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James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met [32 CD Box Set] Box set

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  • Audio CD (December 7, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 32
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00443RME6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kyle E. Lockhart on December 13, 2010
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If you are interested enough in the titles presented here, I think you will be more than pleased with this set. I could go into picky things like lack of libretto, but I never saw that it claimed to include one. Or, the fact that the box could be nicer. However, some people might care to know that the sound quality is beyond fantastic. The Lohengrin not only includes Voigt in a complete recording, but Tomowa-Sintow as a bonus to fill out that particular set. Generous indeed. Hunt-Leiberson fans are in for a treat. She appears in fine form on Gatsby and Troyens. Many of the sets are obscure productions. If that is not your thing, I would say stay away, as this isn't you typical Met programing. This is a testament to Levine's more innovative and underrepresented performances. Although, I can't say I "love" each work, I can say I heard high quality singing, conducting, and sound beyond what I expected from live recordings (and I expect high quality from the MET). So, if the guy that hasn't heard these but needs a libretto to appreciate the set, I say you might want to reconsider. This is a set that really gives those of us who are interested in hearing different works a chance to delve into some unique opera. I love my Puccini and Verdi, but I am so happy to have 11 operas that do not include either composers. We have plenty of great recordings of their works. But, Schafer's Lulu on CD is a treat (if you like Lulu - if you don't like the work, don't expect miracles.....), as is Parade, and a Troyens with Voigt and Hunt-Lieberson to cherish.....

I'd love to go into details of each, but I don't have the language to describe each. All I can say is that I do not feel cheated one bit. Rather, I feel elated with these release, and I hope to see more sets like this in the future.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Buck on April 14, 2011
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Much has been made of the recent practice - here and elsewhere - of releasing opera recordings without libretti. As a collector of opera records (hundreds of them at this point) I must say I find it rather refreshing to be getting away from those CD opera sets that come in big fat boxes with huge multi-lingual libretti. They take up too much space! If we were discussing La Bohème, La Traviata, Carmen or Il barbiere di Siviglia (the usual lineup of "starter" operas for people new to the art form) then I might have a different opinion. But take a look at the composers on the current set - Berg, Berlioz, Debussy, Harbison, Satie, Poulenc, Ravel, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Wagner. No Mozart, Verdi or Puccini, no bel canto composers. The closest to a standard repertoire piece here is Lohengrin. My point is that I don't think those who are new to opera are going to buy this set, both because of the works presented and because of the cost involved (which, I hasten to add, is only $4.82 per disc which is both budget pricing and a true bargain.) This is a set for seasoned opera lovers who have a particular affinity for this eclectic repertoire, the Metropolitan Opera and Maestro Levine. It's a niche product and a splendid set at that. Just don't expect anything resembling Opera 101. If you need a libretto for some of these works, try your local library. (Did I mention this is only $4.82 per disc? Oh yes, I did. I was momentarily distracted as I listen to the glorious Lorraine Hunt Lieberson as Berlioz's Didon. Her astonishing performance alone is worth the price of the entire set IMHO.)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Moonfish on July 7, 2011
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"The 11 historic performances on the 32-CD set range from innovations like the Parade triple-bill (including Satie's ballet Parade, and the operas Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc and L'Enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel) to the world premiere of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby from 2000.

Berg: Lulu
Christine Schäfer, Hanna Schwarz, David Kuebler, Clifton Forbis, James Courtney; April 21, 2001

Berg: Wozzeck
José van Dam, Anja Silja, Ragnar Ulfung, Richard Cassilly, Dieter Weller; March 8, 1980

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
Marcello Giordani, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Kristine Jepson, Peter Coleman-Wright, John Del Carlo, Robert Lloyd; December 27, 2003

Berlioz: Les Troyens
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, Dwayne Croft, Robert Lloyd; February 22, 2003

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Jeannette Pilou, Dale Duesing, Jocelyne Taillon, José van Dam, Jerome Hines; January 22, 1983

Harbison: The Great Gatsby
Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Dwayne Croft, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mark Baker; January 1, 2000

Parade (triple bill)--Satie: Parade / Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias / Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
Ainhoa Arteta, Danielle de Niese, Earle Patriarco, Ruth Ann Swenson, Wendy White; March 16, 2002

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron
Philip Langridge, John Tomlinson; February 20, 1999

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Dawn Upshaw, Paul Groves, Samuel Ramey, Stephanie Blythe; April 19, 2003

Stravinsky (triple bill)--Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Le Rossignol / Oedipus Rex
William Lewis, Florence Quivar, Franz Mazura, Gianna Rolandi, Philip Creech; February 25, 1984

Wagner: Lohengrin
Ben Heppner, Deborah Voigt, Deborah Polaski, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Eric Halfvarson; March 21, 1998"
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