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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 6 [7CDs] (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 6 [7CDs] (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 6 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,97 Gb | Total time: 07:44:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

Adam Fischer, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (2006)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (2006)

Adam Fischer, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Mozart: Ascanio in Alba (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.58 Gb (DVD9) | 104 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

"Ascanio in Alba" K. 111 came about through the good offices of Count Firmian, who had shared the Milan audience's enthusiasm for "Mitridate" and exerted his influence on the Empress in Vienna. He suggested entrusting the young Mozart with the composition of a festa teatrale for the wedding of the Empress's son, Archduke Ferdinand, and Maria Beatrice d'Este of Modena. Mozart began working on the score in late August 1771.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Salieri: Europa riconosciuta (2016/2004)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Salieri: Europa riconosciuta (2016/2004)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Salieri: Europa riconosciuta (2016/2004)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | Erato | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch

In 1778 Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta became the first work to be performed at the Milanese theatre later known as the Teatro alla Scala. Despite this honour, Europa riconosciuta (Europa recognised) remained unperformed for 226 years until 2004, when Riccardo Muti, then Music Director of La Scala, chose it to reopen the legendary theatre after three years of renovation work. “I love Salieri," Diana Damrau has said. "He was an important man and a musical authority in Vienna, a teacher and an heir to Gluck as a successful opera composer. And, like Mozart, he was a dramatist in music. Europa Riconosciuta is masterly in its construction and builds up step by step.

Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32991 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 109 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 109 min | 6,53 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the acclaimed 2008 production of Humperdinck's famous fairytale opera, in the company of two of Britain's most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father, and the legendary conductor Colin Davis. Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the opera's fairytale charm. Humperdinck's music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually delightful as opera gets. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in full Surround Sound.

Diana Damrau - Tudor Queens (2020)

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Diana Damrau - Tudor Queens (2020)

Diana Damrau - Tudor Queens (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 264 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:09
Classical, Opera | Label: Erato Records, Warner Classics

Soprano Diana Damrau assumes the crowns of three different Tudor queens, the central characters in operas by Donizetti: Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena), Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda), and Elizabeth I (Roberto Devereux). With Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, she performs the substantial and climactic final scene of each work. When Damrau sang Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opera, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: “She commands a voice that seems to have no limits. Her coloratura is stunning, her vocal range impressive, and her dynamic shadings are breath-taking. Damrau is in a class of her own.”

Diana Damrau, Helmut Deutsch - Franz Liszt: Lieder (2011)

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Diana Damrau, Helmut Deutsch - Franz Liszt: Lieder (2011)

Diana Damrau, Helmut Deutsch - Franz Liszt: Lieder (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 0709282 4 | Time: 01:16:35

After her sumptuous album of Strauss songs with orchestra, soprano Diana Damrau marks the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth with an album of his most celebrated songs in German and Italian, accompanied by pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder; Lieder (2020)

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Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder; Lieder (2020)

Diana Damrau, Helmut Deutsch, Mariss Jansons, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder; Lieder (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 73:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| # 0190295303464 | Recorded: 2019

For me, Strauss is one of the greatest composers," Diana Damrau has said. "The way he handles the soprano voice is a joy. And to be able to sing his music with my voice feels like coming home." The centrepiece of this album of Strauss songs is the sublime Vier letzte Lieder, in which Damrau - born and trained in Bavaria - joins forces with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and it's long-standing Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons. Her partner in a tempting and diverse selection of songs with piano is Helmut Deutsch. "Not only is Strauss's music gorgeous," says Damrau, "there's the way he combines words and notes - and the psychology.

Kirill Petrenko, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert 2019: An Evening With Broadway Melodies (2020) [Blu-Ray]

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Kirill Petrenko, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert 2019: An Evening With Broadway Melodies (2020) [Blu-Ray]

Kirill Petrenko, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert 2019: An Evening With Broadway Melodies (2020) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21379 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 106 min | 21,6 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3646 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 106 min | 5,73 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, Korean, Japanese

The Berliner Philharmoniker played under the baton of their new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko for the first time at the New Year’s Eve concert – presenting a vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. The program takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Moreover, it features star soprano Diana Damrau in captivating musical songs.

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2012)

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Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2012)

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 153 min | 4.14 + 4.21 Gb (2xDVD5)
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2011

Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun ("Sister Colette") in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear.

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor  (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28011 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 40,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3802 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Diana Damrau’s reputation as the world’s leading coloratura soprano has been built on her extraordinary technical virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship and her acute psychological insight. In Katie Mitchell’s sometimes radical production of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Royal Opera House, she is, as the Financial Times wrote, 'brilliantly convincing'. Award winning director Katie Mitchell took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.

Michele Mariotti, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Rigoletto (2013)

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Michele Mariotti, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Rigoletto (2013)

Michele Mariotti, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Rigoletto (2013)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.61 Gb (DVD9) | 136 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Chinese, Korean

The Metropolitan Opera give a live performance of Verdi's work adapted from Victor Hugo's play 'Le roi s'amuse'. In this version, which has been updated to a 1960s Las Vegas setting by director Michael Mayer, Piotr Beczala portrays the philandering Duke with Zeljko Lucic as his sidekick Rigoletto and Diana Damrau as Rigoletto's daughter Gilda, who has been kept a secret by her father and falls for the Duke while unaware of his true identity. Michelle Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra.

Gianandrea Noseda, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Les Pecheurs de Perles (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Gianandrea Noseda, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Les Pecheurs de Perles (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Gianandrea Noseda, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 120 min | 34,9 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 120 min | 8,48 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, set in Sri Lanka, is known above all for its unforgettable duet for tenor and baritone, but it its score is full of delightful and dramatic music. When recently staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York it proved a major success, both for the production by Penny Woolcock and the musical performance, conducted by Paolo Noseda, with (once again) Diana Damrau as the priestess Leïla and, as the two men competing for love, the tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga). Woolcock’s concept brought the production up to date, with photographic and video references to the 2004 tsunami, and offered a superb ‘aquatic’ spectacle during the overture: the whole stage appeared to be beneath the Indian Ocean and acrobatic divers ‘swam’ down from the surface (located in the flies of the theatre).

Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008) [Re-Up]

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Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008) [Re-Up]

Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | # 88697222492 | Time: 01:13:18

In many ways, Debussy’s piano music finds its rightful home on the harp. Apart from the distinctive textural and colouristic elements in the writing itself, we have contemporary accounts of Debussy’s piano-playing that refer to his ability to make you forget a piano even had hammers. Of course, this doesn’t allow for dreamy, “impressionistic” interpretations; rather, it makes clarity and precision absolute imperatives – which qualities we find in abundance in this recital by Xavier de Maistre and friends.

Christian Thielemann, Munchner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Christian Thielemann, Munchner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Christian Thielemann, Münchner Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 211 min | 45,0 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3904 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 211 min | 11,4 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

Renée Fleming performs in a wonderful version of Der Rosenkavalier with an all star cast. Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Jonas Kaufmann perform in this Decca release with the Munchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann conducting. For this filming, Baden-Baden Festival Opera is re-staging the celebrated Herbert Wernicke production, already seen in Salzburg (1995) and Paris (1998) – a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear.

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Munchener Opernorchester, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2014)

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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Munchener Opernorchester, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2014)

Jesús López-Cobos, Münchener Opernorchester, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 633 Mb | Total time: 65:23+71:34 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646219018 | Recorded: 2013

Diana Damrau gave her first performance as Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera in October 2008, to much critical acclaim. This recording with the Munich Opera followed almost five years later, in July 2013, showing that she has staying power in the ultimate coloratura role. The Munich performance was conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, and Damrau was joined by an exceptional cast, which included Joseph Calleja as Edgardo, Ludovic Tézier as Enrico, and Nicolas Testé as Raimondo.