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Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

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Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 572 Mb | Total time: 67:07+68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 7435 | Recorded: 1984

This is one of those great Rossinian singing competitions in which everyone–and, in particular, the listeners–wins. Composed as a piece of occasional entertainment for the coronation of Charles X in Paris, Rossini borrowed liberally from his recent comic success Le Comte Ory and fashioned a musical necklace chock filled with one shiny bauble after another. Each character has a showpiece aria, from the highs of soprano Cecilia Gasdia as a melodramatic poetess all the way down to the basso realms of Samuel Ramey and Ruggero Raimondi. The ensembles are as delicious as the solos, and Claudio Abbado, in a very theatrical mood (this was recorded live) keeps everything going wittily and with great elan. The plot is practically nonexistent, but with singing like this, it's hard to complain.

Erich Binder, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Francisco Araiza, Ruggero Raimondi - Gounod: Faust (2006/1985)

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Erich Binder, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Francisco Araiza, Ruggero Raimondi - Gounod: Faust (2006/1985)

Erich Binder, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Francisco Araiza, Ruggero Raimondi - Gounod: Faust (2006/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 5 ch | 7.06 Gb+4.17 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 176 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

The production and video direction are by British film-maker Ken Russell who puts his own stamp on the production. Russell told an interviewer he felt the plot was "silly" so he turned Marguerite into a young nun, eliminated the Walpurgis Night ballet, had Marguerite use sign-language for Valentin's deaf-mute children, and had Mephistopheles disrespectfully urinating in the stoup in church. However, the overall effect is visually engrossing, the vivid sets and costumes by Karl Toms are effective. And the singing is outstanding.

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

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Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 68:12+60:54+45:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 00289 478 2675 | Recorded: 1987-89

Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann is among those operas with most textual problems, since the composer did not live to its premiere, leaving an incomplete score. The traditional text, bringing in extra material, much of it unauthentic, and leaving out alot, was only established in the 20th century. This Dresden recording sessions were held (June 1987-June 1989) borrowed much from Michael Kaye's 1991 Schott Edition.

Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)

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Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)

Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.45 Gb+7.22 Gb (2xDVD9) | 186 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1979, this delightful staging by Otto Schenk features outstanding singer-actresses Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender and Lucia Popp. Der Rosenkavalier is Richard Strauss’s most popular opera and the greatest comic opera since Mozart. Premiered just three years before the start of the First World War, the opera traces the artistic heritage of the Austrian-Hungarian empire in the days of Mozart, where the story is set, to the morbid distraction of the Viennese Art Nouveau.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2000)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2000)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2000)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 169 min | 7,32 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese | Rec: 1991

its many virtues include a formidable Queen of the Night in Luciana Serra, an adorable Pamina in Kathleen Battle, and vivid, primary-colour designs by David Hockney. James Levine paces everything to perfection.

Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)

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Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)

Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 65:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 426 312-2 | Recorded: 1989

Rossini's Stabat Mater was performed publicly in its final form in Paris on January 7, 1842. The first six sections of this ten-movement work had been composed earlier, on commission from Don Francesco de Varela, for an 1833 Good Friday performance in Madrid (with the last four movements written by Giuseppe Tadolini). The work was received enthusiastically in both of its incarnations and has remained a core piece of the choral repertory ever since.

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.

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

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Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 162 min | 7,25 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 1988

La Cenerentola is one of the few operas to have an important subtitle, "The Triumph of Virtue". This Salzburg production makes a point of its being a moral tale rather than a mere fairy tale like the version reflexively sung by Angelina in her "Cavatina": the defeat and forgiveness of the stepsisters and their greedy father is a settling of moral accounts. The production is also tremendous fun–partly because of gimmicks like the mechanical coach and horses that arrives on stage in the high wind of the Act Two storm–but mostly because of the endlessly energetic pulse of Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic.

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.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 135 min | 7,59 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais | Recorded: 1982

The renowned orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who headed up the world famous Berlin Philharmonic between 1956 and 1989, is filmed conducting a 1982 performance of Verdi's wonderful FALSTAFF. Filmed at Salzburg's Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the performance features strong performances from stars Giuseppe Taddei, Janet Perry, and Christa Ludwig.

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.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 188 min | 5,89+6,55 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1983

Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. This DVD provides a closer look at a classical staging from the Salzburg Festival in the series of important opera productions seen at the festival in the last decades. Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg début in 1971 and this Così fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production. Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart’s music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers.

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.

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola [2005/1981]

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Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola [2005/1981]

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola [2005/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.40 Gb (DVD9) | 151 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“Ponnelle's film of his La Scala staging is so imaginative and musically refined that it triumphs over the dubbing. Von Stade is an achingly beautiful Cinderella, Araiza a romantic Prince.” BBC Music Magazine

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).