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    The January 1936 Götterdämmerung broadcast from the Met. Conductor Artur Bodanzky imposes his usual notorious cuts and drives the orchestra at a breakneck pace, in Lauritz Melchior's only complete recording of the opera. The performance is also noteworthy for the Met role debut of 28-year-old Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence. A skilled horsewoman, she surprised the audience that day (and ignored the objections of both the director and the conductor) by becoming the first woman in Met history to actually ride her horse onto Siegfried's funeral pyre (you can hear the eruption of spontaneous applause immediately afterwards).


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    Forgot to mention: a week or so ago I purchased this on the cheap at my local used book/classical CD store. A November 1936 San Francisco Opera broadcast of Act II of Die Walküre, conducted by Fritz Reiner, with Lauritz Melchior as Siegmund, Lotte Lehmann as Sieglinde, and Kirsten Flagstad as Brünnhilde--the only recording of these preeminent Wagnerian sopranos performing together in this opera. Also featured are greats Friedrich Schorr as Wotan and (briefly) Emanuel List as Hunding .

    Due to broadcast time constraints, Schorr's final impassioned cries were famously interrupted by announcer Marcia Davenport describing an imaginary, descending curtain (in this edition, though, the ending has been restored by a splice from another performance).

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    I broke down and ordered a couple of operas that Clayton has lauded with some consistency, albeit in one case a different recording than the (consistently) pricey Opera Rara CD set, and according to at least one review, this set has very good sound so also represents a particularly good opportunity to listen to Leyla Gencer.:

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    The reviews of this in Fanfare Magazine are almost giddy in their praise about the opera and this recording.


    And, because I own a really lousy recording of what seems to be a really good Rossini opera - and, of course, features Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Battle and Samuel Ramey at what they did best:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Forgot to mention: a week or so ago I purchased this on the cheap at my local used book/classical CD store. A November 1936 San Francisco Opera broadcast of Act II of Die Walküre, conducted by Fritz Reiner, with Lauritz Melchior as Siegmund, Lotte Lehmann as Sieglinde, and Kirsten Flagstad as Brünnhilde--the only recording of these preeminent Wagnerian sopranos performing together in this opera. Also featured are greats Friedrich Schorr as Wotan and (briefly) Emanuel List as Hunding .

    Due to broadcast time constraints, Schorr's final impassioned cries were famously interrupted by announcer Marcia Davenport describing an imaginary, descending curtain.
    And the lumps. I seem to recall Marcia describing the lumps....

    Seriously, I don't know Wagner but for any opera, that's bordering on the sacré bleu.
    "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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    I have not bought anything this year

    but I have been stung in the meister really bad...


    I am trying

    really trying



    [to be continued...]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I have not bought anything this year

    but I have been stung in the meister really bad...


    I am trying

    really trying



    [to be continued...]
    That's ok. I tried offering the Dentist CDs instead of US $ this afternoon, but got nowhere.

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    I ordered Les Vepres Siciliennes today. It will be released in late February in Blu ray for a very reasonable pre-order price of 20.99 from Amazon US. It's the 2013 ROH production. If Amazon stays true to practice, the price will be 35.00+ within a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    And the lumps. I seem to recall Marcia describing the lumps....

    Seriously, I don't know Wagner but for any opera, that's bordering on the sacré bleu.
    Yes, it's known as the Heidi Game of opera broadcasts (fans of American football will know what I mean).

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    Instant gratification downloads.

    Lehár: Friederike. Because Klaus Florian Vogt.



    Kristiane Kaiser, Sylvia Schwartz, Klaus Florian Vogt & Daniel Behle
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer

    Offenbach: Fantasio. Because Clayton said we had to listen to it, and who am I to disobey an edict from the Lemur King.



    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
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Instant gratification downloads.

    Lehár: Friederike. Because Klaus Florian Vogt.



    Kristiane Kaiser, Sylvia Schwartz, Klaus Florian Vogt & Daniel Behle
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer

    Offenbach: Fantasio. Because Clayton said we had to listen to it, and who am I to disobey an edict from the Lemur King.



    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
    Please report back with your take on these CDs.

    What is it with the German tenors and their sudden swooning over operetta? JK also has been quoted as being fascinated by the genre and has even recorded a couple of highlights CDs.

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
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    Because Clayton said we had to listen to it, and who am I to disobey an edict from the Lemur King.
    The Lemur King. Sounds like an interesting name for an opera. Oh well, maybe a musical.
    "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
    The Lemur King. Sounds like an interesting name for an opera. Oh well, maybe a musical.
    I loved the movie. My favorite number was "The Oblong of Life."

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Ho-ho-ho. Look what I found under my Christmas Tree. Happy chappy right now.





    This cover looks awful!



    One more La Boheme



    I'll be interested in a reaction to that Boheme; reviews are mixed. I just ordered the DVD of the Met's Butterfly.

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    Recent high quality Naïve label release featuring Handel (Italian) opera this time instead of usual Vivaldi opera, they are all big winners for me, this purchased from Presto UK sale.

    Also available on Spotify........
    Spotify premium (312 kbps) is nice because don't have to change 3 CDs, can play through entire opera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    ...First, the Kubelik Meistersinger, perhaps the best on CD.


    ...
    I follow King Amfortas


    Like I said,


    I have recently been stung in the meister.

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