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Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 71:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7029 | Recorded: 2005

Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas–indeed, operas without staging, essentially–for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational–by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful–and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks.

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Minuit (1997)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Minuit (1997)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Minuit (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 47:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 453 479-2 | Recorded: 1997

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was a French composer who was a contemporary of Louis XIV. Charpentier created liturgical works full of grace and energy, using great imagination for his musical settings. This is very much evident in the selections for this recording, the TE DEUM and the MESSE DE MINUIT. The first one is a joyously triumphant interpretation of the thanksgiving text, using eight soloists, chorus and orchestra, including three trumpets, something unusual for the times.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Mozart: Mass in C Minor (2020)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Mozart: Mass in C Minor (2020)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Mozart: Mass in C Minor (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 210 Mb | Total time: 48:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 812 | Recorded: 2018

Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre present a new recording of Mozarts Mass in C Minor, the iconic opening Kyrie of which is among the most cherished religious music ever written. Mozart performed parts of the Mass in 1783, but the score remained unfinished, making the use of a scholarly edition necessary for a complete performance. Despite its unfinished state, Mozarts Mass in C Minor has gained popularity and now enjoys a place in the choral core repertory. For this recording, made in connection to live performances, Minkowski has chosen Helmut Eders 1985 edition for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe.

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.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Titon et l'Aurore (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 636 Mb | Total time: 60:04+62:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45715-2 | Recorded: 1991

'Titon et l'Aurore' is an opera in three acts and a prologue by the French composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville which was first performed at the Académie royale de musique, Paris on 9 January 1753. The authorship of the libretto has been subject to debate; Mondonville's contemporaries ascribed the prologue to Antoine Houdar de la Motte and the three acts of the opera to the Abbé de La Marre. Titon et l'Aurore belongs to the genre known as the pastorale héroïque. The work played an important role in the so-called Querelle des Bouffons, a dispute over the relative merits of the French and Italian operatic traditions which dominated the intellectual life of Paris in the early 1750s.

Magdalena Kožená - Enchantment (2006)

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Magdalena Kožená - Enchantment (2006)

Magdalena Kožená - Enchantment (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 563 Mb | Total time: 60:19+76:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 477 6153 | Recorded: 1996-2003

If your ideal vocal recording places the performer next to your seat and your ideal vocal performance has the performer singing directly into your ear, this disc by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená will be just about ideal. No matter what the repertoire – and Kozená performs everything from Bach to Gounod to Shostakovich – and no matter what the context – and Kozená takes on everything from song to opera to oratorio – Kozená is right next to the listener, singing straight into his/her ear. Given her exceedingly warm tone, her extremely rich delivery, and her extraordinarily sibilant pronunciation, Kozená's intimate delivery may be too much for those with heart conditions or those all too easily affected by singers. But for those made of sterner stuff, Kozená's performances here will be the stuff dreams are made of.

Magdalena Kožená, Marc Minkowski, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - French Arias (2003)

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Magdalena Kožená, Marc Minkowski, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - French Arias (2003)

Magdalena Kožená, Marc Minkowski, Mahler Chamber Orchestra - French Arias (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | B0001302-02 | Recorded: 2003

Having dazzled us with her coloratura ability in arias by Mozart, Gluck, and her fellow Czech, Myslivecek, this luscious young mezzo-soprano now offers us a generous program of French arias–15 of them, widely varied in tone, weight, dramatic intent, and style–and conquers and convinces in them all. Beginning again in coloratura territory, an aria from Auber's rare Le domino noir catches our attention with the heroine's opening words, "Je suis sauvée enfin!" ("I am safe at last!"), in which she paints the picture of our out-of-breath heroine immediately.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elémens (1993)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elémens (1993)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elémens (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 47:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45974-2 | Recorded: 1992

Les trois oeuvres enregistrées ici sont "Tombeau de M. de Lulli" (1695), "Les Caractères de la Danse" (1715) & "Les Elémens" (1737). La première est un vibrant hommage à celui qui fut le "mentor" de Rebel. Ecrite pour ensemble instrumental, cette pièce aux caractères changeants adopte une ritournelle déchirante qui réapparait entre chaque mouvements rapides. Les deux dernières sont des "symphonies chorégraphiques" où les mouvements de danses ont une place de choix (notamment dans les "Caractères de la Danse" ; le public de l'époque était friand de ces pièces ("Courante", "Chaconne", "Rigaudon", "Passepied"…)). Le "Prélude" des "Elémens" est une représentation du "Chaos", dont le tout premier accord est une des pages les plus célèbres de son auteur.

Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)

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Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)

Cecilia Bartoli - Sospiri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 77:39+30:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 2249 | Recorded: 2001-2009

This compilation of selections from a number of Cecilia Bartoli's recitals from between 1994 and 2009, plus several newly released tracks, is unified by the theme of sighs, "sospiri." The music expresses a variety of moods, including sighs of resignation, relaxation, grief, ecstasy, and romantic pleasure. The first of the two CDs is devoted to secular music, much of it operatic, and the second to sacred pieces. The album should offer few surprises to anyone who has a preconceived opinion of Bartoli's vocalism.

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.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Rameau: Les Surprises de l’Amour (1992)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Rameau: Les Surprises de l’Amour (1992)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Rameau: Les Surprises de l’Amour (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 51:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292 45004 2 | Recorded: 1990

The ensemble playing on historical instruments realizes the exciting music with fixed access. .. an excavation, where you have his pleasure.
– FonoForum

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Ariodante (1997)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Ariodante (1997)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Ariodante (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 787 Mb | Total time: 61:15+63:22+53:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 457 271-2 | Recorded: 1997

Lynne Dawson is the star of this show. In Act 2, where Ginevra finds herself inexplicably rejected and condemned by everyone, Dawson brings real depth of tone and feeling to her E minor lament, 'Il mio crudel martoro'; in the final act she shines in the desolate miniature 'Io ti bacio' and brings much fire to the outburst 'Sì, morro'. But she never transgresses the canons of Baroque style. Von Otter, too, has much marvellous music – the aria 'Scherza infida' is one of Handel's greatest expressions of grief – and she sings it beautifully, but she isn't really at one with his idiom and seems to lack a natural feeling for the amplitude of Handel's lines. Yet there's much to enjoy here too, the beauty of the actual sound, the immaculate control, the many telling and musicianly touches of phrasing.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Teseo, Amadigi di Gaula (2008)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Teseo, Amadigi di Gaula (2008)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Teseo, Amadigi di Gaula (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.92 Gb | Total time: 434:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69651-9 | Recorded: 1988, 1989, 1992

“Minkowski, among the liveliest of period-performance specialists, brings out the inventiveness, helped by an excellent cast… these include Della Jones as Medea, Eirian James in the castrato role of Teseo, Julia Gooding as Agilea and characterful counter-tenors Derek Lee Ragin and Jeffrey Gall as Egeo and Arcane”–The Penguin Guide

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2003)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2003)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 996 Mb | Total time: 75:52+80:30+63:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Production | # 474 210-2 | Recorded: 2002

"Though “Giulio Cesare” is the best known of Handel’s masterly operas, familiarity has not made it any easier to perform. Handel seized on the story of Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48-47 B.C. as a chance to explore two often entwined human fascinations: politics and sex. If there are too many twists and improbabilities in the plot, the central characterizations are unvarnished and complex. The conductor Marc Minkowski’s vibrant recording with Les Musiciens du Louvre, a remarkable period-instrument ensemble from Paris, which captures a live performance in Vienna in 2002, may be the best overall."
- Anthony Tommasini