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Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)

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Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)

Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 753 Mb | Total time: 73:44+67:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ1033 | Recorded: 2018

After Polyeucte (1878), Gounod tackled the operatic genre for the last time in 1881 with what is probably his most ambitious work, Le Tribut de Zamora. The action takes place in ninth-century Spain – from Act Two onwards, on ‘a picturesque site on the banks of the Guadalquivir before Córdoba’. Here Gounod – finally noted more for his neoclassical pastiches (Le Médecin malgré lui and Cinq-Mars) and his ardent Romanticism (Faust and Roméo et Juliette) – was given an opportunity to display his talents as an orchestrator and colourist in an exotic setting. He produced an epic in the tradition of French grand opéra, with numerous ensembles and showpiece airs. Despite an unequivocal success on its first run, despite the stirring national anthem ‘Debout! Enfants de l’Ibérie’, Le Tribut de Zamora sank into oblivion within a few short years. We can now appreciate in this opera precisely what certain detractors complained of at the time: the fact that we meet here once again the irresistible lyricism of Faust and Roméo et Juliette.

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)

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Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:22 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66683

Volume 23 in the Hyperion Liszt series validates Liszt's phenomenal mastery of transcribing, and in the case of Berlioz's "Harold in Italy," translating an orchestral work with viola obbligato into a magnificent chamber work for piano and viola. The excellent content of Berlioz's work alone can easily earn five stars, but the other three substantial transcriptions of Gounod and Meyerbeer enhance the splendor of this recording even further.

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre -  The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18066 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 19,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 121 min | 7,22 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg's Theatre Square has been crowned with the "Mariinsky II" an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who's who of the classical music world.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gounod: Faust (2019)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gounod: Faust (2019)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gounod: Faust (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 836 Mb | Total time: 55:59+49:57+68:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ1037 | Recorded: 2018

The masterpiece of French opera – Gounod’s ‘Faust‘ – still has surprises in store for us. Originally conceived in the spirit of opéra-comique, the 1859 score alternated between spoken dialogue and music, intermingling witty comedy and Romantic pathos. It is that ‘first Faust’ that the Palazzetto Bru Zane reveals in this recording, and particularly the many numbers that were subsequently deleted or altered.

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust (2010)

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust (2010)

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | Francais (DTS, 6 ch) | 163 min | 6.07+3.83 GB (DVD9&DVD5)
Classics | Label: EMI Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite alongside a divine cast of operatic superstars, including Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch, in David McVicar's spectacular 2004 production of Gounod's best known opera, Faust, for the Royal Opera House in London. This production was the Royal Opera Company's first performance of Gounod's Faust in 18 years. Gounod's Faust is the story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly indulgences. McVicar's innovative production sets this story around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) in the gothic, seamy underbelly of Paris. He characterizes Faust, performed by Roberto Alagna, as a man both torn between the theater and religion, and grappling with his own sexuality.