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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
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Beatrice Et Benedict (Davis)

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All thanks for another pearl to complete the Berlioz-Davis-cycle go to Trottar

Dame Janet Baker and Robert Tear lead an outstanding cast in this classic recording of Berlioz’ operatic setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, under the baton of the distinguished Berlioz conductor Sir Colin Davis. Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, the text is by the composer who finished composing the opera in 1862; it was first given its première later that year in Baden-Baden.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer:
Thomas Allen, Robert Lloyd, Jules Bastin, John Alldis Choir, Helen Watts, Janet Baker, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Robert Tear, Richard Van Allan
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1978
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 2.0 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – L’Enfance Du Christ (Davis)

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This is another fine pearl in this chain called “Davis-Berlioz-Cycle”.
Colin Davis, currently the grand old man of Berlioz conductors, has recorded the French romantic’s L’Enfance du Christ an amazing three times: first on L’oiseau-Lyre LPs (not issued on CD), then this one on Philips (frequently issued on LP and CD), and later on LSO Live (issued on CD with super audio surround sound capabilities). While not perhaps the most emotional Berlioz conducer in history, Davis’ more measured approach suits the more meditative L’Enfance. All three of his recordings are quite fine, but the sound quality gets slightly better with each newer edition. This sounds just splendid.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Janet Baker, Eric Tappy, Raimund Herincx, Philip Langridge, Thomas Allen, Joseph Rouleau, Jules Bastin, John Alldis Choir
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1977
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 17
Size: 1.88 GB
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Mozart – Die Zauberflote (McVicar, Davis, Keenlyside, Roschmann, Hartmann) (2003, Opera-Singspiel, BDRip 720p)

Mozart - Die Zauberflote (McVicar, Davis, Keenlyside, Roschmann, Hartmann) (2003, Opera-Singspiel, BDRip 720p)
Mozart – Die Zauberflote (McVicar, Davis, Keenlyside, Roschmann, Hartmann) (2003, Opera-Singspiel, BDRip 720p)

Composer:Mozart
Performer:Will Hartmann
Orchestra:The Royal Opera house in Covent garden
Conductor:Colin Davis
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:BDRip
Label:Opus Arte
Size:7.95 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Stephen Lawless) (2002, operetta, BDRip 720p)

Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus (Stephen Lawless) (2002, operetta, BDRip 720p)
Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Stephen Lawless) (2002, operetta, BDRip 720p)

Composer:Johann Strauss
Performer:Pamela Armstrong
Orchestra:the London Philharmonic orchestra
Conductor:Vladimir Jurowski
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:BDRip
Size:9.42 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish, German
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