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    Following up on a tip from last week, I went to my local secondhand store and was shown an upstairs storage room with several tall piles of CDs, just received. After several hours sifting through the inventory, I ended up with the fifteen operas below, mostly classic recordings, along with a half dozen other classical music items. At $3 per disc, plus an additional volume discount when I brought my haul to the register, I don't think I'll suffer too much buyer's remorse.

    Some great stuff there. The Callas Barbiere and the Horne/Sutherland Semiramide are among my very favorites. The Ariadne and Fidelio look great, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Some great stuff there. The Callas Barbiere and the Horne/Sutherland Semiramide are among my very favorites. The Ariadne and Fidelio look great, too.
    They all get high marks, at least in the Penguin and Gramophone guides. There were quite a few other borderline recordings I left behind, knowing that with my limited budget I had to cut myself off *somewhere*.

    I also learned this local brick-and-mortar store managed to stay afloat by . . . selling on Amazon! More than a little ironic, I thought, and perhaps a bit sad as a sign of the times. But if it allows me to come in every now and then, browse, and get such great deals (with no shipping costs!), I won't complain.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I imagine Shirley Verrett would scare the pants off me as Elisabetta.
    Natalie

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    On order, the classic set. Needed it to supplement my big Solti Strauss opera box, since he never recorded a Capriccio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I imagine Shirley Verrett would scare the pants off me as Elisabetta.
    I have her on this one also:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    This Puritani with Devia and Matteuzzi has been on my wish list for quite some time.



    Technically, this is a dramatic cantata rather than an opera. The Czech (naturalized French) composer Anton (Antoine) Reicha was a contemporary and friend of Beethoven – the two young men played together in the court orchestra of the Elector of Cologne at Bonn, and remained lifelong chums. Like Beethoven, Reicha spent some time in Vienna during the early 19th century. Despite the similarity in the title characters’ names, this work has absolutely no connection to Bouilly’s drama on which Beethoven based Fidelio. Lenore is left behind to pine away while her fiancÚ goes off to war, and when the army returns, he isn’t among the soldiers. When he finally shows up after seven years’ absence, he calls to her to jump on his horse and go off with him to their marriage bed. But at the end, he turns into a skeleton and she drops dead. The plot is apparently pretty thin and the characters are one-dimensional. But I figured a composition by one of Ludwig van B’s pals with Camilla Nylund singing the title role should be just my cup of tea.

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

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    Another visit to the secondhand store, more great deals. I'm saving money all the way to the poorhouse.














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    Wow, some fundamental recordings there.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Wow, some fundamental recordings there.
    And these are only the ones I snagged--I couldn't afford to take *everything.*

    Apparently, all these recent acquisitions of mine were sold to the store by this one guy--clearly a long-time collector with some discrimination. I only hope, whoever he is, it's not an ominous sign that he's divesting himself of his possessions this way. But at least they're finding an appreciative new home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    And these are only the ones I snagged--I couldn't afford to take *everything.*

    Apparently, all these recent acquisitions of mine were sold to the store by this one guy--clearly a long-time collector with some discrimination. I only hope, whoever he is, it's not an ominous sign that he's divesting himself of his possessions this way. But at least they're finding an appreciative new home.
    Yes, I was thinking - who would get rid of all those great recordings? But maybe he is having to downsize and has decided to keep digital-only versions...
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Yes, I was thinking - who would get rid of all those great recordings? But maybe he is having to downsize and has decided to keep digital-only versions...
    Maybe . . . though that wouldn't be *my* main criterion for separating the wheat from the chaff.

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