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Rinaldo Alessandini, Concerto Italiano - Monteverdi: Daylight. Stories of Songs, Dances and Loves (2021)

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Rinaldo Alessandini, Concerto Italiano - Monteverdi: Daylight. Stories of Songs, Dances and Loves (2021)

Rinaldo Alessandini, Concerto Italiano - Monteverdi: Daylight. Stories of Songs, Dances and Loves (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 61:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 7366 | Recorded: 2020

This new recording is like an insert between the books of madrigals that mark the course of Rinaldo Alessandrini’s discography, in his long-term progress towards a complete recorded edition. Daylight is a continuation of Night, which appeared on the occasion of the 350th Anniversary of the composer’s birth. Not only do we have the same thematic, non- chronological concept - a sort of ‘Best Of’ Monteverdi’s nine books of madrigals and opera arias, augmented by instrumental pieces by Falconieri and Marini - but it also has its own discrete dramaturgy, from dawn to the full sunlight of day, a scenario conceived by the Italian conductor and harpsichordist.

Lovro von Matacic, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Handel: Eracle / Hercules (2009)

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Lovro von Matacic, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Handel: Eracle / Hercules (2009)

Lovro von Matacic, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Fedora Barbieri, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini - Handel: Eracle / Hercules (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 157:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Myto | MCD00159 | Recorded: 1958

Jerome Hines, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Franco Corelli star in this recording from La Scala of Handel’s “Eracle” (Hercules) recorded live on the 29th December 1958.

Il Bacio Della Medusa - 3LP Collection (2004 - 2012) [Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD]

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Il Bacio Della Medusa - 3LP Collection (2004 - 2012) [Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD]

Il Bacio Della Medusa - 3LP Collection (2004 - 2012)
Vinyl Rip 16/44 | Flac(Image + Cue) > 981 Mb
MP3 CBR 320Kbps > 355 Mb | Artwork(jpg) > 168 Mb
DVD-9: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | LPCM, 2 ch, 24 bit, 96 kHz > 5.26 Gb
Black Widow, AMS | Progressive Rock, RPI

~ 2004 - Il Bacio Della Medusa (The Kiss of the Medusa) [Black Widow, BWR 101], 2008 - Discesa Agli Inferi Di Un Giovane Amante [Black Widow, BWR 102] & 2012 - Deus Lo Vult [AMS Records, AMS LP 127] ~

50 Years Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg [25CDs] - Mozart: Idomeneo (2010)

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50 Years Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg [25CDs] - Mozart: Idomeneo (2010)

50 Years Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg [25CDs] - Mozart: Idomeneo (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 516 Mb | Total time: 02:34:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 9111 | Recorded: 1961

The Grosses Festpielhaus in Salzburg has been the scene of countless memorable musical events - operas, concerts and recitals - for 50 years. Here is a unique chance to celebrate the glories of this distinguished era. In an exceptional collaboration with the Salzburg Festival, we have prepared a 25-CD box set - 5 complete operas, 10 concerts and 2 recitals - featuring many of the world's greatest artists, in recordings with classical status and others that are appearing on CD for the first time.

Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Joseph Haydn: Opera at Eszterháza: Arias; La Circe (2009)

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Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Joseph Haydn: Opera at Eszterháza: Arias; La Circe (2009)

Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Joseph Haydn: Opera at Eszterháza: Arias; La Circe (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-1811 SACD | Recorded: 2008, 2009

Haydn composed more than twenty operas, mainly for the sumptuous theatre at Eszterháza, the palace of his long-time employers, the princes of Esterházy. Even so, his work in the operatic field remains largely neglected. This disc focuses on an even more closely guarded secret: the so-called 'insertion arias' that Haydn wrote for inclusion in operas by other composers. The rarely, if at all, recorded music includes Haydn's three contributions to La Circe, an opera pasticcio which combined music by several composers, and six of the surviving insertion arias. Among these is Infelice sventurata, written for an opera by Cimarosa, and one of Haydn's finest arias, here movingly performed by Miah Persson. The Swedish soprano shares the greater part of the programme with the Swiss tenor Bernard Richter.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

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Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681 | Time: 01:15:21

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (2002) {Special Limited Edition}

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Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (2002) {Special Limited Edition}

Andrea Bocelli - Sentimento (2002) {Special Limited Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 326 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 145 Mb
Full Scans ~ 173 Mb | 01:00:14 | RAR 5% Recovery
Classical, Opera, Vocal | Sugar S.r.l. / Philips #289 470 400-2

Though Andrea Bocelli kicks off SENTIMENTO with a 20th Century piece, the stately setting of Rodrigo's "En Aranjuez con tu amor," the balance of the album wisely focuses on one of the renowned vocalist's greatest strengths, the Romantic period, as Rodrigo quickly gives way to the more sprightly feel of Leoncavallo's "Mattinata." After moving arrestingly through similar fare, Bocelli bookends things nicely by closing with a pair of canzonas from Tosti; the passionate, poignant "'A vucchella" and the quietly elegant "Vorrei morire," followed immediately by Donaudy's "Vaghissima sembianza," which ends things on a fulsome, appropriately romantic (with a small "r") note. Throughout SENTIMENTO, the sympathetic accompaniment of the London Symphony Orchestra, masterfully conducted by Lorin Maazel, provides the perfect instrumental setting for Bocelli's evocative voice.

Monica Boschetti - Lirica da camera sui testi di Pascoli, Carducci, Panzini & Moretti (2022)

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Monica Boschetti - Lirica da camera sui testi di Pascoli, Carducci, Panzini & Moretti (2022)

Monica Boschetti, Omar Montanari, Andrea Jin Chen & Pia Zanca - Lirica da camera sui testi di Pascoli, Carducci, Panzini & Moretti (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 198 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 130 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:59
Classical, Vocal | Label: Tactus

The pieces recorded here have a common characteristic: they are all inspired by lines of poets who were born in Romagna or attracted by this enchanted land. On the one hand Pascoli and Moretti, on the other Panzini, who was practically a citizen of Rimini, and Carducci, who was an enthusiastic visitor in the countryside of Cesena. Romagna is the place where their respective memorial buildings stand, ranging from those in San Mauro Pascoli and Cesenatico to the Casa Rossa in Bellaria and Villa Silvia in Lizzano, above Renato Serra’s Cesena. These four houses actually have been united by a strong project, whose goal was to give rise to a musical competition under the aegis of the four illustrious men of letters. This was the origin of the “Primo Concorso internazionale di composizione lirica da camera su testi di poeti e scrittori di Romagna”, organised by n.o.t.a. Music, a cultural association that is quite zealous and innovative in the sphere of didactic and productive activities.

Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)

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Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)

Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 76:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # MDG 309 0632-2 | Recorded: 1995

Alessandro Scarlatti’s 600-plus cantatas make him one of the more prolific exponents of a form that flourished in Italy in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Though he’s generally credited with standardising cantata form, his early essays in the genre were often imaginatively varied, as is shown by the delectable Arcadian Academy disc. Rather than the usual two or three da capo arias alternating with recitatives, the four secular cantatas here boast opening sinfonias, closing ariosos, large numbers of movements and a range of aria-types. Bella madre dei fiori, for example, experiments with a mix of poetic strophes and instrumental ritornelli. Even so, this formal ingenuity would be of limited interest were it not for Scarlatti’s gifts for attractive melody and sensitive illustration of his texts.

Franco Fagioli - Canzone e Cantate: Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, Frescobaldi, Ferrari, Paisiello (2010)

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Franco Fagioli - Canzone e Cantate: Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, Frescobaldi, Ferrari, Paisiello (2010)

Franco Fagioli - Canzone e Cantate: Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, Frescobaldi, Ferrari, Paisiello (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 60:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.361 | Recorded: 2010

"Countertenor Franco Fagioli, an exceptional singer with an even rarer modesty, was equal to the challenge of Handel's music in all its facets – the breakneck coloratura, which he is able to propel powerfully and effortlessly in the highest range, but also the profound melancholy of 'Scherza, infida,' for which he knows how to enshroud his voice in the hues of sorrow." This is what the periodical Opernwelt wrote in the spring of 2010 about the Argentinian countertenor Franco Fagioli, who sang the title role in Handel's "Ariodante" at the Badische Staatstheater in Karlsruhe.

Aldo Ceccato, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2010)

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Aldo Ceccato, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2010)

Aldo Ceccato, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 690 Mb | Total time: 72:35+79:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 93963 | Recorded: 1971

Maria Stuarda is one third of the so-called "three queen" trilogy that defined much of the career of Beverly Sills (along with Lucia, the three Hoffmann heroines, and Manon) in the early 1970s. It was quite an undertaking, and each–Stuarda, Anna Bolena, and Roberto Devereux–was recorded by the since-disapppeared ABC Audio Treasury Series. For reasons opera lovers have been wondering about for years, the recordings went out of print pretty quickly; but now, handsomely remastered, they are making their first appearance on CD, both individually and as a three-opera set. Stuarda also has been recorded by Joan Sutherland and Janet Baker (in a version Donizetti prepared for the lower-voiced Maria Malibran), and there are at least three "private" sets I know of with Montserrat Caballé in the title role.

La Fabbrica Dell'Assoluto - 1984: L'Ultimo Uomo D'Europa (2015)

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La Fabbrica Dell'Assoluto - 1984: L'Ultimo Uomo D'Europa (2015)

La Fabbrica Dell'Assoluto - 1984: L'Ultimo Uomo D'Europa (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 359 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 130 MB | Covers - 55 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Black Widow Records (BWRCD 183-2)

Inspired by George Orwell's bleak '1984' novel, "1984: L'Ultimo Uomo d'Europa" ("1984: The Last Man in Europe") explodes with dark symphonic atmospheres and wild energetic outbursts with a welcome dirty production by way of a battery of vintage keyboards, buzzsaw-like guitars and passionate ravishing vocals. Sounding very much like the second coming of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Il Balletto di Bronzo and Biglietto per l'Inferno with a dash of Cervello, it makes a huge musical statement in the same way that modern debut albums like 'La Crudelta di Aprile' by the youthful Unreal City and 'In Hoc Signo' by Ingranaggi Della Valle did in recent years, and it's the absolute standout R.P.I/Italian prog release of 2015, perhaps already a true modern classic by those lucky to have discovered it.

Anthony Rooley, Consort of Musicke - Carlo Gesualdo: Quinto libro dei madrigali (2007)

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Anthony Rooley, Consort of Musicke - Carlo Gesualdo: Quinto libro dei madrigali (2007)

Anthony Rooley, Consort of Musicke - Carlo Gesualdo: Quinto libro dei madrigali (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 214 Mb | Total time: 54:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 410 128-2 | Recorded: 1983

For twenty-first century ears accustomed to every type of music imaginable, it can be hard to hear Gesualdo's later madrigals as the shocking and revolutionary pieces they are or imagine the reaction of their original audiences, but sometimes the music is so supremely odd that it inevitably elicits a double-take. This is sometimes the result of Gesualdo's brilliant/cavalier disregard for the late Renaissance conventions of harmony, tonality, and voice leading, but just as often it's the intensity of emotional affect in his response to the texts, which can create music that seems alarmingly disjunct, even schizophrenic, in its mood swings. In any case, Gesualdo is a composer who's most appealing to listeners who like wild rides and lots of aural surprises.

John Neschling, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra - Francisco Braga: Jupyra (2002)

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John Neschling, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra - Francisco Braga: Jupyra (2002)

John Neschling, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra - Francisco Braga: Jupyra (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 78:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-1280 CD | Recorded: 2001

The tone poem Cauchemar, which means "nightmare" in Portuguese, is much a product of its time, similar in tone to contemporaneous works by Schoenberg, Massenet, Stravinsky and Schmitt. This is not surprising since the composer was studying in Europe at the time. Despite the title, there is nothing terribly frightening about the music which has a mood rather somewhere between the Rienzi overture of Wagner and something by Nielsen.

I Flashmen - Pensando... (1972) [Japanese Edition 1991]

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I Flashmen - Pensando... (1972) [Japanese Edition 1991]

I Flashmen - Pensando… (1972) [Japanese Edition 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 243 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Moon Witch Records (ERC-29239)

Faithful in the Kansas label, I Flashmen released in 1972 their second album ''Pensando'', moving closer to Italian Prog and abandoning for the first time the pop sinsibilities of their debut. While not on par with the very best Italian albums of the period, I Flashmen's second offering is a deep fanfare of organ-tinged Psych/Prog with a few Classical nuances and still strong 60's inspirations, but the music is pretty harder, rockier and definitely more interesting than on their bittersweet and rather immature first album. Influences from early New Trolls, Le Orme during their transitional period and Hunka Munka are quite obvious with the tracks being led by the blisterring Hammond organ of Silver Scivoli along with his fantastic voice…