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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    OMG I need this on so many levels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    OMG I need this on so many levels.
    And I've just found my new look.

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    Just ordered. Highlights (could not find full opera) from 1945 Bruno Walter Fidelio sung in English.
    Sound Sample from a different release of same performance.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    ^^^ Cool. Let us know what you think.

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    I ordered the Met's Macbeth, with "you know whom" for $23.50 (Blu ray) from Presto Classical with an issue date of 10/2.

    Man! After a LOONG dry spell, new Met discs abound!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    I ordered the Met's Macbeth, with "you know whom" for $23.50 (Blu ray) from Presto Classical with an issue date of 10/2.

    Man! After a LOONG dry spell, new Met discs abound!
    Wouldn't Amazon beat or match the price and deliver faster? Of course I'm planning to get it too, so, I just want to know if it's worth waiting for Amazon to announce it, or go with Presto Classical like you did.
    "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
    Wouldn't Amazon beat or match the price and deliver faster? Of course I'm planning to get it too, so, I just want to know if it's worth waiting for Amazon to announce it, or go with Presto Classical like you did.
    It's not listed on Amazon US yet and on Amazon UK, it's 22 pounds. Met store says around $40 as I recall.

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    Audio clips available HERE.

    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I really like Paer's version of Bouilly's original. Of course, the music isn't of the quality Beethoven wrote, and the final librettists with whom Beethoven worked really tightened up the plot dramaturgically in the final version of Fidelio. But one can really hear Paer's influence in the 1805 Urfassung of Fidelio, and Paer's music is lovely on its own. The Maag recording is a very satisfying one, but I wish the 2000 Zürich Opera performance from Winterthur with Iulia Isaev and Jonas Kaufmann in the leads would be released on CD.

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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Continuing with my exploration of the bel canto repertoire:



    This recording is supposed to be based on a new critical edition of the work -- and it has Michael Spyres in the lead, the fabulous Arnold from the recording of Guillaume Tell that I have. (And I suspect Jessica Pratt's Desdemona won't be too shabby, either!)

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    10 fidelio DVDs wasn't enough, so,
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    10 fidelio DVDs wasn't enough, so,
    You'll like to know that we are starting our coverage of Fidelio by Opera Carolina, and later today I'll be publishing the first of a series of short interviews with the singers. Stay tuned!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    From Blackwell's Music shop, Oxford:



    and incidentally these oven gloves:

    Natalie

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