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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Jules Massenet – Werther (Carreras, von Stade, Davis)

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Many thanks to Bob for this Goethe gem
Now over 35 years old, this recording inspires in me the same affection and admiration as when I first heard it. Massenet is mildly scorned in some quarters; he had his fair share of flops and sometimes fell into a maudlin mode which smacks of trying too hard to please with easy sentimentality, but I am with Beecham regarding the beauties of his best operas (even if I would not go so far as to make frivolous, disparaging comparisons with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos…). “Manon”, “Thais” and “Werther” are among my very favourite operatic entertainments for their sheer sumptuousness of sound, coherence as drama and distillation of French elegance.

Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: José Carreras, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Allen

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Vinyl 1981
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 2.42 GB
Scan: yes
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Giordano – “Andrea Chenier” (Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli; Riccardo Chailly) (1985,opera live,DVD9)

Giordano - "Andrea Chenier" (Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli; Riccardo Chailly) (1985,opera live,DVD9)
Giordano – “Andrea Chenier” (Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli; Riccardo Chailly) (1985,opera live,DVD9)

Composer:Giordano
Performer:José Carreras
Orchestra:Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
Conductor:Riccardo Chailly
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:6.78 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
Server: datafile

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Ildebrando Pizzetti – Assassinio nella Cattedrale (Roberto Scandiuzzi, Claudio Scimone,Cecilia Ligorio) (2013,Opera,DVD9)

Ildebrando Pizzetti - Assassinio nella Cattedrale (Roberto Scandiuzzi, Claudio Scimone,Cecilia Ligorio) (2013,Opera,DVD9)
Ildebrando Pizzetti – Assassinio nella Cattedrale (Roberto Scandiuzzi, Claudio Scimone,Cecilia Ligorio) (2013,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Ildebrando Pizzetti
Performer:Josè Carreras
Orchestra:Orchestra della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
Conductor:Claudio Scimone
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Label:Sony Classical
Size: 5.17 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:Italian, English, French, German, Spanish
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Rare HD-Vinyl 24/96 (HRE) Flomental Halévy – La Juive – Live 1981

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Halévy’s La Juive was once widely popular (it was Caruso’s last appearance in public, for example), but has more or less sunk like a stone in more recent years – yet there are, in fact, a couple recordings in the catalogue (I haven’t heard any of the alternatives, so I cannot really compare). The one under consideration sports a starry cast and does, in the end, make a good case for this at least intermittently engaging and interesting grand opera – engaging in the parts featuring the traditional French grand opera spectacular splendor, but in the end more notable for its lyrical parts and in particular the pacing and thematic and structural cohesion; even the grand scenes work more as parts of the greater structure than ends in themselves. It is also imaginatively scored, more so, perhaps, than the operas of his more feted contemporary Meyerbeer, and Halévy’s ability to create atmospheric and subtly distinctive scenes is admirable. On the other hand, Meyerbeer was clearly superior with regards to writing really memorable melodies – Halévy’s are pleasant enough but usually forgotten as soon as they have been presented.

Composer: Flomental Halévy
Performer: José Carreras, Cesare Siepi, Ilona Tokody
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Vinyl (1981)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: HRE
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 3.27 GB
Scan: yes
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Verdi – Stiffelio ( Jose Carreras, Cathеrine Maltifano,Bradley Creswick) (1993,Opera,DVD9)

Verdi - Stiffelio ( Jose Carreras, Cathеrine Maltifano,Bradley Creswick) (1993,Opera,DVD9)
Verdi – Stiffelio ( Jose Carreras, Cathеrine Maltifano,Bradley Creswick) (1993,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:.Jose Carreras
Orchestra:The Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor:Edward Downes
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:6.47 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (CBS) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Carreras/Marton/Ricciarelli)

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Many thanks to our friend Bob for this gem

This strikingly-staged production of Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot” was filmed with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Loren Maazal in 1983. Set on a spare stage with a single ascending staircase rising up to Turandot’s chambers, and with sumptuous, impressionistic costuming, the production allows…

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: José Carreras, Eva Marton, Katia Ricciarelli,
# Orchestra:   Vienna State Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR: 17
# Size: 2.4 GB
# Scan: yes
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Ariel Ramirez – Misa Criolla/Navidad Nuestra (José Carreras)

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This excellent album is something to treasure. If you ever buy only one CD with Jose Carreras, this one might just be the one!!!
Although this was recorded just before the treatment for leukemia started (I believe Carreras already knew about it), it was the perfect choice at that time. His voice retains it’s beautiful pureness throughout, which no one can match, and he doesn’t need to force his instrument. Listen to some of the phrasing, especially when he is singing pianissimo in the slow passages, it’s almost unbelievebly beautiful. The way he “speaks” the words and the depth of emotion, he is inside the music, inside the the words. That the composer was present (playing the piano) does of course add to the glorious result of these sacred pieces.

# Composer: Ariel Ramirez
# Performer: José Carreras
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 1.6 GB
# Scan: yes
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ariel Ramirez – Misa Criolla/Navidad Nuestra (José Carreras)

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This excellent album is something to treasure. If you ever buy only one disc with Jose Carreras, this one might just be the one!!!
Although this was recorded just before the treatment for leukemia started (I believe Carreras already knew about it), it was the perfect choice at that time. His voice retains it’s beautiful pureness throughout, which no one can match, and he doesn’t need to force his instrument. Listen to some of the phrasing, especially when he is singing pianissimo in the slow passages, it’s almost unbelievebly beautiful. The way he “speaks” the words and the depth of emotion, he is inside the music, inside the the words. That the composer was present (playing the piano) does of course add to the glorious result of these sacred pieces.

# Composer: Ariel Ramirez
# Performer: José Carreras
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
#
Size: 834 MB
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti, Mehta ‎– In Concert 1990

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Exactly 24 years ago, before the final match in Football World Championship Italia 1990, three old guys, (profession: opera singers) gave the birth to a legendary concert in Rome. They repeated it 1994 in USA, again with maestro Mehta and 1998 in France with maestro Levine.

# Composer: Augustin Lara, Eduardo di Capua, Ernesto De Curtis, Francesco Cilea, Franz Lehar, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giacomo Puccini, Lalo Schifrin, Pablo Sorozabal, Salvatore Cardillo, Umberto Giordano, Vincenzo de Crescenzo,
# Performer: José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo
# Orchestra: Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
# Vinyl 1990
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
B0000041XX
# Size: 1.45 GB
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Leonard Bernstein – West Side Story (Te Kanawa/Carreras)

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# Composer: Leonard Bernstein
# Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann, Marilyn Horne
# Orchestra: A no-name orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyls (1995)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000009ON5

# Size: 1.5 GB
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