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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.48 Gb + 3.87 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 149 min
Classical | Sony | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

When this sumptuous production by Giancarlo del Monaco opened in 1995, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo gave a riveting performance as the fiery revolutionary Gabriele Adorno, a tenor part. In the 2010 revival, he made history by taking on the baritone title role, one of Verdi’s most fascinating characters, and thrilling audiences with his multifaceted and gripping portrayal. Boccanegra is beset on all sides, juggling political adversaries bent on murder with his love for his long-lost daughter Amelia (Adrianne Pieczonka). James Levine’s conducting brings out all the color and surging emotion of Verdi’s magnificent score.

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 Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.67 Gb (DVD9) | 116 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon| Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mortally wounded by the censors, Verdi's 1850 opera disappeared for more than a century. This Met staging is impressively sung, especially by Domingo in the title role. (BBC Music Magazine)
…the production… was mounted specifically for Domingo who enjoyed in it one of the most impressive triumphs of his career, happily preserved now in sight as well as sound. (Gramophone)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This evocative production by Giancarlo Del Monaco sumptuously captures the look and feel of 14th century Genoa and is a perfect compliment to Verdi’s setting of this story of searing conflict between public duty and private grief. Plácido Domingo is Gabriele Adorno, sworn enemy of the doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Vladimir Chernov). Gabriele is in love with the beautiful Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa at her most affecting) who turns out to be none other than the long-lost daughter the doge. James Levine’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra and chorus reveals the dark power of Verdi’s score.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Bohème (2005/1977)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.71 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This was the very first “Live from the Met” telecast, and its availability on DVD will no doubt give rise to intense nostalgia, as it did for me. (How young everyone looked!) There’s an authentic sense of occasion to this performance. It’s one thing to play to a packed house, another to play to a nationwide television audience, and with so many eyes upon them, everyone involved in this Bohème rose to the occasion. It’s by no means a perfect evening—what performance ever is?—but it’s a treasurable one for anyone who cares about this opera, the Met, or the principal singers.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.75 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The DVD version of Turandot is based on an outstanding MET production from 1988: “A straightforward, spectacular and star-cast staging by Franco Zeffirelli that comes over extremely well. At the heart of it is James Levine’s massive, stormy reading. The Met orchestra are in tremendous form; so is the chorus. Eva Marton sings with stinging power and passion; Plácido Domingo is a superb Calaf, Leona Mitchell is a silvery-voiced Liu. It is superbly directed and recorded…A clear first choice.” (The Classical Video Guide)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras - Bizet: Carmen (2000/1987)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 172 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

James Levine's conducting of this work is magnificent. You can just see the passion that he brings forth for this opera. He is paired with a very talented group of singers in the principal roles. Both Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras are doing a brilliant job with both their singing and acting. They both have a stage presence that very few can beat. Agnes Baltsa possesses a crystal clear voice, but she can also belt if that's what it takes to make the final outcome more believable. José Carreras' voice contains so much beauty; it's full of emotions, sensual and with that irresistible hint of honey. Like Baltsa he can also sacrifize beauty to enhance his performance.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina - Verdi: Nabucco (2005/2001)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9) | 142 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This staging of Nabucco, the first since 1960 at the MET, featuring the Russian soprano Maria Guleghina was given in the centenary year of Verdi’s death. The production by MET regular Elijah Moshinsky and the sheer power of Verdi’s score drives this opera and brings the drama and its characters to life. James Levine leads the MET Orchestra and the cast is rounded out by two familiar Verdi specialists Juan Pons and Samuel Ramey.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.43 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Olga Borodina sings the role of Dalila here too; her tone in the famous aria Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix is quite ravishing, and she is matched by an heroic performance from Plácido Domingo as Samson. James Levine has an expert grasp of the drama in this 1998 Elijah Moshinsky production from the Metropolitan Opera. There's also some luxury casting in the form of Sergei Leiferkus as Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon and René Pape as Le Vieillard Hébreu. (James Longstaffe)

James Levine, Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Il Tabarro; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [2005/1994]

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James Levine, Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Il Tabarro; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [2005/1994]

James Levine, Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Il Tabarro; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [2005/1994]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

In 1994, the same Metropolitan Opera put two contrasting pieces of the verismo puzzle side by side—the belated verismo of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and the classic verismo of Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, which had reached the stage some twenty-six years earlier.

Matt Haimovitz, James Levine - Saint-Saëns, Lalo: Cello Concertos, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (1999)

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Matt Haimovitz, James Levine - Saint-Saëns, Lalo: Cello Concertos, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (1999)

Matt Haimovitz, James Levine - Saint-Saëns, Lalo: Cello Concertos, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:57 | 317 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: xxx

Which once-famous cellist toured with his own version of Jimi Hendrix's notorious "Star-Spangled Banner" and booked to play the Bach Cello Suites in nightclubs? Matt Haimovitz, herd here when he was not yet twenty, was heading off to Harvard (in the footsteps of Yo-Yo- Ma), and boasted a contract with DG. Despite brilliant reviews, the contract was canceled, and a disenchanted Haimovitz went his own way, achieving an offbeat career. He now teaches at Mcgill Univ. in canada, having spent a long time in Boston and Amherst. No doubt he's satisfied, yet one can't help but remember F. Scott Fitzgerald's remark about no second acts in American literature. Now it's also music.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 4] - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 4] - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 4]: James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Vittorio Gui, Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra, Marina de Gabarain - La Cenerentola (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 938 Mb | Total time: 74:59+76:17+62:52+54:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1953, 1974-75

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.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini - Verdi: La Forza del Destino [2005/1984]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini - Verdi: La Forza del Destino [2005/1984]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini - Verdi: La Forza del Destino [2005/1984]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.07 Gb+3.24 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 180 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This John Dexter production was premiered in 1975 and filmed in 1984. The incomparable Leontyne Price delivered a series of unforgettable performances as Leonora, imprinting the role with the uniqueness of her voice and her superlative acting. James Levine's conducting was hailed by The New York Times for being "full of drive and fire" with "the grandeur of the magnificent score coming through."

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka,  Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne) (2009/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This time-honoured production of Verdi's final opera, one that has seen all the greatest Falstaffs of the last four decades hold court at its convincingly shabby Garter Inn and upset the decent folk of its lovingly recreated Tudor Windsor, marked the first appearance at the Met of producer and designer Franco Zeffirelli in March 1964. The Anglophile Zeffirelli had by then made his Shakespearean reputation with a revelatory Romeo and Juliet in London - his films of this play and of The Taming of the Shrew were shortly to follow - as well as with a similar production of Falstaff at Covent Garden, and the attention to visual and psychological detail displayed in his Met Falstaff won it high praise: “a milestone in the history of operatic production in this city" was the judgement of the New York Herald Tribune.

Verdi The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)

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Verdi The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)

Verdi: The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 20,9 Gb | Total time: 76:18:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 4789574 | Recorded: 1950-2013

Decca proudly presents the Complete Works by Giuseppe Verdi in a single 75 CD box set. From the ever-popular “Aida” to the obscure “Alzira,” all 28 of Giuseppe Verdi's operas are here as well as his Sacred Works, Arias, Songs, Ballet Music, the String quartet and other rarities.