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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2012) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30675 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 280 min | 41,5+40,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3739 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 280 min | 12,9 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch

English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production – the first at Glyndebourne – which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood. At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, a 'gleamingly sung', 'eminently believable' Sachs (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.

Zubin Mehta, Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2011/2008)

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Zubin Mehta, Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2011/2008)

Zubin Mehta, Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2011/2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 5.35+5.60 Gb (2xDVD9) | 161 min
Classical | C Major | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Korean, Chinese

The cast is a dream team', wrote the Financial Times after the premiere of this production of Verdis La forza del destino at the Wiener Staatsoper. Powerful performances by Nina Stemme, who gives a fullblooded portrayal of Leonora, Alastair Miles as her father, Salvatore Licitra as Alvaro, Carlos Álvarez as Don Carlo and Nadia Krasteva as Preziosilla resulted in one of the Viennese ensembles most celebrated achievements of recent years. Zubin Mehta leads the Staatsoper Orchestra with agility, subtleness and relaxed mastery, and right from the start David Pountney establishes an atmosphere of entrapment by fate. 'A perfect utopia' (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Vladimir Jurowski, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gerald Finley, Luca Pisaroni - Mozart: Don Giovanni [2011]

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Vladimir Jurowski, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gerald Finley, Luca Pisaroni - Mozart: Don Giovanni [2011]

Vladimir Jurowski, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gerald Finley, Luca Pisaroni - Mozart: Don Giovanni [2011]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.46 Gb+6.20 (2xDVD9) | 194 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

For this 2010 production, the first new staging of the opera in 10 years, Glyndebourne welcome back the winning team of director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown with Festival Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Set at a time of seismic social and cultural change - in a Fellini-esque vision of post-war life - Jonathan Kent's urgently propulsive production offers a 'white-knuckle rollercoaster ride' through the events of the Don's last day as they unfold in and around Paul Brown's magical 'box of tricks' set.

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (1994)

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David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (1994)

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (1994)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Total time: 65:37+73:39+58:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | ORC 11 | Recorded: 1993

Giovanni Mayr is known today primarily as the teacher of Donizetti, but in the very late 1700s and first two decades of the 1800s, this German-born, Italian-by-adoption composer was all the operatic rage, combining the fiorature and niceties of Italian vocal writing with a German penchant for orchestration (Medea’s opening aria has a violin obbligato of the type that you simply do not find with the Italians, for instance). Medea in Corinto is considered Mayr’s masterpiece; in fact, it’s a long score, not quite as poweful as Cherubini’s, but with plenty of flavor of its own.

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

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Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 61:56+69:58+44:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC33 | Recorded: 2005

Donizetti considered Dom Sébastien, Roi de Portugal (1843), his final completed opera written for the Paris Opéra, to be his masterpiece. In spite of its relative obscurity, on the basis of this recording, one is inclined to agree with him. The opera has several attributes that in the past have proved to be obstacles to its popularity. The first is its length – it's in five substantial acts and lasts three hours, but that's not so onerous for contemporary audiences accustomed to Wagner and Strauss. Besides, the composer created an abbreviated version for Viennese audiences, who at that time wanted to be out of the theater by 10 p.m., and that version could be used if necessary.

Ivor Bolton, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburger Bachchor - Mozart: Requiem KV 626; Haas: Sieben Klangräume (2018)

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Ivor Bolton, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburger Bachchor - Mozart: Requiem KV 626; Haas: Sieben Klangräume (2018)

Ivor Bolton, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburger Bachchor - Mozart: Requiem KV 626; Haas: Sieben Klangräume (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 216 Mb | Total time: 53:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: belvedere edition | BVE08047 | Recorded: 2005

At the end of April 1791, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart applied for the position of second Kapellmeister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, hoping to inherit the position from Leopold Hofmann, the incumbent Kapellmeister, the City Council of Vienna accepted Mozart’s petition in a strongly worded decree as a basis for the text in the vocal passages of his Sieben Klangräume accompanying the Unfinished Fragments of Mozart’s Requiem KV 626.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir - Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 505 Mb | Total time: 119:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| 442 142-2 | Recorded: 1992

This religious masterpiece, composed in memory of the great Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873), has themes even more cosmic than any in Verdi's other operas: life and death, heaven and hell, the Christian vision of humanity's redemption, the end of the world, and the last judgment. Verdi's music rises to the tremendous demands of this subject matter; it is music of grandeur, guilt, terror, and consolation, with a breadth of vision and an intensity of feeling unique in the composer's work and in religious music. John Eliot Gardiner's is the first recording made with period instruments, a kind of performance that some musiclovers still dismiss as dilettantism, more concerned with musicological correctness than feeling and communication.

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [1996]

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David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [1996]

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [1996]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 77.55+72.39 | Covers | 630 Mb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC13 | Rec: 1996

Nelly Miricioiu and Renée Fleming, as Eleanor of Aquitaine and the fair Rosamund, battle for the love of Bruce Ford (Henry II of England) in one of Donizetti’s more intimate serious works. A cholera epidemic in 1837 prevented the performance of the revised ending – given here complete for the first time – in which the jealous Eleanor stabs her rival. 'The performance could hardly be improved. … Renée Fleming … one of the most lovely voices to be hearde in our time' (John Steane, The Gramophone)

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Pacini: Maria regina d’Inghilterra [1998]

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David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Pacini: Maria regina d’Inghilterra [1998]

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Pacini: Maria regina d’Inghilterra [1998]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 41.48+58.24+71.37 | Covers | 649 Mb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC15 | Rec: 1997

Based on Victor Hugo’s passionate play about Mary Tudor, Maria regina d’Inghilterra was one of Pacini’s most successful operas. Written in 1843, the vocal portrait of the central character is among the composer’s best creations. Joy, tears, outrage and forgiveness are all contained in the vivid vocal characterisation that was Pacini’s hallmark.

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: Saul (1991)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: Saul (1991)

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: Saul (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 793 Gb | Total time: 158:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 265-2 | Recorded: 1989

Saul is the fourth of Handel’s English oratorios, written in 1738–39 as his career as a composer of Italian opera was drawing to a close. His librettist was Charles Jennens, who would eventually provide texts for L’allegro, Messiah , and Belshazzar. It is clear that, in the wake of a failed subscription to an Italian opera season, Handel intended Saul to take London by storm. The score calls for a huge orchestra, including trombones, carillon, a large organ, and double-bass kettledrums. This splendid recording, first issued in 1991, is of a live performance originally presented at the Göttingen Handel Festival in June 1989.