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Classical & Opera Audiobooks

If you like Classical & Opera Audiobooks, then you'll love these top picks.
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    Opera Explained Il trovatore

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Il trovatore has been ruthlessly parodied. It is a tale of murder and mayhem, burned babies, roasted hags, would-be nuns, strolling minstrels and bad baritones. And indeed the libretto does call for a willing suspension of disbelief. The reward is in the music, a score as prodigally melodic as only the mature Verdi could write: the ‘Anvil’ Chorus, the ‘Miserere’ scene, two great tenor arias, a ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Così fan tutte

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 18 min

    Così fan tutte contains some of Mozart’s most sublime music. On one level, the opera is purely a social anecdote about young people falling in and out of love; but Mozart was a supreme sensualist and a great humanist, and invested the tale with all his understanding of humanity and young love. In this title, David Timson refutes the charge that Mozart squandered his genius on a work full of ... Read more

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    Opera Explained Pagliacci

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 1 min

    Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing to ... Read more

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    Opera Explained The Magic Flute

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 10 min

    The Magic Flute almost defines a masterpiece, because it can be enjoyed on every level. It is a superb fairy story, complete with dragons, demons, a handsome prince, and a lovely maiden seriously in need of rescue; it is a political satire, social commentary, and psychological drama; it is full of tunes from the playful to the heart-stopping, jolly songs, and deeply spiritual outpourings. It is, ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained The Ring of the Nibelung

    Narrated by Stephen Johnson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    2 hours 39 min

    Wagner’s Ring cycle is the most ambitious work in the history of music: four operas that combine to tell a single epic story. Based in legend, it has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and indeed for audiences. But for all its grandeur and complexity, The Ring is far more accessible than many music lovers think. This two-CD guide ... Read more

    $26.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Tristan und Isolde

    Narrated by Christopher Cook ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Tristan und Isolde centres around two lovers who dream of romantic love and yearn for oblivion. No composer had written such a work before. Turning his back on traditional tonality, Wagner changed the course of Western music with Tristan und Isolde. But there’s also fact behind the fiction: while he wrote his opera Wagner was in love with another’s man’s wife, Mathilde Wesendonk. So Tristan and ... Read more

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    Junge, Beethoven!

    Hörspiel von Arnd Pohlmann nach dem Buch "Auch ich bin ein König" von Margret Steenfatt. Mit Rainer Strecker und dem Musikwerk Kinderchor. Version Sonntag

    Unabridged

    54 min

    Margret Steenfatts Buch "Auch ich bin ein König" basiert auf Tagebucheintragungen eines Bäckers, in dessen Haus die Familie Beethoven eine Zeit lang lebte. Durch dessen Schilderungen bekommen wir einen lebendigen Einblick in den Alltag eines kleinen Jungen, der musikalisch hochbegabt, aber andererseits eben auch ein einfacher Lausbub war. Mit dem Einverständnis der Autorin verfasste Arnd Pohlmann ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    For the Love of Music

    A Conductor's Guide to the Art of Listening

    by John Mauceri ...
    Narrated by John Mauceri ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 8 min

    With a lifetime of experience, profound knowledge and understanding, and heartwarming appreciation, an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher answers the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can I get the most from the listening experience?A protegee of Leonard Bernstein - his colleague for eighteen years - and an eminent conductor who has toured and recorded all over ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Tancredi

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 17 min

    Rossini’s comic operas, like The Barber of Seville, are better known than his tragedies though he wrote in fact many more tragedies than comedies. One of them, his last, William Tell, is actually credited with launching the whole age of Grand Opéra. Tancredi is an early work indeed his first smash hit and it established his international fame. It has all the youthful verve of the comedies allied ... Read more

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    Opera Explained La Bohème

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour

    La Bohème is one of the three operas the others are Carmen and Aida believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term ‘romantic’. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini’s intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our ... Read more

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    Opera Explained La Traviata

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 5 min

    La Traviata owes its enduring popularity to a superb story of young love and fatal sacrifice, set to music by Italy’s master melodist at the peak of his powers. Interest and poignancy are added by the fact that this is a true story the baritone ‘heavy’ is Alexander Dumas who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo. But it is the central figure, the heroine Violetta, the archetypal ‘whore with the heart of ... Read more

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    Beethoven Unleashed

    The music, the man and how he became an icon

    Narrated by Donald Macleod ...

    Unabridged

    20 hours 43 min

    He was a revolutionary, an innovator, a disruptor. A man who accomplished incredible success, but endured serious personal hardships. A legend who changed the way audiences listen to music and whose melodies still resonate today, 250 years after his birth.Go on a journey to explore the life and works of arguably the greatest composer in history: Ludwig van Beethoven.Join Donald Macleod, presenter ... Read more

    $30.29 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The King and I

    The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

    by Anne Midgette ...
    Narrated by Chris Lutkin ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 56 min

    This is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during which Breslin guided what he calls, justifiably, “the greatest career in classical music.” During that career, Breslin moved Pavarotti out of the opera house and onto the concert (and the world) stage and into the arms of a huge mass public. How he and Pavarotti ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Märchenhafte Klassik-Hits

    Das Schönste aus Schwanensee, Hänsel und Gretel, Der Nussknacker, Ein Sommernachtstraum, Peer Gynt u.a.

    Unabridged

    1 hour 4 min

    Marko Simsa hat die bekanntesten und beliebtesten Ballettmusiken und Konzerte sorgsam ausgewählt und stellt sie kindgerecht vor. Fröhliche Klänge erzählen von goldenen Feen und schelmischen Kobolden, spannend geht es in der Höhle des Bergkönigs zu und verträumt bei verzauberten Schwänen und verwunschenen Prinzessinnen. Ganz nebenbei kann man dabei lernen, welche Instrumente es gibt und wie sie ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Seven Deadly Sins

    by Corey Taylor ...
    Narrated by Corey Taylor ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 12 min

    'I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so. 1995 was a full 365-day year of drinking, fucking, lying, raging and exploration for me - not a dull one in the bunch. It was a time of self-shit: self-importance, self-absorption, self-indulgence and selfishness. I was the only person in the known galaxy and I wanted what ... Read more

    $18.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained L’elisir d’amore

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 17 min

    L’elisir d’amore, or The Elixir of Love, has remained popular for almost two centuries because of a touching tale and a galaxy of comic characters adapted from the traditional commedia dell’ arte. Above all Donizetti poured into the score all the warmth and tenderness of the Italian temperament. His melodic invention never ceases to charm whether in the jolly rustic choruses, the exhilarating ... Read more

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    Opera Explained Turandot

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that ... Read more

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    Opera Explained Carmen

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 5 min

    Carmen is among the most popular operas for all the obvious reasons: great characters, a gripping story and fabulous music. But what sets it on a pinnacle is an amazing combination of three factors: a sizzling gipsy heroine (one of the most psychologically complex and compelling characters in all theatre), great atmosphere (Spain, hot sun, the bull-ring) and the prodigality of melodic invention ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained Orfeo

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 6 min

    Monteverdi’s Orfeo, first performed in 1607, generates a special excitement because it is the first unquestioned masterpiece of opera. Notable for its precise orchestration and powerful drama it was a groundbreaking work. It concerns the legend of Orpheus, the demi-god whose music had the power to conquer the forces of Hell and to bring his wife back, briefly, to life. The extracts used in this ... Read more

    $11.68 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Lebenslänglich Frohlocken

    Skurriles aus dem Alltag einer Harfenistin

    Narrated by Silke Aichhorn ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 7 min

    Wahre Begebenheiten aus dem Leben einer der erfolgreichsten Harfenistinnen ihrer Zeit, skurril, absurd und herrlich komisch erzählt! Pointiert, selbstironisch und mit umwerfend trockenem Humor hat Silke Aichhorn ihre erlebten Geschichten für das Hörbuch eingelesen. So eine Harfe kann ein zickiges Instrument sein – aber lange nicht so zickig wie jene Menschen, die eine Harfenistin buchen: ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Music and Theater

    Past, Present and Future

    by Leon Botstein ...
    Narrated by Leon Botstein ...
    series One Day University

    Unabridged

    58 min

    One Day University presents a series of audio lectures recorded in real-time from some of the top minds in the United States. Given by award-winning professors and experts in their field, these recorded lectures dive deep into the worlds of religion, government, literature, and social justice.Music is so important because it has no purpose. Its only utility is to remind each of us as human beings ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained Werther

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Massenet’s Werther combines a deeply tender story with music of beauty and eloquence. One act alone contains two of the greatest arias in the repertoire: the mezzo-soprano aria ‘Va! Laisse couler mes larmes’ and the tenor’s ‘Pourquoi me rèveiller’. In their sentimental power and melodic richness these arias encapsulate the qualities that account for the universal popularity of this great work. ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Opera Explained The Marriage of Figaro

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favourite opera. It appeals to the most intellectual listener, but also to music-lovers seeking great melodies and ensembles (while it remains accessible through its fascinating plot and memorable characters) and to those seeking only entertainment. One of three operas by Mozart to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte it represents one of the ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Junge, Beethoven!

    Hörspiel von Arnd Pohlmann nach dem Buch "Auch ich bin ein König" von Margret Steenfatt mit Rainer Strecker und dem Musikwerk Kinderchor. Version Samstag.

    Unabridged

    54 min

    Margret Steenfatts Buch "Auch ich bin ein König" basiert auf Tagebucheintragungen eines Bäckers, in dessen Haus die Familie Beethoven eine Zeit lang lebte. Durch dessen Schilderungen bekommen wir einen lebendigen Einblick in den Alltag eines kleinen Jungen, der musikalisch hochbegabt, aber andererseits eben auch ein einfacher Lausbub war. Mit dem Einverständnis der Autorin verfasste Arnd Pohlmann ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial