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Andrei Gavrilov, Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Paganini Rhapsody [1997]

Andrei Gavrilov, Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Paganini Rhapsody [1997]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 207 Mb | Total time: 58:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 69829 2 5 | Recorded: 1991

This is a very good performance of the Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini performed by Andrei Gavrilov, the Russian Pianist, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti. It is a very good interpretation of these works, capturing all the intensity and nuance, energy and romance, of these selections. There are passages of incredible speed where precision is essential and this is evident in this recording. Gavrilov has the ability to fully express the magnificence of some passages and the more brooding nuance and subtlety of other passages. The Philadelphia Orchestra sounds terrific in this recording.
Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 130 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

As a more consistently light-hearted version, with delightful La Scala sets and colourful costumes, the 1994 TDK Don Pasquale will also be hard to beat. Visually it is a joy, and with three outstanding principals the performance sparkles from start to finish. By not seeming too old, Ferruccio Furlanetto’s portrayal of Don Pasquale is the more convincing, but he has no chance against Nuccia Focille’s minx of a Norina and one certainly feels sorry for him at his discomfiture. Gregory Kunde is an appropriately ardent Ernesto; his voice isn’t creamy but the sings passionately and has good comic timing, and Lucio Gallo enters into the spirit of the story as a wily Dottore Malatesta.
Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.0 Gb | Total time: 08:36:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75535 2 | Recorded: 1983, 1987, 1991

Three of Mozart's most popular operas – Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, conducted by leading opera maestro Riccardo Muti in performances from Vienna and Salzburg, are here available in one set.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2017)

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (2017)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: CSO-Resound | # CSOR901 1701 | 01:02:20

For this 2017 CSO-Resound release, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present Anton Bruckner's unfinished Symphony No. 9 in D minor in a monumental performance that impresses with its marmoreal weight, poignant lyricism, and brutal volatility. Not widely known for his few Bruckner recordings, Muti nonetheless delivers this symphony with the passion and sensitivity of an experienced Brucknerian, and possibly because he hasn't recorded it before, this live rendition of the Ninth seems like an attempt to make up for lost time. Muti's intensity and the orchestra's ferocious power combine to make a memorable reading that may remind listeners of performances by such greats as Günter Wand, Eugen Jochum, and particularly Carlo Maria Giulini, whose recordings of the Ninth are recognized benchmarks. While Muti only performs the three completed movements, and eschews any attempted reconstructions of the surviving Finale sketches, the performance has a genuine feeling of wholeness, and the Adagio particularly has the grandeur and pathos that make it feel like a convincing ending, albeit one that the composer did not intend.
Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Otello (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Verdi: Otello (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 142 min | 22,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

This live issue from the 2008 Salzburg Festival centers around Riccardo Muti’s driving, powerful take on Verdi’s score. He gets wonderful, idiomatic playing from the Vienna Philharmonic, and the recorded balance in fact tends to favor the orchestra over the fine, largely fresh-voiced singers. (Muti uses an unusual edition of Act III’s concertato that Verdi wrote for the opera’s Paris premiere, featuring considerable variants in the soprano line and lighter orchestration.)
Riccardo Muti, Chicago SO, Soloists - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lelio, ou le Retour a la Vie (2015) 2CDs

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lélio, ou le Retour à la Vie (2015) 2CDs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti; Gérard Depardieu, narrator
Chicago Symphony Chorus; Mario Zeffiri, tenor; Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | Time: 01:54:42
Genre: Classical | Label: CSO Resound | # CSOR 901 1501

Recorded in 2010 during Riccardo Muti's first subscription concerts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tenth music director, this new double-CD release pairs Hector Berlioz's beloved Symphonie fantastique with its sequel, Lélio, ou le retour de la vie (Lélio, or The Return to Life). Berlioz intended Symphonie fantastique to be followed by Lélio in concert, as the artist returns to life to comment anew on music and art. Maestro Muti and the CSO are joined in Lélio by the acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu as the narrator, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. With the "conclusion and complement" of Symphonie fantastique, as Berlioz referred to Lélio, this recording increases listeners' familiarity with the music of a daring and revolutionary composer.
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, 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 of the Teatro alla Scala, Placido Domingo, Barbara Frittoli, Leo Nucci - Verdi: Otello (2009)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Plácido Domingo, Barbara Frittoli, Leo Nucci - Verdi: Otello (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 140 min | 7,15 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese | Recorded: 2001

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’.
Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)

Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:56:09 | 580 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: S2K 52 492

I have a personal criterion for judging sopranos in modern recordings of any role that Maria Callas excelled in: If you can beat Callas, you are gold. And despite her achievements in bel canto roles (most of which I find uninteresting, either dramatically or as music), I still think that Callas’s greatest gift to the world of opera, particularly opera in Italy, was to point out to the entire country and the world how much more there was in roles like Elvira in I Vespri Siciliani, Cheribini’s Medea, Iphigénie in this opera, and yes, even Lady Macbeth than had been previously thought.