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Graun - Cleopatra e Cesare (René Jacobs, Concerto Köln) [1996]

Graun - Cleopatra e Cesare (Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln) [1996]
Classical | EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 937.02 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog Number: 901561.63 | TT: CD1:79:01; CD2:57:12; CD3:62:14

Carl Heinrich Graun was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia, and this opera was chosen to open the new opera house in Berlin in 1742. It was a great success, but Handel's opera on the same subject had appeared less than two decades before, and had anyone been familiar with that one, Graun's might have come as a disappointment. Handel gets under his characters' skins–Cleopatra's eight arias tell us everything we have to know about her, for instance–while Graun (merely) offers some beautiful, well-orchestrated, at-times exciting music. Any composer would have been proud to compose Cesare's heart-stoppingly vengeful last-act aria "Voglio strage", and any Read more mezzo (or castrato or countertenor) would be happy to sing it. Here, Iris Vermillion is spectacular, and elsewhere in the opera she's as heroic, romantic, and colorful as our hero ought to be… Robert Levine
Cosí Fan Tutte [HMC901663.65] Gens, Fink, Güra, Boone, René Jacobs & Concerto Köln

Cosí Fan Tutte [HMC901663.65] Gens, Fink, Güra, Boone, René Jacobs & Concerto Köln
Classical, Opera | EAC APE+CUE | 4CD/1.13GB | RS.com

Amazon.com's Best of 1999
Too long considered an erotic trifle, this masterpiece of psychological insight is on a par with Shakespeare's bittersweet comedies. The keen, witty direction of René Jacobs brings us a magnificently bracing, but never fussy, period-instrument interpretation. And the bonus CD-ROM allows you to explore the context and character of Mozart's opera in fascinating detail
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G.F. Händel - Rinaldo - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln (HM 2003) 3 CDs

George Friedrich Händel - Rinaldo | 2003 | Classical, Opera
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 777 MB

'“Based on Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberate, this Italian opera, the first that Handel wrote for London audiences, immediately enjoyed great success. It is true that it had all the necessary crowd-pleasing ingredients: the attraction of novelty and the surprising exoticism that the music expresses through its richly colourful orchestration. ” – Harmonia Mundi.com
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G.F. Händel - Saul - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln (HM 2005) 2 CDs

George Friedrich Händel - Saul | 2005 | Classical, Opera
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 734 MB

“The most dramatic of oratorios. Although oratorios are not intended to be staged, Handel’s Saul is something of an exception – for one thing, it contains extremely precise stage directions which were printed in the wordbooks distributed at performances. Hence audiences at the first English oratorios could construct a form of mental theatre, aided by Handel’s dazzling musical depiction of the action: as we listen, we can see Goliath’s gigantic strides, the course of the Jordan, or Saul throwing his javelin.” – Harmonia Mundi.com
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G.F. Händel - Giulio Cesare - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln (HM 1991)

G.F. Händel - Giulio Cesare | 1991 | Classical, Opera
Classical/Opera | EAC (APE+CUE+LOG)+SCANS | 4CD/1.04GB | RS.Com

"Jennifer Larmore's Caesar is a triumph, magnificently assertive in her many heroic arias, but yieldingly tender in the face of Cleopatra's charms. Even Jacobs's very fast tempo for the famous 'Allampo' is justified by Larmore's ability to articulate every semi-quaver. Bernarda Fink's rich contralto brings tragic intensity to the role of the widowed Cornelia, whilst Derek Lee Ragin is a suitably blustering Ptolemy, singing the despot's often angular lines with commendable accuracy… This recording is obligatory to all Handelians." –CD Review
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W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln - 3 CDs

W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro | 2005 | Genre: Classical, Opera
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 732 MB

Best Opera recording 2005
47'th Annual Grammy Award Winner
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Julia Lezhneva, Concerto Köln & Mikhail Antonenko - Graun: Opera Arias (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julia Lezhneva, Concerto Köln & Mikhail Antonenko - Graun: Opera Arias (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:06 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Julia Lezhneva presents 11 World Premiere Recordings in her new album of Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759), one of the most important German composers of Italian baroque opera but almost unknown today.
Concerto Köln - Sinfonias espanolas: Arriaga, Pons, Moreno, Nono (1993)

Concerto Köln - Sinfonias espanolas: Arriaga, Pons, Moreno, Nono (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:43 | 287 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | Catalog: 10488

Two of the works on this CD follow the 4 movement Classical era format while the other two show the decided influence of the Italian overture. The Spanish royal court and wealthy noblemen imported a generation of Italian musicians including Domenico Scalatti, Gaetano Brunetti and Luigi Bocherini. These composers inspired the local talent, and this disc highlights the results.

Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte [1999]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at April 21, 2015
Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte [1999]

Mozart - Così fan tutte (René Jacobs) [1999]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 901663.65 | TT: 183.02 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 701 Mb

This groundbreaking performance seems as if it is happening in real time. At its best, and seemingly counter-intuitively, opera is at its most effective when we don’t notice that the characters are singing: such is the case here. If you know this opera, then the third of the men’s trios in scene 1 (“Una bella serenata”) will seem very fast; hearing it with fresh ears, Jacobs’ breakneck tempo seems utterly natural—these guys have been worked up into a fun/competitive frenzy and can’t wait to get started on what they think will be a grand adventure. Similarly, the little quintet before the men depart (“Di scrivermi…”) is so slow that you feel the melodrama; if they are going to play, they are going to play thoroughly, making each word and situation count.

Durante - Concerto Köln, Erhardt - Concerti Nos. 1-5 & 8 [PS3 SACD Rip]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by luckburz at June 16, 2012
Durante - Concerto Köln, Erhardt -  Concerti Nos. 1-5 & 8 [PS3 SACD Rip]

Francesco Durante - Concerti Nos. 1-5 & 8
Concerto Köln / Werner Ehrhardt
PS3 SACD ISO (2.0/5.1): 3,41 GB | 24B/88,2kHz FLAC (2.0): 1,09 GB | Full Artwork: 90 MB | Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Capriccio 71 074 | Country/Year: Germany 2006 | Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

…It is great that this recording by Concerto Köln is available again. As far as I know it was the very first recording of any of Durante's concertos on disc, and although some concertos from the set have occasionally been played in concert - in particular No. 8 - Durante's music is still barely explored. It is hard to imagine a better performance than that by Concerto Köln…