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Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2003)

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Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2003)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2003)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 180 min | 6,50+5,92 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1966

This production created for the opening of the Salzburg Festival in 1966, which remained on the programme for five years, was Karl Böhm's last Salzburg Figaro. After multiple tries to stage Figaro at the Salzburg Festival in the 1950's and 60's, the successful team Karl Böhm/Günther Rennert mounted this production with new décor, costumes by Rudolf Heinrich and with a practically new, young cast of singers. It was not only the celebrated highlight of the festival summer 1966 but also became a "standard for Mozart" " that at least was the headline the German critic and future director of the Stuttgart Opera, Wolfram Schwinger, gave his report in the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" of 27 July 1966.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]

Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.45 Gb (DVD9) | 64 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karl Böhm conducting the Requiem: one of the foremost Mozart conductors of the 20th century in one of Mozart’s most admired works. Singers Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier and Walter Berry join forces to form a brilliant cast of soloists. Taped in 1971 at the Piaristenkirche in Vienna, this is a rare document of outstanding artistic quality.

Karl Richter, Munchner Bach-Orchester, Munchner Bach-Chor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2006/1971)

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Karl Richter, Munchner Bach-Orchester, Munchner Bach-Chor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2006/1971)

Karl Richter, Münchner Bach-Orchester, Münchner Bach-Chor - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2006/1971)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.67 Gb+7.13 Gb (2xDVD9) | 197 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Legendary Bach interpreter Karl Richter leads his Münchener Bach-Orchester and choir in a double-DVD version of J. S. Bach's grandest sacred work, a riveting chronicle of the Last Supper and Christ's final hours, with the Gospel text sung by Peter Schreier as the Evangelist.

Eugen Jochum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chorus - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)

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Eugen Jochum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chorus - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)

Eugen Jochum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Chorus - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 648 Mb | Total time: 129:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 645-2 | Recorded: 1967

…Luckily not only Arias and Choruses are featured but also two trial scenes [nos. 21 and 23] which give you the chance to hear the phenomenally powerful evangelist Ernst Haefliger - stunning! The other soloists are very good to excellent - Walter Berry [Jesus], Agnes Giebel, Marga Hoffgen and Franz Crass. An important feature is the great sound of the recording – surprisingly clear for its "age", and with the full and rich sound of large scale forces, supported by is a "full size" organ in the continuo, it all combines to a very "lush" and strong projection.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 5: Haydn, Mozart, Schubert (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 5: Haydn, Mozart, Schubert (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 5: Haydn, Mozart, Schubert (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.37 Gb | Total time: 15:30:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 558 Mb | Total time: 57:53+51:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 435 077-2 | Recorded: 1966-1969

Herbert von Karajan recorded between 1966 and 1968 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast of stars this reference version of 'The Creation' by Joseph Haydn.
After a legendary concert given in 1965 in Salzburg, Herbert von Karajan entered the studio a few months later to record Haydn's masterpiece with the same lead singers, Fritz Wunderlich and Gundula Janowitz. Almost completed in 1966, the recording was abruptly interrupted by the accidental and tragic death of Fritz Wunderlich at the age of 35, on September 17, 1966. The sessions then resume with a young tenor, Werner Krenn, who replaces Wunderlich on the songs. recitatives in particular.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (1988)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (1988)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 659 Mb | Total time: 79:16+74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | CMS 7 69224 2 | Recorded: 1972

Die Jahreszeiten, or The Seasons, is not as well loved as Haydn's other late oratorio, The Creation; here Haydn tried to force pastoral imagery – by 1801 a set of ideas that had been musically rehashed for centuries – into his late and in many respects proto-Romantic musical language. He resented, he wrote to a correspondent, having to compose "French trash" at one point in the score that called for frog sounds, and the score contains a menagerie of other rustic creatures and sounds – shepherds, shepherdesses, horn calls, birds, trees, bees, herbs, fish, roosters, rifle shots, thunder and lighting, stags, sunrises, and sunsets, among others. Yet the work is a strange mixture of cute and exultant.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 223:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 67538 2 | Recorded: 1960-1961

In its scale and gravitas, Otto Klemperer’s interpretation of the St Matthew Passion draws on the Bach performance style that developed in the 19th century; but its clarity, its underlying energy, and its superb array of soloists – singers with impeccable operatic credentials – also ensure that full justice is done to the drama of Bach’s sublime retelling of the Gospel story.

Otmar Suitner, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)

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Otmar Suitner, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)

Otmar Suitner, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 49:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 552-2 | Recorded: 1974

After the wars with the Ottoman Empire, the Turks – their dress, manners, and music-fascinated 18th century Europe, and poking fun at them became standard fare in Parisian vaudevilles. Gluck picked up the theme in 1761 after he became conductor of the French Opera in Vienna, using a translated French libretto by P.R. Monnier that had already been set to music by Monsigny. La Cadi Dupée ("The Duped Cadi") was believed lost until it was rediscovered in the archives of the Hamburg State Opera by the producer of this recording. The central character is a Cadi (a Muslim judge) who wants to marry the reluctant Zelmire, to the dismay of his wife Fatime. Zelmire, in love with Nuradin, pretends to be Omega, the unattractive daughter of the dyer Omar; after the marriage contract is signed and Omega appears, the Cadi has to buy his way out of the imbroglio and return contritely to Fatime while Zelmire and Nuradin go off happily.

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

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Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 162 min | 7,25 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 1988

La Cenerentola is one of the few operas to have an important subtitle, "The Triumph of Virtue". This Salzburg production makes a point of its being a moral tale rather than a mere fairy tale like the version reflexively sung by Angelina in her "Cavatina": the defeat and forgiveness of the stepsisters and their greedy father is a settling of moral accounts. The production is also tremendous fun–partly because of gimmicks like the mechanical coach and horses that arrives on stage in the high wind of the Act Two storm–but mostly because of the endlessly energetic pulse of Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

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Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry  - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.87 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese, Korean

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner’s works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus. Thus it was Beethoven’s “Fidelio” that featured at the opening of the Deutsches Opernhaus in 1912 – and it was also chosen for the anniversary concert on 7th November 1962 that is documented in this DVD. The conductor of the Deutsche Oper orchestra was a man who had been personally involved in much of the former history of the opera house – Artur Rother. He had joined it in 1934 and in the 28 years leading up to the anniversary, Rother conducted no fewer than 66 premieres.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 (2005/1968)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 (2005/1968)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 (2005/1968)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.79 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

With the Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony resounds with melodic force, the Eighth is a masterful blend of grace and wit, and the Ninth - directed by Karajan himself - is a vital and explicitly dramatic reading of Beethoven's revolutionary work.

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

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James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 189 min | 4,24+7,00 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1982

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval, when it was premiered in Salzburg. The Theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnellecreated a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubas˛ as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1993)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1993)

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare / Julius Caersar (1993)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 69:16+72:30+77:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Verona | # 27035/37 | Recorded: 1965

It is usually the big nineteenth-century opera sets that are bought for their singers; but with a line-up of principals such as we have here Handel too is swept into the golden net. Lucia Popp, two years into her career after her Vienna debut, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry: that is a quartet which in its time may have seemed no more than standard stuff, but at this date looks starry indeed. […] The Orfeo, for one thing, is sung in German instead of Italian; it has cuts, though many fewer than the Mackerras recording in English with Dame Janet Baker; it has the solo voices recorded very close indeed (those that are supposedly off-stage are just about where many modern recordings would have them except when off-stage); and the orchestra sounds, to our re-trained ears, big and thick, with the heavy bass-line that used to seem as proper to Handel as gravy from the roast was to Yorkshire pudding. The roles of Caesar and Sextus, moreover, are taken by men, and there is not a countertenor in sight.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.