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    Opera Lively News Coordinator Top Contributor Member MAuer's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
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    Oh I don't know about this...
    This is the English language update to the original bio published about 9-10 years ago ("Meinen die wirklich mich?"). I purchased that one through Amazon.uk. Guess I'll have to start snooping around for this one now . . .

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    I was in Edinburgh for the first 2 weeks of the fringe (saw many free shows) and stumbled upon a large bookshop (a Blackwells) and happened upon (made a beeline for) the music section. There was a wide range of Cd's and Dvds (these however cost money something which as a student I do not posses significant amounts of and are largely secondary with my metondemand subscription and the fact i mostly use i-tunes for listening). There was also a moderate number of opera and classicla music related books. Nothing immediately caught my eye for I had in fact entered the bookshop with an aim. Over the past 2 years I have looked on Wikipedia for various Verdi operas and consistently found that articles pointed out critiques and explanations of the operas my someone named Julian Budden. After a second look over I found what I was after.
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    The book was highly enjoyable and easy for someone with very little musical knowledge to understand and enjoy. I agreed with many points made (the value of Ernani over Nabucco and the immense value of Un Ballo in Maschera) I also disagreed vehemently with others (the dislike of cabalettas and regarding Aida as the superior work over Don Carlos). However it was a highly enjoyably read and a definite must for Verdi fans providing a nice half biography with half exploration of Verdi's musical works.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    ... regarding Aida as the superior work over Don Carlos).
    The man is clearly an idiot.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The man is clearly an idiot.
    He made what I am sure was an excellent academic case but then again I think that the Auto Da Fe is superior to the processions scene in Aida so I clearly know nothing on the technical musicy thingy front.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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