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Riccardo Muti, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009/1999)

Riccardo Muti, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2009/1999)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 173 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

For his production of “ Don Giovanni“ at the Vienna International Festival (Wiener Festwochen), Roberto de Simone does not want to follow in the footsteps of other directors who modernise the design and add something that did not exist in Mozart’s original. He sends Don Giovanni on a journey through time to revisit the centuries that the character lived through starting with the original costume of the 16th century and ending in the 19th century. Don Giovanni changes garments but is still the same legend and archetype. Something similar can be said for his accompanying antagonist, Donna Elvira.
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Otello (2009/2001)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Otello (2009/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.15 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese

The Milan „Otello“ traditionally opens the Scala season and did so in 2001 on 7 December, but at the same time it was the farewell production before the start of the three-year renovation of the house and not least a brilliant end to the Verdi Year. The audience as well as the press cheered Barbara Frittoli as a youthfully charming Desdemona, Leo Nucci as cleverly self-controlled Iago and Plácido Domingo as a thrilling Otello, both from the dramatic and the singing point of view. Domingo had been the leading Moro di Venezi for a quarter of a century, and in Milan he said farewell to this role – “in triumph”, according to ‘The Herald Tribune’.
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2004/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.25 Gb (DVD9) | 211 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English

Verdi's 1855 Paris opera which followed Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La Traviata is treated to a performance of blazing energy and intimate refinement with a superb cast which includes Cheryl Studer and Chris Merritt. The rarely-seen third act ballet is included complete, with the internationally-acclaimed dancers Carla Fracci and Wayne Eagling.
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2004/1988)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Guglielmo Tell (2004/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7,89+6,29 Gb (2xDVD9) | 240 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

The staging is fascinating. Vast panelled video screens provide the scenic backdrops. Videos of nature in all its glory are projected onto these. It makes for breathtaking effect, and the good news is that one does not tire of it.
Muti conducts with real assurance. Pacing the drama magnificently, it is on performances like these that the controversial Maestro has made his well-deserved musical reputation. Tell emerges as a masterpiece from first to last. Rossini's compositional confidence in his craft is never once in doubt, and there is no trace of any longueur anywhere… (Musicweb International)
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2005/1998)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2005/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.27 Gb (DVD9) | 134 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Maria Guleghina impresses strongly. To my mind she is Puccini’s ideal ‘tart with a heart for gold’. She has control and sensitivity and she acts everybody off the stage. She’s coy (but with just a hint of being street-wise) in Act I, outrageously flighty and avaricious in Act II, and, at last, contrite in Act IV. Just watch her as she taunts Geronte di Ravoir (a far too gentlemanly Luigi Roni) in Act II and the way she disports herself on the floor of the stage to seduce Des Grieux back to her charms.
Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41; Divertimento K136 (2006/1991)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41; Divertimento K136 (2006/1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.66 Gb (DVD9) | 95 min
Classical | Philips

Performed to coincide with Mozart's bicentenary celebrations, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor Ricardo Muti, performs Symphonies 40 and 41 and the Divertimento in D major, K136.
There aren't any surprises or spectacular splendors as such, and anyway Mozart doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve in his symphonies in the way he does in his more intimate and elusive piano concertos. That said, both the music and the performances here are of the highest quality. In addition, there's a very attractive early Divertimento, K.136, for strings only, played here as a curtain-raiser.
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Moïse et Pharaon (2005)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: Moïse et Pharaon (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.58+6.12 Gb (2xDVD9) | 181 min
Classical | TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano

TDK presents an impressive staging of one of Rossini’s opera masterpieces. This production, staged by La Scala Milan is conducted by Riccardo Muti. Moïse et Pharaon - Rossini’s re-adaptation of the story of Moses in Egypt - emphasizes the dramatic moments of the biblical account beautifully and also demonstrates the composer‘s mastery of the French tradition: solos and choral work are superb compositions, the duets are expressive and touching. Including an extensive ballet scene at the beginning of Act III and featuring a preeminent international cast of singer-actors – Erwin Schrott, Barbara Frittoli, Sonia Ganassi - this recording brings a Rossini experience of the highest rank onto the screen.
Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra  - Scriabin: Symphonies (complete), Le Poème de l'Extase, Prométhée (1996)

Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Scriabin: Symphonies (complete), Le Poème de l'Extase, Prométhée (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 792 Mb | Total time: 50:38+68:16+69:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 92744 | Recorded: 1986,1990

Had he lived into the age of recordings instead of dying in 1915, Scriabin would no doubt have relished the idea of listening to a complete cycle of his own symphonic works. Of course, had he lived into the age of recordings, Scriabin would have added only one other work to his oeuvre – the Mysterium for soloists, choruses, and orchestras along with actors, dancers, perfumers, and light projector operators plus percussionists striking bells suspended from balloons – because, according to the composer, at the conclusion of the work's premiere, the world as we know it would have come to an end with the transfiguration of humanity, thereby foreclosing further opportunities for listening to recordings.
Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)

Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.82 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

Unlike Verdi's earlier successes, Nabucco and I Lombardi, both of which had been composed for the large stage at La Scala, Milan, Ernani was written for the smaller stage and more intimate atmosphere of Teatro La Fenice, Venice and he was in his thirty third year when it was composed. This recording is superb in every way. The singers, led by Placido Domingo as Ernani and Mirella Freni as Donna Elvira, entertain us with bravura performances and it's a joy to listen to and watch from beginning to end.
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004/1992)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Rossini: La donna del lago (2004/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7,41 Gb (DVD9) | 167 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

Director Werner Herzog and conductor Riccardo Muti combine with the finest of casts to lavish Rossini’s rarely-performed Neapolitan masterpiece, set in feudal sixteenth century Scotland, with the genius it deserves. June Anderson is an outstanding Elena (the Lady of the Lake) in the 1992 production of the melodrama based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem.
''The slickness of the scene changes, the direction of Werner Herzog, together with Rossini’s music, the solo and choral singing and Muti’s vibrant conducting keep the watcher and listener interested. As Elena, June Anderson keeps a pure vocal line with secure legato, plenty of tonal colour and secure coloratura.'' (MusicWeb International)