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Sebastien Rouland, Chœurs et Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon - Offenbach: La vie parisienne (2008)

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Sebastien Rouland, Chœurs et Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon - Offenbach: La vie parisienne (2008)

Sébastien Rouland, Chœurs et Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon - Offenbach: La vie parisienne (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.61 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

After La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, and La Fille du régiment, Virgin Classics develops its DVD catalogue with yet a new stage production by renowned director Laurent Pelly (his 3rd for the label) accompanied by his assistant Agathe Mélinand who again adapted the dialogues as in the other productions. Filmed in Lyons during the performances (18th December – 1st January 2008) the production and the cast re-enacted in our moderns times the satirical portrayal of Parisian life in the Second Empire. The performances were a hit: Laurent Pelly brought to Offenbach’s operetta all the gusto and humour the subject calls for – his staging is wild and frenzied. La Vie parisienne was Offenbach's first full-length piece to portray contemporary Parisian life, unlike his earlier period pieces and mythological subjects. It became one of Offenbach's most popular operettas.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 920 Mb | Total time: 57:50+76:33+56:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 8573-80233-2 | Recorded: 1999

Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer.

Edward Gardner, Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris - Donizetti: L’Elisir d’amore (2008)

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Edward Gardner, Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris - Donizetti: L’Elisir d’amore (2008)

Edward Gardner, Orchestre du Théatre National de l'Opéra de Paris - Donizetti: L’Elisir d’amore (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | BelAir | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol

Transposing the plot to the Italy of the 1950s, director Laurent Pelly (La Fille du Régiment in London and New York, with Natalie Dessay) offers us an absolute jewel, beautifully crafted and shot through with poetry. American Heidi Grant Murphy sings Adina, accompanied by tenor Paul Groves as Nemorino. “Doctor” Dulcamara is masterfully played by the up-front Ambrogio Maestri and Laurent Naouri‘s Belcore is delightfully repulsive. Appointed music director of the English National Opera in 2006, young British conductor Edward Gardner conducts the Paris Opera Orchestra.

Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle (2001)

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Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle (2001)

Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle [4CDs] (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,18 Gb | Total time: 73:54+65:36+73:21+76:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 840402 | Recorded: 1977-1998

Tout le monde devrait connaitre certaines oeuvres classiques. Les requiems de Mozart ou de de Saint Sens en font parti, à mes yeux.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 456 Mb | Total time: 53:23+45:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 45557 2 | Recorded: 2002

This is an excellent recording of Handel's "other" Acis – an Italian cantata he composed during a visit to Naples ten years before he wrote the more famous English masque Acis and Galatea. Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée play with pathos, imagination, and impeccable style, never forgetting that, in a work for such intimate forces, maintaining musical momentum and variety is the key to success. Sandrine Piau (Aci), Sara Mingardo (Galatea), and Laurent Naouri (Polifemo) are perfectly cast; Piau's crystalline soprano and Mingardo's warm, full-bodied mezzo blend wonderfully in their duets, sounding as if they have sung together for years, and both of them deliver spectacular solo moments.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010/2003) [Blu-Ray]

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010/2003) [Blu-Ray]

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010/2003) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 314 min | 38,5 Gb+39,5 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 245 min | 13,2 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir, Choeur du Théâtre du Châtelet and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in a landmark recording of Berlioz's towering opera. A tragic tale of love and fate, war and peace and the intertwined destinies of two cities, the opera is based on Virgil's imperial vision of the founding myth of Rome. The American tenor Gregory Kunde as Aeneas and the Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci lead an international cast in this stunning production.

Mark Elder, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (2018) [BDRip]

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Mark Elder, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (2018) [BDRip]

Mark Elder, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 180 min | 8,66 Gb
Audio: Français / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Naxos | Sub: French, English, German, Korean, Japanese

With his affinity for the 16th-century sculptor Benvenuto Cellini’s advocacy of artistic and personal freedom, Hector Berlioz went straight for the grand gesture with his first completed opera. Returning to it years after initial production debacles, Berlioz stated that he would ‘never again find such verve and Cellinian impetuosity, nor such a variety of ideas.’ The plot revolves around Cellini’s wooing of Teresa, a match frustrated at every opportunity by his rival, the cowardly Fieramosca. Benvenuto Cellini is a pithy work combining romance, excitement, violence, comedy and spectacle; the perfect stage for Terry Gilliam’s stylishly colorful and larger than life directing.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble - Offenbach: La Belle Helene (2000)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble - Offenbach: La Belle Helene (2000)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble - Offenbach: La Belle Hélène (2000)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 127 min | 7,65 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2000

Staged and costumed by Laurent Pelly, with sets by Chantal Thomas and choreography by Laura Scozzi, this production of La Belle Hélène never forgets for one moment that Offenbach’s parody of the origins of the Trojan war -clearly recognisable in his day as a satire on the moral laxity of Second Empire high society- is, above all, a supreme manifestion of his comic genius. From start to finish it combines a musically superb performance with a stream of visual humour that flows from Pelly’s core idea that the action all takes place in the imagination of a sleeping, sex-starved, suburban housewife. Dame Felicity Lott is magnificent as the woman who gets into bed beside her somnolent old husband and dreams of being the most beautiful woman in the world, entangled in amorous adventures with the virile young Paris, tastily portrayed by Yann Beuron. And just as dreams do not respect the normal limitations of logic, time and place, so her nighttime fantasies combine the everyday with the mythical, and muddle up Greece, ancient and modern.

Valery Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Valery Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24967 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 35,2 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2141 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 8,83 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, French, German,Spanish

‘A mix of futurism à la Metropolis, fantasy à la Batman and quotes from Piranesi’s Carceri, juxtaposed in the form of photo montages, enhanced with…robots, a helicopter, a shark and the winged vehicle of a pop star Pope’, was how the Neue Zürcher Zeitung described this astonishing Salzburg Festival production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini. The high-calibre cast, headed by Burkhard Fritz as the temperamental Renaissance artist and the 26-year-old Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska as Teresa, the woman with whom he tries to elope, is conducted by Valery Gergiev who ‘pulled out all the stops. He whips the Vienna Philharmonic into a delirium similar to that which possibly took hold of the composer’. (Der Standard) This is French grand opera at its fast-paced and spectacularly-staged best.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Paladins (2005)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Paladins (2005)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Paladins (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 204 min | 5,25+7,51 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 2004

Inspired by a fable by La Fontaine, Rameau produced perhaps his most brilliant music for his penultimate great work, blending reality and the surreal on several levels. This passionate new production by José Montalvo stunningly choreographed by Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu, sets new standards in entertainment, charm and ingenuity. The sharp and spectacular multimedia staging does full justice to Rameau's dazzling burlesque, confirming Olivier Rouvière's statement that ‘Les Paladins' is the last laugh of a witty 77-year old composer’. Recorded live in 2004 at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet in true surround sound, both the virtuoso cast and Les Arts Florissants are in top form, clearly enjoying themselves in the masterful hands of William Christie.

Stephane Deneve, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)

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Stephane Deneve, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)

Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Stéphane Denève, Michael Spyres, Natalie Dessay) (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.29 Gb+7.01 Gb (2xDVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Erato | Sub: Francais, English, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

Warner Classics & Erato DVD catalogue already contains several characteristically stylish and imaginative productions by the French opera director Laurent Pelly: Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. The last three all star Natalie Dessay, and now she and Pelly are reunited once again, this time for Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, staged at Barcelona’s Liceu opera house in early 2013.