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Friedrich Haider, Orquestra Simfonica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Bellini: I Puritani (2011/2001)

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Friedrich Haider, Orquestra Simfonica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Bellini: I Puritani (2011/2001)

Friedrich Haider, Orquestra Simfònica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Bellini: I Puritani (2011/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.32 + 5.54 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 159 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano, Catalan, Chinese

The “Queen of Coloratura”, Edita Gruberova, is the undisputed star of this recording of I puritani from the opera house in Barcelona. Her interpretation of Bellini’s Elvira has certainly become one of her showpieces and her superb technique, her top notes and exquisite pianissimos and her amazing command of coloratura make her the focus of this production. The audience rewarded her with long enthusiastic ovations after her the mad scene in the second act, when her heart breaking rendering of the elegiac “Qui la voce sua soave” and the dazzling coloratura in the fast cabaletta undoubtedly sets her name next to the great Elviras of the 20th century. Arthaus captures on DVD Andrei Serban’s production of Bellini’s gloomy masterpiece.

Adam Fischer, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2012/1996)

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Adam Fischer, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2012/1996)

Adam Fischer, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2012/1996)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 3.88 + 6.24 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 162 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, Français, Español, Italiano, Deutsch

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) wrote his first opera at the early age of 21, which over the next 25 years was to be followed by another seventy. From 1830 onwards his operas caught the attention of the public and remained on the programmes, which was unusual at that time. When in 1841 the sought-after opera composer was on yet another of his tours, he was approached by the manager of the Vienna Kärntnertortheater, Bartolomeo Morelli, who requested him to set Linda di Chamonix to music after a libretto by Gaetano Rossi. Donizetti, who was keen to establish himself in Vienna, having already done so in Paris and Milan, accepted the commission.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006/1988)

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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006/1988)

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.96 Gb+7.31 Gb (2xDVD9) | 209 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (1932-1988) was one of the most eminent opera directors of the second half of the 20th century. His productions not only graced the repertoires of opera houses in Salzburg, Milan and New York, but also enhanced television programming with original, classical opera films produced exclusively by Unitel. Ponnelle always bestowed particular love and care on Mozart's operas, whether popular works such as "Die Zauberflöte" and "Figaro," or less known works such as "La clemenza di Tito," "Idomeneo" and "Mitridate."

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza - Massenet: Manon (2006/1986)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza - Massenet: Manon (2006/1986)

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza - Massenet: Manon (2006/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.74 Gb (DVD9) | 167 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed live at the Vienna State Opera in December 1983, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s elegant staging of Manon captures all the pathos of Massenet’s masterpiece. Adam Fischer leads an all-star cast featuring the incomparable Edita Gruberova in the title role and the brilliant Francisco Araiza as Le chevalier des Grieux. Massenet’s Manon was immensely successful from the outset, and it has remained a hit ever since its world premiere in Paris in 1884.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 179 min | 7,41 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1987

This acclaimed La Scala performance of "Don Giovanni" instantly took its place among the most important Mozart productions. Thomas Allen, hailed as one of the best British baritones ever, gives an engaging and seductive performance as the famous lover. Under the baton of Riccardo Muti, this La Scala production highlights all of the tragic grandeur of this masterpiece without sacrificing its lighthearted moments. Director Giorgio Strehler's staging has been lauded for its subtle psychological treatment of the characters.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Rigoletto (2006/1982) [BDRip]

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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Rigoletto (2006/1982) [BDRip]

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Rigoletto (2006/1982) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 117 min | 6,35 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This extraordinarily powerful 1983 production may be the best-sung performance by Luciano Pavarotti on DVD, but when acting values are counted in, Ingvar Wixell manages to outshine the tenor star. Verdi gave the Duke two of Italian opera's most brilliant arias ("Questa o quella" and "La donna e mobile"), but he gave the deformed jester Rigoletto a depth and complexity of character that is reflected in music of great variety and enormous emotional impact: the cruel mockery of the opening scene, the self-doubts inspired by his dialogue with Sparafucile, the paternal anxieties and final despair at his daughter's sad fate, and the burning, self-destructive thirst for revenge. All these motives work their way into music of great dramatic richness, variety, and intensity. Wixell rises to its challenges, not only in the title role but in a cameo appearance as Rigoletto's nemesis Monterone. Location filming provides an atmosphere unavailable in staged productions. (Joe McLellan)

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

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James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 189 min | 4,24+7,00 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1982

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval, when it was premiered in Salzburg. The Theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnellecreated a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubas˛ as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.0 Gb | Total time: 08:36:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75535 2 | Recorded: 1983, 1987, 1991

Three of Mozart's most popular operas – Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, conducted by leading opera maestro Riccardo Muti in performances from Vienna and Salzburg, are here available in one set.

Karl Bohm, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2005/1980)

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Karl Bohm, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2005/1980)

Karl Böhm, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2005/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.48 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“One of Böhm's last operatic assignments, he accompanies his fine cast with huge wisdom. Gruberova and Talvela are outstanding. August Everding's production, adventurous for 1980, is now a delight to look at” (BBC Music Magazine). “the performance has a winning glow, with an excellent cast of soloists. Edita Gruberova as Konstanze is at her freshest…[Grist's Blonde] is a charming and characterful assumption, most of all when confronting the powerful Osmin of Martii Tavela” (Penguin Guide).

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.

Giuseppe Patane, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda [1990]

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Giuseppe Patane, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda [1990]

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (Giuseppe Patanè, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa) [1990]
Classical | Philips 426 233-2 | TT: 133.26 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 519 Mb

How this opera grows in the affections. And how it strengthens the larger, ever-deepening appreciation not merely of Donizetti's work but of operatic conventions as such. I mean that the frequently derided forms of opera (the set pieces, aria-and-cabaletta and so forth) can increasingly be a source of pleasure and of perceived power in the writing. Here, for instance, part of the exhilaration arises out of the composer's skill in suiting the conventions to his dramatic and musical purposes. Elizabeth's first aria, meditatively hopeful yet anxious, fits the lyric-cantabile form; then the arrival of Talbot and Cecil with their opposing influences provokes the intensified turbulence of irresolution that makes dramatic sense out of the cabaletta. It is so with the duets and ensembles: they look like conventional set-pieces, but established form and specific material have been so well fitted that, with the musical inspiration working strongly (as it is here), you have opera not in its naive stage awaiting development towards freedom from form but, on the contrary, opera at the confident height of a period in its history when it was entirely true to itself.