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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.

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)

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Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 197 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

This Covent Garden performance has transferred to video and DVD remarkably successfully, partly because the singing and acting of the principals is so good, but chiefly because conductor Georg Solti finds an excellent balance between sharp characterisation and sumptuous romance; between wit and mischief on the one hand and profound feelings on the other. Though sensitive to its beauties, Solti keeps the music moving along, never becoming sloppy or over-indulgent.

Kiri Te Kanawa, Hagegard, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ulf Schirmer - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009

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Kiri Te Kanawa, Hagegard, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ulf Schirmer - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009

Richard Strauss - Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Håkan Hagegård, baritone
Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Ulf Schirmer

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 596 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 328 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: DECCA | # 478 0333 | Time: 02:19:18

The discography of Strauss’s last opera is not exactly crowded, but the two existing accounts provide formidable competition for any newcomer. First there was Sawallisch, conducting the Philharmonia for EMI in 1957 (unfortunately in mono) and a cast led by Schwarzkopf, Ludwig and Fischer-Dieskau. Then, in 1971, came that other supreme Straussian, Karl Böhm, with Janowitz, Troyanos and (again) Fischer-Dieskau, recorded in Munich for DG. The new Decca set brings together many of today’s leading exponents of Strauss’s roles, dominated, for me, by the unsurpassed Clairon of Brigitte Fassbaender, now alas, never to be heard on stage again following her retirement. Heilmann and Bär make an ardent pair of rival suitors, Hagegård an admirable Count and Halem a sonorous, characterful La Roche. (There is a delightful link with the past history of the opera in the person of Hans Hotter: he sang Olivier in the 1942 premiere, La Roche in the 1957 Sawallisch set, and here, at 84 when recorded in December 1993, a one-line cameo as a servant.) For many, though, the set’s desirability will rest on Te Kanawa’s Countess.

John Pritchard, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2004/1973)

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John Pritchard, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2004/1973)

John Pritchard, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2004/1973)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.34 Gb (DVD9) | 179 min
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais

Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart's timeless opera buffa, is one of the greatest of all operatic masterpieces. It is based on Beaumarchai's comedy Le Marriage de Figaro and tells the tale of the servant Figaro, who is about to marry the maid Susanna. Count Almaviva, keeping an eye on Susanna himself, tries to prevent this marriage with the help of Bortolo, the doctor, but is continually thwarted.

National PO, Charles Gerhardt - Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann (1974) Reissue 1991

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National PO, Charles Gerhardt - Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann (1974) Reissue 1991

Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann (1974) Reissue 1991
National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Gerhardt
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Joaquin Achucarro, piano

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 241 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb | 00:52:07
Contemporary Classical, Soundtracks | Label: RCA Victor/BMG Classics | # GD80707

Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann is probably the best of the entire series by conductor Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Every track is worthwhile and memorably played, especially Beneath the 12-Mile Reef and the suite from Citizen Kane, the latter highlighted by Kiri Te Kanawa's performance of the Strauss-like aria from Salammbo.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This evocative production by Giancarlo Del Monaco sumptuously captures the look and feel of 14th century Genoa and is a perfect compliment to Verdi’s setting of this story of searing conflict between public duty and private grief. Plácido Domingo is Gabriele Adorno, sworn enemy of the doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Vladimir Chernov). Gabriele is in love with the beautiful Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa at her most affecting) who turns out to be none other than the long-lost daughter the doge. James Levine’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra and chorus reveals the dark power of Verdi’s score.

Placido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey - Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2003/1984)

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Placido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey - Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2003/1984)

Plácido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey - Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2003/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 176 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

The operetta Die Fledermaus is Johann Strauss' most brilliant and best-known stage work. It's a glittering comedy packed with Viennese music that has become a firm favourite in opera houses all over the world. A top international cast really have a ball in this highly-acclaimed 1984 New Year's Eve performance from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in which Placido Domingo makes a very stylish British conducting debut. Kiri Te Kanawa stars with her celebrated performance as Rosalinde, and the charismatic Austrian baritone Hermann Prey is Eisenstein, one of his trademark roles. The cast also includes Benjamin Luxon as Dr Falke and Hildegarde Heichele as Adele.

Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)

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Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)

Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Opera | Label: Erato | # 3484-26539-2 | Time: 00:56:31

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's magnificent soprano breathes a fresh spirit into operatic favorites by Mozart, Puccini and Wagner in this collection of arias and other songs. Per Piate, Ben Mio, O Mio Bambino Caro and Vissi D'Arte are joined by Gustav Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter and the pop classic "The Windmills of Your Mind," among others. A diverse and exciting collection from one of the finest voices of our age.

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera Hous, Alexandru Agache, Kiri Te Kanawa - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2007/1991)

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Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera Hous, Alexandru Agache, Kiri Te Kanawa - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2007/1991)

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera Hous, Alexandru Agache, Kiri Te Kanawa - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2007/1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese

Sir Georg Solti conducts an outstanding cast - led by Kiri Te Kanawa in one of her most celebrated stage roles - in Elijah Moshinsky's acclaimed production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Michael Yeargan's designs beautifully evoke fourteenth-century Genoa - the setting for one of Verdi's most heartfelt operas of public and private passion.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa - Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (1984)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa - Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (1984)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa - Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 227 Mb | Total time: 54:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 410 188-2 | Recorded: 1983

This Solti performance is the perfect balance between classical structure and clarity with expressive warmth. … Perhaps I'd rather hear Judith Raskin or Margaret Price singing "Das himmlische Leben, but Kiri Te Kanawa is just fine in the end. … This is truly a great performance from beginning to end.

Lorin Maazel, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)

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Lorin Maazel, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)

Lorin Maazel, Orchestre et Chœur du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 772 Mb | Total time: 167:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697527262 | Recorded: 1978

Raimondi has advantages: the dark coloring of his voice, the vocal menace, the power of his bass." The three ladies - especially the Te Kanawa has become livelier, more insistent - Maazel has the singers and Mozart firmly in hand.
– Hermes Lexikon

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.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2005/1976]

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2005/1976]

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2005/1976]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.33 Gb+5.07 Gb (2xDVD9) | 181 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This luxuriously cast film of Mozart's beloved opera buffa features a host of legendary interpretations, including Kiri Te Kanawa's exquisite Countess Almaviva, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as her philandering husband, Hermann Prey as the wily title character, Mirella Freni, a delight as his no less savvy bride Susanna, and Maria Ewing, hilarious as the lovesick page Cherubino. Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's imaginative camera-work tellingly emphasizes character and mood in this immortal story of love, intrigue and class struggle, set against the historical background of ancien regime Europe sliding inexorably towards revolution.

Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)

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Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)

Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 59:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 73751 2 | Recorded: 1974

Together with the Requiem, Mozart's C minor mass is one of the brilliant composer's great unfinished sacred works. The work combines monumental power, solemn spirituality and moving solo passages. This recording under the baton of Baroque and Classical expert Raymond Leppard has great expressive depth, and offers a truly legendary vocal ensemble featuring stars like Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas.

Christian Thielemann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Richard Strauss: Arabella (2001/1994)

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Christian Thielemann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Richard Strauss: Arabella (2001/1994)

Christian Thielemann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Richard Strauss: Arabella (2001/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 168 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Otto Schenk’s opulent production, conducted masterfully by Christian Thielemann, provides a perfect setting for Strauss’s bittersweet comedy of true love and mistaken identity. The great Kiri Te Kanawa is radiant as Arabella, the daughter of an impoverished aristocrat who must marry a wealthy man to save her family. Wolfgang Brendel sings Mandryka, the landowner from the provinces who wins her over with his honesty and genuine charm in the midst of Viennese society.