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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I shall try on spotify.

    A present from the opera Gods whilst I was away; stable internet connection. I now have spotify and youtube in my hands.


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    I have been umming and ahhing over this for a bit.

    I have listened to samples and it sounds like I might as well have thrown a voice recorder in to the audience

    but it is Norma and I decided after listening to Gardelli's I Lombardi that I needed more Deutekom

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    This gets a rave review on Fanfare, but from one of their truly sketchy critics (she called Die Tote Stadt the trashiest music she'd ever heard), so I've been tempted for some time. Then, just when I'm ready to break down and order it, I come to my senses and realize I already have 6 Normas.

    So, please report back - I need to know!

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    I've had my eye on this recording for some time (tenor Nerone), and finally bought it.



    And I figured that as long as I was buying recordings . . .



    Like Oscar Wilde, I can resist everything except temptation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I've had my eye on this recording for some time (tenor Nerone), and finally bought it.



    And I figured that as long as I was buying recordings . . .



    Like Oscar Wilde, I can resist everything except temptation.
    Yes but your life will be enriched by the wonderful singing and music. You can't put a price on that.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Some new recordings...

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    Offenbach: Fantasio
    Sarah Connolly (Fantasio), Brenda Rae (Elsbeth), Russell Braun (Le prince), Brindley Sherratt (Le Roi) & Neal Davies (Sparck)
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Mark Elder

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    Rameau: Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte
    Carolyn Sampson, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Blandine Staskiewicz (sopranos), Jennifer Borghi (alto), Reinoud Van Mechelen, Mathias Vidal (countertenors), Tassis Christoyannis, Alain Buet (basses)
    Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

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    Scarlatti, A: Carlo re d'Allemagna
    Romina Basso (King Lotario of Germany), Roberta Invernizzi (Queen Giuditta, dowager empress), Marina de Liso (Princess Gildippe, her daughter), Marianne Beate Kielland (Prince Adalgiso, son of Lotario), Carlo Vincenzo Allemano (Berardo, a knight), José Maria Lo Monaco (Asparando, a traitor), Damian Pinti (Amilla) & Roberto Abbondonza (Bleso)
    Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi

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    and an older one

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    Tchaikovsky: The Enchantress
    Rimma Glushkova (Natasya, the enchantress), Oleg Klenov (Prince Kurlyatev), Lyudmila Simonova (Princess Yevpraksiya), Lev Kuznetsov (Prince Yuriy), Yevgeny Vladimirov (Mamirov), Nina Derbina (Nenila), Boris Dobrin (Ivan Zhuran), Pyotr Gluboky (Foka), Galina Molodtsova (Polya), Vladimir Makhov (Balakin), Sergei Strukachev (Potap), Lev Eliseyev (Lukash), Vladimir Matorin (Kichiga), Andrei Sokolov (Payisy), Viktor Ribinsky (Kudma)
    Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
    Gennady Provatorov
    1978

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    :confused: Random CDs arriving through the post



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    This arrived a few weeks ago. Reconciliation of bank statements and past orders now complete, I definitely did not order this (why would I?). Unfortunately no invoice was included and no sender details.

    Strange but true...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This arrived a few weeks ago. Reconciliation of bank statements and past orders now complete, I definitely did not order this (why would I?). Unfortunately no invoice was included and no sender details.

    Strange but true...
    I knew it. I go to all the trouble to pick out a lovely gift for you, and you hate it!

    Why do I leave myself open for such heartache???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I knew it. I go to all the trouble to pick out a lovely gift for you, and you hate it!

    Why do I leave myself open for such heartache???

    Kind Sir,

    You are mistaken, for I am in deed grateful for your considerate gift and most pleased by the selection. I merely implied that I would not have considered purchasing such a wonderful gift for myself but am surely delighted to have received it.

    Kindly accept by return as a token of my appreciation a record which was being promoted on the BBC the other morning. I must confess that I have not heard any performance of this gentleman but he seemed such a jolly good fellow, I think it could only conjure wonderful feelings on hearing him sing.

    Yours sincerely,

    Clayton.

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    Now that the move is over and done with, I am back in buying mode:

    Even though still not so sure about watching opera DVDs over listening, I am following Amfortas' advice:

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    and, while I was at it, decided to add a couple different versions to the collection:

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    the real purpose with this purchase is to add Marilyn Horne's Adalgisa:


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    One thing that I really like about Opera Lively is the shared unabashed addiction that all confess so openly. Including me.

    I just added Blu ray discs of Giovanna D'Arco and Rigoletto from the C Major Tutto Verdi series, as well as the SFO's i Capuletti, which I wrote of in an earlier post.

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    One element of my move was to clean out a bunch of stuff from my house: I sent about 20 boxes (mostly books) and a couple pieces of furniture to auction, delivered about 6 carloads to Goodwill and then made several pickup trucks full of lesser stuff to the local landfill/dump.

    I had a check from the auction house waiting for me when I got back from the Thanksgiving holiday - not a lot, but I decided that the several hundred or so dollars spent on Amazon would make me happiest, so:

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    Because I'm not particularly fond of the Haitink CD set, the Solti recording of Der Rosenkavalier:

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    and, one can never have too many I Puritanis, so decided to add Sills to the collection:


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    and, finally, my second opera DVD:

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    That ought to hold me for a couple of days...

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    Previously un-released Rigoletto with Pavarotti.

    I don't like Levine but I adore Pavarotti so this is a 'must have' for me.

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    My pre-Christmas CD haul:










    Oops I meant

    Natalie

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    And some DVDs:

    Alma will like the first one for Anna-related reasons. I've already watched it and I can say that Erwin Schrott is now my go-to Don Giovanni. What a gorgeous b@stard. Perfect. And his singing was spot on.







    Natalie

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    Wow, what a nice haul! I like that there is contemporary music, and some nice baroque!!
    One question, why the Written on Skin CD if you can have the blu-ray? The visuals add a lot to this masterpiece!
    All right, another Don Giovanni? I've seen this opera so many times recently on DVD, live, and online streaming that I hesitate in getting another one, but then... it's La Bellissima! Oh darn. I can't afford much spending. My son's law school tuition is killing me. I've been trying to cut costs, please don't flaunt another Anna DVD in front of me. It's torture!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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