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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Gustave Charpentier – Louise (Sills,Gedda)


Many thanks to our friend Bob for this rarity
At 3 hours long, Charpentier’s all but forgotten Louise is a great opera. If only singers like Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna can revive this opera on a studio recording! The ligher, more elegant, French-style voices of Beverly Sills and Nicolai Gedda make this particular version a lot like Massenet’s Manon. Rudel conducts with a mixture of dramatic realism, romance and bubbly music. Sills is past her prime but can still sing a difficult role like Louise with a style that is uniquely her own and with undying commitment. Jose Van Dam and Mignon Dunn are fine as the “baritone” father and “mezzo” mother, making their roles as convincingly real as possible, though mostly lyrical. This is a fine opera and you shouldn’t hesitate to buy it if you are a fan of any of the singers.

Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Performer: Beverly Sills,  Nicolai Gedda, José Van Dam, Mignon Dunn
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L’Opéra
Conductor: Julius Rudel
Vinyl 1978
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.76 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti E I Montecchi (Sills/Baker/Gedda)

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Many many thanks to our friend Bob for this great and rare pearl

Bellini’s opera “I Capuleti E i Montechi” is unfortunately overshadowed by the more famous Charles Gounod French opera Romeo et Juliette. This Italian bel canto work is rarely staged and even rarely recorded. It’s a pity really because this is a terrific opera, even if highly edited and even if Bellini tinkered with the play. It’s a gem of bel canto opera, full of beautiful melodies, dramatic passions and arias and ensembles that are linked together like a chain of gold. It is a glorious opera when it is performed by the right singers. Recorded in the late 60’s, it stars soprano Beverly Sills and mezzo soprano Janet Baker, both at the height of their powers as singers. In the tenor role (not that of Romeo, but Tebaldo) is Nicolai Gedda.

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performer: Beverly Sills, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Angel
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 2.77 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Donizetti – Roberto Devereux (Beverly Sills) 1975 (Julius Rudel) (DVD5)

Donizetti - Roberto Devereux (Beverly Sills) 1975 (Julius Rudel) (DVD5)
Donizetti – Roberto Devereux (Beverly Sills) 1975 (Julius Rudel) (DVD5)

Composer:Filene Center Orchestra & Wolf Trap Company Chorus

Orchestra:Filene Center Orchestra & Wolf Trap Company Chorus
Conductor:Kirk Browning
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs: DVD5
Format:DVD Video
Size:3.77 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (Milnes/Sills/Kraus)

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Although my personal favourite – and IHMO best version on earth – the Sutherland/Pavarotti/Milnes recording from 1973 is, this Rigoletto is absolutely wonderful. Rudel conducted firmly but not magnificently, but the cast is magnificent. Milnes (also the title role in the Rigoletto with Sutherland and Pavarotti) is the best ever, no doubt. Always touching and powerful, his acting is amazing and his screams of “Gilda! Mia Gilda! Ah, la maledizione!” are unrivalled. Without any doubt, Milnes is one of the greatest baritones ever been on earth

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performers:
Alfredo Kraus, Sherrill Milnes, Beverly Sills, Samuel Ramey, Mignon Dunn
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Condu
ctor: Julius Rudel
# Vinyl (1979)
# Number of Discs: 2.5
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B000002S7K

# Size: 2.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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Rare HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Gioacchino Rossini – Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Milnes/Sills/Gedda)

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To my friend Spearo
Somewhen in the 70s I had a highlights record of this recording. I remember, it blew me away on hearing Milnes, a baritone, singing some high tunes like a tenor…the only baritone I ever heard singing Figaro this way…

# Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
# Singer: Sherrill Milnes, Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Fedora Barbieri, Ruggiero Raimondi
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: James Levine
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0000CE7FU
# Size: 3.43 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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