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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I admire your restraint!
    It was tough, but I made it!
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    On the other hand, my first purchase of the new year is likely to be another CD shelf. Clearly, I'm not planning on much restraint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    That is an absolutely superb performance; I'm looking forward to hearing what the recording quality is like.
    This came today

    so in answer to Clayton's question, here is a link to the first 36 seconds of track 7, disk 1, Siegfried:

    Und_diese_Stcke_sollst_du_mir_schmieden

    Pretty decent sound really for the price I paid ($5.97 shipped in VG condition). They are still listing the used VG for $1.98 at the same seller I bought from, so must have more than one copy. Libretto in German only, but they do have a paragraph or two in English on Krauss and each main singer.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DY45DA/

    It is easy to simply play this into speakers, but to split out the tracks would be a nightmare of an effort as some tracks are split into smaller pieces, apparently to accommodate the track breaks on the right channel disk.

    EDIT: The set comes in a big fat, well-constructed slipcase that holds the book and two double wide jewel cases. It would have been much nicer and more compact in a clamshell cardboard box and either paper or cardboard sleeves for the disks. But hey, not complaining, just dreaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    It was tough, but I made it!
    Well, here we are. Day 4 of the new year and I have only purchased one CD set. I am toying with getting another Hansel and Gretel set though and if there had been sound clips I might have hit buy.

    Got this at Dearborn Music on Monday (mine is the set with bonus disk having 3 extra tracks and with a 100 page castrato dictionary). This singing on this is absolutely wonderful! The castrato dictionary has some creepy stuff. Did you know that Haydn was nearly castrated as boy but for his father intervening? An uncle recommended castration for Rossini but his mother did well to not take the advice. Horrible CD cover though.
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    SOUND CLIPS. Bonus of three Carmen tracks with Cossotto!
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    I know. Mixed reviews on this one, but Sonnambula is one of my favorite operas, and was my third opera I ever purchased, so to get the only one with a mezzo Amina is worthwhile. There is Florez too. But probably the best Roldolfo I have ever heard in Ildebrando D'Arcangelo. Besides, I am afflicted with Bartoli fever!
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    I didn't purchase this, rather I received it from my mother as a Christmas gift


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    currently being disposed of at 50% direct from label Opera Rara http://www.opera-rara.com/maria-padilla.html

    Donizetti: Maria Padilla
    Lois McDonal (Maria), Della Jones (Ines), Graham Clark (Don Ruiz), Christian du Plessis (Don Pedro), Roderick Earle (Ramiro), Ian Caley (Don Luigi), Roderick Kennedy (Don Alfonso)
    London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Alun Francis

    a re-issue of one their older recordings made in 1980. I do not know this opera but it does sound interesting and I'm looking forward to listening to it.

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    ^ Never heard of it before. Looked it up on Wikipedia and it seems like a pretty good story but for that, at the end, Maria dies of joy. But that is much better than the original ending, which Wikipedia says was changed by the censors and had Maria commit suicide.
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    Couldn't help myself. These were $4 each shipped. Plus, I had to have some James Morris Wotan (love him on my DVD Levine 1990 set), but didn't feel the entire cycle worth buying (if it were the DVD sound track I would feel differently about it):


    This will give me a decent look at Bohm's Ring and is a nice size for playing in the car:
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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    From the little shop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Couldn't help myself. These were $4 each shipped.
    We should all face such temptation.

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