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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Sorry about the loss of a family member/friend but great that they thought of you this way.
    Haha, no need to say sorry about anything, the guy died five years ago and I never met him, but I acquired his collection of CDs via his granddaughter (my girlfriend) who can't fit the physical copies in her house (but she has digital versions ripped to her computer).

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    Inspired by ComposerOfAvantGarde's enthusiasm... and the Gluck connection...

    Salieri: Les Danaides
    Sophie Marin-Degor, Hans Christoph Begemann, Christoph Genz, Kirsten Blaise, Wolfgang Frisch, Sven Jüttner, Daniel Sütö & Jürgen Deppert
    Chorus & Orchestra of Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
    Michael Hofstetter

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    Arm twisted by JohnGerald (okay, another pathetic Clayton excuse for over indulgent habit),

    Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro
    Carmen Giannattasio (Caterina Cornaro), Colin Lee (Gerardo), Troy Cook (Lusignano), Graeme Broadbent (Andrea Cornaro), Vuyani Mlinde (Mocenigo), Loïc Félix (Strozzi, a Knight of the King) & Sophie Bevan (Matilde)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra & BBC Singers
    David Parry

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    Clayton, you're gonna luv it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Arm twisted by JohnGerald (okay, another pathetic Clayton excuse for over indulgent habit),

    Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro
    Carmen Giannattasio (Caterina Cornaro), Colin Lee (Gerardo), Troy Cook (Lusignano), Graeme Broadbent (Andrea Cornaro), Vuyani Mlinde (Mocenigo), Loïc Félix (Strozzi, a Knight of the King) & Sophie Bevan (Matilde)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra & BBC Singers
    David Parry

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    Donizetti is a bit hit or miss with me, so I ordered mine through the Auckland library.
    Natalie

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    Started watching this on YouTube and decided I needed it it in better definition and sound. Robert Carsen's staging starts off excellently, Neil Shicoff OWNS this role (along with Eleazar), Bryn Terfel smarms around in his psychopathic banker persona as all the bad boys, and Desiree Rancatore is so funny as an unstoppably amorous Olympia that even if the rest turns out to be rubbish, it will have been worth it.



    Spotify is all very well but sometimes you just need the real thing:

    Natalie

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    Dear heart, I really like this Hoffman. Suzanne Mentzer as Nicklaus owns the stage when she is on it. Olympia should be re-assembled and shipped to Alma ( He'd be to tired to ...cough cough ...). Shicoff almost always puts more passion into whatever he sings than most vocal cords could manage.

    As for Ernani, the old RCA set with Bergonzi and Price gets a lot of play time here. It's early Verdi, but very good Verdi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    As for Ernani, the old RCA set with Bergonzi and Price gets a lot of play time here. It's early Verdi, but very good Verdi!
    Absolutely. Don't take the plot too seriously, but the music....
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Started watching this on YouTube and decided I needed it it in better definition and sound. Robert Carsen's staging starts off excellently, Neil Shicoff OWNS this role (along with Eleazar), Bryn Terfel smarms around in his psychopathic banker persona as all the bad boys, and Desiree Rancatore is so funny as an unstoppably amorous Olympia that even if the rest turns out to be rubbish, it will have been worth it.


    This is a good Hoffman, I agree. Neil Shicoff is an interesting artist.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    This is a good Hoffman, I agree. Neil Shicoff is an interesting artist.
    "an interesting artist"? I don't know, isn't that a bit like saying that he's kind to his mother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Inspired by ComposerOfAvantGarde's enthusiasm... and the Gluck connection...

    Salieri: Les Danaides
    Sophie Marin-Degor, Hans Christoph Begemann, Christoph Genz, Kirsten Blaise, Wolfgang Frisch, Sven Jüttner, Daniel Sütö & Jürgen Deppert
    Chorus & Orchestra of Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
    Michael Hofstetter

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    What do you think - does Salieri deserve a coveted place in the fabled tea cabinet?

    So far, I've found Les Danaides underwhelming. Maybe time to give it another go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    On sale at Presto Classical...

    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Jess Thomas (Lohengrin), Elisabeth Grümmer (Elsa), Christa Ludwig (Ortrud), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Telramund), Gottlob Frick (Heinrich), Otto Wiener (Herald)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe

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    This is one of my favoritest of all opera recordings! How do you think it compares to your other Lohengrins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This is one of my favoritest of all opera recordings! How do you think it compares to your other Lohengrins?
    I haven't received these yet but will report back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    "an interesting artist"? I don't know, isn't that a bit like saying that he's kind to his mother?
    I feel there is a joke somewhere to be found, about Jewish mothers, to reply to this, but I won't find it now, LOL

    I did carefully chose the word "interesting" since while not being the best singer in the world, he has something special about him, in his commitment to the role, his stepping into the character's skin, his enthusiasm, his acting skills (and very decent singing). So, Mr. Shicoff is not someone who immediately jumps to mind when I think of outstanding singers, but he is someone I enjoy seeing in a production, and he definitely adds to the quality and enjoyment of everything he's in.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Inspired by ComposerOfAvantGarde's enthusiasm... and the Gluck connection...

    Salieri: Les Danaides
    Sophie Marin-Degor, Hans Christoph Begemann, Christoph Genz, Kirsten Blaise, Wolfgang Frisch, Sven Jüttner, Daniel Sütö & Jürgen Deppert
    Chorus & Orchestra of Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
    Michael Hofstetter

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    Les Danaïdes is a fascinating opera. I feel that the classical era is somewhat lacking in truly great and original operas in French (very hard to find any Gossec operas, if there are actually any recordings of them in the first place too...). And this is groundbreaking in its own right for an early evolutionary step towards through-composed operas as opposed to traditional number operas, despite its firm root in the contemporary attributes as found in the French operas by Gluck (ballet sections, choral numbers).

    On another note, I hadn't posted this earlier, but I now realise that a significant portion my recent acquisition is made up of CDs of opera highlights and recordings devoted to famous opera singers as well.

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