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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I have that opera - a recording from 1959 that was in that box of operas I bought a year or so ago, and haven't been brave enough to listen to. Let me know if you like it, and I'll pull it out from the bottom of the ULP.
    I believe there are substantial differences between the old recording and this new critical edition, but I'll certainly let you know.
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    Library sale. I have never heard either of these operas so this should be a treat.

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    Toward celebrating my progress on recovering, two purchases today with another couple to follow tomorrow:


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    The balance of my celebratory purchases:


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    For the life of me, I don't understand why I seem to be the only one here who adores this opera. It is extraordinary Rossini at his most brilliantly melodic. This set brings the number of Semiramides I own to 5. This particular set, according to "Fanfare" magazine critics is important for being complete, though the voices, apparently, are acceptable at best. However, at about $9.00, including shipping, how can I go wrong?


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    According to "Fanfare", this recording is a must for the stunning singing of Marilyn Horne, and I am helpless at the very thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    According to "Fanfare", this recording is a must for the stunning singing of Marilyn Horne, and I am helpless at the very thought.
    Marilyn Horne is quite wonderful. I read that of my Larmore L'italiana in Algeri posted above, that Horne has Larmore beat in that opera, so I may need to look up the Horne recording of it.
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    I am pretty keen on Semiramide too!
    Natalie

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Marilyn Horne is quite wonderful. I read that of my Larmore L'italiana in Algeri posted above, that Horne has Larmore beat in that opera, so I may need to look up the Horne recording of it.
    I just re-read this and can't believe I didn't jump on it. The Horne L'Italiana in Algeri comes close to being a One True Recording - so, it is a revelation in wait for you. It's like Rossini knew that Marilyn Horne would come along in a couple hundred years and make this opera the burst of sunlight thru the clouds that it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just re-read this and can't believe I didn't jump on it. The Horne L'Italiana in Algeri comes close to being a One True Recording - so, it is a revelation in wait for you. It's like Rossini knew that Marilyn Horne would come along in a couple hundred years and make this opera the burst of sunlight thru the clouds that it is.
    Presumably you are referring to this one:


    and not this one:
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    Exactly right.

    I forgot to mention that the Scimone recording from 1981 also features an early Kathleen Battle - long before she ran into Diva problems with the Met, and Samuel Ramey in his prime.

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    I bought Wagner's Ring by Solti, and Shostakovich's The Nose/Gamblers by Rozhdestvensky.

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    I've been listening to favorite sopranos recently
    So today I picked up recordings used on Amazon to add to that particular collection. One album of Renata Tebaldi, and another of Beverly Sills.




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    Oh! One more. just pre-ordered this


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    This is very cool despite the presence of Mr Shouty.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Wonderful set and a fun song at the end.

    Edit to add the fun song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59dRw-I0gcs
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