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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Tomaso Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op. 10 (1981)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Tomaso Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op. 10 (1981)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Tomaso Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op. 10 (1981)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 52:08+54:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 0630-11222-2 | Recorded: 1979

This is a fine recording of the complete set of concertos for strings with solo violin and harpsichord by Tomaso Albinoni, performed by I Solisti Veneti directed by Claudio Scimone. Albinoni was a contemporary of the better-known Antonio Vivaldi and wrote concertos in a similar style. String instruments much as we know them today were developed in Cremona in the 17th and 18th centuries by three families in particular - Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari - to replace the viols that had been used in the previous centuries. As a result there were several composers, in Italy especially but also elsewhere in Europe, who composed works for these exciting new-sounding instruments.

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

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Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | ECD 88034 | Recorded: 1982

"Arias for mezzo soprano", it says, and authentically minded readers may already have noted that most of them would be sung by a countertenor these days, being originally for castrati. A little while ago I reviewed a record, "Arias for Farinelli", by Vivica Genaux, which came with a fascinating essay by René Jacobs in which he argued that the nearest we can get these days to the sound of the castrati is not the countertenor, which he rudely says should really be called a "falsettist", but the mezzo soprano, who is able to reproduce the strong, warm chest tones in her lower range which contemporary commentators tell us were at the base of the castrato voice production, the voice becoming sweeter and softer as it goes into the higher range.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 12] - 6 Sonate a quattro; La Boutique fantasque; Flute Quartets (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 12] - 6 Sonate a quattro;  La Boutique fantasque; Flute Quartets (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 12]: Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - 6 Sonate a quattro; Eugene Goossens, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - La Boutique fantasque; Aldo Ciccolini - Péché de vieillesse; Jean-Pierre Rampal - Flute Quartets; Sabine Meyer, Franz Welser-Möst - Variations for Clarinet & Orchestra (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 963 Mb | Total time: 73:04+78:28+80:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1957, 1963, 1970-72, 1987, 1996

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 11] - Stabat Mater; Petite Messe solennelle; Messa di Gloria (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 11] - Stabat Mater;  Petite Messe solennelle; Messa di Gloria (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 11]: Antonio Pappano, Salvatore Accardo, Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Stabat Mater, Petite Messe solennelle, Messa di Gloria; Georges Cziffra - Improvisations & Transcriptions (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 891 Mb | Total time: 65:27+75:49+81:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1957, 1959, 1992, 2010, 2012

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 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

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 8] - Guillaume Tell, Edipo a Colono (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 8] - Guillaume Tell, Edipo a Colono (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 8]: Lamberto Gardelli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Gedda - Guillaume Tell; Claudio Scimone, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers - Edipo a Colono (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,16 Gb | Total time: 66:34+73:00+58:00+74:59+40:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1979, 1982

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, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers - Puccini: Messa di Gloria (1984)

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Claudio Scimone, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers - Puccini: Messa di Gloria (1984)

Claudio Scimone, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers - Puccini: Messa di Gloria (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 195 Mb | Total time: 47:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45197-2 | Recorded: 1983

Opera composer Puccini was a young man when he crafted this splendid work. Its text is the old-fashioned Roman Catholic Latin Mass. The title of the work derives from its longest component, the "Gloria." Youthful exuberance and optimism underlie the work.

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.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 3] - L'Italiana in Algeri, Il Turco in Italia (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 3] - L'Italiana in Algeri, Il Turco in Italia (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 3]: Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Marilyn Horne - L'Italiana in Algeri; Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Maria Callas - Il Turco in Italia (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 982 Mb | Total time: 71:30+69:21+77:09+35:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1954, 1980

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.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Merilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (2010)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Merilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (2010)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Merilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 644 Mb | Total time: 71:30+69:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 68335 9 | Recorded: 1980

The plot concerns the feisty eponymous heroine Isabella. She has been sailing in the Mediterranean, accompanied by an elderly admirer Taddeo, in search of her lover Lindoro. After her ship is wrecked Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers, believes her the ideal replacement for his neglected wife who he intends to marry off to a captured slave, who happens to be Lindoro. Complicated situations ensue involving Taddeo being awarded the honour of Kaimakan and Mustafa in turn becoming a Pappataci, a spoof award invented by Isabella to keep him obeying her strict instructions. All ends well in a rousing finale with the Italians escaping from the clutches of the Bey.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 768 Mb | Total time: 53:20+57:24+52:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45147-2 | Recorded: 1977

There are three absolutely amazing performances on this set, and not because the voices are more or less beautiful than usual: those of Victoria de los Angeles, Marilyn Horne, and Sesto Bruscantini. The first-named sings here with dramatic expression, cleanly executed coloratura runs, and trills, none of which she was known for through most of her career. By dramatic expression I do not mean the generalized drama of her Butterfly, but word-painting and attention to text, of getting inside the character. Her coloratura runs here are far more cleanly executed than on her famous recording of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. As for trills, yes, she attempted a couple of imperfect ones on her recordings, but none in her Jewel Song from Faust, neither the mono recording from 1952 nor the stereo remake of 1957, neither in Nedda’s 1953 “Ballatella” nor in Antonia’s music in the 1965 Contes d’Hoffman. But here, suddenly, Victoria is loaded with trills—she even sings an ascending scale of them in her first-act aria—and they are cleanly defined trills, not that half-hearted little shake that she made pass for a trill in her earlier days.

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.