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Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Siegfried (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Siegfried (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Siegfried (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 239 min | 44,3 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 239 min | 11,0 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition – the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan – universally recognized as the finest bass-baritone – and Wotan – of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde, and star tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Die Walkure (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Die Walkure (2012) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Die Walküre (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 240 min | 43,8 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 240 min | 11,0 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition – the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan – universally recognized as the finest bass-baritone – and Wotan – of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde, and star tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2012) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25998 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 42,1 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4162 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 7,48 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition – the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan – universally recognized as the finest bass-baritone – and Wotan – of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde, and star tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund.

Arnold Ostman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)

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Arnold Ostman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)

Arnold Östman, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 583 Mb | Total time: 75:04+79:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 059-2 | Recorded: 1989

It is an elegantly comic performance with a light orchestral sound, brisk tempi and lighter voices than usual. This is not to say that the reading is lacking in gravitas and there are many felicitous moments. It is a good cast, headed by Håkan Hagegård in the title role. His Giovanni is a little lacking in menace, but is full of volatile energy and sung in a suave baritone voice. The standout performance is the Leporello of the French-Swiss bass-baritone Gilles Cachemaille; the quick and pointed recitatives between him and Hagegård really fizz and his Catalogue aria is a masterpiece of breath control. The two leading ladies are interestingly cast; Arleen Auger’ lighter-voiced than most Donna Annas, produces a rich, creamy sound, while the mezzo Della Jones is a fiery Donna Elvira, with the pungency of her high notes especially impressive.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opera Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)

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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opera Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)

Jesús López-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opéra Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.23 + 6.47 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 173 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Français

Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the tales 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. Jacques Offenbach's opera is performed at the Paris National Opera, directed by Robert Carsen, and the cast includes Neil Shicoff (as Hoffmann) and Bryn Terfel.

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir - Mozart: Requiem (2014/1999) [Blu-Ray]

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir - Mozart: Requiem (2014/1999) [Blu-Ray]

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir - Mozart: Requiem (2014/1999) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 62 min | 14,3 Gb
Audio: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 9322 kbps / 29,970 fps | 62 min | 5,04 Gb
Audio: Latin / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Latin

On July 16, 1999, the 10th anniversary of the death of Herbert von Karajan, the Berlin Philharmonic paid tribute to their late maestro, playing within the confines of the imposing Salzburg Cathedral in von Karajans hometown of Salzburg. Among other works, the orchestra performed Mozart's Requiem in D minor, KV 626, featuring soprano Karita Mattila, contralto Sara Mingardo, tenor Michael Schade and bass baritone Bryn Terfel as soloists. Soprano Rachel Harnisch appeared as soloist on the two complementing arias Betrachte dies mein Herz und frage mich and Laudate Dominum.

Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Voices from Heaven (1998)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung - Voices from Heaven (1998)

Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Myung-Whun Chung, Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Voices from Heaven (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 59:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 459 156-2 | Recorded: 1998

This is a beautiful anthology of sacred liturgical music. Chung coordinates his forces in larger choral pieces with power and vertical balance. Contributions by Cecilia Bartoli find the mezzo in top form, and Bryn Terfel brings charismatic presence to “Pie Jesu” from the Fauré Requiem. Also included are the interminable "Song for Athene" by John Taverner and a great performance by Andrea Bocelli in Eric Levi's hymn for the world, "I Believe".

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This performance of Strauss' opera Salome, recorded in London, but based on an earlier performance at the Salzburg Festival, could be the perfect Salome on DVD for several years to come. In the first place the casting is superb. Malfitano and Terfel as Salome and Jokanaan are not to be surpassed in the next years. Malfitano does the Dance of the Seven Veils herself, which gives the performance an extra thrill. Herod is good too and as a bonus we see Anja Silja as Herodias, a well-known Salome herself in her younger days.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (1994)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (1994)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 712 Mb | Total time: 70:12+63:08+45:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 439 871-2 | Recorded: 1993

In common with others these days, and with good musicological reasons, Gardiner re-jigs the ordering of Act III, positioning ‘Dove sono’ somewhat earlier than usual. He departs more radically from tradition by offering, in addition, a reordered version of Act IV. This is convincing as scholarship as well as drama – two qualities which inform the whole of this sparkling yet searching performance, a team effort which nonetheless permits plenty of sharply etched characterisation as well as some exceptionally fine singing.

Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Handel Arias (1997)

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Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Handel Arias (1997)

Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Handel Arias (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 453 480-2 | Recorded: 1997

Bryn Terfel has it all. His rich, deep baritone voice is capable of navigating the rapids and doing the vocal leaps and cartwheels that Handel routinely demands of his singers, even the ones with big, deep voices that usually move more slowly. He is Welsh, and in his mastery of words–clarity of projection and precise emotional expression–he calls to mind another great Welsh performer, Richard Burton. This recital, accompanied by Sir Charles Mackerras with skill and sensitivity, runs the whole gamut of Handel's vocal styles, from military bluster (powerfully present in the first aria, "Arm, arm, ye brave") to humble piety (in the second selection, "Vouchsafe, O Lord"). There is erotic awe in "Where'er you walk," comic grotesquerie in "O ruddier than the cherry," and pure splendor in "The trumpet shall sound." A marvelous recital.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2001/1993)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2001/1993)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2001/1993)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.26 Gb (DVD9) | 168 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

It is an oft-repeated saw, about life in the heavenly spheres, that the angels revere Bach but listen to Mozart. If they have DVD players, you can bet they're now watching this stunning production of Le Nozze di Figaro ("The Marriage of Figaro"), which comes about as close to Mozartian perfection as one could possibly hope to get. The faultlessly cast youthful performers bubble with infectious energy. Alison Hagley is a sprightly Susanna with a voice as clear as a bell, and brilliantly matched by a 28-year-old Bryn Terfel both acting and sounding in fine form. Hillevi Martinpelto demonstrates why she is one of the world's favourite Mozart singers with her melting tones, richly coloured voice and generous stage presence, and Rodney Gilfry gives a muscular, wonderfully controlled performance as the Count.

Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle (2001)

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Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle (2001)

Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle [4CDs] (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,18 Gb | Total time: 73:54+65:36+73:21+76:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 840402 | Recorded: 1977-1998

Tout le monde devrait connaitre certaines oeuvres classiques. Les requiems de Mozart ou de de Saint Sens en font parti, à mes yeux.

Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)

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Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)

Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 77:39+30:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 2249 | Recorded: 2001-2009

This compilation of selections from a number of Cecilia Bartoli's recitals from between 1994 and 2009, plus several newly released tracks, is unified by the theme of sighs, "sospiri." The music expresses a variety of moods, including sighs of resignation, relaxation, grief, ecstasy, and romantic pleasure. The first of the two CDs is devoted to secular music, much of it operatic, and the second to sacred pieces. The album should offer few surprises to anyone who has a preconceived opinion of Bartoli's vocalism.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.90 Gb + 5.31 Gb (2xDVD9) | 180 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mozart’s darkest operatic masterpiece with a superb cast featuring Renée Fleming and Bryn Terfel, masterfully conducted by James Levine with Franco Zeffirelli’s beautiful staging.
Bryn Terfel, giving his first Don Giovanni at the MET, received rave reviews for both his singing and his dramatic performance – as the Los Angeles Times puts it: “Terfel is exquisite as the Don, raping and pillaging his way through Europe: His voice, diction and acting are perhaps the best in the role since Cesare Siepi.”