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Edgar Moreau, Raphaël Merlin, Les Forces Majeures - Offenbach, Gulda: Cello Concertos (2019)

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Edgar Moreau, Raphaël Merlin, Les Forces Majeures - Offenbach, Gulda: Cello Concertos (2019)

Edgar Moreau, Raphaël Merlin, Les Forces Majeures - Offenbach, Gulda: Cello Concertos (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 73:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029552612 | Recorded: 2017

Edgar Moreau performs two cello concertos which bravely and wittily challenge convention. Offenbach’s ambitious Grand Concerto in G major culminates in military fireworks, while Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello, Wind Orchestra and Band – written 130 years later – is a dazzling stylistic kaleidoscope. Moreau is joined by conductor Raphaël Merlin and the dynamic orchestral collective Les Forces Majeures.

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opera Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)

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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opera Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)

Jesús López-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opéra Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.23 + 6.47 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 173 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Français

Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the tales of his three past loves - the doll-like Olympia, the high-class courtesan Giulietta, and the ambitious but delicate Antonia - and recalls how each was thwarted by the evil influence of his rival. Jacques Offenbach's opera is performed at the Paris National Opera, directed by Robert Carsen, and the cast includes Neil Shicoff (as Hoffmann) and Bryn Terfel.

Markus Poschner, Orchestre National de France - Offenbach: Maître Péronilla (2020)

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Markus Poschner, Orchestre National de France - Offenbach: Maître Péronilla (2020)

Markus Poschner, Orchestre National de France - Offenbach: Maître Péronilla (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 518 Mb | Total time: 44:06+56:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane ‎| BZ1039 | Recorded: 2019

There is more Spain in Offenbach’s brain than in Spain itself’, said a journalist entranced by Maître Péronilla. Understandably so, given the charm and humour of this operetta in which no fewer than twenty-two characters are kept busy unravelling a preposterously complicated love story. And the libretto is all the better for having been penned by the composer himself.

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

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Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)

Jeffrey Tate, Staatskapelle Dresden - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 68:12+60:54+45:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 00289 478 2675 | Recorded: 1987-89

Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann is among those operas with most textual problems, since the composer did not live to its premiere, leaving an incomplete score. The traditional text, bringing in extra material, much of it unauthentic, and leaving out alot, was only established in the 20th century. This Dresden recording sessions were held (June 1987-June 1989) borrowed much from Michael Kaye's 1991 Schott Edition.

Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Offenbach: Folies Symphoniques, Ouvertures (2019)

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Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Offenbach: Folies Symphoniques, Ouvertures (2019)

Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Offenbach: Folies symphoniques, Ouvertures (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 57:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 275-2 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

As Adolf Tegtmeier, the alter ego of Jürgen von Manger, knew quite well, overtures exercise an important function in the opera: ‘They begin, you see, right off with the curtain and start by playing all the melodies in a row, everything that happens to come up later. But this is just to give you the chance to familiarize yourself with the music. And of course it’s important … so that later on you don’t get such a big shock’. The orchestral overtures brought together on the present recording make the listener eager to hear each of the particular works following them.

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.

Jodie Devos, Laurent Campellone, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Offenbach colorature (2018)

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Jodie Devos, Laurent Campellone, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Offenbach colorature (2018)

Jodie Devos, Laurent Campellone, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Offenbach colorature (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 60:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics ‎| # Alpha 437 | Recorded: 2018

Soprano Jodie Devos, who has signed with Alpha for several recordings, here pays homage to Offenbach, whose bicentenary of his birth is celebrated in 2019. This programme shows Offenbach’s fascination with the vocal fireworks of coloratura divas. This kind of ‘lyric coloratura’ or ‘soprano leggero’ voice runs like a thread through most of the composer’s oeuvre, from his first pieces for two or three soloists to those grand frescoes of his maturity, La Vie parisienne, Robinson Crusoé, and Orphée aux Enfers.

Patricia Petibon, Yves Abel, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon - French Touch (2003)

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Patricia Petibon, Yves Abel, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon - French Touch (2003)

Patricia Petibon, Yves Abel, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon - French Touch (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 62:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 475 090-2 | Recorded: 2002

French Touch is soprano Petibon's 2003 release which features the works of such French composers for example Delibes, Massenet and Offenbach to mention a few. Petibon sings with much enthusiasm and joy which makes it a very enjoyable recording. Yves Abel leads the national orchestra and choir of Lyon. On track she sings duet with mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes.

Georges Pretre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)

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Georges Pretre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)

Georges Prêtre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House, Plácido Domingo, Luciana Serra, Agnes Baltsa, Ileana Cotrubas - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Japanese

By Jacques Offenbach. Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the story of his three past loves - the doll-like Olympia, the high-class courtesan Giulietta, and the ambitious but delicate Antonia - and recalls how each was thwarted by the evil influence of his rival. In this production by the distinguished film director, John Schlesinger, with spectacular designs by Maria Björnson and William Dudley, Offenbach's nightmare world is brought to life. The all-star cast is headed by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann: his three loves are Ileana Cotrubas, Agnes Baltsa and Luciana Serra and the manifestations of his rival are sung by Geraint Evans, Robert Lloyd, Siegmund Nimsgern and Nicola Ghiuselev. The score, which includes such favorites as the "Barcarolle" and the "Doll's Song", is conducted by Georges Prêtre.

Evelino Pido, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2017) [BDRip]

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Evelino Pido, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2017) [BDRip]

Evelino Pidò, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 169 min | 9,20 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony | Sub: French, English, German, Italian

The final revival of this well-loved production by John Schlesinger provided the perfect vehicle for Vittorio Grigòlo as Hoffmann to display his wonderful voice and masterful acting, surrounded by an exemplary supporting cast, including Sonya Yoncheva in the role of Antonia, and Thomas Hampson as Hoffmann’s arch rivals. The production at the Royal Opera House (November 2016) garnered very good reviews, especially for Vittorio Grigòlo.

Frederic Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)

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Frederic Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)

Frédéric Chaslin, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.17 + 4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 159 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese, Japanese

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is a great, unfinished masterpiece. In 1880 Hoffenbach’s health began to deteriorate rapidly. Les Contes d’Hoffmann had already been programmed for the 1880/81 season of the Opéra-Comique but Offenbach was having a hard time finishing it and worked only in the moments of respite from his illness. he died on October 5th, leaving the opera incomplete (we still do not know to what extent). And so Ernest Guiraud, a ”specialist” who had already transformed into recitatives the spoken parts of Bizet’s Carmen, was called to finish the task. The opera was first staged at the Opéra-Comique on 10th February 1881 and met with great success. Soon it was being performed in the most important theatres of the world. Our edition has an Italian cast of exceptional quality, in which stand out the amazing voice of Desirée Rancatore, the extraordinary artistry of Ruggiero Raimondi and the fascinating direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi.Pizzi, one of today’s most creative directors.

Olga Peretyatko, Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)

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Olga Peretyatko, Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)

Olga Peretyatko, Gomez-Martinez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 70:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697785442 | Recorded: 2010

Operatic powerhouse Olga Peretyatko is accompanied by the Munchner Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra) conducted by Miguel Gomez-Martinez on this high-quality album of (coloratura) soprano favorites. With an able, keen orchestra behind her, Peretyatko is free to demonstrate her considerable talents. Two arias are by opera legend Rossini. One, his "Non si dà follia maggiore," begins the album, and Peretyatko interprets it in a way that leaves the listener entranced. Peretyatko's voice is clean, bright, and full of vibrato. Her interpretation is also highly dramatic.

Andreas Scholl, Dominique Visse, Pascal Bertin - Les contre-ténors (1995)

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Andreas Scholl, Dominique Visse, Pascal Bertin - Les contre-ténors (1995)

Andreas Scholl, Dominique Visse, Pascal Bertin - Les contre-ténors (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 181 Mb | Total time: 34:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901552 | Recorded: 1995

This short (less than 40 minutes) CD is a sly satire on the popularity of the "Three Tenors" recordings–in which a trio of talented but aging opera stars recorded show tunes that did not strain their voices. The liner notes speak of a struggle of "tenors vs. countertenors". The album purports to be the countertenors reclaiming musical material that was stolen from them.

Offenbach The Opera & Operettas Collection [30CDs] (2019)

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Offenbach The Opera & Operettas Collection [30CDs] (2019)

Offenbach The Opera & Operettas Collection [30CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,47 Gb | Total time: 28h 11' 43'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295499570 | Recorded: 1966-2013

He was born in Cologne, but it was in Paris that Jacques Offenbach achieved fame. A special feature of this 30-CD collection are star-studded recordings in both French and German of his most celebrated operettas – works that overflow with joie de vivre and satirical wit – and of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, an opera that daringly fuses fantasy, comedy and tragedy. It also includes irresistibly stylish performances of such tempting rarities as Les Brigands, Pomme d’Api, Monsieur Choufleuri and Mesdames de la Halle.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Offenbach: La Perichole (2019)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Offenbach: La Perichole (2019)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Offenbach: La Périchole (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 527 Mb | Total time: 51:40+51:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ1036 | Recorded: 2018

Offenbachs La Périchole (1868) will never cease to delight music lovers of all persuasions. Marc Minkowski long one of the composers prophets was keen to pay tribute to him with this world premiere recording on period instruments, in the company of the young school of French singers, including the bewitching Aude Extrémo, the dashing Stanislas de Barbeyrac and the hilarious Alexandre Duhamel. Combining fashionable rhythms with the most unexpected touches of folklore, the score is a veritable flood of hit numbers. How can one not be swept away by the insolence of the Seguidilla, the frenzy of the Bolero or the furious rhythm of the Prison Trio? Never before, perhaps, had Offenbach gone so far in caricaturing political leaders nor used drunkenness to resolve the imbroglio of inextricable sentimental relationships. And indeed, the Tipsy Arietta is one of the composer's best-known numbers. Cheers!