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Riccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (1997)

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Riccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (1997)

Riccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 568 Mb | Total time: 49:28+78:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 66510 2 | Recorded: 1975

Betrayal and forgiveness are the themes of this complex opera: Amelia's betrayal of her husband, Renato (she is having an affair with Riccardo. governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony), and the betrayal and assassination of Riccardo by a group of conspirators. The libretto is better integrated than most of Verdi's operas written before Otello and Falstaff. It was originally about an historic incident, the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, but Roman censors, nervous about royal assassinations, forced the absurd relocation of the opera to colonial Boston. The music is prime middle-period Verdi, less spectacular than Il Trovatore, Rigoletto or La Forza del Destino, but it is warmly, richly expressive.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Attila (2004/1991)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Attila (2004/1991)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Attila (2004/1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 5.89 Gb (DVD9) | 118 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English

Riccardo Muti conducts a fine cast in the powerful and atmospheric 1991 production of Verdi's ninth opera, whose story of the heroic tussle between Ezio, a Roman general, and Attila, the Nordic invader was written for the 1846 Teatro la Fenice season and premiered there to huge acclaim.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 211 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English

Verdi's 1855 Paris opera which followed Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La Traviata is treated to a performance of blazing energy and intimate refinement with a superb cast which includes Cheryl Studer and Chris Merritt. The rarely-seen third act ballet is included complete, with the internationally-acclaimed dancers Carla Fracci and Wayne Eagling.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake - Rossini: La donna del lago (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 681 Mb | Total time: 77:30+78:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 0326 | Recorded: 1992

Rossini's La donna del lago ("The Lady of the Lake") is a lush, positively verdant dramatic opera, first performed in 1819, that deserves to be better known. Derived from Sir Walter Scott's famous poem, the story concerns love both unrequited and requited amid rebellious Scottish clans, as the titular lady is wooed by two rivals while her heart is pledged to another. Given Rossini's luxuriant orchestration and emphasis on romance, one can't help feeling that the composer had the hills of Tuscany more in mind than the rugged Scottish highlands. A succession of highly charged scenas contrast with languid melodies, such as Ellen's delightful introductory "Oh mattutini albori", making this a less bloodily melodramatic companion-piece to Donizetti's Scott-inspired Lucia di Lammermoor.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb+5.46 Gb (2xDVD9) | 182 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Those who know Zeffirelli's style won't be surprised by the conventionally lavish production, but it effectively evokes the atmosphere of religious oppression and personal antagonisms Verdi so unerringly depicts. The dark-hued, threatening setting fits Muti's energetic, rhythmically vital conception. He quickens the emotions in a peculiarly Italianate way, and throughout evinces a feeling for the colouring of the score. His reading is in turn a good background for some thoughtful and idiomatic singing.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Neujahrskonzert 2021 [Blu-Ray]

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Neujahrskonzert 2021 [Blu-Ray]

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Neujahrskonzert 2021 [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24887 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 119 min | 35,9 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3882 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 119 min | 8,40 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony Classical

The 2021 New Year's Concert was a New Year's Concert like none before. Due to the current Corona protection measures, it was only allowed to be played in the golden hall of the Vienna Musikverein without an audience. The Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti were alone with the 14 cameras of the ORF. Worldwide, the television broadcast of this traditional concert reached more than 50 million viewers in over 90 countries. It was eagerly awaited to see what the concert would be like without applause, without the traditional interruption of the second encore introduced by clapping, and without clapping along to the Radetzky March.

Andrei Gavrilov, Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Paganini Rhapsody (1997)

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Andrei Gavrilov, Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Paganini Rhapsody (1997)

Andrei Gavrilov, Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Paganini Rhapsody (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 58:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 69829 2 5 | Recorded: 1991

This is a very good performance of the Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini performed by Andrei Gavrilov, the Russian Pianist, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti. It is a very good interpretation of these works, capturing all the intensity and nuance, energy and romance, of these selections. There are passages of incredible speed where precision is essential and this is evident in this recording. Gavrilov has the ability to fully express the magnificence of some passages and the more brooding nuance and subtlety of other passages. The Philadelphia Orchestra sounds terrific in this recording.

Wiener Philharmoniker - Neujahrskonzert 2021 / New Year's Concert (2021)

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Wiener Philharmoniker - Neujahrskonzert 2021 / New Year's Concert (2021)

Wiener Philharmoniker - Neujahrskonzert 2021 / New Year's Concert (2021)
HDTV 720p | ts | AVC, 1280x720, ~ 8.0 Mbps | 0hr 35mn + 1hr 31mn | ~ 11,8 GB
Audio (German): AC3, 6 ch, 448 kbps
Genre: Music | Classical | Sony Classical

The 2021 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place on January 1, 2021, under the baton of Riccardo Muti in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. After 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2018, this year's concert will mark the 6th time that Riccardo Muti, whose close musical partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic has now extended nearly 50 years, conducts this prestigious concert event.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Salieri: Europa riconosciuta (2016/2004)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Salieri: Europa riconosciuta (2016/2004)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Salieri: Europa riconosciuta (2016/2004)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | Erato | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch

In 1778 Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta became the first work to be performed at the Milanese theatre later known as the Teatro alla Scala. Despite this honour, Europa riconosciuta (Europa recognised) remained unperformed for 226 years until 2004, when Riccardo Muti, then Music Director of La Scala, chose it to reopen the legendary theatre after three years of renovation work. “I love Salieri," Diana Damrau has said. "He was an important man and a musical authority in Vienna, a teacher and an heir to Gluck as a successful opera composer. And, like Mozart, he was a dramatist in music. Europa Riconosciuta is masterly in its construction and builds up step by step.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' (2019)

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Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' (2019)

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 'Babi Yar' (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 68:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CSO Resound | CSOR9011901 | Recorded: 2018

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and bass soloist Alexey Tikhomirov in this poignant performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 (Babi Yar), recorded live in September 2018.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 130 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

As a more consistently light-hearted version, with delightful La Scala sets and colourful costumes, the 1994 TDK Don Pasquale will also be hard to beat. Visually it is a joy, and with three outstanding principals the performance sparkles from start to finish. By not seeming too old, Ferruccio Furlanetto’s portrayal of Don Pasquale is the more convincing, but he has no chance against Nuccia Focille’s minx of a Norina and one certainly feels sorry for him at his discomfiture. Gregory Kunde is an appropriately ardent Ernesto; his voice isn’t creamy but the sings passionately and has good comic timing, and Lucio Gallo enters into the spirit of the story as a wily Dottore Malatesta.

Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)

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Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)

Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.82 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

Unlike Verdi's earlier successes, Nabucco and I Lombardi, both of which had been composed for the large stage at La Scala, Milan, Ernani was written for the smaller stage and more intimate atmosphere of Teatro La Fenice, Venice and he was in his thirty third year when it was composed. This recording is superb in every way. The singers, led by Placido Domingo as Ernani and Mirella Freni as Donna Elvira, entertain us with bravura performances and it's a joy to listen to and watch from beginning to end.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

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Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lélio, ou le Retour à la Vie (2015) 2CDs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti; Gérard Depardieu, narrator
Chicago Symphony Chorus; Mario Zeffiri, tenor; Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | Time: 01:54:42
Genre: Classical | Label: CSO Resound | # CSOR 901 1501

Recorded in 2010 during Riccardo Muti's first subscription concerts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tenth music director, this new double-CD release pairs Hector Berlioz's beloved Symphonie fantastique with its sequel, Lélio, ou le retour de la vie (Lélio, or The Return to Life). Berlioz intended Symphonie fantastique to be followed by Lélio in concert, as the artist returns to life to comment anew on music and art. Maestro Muti and the CSO are joined in Lélio by the acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu as the narrator, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. With the "conclusion and complement" of Symphonie fantastique, as Berlioz referred to Lélio, this recording increases listeners' familiarity with the music of a daring and revolutionary composer.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2005/1998)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2005/1998)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2005/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.27 Gb (DVD9) | 134 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Maria Guleghina impresses strongly. To my mind she is Puccini’s ideal ‘tart with a heart for gold’. She has control and sensitivity and she acts everybody off the stage. She’s coy (but with just a hint of being street-wise) in Act I, outrageously flighty and avaricious in Act II, and, at last, contrite in Act IV. Just watch her as she taunts Geronte di Ravoir (a far too gentlemanly Luigi Roni) in Act II and the way she disports herself on the floor of the stage to seduce Des Grieux back to her charms.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Otello (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Otello (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Otello (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 142 min | 22,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This live issue from the 2008 Salzburg Festival centers around Riccardo Muti’s driving, powerful take on Verdi’s score. He gets wonderful, idiomatic playing from the Vienna Philharmonic, and the recorded balance in fact tends to favor the orchestra over the fine, largely fresh-voiced singers. (Muti uses an unusual edition of Act III’s concertato that Verdi wrote for the opera’s Paris premiere, featuring considerable variants in the soprano line and lighter orchestration.)