Bellini

Bellini - Norma (Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Tatiana Troyanos) (2001/1981)

Bellini - Norma (Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Tatiana Troyanos) (2001/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 4.12 Gb (DVD5) | 150 min
Classical | VAI | Sub: English

By 1981, when this production was taped for Canadian television, Joan Sutherland's voice was unquestionably past its prime. But even in its decline, that voice remained something quite special, and the role of the troubled Druid priestess Norma was one of her specialties. A substantial advantage in this recording is the presence at the podium of her husband and coach, Richard Bonynge, who had a deep understanding of the strengths and limitations of her voice and stage persona. His pacing and balance give the voice opportunities to challenge, at least momentarily, the ravages of time. Lotfi Mansouri, one of the great operatic entrepreneurs of the late 20th century, assembled a first-class supporting cast for Sutherland–most notably Tatiana Troyanos, to whose memory this video is dedicated. The performance of Troyanos in the role of the younger and equally troubled priestess Adalgisa is outstanding and would make this disc worth having even without its documentation of Sutherland. As far as it is possible to determine, this is the only video opera appearance of tenor Francisco Ortiz. On the basis of his performance as the Roman officer Pollione, he seems to have deserved more attention. Bass Justino Diaz gives a sterling performance as the old Druid Oroveso. (Joe McLellan)
Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini - Bellini: Norma (2013) [Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini - Bellini: Norma (2013)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.59GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Decca

In collaboration with Giovanni Antonini, Riccardo Minasi and Maurizio Biondi, Cecilia Bartoli restores the sound and spirit of Norma in a landmark Decca recording based on the opera’s original sources. Cecilia Bartoli leads a fabulous cast in Decca’s groundbreaking new recording, which presents Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in a form that is complete with the exquisite mix of vocal and instrumental colours that Bellini intended for his ‘tragic opera’.
Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997)

Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: London/Decca | # 455 513-2 | Time: 01:07:23

The Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is one of the most charming and talented singers to appear on the scene in recent years, and this collection of Italian songs by three great opera composers–Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini–is a most deserving bestseller. There are many small pleasures in the selections, which reflect the bel canto predilections of their authors, and Bartoli renders them artfully. Some will be familiar even to casual listeners (Rossini's La Danza, the famous tarantella); others will be new to most, but equally deserving of a hearing. The sensitive and skillful accompaniment is by conductor-pianist James Levine.
Maria Callas - Bellini: La Sonnambula (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: La Sonnambula (1957) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 120:56 minutes | 1,26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Like Lucia di Lammermoor and Elvira (I puritani), Amina, the gentle heroine of La sonnambula,was a role that had become associated with light-voiced coloratura sopranos. Callas brought both a new substance and subtlety to the role when Luchino Visconti staged it for her at La Scala in 1955. This recording was made two years later, when the production was revived.
Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 160:26 minutes | 1,65 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

This is the first of Callas's two complete recordings of her signature role, the druid priestess Norma, in which she has remained unrivaled for 50 years. It captures her voice inits imposing early prime, while in the two famous duets for Norma and Adalgisa she is partnered by Ebe Stignani, generally considered the greatest Italian mezzo-soprano of her era. The conductor is Callas's mentor Tullio Serafin.
Maria Callas - Bellini: I Puritani (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: I Puritani (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 142:05 minutes | 1,41 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Until she achieved a triumph in the delicate coloratura role of Elvira in I puritani - in Venice in 1949 under the tutelage of maestro Tullio Serafin - Maria Callas had been making her name in dramatic roles, such as the epically scaled title role in Die Walküre, which she had been singing just days before. Her success in Bellini's final opera set her firmly on the path to bel canto supremacy. Joining her as Arturo in this 1953 recording is one of her best-loved colleagues, the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano.
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Radvanovsky, Kunde, Gubanova) 2015 [HDTV 720p]

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Radvanovsky, Kunde, Gubanova) 2015 [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), 4.0 mbps, 25 fps | Italian AC3 448 kbps, 6 ch / Subs: Eng, Ger, Ita, Spa, Fre & Cat | 03:01:21 | 5.6 GB
Classical, Opera | HDTV->MKV

Bellini's most famous opera staged by Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, produced by Kevin Newbury.
Bellini - La Straniera (Anton Guadagno, Montserrat Caballe) [1994]

Bellini - La Straniera (Anton Guadagno, Montserrat Caballe) [1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 283.46 MB
Classical | Label: Gala | Catalog Number: GL 100.516

Bellinis rare Oper "La Straniera" entstand unter großem Zeitdruck und kann deshalb nicht die dramatische Wirkung entfalten, wie es etwa "Norma" tut. Auch ist das Libretto nicht das Beste. Dennoch findet sich hier viel zauberhafte, mitreißende Musik, sodass sich die Anschaffung besonders für den Liebhaber lohnt. Diese Aufnahme hier einer (konzertanten?) Aufführung von 1969 profitiert vor allem von einer jungen Montserrat Caballe, die einfach alles gibt. Der Klang ist nicht perfekt, etwas dumpf und unscharf in den Höhen, aber auf jeden fall noch hörbar.

Giovanni Bellini  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Freb at Jan. 21, 2010
Giovanni Bellini

Oskar Batschmann Giovanni Bellini
Reaktion Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1861893574 | 256 pages | PDF | 23 MB

Hailed as the “savior” of Venetian painting by Jacob Burckhardt and declared by Albrecht Dürer to be the foremost painter of the city, Giovanni Bellini is a pivotal figure in the development of Italian Renaissance art. With Giovanni Bellini, renowned art historian Oskar Bätschmann charts the fraught trajectory of Bellini’s career, highlighting the crucial works that established his far-reaching influence in the Renaissance.
The artist struggled to break out of the long shadow cast by his accomplished father Jacopo and father-in-law Andrea Mantegna, and Bätschmann chronicles Bellini’s development of distinct aesthetic and painting techniques that enabled him to set himself apart. Bellini also insisted on choosing his own subjects and themes, independent of the preferences of his patron Isabella d’Este, and thus set new standards for the role of the artist.
Anchoring the analysis are a wealth of vibrant color reproductions that include such famous works as The Feast of the Gods and Madonna and Child, as well as photographs of Bellini’s lauded altar-pieces at the churches of San Giobbe, Murano, and San Zaccania. Drawing on these masterpieces, Bätschmann argues that Bellini’s artistry and skillful blending of colors created a new aesthetic more akin to music than to previous approaches to painting. And by leading viewers to understand this subtle, refined sensibility, Bellini transformed them into knowledgeable admirers of art.

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol2  Video

Posted by ParRus at Sept. 5, 2009
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol2

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol2
XviD | DVDRip | 1 hour 04 Mins | English | 704x384 | 25 fps | MP3 224 kbps | 942 MБ
Genre: Opera

Here, again, the libretto is the work of Romani. It has been eulogised as "of great power and beauty; a tragedy which, both in sentiment and diction, contrasts very strongly with the ungrammatical balderdash which composers are so often called upon to set to music."