Jean-Philippe Rameau – Dardanus (Raphael Pichon; Reinoud Van Mechelen, Gaelle Arquez, Karina Gauvin, Florian Sempey, Nahuel Di Pierro) (2015,Opera,Baroque,HDRip)

Jean-Philippe Rameau - Dardanus (Raphael Pichon; Reinoud Van Mechelen, Gaelle Arquez, Karina Gauvin, Florian Sempey, Nahuel Di Pierro) (2015,Opera,Baroque,HDRip)

Jean-Philippe Rameau – Dardanus (Raphael Pichon; Reinoud Van Mechelen, Gaelle Arquez, Karina Gauvin, Florian Sempey, Nahuel Di Pierro) (2015,Opera,Baroque,HDRip)

Composer:Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:Reinoud Van Mechelen
Orchestra:Pygmalion orchestra
Conductor:Raphaël Pichon
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format: HDRip
Label:Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
Size:4 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (ROH) (Westbroek, Antonenko,Zilio, Platanias, Pappano, Michieletto) (2015,opera,HDTV)

Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (ROH) (Westbroek, Antonenko,Zilio, Platanias, Pappano, Michieletto) (2015,opera,HDTV)

Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (ROH) (Westbroek, Antonenko,Zilio, Platanias, Pappano, Michieletto) (2015,opera,HDTV)

Composer:Mascagni
Performer:Maria Westbroek
Orchestra:Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor:Antonio Pappano
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDTV
Size: 11.56 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles: Dut, Eng, Fre, Ger, Ita, Jap, Spa, Por & Swe
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Joaquín Rodrigo – Concierto De Aranjuez, Fantasía Para Un Gentilhombre (Bonell/Dutoit)

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Thousand thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
“Concierto de Aranjuez” is one of the best songs ever written, a masterpiece written by Joaquin Rodrigo, the song is pure Spanish magic. The other song is “Fantasia para un gentilhombre”, another song penned by Rodrigo, it is just beautiful and evokes the essence of the elegant Spanish tradition. Once you’ve heard these songs you will be hooked and the song will play in your head long after it is not playing. Both of these songs have been performed by various artists but this is one of the best performances captured in Montreal in 1980-81. Carlos Bonnel is a maestro on guitar and Charles Dutoit is masterful conducting the Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal. This is one of those “classic” performances that sounds good no matter the time period it was recorded in.

# Composer: Joaquín Rodrigo
# Performer: Carlos Bonell
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
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Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Vinyl (1981)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.09 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Otto Nicolai – Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Christian Zacharias; Franz Hawlata, Anneke Luyten, Laurent Kubla, Werner Van Mechelen) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Otto Nicolai - Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Christian Zacharias; Franz Hawlata, Anneke Luyten, Laurent Kubla, Werner Van Mechelen) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Otto Nicolai – Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Christian Zacharias; Franz Hawlata, Anneke Luyten, Laurent Kubla, Werner Van Mechelen) (2015,Opera,HDRip)

Composer:Otto Nicolaï
Performer:Franz Hawlata
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Conductor:Christian Zacharias
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:HDRip
Label:Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Size:3.13 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (Moffo/Kraus/Merrill/Solti)

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Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc
I learned that this recording was just removed from the RCA print list. What a shame and what a stupid thing to do. This is one of the finest Rigoletto ever produced. The dream cast includes Bob Merrill, Anna Moffo (one of her finest recordings), Alfredo Kraus, Roz Elias, Ezio Flagello, and conducted by Solti in a bright, vibrant, and stunning recording–sharp vocals, quality orchestra throughout, finest mixing. The production is also one of the most dramatic Rigolettos ever, which is as it should be. Rigoletto is after all a descent into evil and revenge, and this recording does it justice throughout. I can listen to this recording over and over. A true modern masterpiece.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus
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Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1964)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.31 GB
Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Krips)

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Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc
A gifted conductor, Josef Krips returned to the Vienna Opera just after World War II (as a Jew, he had had to leave in 1938), and renewed its tradition of Mozartian performance. Many of the finest qualities of this 1955 studio recording emanate from him and his players–the tempi are well judged and the musicianship marvelous. The singing is less consistent. The lightweight Belgian soprano Suzanne Danco is underwhelming as Donna Anna, while the skilled baritone Walter Berry is again too slight for the bass part of Masetto. Even the lovely Lisa Della Casa–who sang Elvira regularly onstage–often sounds challenged by the role here, despite lovely moments. Italian Cesare Siepi is a bass Giovanni (rather than the expected baritone), and though this too throws the vocal balance out of kilter, he’s a charmer, all right. Fernando Corena’s Leporello and Hilde Güden’s Zerlina are both topnotch, Anton Dermota’s Ottavio cool but conscientious. This is an excellent memento of Krips, but a better all-around and similarly vintage option is Carlo Maria Giulini’s EMI recording from 1959, still arguably the most satisfying account of the opera. –George Hall

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena, Kurt Böhme, Walter Berry, Hilde Güden, Lisa Della Casa, Suzanne Danco, Anton Dermota
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Josef Krips
Vinyl (1956)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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