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

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

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 244 min | 7,66+7,27 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 2003

"Described as an Opera-Ballet in four Acts, Les Indes Galantes was Rameau's biggest stage success in his own lifetime, and one can understand why from this spectacular production, staged at the Paris Opéra in 2004. The director, Andrei Serban, presents the piece with the sort of lavish effects and movement that would have delighted 18th-century audiences…Outstanding among the soloists are Nathan Berg as Huascar…Anna Maria Panzarella as Emilie and Paul Agnew as Valere, with Joao Fernandez memorably in drag as Bellone. The final curtain brings an exuberant encore after the credits, with Christie hilariously joining in the dance.

Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

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Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) 3 CDs
Franco Fagioli (Orfeo), Malin Hartelius (Euridice), Emmanuelle de Negri (Amor)
Accentus; Insula Orchestra; conducted by Laurence Equilbey

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 723 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 352 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Opera | Label: Archiv Produktion (DG) | # 00289 479 5315 9 | Time: 02:31:52

This is a full recording of the original Italian version (the “Vienna version” from 1762) of Gluck’s beloved take on the Orpheus myth, Orfeo et Euridice PLUS extra music written by Gluck for later performances of his opera. It includes virtuoso arias for Fagioli and as such represents a brilliant showcase for him and a collectible item for connoisseurs. This is Franco Fagioli’s first ever recording of a complete opera in which he sings the title role and since, the role has become one of Franco’s calling cards in recent seasons. It is known for its absolutely gorgeous music, including one of opera’s most audience-pleasing tunes, the uber-famous aria “Che farò senza Euridice”. This version of the opera (by far the most popular one) appears for the first time ever on period instruments on DG / Archiv, hence filling a major gap in our catalogue and is a substantial project featuring one of our exciting new signings in one of his finest roles.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 3 [5CDs] (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 3 [5CDs] (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 3 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,47 Gb | Total time: 05:31:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 192 min | 5,80+6,39 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2007

This production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro caused a sensation when it first came out, stunning critics and audiences alike with its perfect balance of joyous humor, improvisatory brilliance, and always subtle music-making.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Joseph Haydn: Orlando Paladino (2006)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Joseph Haydn: Orlando Paladino (2006)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Joseph Haydn: Orlando Paladino (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 689 Mb | Total time: 69:44+71:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 82876 73370 2 | Recorded: 2005

This delightful "dramma eroicomico" ("heroic-comic drama"–-a made-up phrase brimming with irony) tells the story of the noble knight Orlando, who goes mad being torn between duty and love, his love, Angelica, who actually wants Medoro, and Alcina, an evil sorceress out to get Orlando, and turns it into a type of farce, with great results. There is some lovely music, mostly for Angelica and Medoro, but most of it is fun and light, with characters whistling, trying to impress people with how well they sing, etc. The scoring wittily underlines their foibles.

Christoph Konig, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2003)

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Christoph Konig, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2003)

Christoph König, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2003)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 143 min | 7,55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Bel Air Classiques | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2003

Nous ne sommes pas certains que les spectateurs de l’Opéra de Zurich aient éprouvé tout à fait le même plaisir que nous à la vue de cette production de Jonathan Miller. Car la réussite de cette captation doit beaucoup au travail de la réalisatrice vidéo Chloé Perlemuter qui, avec un dispositif volontairement réduit, a décidé d’épouser le regard du spectateur, furtif, parfois inquisiteur et parfois distrait. Quelques regards sur les chanteurs en coulisses, des cadrages audacieux, rompent la monotonie d’un spectacle assez statique où l’investissement se lit presque exclusivement sur les visages, ce que soulignent parfaitement de pertinents gros plans. La captation offre donc au travail minimaliste et pudique de Jonathan Miller une profondeur supplémentaire, comme elle offre d’autres perspectives au décor d’une sobriété monacale d’Isabella Bywater, également signataires de costumes chatoyants qui nous renvoient directement au siècle des Lumières.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 124 min | 7,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2005

It was hard to muster much enthusiasm for Welser-Möst’s soft-grained, untheatrical approach to Mozart’s score and his careful avoidance of appoggiaturas, though it has to be admitted that the clarinet and basset-horn obbligatos — their players not credited in the program — sounded ravishing. Welser-Möst’s beat could certainly have been fueled by some extra zest, his syncopations by stronger incisiveness. Little was made of the explosive clashes of contrasting keys, Welser-Möst’s opera gentile dallyings replacing Mozart’s needed opera seria gravitas.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 185 min | 6,91+5,74 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2006

This stylish and beautifully sung and acted 2006 performance of Don Giovanni from the Zurich Opera House should be of strong interest to anyone who loves the opera. The production, directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf with costumes by Marianne Glittenberg and particularly striking sets by Rolf Glittenberg, is visually and dramatically dazzling. The timeframe is contemporary, but the clever trompe l'oeil set suggests the infinitely receding stage depth that flourished in 18th century scenic design. Don Giovanni's palace is a cosmopolitan playboy's penthouse, and the costumes clearly define the social standing of the characters in modern terms. It would be hard to imagine a Don Giovanni more suave, seductive, and confident than Simon Keenlyside; he's a terrific actor and he perfectly conveys the casual arrogance and entitlement that can attend someone well aware of his own attractiveness. His singing is every bit as fine as his acting; his tone is large and warm, his lines soar lyrically, and he has the effortless-sounding agility necessary for the rapid-fire recitative and arias like "Fin ch'han dal vino." The entire cast is vocally superb, if not consistently as dramatically assured as Keenlyside.

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2006)

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Gianluigi Gelmetti, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2006)

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 156 min | 7,43 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EuroArts | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 1991

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is one of Mozart’s five great repertoire operas alongside Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte. A typical ‘Singspiel’, a form in which all the dialogue is spoken rather than sung, it was a great success during Mozart’s lifetime and to this day has not lost any of its magic. Mozart was twenty-six when he wrote this opera, which was commissioned by a Viennese Theatre and premiered in 1782.