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Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)

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Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)

Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese

TDK presents a production of Rossinis LItaliana in Algeri by renowned opera stage director Andrei Serban and conducted by Bruno Campanella from the prestigious Opéra National de Paris. The excellent cast of singer-actors was led by international mezzo- star Jennifer Larmore who, with her unaffected contact with the audience, beautiful voice and excellent acting, is central to this staging. The American singer has acquired a reputation as a Rossini specialist, and is no stranger to inventive stagings of the composers comedies. However, the work may be named after the Italian girl, but her adversary Mustafà is just as dominant, and this production has one of the leading exponents of this gleeful role, the buffo bass Simone Alaimo.

Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)

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Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)

Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 44:32+64:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 4509-98418-2 | Recorded: 1995

This latest version of Gluck’s masterpiece is something of a double hybrid: its starting point is the Berlioz version, which combines what Berlioz regarded as the best of the Italian original and the French revision (and using a contralto Orpheus), and then it is modified further, with a number of reorderings and some music restored, as well as revised orchestration. It isn’t very ‘authentic’, in terms of Gluck No. 1, Gluck No. 2 or Berlioz, but that of course doesn’t much matter as long as it works.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

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.

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero [2001]

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David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero [2001]

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero [2001]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 63.56+42.12+75.11 | Covers | 642 Mb
Classical | Opera Rara | # ORC20 | Rec: 2000

Bianca e Falliero has enough fine music to get the blood boiling, the toes tapping, and the hands clapping. It is strong in rhythmically exciting pieces and showy, virtuosic singing, both of which are in ample supply in this performance. Jennifer Larmore gets through Falliero's music with incredible aplomb and a truly handsome tone. Majella Cullagh's Bianca is just as technically fine as Larmore's Falliero, and she, too, pays close attention to expressing her predicament. Contareno, Bianca's cruel father, is sung by the exciting, accomplished tenor Barry Banks, who seems to understand that Rossini occasionally uses high notes and difficult roulades as expressive weapons. The others in the cast don't let us down. David Parry conducts with an inner tension that keeps the listener riveted. (Robert Levine)

Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,61 Gb | Total time: 625:14 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1982, 1990, 1992, 2002

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1991)

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Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1991)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,12 Gb | Total time: 72:57+78:04+75:56+18:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC901385.87 | Recorded: 1991

When this set appeared it pushed all the other recorded versions of Giulio Cesare aside, and now, examining it again and even finding some things to argue with, it maintains that supreme position. The opera is given complete and all the roles are sung in their original octaves (no bass-baritone Caesar, for instance). René Jacobs' tempos are ideal for each dramatic situation, and if the recitatives have a formality that slows them down somewhat, well, we are dealing with Caesar, Cleopatra, and very grand historic deeds. Both orchestra and singers embellish their written lines, and from this vantage point, those embellishments seem very tame–but they're still welcome, highly musical, and apt.

Donald Runnicles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore, Hei-Kyung Hong - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2000)

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Donald Runnicles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore, Hei-Kyung Hong - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2000)

Donald Runnicles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore, Hei-Kyung Hong - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 576 Mb | Total time: 75:50+50:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 421472 | Recorded: 1998

For one of Bellini's less popular works, I Capuleti has seen a remarkable number of recordings, with some of the starriest stars in the operatic firmament taking part. A self-recommending and self-damning bastardized version from the 1960s in which the role of Romeo was transposed from mezzo to tenor (by Claudio Abbado) can still be found with Giacomo Aragall as Romeo, Renata Scotto (or Margarita Rinaldi, in another pirate) as Giulietta, and Luciano Pavarotti as Tebaldo. Muti's set with Gruberova and Baltsa manages to be both exciting and sterile at the same time, a couple of other entries have come and gone (where is the Sills?), and the only competition for this current release is RCA's with the marvelous, expressive Vesalina Kasarova as Romeo and the pretty, fragile Giulietta of Eva Mei. But for my ears, this one, handsomely led by Donald Runnicles, takes the lead.

Alberto Zedda, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2003)

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Alberto Zedda, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2003)

Alberto Zedda, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2003)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 154 min | 7,46 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1992

For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theatre director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Netherlands Opera. First mounted in 1987, it was a huge success and a live recording of its revival in May 1992, the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth, has been made. Fo has said that 'Rossini is the musician of eating and love. He composes music rich in herbs and aromas, in which you find olives, tomatoes, fish, grapes, roses and rosemary, sheets and tablecloths, dry wine and the laughter of girls.' His 'Barbiere' is a joyful carnival. During the overture he fills the stage with carnival revellers and immediately the commedia dell'arte origins of opera buffa are restored. Visual theatrics abound, never at the expense of the music, but highlighting it, engaging the eye as well as the ear. Fo addresses the heart more than the intellect and Rossini's comedy comes up dazzling and vital.