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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    err... yes but only if it comes with the cat
    No, I'm only shipping with the other one, cause it pees in the kitchen and has fluff for brains. On the plus side you can see it likes music, sometimes it even gets onto the piano keys when you are trying to play.

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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    No, he purchased a Kathleen Battle CD - it's only sorta/kinda Pav CD..
    If we could splice in another tenor I'd DEFINITELY get this. Maybe I'll call it up on spotify and just listen to the Battle bits.
    Natalie

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    Not a complete opera, but Toscanini's famous all-Wagner concert at Carnegie Hall in February of 1941, with orchestral excerpts along with Lauritz Melchior and Helen Traubel in scenes from Tannhäuser, Die Walküre, and Götterdämmerung. Melchior was the established star; the lesser-known Traubel's performance would draw raves and eventually help her take over the major Wagnerian soprano roles at the Met after Flagstad left the U.S. and Lawrence contracted polio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    No, I'm only shipping with the other one, cause it pees in the kitchen and has fluff for brains...
    Oh we should get on just fine together

    I mean about the fluff for brains bit



    I don't pee in the kitchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    No, I'm only shipping with the other one, cause it pees in the kitchen and has fluff for brains. On the plus side you can see it likes music, sometimes it even gets onto the piano keys when you are trying to play.

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    Are those 8-track tapes stacked up to the right of Mr/Ms Kitty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    If we could splice in another tenor I'd DEFINITELY get this. Maybe I'll call it up on spotify and just listen to the Battle bits.
    I know. But, my Mother always used to tell me: "We all have to do things we don't like to do" (and tell me, and tell me, and..). Based on Mom, I've extrapolated that to mean "We all have to listen to rotund, self-indulgent tenors we don't want to listen to".

    It helps that this CD set was recorded in 1981, before Pav and his voice had become so annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Are those 8-track tapes stacked up to the right of Mr/Ms Kitty?
    No, it's the patent colour-coded plastic boxes for "Pieces I haven't got round to playing this week/Pieces I can play while reading the paper/Pieces I haven't got a clue about" piano practice method.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh we should get on just fine together

    I mean about the fluff for brains bit



    I don't pee in the kitchen
    OK, but with the lemur brain thingy, the question is, do you really remember what a kitchen is? Because if you don't, maybe you do pee in the kitchen; you just don't know that that's what you're doing.
    "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 Hoffmann View Post
    I know. But, my Mother always used to tell me: "We all have to do things we don't like to do" (and tell me, and tell me, and..). Based on Mom, I've extrapolated that to mean "We all have to listen to rotund, self-indulgent tenors we don't want to listen to".

    It helps that this CD set was recorded in 1981, before Pav and his voice had become so annoying.
    Ok I just listened to this on Spotify (bar Pav's first aria which set my teeth on edge) Battle was predictably lovely. I took my nasty Pav medicine by telling myself to concentrate on his fine technique and lovely diction and not worry about his voice. Your mum would be proud of me.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Ok I just listened to this on Spotify (bar Pav's first aria which set my teeth on edge) Battle was predictably lovely. I took my nasty Pav medicine by telling myself to concentrate on his fine technique and lovely diction and not worry about his voice. Your mum would be proud of me.
    I don't understand this, much. I actually love Pavarotti's voice. Is this, erm, considered to be bad form or something?? Not cool?
    What is wrong with Pav's voice? Sure, he had some vocal wear and tear (many did and still do as well; the exceptions are few) and he got into the commercial side of the 3 Tenors thingy, but he was still a great operatic artist, in my opinion, with a very beautiful and unique timbre of voice.
    "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
    I don't understand this, much. I actually love Pavarotti's voice. Is this, erm, considered to be bad form or something?? Not cool?
    What is wrong with Pav's voice? Sure, he had some vocal wear and tear (many did and still do as well; the exceptions are few) and he got into the commercial side of the 3 Tenors thingy, but he was still a great operatic artist, in my opinion, with a very beautiful and unique timbre of voice.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with Pav's voice per se, and his technique is often exemplary.

    The problem is, I can't stand his particular timbre. I suspect Hoffmann is less than keen too. It's a personal taste thing rather than a judgement as to objective quality.

    I feel the same with regard to Sutherland, Caballé and Nilsson. I'd never get a recording with them in it.
    Natalie

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    I love this recording. It is the only one of L'elisir d'amore that I have and I have been happy with that


    but I do want to see the DVD with Alagna and Gheorghiu

    but my wish list is three ink cartridges long


    so many buts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with Pav's voice per se, and his technique is often exemplary.

    The problem is, I can't stand his particular timbre. I suspect Hoffmann is less than keen too. It's a personal taste thing rather than a judgement as to objective quality.

    I feel the same with regard to Sutherland, Caballé and Nilsson. I'd never get a recording with them in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I know, I know.

    Caballé sounds like a chicken and Nilsson like a very loud icicle.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I know, I know.

    Caballé sounds like a chicken and Nilsson like a very loud icicle.
    There's an icicle in my lumpy music!

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