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Vincenzo Bellini - Norma - Bonynge (CD 1988) [Repost]

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Vincenzo Bellini - Norma - Bonynge (CD 1988) [Repost]

Bellini - Norma / Sutherland / Caballé /
Pavarotti / Ramey [Repost]

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG | 3 CD | Scans+Libretto | 148 Min. | 614 MB
Label : Decca / Catalogue : 4144762DH3 /
Opera / Released in 1988

Pavaroti is in great voice, Caballe is brilliant, Sutherland is OK,It doesn't have the excitement of other "Norma's", but is a good addition to a "Norma" collection.
-By Thomas E. Lawson-

Giuseppe Verdi - Aida - Lorin Maazel (CD 1989) [Repost]

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Giuseppe Verdi - Aida - Lorin Maazel (CD 1989) [Repost]

Verdi - Aida - Maria Chiara / Luciano Pavarotti /
Ghena Dimitrova / Leo Nucci (CD1989) [Repost]

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG | 3 CD | Scans+Libretto | 151 Min. | 648 MB
Label : Decca / Catalogue : 4174392DH3 /
Opera / Released in 1989

Of all Pavarotti´s opera recordings, this is, for me, the most memorable. Not just because of him: this 'Aida' is one of those opera recordings that offers the excitement of a live event, where everything gells. The singers do a good job individually - Chiara as a lovely Aida - but are even more convincing as an ensemble. Maazel conducts a sensitive performance, grander in scale than Abbado, Muti and many others.
-By E. J. Van Sten

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)

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Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:15 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 449 206-2

For the sake of both vocal and family well-being, Anne Sofie von Otter has always followed the wise course of self-rationing in opera. This disc, an entirely personal selection of arias from the Viennese Classical period, means all the more to her including, as it does, arias sung by dramatic and passionate women 'most of whom', she admits in the accompanying notes, 'I have never performed on stage and, alas, probably never will'.

Verdi Edition: The Complete Operas (2013) (74 CDs Box Set)

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Verdi Edition: The Complete Operas (2013) (74 CDs Box Set)

Verdi Edition: The Complete Operas (2013) (74 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | 74 CDs, 75:03:27 min | Covers included | 18,4 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera / Label: Decca

Decca is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the supreme master of Italian opera Giuseppe Verdi’s birth in matchless style by releasing in February 2013 a 75-CD box containing his entire canon of works.

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)

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Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:18:27 | 416 Mb
Classical, Opera, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Raphaël Pichon has invited Stéphane Degout to make his recording debut for harmonia mundi in a multifaceted exploration of the Underworld. The French baritone reincarnates the figure of Henri Larrivée, the famous tragedian of Rameau and Gluck. Around a reconstruction of an imaginary Mass of the Dead, sacred and secular merge, revealing some of the most extraordinary pieces from the operatic repertory of the Enlightenment. Music of death and mourning on an epic scale that inspires Pygmalion to overwhelming heights of pathos.

Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic & Hervé Niquet - Gounod: Cantates et musique sacrée (2018)

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Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic & Hervé Niquet - Gounod: Cantates et musique sacrée (2018)

Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic & Hervé Niquet - Gounod: Cantates et musique sacrée (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Artwork included | 02:08:28 | 572 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Palazzetto Bru Zane, Ediciones Singulares

An icon of French Romanticism thanks to the enduring popularity of his operas Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Charles Gounod competed three times for the prestigious Prix de Rome between 1837 and 1839. Thus he composed three unpublished cantatas for soloists and orchestra, including Marie Stuart et Rizzio and La Vendetta, which he never had the opportunity to hear in performance. Revealed for the first time, these three cantatas, fine examples of French Romanticism, show a young composer with a remarkable flair for opera. In the end Fernand won him the coveted prize, carrying with it the privilege of a three-year stay (from 1840) at the Villa Medici in Rome. While there he produced several sacred compositions, which have also remained unknown until now. His splendid Messe vocale for unaccompanied choir, written in a neo-Palestrinian style, deserves a place on the programme of every vocal ensemble.

Gounod - Mireille - Valerie Masterson - Luis Lima ( CD 2003 )

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Gounod - Mireille - Valerie Masterson - Luis Lima ( CD 2003 )

Charles Gounod - Mireille
Valerie Masterson - Luis Lima ( CD 2003 )

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG | 2 CD | Scans+Libretto | 137 Min. | 676 MB
Label : Ponto / Catalogue : PO-1019 /
Opera / Released in 2003

After Faust (1859) and Roméo et Juliette (1867) the most popular score of Gounod's Mireille (1864), although its international diffusion is somewhat hampered by his argument quite parochial, based on the poem Provencal Frédéric Mistral .

Boito - Mefistofele - Siepi - Del Monaco - Tebaldi ( CD 1993 )

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Boito - Mefistofele - Siepi - Del Monaco - Tebaldi ( CD 1993 )

Arrigo Boito-Mefistofele (CD1993)
Cesare Siepi-Mario Del Monaco-Renata Tebaldi

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG Stereo ADD | 2 CD | Scans+Libretto | 141 Min. | 714 MB
Label : Decca Grand Opera / Catalogue : 4400542DMO2 /
Opera / LP Released in 1959

This is considered Arrigo Boito's masterpiece. Some consider it a semi-masterpiece, but it is definitely the masterpiece among the few operas that Boito composed. I do agree with those who think this opera is a less than ideal masterpiece. I will start the review by discussing the opera's virtues and faults. Cesare Siepi is in glorious voice and characterizes Mephistopheles very well. Mario del Monaco is also in excellent voice.
-Amazon-

Puccini - Madama Butterfly - Freni - Pavarotti ( CD 1987 )

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Puccini - Madama Butterfly - Freni - Pavarotti ( CD 1987 )

Giacomo Puccini - Madama Butterfly (CD 1987)
Mirella Freni - Luciano Pavarotti - Herbert von Karajan

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG Stereo ADD | 3 CD | Scans+Libretto | 145 Min. | 625 MB
Label : Decca / Catalogue : 4175772DH3 /
Opera / LP Released in 1974

Since Madama Butterfly has more stage time than other sopranos, it is imperative that the singing actress captures extensive dramatic variety in addition to singing with exquisite tone and an affinity to Puccini. Mirella Freni, one of the greatest recorded Butterfly's of all time, succeeds at these demands with vocal sensitivity and eloquence. She is assisted by Karajan's superb, symphonic conducting, crisply and poignantly realizing all of Puccini's vast moods; Ludwig's urgent, loving and tenderly sung Suzuki; and Pavarotti's endearing and almost likeable Pinkerton. In addition, the Pavarotti-Freni duets are nectars of the gods. Get out the tissues and indulge. - Barbara Eisner Bayer- Amazon -

Offenbach - Les Contes D´Hoffmann - Domingo - Sutherland (CD 1986)

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Offenbach - Les Contes D´Hoffmann - Domingo - Sutherland (CD 1986)

Jacques Offenbach - Les Contes D´Hoffmann (CD 1986)
Plácido Domingo - Joan Sutherland

EAC Rip | FLAC-TRACKS+CUE+LOG Stereo ADD | 2 CD | Scans+Libretto | 142 Min. | 627 MB
Label : Decca / Catalogue : 4173632DH2 /
Opera / LP Released in 1972

Domingo, Sutherland, Bacquier and Tourangeau star in this lively and very French recording of "Hoffmann". Richard Bonynge, the conductor, follows what he considered at the time to be the most "Offenbach-ish" version of the opera, one in which a little new music is added, other music is cleaned up, other music left alone and the recitatives cut out all together. The cast is entirely French except for Domingo and Sutherland, so it is a delightful experience to hear Frenchies speak French in true Opera-Comique style.
- By "bellavoce"-

Anna Netrebko, Valery Gergiev & Vienna Philharmonic - Sommernachtskonzert 2018 (Summer Night Concert 2018) [Live] (2018)

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Anna Netrebko, Valery Gergiev & Vienna Philharmonic - Sommernachtskonzert 2018 (Summer Night Concert 2018) [Live] (2018)

Anna Netrebko, Valery Gergiev & Vienna Philharmonic - Sommernachtskonzert 2018 (Summer Night Concert 2018) [Live] (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 344 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | 01:07:55
Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical

The Summer Night Concert of The Vienna Philharmonic is the world's biggest annual classical open-air concert set in the magical Schönbrunn Palace Baroque park in Vienna. The concert will take place on 31 May 2018 and its theme for this year is 'An Italian Night'. The concert is broadcast on TV and radio in more than 60 countries, and thus reaches an audience of millions. The evening’s repertoire is an attractive combination of extremely popular works for orchestra including the William Tell Overture, the March from the opera Aida and the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as famous Soprano arias like Vissi d’arte, vissi d‘amore from the Opera Tosca. Valery Gergiev returns to conducts the Summer Night Concert and is joined by star Soprano Anna Netrebko in what promises to be one of the most popular concerts this year!

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.

Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Geoffrey Sirett & Brian Current - Brian Current: Airline Icarus (2014)

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Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Geoffrey Sirett & Brian Current - Brian Current: Airline Icarus (2014)

Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Geoffrey Sirett & Brian Current - Brian Current: Airline Icarus (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 215 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 102 Mb | 00:43:43
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Leading young Canadian composer Brian Current, recipient of numerous distinguished international prizes, has collaborated with award-winning writer Anton Piatigorsky in an exciting work for voice and accompanying ensemble. Airline Icarus is set aboard an airliner in which, taking the myth of Icarus as the central image, the composer “explores themes of hubris mixed with technology”. The result is a powerful, resonant work which won Current the Italian Premio Fedora Award in 2011.