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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
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Boreades (2004)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Boréades (2004)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 218 min | 6,42+7,50 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais | Recorded: 2003

"It's possible to recreate everything about an eighteenth century opera except the audience,’ says director Robert Carsen in a documentary included with this DVD. ‘My work is for modern audiences.’ And how…In this brilliant production, Carsen goes to the heart of the drama…Michael Levine's stylised, bold designs allow the story to unfold with gripping clarity and, remarkably, some of the spectacular set-pieces (especially the storm in Act III) work even better on DVD than in the theatre itself. Barbara Bonney is vocally and dramatically stunning as Alphise…Conductor William Christie responds to Rameau's varied and colourful score with élan, and Édouard Lock's choreography – a version of classical ballet deconstructed and then pumped with amphetamines – is breathtaking."
– Classic fM - DVD Best Buy
Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Correspondances, William Christie & Sébastien Daucé - Louis XIV (2015)

Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Correspondances, William Christie & Sébastien Daucé - Louis XIV (2015)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 376 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 21 | Time: 76:56 min

The year 1715 marks the tercentenary of the death of the Sun King. As well as being the autocratic personality who plunged his country into famine with his endless battles, Louis XIV was also an artistic system developed from beginning to end of his 60-year reign. At the moment when Versailles became the palace we know today, music played a crucial role in his royal ascent, meticulously arranged around him, his court, his desires and his hunts. From the blossoming of the young Louis to the pomp of Versailles, by way of the musical accompaniment to the events of an ordinary day in the palace, the artists of harmonia mundi lay the table out before us; the banquet will be truly royal.
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Stefano Landi: Sant' Alessio (2008)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Stefano Landi: Sant' Alessio (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 162 min | 7.00+4.17 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2007

The libretto, written by Cardinal Giulio Rospigliosi (the future Pope Clement IX), tells the story of saintly sacrifice: on his wedding night Alessio departs alone for the Holy Land in search of sanctity. Years later he returns unrecognised as a beggar to his family home, where his father, mother and wife still mourn him. A demon tempts Alessio to reveal his true identity and so end his family’s grief, but an angel keeps him on the sacred path. The dying Alessio leaves a letter explaining the truth and an angelic chorus bids his family to rejoice rather than mourn, since he has been received into heaven. This strange, solemn and elevated story is leavened with comic scenes in the commedia dell’arte vein, adding to the rich musico-dramatic variety of the entire opera.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Montéclair: La Mort de Didon - Cantates (2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Montéclair: La Mort de Didon - Cantates (2016)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 295 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 05 | Time: 75:34 min

'The French cantata had a brief, but vibrant life during the first three decades of the 18th century. Beginning with Morin's first book in 1706, there followed dozens of books of cantatas by a number of French composers. Clerambault, Boismortier, Rameau and Monteclair all published cantatas during this period. Monteclair may by relatively unknown, but he was a composer of undoubted talent if judged by the works on this recording…If you like the French baroque, do yourself a favor and try to buy this recording. It is a high point in the art of the cantata, and in the musicianship of William Christie and his colleagues.'
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (2012)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 180 min | 4,83+6,12 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2010

The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid's Teatro Réal, L'incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Bonitatibus.
William Christie, who most recently started 2012 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, is joined by the Les Arts Florissants as he evokes a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly creates atmosphere and shows a perfect sense for the accents of the piece. It took Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi three years to mount Monteverdi's three operas together. The result was a production full of elegance and beauty.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Live) (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Live) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 104:46 minutes | 1.01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists are renowned of their spectacular performances of Bach’s epic masterpiece, which they have toured extensively.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Live) (2018)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Live) (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 532 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 27 | Time: 104:46 min

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists are renowned of their spectacular performances of Bach’s epic masterpiece, which they have toured extensively.
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.