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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    and as obviously there's something very wrong with me (and they're on sale at Presto)

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    Mmmmm. Nothing like a little easy listening for a lazy summer afternoon!

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    I DO like that Karajan recording. Very exciting.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    and as obviously there's something very wrong with me (and they're on sale at Presto)

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    These old Met broadcasts have some atrocious sound issues, but don't sell them short. Some phenomenal singing, in historic performances. Helen Traubel's first Brünnhilde; Astrid Varnay's first stage appearance *ever* (as Sieglinde); Marjorie Lawrence's crowd-thrilling moment as the first Met soprano ever to ride an actual horse onto the funeral pyre; Lauritz Melchior's only complete recordings of the two Siegfrieds. Approach them in the right spirit, and these are recordings to treasure.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    These old Met broadcasts have some atrocious sound issues, but don't sell them short. Some phenomenal singing, in historic performances. Helen Traubel's first Brünnhilde; Astrid Varnay's first stage appearance *ever* (as Sieglinde); Marjorie Lawrence's crowd-thrilling moment as the first Met soprano ever to ride an actual horse onto the funeral pyre; Lauritz Melchior's only complete recordings of the two Siegfrieds. Approach them in the right spirit, and these are recordings to treasure.
    I did remember you talking about the rough parts and the merits of these recordings a while ago and I thought at that time that I would give them a go if and when they came out on an offer. I'm looking forward to hearing them.

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    might be a bit of a wild stab in the dark but

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I did remember you talking about the rough parts and the merits of these recordings a while ago and I thought at that time that I would give them a go if and when they came out on an offer. I'm looking forward to hearing them.
    I just imagine I've gone back in time some seventy-five years and am listening to an actual live Met radio broadcast. Even if the reception isn't always so good, it makes for a thrilling Saturday afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    might be a bit of a wild stab in the dark but

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    I've got this and I definitely enjoyed it (gave it 5 stars as a recording)
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    Oh that's so good to hear!

    (stupid goldfish brain here doesn't remember...)

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    Sunday afternoon. Secondhand store. I went crazy.

















    Several of these are operas I don't know well, if at all. But for highly-rated recordings at a little less than $8 an opera, I figure it's a worthwhile investment to expand my horizons.

    Mostly, though, I blame all of you.
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    I have these recordings of Il Viaggio a Reims, Giovanna d'Arco, Attila, and the video version of The Bartered Bride with the same soloists -- all of them are fabulous! Enjoy!

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    nice finds! The Ernani recording is fabulous.

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    Thanks, guys. Now I feel a little more secure in my decisions.

    The only problem: I'm rapidly running out of space on the CD shelf I bought not that long ago. Yet another expense on the horizon!

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

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    Going on a Meistersinger binge. Just nabbed these two on Ebay auction for total $19.40 shipped (combined cost for both). I already have Levine and Mackerras. I do want Jurowski too, but pricey at this time.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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