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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.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.80 Gb (DVD9) | 144 min
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub.: English

Jon Vickers one of the great Othellos of the 20th century brings his remarkable vocal power and dramatic intensity to the role, with Renata Scotto as Desdemona at the height of her powers and Cornell MacNeil's manacing Iago in one of the baritone's greatest roles. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in one of the most thrilling performances of the decade.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2006/1980)

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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2006/1980)

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2006/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.34 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1980 among the ruins of ancient Rome, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's stunning production marked the beginning of a renaissance for Mozart's late opera and continues to stand out as one of the finest opera films of all time. James Levine conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in this performance of Mozart's operatic marvel driven by imperial intrigue, fury and forgiveness.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 133 min | 7,36 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2010

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”.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2004/2001)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2004/2001)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2004/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.81 + 7.26 Gb (2xDVD9) | 292 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner’s enchanting Nürnberg has perhaps never looked as marvelous as in this production by Otto Schenk, with sets designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen. James Levine’s conducting is as authoritative as it is affectionate, and the orchestra, the chorus, and the all-star cast which could not be equaled anywhere else in the world—respond with a riveting performance. James Morris is a wise, avuncular Hans Sachs; Ben Heppner’s beautifully sung Walther is a perfect match for Karita Mattila’s radiant Eva; and René Pape and Thomas Allen turn in stellar performances.

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.

James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal (2002/1992)

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James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal (2002/1992)

James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal (2002/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 6.39 + 7.82 Gb (2xDVD9) | 264 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner's stage festival in the recording of a production from the Metropolitain Opera New York. The title role is brilliantly starred by Siegfried Jerusalem, and as Kundry you can experience Waltraud Meier, who is outstanding in her performance and singing. Bernd Weikl, Kurt Moll and Franz Mazura stand by the two main roles and make this DVD - one of the few recordings of the opera on this medium - a must for every opera lover.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Mozart: Idomeneo [2006/1982]

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Mozart: Idomeneo [2006/1982]

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Mozart: Idomeneo [2006/1982]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 6.86 + 4.20 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 182 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Considered the greatest “opera seria,” Idomeneo was composed when Mozart was just twenty-five and a tour de force for all singers. A 1982 production starring superstar Luciano Pavarotti as Idomeneo, the tortured king of Crete, with Ilena Cotrubas and Frederica von Stade along with Hildegard Behrens providing the mad scenes!

James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Mozart: The Magic Flute (2006)

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James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Mozart: The Magic Flute (2006)

James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Mozart: The Magic Flute (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.92 Gb (DVD9) | 112 min
Classical | The Metropoliten Opera | Sub.: English

This was the groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s heralded Live in HD series, seen by opera lovers in movie theaters around the world. Adults and children alike were enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart's timeless fairy tale.

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)