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Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Almira (2019)

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Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Almira (2019)

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Almira (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.20 Gb | Total time: 241:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 205-2 | Recorded: 2018

The Boston Early Music Festival has recorded George Frideric Handel’s very first opera, Almira, Queen of Castile, with a superlatively sumptuous ensemble. For its previous recordings of Baroque operas this successful ensemble has won prizes such as the Grammy, the German Record Critics Annual Prize, and the Echo Klassik. The Hungarian soprano Emõke Baráth sings the role of Almira with a choice ensemble of singers, all of whom have performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls and opera houses. Handel’s Almira is based on a freely invented plot featuring fine entertainment in the form of love and marriage schemes among the nobility, infidelity and mistaken identities, and a happy ending brought about by a court servant’s negotiations. This work was presented at the Hamburg Opera House in 1705 about twenty times and with great success.

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno (2012)

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Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno (2012)

Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston - Domenico Scarlatti: La Dirindina and Pur nel sonno (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 66:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sono Luminus | DSL-92159 | Recorded: 2011

Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston offers world-class performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. This CD follows their previous release on Sono Luminus, Marc’ Antonio e Cleopatra (DSL92115) which was hailed by Early Music America as “a thrilling performance that glows in its quieter moments and sparkles with vitality,” and was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Opera 2011.

Colin Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1988)

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Colin Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1988)

Colin Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 929 Mb | Total time: 167:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 420 130-2 | Recorded: 1968

Mozart’s “Idomeneo” is a lyrical tragedy and is considered Mozart’s greatest choral opera. It is composed in the baroque tradition of the opera seria; however, Mozart excels at giving it new traits and forms. He also exerted his influence on the dramaturgy, shortened parts to increase their effect, increased the suspense with a dense use of instruments and wrote the marvellous ballet music.

Sir John Pritchard - Busoni: Arlecchino, Op. 50 (2012/2024)

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Sir John Pritchard - Busoni: Arlecchino, Op. 50 (2012/2024)

Sir John Pritchard - Busoni: Arlecchino, Op. 50 (2012/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 132 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 126 Mb | 00:53:24
Classical, Opera | Label: Warner Classics

The eminent teacher and theoretician Ferruccio Busoni was revered throughout all Europe at the turn of the century, but his unclassifiable music became overshadowed by other avant-garde movements such as the Second Viennese school. By 1916, his unconventional, innovative opera Arlecchino is a caustic farce about the war, and includes sprechgesang that very much inspired him since he held a performance of his friend Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire in his own house. The featured version is conducted by Sir John Michael Pritchard and was the first ever to be put on record.

Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Zaïde (2004)

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Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Zaïde (2004)

Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Zaïde (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 75:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMX2907205 | Recorded: 1997

The circumstances under which Mozart started to write uncompleted Singspiel Zaïde, some time in 1779 or 1780 in Salzburg, are not clear. It may have been in an effort to get a hearing at the new German Theater in Vienna, but by 1781 he realized that a serious opera of this kind was not suitable, given the Viennese preference for comedy. He then abandoned the project, and it was not staged until 1866 in an adaptation by Gollmick, with an Overture and closing section by Johann Anton Andrè. Further adaptations followed, but the version presented here consists only of the music Mozart wrote, adding up to about 80 percent of what the completed opera might have contained.

Cappella Neapolitana - Bello tiempo passato: Comic Intermezzo from the opera Il disperato innocente, Naples 1673 (2024)

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Cappella Neapolitana - Bello tiempo passato: Comic Intermezzo from the opera Il disperato innocente, Naples 1673 (2024)

Cappella Neapolitana, Pino De Vittorio, Rosario Totaro, Giuseppe Naviglio, Olga Cafiero & Antonio Florio - Bello tiempo passato: Comic Intermezzo from the opera Il disperato innocente, Naples 1673 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 331 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 139 Mb | 01:00:37
Classical, Opera | Label: Dynamic

In the early 1670s, soon after Venetian opera became established in Naples, a series of comic figures began to inhabit secular but also sacred operas. These stock characters included the Neapolitan, the Calabrian and the Boy, and all three plus a fourth, ‘The Spaniard’, appear in a comic intermezzo inserted in the 1673 opera Il disperato innocente by the little-known Francesco Antonio Boero. This is the oldest surviving Neapolitan comic intermezzo, and, along with its Prologue, seems to have been written by other authors. This video preserves a historically informed performance given by Antonio Florio with Pino De Vittorio that explores the tradition of the intermezzo in 17th century plots.

Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)

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Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)

Michaił Jurowski, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus - Anton Rubinstein: Moses (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.99 Gb | Total time: 68:16+55:42+74:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 9029558343 | Recorded: 2017

World premiere recording of Anton Rubinstein monumental opera 'Moses'. The recordings were made by Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under Michail Jurowski together with Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Artos Children’s Choir and a tremendous cast (staring Stanisław Kuflyuk (Moses), Torsten Kerl (Pharaoh, king of Egypt), Evelina Dobračeva (Asnath, Pharaon‘s daughter) and Małgorzata Walewska (Johebet, Moses’ mother)). The libretto was originally written in German and this recording maintains this language version.

Viktor Lukas, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Wilhelmine von Bayreuth: Argenore (2009)

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Viktor Lukas, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Wilhelmine von Bayreuth: Argenore (2009)

Viktor Lukas, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Argenore: Arien und Szenen aus der Oper der Markgräfin Wilhelmine von Bayreuth (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 65:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Concerto Bayreuth | # GB 12019 | Recorded: 2009

Ein glückliches Leben führte sie nicht, die Markgräfin Wilhelmine (1709-1758) von Bayreuth. Als Kind wurde sie von einer geradezu bösartigen Gouvernante gepeinigt und hatte Wutausbrüche ihres Vaters, dem Soldatenkönig Friedrich Wilhelm I., über sich ergehen zu lassen, der so gar nichts vom weiblichen Geschlecht hielt. Wenngleich auch Wilhelmine wie eine Gefangene gehalten wurde, so traf es ihren geliebten Bruder, Kronprinz Friedrich, besonders hart: von seinem Vater verachtet, hatte er sogar unter Festungshaft zu leiden.

Michael Spyres, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Marko Letonja - Baritenor (2021)

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Michael Spyres, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Marko Letonja - Baritenor (2021)

Michael Spyres, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Marko Letonja - Baritenor (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 396 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 202 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:24:30
Classical, Vocal, Opera | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

An album with a mission to defy classification, BariTenor is a tour de force for Michael Spyres. It ranges wide, encompassing repertoire normally assigned to both tenors and baritones. Programming 18 arias by 15 composers, it covers three centuries of opera in Italian, French and German, setting mainstream works beside relative rarities, and rediscovering Étienne Méhul's Ariodant, first heard in 1799.

Lotte Schöne - The Complete Lotte Schöne (2020)

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Lotte Schöne - The Complete Lotte Schöne (2020)

Lotte Schöne - The Complete Lotte Schöne (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, full scans) - 1.06 GB
5:48:52 | Classical, Opera | Label: Marston

Lotte Schöne is one of those singers whose personality shines through the shellac: joyful, expressive, and bubbly. She was loved by audiences in Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Paris, and London. Being Jewish, she left Berlin in 1933, but continued to sing in Vienna and Paris until 1938. At the outbreak of World War II, Schöne took refuge in a small village in the French Alps, where she stayed in hiding until 1945. After the war she gave occasional concerts and sang one performance in 1948 at the Berlin State Opera. She spent the remainder of her life living outside of Paris with her son and grandchildren. Lotte Schöne’s records are highly prized, especially her acoustic discs. This set contains all of her known recordings for Vox, Odeon, and the Gramophone Company, including six unpublished Odeon sides made just before the company’s conversion from the acoustic to the electric recording process, and four unpublished Gramophone Company sides of Hugo Wolf songs recorded in 1934. The set concludes with a delightful group of non-commercial discs made for her family, and a substantial offering of German and French songs recorded late in her career for French and German Radio in 1948 and 1950. This is the first time that Lotte Schöne’s complete extant recordings can be heard in one compilation. The booklet includes rare photos, an evaluation of Schöne’s recordings by Michael Aspinall, and a personal essay by the noted French author, André Tubeuf, written in English especially for this Marston Records release.

Patrick Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Brugensis Capella -Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1993)

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Patrick Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Brugensis Capella -Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1993)

Patrick Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Brugensis Capella - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice - 1859 Berlioz Revision (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 44:21+53:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Forlane | UCD 16720/21 | Recorded: 1992

The most striking feature of this disc is the casting of Ewa Podles as Orphée. A Polish contralto with a tessitura that comfortably spans three octaves, she has a voice that is resonant and rich in its low notes but rises easily to tackle coloratura – a combination which she uses to dazzling effect on ‘Amour viens rende à mon âme’, the last, show-stopping aria of Act I. But its remarkable versatility apart, Podles’s distinctive sound is something of a curiosity – dark, slightly guttural and peculiarly tubular. The comprimarios, Raphaëlle Farman as Eurydice and Marie-Noëlle de Callataÿ as Amour, produce a clean, attractive sound. Sung in French, this recording uses Berlioz’s 1859 revision.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Transylvania State Choir, Marek Janowski - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2023)

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Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Transylvania State Choir, Marek Janowski - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2023)

Freddie De Tommaso, Lester Lynch, Saioa Hernandez, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Transylvania State Choir & Marek Janowski - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 543 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 309 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:11:02
Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone

Maestro Marek Janowski, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir present Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (1859), together with a stellar cast, headed by Freddie De Tommaso (Riccardo), Lester Lynch (Renato) and Saioa Hernández (Amelia). Un ballo in maschera is Verdi’s tragicomic masterpiece, in which the composer skilfully switches gears between the light and tragic, as well as between his earlier and more mature style. As such, it is both an entertaining and highly sophisticated work.

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Destouches, Delalande: Les Éléments (2016)

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Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Destouches, Delalande: Les Éléments (2016)

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Destouches, Delalande: Les Éléments (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 498 Mb | Total time: 75:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroney | AMY046 | Recorded: 2015

Vaste opéra-ballet composé à quatre mains par A. C. Destouches et M.-R Delalande, les Éléments se déchaînent sous les archets de l'ensemble Les Surprises. Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas en a concocté une version « de salon » regroupant les plus beaux extraits de ce chef-d'œuvre inédit au disque.

Giacomo Sagripanti, Les Frivolités Parisiennes, Nadine Sierra & Pretty Yende - Nadine Sierra & Pretty Yende in Concert (2024)

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Giacomo Sagripanti, Les Frivolités Parisiennes, Nadine Sierra & Pretty Yende - Nadine Sierra & Pretty Yende in Concert (2024)

Giacomo Sagripanti, Les Frivolités Parisiennes, Nadine Sierra & Pretty Yende - Nadine Sierra & Pretty Yende in Concert (2024)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:29:59 | 206 Mb
Classical, Vocal, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Exploding all stereotypes about diva rivalry, Nadine Sierra and Pretty Yende, two of today’s leading operatic prima donnas and close friends, took great delight in sharing the limelight at a sold-out Paris Philharmonie on 6 March 2023. The two sopranos’ voices complement each other beautifully in a selection of arias and duets that – taken from the Italian, French and American repertoire – combine operatic tradition with 20th-century flair. The duo were accompanied by conductor Giacomo Sagripanti at the helm of Les Frivolités Parisiennes. The digital album version features 5 bonus tracks, in which the singers, accompanied by conductor Giacomo Sagripanti, brought a touch of cinematic magic to the stage, “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz being one of the songs they include.

Gilbert Bezzina, Nice Baroque Ensemble - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2009)

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Gilbert Bezzina, Nice Baroque Ensemble - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2009)

Gilbert Bezzina, Nice Baroque Ensemble - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 383 Mb | Total time: 73:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | CDS 596 | Recorded: 2008

Alessandro Scarlatti La Giuditta was written for five voices and instruments. In 1697, Scarlatti set a second libretto, this time written by Cardinal Ottoboni’s father, Antonio, in which the number of characters was reduced to three. We do not know the occasion for which this second setting was created and lack information on its first performance. The differences between the two versions are discussed in Brian Robins’ review of a previous recording, which interested readers will find in the Archive. (Robins states that the second version was written for Rome in 1700. The notes to Dynamic’s recording state that the first version was the one performed in 1700.)