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    I started watching Die Walküre from la Scala on Youtube but there was a break in the last act and then I realised that what I really needed at this moment of near-bankruptcy was A WHOLE NEW RING ON DVD. Götterdämmerung will slip into the basket when it comes out.




    Then, to counteract all the over-the-topness of Wagner, a little baroque fun:

    Natalie

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    The Sunday Times printed;

    "while Francesca Lombardi’s Melanto and Makoto Sakurada’s Eurimaco — doubling as Telemachus — make aural sex of their ecstatic love scene. An enthralling set"

    Righto then. I'm having some of that.

    Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    Anizio Zorzi Giustiniani (Ulisse), Josè Maria Lo Monaco (Penelope), Roberta Mameli (Minerva), Makoto Sakurada (Telemaco, Eurimaco), Salvo Vitale (Nettuno), Giorgia Milanesi (Giunone) with Francesca Cassinari, Vincenzo Di Donato, Marco Bussi, Alessio Tossi, Roberto Balconi, Paolo Antognetti, Francesca Lombardi, Luca Dordolo, Marta Fumagall
    La Venexiana,
    Claudio Cavina

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    Oh yes.

    There was also this.

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    Well, last week was all of Mozart's operas, why not all of Bellini's this week! :lol: I've never heard a note of Bellini outside of Casta Diva, but was wanting to try out Bel Canto, and wouldn't you know Amazon has an MP3 version of his opera boxed set available for a mere $9.49. I couldn't say no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Well, last week was all of Mozart's operas, why not all of Bellini's this week! :lol: I've never heard a note of Bellini outside of Casta Diva, but was wanting to try out Bel Canto, and wouldn't you know Amazon has an MP3 version of his opera boxed set available for a mere $9.49. I couldn't say no.
    Oh what a bargain this is too!
    I think if you like Casta Diva then you are to be rewarded with many, many hours of delight with his complete operas!

    Whilst Casta Diva is a very pretty song, it is just one example of many, many beautiful passages in his operas.
    His later five operas would probably be in most peoples top choices and are certainly mine.

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    Cancer boy gets whatever he wants.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    That's all well and good, but I prefer my requiems livened with some dirty jokes and a slip on a banana peel every now and then.
    I think this requiem is one of the regular kinds but let me know if I should be listening to it; it is a super cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I think this requiem is one of the regular kinds but let me know if I should be listening to it; it is a super cast.
    I'm not sure the Verdi Requiem is "one of the regular kinds"; some have called it Verdi's greatest opera, because it's so dramatic and compelling. And with four of the top operatic singers of our day, under the strong leadership of Barenboim, this is definitely the Requiem of our generation. A must have!

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    Afternoon walk in the increasingly rare dry and sunny Berko...

    I found a Rossini opera in the charity shop on the high street, brand new. Well, I had to try...

    Rossini: Matilde di Shabran
    Annick Massis (Matilde), Juan Diego Florez (Corradino Cuor di Ferro), Bruno Taddia (Raimondo Lopez), Hadar Halevy (Edoardo), Marco Vinco (Aliprando), Bruno de Simone (Isidoro), Chiara Chialli (Contessa d'Arco), Carlo Lepore (Ginardo), Gregory Bonfatti (Egoldo), Lubomir Moravec (Rodrigo)
    Orquesta Sinfonica De Galicia with the Prague Chamber Choir, Riccardo Frizza
    Recorded live at the 2004 Pesaro Rossini Festival.

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    Natalie

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    Commended by a silent and violent voice (and my respect for this record label),

    Vesselina Kasarova (Zayda), Giuseppe Filianoti (Dom Sébastien), Alastair Miles (Dom Juam de Sylva), Simon Keenlyside (Abayaldos), Carmelo Corrado Caruso (Camoëns), Roberto Gleadow (Dom Henrique), John Upperton (Dom Antonio/First Inquisitor), Lee Hickenbottom (Second Inquisitor), Andrew Slater (Den-Sélim), Martyn Hill (Dom Luis), Nigel Cliffe (Soldier), John Bernays (Third Inquisitor),
    The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
    Mark Elder

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    Baroque mania...

    Handel: Acis and Galatea
    Sophie Daneman (Galatea), Paul Agnew (Acis), Alan Ewing (Polyphemus), Francois Piolino (Tenor), David Le Monnier (Baritone), Andrew Sinclair (Tenor), Joseph Cornwell (Coridon) & Patricia Petibon (Damon)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Baroque mania...

    Handel: Acis and Galatea
    Sophie Daneman (Galatea), Paul Agnew (Acis), Alan Ewing (Polyphemus), Francois Piolino (Tenor), David Le Monnier (Baritone), Andrew Sinclair (Tenor), Joseph Cornwell (Coridon) & Patricia Petibon (Damon)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie

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    Isn't this possibly the cutest English aria ever? (particularly funny in view of the fact that it is being sung by a raging one-eyed giant)

    Natalie

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    I couldn't help but order this one from Amazon after reading Almaviva's review in the cd/dvd thread. I'm curious as I've never listened to a pastiche before, but G-Han reportedly pasted some of his best music on it. Should arrive soon, I hope.

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    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    I kind of went on a buying spree - someone has to do something to keep bricks and mortar music stores in business, after all. I'm looking forward to next week's business statistics and expect to see that, following my stay in the E.U., that my spending finally succeeded in pulling the continent out of recession...

    That said:

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    (remastered in 24 BIT/96 kHz) (also remastered)


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    (1954 - not apparently remastered, but sounds great!)

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    (Böhm/Bayreuth 1967) (Lucia remastered, sounds terrific, and a good price @ $16 (Euro 12)


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    (remastered)

    Will continue in another post.

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