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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Another download from Presto Classical. Love this instant gratification!
    Nice cover, I like those hummingbird illustrations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Nice cover, I like those hummingbird illustrations.
    Have you not got this, HC? It is stunningly beautifully glorious!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Have you not got this, HC? It is stunningly beautifully glorious!
    Not yet. It is a new release. I have been hoarding other materials lately, especially things on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Have you not got this, HC? It is stunningly beautifully glorious!
    Along the same lines also on the boutique Glossa label are Italian Cantata series by young Handel during his formative early years in Italy also featuring Roberta Invernizzi and other equally beautiful singers......I think there are 6-7 of these now, pricey but intimate sound is pristine like personal live performance just for you


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesteralen View Post
    Attachment 891

    Don't ask me how I like it. The thread just says 'purchased', not 'listened to'.
    I picked up that one not too long ago... and quite liked it.
    "Suppose you were an idiot ... And suppose you were a member of
    Congress .. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Along the same lines also on the boutique Glossa label are Italian Cantata series by young Handel during his formative early years in Italy also featuring Roberta Invernizzi and other equally beautiful singers......I think there are 6-7 of these now, pricey but intimate sound is pristine like personal live performance just for you
    First rate recordings. 7 single CD volumes. Highly recommended.

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    MET Ring blu ray.....on its way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    MET Ring blu ray.....on its way
    The staging looked semi-traditional? I like it. Might be one to buy. This production has nothing to do with James Levine's other set, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    The staging looked semi-traditional? I like it. Might be one to buy. This production has nothing to do with James Levine's other set, right?
    No, it doesn't, it's totally new, with the famous Machine we've been talking about. Other than the Machine and its video projections, everything else in this production is traditionalist. In a nutshell (thousands of pages have been written about this production, but here is my bottom line, for what it's worth): Singers generally try hard and do well, although they're not perfect (there are ups and downs, you'll see). Orchestral playing is variable as well (half of it is under Levine, half under Luisi - I much prefer Levine's half). Staging is interesting in certain points but generally dismal with the Machine occupying way too much space and making the stage seem cramped. Overall an interesting Ring to see once, but ultimately forgettable, I think. It's not even close to being my favorite Ring on video, which remains the Barenboim version.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    The staging looked semi-traditional? I like it. Might be one to buy. This production has nothing to do with James Levine's other set, right?
    This trailer will answer your questions......welcome to the machine


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    I've seen it at the cinema and I am absolutely NOT buying it, although I might be tempted by Walkure if ever sold separately, just for lovely Jonas.
    Natalie

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    One for the price discounts, then. In fact, that has always been the case with my DVD/Blu-rays (helps me to focus ...) The staging looked interesting. But no, I'm not mad about it to buy it now/soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    One for the price discounts, then. In fact, that has always been the case with my DVD/Blu-rays (helps me to focus ...) The staging looked interesting. But no, I'm not mad about it to buy it now/soon.
    We are stuck with this MET Ring, maybe another 20 years before new one is staged at MET.......
    at least we have good sound and picture quality

    Could be worse as demonstrated by recent mega budget hollywood LA Ring (cartoon show)
    even though some scences/characters look interesting in a bizarre way, surprised there is no DVD version available at this time



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post

    That just looks ridiculous.

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    Stuck with this Met Ring is right, that's why I said Peter Gelb should have the courage to dump it and restart from scratch, regardless of the money they would lose. It would be the most courageous decision of his tenure and one that would buy him lots of points and goodwill, showing capacity to reassess, correct course, self-criticize, and would demonstrate more artistic preoccupation than financial focus. To continue to promote this Ring for another twenty years in my opinion will badly backfire and will soon become a reason for scorn and satire. Passed the novelty, this Ring will start to collect boos, and it will become thoroughly embarrassing.

    You know, as much as Domingo put his foot in his mouth with the LA Ring and lost 6 million on it, at least we don't see him trying to stick with it and promote it in any way (that's exactly why there isn't a DVD of it, DA, because it was seen as a ridiculous failure).

    While Gelb's Ring was not a disaster like Domingo's, it is by now exceedingly clear that it is not and will never be the standard for a modern Ring, and the Met should rather pull away from it and then create that standard, learning from the mistakes, and finally delivering a decent product. The Met has the resources to create a phenomenal modern Ring if they want to do it right, and this one was definitely not it. Failing to see it, mark my words, will be a colossal mistake for Mr. Gelb's tenure.

    At Natalie: yes, Die Walküre was the best part of the Met's Ring. This production is not without merits (the biggest ones belong to the singers rather than to the stage director) but like I said, globally speaking it is still a failure.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); September 12th, 2012 at 12:49 PM.
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