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Kathleen Battle - Mozart Opera Arias (James Levine)  Music

Posted by Aregak at March 30, 2017
Kathleen Battle - Mozart Opera Arias (James Levine)

Kathleen Battle - Mozart Opera Arias (James Levine) [1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 258 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 439 949-2 | TT: 59’04

This disc of Mozart's opera arias manages to capture the perfection of Kathleen Battle's first disc of Mozart concert arias conducted under Previn. We are accorded the opportunity and privilege to hear Ms. Battle essay characters that she never did in the opera house, Constanze, Cherubino, and the Countess among them. In "Porgi amor," the CD's opening track, she negotiates the long passages of the Countess' aria with seeming ease. Hers is a smaller voice than we are used to hearing in the role but this is unimportant as her vocal acting is superb, bringing the heartache housed in the libretto fully to life…
By M. Bish
Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine)

Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo Live in Tokyo 1988 (James Levine) (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | CD 60:05 | Scans | 250.4 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon, DE | C/N: 427 686-2

Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo delight the listener from start to finish in this complilation. Most notable are the duets from La Traviata and The Merry Widow. In my experience of soprano/tenor performances, one voice usually is stronger or more powerful than the other, thus disappointing to that listener who is seeking a perfect blending of voices. Ms. Battle and Mr. Domingo achieve that perfect blend on each duet on this CD. Their solo performances are equally outstanding. It is no wonder they are in such demand with audiences in Japan where this CD was recorded live, as well as throughout the world.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Dvořák: "New World" Symphony (1982)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine - Dvořák: "New World" Symphony (1982)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 148.88 Mb | 41:35 | Scans included
Orchestral | Label: RCA - RCD 14552

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded by Theodore Thomas in 1891. The ensemble makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival. The music director is Riccardo Muti, who began his tenure in 2010. The CSO is one of five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five".

Sam Levine - Sweet Affirmation (1995)  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Jan. 26, 2018
Sam Levine - Sweet Affirmation (1995)

Sam Levine - Sweet Affirmation (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC: Tracks+Cue+Log | 345 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 127 Mb | 54:39
Brentwood Music | CD-5511J
Smooth Jazz, Jazz Fusion

The back sleeve blurb runs, "An eclectic blend of praise tunes and spirituals featuring a smooth, sophisticated combination of saxophone and rhythm", which sums it up pretty well really. From 70's saxmen like Grover Washington to today's Kenny G, there has been a large audience for this style of R&B and pop tinged jazz and the Christianised equivalent is quite acceptable thanks to Sam being a fluid, confident soloist whether soaring on the soprano, (the opener "Holy Ground") or honking new life on tenor into "Awesome God".

Sam Levine - Brentwood Jazz Christmas (1992)  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Jan. 20, 2018
Sam Levine - Brentwood Jazz Christmas (1992)

Sam Levine - Brentwood Jazz Christmas (1992)
XLD Rip | FLAC: Tracks+Cue+Log | 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 123 Mb | Scans | 52:35
Brentwood Records | CD-5296J
Smooth Jazz, Christmas, Instrumental

Brentwood Jazz Christmas delivers just what the title promises, collecting jazzy renditions of holiday favorites like "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Silent Night," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Falstaff (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 127 min | 35,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3964 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 127 min | 6,89 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Korean, Chinese

Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years – and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first new production since his return to his podium at the Met. When it comes to theatrical flair, captivating costumes, stage antics and imagination, there are not many shows on Broadway to rival the Met s new Falstaff. “Ambrogio Maestri is made for the title role, with the apt physique, nimble acting and superb vocal presence that make him the leading Falstaff of the day. There is no weak link in a finely balanced, comically-attuned cast (the women are especially impressive) and Levine’s conducting is pitch-perfect. The show fizzles from start to finish and is tremendous fun” (Classical Music).
Mozart - Don Giovanni (James Levine, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming) [2005]

Mozart - Don Giovanni (James Levine, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming) [2005]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) Italiano (DTS, 5 ch) Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.91 Gb + 5.31 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | 180 min | +3% Recovery

This fabulous 2000 production of Don Giovanni is the best - bar none. I have seen many, many productions of this greatest of all operas and none come even close to this brilliantly cast production. Outstanding are Solvieg Kringelborn, who nearly (but not quite) steals the show as a very funny! Donna Elvira and Paul Groves, much more sympathetic than usual in the role of Don Ottavio. Fleming, Hong, Relyea and Koptchak are terrific. But, Don Giovanni lovers literally haven't lived until they see and hear the matchless pair of Bryn Terfel as the Don and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello. They both possess wonderful voices and first-class acting chops. In fact, IMO, Furlanetto is a comic genius and the best actor in opera. The fact that both Terfel and especially Furlanetto are very attractive men doesn't hurt either,I could watch them forever..
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman - Wagner: Die Walkure (2002/1990)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman - Wagner: Die Walküre (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.88 Gb+4.22 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 241 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese

The 1990 Metropolitan Opera performance of Die Walküre with James Levine conducting is a solid, four-square performance with few frills and no gimmicks, just extraordinarily fine singing and orchestral playing. There is no point in this where you find yourself asking why the director did something: this is the sort of production which could be criticised as unimaginative but defended as serving Wagner's intentions for this instalment of his Ring cycle. Levine and his orchestra give the music an emotional intensity that never overwhelms its grandeur, though perhaps in Wotan's farewell to Brunnhilde, we feel him more as father than as god.
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Morris, Christa Ludwig - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2002/1990)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Morris, Christa Ludwig - Wagner: Das Rheingold (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.82 Gb (DVD9) | 163 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese

It takes a certain amount of forethought if Das Rheingold is to be more than a series of special effects scenes, though moments like the appearance of the giants through the mist or Alberich's transformations need to be as thrilling as they are here. As always in his Wagner, and perhaps especially in this very traditional 1990 Metropolitan Opera production of the Ring cycle, James Levine keeps to the forefront the underlying humanity of Wagner's gods and monsters. In the first scene, for example, he brings out the thoughtless, callous frivolity of the Rhine maidens as they precipitate the events of the four operas by taunting the gnome Alberich: it helps that they swirl around, green and gold, in a convincing representation of the bottom of the Rhine, but the emotions are the point. Ekkehaard Wlaschiha is a convincingly menacing Alberich partly because Levine brings out his vulnerability as well as his evil temper. James Morris is splendid as the younger less care-worn Wotan and Siegfried Jerusalem as Loge enjoys the sarcasm of his cynical commentary on Wotan's aspirations. The smaller parts have luxury casting: Matti Salminen as Fafner and Christa Ludwig as Fricka, for example.(Roz Kaveney)
Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 46:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territories | # ZZT 030801 | Recorded: 2002

Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) was a gifted cellist and a rival of Handel's; he wrote more than 30 operas and 300 cantatas. I approached this "serenata a tre" with trepidation, fearing something coy and intermezzo-like; in fact, it's simply beautiful. The not-riveting plot concerns soprano nymph Cloris' refusal of love for countertenor shepherd Tirsi, and her subsequent turnaround. Baritone Fileno, a satyr, loves her but convinces her that love is cruel because he is jealous of her love for Tirsi. In the end, Fileno vows vengeance and departs, and the lovers unite, praising fidelity and love. Bononcini manages to capture truly felt moments of love, anger, warmth, happiness, and heartbreak with minimal forces–just a few strings, all played stunningly (as usual) by Ensemble 415–and fine melodies. The prominent, delicately played theorbe in the opening sinfonia is a hint of niceties to come; a solo violin winds around Cloris' "Tortorella inamorata" and adds to its meaning. Throughout, Bononcini shows himself a master at setting words to suitable music for the deeper significance of both. The entire work is both moving and charming–and doesn't have an inelegant moment.