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    More of today's spree at the Little Shop.





    Lotte Lehmann, often called the greatest Marschallin of all time, in the two famous recordings of her signature role: the 1933 studio excerpts, with the great Elisabeth Schumann, and the 1939 Met radio broadcast under Artur Bodanzky, featuring the young Risë Stevens, Emanuel List, and Friedrich Schorr.

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    Ring Addiction Strikes Again!


    My horde now consists of:

    Goodall Ring
    Sawallisch Ring
    Swarowsky Ring
    Solti Ring
    Krauss Ring
    Janowski Ring
    Neuhold Ring
    Levine Ring

    And to think that on December 1, 2016, I only had one Ring cycle: Neuhold.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    My horde now consists of:

    Goodall Ring
    Sawallisch Ring
    Swarowsky Ring
    Solti Ring
    Krauss Ring
    Janowski Ring
    Neuhold Ring
    Levine Ring
    Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
    Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
    Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
    One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Nice. I have that on my birthday wish list.

    As for the Rings have you actually heard all of your acquisitions yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Nice. I have that on my birthday wish list.

    As for the Rings have you actually heard all of your acquisitions yet?
    That is my third Tosca DVD (plus the Callas Act II video, which is excellent).

    I have heard all the rings on my list because the one that is in the mail (Levine) I had just finished listening to from library sign outs. But my listening has been limited and, with the one exception pointed out below, all the listening has been within the past 2.5 months:

    2x Goodall Ring
    2x Sawallisch Ring
    1x Swarowsky Ring
    2x Solti Ring
    1x Krauss Ring
    1x Janowski Ring
    2x Neuhold Ring (first time way back in Jan 2016 when I got the 43-CD Wagner set)
    1x Levine Ring

    So, kind of hard to prioritize, but I do very much like Behrens and so Levine and Sawallisch are at the top for that. Goodall is up near the top and Swarowsky is up there as a unique set with very prominent vocals. I have heard a lot of raving about how wonderful Solti's set is and how it is the best, but I fail to see where it stands out. It is a good ring, but I don't consider it to be that special.
    Last edited by Florestan; March 3rd, 2017 at 04:42 AM. Reason: corrected number of Tosca DVDs down one.
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    Just out today:

    Natalie

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    That's an interesting choice of work that Opera Rara looked at. I'll look forward to hearing your comments.

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    Went with that Adelson e Salvini today too.

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    I'm going through withdrawal.

    The used book/CD store where I've made so many purchase has been closed the last four days--one of the owners had a fall and cracked a vertebra. They're not sure when they'll reopen.

    Meanwhile I had my eye on a couple of historical opera recordings and had decided to pull the trigger. Now I'll have to wait and hope my prizes haven't somehow disappeared during the hiatus.

    Fever, shivers, cold sweats . . . Who knew cold turkey could be this hard?
    Last edited by Amfortas; March 7th, 2017 at 12:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I'm going through withdrawal.

    The used book/CD store where I've made so many purchase has been closed the last four days--one of the owners had a fall and cracked a vertebra. They're not sure when they'll reopen.

    Meanwhile I had my eye on a couple of historical opera recordings and had decided to pull the trigger. Now I'll have to wait and hope my prizes haven't somehow disappeared during the hiatus.

    Fever, shivers, cold sweats . . . Who knew cold turkey could be this hard?
    This is a very distressing situation. I hope they will reopen soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I'm going through withdrawal.

    The used book/CD store where I've made so many purchase has been closed the last four days--one of the owners had a fall and cracked a vertebra. They're not sure when they'll reopen.

    Meanwhile I had my eye on a couple of historical opera recordings and had decided to pull the trigger. Now I'll have to wait and hope my prizes haven't somehow disappeared during the hiatus.

    Fever, shivers, cold sweats . . . Who knew cold turkey could be this hard?
    Oh dear. I would send a bunch of flowers (plastic, as some hospitals don't like real flowers and silk are way too expensive) and a get well card with a note at the bottom offering to help at the store for a couple of hours a day during recovery...

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    There's a beautiful blue sky today, a welcome change from blustery winds and showers we have had for what seems like a couple of weeks. We went for a walk by the canal and the spring flowers are celebrating the day with a party of yellows, reds, violets, pinks and fresh spring greens.

    I popped into the charity shop and found something that was snapped up straight away.

    Name:  Iolanta - Valery Gergiev 1994 Kirov Opera and orchestra.jpg
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    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
    Galina Gorchakova (Iolanta), Sergei Alexashkin (René), Gegam Grigorian (Vaudemont), Nikolai Putilin (Ibn-Hakia), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Robert), Nikolai Gassiev (Almeric), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (Bertrand), Larissa Diadkova (Martha), Tatiana Kravtsova (Brigitta), Olga Korzhenskaya (Laura)
    Orchestra of the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev
    Recorded Mariinsky Theatr, St Petersburg July 1994


    I'm tying a knot in my handkerchief to remember this is a different interpretation to the Villaume/Netrebko (so I don't get thrown when I see/hear something very different).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    There's a beautiful blue sky today, a welcome change from blustery winds and showers we have had for what seems like a couple of weeks. We went for a walk by the canal and the spring flowers are celebrating the day with a party of yellows, reds, violets, pinks and fresh spring greens.

    I popped into the charity shop and found something that was snapped up straight away.

    Name:  Iolanta - Valery Gergiev 1994 Kirov Opera and orchestra.jpg
Views: 81
Size:  39.9 KB

    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
    Galina Gorchakova (Iolanta), Sergei Alexashkin (René), Gegam Grigorian (Vaudemont), Nikolai Putilin (Ibn-Hakia), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Robert), Nikolai Gassiev (Almeric), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (Bertrand), Larissa Diadkova (Martha), Tatiana Kravtsova (Brigitta), Olga Korzhenskaya (Laura)
    Orchestra of the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev
    Recorded Mariinsky Theatr, St Petersburg July 1994


    I'm tying a knot in my handkerchief to remember this is a different interpretation to the Villaume/Netrebko (so I don't get thrown when I see/hear something very different).
    Nice line up of singers though.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    There's a beautiful blue sky today, a welcome change from blustery winds and showers we have had for what seems like a couple of weeks. We went for a walk by the canal and the spring flowers are celebrating the day with a party of yellows, reds, violets, pinks and fresh spring greens.

    I popped into the charity shop and found something that was snapped up straight away.

    Name:  Iolanta - Valery Gergiev 1994 Kirov Opera and orchestra.jpg
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Size:  39.9 KB

    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
    Galina Gorchakova (Iolanta), Sergei Alexashkin (René), Gegam Grigorian (Vaudemont), Nikolai Putilin (Ibn-Hakia), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Robert), Nikolai Gassiev (Almeric), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (Bertrand), Larissa Diadkova (Martha), Tatiana Kravtsova (Brigitta), Olga Korzhenskaya (Laura)
    Orchestra of the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev
    Recorded Mariinsky Theatr, St Petersburg July 1994


    I'm tying a knot in my handkerchief to remember this is a different interpretation to the Villaume/Netrebko (so I don't get thrown when I see/hear something very different).
    This is a beautiful recording

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