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Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)

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Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 869 Mb | Total time: 203:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 427 704 | Recorded: 1979

The opening with the opening choir "Kommt, ihr Töchter" immediately sets the tone; not a quick-played waltz, but imposing and wide-set, like the start of a great human drama. Richter exceeds 11 minutes with this tempo. Only the version by Otto Klemperer is even slower. But unlike Klemperer, here in the rest of the MP we are not dealing with a somewhat stately approach, but with a sharply profiled and dramatic one!

Janet Baker, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra - Gluck: Opera Arias (1989)

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Janet Baker, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra - Gluck: Opera Arias (1989)

Janet Baker, Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra - Gluck: Opera Arias (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 53:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| # 422 950-2 | Recorded: 1975

This is a stunning album for fans of Gluck, Janet Baker or just opera in general. 13 glorious arias from 7 of Gluck's operas comprise an album you'll not neglect to listen to repeatedly! Sung in French and Italian, mezzo-soprano Janet Baker gives an unforgettable performance. Divinities Of The Styx from Alceste delights the ear and is a great highlight on this album. Also the opener "The Perfidious Renaud Eludes Me" from Armide also is not to be missed. Raymond Leppard and the English Chamber Orchestra are top notch too.

Gerald Moore, Dame Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling - Schubert: Duets, Trios, Quartets (2007)

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Gerald Moore, Dame Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling - Schubert: Duets, Trios, Quartets (2007)

Gerald Moore, Dame Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling - Schubert: Duets, Trios, Quartets (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:02:34 | 596 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 435596

"In the typically genial 2 CD collection of Schubert duets, trios and quartets are resurrected golden age stereo analogue recordings made in 1973. These come to 25 works, all piano accompanied. The artists are the elite of the day. The only name unfamiliar to me was the tenor Horst R Laubenthal. No corners are cut with the notes which have been freshly penned by Malcolm Macdonald. On the other hand there are no texts or translations.

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

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Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of English National Opera, Janet Baker - Donizetti: Mary Stuart [Maria Stuarda] (2005/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues

This famous production of Donizetti’s Mary Stuart was one of English National Opera’s most memorable from the 1980’s. Dame Janet Baker chose the title role of Donizetti’s Scottish queen for her farewell to the London operatic stage in 1982. It was a triumph for Dame Janet, in one of the most rewarding of operatic roles. As Mary, she displays her full range as a great singing actress, at times imperious and confrontational, yet during the quieter reflective moments intensely moving. Her adversary Elizabeth is sung by Rosalind Plowright, in one of the best performances of her career, both intense and passionate in this demanding role. The famous, though entirely fictional, encounter scene between the two Queens is extremely powerful. The cast also includes John Tomlinson I commanding voice as Talbot, and David Randall as an ardent Leicester. The Performance is gloriously conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.