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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    To borrow a line from Oscar Wilde, I can resist everything but temptation.

    Thanks to Hoffmann for the tip!
    I haven't received my copy yet, so don't know if it's any good. Qualifying consideration, of course, is that it's Wunderlich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Tristan und Isolde
    Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig, Martti Talvela, Eberhard Waechter
    Karl Bohm

    Attachment 3036

    Err... 40% off at Presto

    Lohengrin
    Siegfried Jerusalem, Cheryl Studer, Waltraud Meier, Hartmut Welker
    Claudio Abbado

    Attachment 3037

    Not what Hoffmann recommended but this was 40% off again and available for next day delivery (have appointments over the next week).
    Never let it be said that I'm not susceptible to 40% off! Great cast on that cd - Waltraud Meier and Siegfried Jerusalem for 40% off is a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    ***Any concepts of purchasing budgets have been discarded and thrown in the gutter with all the other cheap waste. There is very little planning and absolutely no control.***

    I am signing up for Opera Anonymous straight away.

    Just as soon as I can figure out where.
    The good news is that you can maintain your habit while searching for the 12 step Anonymous group How's that mega shopping trolley working out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Okay, today I was calmly driving home and passed by a 2001 store (2001 is the biggest and best video rental service in the city, famous for having cult and rare releases you can't find anywhere else) which is closing down because nobody rents physical media anymore, and they had a sign ON SALE: DVDS FOR $1 $2 $5 & $10 and I was like WHY NOT? and stopped by.

    Shelves were mostly quite empty already, but for my absolute surprise they had a huge opera DVD archive which was practically untouched. I bought 61 (sixty-one) DVDs for 2 bucks each. The girl was very pleased, she thought those would never sell.

    Thank you, heaven, for this day.
    Too bad no blu ray opera sets, still great find........

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    I'm going back there tomorrow with more money and a box.

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    That's great in a way, but of course sad for the shop. The same has happened with my local cult/indie/festival DVD shop after 20 years. No opera bargains though!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    Never saw that before, they are selling Ring on USB drives now? CD format music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Never saw that before, they are selling Ring on USB drives now? CD format music?
    Here are the specs, all on a stick:

    Das Rheingold

    John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

    Die Walküre

    Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

    Siegfried

    Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

    Götterdämmerung

    Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

    Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

    Contents:

    Music

    Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

    Video

    • BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

    • ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

    Full libretto

    • The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

    Specially designed software application featuring:

    • Synopses and Articles:

    Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

    aspects of the Ring and its production.

    • Leitmotif extracts and scores:

    An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

    • Illustrated comic strip:

    An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

    • Photos, biographies and other editorial
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Here are the specs, all on a stick:

    Das Rheingold

    John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

    Die Walküre

    Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

    Siegfried

    Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

    Götterdämmerung

    Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

    Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

    Contents:

    Music

    Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

    Video

    • BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

    • ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

    Full libretto

    • The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

    Specially designed software application featuring:

    • Synopses and Articles:

    Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

    aspects of the Ring and its production.

    • Leitmotif extracts and scores:

    An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

    • Illustrated comic strip:

    An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

    • Photos, biographies and other editorial
    Wow! Can you imagine the size of an old LP box set with all of these materials?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    Presto has it for 40% lower price than CD set, you get extra bonus features plus includes two audio formats CD (wav) and 320 mp3, good idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Presto has it for 40% lower price than CD set, you get extra bonus features plus includes two audio formats CD (wav) and 320 mp3, good idea!
    I also like how compact it is.

    The other half had mild words about the disappearance of a few books to make room for DVDs (all Victorian novels I can get on Gutenberg, I'm not a complete philistine) and asked mildly whether I limit the purchases. I said "of course I limit", but discretion is the better part of valour.
    Natalie

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    Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin, Romina Basso, Emöke Barath, Filippo Mineccia
    Il Complesso Barocco
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    With the progress of the current round of "favourite opera" poll, I could resist no longer.

    My self imposed purchasing ban lasted 3 days.

    Absolutely no control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 by George Frideric Handel
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin, Romina Basso, Emöke Barath, Filippo Mineccia
    Il Complesso Barocco
    Alan Curtis

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    With the progress of the current round of "favourite opera" poll, I could resist no longer.

    My self imposed purchasing ban lasted 3 days.

    Absolutely no control.
    I think it is the best CD set available overall so solid investment for that new stereo system (does wife get anything for Xmas, he he)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I think it is the best CD set available overall so solid investment for that new stereo system (does wife get anything for Xmas, he he)
    Oh &$@@%$£s! You hit on a difficult subject there! I was going to cheat and start a new thread called "your worst and best Xmas present ideas"... (Now) everyone will see how shallow I am (if I do).

    Post script; HarpsichordConcerto and your thread led me to this choice, so thank you!

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