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Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterreanea, Chœur de chambre de Namur - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2021)

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Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterreanea, Chœur de chambre de Namur - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2021)

Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterreanea, Chœur de chambre de Namur - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 544 Mb | Total time: 106:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Records | # ALPHA 720 | Recorded: 2020

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo is naturally an iconic work for Leonardo García Alarcón. The Argentinian conductor has performed and matured his interpretation of Monteverdi’s masterpiece throughout his life. Together with his group of soloists, the Namur Chamber Choir and the Cappella Mediterranea ensemble, he now presents his vision of L’Orfeo: Monteverdi’s opera is as much the apotheosis of the Renaissance as a testimony to the nascent Baroque style. This is what strikes us when we listen to this new recording, which so eloquently emphasises the contrasts between sometimes nostalgic glances towards the past and the most innovative expressions of operatic language.

Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)

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Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)

Fabio Luisi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Giuseppe Verdi: Jérusalem (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 168:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5308 | Recorded: 1998

Giuseppe Verdi's first big Paris hit, Jérusalem is an 1847 rewrite of I Lombardi. Along with a new French text, the action is clarified, characters and scenes are dropped, the tenor role is beefed up, and the obligatory ballet is added, among other changes. It's a more coherent opera in this version, although Italian audiences have clung to I Lombardi, which is still mounted on the world's stages. The Philips team, however, makes a powerful case for this French grand opera story of betrayal, love, war and rescue, penitence, and vindication painted in primary colors on a canvas of Crusaders and villains, rousingly set to effective, if blunt, music.

Mary Bevan, Catherine Carby, Mark Wilde, John Savournin, Brook Street Band, John Andrews - Lampe: The Dragon of Wantley (2022)

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Mary Bevan, Catherine Carby, Mark Wilde, John Savournin, Brook Street Band, John Andrews - Lampe: The Dragon of Wantley (2022)

Mary Bevan, Catherine Carby, Mark Wilde, John Savournin, The Brook Street Band, John Andrews - Lampe: The Dragon of Wantley (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 475 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 252 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:47:49
Classical, Opera | Label: Resonus Classics

A rapacious dragon has been terrorising a Yorkshire village. Gubbins and his daughter Margery, together with Mauxalinda, decide to seek the help of Moore of Moore Hall. Moore needs persuading away from his beer but succumbs to Margery’s pleading, and her promises of love. Unfortunately, he had already promised to marry Mauxalinda, and so the love triangle has to be resolved in dramatic fashion before Moore heads out and defeats the dragon, restoring harmony and prosperity to the village. Following the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award for his recording of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master, conductor John Andrews returns with the world premiere professional recording of John Frederick Lampe’s operatic comedy The Dragon of Wantley. With librettist Henry Carey, Lampe combines a first-rate score with a quintessentially English plot, told in a tone of earthy satire, pastiching opera’s conventions with skill and affection, but also a razor wit.

Franco Capuana, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Aida (2005/1966)

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Franco Capuana, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Aida (2005/1966)

Franco Capuana, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Aida (2005/1966)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 1 ch | 6.60 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais

The tradition of presenting operas in the Arena of Verona was inaugurated by Aida when it was performed there in 1913. The wide-open spaces of this opera-the blue skies and fragrant forests of Ethiopia, the starry nights on the Nile-and its picture of Egypt's ancient civilisation found their ideal setting in the grandeur of this centuries-old Roman amphitheatre and in the open air of Verona's summer nights.

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)

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John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 955 Mb | Total time: 68.08+57.33+31.03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORCV304 | Recorded: 1981

This marks the final offering from Opera Rara's laudable restoration of BBC broadcasts from the 1970s and '80s of Verdi's first thoughts on specific operas, and it is quite up to the standard of the series. It differs only in being given without an audience, and was broadcast two years after the recording.

Mark Elder, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario (2013)

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Mark Elder, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario (2013)

Mark Elder, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 554 Mb | Total time: 60:16+64:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC49 | Recorded: 2012

Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti’s finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti’s maturity, with its premiere in 1836 (the year after the debut of Maria Stuarda in Milan and Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples), Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the 19th century. Yet, incredibly, it is little known today. The libretto, by Salvadore Cammarano (who collaborated with Donizetti on Lucia di Lammermoor), tells the moving and typically complicated story of the 6th century Byzantine general. Falsely accused by his wife, Antonina, of killing their son, he was blinded and exiled as his punishment. Only the recognition by his daughter, Irene, that her father’s former captive, Alamiro, was her long-lost brother restores Belisario’s reputation; tragically, too late to save his life.

Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (2004/1967)

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Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (2004/1967)

Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (2004/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 6.96 Gb (DVD9) | 130 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol

A dream cast for a wonderful opera. Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi, whose partnership in the EMI recording of Madama Butterfly made it the version of choice, can be seen as well as heard in Donizetti's delicious opera buffa. The cast is filled out with superb singing actors, including Carlo Cava, Giuseppe Taddei and others. A major discovery and a feast for opera fans.

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Ermione (2010)

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David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Ermione (2010)

David Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Ermione (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 651 Mb | Total time: 64:47+69:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC42 | Recorded: 2009

During the years from 1815 to 1822 when his career centered on Naples, Rossini composed a sequence of works for the Teatro San Carlo, which at that time boasted an outstanding orchestra and a company of resident singers that was the leading ensemble available anywhere. A string of masterpieces resulted, including Ermione - which is without doubt one of the composer's greatest operas, despite it being perhaps the least immediately successful. Ermione was received with incomprehension at its sole performance in 1819 and was never revived in Rossini's lifetime. Since its first stage revival in Pesaro in 1987, Ermione has been recognized as a lost masterpiece. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the opera's novelties begin with an overture interrupted by a choral lament of Trojan prisoners. Tension and staggering originality are maintained right to the very end.

Ion Marin, London Symphony Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide (1994)

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Ion Marin, London Symphony Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide (1994)

Ion Marin, London Symphony Orchestra - Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 837 Mb | Total time: 59:45+74:48+72:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 437 797-2 | Recorded: 1993

Semiramide is Rossini's last opera seria. The title role was written for his wife, Isabella Colbran. The extremely florid vocal style is often a vehicle for spectacular vocal display rather than an intrinsic part of the score. The ensemble-scenes (particularly the duos between Arsace and Semiramide) and choruses are also of a high order, as is the orchestral writing, which makes full use of a large pit. The work starts with a well-known overture, and throughout it calls for outstanding singers in the leading soprano and contralto roles. Semiramide is occasionally performed but is not part of the standard operatic repertoire.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Tamerlano (2015) [BDRip]

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Tamerlano (2015) [BDRip]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Tamerlano (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 190 min | 4,06 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 320 Kbps
Classical | Alpha | Sub.: French, English, German, Dutch

This Handelian diptych, the brainchild of the director Pierre Audi, was conceived in a style of great purity, right down to the costumes, the decors and the sumptuous chiaroscuro lighting. In order to replicate this aesthetic, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, with the greatest possible fidelity, the performances, filmed in high resolution, are being released on BLU RAY only. Christophe Rousset and his orchestra convey exceptional fervor in this music, here served by the finest Handelian voices imaginable, foremost among them Sandrine Piau, who enjoyed a genuine triumph in the stage production. Nor can one forget the dramatic performance of Jeremy Ovenden in Tamerlano, or the beauty of the voices of Ann Hallenberg, Sophie Karthauser, Delphine Galou and the countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Romeo und Julie (1998)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Romeo und Julie (1998)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Romeo und Julie (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 369 Mb | Total time: 91:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 496-2 | Recorded: 1997

Charles Burney, the great English music traveller of the 18th century, was extremely positive about "Herr Kapellmeister Benda". His compositions his "new, masterly, and learned." Mozart, too, never made a secret of his high regard for Georg Anton Benda; he was well aware of how much he was indebted to the creator of the German Singspiel - right up to the "Magic Flute".

Luciano Pavarotti - A Portrait of Pavarotti: Highlights From The Pavarotti Edition (2001)

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Luciano Pavarotti - A Portrait of Pavarotti: Highlights From The Pavarotti Edition (2001)

Luciano Pavarotti - A Portrait of Pavarotti: Highlights From The Pavarotti Edition (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 983 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 508 MB
3:40:46 | Classical, Opera | Label: Decca

One of the most successful and admired opera singers of all time, Luciano Pavarotti was king among tenors from the late 1960s through the 1990s. His voice was noted for its exciting upper register, and tailor-made for the operas of Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, and Puccini, and as it darkened slightly over the years, for the verismo composers as well. His vocal longevity, which kept him singing youthfully well into his sixties, and still beautifully after that, was a credit to his commanding technique and artistry, and remarkable considering his nearly 40 years of performing. Pavarotti's father was a baker, and his mother worked in a cigar factory.

Silvio Varviso, Orchestra e Coro Rossini di Napoli - Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1999)

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Silvio Varviso, Orchestra e Coro Rossini di Napoli - Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1999)

Silvio Varviso, Orchestra e Coro Rossini di Napoli - Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 730 Mb | Total time: 144:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 452 591-2 | Recorded: 1964

The Overture gives the clue: this is the Barber of the nudge and the wink, of the Neapolitan siesta rubato and the rumbustious business. Silvio Varviso, who works his willing orchestra hard enough, tends to operate by exaggerated contrasts of tempo rather than by pointing within the phrasing itself: the cast, similarly, work the comic value of the words rather than the wit of their underlay or inflection.

Hina Spani - The Complete Recordings of Hina Spani and Giannina Arangi-Lombardi Singing Six Verdi Arias (2022)

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Hina Spani - The Complete Recordings of Hina Spani and Giannina Arangi-Lombardi Singing Six Verdi Arias (2022)

Hina Spani - The Complete Recordings of Hina Spani and Giannina Arangi-Lombardi Singing Six Verdi Arias (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 463 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 459 Mb | Scans included | 02:40:07
Classical, Vocal | Label: Marston Records

Hina Spani (1890–1969) was born Higinia Tuñón in a province of Buenos Aires. She enjoyed a major operatic career centered in Italy during the 1920s and 1930s. Among the great sopranos of her era, Spani shines as brightly as any, yet her celebrity was less well known most likely due to her career being limited mainly to Italy, Spain, and South America, and her only tour to an English-speaking country was in Australia. She made her operatic debut at La Scala in 1915 as Anna in Catalani’s Loreley. She sang at Puccini’s funeral at the Duomo in Milan’s cathedral on 29 November 1924 (and repeated this performance at La Scala a month later) under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, which was a turning point in her career. She created the title role in the world premiere of Respighi’s Maria Egiziaca in 1934 at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and performed in the world premiere of Alberto Franchetti’s Glauco. Spani’s voice is of first-rate quality and well-trained, with a beautifully warm tone and an even scale. She began as a lirico-spinto but graduated to dramatic parts and had a vibrant, instantly recognizable voice capable of thrilling the listener in opera or song.

Les Epopées & Stéphane Fuget - Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (2022)

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Les Epopées & Stéphane Fuget - Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (2022)

Les Epopées & Stéphane Fuget - Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 862 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 418 Mb | 03:02:24
Classical, Opera | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

Ulysses and Monteverdi: passion and action at the heart of musical drama. Penelope sings of her endless wait, her hope to see the king of her heart again, while her suitors besiege her to take her hand and the throne. The return of Ulysses to Ithaca after twenty years of wandering brings the drama to a close. Travelling incognito disguised as an old man, he arrives at the palace for the contest that Penelope has arranged: whoever manages to bend Odysseus' former bow will have the hand of the queen. The old man in rags presents himself to the court, and achieves his revenge… Stéphane Fuget conducts this masterpiece, using every instrumental spell to fulfil his great ambition: to restore to Monteverdi's music and singing all of it's ornaments and colors, thanks to a magnificent cast and their passionate support.