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Renata Scotto - Legendary performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

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Renata Scotto - Legendary performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

Renata Scotto - Legendary performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.55 Gb | Total time: 14:25:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bravissimo | # BRV 9910 | Recorded: 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973

Renata Scotto (born 24 February 1934) is an Italian soprano and opera director.
Recognized for her sense of style, musicality and as a remarkable singer-actress, Scotto is considered one of the preeminent singers of her generation, specializing in the bel canto repertoire with excursions into the verismo and Verdi repertoires.
Since retiring from the stage as a singer in 2002, she has turned successfully to directing opera as well as teaching in Italy and America, along with academic posts at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Juilliard School in New York.

Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)

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Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)

Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 105 min
Classical | Hardy | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol, Japanese

The RAI Pasquale of 1955 is almost as good as the two Verdis [#4 Otello and #551 Traviata], marred only by Italo Tajo's overdone mugging in the title-part. Alda Noni, remembered affectionately by older opera-goers in the same part at London's Cambridge Theatre in the late 1940s, remains a charming, minxish though now more buxom Norina. Sesto Bruscantini is a model of a Malatesta, Cesare Valletti even better as an Ernesto in the class of his teacher, Tito Schipa. Erede's seasoned conducting and a resourceful staging makes this a delightful experience.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 188 min | 5,89+6,55 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1983

Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. This DVD provides a closer look at a classical staging from the Salzburg Festival in the series of important opera productions seen at the festival in the last decades. Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg début in 1971 and this Così fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production. Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart’s music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 773 Mb | Total time: 53:20+57:24+52:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45147-2 | Recorded: 1977

There are three absolutely amazing performances on this set, and not because the voices are more or less beautiful than usual: those of Victoria de los Angeles, Marilyn Horne, and Sesto Bruscantini. The first-named sings here with dramatic expression, cleanly executed coloratura runs, and trills, none of which she was known for through most of her career. By dramatic expression I do not mean the generalized drama of her Butterfly, but word-painting and attention to text, of getting inside the character. Her coloratura runs here are far more cleanly executed than on her famous recording of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. As for trills, yes, she attempted a couple of imperfect ones on her recordings, but none in her Jewel Song from Faust, neither the mono recording from 1952 nor the stereo remake of 1957, neither in Nedda’s 1953 “Ballatella” nor in Antonia’s music in the 1965 Contes d’Hoffman.

Alfredo Simonetto, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI - Cimarosa: Il Credulo; Sesto Bruscantini: Sings opera arias (2006)

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Alfredo Simonetto, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI - Cimarosa: Il Credulo; Sesto Bruscantini: Sings opera arias (2006)

Alfredo Simonetto, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI - Cimarosa: Il Credulo; Sesto Bruscantini: Sings opera arias (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 79:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archipel Records | # ARPCD 0362 | Recorded: 1956

Cimarosa’s opera, which reuses some items from the composer’s Il matrimonio in ballo of 1776, exists in two versions. The first – the holograph manuscript of which is preserved in the Conservatorio di Musica SW. Pietro a Majella, in Naples – was entitled Il credulo and consists of two acts – although the second contains only one scene and a chorus. The second version is in one act and is entitled Il credulo deluso. The manuscript of this version is in London, British Library Add MS. 16001. The one-act version omits a few items, particularly some in Neapolitan dialect.

Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Domenico Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)

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Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Domenico Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)

Mario Rossi, RAI Orchestra «Alessandro Scarlatti» & Chorus, Naples - Domenico Cimarosa: Le astuzie femminili (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 519 Mb | Total time: 60:18+51:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera D'oro | # 1365 | Recorded: 1959

Le astuzie femminili (Feminine wiles) is an dramma giocoso in four acts by Domenico Cimarosa with an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Palomba (it). The opera buffa premiered at the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples, Italy, on 26 August 1794. The opera was subsequently performed in Barcelona in 1795, Lisbon in 1797, Vienna in 1799, Paris in 1802, and London in 1804, remaining popular during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Although not performed often today, the opera is still occasionally revived and a number of recordings have been made.

Giuseppe Patane, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La forza del destino (2011)

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Giuseppe Patane, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La forza del destino (2011)

Giuseppe Patanè, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras - Verdi: La forza del destino (2011)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 192 min | 5,68 Gb+7,16 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Hardy Classic | Sub: English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1978

Montserrat Caballé as Leonora is precisely what one would hope for. The voice is in near-pristine shape–the occasional attack on a loud high note early on can be vicious, but she sings with unusual commitment (not that the role has many nuances), glorious tone, and her entire arsenal of tricks: long-breathed phrases, diminuendos, high, floated pianissimo, grand chest voice. She even sings most of the words, rarely relying on “ah” sounds for high notes. The sound is huge and major-league and her comportment–acting is the wrong word–is regal. She sings the “Vergine degli angeli” with her back to the audience and the sound is as ethereal as you ever wanted it to be.

Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1999)

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Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1999)

Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 451 Mb | Total time: 63:46+58:57+38:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 67064 2 | Recorded: 1955

Beethoven thought the libretto immoral, Wagner thought it trivial. It was Herbert von Karajan’s mentor and inspiration, the composer and conductor Richard Strauss, who brought Mozart’s Così fan tutte back centre stage in the early years of the 20th century, since when this exquisite, witty and subtly disturbing exploration of sexual politics has become one of Mozart’s best-loved works. The present set preserves one of its most admired recordings, originally released in the autumn of 1955 on the eve of the bicentenary of Mozart’s birth. Gramophone described it as a ‘superlative issue’, perfectly staged for the microphone with an ideal cast and conducting and playing of the finest quality. ‘Listening with friends in my music room’, wrote the critic Alec Robertson, ‘gave the impression that by some miracle the opera was being performed there to a scale proportionate to its size, enabling us to savour the exquisite music, without any of the usual distractions.’

José Carreras - Legendary Performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

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José Carreras - Legendary Performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)

José Carreras - Legendary Performances: 7 complete operas [14CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.74 Gb | Total time: 14:58:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bravissimo | # BRV 9909 | Recorded: 1972, 1973,1975, 1976

Josep Maria Carreras i Coll born 5 December 1946, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.
Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the operatic stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla's El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles, performed in the world's leading opera houses and in numerous recordings. He gained fame with a wider audience as one of the Three Tenors along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in a series of mass concerts that began in 1990 and continued until 2003. Carreras is also known for his humanitarian work as the president of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation (La Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras per a la Lluita contra la Leucèmia), which he established following his own recovery from the disease in 1988.

Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)

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Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)

Nicola Rescigno, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1981, live from the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti sings Nemorino in Donizetti's comic opera. This one of his Pavarotti's most famous roles and here he sings it in his prime joined by an all-star ensemble: Judith Blegen sings the role of Adina and the great comic baritone Sesto Bruscantini plays the wily Dr Dulcamara. Nicola Rescigno conducts. Kirk Browning's production is traditional and entertaining.

Nino Sanzogno, RAI Orchestra & Chorus 'Alessandro Scarlatti', Mirella Freni - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda (2001)

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Nino Sanzogno, RAI Orchestra & Chorus 'Alessandro Scarlatti', Mirella Freni - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda (2001)

Nino Sanzogno, RAI Orchestra & Chorus "Alessandro Scarlatti", Mirella Freni - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 551 Mb | Total time: 118:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera D'oro | # OPD-1308 | Recorded: 1970

Alessandro Scarlatti was both the most celebrated vocal composer of his day, and one of the most prolific to ever live. In his lifetime (1660-1725) he composed nearly 700 cantatas and 66 operas. He was also far more famous then than his son Domenico, whose harpsichord sonatas today have all but completely eclipsed his father's works.

Nino Verchi, The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La Traviata (2008/1973)

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Nino Verchi, The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La Traviata (2008/1973)

Nino Verchi, The NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras - Verdi: La Traviata (2008/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4.35 Gb (DVD5) | 129 min
Classical | VAI | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Japanese

In this live 1973 performance from Japan, Scotto is parthnered by one of the great tenors of our time, José Carreras, then at the start of his international career. The distinguished baritone Sesto Bruscantini is a formidable Germont who sings an exceptionally moving rendition of the famous aria "Di Provenza il mar".