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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 778 Mb | Total time: 52:30+42:11+73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 0289 475 7918 2 | Recorded: 1966

This 1966 recording, billed as the first complete Semiramide on disc, with Joan Sutherland singing Semiramide and Marilyn Horne singing the trouser role Arsace, has long been considered the standard by which all other Semiramide's are measured. Although subsequently there have been more complete recordings, this remains among the best recorded performance and is a recommendation for every opera collection.

Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

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Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CDs
Fanfare For The Common Man; Appalachian Spring; Lincoln Portrait; Quiet City;
Music For Movies; Ceremonial Fanfare; El Salón México; Old American Songs;
Dance Symphony; 4 Dances From 'Rodeo'
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta; Gregory Peck, speaker
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Sinfonietta, conducted by Elgar Howarth; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Doráti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 554 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 261-2 | Time: 02:12:18

If you want a good sampling of Copland's orchestral works, then this 2-CD compilation comes highly recommended, with excellent performances of works such as Appalachian Spring, Quiet City, El Salón México and others. (Presto Classical)

Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris [7CDs] (2018)

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Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris [7CDs] (2018)

Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris: Berlioz, Bloch, Milhaud, Ravel, Schumann, Rachmaninov (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 06:41:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029568954 | Recorded: 1975-1979

This 7CD set is the fruit of the love affair that developed in Paris between Leonard Bernstein and the Orchestre National de France in the 1970s. Beside long-admired studio recordings, featuring Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexis Weissenberg among the soloists, it presents live performances completely new to the catalogue: a 1975 programme to celebrate Ravel’s centenary – with Bernstein himself as soloist in the G major piano concerto – and orchestral suites taken from two of Bernstein’s most celebrated and brilliant works, both infused with jazz: the film score On the Waterfront and the landmark Broadway musical West Side Story.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 783 Mb | Total time: 62:17+30:43+69:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 413-2 | Recorded: 1964

I believe this is the only note-complete performance of this opera, and furthermore, the only one that is sung in all of the original keys (in almost every other recording "Casta diva" and the duets are transposed down). It is a spectacular example of bel canto. Recorded in 1964, Joan Sutherland was at her peak, exhibiting fearless, beautiful singing, thoroughly accurate in fiorature and breath control.

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

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John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia,  Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 56:06+73:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 232468 | Recorded: 1989

This is a reissue of a recording that was previously issued by Nuova Era and Mondo Musica. It allows us to hear Marilyn Horne in one of her signature roles, and it was presumably for her that this production was mounted at Venice’s La Fenice. Horne’s performance is what one would expect; she tosses off the coloratura with ease, and her performance is very assured. Her colleagues provide generally good support. Gasdia does not make as strong an impression as some of her recorded competition as Almirena, but her singing is technically assured.

James Conlon, Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Rossini: Semiramide (2002/1990)

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James Conlon, Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Rossini: Semiramide (2002/1990)

James Conlon, Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra - Rossini: Semiramide (2002/1990)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.30 + 3.98 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 223 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Filmed at New York's Metropolitan Opera, John Copley's production of Rossini's last, longest and most elaborate work for the Italian stage brings together what many consider the definitive contemporary cast, led by Marilyn Horne and June Anderson. Semiramide, a strong and melodious work, is one of Rossini's greatest dramatic operas, offering a fine challenge to the superb contralto and soprano bel canto singing of Ms. Horne and Ms. Anderson.

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

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Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.06 Gb | Total time: 7h 30'33'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 2564 69568-6 | Recorded: 1974, 1978, 1982, 1994

The performance here of Samson is definitive. It is lively, colourful and highly dramatic. There is no comparison with the tedious performance by the Sixteen on Coro. The performance of the Messiah with limited modern instrumental forces of the English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with very good soloists doesn't sacrifice grandeur nor does it go to the other extreme of over-blown pomp. It is a very good performamce on modern instruments under the direction of the Baroque music specialist conductor Raymond Leppard.

John Nelson, English Chamber Orchertra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus - Handel: Semele (1993)

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John Nelson, English Chamber Orchertra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus - Handel: Semele (1993)

John Nelson, English Chamber Orchertra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne - Handel: Semele (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 828 Mb | Total time: 62:08+45:19+67:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon ‎| 435 782-2 | Recorded: 1990

This magnificent performance is without a doubt among the top two or three Handel opera recordings in the catalog. John Nelson outdoes even the period instrument competition, conducting with a vitality and freshness that sweeps all before it. Kathleen Battle is a great Semele (if listening to this woman sing "Myself I Will Adore" isn't a classic example of typecasting, then what is?). But the real palm must go to Marilyn Horne as the jealous Juno, who simply stops the show with her two arias (she sings Ino as well). A very great recording.

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

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Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | ECD 88034 | Recorded: 1982

"Arias for mezzo soprano", it says, and authentically minded readers may already have noted that most of them would be sung by a countertenor these days, being originally for castrati. A little while ago I reviewed a record, "Arias for Farinelli", by Vivica Genaux, which came with a fascinating essay by René Jacobs in which he argued that the nearest we can get these days to the sound of the castrati is not the countertenor, which he rudely says should really be called a "falsettist", but the mezzo soprano, who is able to reproduce the strong, warm chest tones in her lower range which contemporary commentators tell us were at the base of the castrato voice production, the voice becoming sweeter and softer as it goes into the higher range.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5] - Ermione, Bianca e Falliero (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5] - Ermione, Bianca e Falliero (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5]: Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Cecilia Gasdia - Ermione; Donato Renzetti, London Sinfonietta Opera Orchestra, Katia Ricciarelli, Marilyn Horne - Bianca e Falliero (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,20 Gb | Total time: 65:44+57:00+76:51+52:16+47:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1986, 1988

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 3] - L'Italiana in Algeri, Il Turco in Italia (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 3] - L'Italiana in Algeri, Il Turco in Italia (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 3]: Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Marilyn Horne - L'Italiana in Algeri; Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Maria Callas - Il Turco in Italia (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 982 Mb | Total time: 71:30+69:21+77:09+35:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1954, 1980

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka,  Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

Verdi - Falstaff (James Levine, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne) (2009/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This time-honoured production of Verdi's final opera, one that has seen all the greatest Falstaffs of the last four decades hold court at its convincingly shabby Garter Inn and upset the decent folk of its lovingly recreated Tudor Windsor, marked the first appearance at the Met of producer and designer Franco Zeffirelli in March 1964. The Anglophile Zeffirelli had by then made his Shakespearean reputation with a revelatory Romeo and Juliet in London - his films of this play and of The Taming of the Shrew were shortly to follow - as well as with a similar production of Falstaff at Covent Garden, and the attention to visual and psychological detail displayed in his Met Falstaff won it high praise: “a milestone in the history of operatic production in this city" was the judgement of the New York Herald Tribune.

Mario Bernardi, National Arts Center Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Handel: Rinaldo (2006)

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Mario Bernardi, National Arts Center Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Handel: Rinaldo (2006)

Mario Bernardi, National Arts Center Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey - Handel: Rinaldo (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 864 Mb | Total time: 76:36+73:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponto | # PO-1047 | Recorded: 1982

Mario Bernardi revived the Horne-Corsaro ''Rinaldo'' for the National Arts Center of Canada, and a new and much more elaborate production designed by Mark Negin had a great success at Festival Ottawa in the summer of 1982. ''Rinaldo'' is in essence Marilyn Horne's production. She sings the title role in a version that has been tailored specifically for her vocal powers, and she has obviously had a lot to say about the hows and the whos of this production.