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Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings [10CDs] (2016)

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Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings [10CDs] (2016)

Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings [10CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,77 Gb | Total time: 646 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88985381362 | Recorded: 1977-2000

Sony Classical presents legendary soprano Kathleen Battle in nine of her foremost studio recordings in her ‘Complete Sony Recordings’. In the course of a remarkable career, launched in 1973 by mentor James Levine in their shared hometown of Cincinnati, Kathleen Battle has captivated international audiences. She has taken home numerous awards – among them five Grammys and London’s Olivier Award for her 1985 Covent Garden debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the first American singer to win that prestigious prize – and become one of classical music’s best-selling artists.

Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)

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Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)

Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden - Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 917 Mb | Total time: 64:35+61:26+49:37+44:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Eurodisc | # GD69005 | Recorded: 1981

Janowski's unfussy, clearly laid out performances, with the Dresden Staatskapelle on superlative form, may lack the sweep and energy of Solti's, or the compelling beauty of Karajan's, but they still have much to recommend them… Jessye Norman, then at the height of her vocal powers, is a rich-toned Sieglinde.

Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)

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Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)

Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 605 Mb | Total time: 140:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips Classics | # 289 464040-2 | Recorded: 1974, 1979

This is the biggest piece of music that ever gets performed with any regularity. Anyone who avoids Schönberg because his name is synonymous with that nasty, atonal stuff need have no fear. This is a ripely romantic score with big tunes and cinematic orchestration. The story is simple. King Waldemar of Gurre is fooling around with Tove. The queen finds out and has her poisoned. The king curses God, and is condemned to ride on a ghostly hunt throughout all eternity, until the arrival of dawn signals an end to the nightly horror. This performance–which happily has been reissued at bargain price–has been the choice since the day it was released, both for interpretation and for recording. Magnificent doesn't begin to describe it.

Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

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Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7; La Mort de Cléopâtre (1982)
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 594-2 | Time: 00:52:19

Kiri Te Kanawa does well by these songs, avoiding the billowing excesses of sentiment that in other hands (or vocal chords) can make them sound much too soggy. Although Berlioz gathered them all together under the present title, all of the songs were composed at different times for different singers, so they aren't really a cycle at all. I seldom listen to all of them at once, and you should feel free to take them in any order that suits you. "The Death of Cleopatra" is an early cantata that perfectly suits Jessye Norman's stately delivery. She's always at her best playing royalty, and if they're dying in mortal agony, so much the better.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

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Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 68:12+60:54+45:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 00289 478 2675 | Recorded: 1987-89

Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann is among those operas with most textual problems, since the composer did not live to its premiere, leaving an incomplete score. The traditional text, bringing in extra material, much of it unauthentic, and leaving out alot, was only established in the 20th century. This Dresden recording sessions were held (June 1987-June 1989) borrowed much from Michael Kaye's 1991 Schott Edition.

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)

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Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 983 Mb | Total time: 63:49+41:30+46:06+71:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 421 053-2 | Recorded: 1985, 1986

Sir George Solti's renditions of Wagner's operas often defined the standard interpretation practice in the post-World War II musical world, and he is at his best in this late 1980s digitally mastered recording partnered with his long-time collaborators, the Vienna Philharmonic–perhaps the most emotionally satisfying orchestra in the world for these challenging scores. Domingo, in the title role, shows himself as a true Heldentenor (i.e. a baritone with high notes), and his earlier weakness in German diction is not apparent. Norman's Elsa is musically perfect though at times a bit chilly and distant. The mature compassion of the role of Henry the Fowler is admirably captured by Sotin.

Jessye Norman, Kurt Masur - R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, Orchestral Lieder (1992)

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Jessye Norman, Kurt Masur - R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, Orchestral Lieder (1992)

Jessye Norman, Kurt Masur - R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder, Orchestral Lieder (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:00 | 217 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 411 052-2

Lovers of the Four Last Songs have come to take good recordings of the set for granted. Jessye Norman's early digital account with Kurt Masur and the Leipzigers is one of the best–powerful, sensuous, and very well recorded. Strauss may have conceived the songs with an ideal voice in mind, but he made a point of asking that Kirsten Flagstad give the first performance of the set. Since then, no comparably endowed soprano, in possession of both the tonal richness and the extraordinary amplitude that were Flagstad's, has recorded the Four Last Songs, save for Norman.

Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Brahms: Lieder (1999)

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Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Brahms: Lieder (1999)

Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Brahms: Lieder (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:35 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 413 311-2GH

Taken from Jessye Norman’s contribution to the Lieder volume of Deutsche Grammophon’s complete Brahms Edition (alongside Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), this CD presents many favourite Brahms songs including the gypsy-influenced Zigeunerlieder. The singer is caught in her absolute vocal prime. Sung texts and translations are included.

Jessye Norman - Schubert: Lieder (1985)

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Jessye Norman - Schubert: Lieder (1985)

Jessye Norman - Schubert: Lieder (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 42:30 | 181 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Philips | Catalog: 412623

I can claim possibly some very small influence on this record. Some years ago Jessye Norman broke the last and very difficult phrase of Ganymed with a breath. I then pointed out in a review that Gerald Moore (in Singer and Accompanist London: 1953) had urged singers to phrase it in one as Norman has done in recitals, and now on record, ever since. Cause and effect? I don't know. This is, in any case, one of the most rewarding performances on the record, sung with conviction and, throughout, with long-breathed phrasing.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.62 Gb + 6.96 Gb (2xDVD9) | 250 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Français, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

"This very fine account…features the most starry casts of soloists, all at their peak, and is strongly directed by James Levine. Jessye Norman is magnetic…Domingo is at his most heroic in both halves of the massive narrative… an obvious principal DVD recommendation for the foreseeable future.” - The Penguin Classical Guide

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb (DVD9) | 154 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“This is straight and unfussy in its staging, and the video production by Brian Large could not be more expert and unobtrusive (save for one or two close-ups of Jessye Norman's larynx). Tatiana Troyanos's Composer is quite superb, and neither Battle nor Norman can be faulted vocally” (Penguin Guide)