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Marek Janowski, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Penderecki: Die Teufel von Loudun (2008)

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Marek Janowski, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Penderecki: Die Teufel von Loudun (2008)

Marek Janowski, Philharmoniker der Staatsoper Hamburg - Penderecki: Die Teufel von Loudun (2008)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 108 min | 7,14 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1969

Penderecki’s first opera “The Devils of Loudun” had its world premiere in 1969 at the Hamburg State Opera. This film adoption, recorded in the same year shortly after the premiere, reunified the original cast of this premiere – e.g. Tatiana Troyanos with an amazing and breathtaking interpretation of the humpy non Jeanne. Because of her sexual visions a priest, who doesn’t know her, burns at the stake. The expressive music and the intensive camera shots result in a mix which is not for faint-hearted people. So it’s no surprise that film director William Friedkin used the music by Penderecki in his movie “The Exorcist”. If you like this movie, you will love this DVD!

Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)

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Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)

Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 605 Mb | Total time: 140:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips Classics | # 289 464040-2 | Recorded: 1974, 1979

This is the biggest piece of music that ever gets performed with any regularity. Anyone who avoids Schönberg because his name is synonymous with that nasty, atonal stuff need have no fear. This is a ripely romantic score with big tunes and cinematic orchestration. The story is simple. King Waldemar of Gurre is fooling around with Tove. The queen finds out and has her poisoned. The king curses God, and is condemned to ride on a ghostly hunt throughout all eternity, until the arrival of dawn signals an end to the nightly horror. This performance–which happily has been reissued at bargain price–has been the choice since the day it was released, both for interpretation and for recording. Magnificent doesn't begin to describe it.

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

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Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 571 Mb | Total time: 53:02+74:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 409-2 | Recorded: 1973, 1975, 1987

Two great recordings of two of the greatest choral works. Karajan and Levin swoops the standards of tempi, phrasing and intens music making. Karajan's finest recording of the Requiem. Levin sets the bar a milestone higher. Remastering of the Requiem is confidentional good. Sound quality of K427 is superb.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.17+7.65 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 189 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's Tannhauser. The New York Times, reviewing the telecast performance of Tannhauser, observed:"One of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met's repertory …the scenic designs are both breathtakingly grand and painstakingly subtle." The individual performers garnered praise from other critics: "you may just about explode with the musical excitement that conductor James Levine and his cast generate."

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2006/1980)

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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2006/1980)

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2006/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.34 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1980 among the ruins of ancient Rome, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's stunning production marked the beginning of a renaissance for Mozart's late opera and continues to stand out as one of the finest opera films of all time. James Levine conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in this performance of Mozart's operatic marvel driven by imperial intrigue, fury and forgiveness.

Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2006)

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Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2006)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,16 Gb | Total time: 57:16+36:08+81:05:69:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 5647 | Recorded: 1969

The set has various virtues in its favor. Richter conducts an orchestra of modern instruments somewhat stolidly, but always with lyrical polish and sumptuous tone, and one can enjoy its lush richness, however anachronistic it may be. Nor are his tempos stereotypically sluggish; many of the sprightlier moments bounce along energetically. The soprano role of Cleopatra is sung by a young Tatiana Troyanos, who later became a celebrated mezzo-soprano (and eventually undertook the title role in stage productions, making her perhaps the first singer in history to undertake the roles of both Cleopatra and Caesar). It’s interesting to hear her in her earlier soprano incarnation. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau makes a valiant baritone effort at Caesar’s alto arias and, while he avoids the woolly grumbling some bass-baritones make of the part, seems less than emotionally committed. His second aria, “L’empio diro, tu sei,” for example, sounds polite and cautious rather than raging and indignant.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2007/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.62 Gb + 6.96 Gb (2xDVD9) | 250 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Français, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

"This very fine account…features the most starry casts of soloists, all at their peak, and is strongly directed by James Levine. Jessye Norman is magnetic…Domingo is at his most heroic in both halves of the massive narrative… an obvious principal DVD recommendation for the foreseeable future.” - The Penguin Classical Guide

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb (DVD9) | 154 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“This is straight and unfussy in its staging, and the video production by Brian Large could not be more expert and unobtrusive (save for one or two close-ups of Jessye Norman's larynx). Tatiana Troyanos's Composer is quite superb, and neither Battle nor Norman can be faulted vocally” (Penguin Guide)