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Simon Keenlyside - Tales Of Opera (2007)

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Simon Keenlyside - Tales Of Opera (2007)

Simon Keenlyside - Tales Of Opera (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 328 MB | 01:10:00
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Baritone Simon Keenlyside is a rarity in an era of focus on specific repertoires: a real operatic generalist whose interests and expertise range from the very earliest – L'Orfeo – to the newest – premieres of Adès' The Tempest and Maazel's 1984. Tales of Opera is limited to just a fraction of that span, from the late eighteenth to the very early twentieth centuries. The album's focus on the standard repertoire seems geared to bringing Keenlyside, whose discography, which, with a few exceptions, is weighted toward less familiar works, to the attention of the traditional opera lover.

Simon Keenlyside - Schumann: Dichterliebe / Brahms: Lieder (2009)

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Simon Keenlyside - Schumann: Dichterliebe / Brahms: Lieder (2009)

Simon Keenlyside - Schumann Dichterliebe Brahms Lieder (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 269 MB | 01:16:43
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Simon Keenlyside has the instrument, the technique, and the intelligence required of great lieder singers. His burnished baritone is large, but he can deploy it with tenderness, as well as power, and he has the flexibility to bring a broad array of colors to the songs' varied moods. This is especially impressive in Schumann's Dichterliebe, where the songs have an emotional arc with an implied narrative, and Keenlyside captures the mercurial shifts with passion and integrity. Even in a song as brief as "Ich grolle nicht," the subtlety of the lover's evolving feelings come across honestly and with precision.

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

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Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)

Mark Elder, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 61:56+69:58+44:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC33 | Recorded: 2005

Donizetti considered Dom Sébastien, Roi de Portugal (1843), his final completed opera written for the Paris Opéra, to be his masterpiece. In spite of its relative obscurity, on the basis of this recording, one is inclined to agree with him. The opera has several attributes that in the past have proved to be obstacles to its popularity. The first is its length – it's in five substantial acts and lasts three hours, but that's not so onerous for contemporary audiences accustomed to Wagner and Strauss. Besides, the composer created an abbreviated version for Viennese audiences, who at that time wanted to be out of the theater by 10 p.m., and that version could be used if necessary.

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Macbeth (2012)

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Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Macbeth (2012)

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Macbeth (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.81 Gb (DVD9) | 157 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano

Black, red, cream and gold are the colours that define Phyllida Lloyd's Royal Opera House staging of Verdi's robust, yet penetrating setting of Shakespeare's Scottish play. Manipulated by a whole coven of cunning, scarlet-turbanned witches, the characters often evoke figures in a splendid Gothic fresco. With Simon Keenlyside making his British debut, as an athletic, brooding Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as his Lady, both imperious and subtle, this performance, masterfully conducted by Antonio Pappano, goes far beyond mere sound and fury.

Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,61 Gb | Total time: 625:14 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1982, 1990, 1992, 2002

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 185 min | 6,91+5,74 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2006

This stylish and beautifully sung and acted 2006 performance of Don Giovanni from the Zurich Opera House should be of strong interest to anyone who loves the opera. The production, directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf with costumes by Marianne Glittenberg and particularly striking sets by Rolf Glittenberg, is visually and dramatically dazzling. The timeframe is contemporary, but the clever trompe l'oeil set suggests the infinitely receding stage depth that flourished in 18th century scenic design. Don Giovanni's palace is a cosmopolitan playboy's penthouse, and the costumes clearly define the social standing of the characters in modern terms. It would be hard to imagine a Don Giovanni more suave, seductive, and confident than Simon Keenlyside; he's a terrific actor and he perfectly conveys the casual arrogance and entitlement that can attend someone well aware of his own attractiveness. His singing is every bit as fine as his acting; his tone is large and warm, his lines soar lyrically, and he has the effortless-sounding agility necessary for the rapid-fire recitative and arias like "Fin ch'han dal vino." The entire cast is vocally superb, if not consistently as dramatically assured as Keenlyside.

Rene Jacobs, Collegium Vocale Gent - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2006)

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Rene Jacobs, Collegium Vocale Gent - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2006)

René Jacobs, Collegium Vocale Gent - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 115 min + 52 min | 7,20+3,11 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch, Nederlands | Recorded: 1998

First seen at La Monnaie in Brussels on 13 May 1998, this production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo seen through the eyes of Trisha Brown and René Jacobs has become an operatic classic in a few short years. This is doubtless because it offers a total symbiosis of music, text and movement – described by the critic of the Daily Telegraph of London as being ‘as close to the perfect dance opera as I have ever seen’. Or to quote Gilles Macassar in Télérama: ‘In the pit and onstage, the Brussels production has only one watchword: mobility, nimbleness, dexterity. The singers run, fly, whirl like dancers defying gravity. From the flies down to the footlights, the whole theatre is under a fantastic spell.’ For Christophe Vetter, on ConcertoNet: ‘This Orfeo can be seen again and again with immense pleasure. . . . René Jacobs’s conducting continues to arouse admiration for its precision, its stylistic rigour, its inexhaustible inventiveness and its feeling for the contrasts so vital to this repertoire.’

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concerts 1996,1997,1998 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concerts 1996,1997,1998 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year's Eve Concerts 1996,1997,1998 (2015) [Blu-Ray]
3xBluRay | BDMV | VC-1 Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 73+92+89 min | 18,4+20,7+20,0 Gb
Audio: Undetermined / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 73+92+89 min | 15,1 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

New Year’s Eve Concert 1996 – Dances and Gypsy Tunes The fascinating Russian virtuoso violinist, Maxim Vengerov (winner of the Echo Klassik) lends radiance to the gala performance under the baton of Claudio Abbado. Johannes Brahms’Hungarian Dances and Gipsy Songs; Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane and La Valse and Hector Berlioz’s Hungarian March make this New Year’s Eve with the Berliner Philharmoniker unforgettable. New Year’s Eve Concert 1997 – A Tribute to Carmen The program of the Berlin Philharmonic bore the title «Dances of Life, Love, and Death», and it was hardly coincidental that it was meant as an homage to Carmen.

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust (2010)

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust (2010)

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | Francais (DTS, 6 ch) | 163 min | 6.07+3.83 GB (DVD9&DVD5)
Classics | Label: EMI Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite alongside a divine cast of operatic superstars, including Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch, in David McVicar's spectacular 2004 production of Gounod's best known opera, Faust, for the Royal Opera House in London. This production was the Royal Opera Company's first performance of Gounod's Faust in 18 years. Gounod's Faust is the story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly indulgences. McVicar's innovative production sets this story around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) in the gothic, seamy underbelly of Paris. He characterizes Faust, performed by Roberto Alagna, as a man both torn between the theater and religion, and grappling with his own sexuality.

Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]

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Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]

Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26194 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 44,3 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 14,9 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, Spanish

Covent Garden’s 2003 production of The Magic Flute , designed by John F. Macfarlane, directed by David McVicar, and conducted by Sir Colin Davis, is magnificent from a strictly musical standpoint. More than that, it’s vastly entertaining. The comedic elements of the story integrate far more comfortably than is often the case with Schikaneder’s high-minded (if vague) theme of a quest for enlightenment, particularly in the second act. Visually, the production is a feast, yet it doesn’t distract from the music. The intention was to maintain an 18th-century feel but to play freely with that aesthetic…

Charles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Charles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Charles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 34999 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 175 min | 64,6 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: PCM / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 175 min | 16,1 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Don Giovanni is one of the timeless classics of all opera. Mozart's music, and the words of his great collaborator Da Ponte, are brought to life in Francesca Zambello's engrossing production from 2002 with its rich and colourful designs by Maria Bjornson. The music is memorable, dramatic and enjoyable: from the seductive solo voices of the famous 'La ci darem la mano' to the fabulous ensemble as Don Giovanni's infatuated conquests, vengeful victims and their outraged relatives join forces for justice. And retribution does finally come to Don Giovanni, a serial womanizer and a murderer, with the searing flames of Hell ready to engulf him. Simon Keenlyside heads the outstanding cast, conducted by renowned Mozart expert Charles Mackerras.