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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.

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 947 Mb | Total time: 140:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1513 | Recorded: 1971

In 1959 a young Australian soprano burst upon the international scene with a sensational performance of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. That soprano was Joan Sutherland, and now, 50 years later, Decca celebrates the prima donna in her most acclaimed role. Decca proudly presents, in a deluxe limited-edition, the soprano's 1971 landmark recording of Donizetti's opera. All the principal singers are here caught at the pinnacle of their careers, making this, quite possibly, the most beautiful Lucia ever captured on record.

Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)

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Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)

Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.58 Gb | Total time: 53:37+59:35+71:36+53:08+70:47+65:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 799622 | Recorded: 1963, 1967, 1970

Verdi, child of the people, king of popular opera, began life as the son of an innkeeper. He was brought up in modest circumstances. He first received lessons from the village priest, who was amazed by the young musician’s talents. Verdi’s musical education was rounded and complete: at the age of sixteen, the composer wrote fugues, masses and symphonies, which he would later destroy. As he met with reticence in Milan, he settled in Busseto where he fell victim to the pettiness of the town. However, his strong willpower enabled him to pursue his musical path without paying heed to what people said.

James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)

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James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)

James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 838 Mb | Total time: 65:30+69:52+36:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 39502 2 | Recorded: 1976

Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" is a story of forbidden love, seduction, jealousy, honor and revenge. The opera was composed in 1862 and had its premiere in St. Petersburg. In this recording from 1976 with star cast (Leontyne Price in the role of Donna Leonora, Plácido Domingo as Don Alvaro and Sherrill Milnes as Don Carlo) under the direction of James Levine the beauty and attention to detail Verdi comes out particularly well. The London Symphony Orchestra and the John Alldis Choir provide the perfect musical accompaniment for the ensemble, which includes Fiorenza Cossotto, Bonaldo Giaiotti and Gabriel Bacquier. This recording is considered one of the best of Verdi's La Forza del Destino.

Carlos Kleiber, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Traviata [2005/1977]

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Carlos Kleiber, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Traviata [2005/1977]

Verdi - La Traviata (Carlos Kleiber, Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo) [2005/1977]
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 7115 | TT: 63.46+45.50 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 431 Mb

Carlos Kleiber's 1977 La Traviata is a rare gestalt among studio opera recordings, and it is one of the conductor's finer achievements. Kleiber knits the score together with unwavering rhythmic and dramatic intensity, never allowing any single moment to eclipse the larger scene or musical structure. The singers are kept on a tight leash – given enough room to shape phrases and cadences, but not to indulge in sheer vocal display. The orchestra is similarly focused on realizing every detail of rhythm, melody, and articulation with vivid intensity. As a result, favorite arias, duets, and ensembles melt into the surrounding scenes in a way that invites curiosity about the drama at large while propelling it relentlessly forward. The general pace may strike some as a bit fast, but it's never boring, and frequently brilliant.