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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (1986)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (1986)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 66:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 415 832-2 | Recorded: 1977

This is the second of Herbert von Karajan's three versions of this symphony for Deutsche Grammophon, and it's a very nice one. Karajan always did well by the orchestral portions of this symphony, playing them sort of like proto-Bruckner. In the finale, as in his 1963 recording, he seems to prefer a very light, backward-balanced choral sound that will not appeal to those who believe that Beethoven meant the words to be heard. That reservation aside, this performance can be recommended as typical of Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in top form.

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

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Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 571 Mb | Total time: 53:02+74:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 409-2 | Recorded: 1973, 1975, 1987

Two great recordings of two of the greatest choral works. Karajan and Levin swoops the standards of tempi, phrasing and intens music making. Karajan's finest recording of the Requiem. Levin sets the bar a milestone higher. Remastering of the Requiem is confidentional good. Sound quality of K427 is superb.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.15 Gb+6.87 Gb (2xDVD9) | 168 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"Bernstein stamps his outsize personality on every bar and regularly has you convinced it is Mahler's own" (Gramophone). Leonard Bernstein, whose performances of the Seventh were instrumental in pushing the woek towards mainstream status, conducts it here with white-hot communicative power. When he prepared the huge "Symphony of a Thousand" with the Vienna Philharmonic for the 1975 Salzburg Festival there had been only one previous Austrian performance. The DVD encompasses the exultancy of the opening movement, Mahler's setting of the final scene from Goethe's Faust, Bernstein drives the music to the final redemptive blaze of glory.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (2014/2000) [BDRip]

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (2014/2000) [BDRip]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2014/2000) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 192 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, French, Japanese

Mozart's third and final opera with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, the hugely ambitious dramatic comedy Così fan Tutte (roughly translated as "They're All Like That"), is brought passionately to life in a first-class production conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and featuring one of the great starring roles for Cecilia Bartoli. Filmed live at the Zurich Opera House in February 2000 on a set that visualizes the subtitle "The School for Lovers," the plot revolves around two army officers arguing about the fidelity of their brides, then setting out to test their chastity.

Georges Pretre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)

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Georges Pretre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)

Georges Prêtre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House, Plácido Domingo, Luciana Serra, Agnes Baltsa, Ileana Cotrubas - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Japanese

By Jacques Offenbach. Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the story of his three past loves - the doll-like Olympia, the high-class courtesan Giulietta, and the ambitious but delicate Antonia - and recalls how each was thwarted by the evil influence of his rival. In this production by the distinguished film director, John Schlesinger, with spectacular designs by Maria Björnson and William Dudley, Offenbach's nightmare world is brought to life. The all-star cast is headed by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann: his three loves are Ileana Cotrubas, Agnes Baltsa and Luciana Serra and the manifestations of his rival are sung by Geraint Evans, Robert Lloyd, Siegmund Nimsgern and Nicola Ghiuselev. The score, which includes such favorites as the "Barcarolle" and the "Doll's Song", is conducted by Georges Prêtre.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 172 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

James Levine's conducting of this work is magnificent. You can just see the passion that he brings forth for this opera. He is paired with a very talented group of singers in the principal roles. Both Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras are doing a brilliant job with both their singing and acting. They both have a stage presence that very few can beat. Agnes Baltsa possesses a crystal clear voice, but she can also belt if that's what it takes to make the final outcome more believable. José Carreras' voice contains so much beauty; it's full of emotions, sensual and with that irresistible hint of honey. Like Baltsa he can also sacrifize beauty to enhance his performance.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Verdi: Don Carlo (2008/1986)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Verdi: Don Carlo (2008/1986)

Herbert Von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Verdi: Don Carlo (2008/1986)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.44 Gb (DVD9) | 178 min
Classical | Sony Music | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais

Herbert von Karajan was head of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1956 until his death in 1989. In addition to countless orchestral recordings, he created some immortal opera recordings: '' Don Carlos '' is one of these opera recordings that have since become historically significant: In 1986, the Salzburg Easter Festival was staged by an internationally top-class soloist duo (José Carreras, Agnes Baltsa, Ferrucio Furlanetto and Piero Cappuccilli ) on legend Karajan with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Salzburg Concert Choir.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (2005)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (2005)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 192 min | 4,11+5,96 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, English, Francais, Japanese | Rec: 2000

Mozart's third and final opera with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, the hugely ambitious dramatic comedy Così fan Tutte (roughly translated as "They're All Like That"), is brought passionately to life in a first-class production conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and featuring one of the great starring roles for Cecilia Bartoli. Filmed live at the Zurich Opera House in February 2000 on a set that visualizes the subtitle "The School for Lovers," the plot revolves around two army officers arguing about the fidelity of their brides, then setting out to test their chastity.

Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker, Agnes Baltsa, Ruggero Raimondi - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (1989)

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Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker, Agnes Baltsa, Ruggero Raimondi - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (1989)

Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker, Agnes Baltsa, Ruggero Raimondi - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 555 Mb | Total time: 65:09+60:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 427 331-2 | Recorded: 1987

A studio recording made in association with staged performances in Vienna in 1989 features the very beefy Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Abbado with Agnes Baltsa’s tangy mezzo giving a very characterful portrayal as Isabella. …[E]xpert Rossinians Corbelli and Enzo Dara sing Haly and Taddeo and are joined by a very characterful Ruggero Raimondi as Mustafa. Despite the size of the band, the performance goes along with zip with the finale of act one particularly invigorating.
–Robert J. Farr

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9; Te Deum (2008/1978)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9; Te Deum (2008/1978)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9; Te Deum (2008/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.15 Gb+6.07 Gb (2xDVD9) | 172 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

In these priceless documents from the late 1970s, filmed in the Bruckner shrines of Vienna and St Florian, Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner's Eighth - the symphony he revered above all others - and Ninth, as well as the towering Te Deum. "Massive, glowing, and infused with cosmic power" (conductor/scholar Denis Stevens on Karajan's Bruckner Eighth filmed with the Vienna Philharmonic).

Giuseppe Patane, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda [1990]

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Giuseppe Patane, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda [1990]

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (Giuseppe Patanè, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa) [1990]
Classical | Philips 426 233-2 | TT: 133.26 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 519 Mb

How this opera grows in the affections. And how it strengthens the larger, ever-deepening appreciation not merely of Donizetti's work but of operatic conventions as such. I mean that the frequently derided forms of opera (the set pieces, aria-and-cabaletta and so forth) can increasingly be a source of pleasure and of perceived power in the writing. Here, for instance, part of the exhilaration arises out of the composer's skill in suiting the conventions to his dramatic and musical purposes. Elizabeth's first aria, meditatively hopeful yet anxious, fits the lyric-cantabile form; then the arrival of Talbot and Cecil with their opposing influences provokes the intensified turbulence of irresolution that makes dramatic sense out of the cabaletta. It is so with the duets and ensembles: they look like conventional set-pieces, but established form and specific material have been so well fitted that, with the musical inspiration working strongly (as it is here), you have opera not in its naive stage awaiting development towards freedom from form but, on the contrary, opera at the confident height of a period in its history when it was entirely true to itself.