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Nicholas Kok, Orchestra of the English National Opera - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2001/1995)

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Nicholas Kok, Orchestra of the English National Opera - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2001/1995)

Nicholas Kok, Orchestra of the English National Opera - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2001/1995)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.94 Gb (DVD9) | 134 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

The new production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera (ENO) was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. This atmospheric production was prepared by David Pountney, Robert Israel created the stage set, Dunya Ramicova was responsible for costume design and Quinny Sacks was responsible for the choreography of the dance roles as well as the numerous breathtaking ballet scenes. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious.

Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)

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Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)

Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 71:03+60:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Smedish Society | SCD 1063-64 | Recorded: 1982

Handel's Messiah is increasingly performed in authentic Baroque style and with period techniques, and this version by conductor Anders Öhrwall, the Stockholm Bach Choir, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra falls in line with the trend. While there is no clear indication that the instruments are anything but modern, the orchestral sound is imbued with a glossy string sound and transparent textures supported by a basso continuo that includes both harpsichord and organ, and the choir's scaled-down size gives it the transparency associated with Baroque choral singing.

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (1994)

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David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (1994)

David Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayr: Medea in Corinto (1994)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Total time: 65:37+73:39+58:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | ORC 11 | Recorded: 1993

Giovanni Mayr is known today primarily as the teacher of Donizetti, but in the very late 1700s and first two decades of the 1800s, this German-born, Italian-by-adoption composer was all the operatic rage, combining the fiorature and niceties of Italian vocal writing with a German penchant for orchestration (Medea’s opening aria has a violin obbligato of the type that you simply do not find with the Italians, for instance). Medea in Corinto is considered Mayr’s masterpiece; in fact, it’s a long score, not quite as poweful as Cherubini’s, but with plenty of flavor of its own.

Yvonne Kenny, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Handel arias (1998)

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Yvonne Kenny, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Handel arias (1998)

Yvonne Kenny, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Handel arias
(1998)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 65:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | # 456 689-2 | Recorded: 1997

Yvonne Kenny has been one of the most impressive of Handel sopranos for so many years now that it has even been possible to take her for granted. The level of tonal beauty, operatic intensity, mastery of divisions, intelligent appreciation and application of ornaments, blending of voices in duets, superior impersonation and acting skills that Kenny has evinced, however, are rare commodities. She first sang Alcina, Sutherland’s famous role, moving on to include Semele and Xerxes, Julius Caesar and Rinaldo amongst others that will be remembered by many. Her performances with ENO are imperishable memories for me.

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - Handel: Deborah (1993)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - Handel: Deborah (1993)

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - Handel: Deborah (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 678 Mb | Total time: 138:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66841/2 | Recorded: 1993

‘Deborah contains some of the most glorious music Handel ever wrote. Even if many of the numbers have been recycled from earlier works, the invention is still staggering. Handel devotees can thus amuse themselves spotting the tunes while everyone else can revel in the sumptuous scoring and the sheer vitality and humanity of the piece, all superbly conveyed in Robert King's recording’
–BBC Music Magazine

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Mozart: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (2006/1986)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Mozart: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (2006/1986)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Mozart: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (2006/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.5 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed and directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle in the unique interiors of Vicenza's Teatro Olimpico in 1986, this DVD offers an intimate glimpse of Mozart's first major opera, written when the precocious composer was just fourteen. Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads a stellar cast in portraying the inner circle of the Roman Empire's fiercest enemy: Mithridates, king of Pontus.

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (2012/1981)

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Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro (2012/1981)

Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas: Le nozze di Figaro
Classical | DECCA 478 3703 | 2012 | TT: 168.06 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 658 Mb

Unlike the late arrival of Mozart's Turkish opera, "Figaro" was much more of a constant in Solti's long career. Apart from being his debut opera, and a work he conducted at Covent Garden in a new staging in 1963-64, he also led editions in Chicago (1957), and with the Paris Opera in the highly visible Giorgio Strehler production that opened Intendant Rolf Liebermann's bold-new-start regime in March 1973; it was initially presented at the Palace of Versailles and in 1976 toured to the US. Frederica von Stade, the most admired Cherubino of the day, who had sung the role for Solti at Versailles, also appears on his subsequent recording. Made in 1981 with an exceptional cast, it won a Grammy award, perhaps unsurprisingly given that its other major assets include Kiri Te Kanawa's creamy-voiced Countess, Lucia Popp's sprightly Susanna, Thomas Allen's authoritative Count and Samuel Ramey's weighty Figaro. Smaller roles - Jane Berbié's Marcellina, Robert Tear's Basilio and Philip Langridge's Curzio among them - are also handled with tremendous care.