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    Rameau arias to help gain a better perspective of Rameau's work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post

    Now you reminded me of Acis and Galatea, which Clayton NEEDS as well.


    Definitely!
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    This is out of stock on Amazon but available from good marketplace vendors such as importcds, classical music superstore, and moviemars, actually all three cheaper than Amazon (but still, the cheapest one, $61.18; a bit less when shipped from the UK but it will take much longer). Before I commit, please tell me more about the quality of these recordings and the quality of the operas themselves. Other than Admeto, I don't know any of the other five.
    The operas in boxset are all sold individually on Amazon with user reviews for each available (much cheaper in boxset), 1-2 of these are from earlier Alan Curtis period style but most are from 2000 onwards done in latest baroque style (influenced by Naive releases) both singing and orchestral in excellent sound quality, I especially like Radamisto.

    This is without a doubt a great buy for fans of Handel's intalian opera output, pretty sure Soave has this


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    I already have the Solti Aida with Leontyne Price and Jon Vickers, but since Martina Arroyo has been in the news here in DC for being honored at this year's Kennedy Center Honors, and considering that I don't have any recordings with Ms Arroyo, I bought this:

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    2013 Kennedy Center Honors
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    Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Martina Arroyo

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    Oh God! Black magic woman has been switched on in my brain.
    I know I'm not going to be able to turn it off for a while now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh God! Black magic woman has been switched on in my brain.
    I know I'm not going to be able to turn it off for a while now.
    It could be worse. Now I'm stuck with Shirley MacLaine singing "New York State of Mind"!!!

    Trivia Question: Without looking it up, name Shirley MacLaine's famous brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    It could be worse. Now I'm stuck with Shirley MacLaine singing "New York State of Mind"!!!

    Trivia Question: Without looking it up, name Shirley MacLaine's famous brother.
    Warren Beatty.

    Edit: Name the song written about him.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Warren Beatty.
    Yep! I learned that years ago, when I dated their cousin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Yep! I learned that years ago, when I dated their cousin.
    Dunno why I know that. Brain full of useless information.

    So see my edit.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Warren Beatty.

    Edit: Name the song written about him.
    Wouldn't be "You're So Vain", would it?

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    Absolutely!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Dunno why I know that. Brain full of useless information.

    So see my edit.
    Kind of scary to think how much of my brain also has been hoovered up by similar useless information...

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    I like very much Haendel, Giulio Cesare first of all.
    A very interesting Haendel's Opera is Agrippina, which has a different structure from the others, more open, with more duets and a comedian part which is interesting. The libretto is very fine and it's a strong venetian critical of Roman empire (and Pope).
    There are many good version of the opera (Jacobs, Gardiner) and a dvd not so bad (Malgoire).
    The opera is the only italian opera written by Haendel for Venice, music comes completely from the cantatas (very good music, there are beautiful 7 Glossa cd about it) and from the oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario View Post
    I like very much Haendel, Giulio Cesare first of all.
    A very interesting Haendel's Opera is Agrippina, which has a different structure from the others, more open, with more duets and a comedian part which is interesting. The libretto is very fine and it's a strong venetian critical of Roman empire (and Pope).
    There are many good version of the opera (Jacobs, Gardiner) and a dvd not so bad (Malgoire).
    The opera is the only italian opera written by Haendel for Venice, music comes completely from the cantatas (very good music, there are beautiful 7 Glossa cd about it) and from the oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno.
    The early italian cantatas are very nice and Glossa series is really great especially those with Roberta Invernizzi


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    Quote Originally Posted by mario View Post
    I like very much Haendel, Giulio Cesare first of all.
    A very interesting Haendel's Opera is Agrippina, which has a different structure from the others, more open, with more duets and a comedian part which is interesting. The libretto is very fine and it's a strong venetian critical of Roman empire (and Pope).
    There are many good version of the opera (Jacobs, Gardiner) and a dvd not so bad (Malgoire).
    The opera is the only italian opera written by Haendel for Venice, music comes completely from the cantatas (very good music, there are beautiful 7 Glossa cd about it) and from the oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno.
    Thanks, Mario. I bought the DVD.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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