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Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)

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Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)

Carlos Kleiber, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2005/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.45 Gb+7.22 Gb (2xDVD9) | 186 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1979, this delightful staging by Otto Schenk features outstanding singer-actresses Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender and Lucia Popp. Der Rosenkavalier is Richard Strauss’s most popular opera and the greatest comic opera since Mozart. Premiered just three years before the start of the First World War, the opera traces the artistic heritage of the Austrian-Hungarian empire in the days of Mozart, where the story is set, to the morbid distraction of the Viennese Art Nouveau.

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

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Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,78 Gb | Total time: 11:31:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 108-2 | Recorded: 1984-1994

Bachs Passions and other great choral works in performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the masterly direction of Peter Schreier who also sings the role of the Evangelist. Schreiers aim in Bach interpretation is to bring new lightness without following the full dictates of authentic performance, and in this he succeeds superbly. The recording is first rate, with the choral forces well separated.

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1993)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1993)

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare / Julius Caersar (1993)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 69:16+72:30+77:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Verona | # 27035/37 | Recorded: 1965

It is usually the big nineteenth-century opera sets that are bought for their singers; but with a line-up of principals such as we have here Handel too is swept into the golden net. Lucia Popp, two years into her career after her Vienna debut, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry: that is a quartet which in its time may have seemed no more than standard stuff, but at this date looks starry indeed. […] The Orfeo, for one thing, is sung in German instead of Italian; it has cuts, though many fewer than the Mackerras recording in English with Dame Janet Baker; it has the solo voices recorded very close indeed (those that are supposedly off-stage are just about where many modern recordings would have them except when off-stage); and the orchestra sounds, to our re-trained ears, big and thick, with the heavy bass-line that used to seem as proper to Handel as gravy from the roast was to Yorkshire pudding. The roles of Caesar and Sextus, moreover, are taken by men, and there is not a countertenor in sight.

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (2012/1981)

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Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (2012/1981)

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro
Classical | DECCA 478 3703 | 2012 | TT: 168.06 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 658 Mb

Unlike the late arrival of Mozart's Turkish opera, "Figaro" was much more of a constant in Solti's long career. Apart from being his debut opera, and a work he conducted at Covent Garden in a new staging in 1963-64, he also led editions in Chicago (1957), and with the Paris Opera in the highly visible Giorgio Strehler production that opened Intendant Rolf Liebermann's bold-new-start regime in March 1973; it was initially presented at the Palace of Versailles and in 1976 toured to the US. Frederica von Stade, the most admired Cherubino of the day, who had sung the role for Solti at Versailles, also appears on his subsequent recording. Made in 1981 with an exceptional cast, it won a Grammy award, perhaps unsurprisingly given that its other major assets include Kiri Te Kanawa's creamy-voiced Countess, Lucia Popp's sprightly Susanna, Thomas Allen's authoritative Count and Samuel Ramey's weighty Figaro. Smaller roles - Jane Berbié's Marcellina, Robert Tear's Basilio and Philip Langridge's Curzio among them - are also handled with tremendous care.

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Don Giovanni (2012/1978)

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Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Don Giovanni (2012/1978)

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Don Giovanni
Classical | DECCA 478 3703 | 2012 | TT: 167.42 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 779 Mb

As in the case of "Cosi", Solti recorded "Don Giovanni" twice, the first time in 1978. It was a work he had loved since he heard Bruno Walter conduct it in Salzburg in 1936, with Ezio Pinza in the title role. His 1978 performance is distinguished by the presence of some of the leading Mozartian singers of the day, notably Margaret Price's Donna Anna, Stuart Burrows's Don Ottavio and Lucia Popp's Zerlina. Appreciable quantities, too, are Bernd Weikl's potent Giovanni, Gabriel Bacquier' demotic Leporello and Sylvia Sass's flamboyant Donna Elvira.