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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I have made an initial test purchase of two Pristine Classical 32 bit XR remasters (with ambient stereo) of a couple Callas classics, 1953 Lucia di Lammermoor and 1955 live Norma.

    They cost a small fortune but the sound quality from extended samples is truely amazing!

    http://archive.constantcontact.com/f...303244015.html
    Hey DA,
    Please let us know what you think of these when you get them.
    I'm real interested in this companys products.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Hey DA,
    Please let us know what you think of these when you get them.
    I'm real interested in this companys products.
    thanks
    Absolutely will, I suspect this will not be my only order from Pristine classical
    There is about 4 week ship time wait however since each order must he hand made

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    You would not believe how much Handel I have added in last couple weeks
    For instance I completed a "trifecta" for Saul by buying the McCreesh version yesterday with counter tenor A Scholl




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    Well what about his one? highly recommended.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Well what about his one? highly recommended.

    Yeah I saw that but I would have to be completely insane to own 4 Sauls, right......?????
    (it does have one of your BFFs with Sarah Conolly)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Yeah I saw that but I would have to be completely insane to own 4 Sauls, right......?????
    yeah cos owning three is perfectly sane but, four , well, certifiable!
    Natalie

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    "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 Dark_Angel View Post
    Yeah I saw that but I would have to be completely insane to own 4 Sauls, right......?????
    (it does have one of your BFFs with Sarah Conolly)
    Not at all. I have eight versions of Saul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Not at all. I have eight versions of Saul.
    HarpsichordConcerto's Saul

    Sorry, better make that nine versions. I lose count sometimes ... (there is room for more)


















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    HarpsichordConcerto's Saul
    Sorry, better make that nine versions. I lose count sometimes ... (there is room for more)
    HC I was hoping you would "take the bait" and convince me I am not completely insane

    Now the question we must know, if you could ony have 1-2 versions of Saul which are your favorite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    HarpsichordConcerto's Saul

    Sorry, better make that nine versions. I lose count sometimes ... (there is room for more)

















    What? No Philip Ledger or Charles Mackerras? You are slipping up, HC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Alma, I thought I knew all of Handel's operas, but I have never heard of this one. Is it a pastiche, or perhaps Curtis' completion of a fragment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    Alma, I thought I knew all of Handel's operas, but I have never heard of this one. Is it a pastiche, or perhaps Curtis' completion of a fragment?
    Jupiter in Argos is a recently discovered pasticcio Handel assembled from his own previous opera music and arias, some parts were lost and recently composed in Handel's style by researcher John Roberts, should be fun

    There are now three known pasticci where Handel uses his own previous compositions:

    Oreste
    Alessandro Severo
    Giove in Argo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Jupiter in Argos is a recently discovered pasticcio Handel assembled from his own previous opera music and arias, some parts were lost and recently composed in Handel's style by researcher John Roberts, should be fun

    There are now three known pasticci where Handel uses his own previous compositions:

    Oreste
    Alessandro Severo
    Giove in Argo
    Thanks! I knew about Oreste, but the others are new to me. I will have to investigate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    HC I was hoping you would "take the bait" and convince me I am not completely insane

    Now the question we must know, if you could ony have 1-2 versions of Saul which are your favorite?
    I knew somebody would ask! In my mind, Handel's English oratorios were dramatic oratorios (exception being The Messiah). There are interpretations that take on a dramatic pace (which I personally prefer), and others that take on a more "sacred" and paced interpretation. This is a generalisation that tends to be quite consistent amongst those conductors who have recorded several of the oratorios. While I have a preference, I still do enjoy both in the collection. McCreesh and Jacobs for example would be amongst the former, while the new recording under Harry Christophers and Peter Neumann (MDG Gold label) would be amongst the later. They are all fine. It comes down to one's preference. This is the key difference with the oratorios. (The Naxos one above is the only one that I might not consider too about other than it was very cheap).

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