William Christie,  Les Arts Florissants - Lully: Armide (2011) [Blu-Ray]

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Lully: Armide (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24995 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 168 min | 42,3 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2504 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 168 min | 9,10 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Fra Musica | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian

For any enthusiast of Baroque music, the production of Lully's Armide at the Theatre des Champs Elysées, directed by William Christie and staged by Robert Carsen, was an exceptional event. The last and most successful collaboration between Lully and his librettist Quinault, Armide is the ideal of the genre as desired by Louis XIV: a tragic opera that achieves the perfect fusion of music, song and dance. William Christie leads the orchestra and chorus of Les Arts Florissants and a dazzling cast. Stephanie D’Oustrac is the imperious sorceress Armida, overcome by the violence of a forbidden passion.
Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Gluck: Armide [1999]

Gluck - Armide (Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre) [1999]
Classical | Archiv Produktion 459 616 2 | TT: 79.19+60.09 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 593 Mb

‘Perhaps the best of all my works’, said Gluck of his Armide. But this, the fifth of his seven ‘reform operas’, has never quite captured the public interest as have Orfeo, Alceste, the two Iphigenies and even Paride ed Elena. Unlike those works it is based not on classical mythology but on Tasso’s crusade epic, Gerusalemme liberata. No doubt Gluck turned to this libretto, originally written by Quinault, to challenge Parisian taste by inviting comparison with the much-loved Lully setting. Its plot is thinnish, concerned only with the love of the pagan sorceress Armide, princess of Damascus, for the Christian knight and hero Renaud, and his enchantment and finally his disenchantment and his abandonment of her; the secondary characters have no real life. Its style, largely determined by the structure of the libretto, is closer to the French tragedie-lyrique traditions than are Gluck’s more familiar operas, with its short airs gliding into arioso and recitative.
Richard Hickox, The City of London Sinfonia - Gluck: Armide [2010/1982]

Gluck - Armide (Richard Hickox) [2010/1982]
Classical | EMI 50999 6 40728 2 1 | TT: 65.45+56.10+45.31 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 728 Mb

The playing and singing of Hickox’s own orchestra and chorus are always mindful of stylistic matters, crisp and airy in the sensuous dance music, urgent and theatrical (in the best sense) in passionate sections of the score, which Hickox holds together in exemplary manner (Gramophone Magazine). Hickox conducts with a fine sense of theatre, as well as an aptly Gluckian restraint…Palmer is remarkable at her best, and her duet with Rolfe Johnson ('Armide, vous m'allez quitter') is memorably done (International Record Review).

Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (Live) (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 25, 2017
Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (Live) (2017)

Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (Live)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 142:22 min | 730 MB
Label: Aparté | Tracks: 57 | 2017

Armide was the last tragédie en musique to come from the collaboration of Lully and his librettist Quinault. The subject – the enchantress Armide's unhappy love for the knight Renaud – is drawn from Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata. 5 February 1686. The masses hastened to discover Lully's eleventh and last tragédie lyrique. And they were not mistaken: Armide, a genuine masterpiece, would be crowned with lasting success. Here, the classic tragédie lyrique achieved total fruition, on the literary and musical levels alike.

Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)  Music

Posted by uff at Jan. 5, 2017
Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)

Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)
Opera | 3cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
EMI Classics, 7243 4 89880 2 7 | rel: 1983 | 830Mb

I made my first acquaintance with “Armide” via the Minkowski recording when I was in the middle of a project exploring all the operatic treatments of that sorceress’ story I could find. Gluck’s version, set to essentially the same text as the earlier Lully opera (minus the prologue) was the great surprise of the project, far surpassing the various works of Haydn, Cimarosa and Vivaldi that treated Armida’s story or offered comical send-ups of it, with Gluck’s greater vigor and lyricism surpassing the austere older style of Lully’s setting.

Lully - Armide (William Christie) [2011] RE-UPLOAD  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Aug. 26, 2011
Lully - Armide (William Christie) [2011] RE-UPLOAD

Lully - Armide (William Christie) [2011]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Francais (Dolby AC3, 2 ch); (DTS, 6 ch) | 4,77+6,47Cb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Fra Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | 168+31 min

Twenty-four years ago, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants premièred Jean-Baptiste Lully s opera Atys at the Opéra Comique in Paris. It was a smashing success, and marked a pivotal moment in the history of period performance practice. Christie became a tireless champion of the music of Lully and helped rehabilitate the composer s once stodgy reputation. In Armide, the tragédie en musique (a genre that Lully and his librettist Quinault jointly invented) reaches its peak of emotional and musical expression. Robert Carsen s highly acclaimed 2008 production of Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées rekindled interest in French Baroque music. On this new video from FRA Musica, filmed at the Château de Versailles, Carsen and stage director Jean-Claude Gallotta present an opulent and powerful vision of Lully s poignant masterpiece.

Lully's Armide - Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris (2008)  Music

Posted by pedrothelion at Jan. 10, 2010
Lully's Armide - Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris (2008)

Lully's Armide - Theatre des Champs-Elysees Paris(2008)
French | 720p HDTV | AVI | H264 1280 x 720 1700Kbps 25fps | MPEG 1 Layer 3 2CH 48KHz | 02:50:04 | 2.25GB

Here is the HD version of Armide by Lully that was broadcasted by french tv : France2

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)  Music

Posted by delpotro at April 1, 2018
VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years: 1944-1956 (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 63:45:05 | 10,48 Gb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Today we take high fidelity sound quality for granted, but how did it start? When was the moment when compressed and scratchy sound gave way to natural, realistic sound that captured the whole picture of a performance?
Decca Sound ‘Mono Years’ seeks to answer that question and shows how, 70 years ago, amidst war-time privations, a small team at Decca made technological breakthroughs that brought hi-fi to the world. This latest cube explores Decca’s earliest high-fidelity history, and restores some restores critically acclaimed albums from ensembles such as the Trio di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Griller Quartet which have not been available since their original LP release more than sixty years ago. An equally impressive array of soloists includes pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany and violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli. Several generations of cellists are represented with recordings by Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Zara Nelsova.
Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Correspondances, William Christie & Sébastien Daucé - Louis XIV (2015)

Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Correspondances, William Christie & Sébastien Daucé - Louis XIV (2015)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 376 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 21 | Time: 76:56 min

The year 1715 marks the tercentenary of the death of the Sun King. As well as being the autocratic personality who plunged his country into famine with his endless battles, Louis XIV was also an artistic system developed from beginning to end of his 60-year reign. At the moment when Versailles became the palace we know today, music played a crucial role in his royal ascent, meticulously arranged around him, his court, his desires and his hunts. From the blossoming of the young Louis to the pomp of Versailles, by way of the musical accompaniment to the events of an ordinary day in the palace, the artists of harmonia mundi lay the table out before us; the banquet will be truly royal.

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 25, 2018
Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 424 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 23 | Time: 76:17 min

Raphaël Pichon has invited Stéphane Degout to make his recording debut for harmonia mundi in a multifaceted exploration of the Underworld. The French baritone reincarnates the figure of Henri Larrivée, the famous tragedian of Rameau and Gluck. Around a reconstruction of an imaginary Mass of the Dead, sacred and secular merge, revealing some of the most extraordinary pieces from the operatic repertory of the Enlightenment. Music of death and mourning on an epic scale that inspires Pygmalion to overwhelming heights of pathos.