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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 223:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 67538 2 | Recorded: 1960-1961

In its scale and gravitas, Otto Klemperer’s interpretation of the St Matthew Passion draws on the Bach performance style that developed in the 19th century; but its clarity, its underlying energy, and its superb array of soloists – singers with impeccable operatic credentials – also ensure that full justice is done to the drama of Bach’s sublime retelling of the Gospel story.

Otmar Suitner, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)

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Otmar Suitner, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)

Otmar Suitner, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 49:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 552-2 | Recorded: 1974

After the wars with the Ottoman Empire, the Turks – their dress, manners, and music-fascinated 18th century Europe, and poking fun at them became standard fare in Parisian vaudevilles. Gluck picked up the theme in 1761 after he became conductor of the French Opera in Vienna, using a translated French libretto by P.R. Monnier that had already been set to music by Monsigny. La Cadi Dupée ("The Duped Cadi") was believed lost until it was rediscovered in the archives of the Hamburg State Opera by the producer of this recording. The central character is a Cadi (a Muslim judge) who wants to marry the reluctant Zelmire, to the dismay of his wife Fatime. Zelmire, in love with Nuradin, pretends to be Omega, the unattractive daughter of the dyer Omar; after the marriage contract is signed and Omega appears, the Cadi has to buy his way out of the imbroglio and return contritely to Fatime while Zelmire and Nuradin go off happily.

Richard Bonynge, Scottish National Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice (1996)

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Richard Bonynge, Scottish National Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice (1996)

Richard Bonynge, Scottish National Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 132:61 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Verona ‎| 28018/19 | Recorded: 1967

When Haydn first came to London in 1791 he was recognised as one of the greatest composers in the world, but his extensive operatic output was essentially unknown outside Eszterháza, where the works had originated. He was commissioned to produce a new opera to celebrate the opening of the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket, but political intrigue prevented its production. Although the resources in terms of orchestra and chorus (particularly in the final Underworld act) were far greater than anything he had known in Hungary, Haydn seems to have been unworried by the fracas, since his generous fee was already in his bank in Vienna, and his concerts were proving an outstanding success. But he never composed another opera. The official title, L’anima del filosofo, seems to have been a half-hearted attempt to distinguish it from the successful Gluck version of Orfeo.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 8] - Guillaume Tell, Edipo a Colono (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 8] - Guillaume Tell, Edipo a Colono (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 8]: Lamberto Gardelli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Gedda - Guillaume Tell; Claudio Scimone, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers - Edipo a Colono (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,16 Gb | Total time: 66:34+73:00+58:00+74:59+40:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1979, 1982

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 4] - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 4] - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 4]: James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Vittorio Gui, Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra, Marina de Gabarain - La Cenerentola (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 938 Mb | Total time: 74:59+76:17+62:52+54:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1953, 1974-75

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.

Lamberto Gardelli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montserrat Caballé - Rossini: Guillaume Tell (2010)

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Lamberto Gardelli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montserrat Caballé - Rossini: Guillaume Tell (2010)

Lamberto Gardelli, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montserrat Caballé - Rossini: Guillaume Tell (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,01 Gb | Total time: 66:34+73:00+58:00+40:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 6407632 | Recorded: 1973

Guillaume Tell was the composer’s last and longest opera. I do not think I would go on to say that it was also necessarily his best, but it is certainly an amazing work full of life. It is, in many ways, both a summation of his operatic genius and a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been had he continued to write for the stage. Like his other last operas it was written for Paris and in its scale and mixture of public and private events is a clear forerunner of such works as Les Huguenots and Don Carlos. At the same time it can be regarded as essentially classical, but with that style subtly transfigured into one that is just as essentially romantic. It represents a turning point in the history of opera, so that the obvious question arises as to why it is so seldom encountered on the stage, and why many music-lovers know it solely by its undoubtedly magnificent overture.

Horst Stein, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2008)

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Horst Stein, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2008)

Horst Stein, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 156 min | 7,52 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1971

This 1971 film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute is based on a production at Hamburg State Opera staged by the multi-talented stage, television and film author, director and actor Sir Peter Ustinov, with decor and costumes by Jens-Denis Malclès. The cast brought together by Rolf Liebermann for this film version of the Magic Flute consists of stars with established international careers but also of singers who were just on the point of breaking through to international fame at the time.

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

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Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.

Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (1989)

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Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (1989)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Consortium musicum, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 74:10+73:47+48:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CZS 7 62588 2 | Recorded: 1968

Among traditional modern-instrument versions of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Wolfgang Gönnenwein’s 1968 recording has a lot to offer. Not least is the excellent choral singing from top to bottom. The texts are always clear, and the pacing for the chorales is governed by the story’s dramatic unfolding. You can’t help but be hooked by Evangelist Theo Altmeyer’s warm tone and vivid portrayal, complemented by Franz Crass’ sonorous, touching Jesus. What a joy it is to hear Teresa Zylis-Gara, Julia Hamari, and Hermann Prey at the peak of their respective powers. Tenor Nicolai Gedda is heard to better advantage with Gönnenwein than in Otto Klemperer’s recording, where he struggled with that conductor’s craggy tempos. The orchestra plays beautifully, and the engineering does full justice to Bach’s antiphonal interplay. All the recitatives are accompanied by rather dutiful chordal backing from the organ and cello (Bach adds a “halo” of strings, of course, whenever Jesus opens his mouth). A harpsichordist with a bent for improvisation would have spruced up the texture. Lovers of great Bach singing, however, will treasure this release.
(Jed Distler)