Joyce DI Donato

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Diego Florez, Joyce Di Donato - Rossini - Le Comte Ory (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Rossini - Le Comte Ory (Maurizio Benini, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce Di Donato, Diana Damrau) (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 144 min | 32,1 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 144 min | 7,81 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

In spring 2011, the first-ever performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera of Rossini's Le Comte Ory brought standing ovations and critical-acclaim. The spectacular trio of Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato ignited vocal and theatrical fireworks. Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun ("Sister Colette") in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear. Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau plays his love interest, Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. The trio had appeared in Sher's production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Hector Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini - Di Donato, Orchestre National de France, Nelson

Hector Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini - Di Donato, Orchestre National de France, Nelson
EAC Rip | APE, CUE, LOG | HQ Covers + Libretto | 3 CD | 900 MB
Classical | Virgin Classics | Catalog Number: 0724354570629 | 2004

This recording presents–almost–Berlioz's original thoughts on this very complicated opera (which went through more than a dozen versions, with additions and subtractions, in the composer's lifetime), although conductor John Nelson also adds an aria or two Berlioz later added, making it somewhat different from the version recorded by Philips under Sir Colin Davis a little over 30 years ago. If I had to choose one of these two superb performances, it would be this: the opera's odd rhythms are more strongly underlined by Nelson, the whole work seems more lively, and the comic moments are genuinely funny. And the singing is superb, with Patrizia Ciofi a simply great, light-toned Teresa, Gregory Kunde tackling the title role and singing as impressively as Gedda did for Davis, and Joyce di Donato singing Ascanio's music as well as you'll ever hear it. The darker-voiced roles are equally well taken, with Laurent Naouri's Balducci particularly vivid. The orchestral playing, choral singing, and ensemble work and sonics are first rate. This is a superb recording, presenting Berlioz's odd masterwork brilliantly.
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Joyce DiDonato - Diva Divo (Opera Arias)  Music

Posted by First Amendment at March 24, 2011
Joyce DiDonato - Diva Divo (Opera Arias)

Joyce DiDonato – Diva Divo (Opera Arias)
EAC | Tracks | FLAC+LOG+CUE | Covers | RAR 354 MB
CD | Classical | 2011 | Virgin Classics | Playing Time: 80'33"

Joyce DiDonato celebrates the rich dramatic variety of the mezzo-soprano voice in this collection of arias for different characters – of both sexes – from a single opera, or from different operatic treatments of the same story.
Composers: Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Vincenzo Bellini, Jules Massenet, Gioachino Rossini, Christoph-Willibald Von Gluck.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto [2005]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 17, 2017
Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto [2005]

Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]
Classical | Virgin 7243 5 45673 2 | TT: 61.01+65.25+50.36 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 760 Mb

Joyce Di Donato and Maite Beaumont are outstanding as the devoted couple tormented by Tiridate’s abuse of power. Their flexible and agile voices are ideally displayed in the opening scenes of Act 2 – Beaumont’s sublime ‘Quando mai’ followed by Di Donato’s powerful ‘Ombra cara’. Patrizia Ciofi is suited to the moods of the Tiridate’s long-suffering wife. Dominique Labelle is the most rounded and ideally equipped Handel soprano in the cast: the music effortlessly trips off her tongue in ‘Mirerò quel vago volto’… Alan Curtis directs with superb pace and judgement. He is a successful advocate for Handel’s first version of Radamisto, although in Act 3 he uses two pieces from the second version for dramatic reasons. I wonder how Polissena’s original climactic aria ‘Sposo ingrato’ might sound instead of the exclamatory ‘Barbiro, partirò’, but I cannot fault Curtis’s decision to opt for the more dynamic later aria. Il Complesso Barocco play neatly and sympathetically support the singers. The orchestra avoids forcing rhetorical effects too much but I wish it had mined the textural richness in Handel’s score a little deeper. However, this enjoyable performance lacks nothing essential in theatrical impact and musical drive. (David Vickers, Gramophone)
George Frideric Handel - Six Operas (Alan Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco, 2009) [Re-Post]

George Frideric Handel - Six Operas (Alan Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco, 2009) (15 CD)
Classical | EAC & FLAC (TRACKS+CUE+LOG) | Complete Covers & PDF | 4,8 GB
Released: 2009 | Label: Virgin Classics

Vivaldi - Concerti per violino vol. V "Per Pisendel"  Music

Posted by Bibixy at Feb. 27, 2013
Vivaldi - Concerti per violino vol. V "Per Pisendel"

Vivaldi - Concerti per violino vol. V "Per Pisendel"
1 CD | Naive | 2013 | RAR | 117Mb
MP3 192 Kbps | Lame encoded | Tracks, Covers

This is the 49th title in the Vivaldi Edition and the 5th volume, out of approximately 12, of the series dedicated to the violin concertos whose manuscripts are held in the National Library of Turin. All the concertos selected here are linked to German violinist Johann Georg Pisendel, member of the Dresden orchestra, who spent time in Venice in 1716-17, with the Electoral Prince of Saxony Friedrich August. Vivaldi and Pisendel became very close friends and the Red Priest composed several works for Pisendel. Moreover, Pisendel copied and performed afterwards in Germany several concertos by Vivaldi.
Handel - Berenice, regina d'Egitto, HWV 38 (Alan Curtis, Romina Basso, Franco Fagioli, Vito Priante) (2010)

Handel - Berenice, regina d'Egitto, HWV 38 (Curtis) (2010)
FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG, Scans (jpg) => 808 MB | CD1:60’29; CD2:51’14; CD3:54’52
EAC Rip | Classical/Opera/Vocal | Label: EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics EU (Virgin Classics) | FSonic/FServe

“One of the great scholar-musicians of recent times” is how the New York Times has described Alan Curtis, while Gramophone judges that: “Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas”, and the BBC Music Magazine has praised him as “a seasoned Handelian who has contributed, perhaps more than anyone now, to the composer’s operas on disc.”

Amor e gelosia:Handel Operatic Duets  Music

Posted by villadebach at Jan. 20, 2009
Amor e gelosia:Handel Operatic Duets

Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce Di Donato - Amor e gelosia
2003 | Classical | 370 MB | 1 CD | FLAC+CUE COVERS | Rapidshare

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice [2010]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Nov. 9, 2016
Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Berenice [2010]

Handel - Berenice (Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco) [2010]
Classical | Virgin 50999 62853620 | TT: 60.29+51.14+54.52 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 836 Mb

This Berenice is Curtis’ seventh complete recording of a Handel opera for Virgin Classics; the six previous works (Admeto, Arminio, Deidamia, Radamisto, Rodrigo and Fernando, rè di Castiglia) were re-released in a special 15-CD box in 2009, and 2011 will bring the release of Ariodante, with Joyce Di Donato in the title role, supported by Karina Gauvin, Sabina Puertolas, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Topi Lehtipuu.

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Charles Mackerras) (2009) [Blu-ray]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 19, 2015
Mozart - Don Giovanni (Charles Mackerras) (2009) [Blu-ray]

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Charles Mackerras) (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 34999 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 175 min | 64,6 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: PCM / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 175 min | 16,1 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Don Giovanni is one of the timeless classics of all opera. Mozart's music, and the words of his great collaborator Da Ponte, are brought to life in Francesca Zambello's engrossing production from 2002 with its rich and colourful designs by Maria Bjornson. The music is memorable, dramatic and enjoyable: from the seductive solo voices of the famous 'La ci darem la mano' to the fabulous ensemble as Don Giovanni's infatuated conquests, vengeful victims and their outraged relatives join forces for justice. And retribution does finally come to Don Giovanni, a serial womanizer and a murderer, with the searing flames of Hell ready to engulf him. Simon Keenlyside heads the outstanding cast, conducted by renowned Mozart expert Charles Mackerras.