dort präsentierten Song "Musica che resta" sind zwei weitere Songs extra für das Album komponiert worden: "Fino a Quando Fa Bene" und "Vincissimo". Zusätzlich dazu stellten die drei Tenöre ihre liebsten italienischen Evergreens von "Arrivederci Roma", "A Chi Mi Dice" über "La Nave Del Olvido" bis zu "La Voce del Silenzio" zusammen und nahmen dazu ihre eigenen Coverversionen auf.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) |Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 185 min | 6,91+5,74 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2006

This stylish and beautifully sung and acted 2006 performance of Don Giovanni from the Zurich Opera House should be of strong interest to anyone who loves the opera. The production, directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf with costumes by Marianne Glittenberg and particularly striking sets by Rolf Glittenberg, is visually and dramatically dazzling. The timeframe is contemporary, but the clever trompe l'oeil set suggests the infinitely receding stage depth that flourished in 18th century scenic design. Don Giovanni's palace is a cosmopolitan playboy's penthouse, and the costumes clearly define the social standing of the characters in modern terms. It would be hard to imagine a Don Giovanni more suave, seductive, and confident than Simon Keenlyside; he's a terrific actor and he perfectly conveys the casual arrogance and entitlement that can attend someone well aware of his own attractiveness. His singing is every bit as fine as his acting; his tone is large and warm, his lines soar lyrically, and he has the effortless-sounding agility necessary for the rapid-fire recitative and arias like "Fin ch'han dal vino." The entire cast is vocally superb, if not consistently as dramatically assured as Keenlyside.

Ennio Gerelli, Orchestra e Coro da Camera di Milano, Quartetto di Milano - Handel: Il Pastor Fido (2003)

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Ennio Gerelli, Orchestra e Coro da Camera di Milano, Quartetto di Milano - Handel: Il Pastor Fido (2003)

Ennio Gerelli, Orchestra e Coro da Camera di Milano, Quartetto di Milano - Handel: Il Pastor Fido (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 460 Mb | Total time: 44:34+43:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Fonit | # 5050466-3302-2-2 | Recorded: 1961

… One would say that it was real miracle of style, of vocalism, of delicacy and even of far-sightedness. Apart from the fact that it was the very first recording of Handel's ill-fated work (a few pages had been included in various selections of baroque music), this edition represented a highly personal and supremely Italian alternative to the contemporary English performances of Handel's operas and aratorios. It is true that in Italy it was hard to an Anthony Lewis (all hopelessly in love with Handel's operas), but our Ennio Gerelli - a conscientious Lombard musical institution associated with the Angelicum Franciscan monastery in Milan - may only have managed, when compared with the English conductors, to demonstrate a love for 18th-century vocal writing, but when compared with Gavazzeni, Von Matacic, Previtali or Pedrotti in Handel performances he was a giant of style, wisdom and grace. Rodolfo Celletti (who devotes several lines to this recording in his essential book "Il teatro d'opera in disco", Milan 1988) describes the vocal performances as "appreciable" and quotes a previous, English review by Stanley Sadie which concentrates on the fine performance by the mezzo-soprano Anna Reynolds.

Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, Andres Gabetta, Cappella Gabetta - Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello (2017)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, Andres Gabetta, Cappella Gabetta - Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello (2017)

Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, Andrés Gabetta, Cappella Gabetta - Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 417 Mb | Total time: 76:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 483 2473 | Recorded: 2017

Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta – two of the most captivating women in classical music – are joining together for a new album ‘Dolce Duello’ to be released on Decca Classics on 10th November. It is a collection of Baroque masterpieces which showcase the stunning combination of voice and cello in a series of dazzling duels and wondrous arias. To coincide with the release, Bartoli and Gabetta will be performing on a European tour with Cappella Gabetta and conductor and violinist Andrés Gabetta.

Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus - Antonio Vivaldi (2018)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus - Antonio Vivaldi (2018)

Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus - Antonio Vivaldi (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 58:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 483 4475 | Recorded: 2018

Cecilia Bartoli presents a brand-new album of arias by Antonio Vivaldi, two decades after her ground-breaking 'Vivaldi Album'. The original Vivaldi Album was a seminal event, launching a substantial revival of Vivaldi s long dismissed operas and setting a standard for classical concept albums that stands to this day. In the 20 years since, Cecilia Bartoli has recorded less than 5 minutes of additional Vivaldi music, making her return to this composer with a new album a true event. Bartoli is joined on this recording by French baroque experts Ensemble Matheus under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Verdi: Rigoletto (2017)

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Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Verdi: Rigoletto (2017)

Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Verdi: Rigoletto (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 486 Mb | Total time: 59:28+67:36 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Delos | # DE 3522 | Recorded: 2016

Giuseppe Verdi may have written his most glamorous and heroic roles for tenors, but he often assigned his more psychologically complex and conflicted character portrayals to baritones- and Rigoletto is just such a role: perhaps the greatest baritone role ever written. It demands not only a magnificent voice, but also a supremely gifted actor who is able to convey a broad range of emotions, human qualities, and inner subtleties. Enter universally beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky: a prolific Delos artist and supreme Verdi baritone. The resplendent beauty and incomparable versatility of his voice is matched only by the depth of his interpretive soul. In this- Dmitri’s first ever (and long-awaited) complete recording of Rigoletto- he performs the title role magnificently, along with an all-star supporting cast. Choral-orchestral splendor comes courtesy of renowned maestro Constantine Orbelian, his Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and the men of the Kaunas State Choir.

Riccardo Muti, Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra - Saverio Mercadante: I due Figaro (2013)

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Riccardo Muti, Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra - Saverio Mercadante: I due Figaro (2013)

Riccardo Muti, Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra - Saverio Mercadante: I due Figaro (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 692 Mb | Total time: 53:42+38:14+74:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ducale | # DUC045-47 | Recorded: 2011

Riccardo Muti's 2011 performances of Saverio Mercadante's I due Figaro (The Two Figaros) were the first it had received since 1835, and this Ducale release of the presentation at the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, Italy, is the world-premiere recording. The story of this comic opera is a sequel to events in the Beaumarchais plays, which inspired Rossini's Barber of Seville and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro; the characters of Figaro, Susanna, Cherubino, and the Count and Countess Almaviva are seen a decade later in another farce of disguises and deception. The music is very much in the animated style of Rossini, with an exotic quality that Mercadante discovered on his visit to Madrid, and the mood of the opera is brightened by the combination of Neapolitan tunefulness and Spanish dance rhythms. With Mario Cassi as Figaro, Eleonora Buratto as Susanna, Annalisa Stroppa as Cherubino, Antonio Poli as the Count, and Asude Karayavuz as the Countess, the talented cast is energetic and lively, especially in the rapidfire patter, though there is some lovely bel canto singing in the many cavatinas that admirers of Donizetti and Bellini will appreciate. The Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini gives Muti a sunny instrumental blend to work with, and the woodwinds stand out for their distinctive timbres. Considering that this is a live recording, the audio is quite clear and relatively noise-free, and the orchestra has a warm, vibrant presence.
–Blair Sanderson

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“Levine's version of Luisa Miller consistently demonstrates his Verdian mastery, and not just in the best-known masterpieces…Not only in Levine's conducting but also in the sets and costumes of Nathanial Merrill's production the attractive rustic element of the piece is effectively brought out.” (Penguin Guide)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.90 Gb + 5.31 Gb (2xDVD9) | 180 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mozart’s darkest operatic masterpiece with a superb cast featuring Renée Fleming and Bryn Terfel, masterfully conducted by James Levine with Franco Zeffirelli’s beautiful staging.
Bryn Terfel, giving his first Don Giovanni at the MET, received rave reviews for both his singing and his dramatic performance – as the Los Angeles Times puts it: “Terfel is exquisite as the Don, raping and pillaging his way through Europe: His voice, diction and acting are perhaps the best in the role since Cesare Siepi.”

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Orlando (1996)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Orlando (1996)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Orlando (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 831 Mb | Total time: 65:99+51:34+52:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 67743-0 | Recorded: 1996

The Handel opera boom continues apace. And no wonder. Over the last 20 years singers, directors and audiences have collectively discovered that these musically rich works are also penetrating human dramas. And no Handel opera is more psychologically astute than “Orlando.” … The formidable conductor William Christie, in his 1996 recording, draws a fervent, deeply expressive yet stylistically informed performance from his acclaimed early-music ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, and a fine cast headed by the mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon in the title role.
- Anthony Tommasini

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Stradella: Qual prodigio e ch'io miri?: Sonata: Lasciate ch'io respiri (2014)

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Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Stradella: Qual prodigio e ch'io miri?: Sonata: Lasciate ch'io respiri (2014)

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Stradella: Qual prodigio è ch'io miri?; Sonata a otto viole con una tromba; Lasciate ch'io respiri (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 65:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | # GB2474-2 | Recorded: 2000

The first work, ‘Qual prodigio è ch’io miri?’, is often cited, quite correctly, as a source for some of Handel’s ‘plague’ chorus melodies in ‘Israel in Egypt’ – including flies and lice, hailstones and ‘he led them forth like sheep’. But I imagine not all that many listeners will have heard Stradella’s original music, and hearing these passages in their original form is in itself a cause of fascination and delight; for a sample, try the Sinfonia (track 9). The work takes the form of a conversation between two male lovers and the female object of their affections, and is here sung by two sopranos and a bass. All three singers are excellent - as is the superb Alessandro Stradella Consort, directed by Estevan Velardi, who have already brought us several first-class recordings of Italian baroque music including other works by Stradella.