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Opéra Baroque Box set, Limited Edition

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  • Conductor: William Christie, René Jacobs
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel, John Blow, Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, et al.
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 42
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Comedia madrigalesca & Madrigali in genere rappresentativo
3. MONTEVERDI L incoronazione di Poppea
4. CAVALLI La Calisto
5. SCARLATTI Griselda
6. LULLY Atys
8. CHARPENTIER Le malade imaginaire
9. CAMPRA Idoménée
10. RAMEAU Les Indes galantes
11. BLOW Venus and Adonis
12. PURCELL Dido and Aeneas
13. HÄNDEL Rinaldo
14. HÄNDEL Flavio
15. HÄNDEL Giulio Cesare (DVD)
16. Ouvertüren für die Hamburger Oper
17. KEISER Croesus
18. TELEMANN Orpheus
19. GRAUN Cleopatra e Cesare

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Product Description

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years. The set contains the following operas and works: Blow: Venus and Adonis, Campra: Idoménée, Cavalli: La Calisto, Charpentier: Médée and Le Malade imaginaire, Erlebach: Overture No. 4, Graun:Cleopatra & Cesare, Handel: Rinaldo, Flavio and Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Keiser: Croesus and La Ridicule Prince Jodelet Sinfonia, Lully: Atys, Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Rameau:Les Indes Galante, Rore: Ancor che co'l partire, Scarlatti: La Griselda, Schieferdecker: Premiere Concert musicaux, Schurmann: Suite Ludovicus Paris, Telemann: Orpheus and Vecchi: L'Amfiparnaso.


(5/5) ***** I was completely seduced by Les Indes galantes, Rameau s sheer fantasy and imagination in orchestration, rhythm and melody carrying off any pointless reservations about the frivolous story and non-existent dramaturgy. Everything here, from Lully (Atys) to Charpentier (Médée) to Campra, is performed by Les Arts Florissants with that mixture of slightly prissy purity, exceptional discipline and great integrity that William Christie has copyrighted. Among the Italians (and back to Jacobs) there are further fine discs of Monteverdi (Poppea), Cavalli (Calisto) and Scarlatti s peculiar Griselda (Röschmann again). Amazing to think all this stuff was basically forgotten until about 30 years ago. Now isn t that a reason to be cheerful? --Robert Thickesse, Opera Now- December 2013

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By musicologyman on 14 Oct. 2013
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In about ten days, I've gotten about three-quarters of the way through this set, and I'm very satisfied with it. I owned several of the recordings in the set before I purchased this one (L'incoronazione di Poppea, La Calisto, Dido and Aeneas, Rinaldo, Flavio, and Cleopatre e Cesare as well as excerpt discs from Atys and Idomenée); it was, however, cheaper for me to pick up this set than to buy the individual operas I didn't have.

I find that packaging often tends to distract from the artistic quality of the music on the discs. Perhaps no classical label has come to offer plusher packaging than have Harmonia Mundi, yet, unlike other labels (especially those owned by huge media conglomerates), the quality of the packaging is much more often than not commensurate with the performances.

Nevertheless, even Harmonia Mundi fall victim to the occasional quality control lapse: I discovered that the composer on the three discs of Rinaldo is given as "Purcell." Well, nobody's perfect.

As has become standard for Harmonia Mundi in their large box-set reissues, they have included a CD-ROM containing the complete libretti for the sound-recorded operas. This sets them apart from many of their competitors (Universal, Warner--are you listening?) who've taken to issuing large box sets without providing libretti, either on a CD or online.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 2 Sept. 2013
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This is probably the best box set of operas ever published.
I am referring to the box set itself, not the operas.

My first impression was that the box is bigger than it looks on Amazon's page.
It opens beautifully, unfolding almost like the curtains of a theatre. Each opera has its
own case. The cases are just excellent. You won't get any of those dreadful cardboard sleeves here.

I received, together with HM's box set, the box set "Vladimir Horowitz live at Carnegie Hall", by Sony.
HM's box set has 43 discs ( including the cdrom ) and Sony's set has 42 discs. So, the difference in number of discs is irrelevant but
Horowitz's box is one third smaller than this box set, the reason being the far better quality of the encasing of cds in the Opera box set.

The quality of images and sound of the dvds is very good. Better than that only if the opera was on blu ray discs.

There is a cdrom with all lyrics for the songs, in its original language and translated to English. The cdrom is compatible with windows and macs.

There are four booklets for each one of the countries represented in this collection. They have short essays and a track listing.
They are not "detailed" as advertised but the main thing is that, this time, you will have a box set of operas that does have the lyrics included.
This gorgeous box set is not one of those DIY sets of cds that are getting so common now: You buy a set of cds with songs and then it is up to you to find the texts for the songs.

The box is so beautiful that one might feel like looking at it all the time.

The sound of the cds is excellent. The whole thing is a spectacle. It really is.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Spencer49 on 7 Sept. 2013
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There is little point in commenting on the quality of the performances in this set, they have been reviewed in The Gramophone etc and if your taste is for good period performances you just cannot go wrong
I too was highly impressed by the box the operas come in, booklets etc - Luxurious Edition says it all
This is an unbelievable bargain even, as I do, if you already own some of the recordings
Buy it while it is there
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
It’s that time of year again: classical record labels have started releasing a plethora of box sets to tempt you in your Christmas shopping. With boxes of dozens of CDs costing what only a few CDs set you back ten years ago, how can you resist? It’s tempting to buy some of these box sets to fill in gaps in your collection. Others may contain many discs that you’ve long wanted. It’s hard to decide which sets to buy, with so many bargain-priced boxes.

Adding to the temptation this year is Harmonia Mundi’s Opéra baroque, a set with 39 CDs, 3 DVDs and one CD-Rom with sung texts. Divided into groups by country, this set contains music from Italy, France, England and Germany. There are 17 complete operas ranging in length from single-disc works like Dido and Aeneas to three-disc operas, such as Handel’s Rinaldo or Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. Two of the operas are on DVD: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. And all this for a bit more than what I paid for just one of these three-disc operas ten years ago.

It’s fair to say that Harmonia Mundi has one of the finest catalogues of baroque opera, with an extraordinary roster of musicians and conductors. This set highlights the work of William Christie and René Jacobs, the label’s most prolific conductors, and has a list of soloists that include Andreas Scholl, Sandrine Piau, Mark Padmore, Lorraine Hunt, Werner Gura, Simon Keenlyside, Lynne Dawson and many others.

Each country’s recordings are grouped with a small booklet discussing its works. While there are some high-profile operas in this set – Lully’s Atys, Handel’s Rinaldo, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – there are also some works that may be new to many listeners.
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