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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.

John Osborn, Paolo Bordogna, Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Sara Blanch - Donizetti: La fille du régiment, A. 56 (Live) (2022)

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John Osborn, Paolo Bordogna, Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Sara Blanch - Donizetti: La fille du régiment, A. 56 (Live) (2022)

John Osborn, Paolo Bordogna, Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Sara Blanch - Donizetti: La fille du régiment, A. 56 (Live) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:14:52 | 610 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Dynamic

An opra-comique by an Italian composer? This was a rarity in its day, but after the barely averted disaster of its opening night, Donizettis La Fille du rgiment became a popular success, not least for the high Cs demanded from Tonio in the famous tenor aria "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fte! The story revolves around Marie, the canteen girl of the Regiment, whose lover Tonio joins the army to be near her just as she is claimed for marriage into nobility.

Giuliano Carella, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra (2002)

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Giuliano Carella, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra (2002)

Giuliano Carella, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Rossini: Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 47.48+35.32+71.26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | # ORC22 | Recorded: 2002

Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra (1815) was the first of the nine Rossini Neapolitan operas written for Teatro San Carlo. The works Rossini composed were hailed (and have been ever since) as some of the most remarkable ever to be composed for the lyric stage. Opera Rara has made a new performing edition from the autograph manuscript and, for the first time, Rossini’s opera has been recorded absolutely complete, with the original orchestration. As Queen Elizabeth, Jennifer Larmore takes command of her country and her audience with a portrayal, which is strong, yet avoids the stereotypical concept of Elizabeth associated with the films of Bette Davis. Larmore, with the splendid vocalism, makes Rossini’s florid vocal writing work for the character. The part of her rival Matilde has Majella Cullagh giving another of her limpid-voiced heroines. Antonino Siragusa makes his mark in the demanding tenor part of Norfolk while Bruce Ford as Leicester adds the ninth and last of the Neapolitan operas to his repertoire.

Music Theatre Wales, Michael Rafferty - Philip Glass: In The Penal Colony (2011)

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Music Theatre Wales, Michael Rafferty - Philip Glass: In The Penal Colony (2011)

Philip Glass - In The Penal Colony (2011)
Music Theatre Wales, conducted by Michael Rafferty

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0078 | Time: 01:18:57

Philip Glass' one act chamber opera In the Penal Colony was composed in 2000. The libretto is by Rudolph Wurlitzer and based on a story by Franz Kafka.

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

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

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Alcina (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 188 min | 4,03 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. Christophe Rousset writes of this production: “…In Alcina, Handel gives us one of his most dramatically accomplished scores, in which each character follows a wholly individual trajectory, and the different “stages” of love are delicately handled.”

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This evocative production by Giancarlo Del Monaco sumptuously captures the look and feel of 14th century Genoa and is a perfect compliment to Verdi’s setting of this story of searing conflict between public duty and private grief. Plácido Domingo is Gabriele Adorno, sworn enemy of the doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Vladimir Chernov). Gabriele is in love with the beautiful Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa at her most affecting) who turns out to be none other than the long-lost daughter the doge. James Levine’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra and chorus reveals the dark power of Verdi’s score.

The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: Lolanthe (2015)

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The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: Lolanthe (2015)

The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash - Gilbert & Sullivan: Lolanthe (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 544 MB | 01:57:54
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

The D’Oyly Carte Company began its association with Decca after World War II, embarking on a series of recordings in the late 1940s and early 50s of the major Savoy Operas. A subsequent stereo-era cycle, begun in 1957, was followed in turn by a new series of which the present 1974 recording of Iolanthe is part of; in many respects, it is superior to its 1960 predecessor. Whereas the former set had used an ad-hoc orchestra, one of the glories of this remake is the contribution of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – immediately apparent from the atmospheric strings at the start of the overture (one of the few which Sullivan composed himself) and the brilliant woodwind playing in its fleet-footed dancing passages.

Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)

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Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)

Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese

TDK presents a production of Rossinis LItaliana in Algeri by renowned opera stage director Andrei Serban and conducted by Bruno Campanella from the prestigious Opéra National de Paris. The excellent cast of singer-actors was led by international mezzo- star Jennifer Larmore who, with her unaffected contact with the audience, beautiful voice and excellent acting, is central to this staging. The American singer has acquired a reputation as a Rossini specialist, and is no stranger to inventive stagings of the composers comedies. However, the work may be named after the Italian girl, but her adversary Mustafà is just as dominant, and this production has one of the leading exponents of this gleeful role, the buffo bass Simone Alaimo.