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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 211 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English

Verdi's 1855 Paris opera which followed Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La Traviata is treated to a performance of blazing energy and intimate refinement with a superb cast which includes Cheryl Studer and Chris Merritt. The rarely-seen third act ballet is included complete, with the internationally-acclaimed dancers Carla Fracci and Wayne Eagling.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 681 Mb | Total time: 77:30+78:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 0326 | Recorded: 1992

Rossini's La donna del lago ("The Lady of the Lake") is a lush, positively verdant dramatic opera, first performed in 1819, that deserves to be better known. Derived from Sir Walter Scott's famous poem, the story concerns love both unrequited and requited amid rebellious Scottish clans, as the titular lady is wooed by two rivals while her heart is pledged to another. Given Rossini's luxuriant orchestration and emphasis on romance, one can't help feeling that the composer had the hills of Tuscany more in mind than the rugged Scottish highlands. A succession of highly charged scenas contrast with languid melodies, such as Ellen's delightful introductory "Oh mattutini albori", making this a less bloodily melodramatic companion-piece to Donizetti's Scott-inspired Lucia di Lammermoor.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2010)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2010)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 921 Mb | Total time: 03:47:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 480 4697 | Recorded: 1988

In many ways this is a magnificent achievement… Muti conducts with real assurance. Pacing the drama magnificently, it is on performances like these that the controversial Maestro has made his well-deserved musical reputation. Tell emerges as a masterpiece from first to last. Rossini's compositional confidence in his craft is never once in doubt, and there is no trace of any longueur anywhere.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 6] - Zelmira, Semiramide (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 6] - Zelmira, Semiramide (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 6]: Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia - Zelmira; Alberto Zedda, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Iano Tamar, Gloria Scalchi - Semiramide (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,47 Gb | Total time: 80:47+73:06+78:31+79:03+77:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1989, 1992

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5] - Ermione, Bianca e Falliero (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5] - Ermione, Bianca e Falliero (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5]: Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Cecilia Gasdia - Ermione; Donato Renzetti, London Sinfonietta Opera Orchestra, Katia Ricciarelli, Marilyn Horne - Bianca e Falliero (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,20 Gb | Total time: 65:44+57:00+76:51+52:16+47:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1986, 1988

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)

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Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)

Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 524 Mb | Total time: 65:40+56:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # ECD 75336 | Recorded: 1986

Ermione is one of Rossini's greatest operas. The libretto by Andrea Tottola based on the tragedy by Racine, Andromaque, is one of the richest Rossini ever set, for Tottola in boiling down Racine retained the essence of the play without producing the silliness which so often characterizes bel canto librettos. Possibly, it was the atrength of the libretto that inspired Rossini to write his most profound and innovative opera. He is uncompromising on his demands on the singers. The opera also makes huge demands on the producer since there are major roles for at least three first-class tenors as well as extremely demanding music for a soprano, a contralto or mezzo soprano and a bass. The orchestral and chorus demands are also very high.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2004)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2004)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2004)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italian (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 240 min | 7,89+6,29 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1988

The staging is fascinating. Vast panelled video screens provide the scenic backdrops. Videos of nature in all its glory are projected onto these. It makes for breathtaking effect, and the good news is that one does not tire of it.
Muti conducts with real assurance. Pacing the drama magnificently, it is on performances like these that the controversial Maestro has made his well-deserved musical reputation. Tell emerges as a masterpiece from first to last. Rossini's compositional confidence in his craft is never once in doubt, and there is no trace of any longueur anywhere…
–Musicweb International

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italian (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 167 min | 7,41 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1992

Director Werner Herzog and conductor Riccardo Muti combine with the finest of casts to lavish Rossini’s rarely-performed Neapolitan masterpiece, set in feudal sixteenth century Scotland, with the genius it deserves. June Anderson is an outstanding Elena (the Lady of the Lake) in the 1992 production of the melodrama based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt - Rossini: Armida [2012/1991]

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt - Rossini: Armida [2012/1991]

Rossini - Armida (Claudio Scimone, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt) [2012/1991]
Classical | Brilliant Classics 94222 | TT: 76.10+76.45 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 625 Mb

After its successful premiere, Rossini’s opera “Armida” was quickly forgotten, only to be triumphantly revived by Maria Callas in 1952, and ever since it is considered a masterpiece. This performance with primarily Italian forces, has all the wit, charm, beauty and sparkle that any Rossini opera can wish for. Some big names here: Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt,William Matteuzzi and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Great addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection. Armida is today considered one of Rossini’s greatest operas, but following its premier in Naples in 1817 it quickly faded from the standard operatic repertoire. Its plot of knightly duties, love and supernatural worlds (foreshadowing Weber in places) inspired the composer to write some of his most original and inimitable music, with unusual combinations of instruments and some beautiful extended solos for cello and violin.The love music is undeniably heartfelt and sincere; Rossini’s inspiration may have been assisted by his romantic involvement with the soprano Isabella Colbran, a major star of the time and the first to perform the title role.