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Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2006/1981)

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Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2006/1981)

Colin Davis, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2006/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 5.93 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

Filmed live at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House in 1981, this staging of Camille Saint-Saens's opera takes on one of the Bible's most famous tales. After trying to force the Hebrews to worship his god, the Philistine ruler meets an untimely end at the hands of the prodigiously powerful Samson (Jon Vickers), who leads the Hebrews in a revolt. But beautiful Philistine Dalila (Shirley Verrett) uses her seductive wiles to weaken the strapping hero.

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Don Giovanni (1992)

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Don Giovanni (1992)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Don Giovanni (1992)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 2h 54 | Covers | 695 Mb
Classical | Erato | # 2292-45588-2 | Rec: 1991

For some reason, Daniel Barenboim's recordings of the Mozart-Da Ponte masterpieces have been overlooked. All three have splendid casts - and among them, this may be the least spectacular, but it is nonetheless a wonderful performance. Joan Rodgers has a gorgeous voice, and sings Zerlina with radiant and womanly warmth - no voce infantile here, thank the gods. It's a pity she hasn't recorded more. She is, fortunately, in Barenboim's two other Mozart-Da Ponte operas, singing her heart out as Susanna and Despina. Furlanetto has an interesting take on the role of the Don. He usually sings Leprello, but here he sings the part of Don Giovanni with a rather unique interpretation.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1991)

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1991)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1991)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 2h 54 | Covers | 717 Mb
Classical | Erato | # 2292-45501-2 | Rec: 1990

"Barenboim continues to favour a forceful, big-scale reading with often deliberate speeds for the slower numbers, a musically accomplished, thought-through account of the crucial finales to Acts 2 and 4, lively treatment of the recitative, finely-honed playing of the wind, alert rhythms and an avoidance for the most part of appoggiaturas…John Tomlinson is much better suited by Figaro than he was by Alfonso, but still wants in tonal focus…but he does at all times create a lively personality, a force to be reckoned with…" (Gramophone)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 2h 57 | Covers | 670 Mb
Classical | Erato | # 2292-45475-2 | Rec: 1989

In the early 1990s Daniel Barenboim recorded the three Da Ponte operas with the Berlin Philharmonic. The BPO had played "Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" many times, but this was the first time that the group had ever tackled "Cosi fan tutte." Perhaps that is why they sound so fresh and energized under the thoughtful baton of Barenboim. Mozart's operas are usually performed with a small chamber or opera house orchestra, but this time the score of "Cosi" (which has so many beautiful, subtle touches, and is almost a celebration of beauty itself) is given the full treatment of perhaps the greatest orchestra in the world. While the resulting sound is somewhat "bigger" and more "lush" than is usual, Barenboim does manage to keep things appropriately light and "classical," just as he has so successfully done in the piano concertos which he is recording with the BPO.

Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Wagner: Die Walküre (2013) [Blu-ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala -  Wagner: Die Walküre (2013) [Blu-ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Wagner: Die Walküre (2013) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 16474 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 238 min | 41,3 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3899 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean

Richard Wagner called Die Walküre the “first evening” of the Ring of the Nibelung; he called Das Rheingold the prologue or Vorabend. Musically and dramatically, we are introduced to a radically new and different world when the opening bars of Die Walküre resound. A fully developed orchestral palette of Leitmotivs paints a wild storm scene, and the curtain rises on a modest dwelling: a fully human scene that has nothing to do with the gods, dwarves and nymphs of Das Rheingold. At the same time, however, the way Die Walküre portrays radical beginnings reveals some telling reminiscences of the unfolding of Das Rheingold. Die Walküre is exciting and deeply feeling drama.

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2009/1992)

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Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2009/1992)

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2009/1992)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.74 Gb+4.22 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 243 min
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', directed by Harry Kupfer, with designs by Hans Schavernoch, and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging, Kupfer and his team turned away from the work’s time of origin and located The Ring at a “road of history”, a meeting-place of past, present and future, which sets the scene for the story’s struggles of power and love. Barenboim’s authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Walkure (2009/1992)

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Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Walkure (2009/1992)

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Walkure (2009/1992)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.76 Gb+4.21 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 237 min
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', directed by Harry Kupfer, with designs by Hans Schavernoch, and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging, Kupfer and his team turned away from the work’s time of origin and located The Ring at a “road of history”, a meeting-place of past, present and future, which sets the scene for the story’s struggles of power and love. Barenboim’s authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2009/1991)

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Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2009/1991)

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2009/1991)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.87 Gb (DVD9) | 154 min
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol

This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', directed by Harry Kupfer, with designs by Hans Schavernoch, and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging, Kupfer and his team turned away from the work’s time of origin and located The Ring at a “road of history”, a meeting-place of past, present and future, which sets the scene for the story’s struggles of power and love. Barenboim’s authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.