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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 - Bien que l'amour…airs sérieux et à boire (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Bien que l'amour…airs sérieux et à boire (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:54 minus | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

With this anthology of 'airs sérieux' and 'airs à boire' of the Grand Siècle, Les Arts Florissants launches a new series on harmonia mundi. We can listen to the tracks on this disc as contemporaries turned the pages of successful collections of songs, alternating between invocations to Bacchus and invitations to love. Around William Christie at the harpsichord and his musicians, five singers offer multiple combinations of close-knit voices. From the intimacy of the salons to the liveliness of court banquets, these airs, models of refined skill, make light of the paradoxes of our hearts – for as an air by Lambert tells us: ‘Though Love creates all my grief / I wish to love and to die loving.’
Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti (2011)

Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 74:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099907094323 | Recorded: 2011

This album of Baroque cantatas and chamber duets grew out of a 2007 performance of Stefano Landi's 1631 opera Il Sant'Alessio starring Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic (among the eight countertenors in the cast) with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants. Christie was so impressed with the blend of Jaroussky and Cencic's voices that he brought them together to explore the vast and rarely performed repertoire of late 17th and early 18th century Italian duets for equal voices.
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 - 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 - Lully: Armide (2011) [Blu-Ray]

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Lully: Armide (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24995 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 168 min | 42,3 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2504 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 168 min | 9,10 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Fra Musica | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian

For any enthusiast of Baroque music, the production of Lully's Armide at the Theatre des Champs Elysées, directed by William Christie and staged by Robert Carsen, was an exceptional event. The last and most successful collaboration between Lully and his librettist Quinault, Armide is the ideal of the genre as desired by Louis XIV: a tragic opera that achieves the perfect fusion of music, song and dance. William Christie leads the orchestra and chorus of Les Arts Florissants and a dazzling cast. Stephanie D’Oustrac is the imperious sorceress Armida, overcome by the violence of a forbidden passion.
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Cavalli: La Didone (2012) [Blu-Ray]

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Cavalli: La Didone (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25962 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 176 min | 42.1 Gb
Audio1: Italian LPCM 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4003 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, German

A live performance from October 2011 at the Theatre de Caen affords a superb introduction to Cavalli’s rarely performed 1641 opera La Didone. William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants in beautifully realized period style, while French stage actor Clement Hervieu-Leger, in his operatic directorial debut, draws powerful and moving characterizations from a large, versatile cast.
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 66 min | 5,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: FRA Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2008

A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.
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.