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Anna Bonitatibus, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Haydn: L'infedeltà costante - Operatic Arias and Overtures (2008)

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Anna Bonitatibus, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Haydn: L'infedeltà costante - Operatic Arias and Overtures (2008)

Anna Bonitatibus, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Haydn: L'infedeltà costante - Operatic Arias and Overtures (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 78:05 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 88697 90377 2 | Recorded: 2008

"L'infedeltà costante" - "Die beständige Untreue", mit diesem Titel haben Anna Bonitatibus und Alan Curtis ihre Haydn-CD umschrieben. Denn um "Untreue" in der einen oder anderen Art geht es bei all den diversen Arien aus Haydns zahlreichen Opern. Die italienische Mezzosopranistin Anna Bonitatibus hat sich Arien aus den Opern La fedeltà premiata, Orlando Palladino, La vera costanza, L'infedeltà delusa, La frascatana, L` isola disabitata und Arianna a Naxos ausgesucht, die Haydn zu Recht als Opernkomponisten "rehabilitieren": Musikalisch abwechslungsreiche, ausdrucksstarke Stücke, die mannigfaltige Facetten von der schlichten Melodie bis hin zu atemberaubenden Koloraturen aufweisen. Eine echte Entdeckung, welche die Sängerin Alan Curtis und sein Complesso Barocco beschwingt präsentieren.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 56:11+45:25+46:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 7106 | Recorded: 2006

For the 1727 season – the waning days of opera's popularity in London – transplanted German composer George Frederick Handel wrote no less than three operas for the English capital's stage. Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto was the last and least enthusiastically received of them. Unsuccessfully revived in 1730 and then again in 1733, Tolomeo was unperformed for the next 200 years, and even now, it remains one of Handel's least performed and recorded operas. Prior to this Archiv set, only a 1995 Vox recording of the work with Richard Auldon Clark leading the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra had been released in the digital era.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 897 Mb | Total time: 69:45+62:45+48:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 45669 2 | Recorded: 2002

Written in 1740, Deidamia was the last of Handel’s Italian operas; thereafter he relinquished the form and turned his creative energies to English oratorio. The libretto is based on the myth of Achilles’ boyhood: disguised as a girl on the island of Scyros to escape his fate at Troy, Achilles is unmasked by Ulysses and joins the war, abandoning his lover Deidamia. Despite its heroic subject Deidamia is written with a light, almost comic touch, Deidamia herself providing a central seriousness as she moves from the ecstasies of young love to a tragic maturity, forced to release the boy she loves to his inevitable death. Simone Kermes is Deidamia and Anna Bonitatibus her cynical adversary Ulysses; Alan Curtis’ new recording reveals the many beauties of a very human and appealing work that marks a wistful end to the golden age of Baroque opera.

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna (2019) [BDRip]

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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna (2019) [BDRip]

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Donizetti: Enrico di Borgogna (2019) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 7,34 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Enrico di Borgogna is a melodramma per musica that was premiered in Venice in 1818, marking Donizettis stage debut. The plot of this rarely performed opera follows a rather traditional scheme: Enrico wants to defeat the son of the villain who usurped his fathers throne and is about to marry his beloved Elisa. Fortunately, he succeeds in stopping the marriage and regaining his inheritance. This release is a world première video recording of the 2018 Donizetti Opera Festival performance, which received excellent reviews for its brilliant staging.

George Petrou, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia (2014)

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George Petrou, Münchner Rundfunkorchester -  Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia (2014)

George Petrou, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia (2014)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.02 Gb | Total time: 55:45+61:42+53:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC960 | Recorded: 2013

OehmsClassics proudly presents this recording of the Jubilee Concert „250th Anniversary of the Birth of Simon Mayr“ made in June 2013 in Ingolstadt. The performance was of Mayr’s opera Ginevra di Scozia, a saga from Scotland that is an important step in the transition to romantic Italian opera.

Ivor Bolton, Concerto Koln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)

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Ivor Bolton, Concerto Koln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)

Ivor Bolton, Concerto Köln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 198 min | 6,38 + 7,77 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Nederlands | Recorded: 2009

This hilarious contemporary version of Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera Hercules in Love was commissioned on occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The original production took two years to complete and was at the time the greatest show ever performed in Europe. Directed by David Alden, this surreal production is a triumph of commedia buffa resplendent with decorative and symbolic elements, and complemented by Constance Hoffman's exceptional costumes. Led by Ivor Bolton, a master of baroque music, the chorus of De Nederlandse Opera and Concerto Köln give a sublime performance. With Luca Pisaroni's (Ercole) singing being heroic and melodious in turn, and Veronica Cangemi as a splendid Iole, this is an outstanding production by the DNO.

Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)

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Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)

Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 496 Mb | Total time: 51:28+46:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Production | # 477 0982 | Recorded: 2004

Andromeda Liberata is a serenata, or two-part ceremonial cantata with a hint of allegorical storyline, given in Venice on September 18, 1726, in honor of visiting Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. Most early eighteenth century works of this type are so courtly, genteel, and refined that often their common destiny is to languish and gather dust on the shelves of some archive rather than be promoted and performed. Andromeda Liberata is an exception in that parts of it are traceable to the pen of one Antonio Vivaldi, whose varied and outstanding contribution to other types of works, including opera, are well noted elsewhere. Vivaldi, however, is not solely responsible for the score; although the musicological jury is still out on many sections contained within Andromeda Liberata, among the suspect roster may be found other prominent names (Tomaso Albinoni, Nicola Porpora, and Antonio Lotti) and some lesser ones (Giovanni Porta and Antonino Biffi).

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Tamerlano (2003)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Tamerlano (2003)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Tamerlano (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 911 Mb | Total time: 60:30+57:35+63:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie | # AV 0001 | Recorded: 2001

What a strange, wondrous work this is! Dealing almost exclusively with emotions–paternal, filial, and romantic love, sacrifice, jealousy, hatred, spite–there is very little “action” per se. But in Handel’s Tamerlano we are smack in the middle of these people’s hearts and it’s more suspenseful and moving than operas with battles, great political themes, wind machines, and exotic dancers. In short, absolute ruler Tamerlano has conquered and taken the Turkish Emperor Bajazet captive. Despite his engagement to Irene, Tamerlano loves Bajazet’s daughter Asteria; Andronicus, his Greek ally, loves her too and Asteria returns Andronicus’ love. Although it appears as if Asteria also has accepted Tamerlano’s love (to the horror of Bajazet, Andronicus, and Irene), in fact she plans to kill him. She and her father are condemned to death when her plot is discovered, but Bajazet commits suicide and in a last minute change of heart, Tamerlano allows Andronicus and Asteria to wed, while he takes Irene as bride.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (2012)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (2012)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 180 min | 4,83+6,12 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2010

The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid's Teatro Réal, L'incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Bonitatibus.
William Christie, who most recently started 2012 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, is joined by the Les Arts Florissants as he evokes a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly creates atmosphere and shows a perfect sense for the accents of the piece. It took Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi three years to mount Monteverdi's three operas together. The result was a production full of elegance and beauty.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Tamerlano (2002)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Tamerlano (2002)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Tamerlano (2002)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 192 min+131 min (bonus) | 7.69+7.22 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Francais, Espanol, Japanese | Recorded: 2001

Written in 1724, just after Giulio Cesare and just before Rodelinda, Tamerlano comes from one of the most fruitful periods of Handel’s career, full of compelling inspiration, yet it has been relatively neglected on disc. This Avie recording was made live at Sadler’s Wells in London in collaboration with the BBC in June 2001, marking a welcome return to disc of Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert. The result is delicate on a smallish scale, less sharply focused than Pinnock’s Archiv recordings, but with unerring judgement on style and pacing.