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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Nabucco (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Nabucco (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Nabucco (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 137 min | 42,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 137 min | 9,66 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, Japanese

Nabucco was Verdi’s third work for the stage and proved his first great success when performed in 1842. It deals with the Hebrew’s attempts to break free from the yoke of their Babylonian oppressors and is nowadays numbered among Verdi’s most popular works, not least on account of its famous Chorus of Hebrew Slaves, which has one of the best-loved melodies in the whole history of opera.)

Mark Elder, The Hallé - Wagner: Siegfried (2019)

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Mark Elder, The Hallé - Wagner: Siegfried (2019)

Mark Elder, The Hallé - Wagner: Siegfried (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 958 Mb | Total time: 261:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hallé Concerts Society | CD HLD 7551 | Recorded: 2018

The Hallé completes its highly regarded Ring cycle, with the live recording of its acclaimed Bridgewater Hall performance under Sir Mark Elder. Roaring jubilation and radiant beauty from Elder and the Halle. Elder is a superb Wagnerian, acutely conscious of the complex relationship between tempo and pace, and immaculate in his judgment both of the span of each act and the ebb and flow of detail within it. Thrilling climaxes alternated with moments of astonishing beauty and quiet, almost exquisite terror. (The Guardian on the Halles performance of Siegfried) The third element of Wagners Ring cycle contains humor, drama and a concluding ecstasy as the eponymous hero meets his heroine Brünnhilde, setting up the explosive finale of the concluding opera.

Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Handel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Handel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Händel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x420) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 175 min | 7.55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese | Recorded: 1988

The work is an extraordinary curiosity; a child of the heady days just before the French Revolution, Tarare is the famous French writer's only opera and one of the Italian composer's rare French scores. First and most strikingly a work of social and political commentary, Tarare is also an entertaining work of theatre. Salieri's music supports these aims admirably and offers a few memorable moments of its own. As an opera form, Tarare defies easy categorization; it may be best described as a comedic satire dressed in the clothes of a sprawling 5 act lyric tragedy, complete with Prologue and a grand divertissement with dance.

Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)

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Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)

Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 105 min
Classical | Hardy | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol, Japanese

The RAI Pasquale of 1955 is almost as good as the two Verdis [#4 Otello and #551 Traviata], marred only by Italo Tajo's overdone mugging in the title-part. Alda Noni, remembered affectionately by older opera-goers in the same part at London's Cambridge Theatre in the late 1940s, remains a charming, minxish though now more buxom Norina. Sesto Bruscantini is a model of a Malatesta, Cesare Valletti even better as an Ernesto in the class of his teacher, Tito Schipa. Erede's seasoned conducting and a resourceful staging makes this a delightful experience.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Reinhard Keiser: Croesus (2000)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Reinhard Keiser: Croesus (2000)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Reinhard Keiser: Croesus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 818 Mb | Total time: 62:36+59:41+60:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901714.16 | Recorded: 1999

Is another baroque opera–in this case by composer Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)–really worth hearing in its entirety? After a completely conventional overture, the opening scene pits the legendarily rich king of Lydia, the titular Croesus (who incidentally lived in the fifth century B.C.), against the Athenian philosopher and lawgiver Solon. On account of his immeasurable wealth, the complacent Croesus believes himself to be completely secure and unassailable; Solon mocks his riches and points out how ephemeral all earthly goods are. This exchange of words via recitative is perfectly built up–both as a composition and as performed here. From his very first notes, Roman Trekel's Croesus carries conviction, while Kwangchul Youn (a role originally intended for tenor but justifiably and effectively transcribed by conductor René Jacobs for bass) is no less impressive.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 2h 57 | Covers | 670 Mb
Classical | Erato | # 2292-45475-2 | Rec: 1989

In the early 1990s Daniel Barenboim recorded the three Da Ponte operas with the Berlin Philharmonic. The BPO had played "Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" many times, but this was the first time that the group had ever tackled "Cosi fan tutte." Perhaps that is why they sound so fresh and energized under the thoughtful baton of Barenboim. Mozart's operas are usually performed with a small chamber or opera house orchestra, but this time the score of "Cosi" (which has so many beautiful, subtle touches, and is almost a celebration of beauty itself) is given the full treatment of perhaps the greatest orchestra in the world. While the resulting sound is somewhat "bigger" and more "lush" than is usual, Barenboim does manage to keep things appropriately light and "classical," just as he has so successfully done in the piano concertos which he is recording with the BPO.

Marco Guidarini, Orchestre National de Montpellier - Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2003)

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Marco Guidarini, Orchestre National de Montpellier - Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2003)

Marco Guidarini, Orchestre National de Montpellier - Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2003)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Français, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Español

This is, by operatic standards of fidelity, a very faithful musical treatment of Edmond Rostand's classic drama about the swashbuckling poet and swordsman with the big nose. The music is competent but not spectacular; that quality is found in the libretto. The title role is expertly filled by Roberto Alagna, who not only has the best tenor voice in France but also turns out to be an accomplished actor in a demanding role. He is well-supported by a cast that clearly loves the story, its various characters and its often brilliant dialogue.

Antonio Florio, Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà de'Turchini - Leonardo Leo: L'Alidoro (2010)

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Antonio Florio, Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà de'Turchini - Leonardo Leo: L'Alidoro (2010)

Antonio Florio, Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà de'Turchini - Leonardo Leo: L'Alidoro (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 861 Mb | Total time: 79:37+78:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | CDS 588/1-2 | Recorded: 2008

The Montecassino Monastery recently hosted the score of this comic opera by Leonardo Leo, one of the leading Neapolitan composers of the 18th century, who introduced new stylistic elements to the genre. Cirillo shows in a very exciting way in his direction how nothing actually happens in this opera - apart from a very subtle play of the relationships between the seven protagonists. As with Marivaux, this is about the social differences when the middle class turns to the servants and vice versa, and as in a Feydeauschen comedy, they wander on stage (and leave again) to spy, to portray themselves, or to court someone until everyone is eaten away by doubt.

Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali - Handel: Almira, Konigin von Castilien (1996)

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Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali - Handel: Almira, Konigin von Castilien (1996)

Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali - Handel: Almira, Königin von Castilien (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 77:48+69:44+76:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 275-2 | Recorded: 1994

Handel came to the city of Hamburg in the summer of 1703 and played as a violinist in the theatre at the Gänsemarkt, the local market place. On later occasions, he also played the harpsichord in the orchestra. His first opera – announced as a Singspiel although it has no spoken dialogue – was premiered on 8 January 1705, after being composed in the months directly preceding this. An Italian libretto was written by Giulio Pancieri in Venice in 1691 for Giuseppe Boniventi's opera L'Almira. The German translation used by Handel was made by Friedrich Christian Feustking. The recitatives of the opera are in German, while some of the arias are also in German, others in Italian, as was the custom at the opera house in Hamburg. Almira is the sole example among Handel's many operas with no role for a castrato.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 920 Mb | Total time: 57:50+76:33+56:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 8573-80233-2 | Recorded: 1999

Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer.

Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia (2004)

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Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia (2004)

Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 830 Mb | Total time: 79:08+75:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 921826.27 | Recorded: 2003

While it isn't Handel's most obscure opera (hum a few bars from Catone, anyone?), Siroe, Re di Persia is definitely on the margins. It's hard to say why exactly, although the unflatteringly edited Metastasio libretto (by Nicola Haym) is surely part of the reason; the character and conflict development of the original are largely missing from the version Handel set. But the music is Handel at his best, and let's face it: from the perspective of a modern listener, plot is not the main draw of opera seria. With that in mind, Harmonia Mundi's complete recording, with Andreas Spering and the Cappella Coloniensis, is an excellent first step toward giving Siroe wider exposure. It's well played, thoughtfully conducted, and it features an excellent trio of leading ladies.

Vjekoslav Sutej, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (2006)

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Vjekoslav Sutej, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (2006)

Vjekoslav Šutej, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (2006/2002)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.27 Gb (DVD9) | 80 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Voici une représentation filmée au Teatro Filarmonico de Vérone en février 2002 dans une mise en scène de la famille Alagna. Paillasse (en italien Pagliacci, qui signifie « Les clowns ») est un opéra en deux actes écrit et composé par Ruggero Leoncavallo, créé le 21 mai 1892 au Teatro Dal Verme à Milan. L’opéra évoque, à travers la vie d'une troupe de commedia dell'arte, la condition des comédiens de théâtre qui doivent en toute circonstance faire bonne figure en scène, quelles que soient les difficultés de leur vie privée.

Andrea Battistoni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Stiffelio (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Andrea Battistoni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Stiffelio (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Andrea Battistoni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Stiffelio (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 117 min | 36,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 117 min | 8,21 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, Japanese

Stiffelio was based on the play Le pasteur, ou L'évangile et le foyer by Émile Souvestre and Eugène Bourgeois and was originally censored due to it involving as it does a Protestant minister of the church with an adulterous wife.
The golden timbre of Roberto Aronica graces the title role…His commanding tenor makes one sit up and listen, with some notable long-breathed phrasing and a smooth legato a joy to hear…[Yu Guanqun's] is a rich, true lyric soprano with a glint of steel and strong, even emission in the upper register…[Frontali] sings with great command of Verdian shape and line. (International Record Review)

Gustav Kuhn, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Verdi: Alzira (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Gustav Kuhn, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Verdi: Alzira (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Gustav Kuhn, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Verdi: Alzira (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 106 min | 33,3 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 106 min | 7,45 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, Japanese

Alzira is based on the play by Voltaire and displays the composer's maturity through glowing lyric moments, and the weaving together of complex emotional and musical strands.
All act with conviction as they are singing and bring good expression and diction to their roles…In the title role, Junko Saito sings with warm expressive tone, good diction and also acts with conviction. (MusicWeb International)

Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)

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Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)

Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 179 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 82 Mb | 00:35:49
Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical

In 1943, Orff followed up the overwhelming success of his Carmina Burana with Catulli Carmina, another staged choral work scored for percussion and pianos. The text of this parable of the power of Eros is drawn from poems by Catullus. The 1967 American Columbia recording, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and Temple University Choir and featuring soprano Judith Blegen and tenor Richard Kness “has plenty of vitality” (Gramophone). Its first appearance on CD is sure to be welcomed by the many devotees of Orff’s music.