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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Natalie Dessay - Mozart: Die Zauberflote [1996]

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (William Christie, Natalie Dessay) [1996]
Classical | Erato 0630-12705-2 | TT: 76.06+74.17 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 614 MB

Originating by way of an Aix-En-Provence Festival staging, William Christie and his Arts Florissants bring dramatic flair and musical panache to Mozart's great late Singspiel in equal measure. To begin with, there's a dream cast led by the alluring pairing of Hans Peter Blochwitz as Tamino and Rosa Mannion as Pamina. Anton Scharinger makes for an earthy Papageno, Reinhard Hagen is a commanding Sarastro, whilst Natalie Dessay's input as Queen of the Night comes over in both her showpiece arias as steadfast and electrifying. The casting in depth continues: rare is a Magic Flute that can boast singers of the calibre of Willard White and Linda Kitchen in the relatively small roles of Speaker and Papagena. Then, the uniformly warm vocal blend is homogeneously matched, note for note, with the gut strings and less aggressive winds of Les Arts Florissants. Not that there's anything limp or lacklustre about Christie's brisk tempi; whilst sharp editing maintains the theatrical urgency. The melliflously played "magic" flute and exact keyed glockenspiel input for Papageno's bells are further examples of the care which has gone into this state of the art "authentic" interpretation. With a work like The Magic Flute, recorded choices are voluminous. Neville Marriner with his Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields on Phillips puts in a brave showing, but William Christie maybe wins out in a thorough interpretation which simultaneously celebrates the opera's joy and mystery. –Duncan Hadfield
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (1999)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 02:06:47 | 581 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato | Catalog: 3984-25490-2

It was only a matter of time before William Christie got around to recording Mozart's delightful 1782 singspiel, and the results are very happy indeed. Period instruments are just right for the raucous "Turkish" music Mozart composed for Entführung, and they go very nicely with the light voices Christie has chosen as well. Most successful is the Belmonte of tenor Ian Bostridge, already famous for his lieder singing.
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Susan Grahan - Handel: Alcina (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Susan Grahan - Handel: Alcina (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 57:50+76:33+56:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 8573-80233-2 | Recorded: 1999

Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - In an Italian Garden Aria, Cantatas & Madrigals (Live) (2017) [24/96]

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - In an Italian Garden Aria, Cantatas & Madrigals (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:31 minutes | 1.24 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This concert was recorded live at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia within the framework of Le Jardin des Voix: the Academy launched by Les Arts Florissants in 2002 as a showcase for young talent. William Christie and Paul Agnew, the co-directors of the Academy, are well known as fine teachers and indefatigable talent-spotters. Here they present six promising young singers, hitherto unknown to the general public, who were auditioned and recruited from almost 200 candidates.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - In an Italian Garden Aria, Cantatas & Madrigals (Live) (2017)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - In an Italian Garden Aria, Cantatas & Madrigals (Live)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 62:39 min | 383 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017

This concert was recorded live at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia within the framework of Le Jardin des Voix: the Academy launched by Les Arts Florissants in 2002 as a showcase for young talent. William Christie and Paul Agnew, the co-directors of the Academy, are well known as fine teachers and indefatigable talent-spotters. Here they present six promising young singers, hitherto unknown to the general public, who were auditioned and recruited from almost 200 candidates.
Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 3, Venezia (Live) (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 3, Venezia (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 74:38 minutes | 700 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices.
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bien que l'amour...  Airs Sérieux et à Boìre (2016)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bien que l'amour… Airs Sérieux et à Boìre (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 80:05 | 404 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HAF8905276

The French Baroque air has not been much recorded, even in comparison with the earlier strophic air de cour. But the veteran ensemble Les Arts Florissants, under American-French director William Christie, having brought exposure to a good deal of previously unknown French music, is not slowing down in this regard, and this delightful collection of "serious and drinking airs" might well stimulate other performers to explore the repertory.
Monteverdi: Madrigali & Selva Morale (2017) (Les Arts Florissants, William Christie) (4CD Box Set)

Monteverdi: Madrigali & Selva Morale (2017) (Les Arts Florissants, William Christie) (4CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 972 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 515 mb
Classical, Choral, Vocal Music | Label: Harmonia Mundi / HMX 2908772.75

This box set assembles the complete Monteverdi recordings that William Christie and Les Arts Florissants made for harmonia mundi over some fifteen years. Together, they constantly refreshed their inspiration at the wellspring of his finest and most famous madrigals, with a memorable incursion into the sacred repertory of the Selva morale.
Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}

Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 315 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 177 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 18 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905278
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque / Madrigal

Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated 'Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!
Luigi Rossi - Oratorio per la Settimana Santa - Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (2016) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8901297}

Luigi Rossi - Oratorio per la Settimana Santa - Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (2016) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8901297}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 229 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 115 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 76 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1989, 2016 Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8901297
Classical / Baroque / Choral

Rossi's Oratorio per la Settimana Santa is a masterpiece of the period. Its unusual representation of the Crucifixion draws on elements of both the Passion and the Stabat mater traditions. It also includes an almost operatic scene that vividly depicts a descent into Hades. Its moralistic intent was to move the listener through compassion to repentance. This striking recording from William Christie and the ensemble Les Arts Florissants was originally released in 1989.