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    Funny (for me at least) for 12 years my office was about 150 yards from 25 Brook Street, I must have walked past there at least 1370 times (on the way to my second office that had a license to sell...)

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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    Boris Christoff, Nicolai Gedda, Eugenia Zaraska, Kim Borg, Anderzej Bielecki
    Issay Dobrowen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    Boris Christoff, Nicolai Gedda, Eugenia Zaraska, Kim Borg, Anderzej Bielecki
    Issay Dobrowen

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    Boris Christoff is amazing - how's the sound?

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    I know very little French Baroque, but like what I have heard (Lully: Armide). So, I figured that, not having purchased anything in the last week, that it was time for a little Rameau:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    it was time for a little Rameau:
    For what it's worth, here is my opinion on some French baroque operas:

    Lully's Armide is great, you know that already. Atys is great too, if a bit overlong. I have the full version but also have an abridged CD, and actually I prefer to listen to the abridged one. I like Persée and Cadmus et Hermione a bit less, but they are all beautiful.

    Regarding Rameau, my favorites are Les Indes Galantes, and Zoroastre. I like Les Paladins and Castor et Pollux a bit less, and contrary to most critics who consider it a very superior opera, I never warmed up too much to Platée. I guess I need to give it another try.

    If you haven't heard/seen Les Indes Galantes yet, you really need this DVD; it's one of the best opera DVDs ever produced, with stellar cast, great staging, beautiful sets, and excellent conductor/orchestra:



    I know you prefer audio media, but being Les Indes Galantes an opera-ballet, you really do need the DVD version as opposed to a CD. The dances are an integral part of the experience, for this work, and are very well done in this production. It's a lot of fun!
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Regarding Rameau . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I really love this production. So cool.
    Natalie

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    My cd habit is bad enough.

    When I start to think about collecting cool dvds as well:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I really love this production. So cool.
    Oh yes, I forgot about this one. Great, too!
    "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 Hoffmann View Post
    My cd habit is bad enough.

    When I start to think about collecting cool dvds as well:
    Buddy, you really need this one. Trust me. It's just phenomenal. Les Indes Galantes with William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Danielle de Niese, Patricia Petibon... priceless.
    "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 Hoffmann View Post
    My cd habit is bad enough.

    When I start to think about collecting cool dvds as well:
    I strongly recommend this:



    A boxed set containing five of the productions we've been talking about, plus the grand motet "In Convertendo," at a much better price than if you bought them all separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Boris Christoff is amazing - how's the sound?
    I haven't received it yet. Reviews said good sound though. Presto's do allow you to listen to samples but my internet connection is too unstable this week.
    Rain

    Whaa..? Rain gives you unstable connection? I can' believe that!
    I know, I can't myself. Not really sure but that is the pattern.
    Have you complained?
    Don' get me started. I've now owned a computer for 3 years of which 20 months has been @#$$%&£ around with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I am very inclined to buy it solely because of the cover. I'm incorrigible on that.

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    Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride
    Mireille Delensch, Simon Keenlyside, Yann Beuron, Laurent Naouri, Alexia Cousin
    Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Louvre,
    Marc Minkowski

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    Gluck: Paride ed Elena
    Magdalena Kozena & Susan Gritton
    Gabrielli Consort & Players,
    Paul McCreesh

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    Dipping my toe again in to different waters...

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