Robert Levine

Gaetano Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Pavarotti, Battle, Nucci, Dara - Levine) [1990]

Gaetano Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Pavarotti, Battle, Nucci, Dara - Levine) [2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 516 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | TT: CD1:60’56; CD2:41’40

This studio recording was made in 1989 coinciding with a memorable production from the Metropolitan Opera, later captured on DVD. It's a delightful performance, and a wonderful highlight of Pavarotti's later career. Kathleen Battle's sparkling soprano is a brilliant accompaniment to Pavarotti's still-ringing tone.
"Pavarotti's voice was still beautiful and pliable, his phrasing exquisite. And he loved the role of Nemorino and always seemed happy with both its comedy and pathos–he steals every scene he's in, and no one minds…Kathleen Battle sings Adina with perfect, pearl-like tone, absolute fluency and commitment, and a trill to die for…Enzo Dara is an ideal Dulcamara, just the right combination of huckster and sentimentalist, with ease in every register and with fast music."
– Robert Levine,
Frank Beermann, Robert Schumann Philharmonie - Otto Nicolai: Il Templario (2009)

Frank Beermann, Robert Schumann Philharmonie - Otto Nicolai: Il Templario (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 671 Mb | Total time: 148:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 434-2 | Recorded: 2008

Before Otto Nicolai wrote the major work for which he is known–The Merry Wives of Windsor–he wrote Italian operas, of which Il Templario, first shown in 1840 in Turin and given more than 70 productions over the next 40 years, was the third. This recording is a reconstruction of Il Templario from various versions–there were revisions in Italy, a German language edition, a French piano-vocal score–by the musicologist Michael Wittmann. The result is a full-blown, exciting Italian opera in the bel canto tradition (more like Bellini, Mercadante, and Meyerbeer than Rossini) that looks forward to the energetic, melody-filled works of the young Verdi.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rebecca Miller - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies (2015)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Symphonies (2015)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Rebecca Miller

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD395 | Time: 00:56:33

Avant garde. Eccentric. A maniac. Wild and adventurous. Off the wall. Extraordinary. No marketing hyperbole - this is how the players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment describe Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach and his music. One of the many children of JS Bach, CPE Bach always lived in his father’s shadow, and now is an almost unknown figure at least beyond the classical cogniscenti. How can such an unknown be considered a gamechanger? A listen to his music reveals just why – it constantly shifts, wrongfooting the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of direction and colour – it is bright, effervescent, and is a fascinating link between the music of his father (and the Baroque era) and Joseph Haydn (and the Classical era).
Martha Argerich, Renaud Capucon, Mischa Maisky - Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56; Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 (2004)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56; Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 (2004)
Martha Argerich, piano; Renaud Capuçon, violin; Mischa Maisky, cello;
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 57773 2 4 | Time: 01:04:35

The Beethoven Triple Concerto is a strange work, with the most important–-or at least prominent–-solos given to the cello; it is the instrument which introduces each movement. The remarkable Martha Argerich wisely allows Mischa Maisky to shine in his solos and leading position, but her contribution is anything but back seat. Her customary virtuosity is everywhere in evidence, and, in a way, she turns the piano into the spinal column of the work, with the violin and cello playing around her. Every time Maisky is about to lapse into a mannerism which might detract–-too much sliding, a dynamic slightly exaggerated–-Argerich brings him back, and both of them play with handsome tone. Capucon's violin is recorded a bit stridently (this was taped live in Lugano), but his playing is equally stunning. Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky leads the orchestra matter-of-factly until the final movement, when he catches the proper fire. In the Schumann A minor concerto Argerich is wonderful the solo passages and a fine partner in orchestrated ones and she really makes much of both the lyrical runs and the dance-like passages in the last movement. Recommended.
Metropolitan Opera, Soloists, James Levine - Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (1997) 2CD, Reissue 2009

Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer (1997) 2CD, Reissue 2009
James Morris, Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, J-H Rootering, Birgitta Svendén, Paul Groves
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 635 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 370 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697448222 | Time: 02:32:03

James Levine's is a more recent entry in the realm of Dutchman recordings, and sonically the recording is absolutely stunning, with great attention having been paid to the recording process. The casting for this Metropolitan Opera effort is also uniformly first rate, even in the less grateful roles of the hapless Erik, sung by the impressive Ben Heppner, and the scolding nurse, Mary, sung by Birgitta Svendén. Morris's brooding Dutchman is hard to match on any other available recording, and Deborah Voigt is a ravishing Senta. The chorus work is quite good, though not quite as rich as that heard in the Solti/Chicago recording. Overall, Levine does a workmanlike job of conducting these impressive forces, though there are passages in which his tempi seem to drag. This recording is a must for anyone who needs a completely up to date version of Wagner's first major opera.
James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (2006/1985)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (2006/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.19 Gb+5.17 Gb (2xDVD9) | 157 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“Horne is the great star focus…She is predictably brilliant in the coloratura passages, with her commanding presence not getting in the way of a sense of fun…The production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle is brightly attractive, and the direction is at the service of the performance. Levine conducts with characteristic energy.” Penguin Guide

Sam Levine - Best Of Sam Levine: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (2022)  Music

Posted by ciklon5 at March 13, 2022
Sam Levine - Best Of Sam Levine: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (2022)

Sam Levine - Best Of Sam Levine: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:10:26 | 420 / 161 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Green Hill Productions

Signature inspirational recordings by saxophonist, Sam Levine, are highlighted in this career-spanning collection.
Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)

Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Opera | Label: Erato | # 3484-26539-2 | Time: 00:56:31

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's magnificent soprano breathes a fresh spirit into operatic favorites by Mozart, Puccini and Wagner in this collection of arias and other songs. Per Piate, Ben Mio, O Mio Bambino Caro and Vissi D'Arte are joined by Gustav Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter and the pop classic "The Windmills of Your Mind," among others. A diverse and exciting collection from one of the finest voices of our age.
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, John Del Carlo, Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 31000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 142 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4093 kbps / 24-bit
BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 7,70 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 5,28 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

A red hot ticket at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010/2011 was Donizetti's comic gem, Don Pasquale, with Anna Netrebko reviving Norina, the part that made her a star in New York. Opera summed up the simple truth: ". . . everyone adored her". John Del Carlo's impressive singing and acting chops as the Don are given every boost by Otto Schenk's hilarious staging and James Levine's witty conducting. Leading this opera for the first time at the Met, the renowned maestro demonstrates that his gifts suit Donizetti as perfectly as Wagner. Mariusz Kwiecien and Matthew Polenzani scintillate as Malatesta and Ernesto.
Christian Immler, Georges Starobinski - Im Schonen Strome: Heine Lieder - Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Robert Franz (2015)

Im Schönen Strome: Heine Lieder - Songs by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Robert Franz (2015)
Christian Immler (baritone), Georges Starobinski (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2143 | Time: 01:07:35

Although highly productive and respected in his lifetime as a composer of Lieder, Robert Franz (1815–92) has since become a peripheral figure in music history. One reason may be that he avoids dramatic contrasts and instead aims at an emotional ambiguity: ‘My representation of joy is always tinged with melancholy, whilst that of suffering is always accompanied by an exquisite sensation of losing oneself’, he once wrote to Liszt. As a consequence his music appeals to those who are able ‘to admire the nuances of a charcoal drawing without longing for the colours of a painting’, to quote from Georges Starobinski’s liner notes to this recording. As they began to explore the songs of Franz, Starobinski and the baritone Christian Immler were moved by their findings to devise a programme which includes 23 of the composer’s often quite brief songs. Using the poet Heinrich Heine as their guiding star, they present these – all Heine settings but from different opus groups – in the form of two ‘imagined’ song cycles.