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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni - Verdi: Otello (2005/1974)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.09 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Herbert von Karajan directed this film of Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece as well as conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. As the tragic Moor of Venice, arguably his greatest role, Jon Vickers (in the words of critic David Cairns) "commands both the notes and the moral grandeur of the part… And he has the aura of greatness - greatness of heart, of bearing, of musical and dramatic conception". Mirella Freni is a heartbreakingly lovely and fragile Desdemona, while the fine English baritone Peter Glossop plays the villainous Jago.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker - Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers - Bizet: Carmen (2005/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.66 Gb (DVD9) | 163 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

This spectacular opera film was taped in 1967 and is based on the 1966 Salzburg Festival production directed by Herbert von Karajan himself, who also conducts the fabulous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The production features the three greatest exponents of their respective roles at the time: Grace Bumbry’s magnificently seductive-toned Carmen, Mirella Freni’s ineffably lovely, touching Micaëla and Jon Vickers’s thrillingly manic-depressive Don José.

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

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Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.