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James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)

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James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)

James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 839 Mb | Total time: 65:30+69:52+36:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 39502 2 | Recorded: 1976

Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" is a story of forbidden love, seduction, jealousy, honor and revenge. The opera was composed in 1862 and had its premiere in St. Petersburg. In this recording from 1976 with star cast (Leontyne Price in the role of Donna Leonora, Plácido Domingo as Don Alvaro and Sherrill Milnes as Don Carlo) under the direction of James Levine the beauty and attention to detail Verdi comes out particularly well. The London Symphony Orchestra and the John Alldis Choir provide the perfect musical accompaniment for the ensemble, which includes Fiorenza Cossotto, Bonaldo Giaiotti and Gabriel Bacquier. This recording is considered one of the best of Verdi's La Forza del Destino.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Die Walkure (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Die Walkure (2012) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Die Walküre (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 240 min | 43,8 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 240 min | 11,0 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition – the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan – universally recognized as the finest bass-baritone – and Wotan – of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde, and star tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2012) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25998 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 42,1 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4162 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 7,48 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition – the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan – universally recognized as the finest bass-baritone – and Wotan – of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde, and star tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund.

Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997) [Re-Up]

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Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997) [Re-Up]

Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: London/Decca | # 455 513-2 | Time: 01:07:23

The Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is one of the most charming and talented singers to appear on the scene in recent years, and this collection of Italian songs by three great opera composers–Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini–is a most deserving bestseller. There are many small pleasures in the selections, which reflect the bel canto predilections of their authors, and Bartoli renders them artfully. Some will be familiar even to casual listeners (Rossini's La Danza, the famous tarantella); others will be new to most, but equally deserving of a hearing. The sensitive and skillful accompaniment is by conductor-pianist James Levine.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, Jose Carreras - Puccini: La Boheme (2009/1982)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, Jose Carreras - Puccini: La Boheme (2009/1982)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, José Carreras - Puccini: La Bohème (2009/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7,64 Gb (DVD9) | 125 min
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Franco Zeffirelli's iconic staging of La Bohème as recorded liveat the Metropolitan Opera on January 16, 1982, available once again on DVD. This timeless production continues to thrill audiences almost every season since it was first introduced in 1981, and this performance captures the production at the very beginning with the original cast. Teresa Stratas, renowned for her acting abilities, captures the essence of Mimì–her fragility, her resolve, her passion. Stratas is partnered by José Carreras as Rodolfo, the poet and love of her dreams. The cast is rounded out with a lively Renata Scotto (who was filmed as Mimì in an earlier MET production, also available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon) and sonorous Richard Stilwell.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“Levine's version of Luisa Miller consistently demonstrates his Verdian mastery, and not just in the best-known masterpieces…Not only in Levine's conducting but also in the sets and costumes of Nathanial Merrill's production the attractive rustic element of the piece is effectively brought out.” (Penguin Guide)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1983)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1983)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Grace Bumbry, Nicolai Ghiaurov - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 5,34+6,71 Gb (2xDVD9) | 213 min
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1983, this DVD captures the Metropolitan Opera’s sweeping sets, its army of authentically costumed singers, and a cast of glowing soloists led by Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Grace Bumbry and Nicolai Ghiaurov.
Verdi’s drama of private passions played out against a backdrop of intense political battles becomes extra vivid in this immense staging. This Met version, sung in Italian, includes the oft-omitted Fontainebleau scene, as well as the Prelude and Introduction.

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

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Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 571 Mb | Total time: 53:02+74:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 409-2 | Recorded: 1973, 1975, 1987

Two great recordings of two of the greatest choral works. Karajan and Levin swoops the standards of tempi, phrasing and intens music making. Karajan's finest recording of the Requiem. Levin sets the bar a milestone higher. Remastering of the Requiem is confidentional good. Sound quality of K427 is superb.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 127 min | 35,2 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3964 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 127 min | 5,83 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Korean, Chinese

Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years – and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first new production since his return to his podium at the Met. When it comes to theatrical flair, captivating costumes, stage antics and imagination, there are not many shows on Broadway to rival the Met s new Falstaff. “Ambrogio Maestri is made for the title role, with the apt physique, nimble acting and superb vocal presence that make him the leading Falstaff of the day. There is no weak link in a finely balanced, comically-attuned cast (the women are especially impressive) and Levine’s conducting is pitch-perfect. The show fizzles from start to finish and is tremendous fun” (Classical Music).

Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

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Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997
Alfred Brendel, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 725 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 402 Mb | Scans ~ 29 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 456 045-2 | Time: 02:54:44

Recorded live in 1983, Alfred Brendel's third go-round with these works drastically improves on his previous Beethoven concerto cycles. He finds a calmer, more direct route to the Emperor Concerto, although the Fourth's first movement is still pock-marked with finicky phrase adjustments that pull focus from the music's poetic arcs. Levine provides sympathetic and alert support, yet is much more than a mere deferential accompanist.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina - Giordano: Andrea Chenier (2011/1997)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina - Giordano: Andrea Chenier (2011/1997)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina - Giordano: Andrea Chénier (2011/1997)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.90 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

In continuing the great tradition of Decca's magnificent Met Opera DVDs, Giordano's Andrea Chénier is captured here in excellent quality, showcasing Luciano Pavarotti, the premiere opera star of his day in one his most memorable performances, alongside Maria Guleghina and Juan Pons, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine. One of the great verismo operatic dramas, Andrea Chénier is notable for the title role's two great solo arias, 'Un di all'azzurro spazio' (also known as 'L'improvviso') and 'Come un bel di di maggio', as well as the overwhelming final duet, 'Vicino a te'. Truly a legendary and unique performance from the great tenor.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, John Del Carlo, Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 31000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 142 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4093 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 7,70 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

A red hot ticket at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010/2011 was Donizetti's comic gem, Don Pasquale, with Anna Netrebko reviving Norina, the part that made her a star in New York. Opera summed up the simple truth: ". . . everyone adored her". John Del Carlo's impressive singing and acting chops as the Don are given every boost by Otto Schenk's hilarious staging and James Levine's witty conducting. Leading this opera for the first time at the Met, the renowned maestro demonstrates that his gifts suit Donizetti as perfectly as Wagner. Mariusz Kwiecien and Matthew Polenzani scintillate as Malatesta and Ernesto.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner - Beethoven: Fidelio (2003)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner - Beethoven: Fidelio (2003)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner - Beethoven: Fidelio (2003)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The German stage director Jürgen Flimm – and his design team of Robert Israel and Florence von Gerkan – have set the opera in the second half of the 20th century and have costumed the action decidedly on the American side of the Atlantic Ocean. Such an approach follows the line of Flimm’s other contemporary opera successes – for example his current Bayreuth Ring (premiered in 2000) or his 2001 Otello at the Berlin Staatsoper. Modernising the period does not become updating for its own sake. Rather, the actions and behaviour of the characters cunningly align contemporary manners with the existing prescriptions of a “period” libretto.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.17+7.65 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 189 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's Tannhauser. The New York Times, reviewing the telecast performance of Tannhauser, observed:"One of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met's repertory …the scenic designs are both breathtakingly grand and painstakingly subtle." The individual performers garnered praise from other critics: "you may just about explode with the musical excitement that conductor James Levine and his cast generate."

Metropolitan Opera, Soloists, James Levine - Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1997) 2CD, Reissue 2009 [Re-Up]

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Metropolitan Opera, Soloists, James Levine - Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1997) 2CD, Reissue 2009 [Re-Up]

Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer (1997) 2CD, Reissue 2009
James Morris, Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, J-H Rootering, Birgitta Svendén, Paul Groves
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 635 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 370 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697448222 | Time: 02:32:03

James Levine's is a more recent entry in the realm of Dutchman recordings, and sonically the recording is absolutely stunning, with great attention having been paid to the recording process. The casting for this Metropolitan Opera effort is also uniformly first rate, even in the less grateful roles of the hapless Erik, sung by the impressive Ben Heppner, and the scolding nurse, Mary, sung by Birgitta Svendén. Morris's brooding Dutchman is hard to match on any other available recording, and Deborah Voigt is a ravishing Senta. The chorus work is quite good, though not quite as rich as that heard in the Solti/Chicago recording. Overall, Levine does a workmanlike job of conducting these impressive forces, though there are passages in which his tempi seem to drag. This recording is a must for anyone who needs a completely up to date version of Wagner's first major opera.