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    Guess it's not a good idea to put stuff side by side like that..

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    (Fritz Wunderlich as Alfredo!)



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    (more Wunderlich)


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    Oh, and almost forgot:

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    I see you fun in the stores.

    I can't see all the details of the records. Please give details of the records as you post in the "what I've been listening to" thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I see you fun in the stores.

    I can't see all the details of the records. Please give details of the records as you post in the "what I've been listening to" thread...
    1. La Straniera
    Since I love Bellini, and didn't know the opera, I had to buy it. The opera is very good - though there are bits and pieces that are very familiar that Bellini cribbed from later on. Caballe is Caballe - in sweet, pure voice at the top of her form in 1969. I'm very happy with the CD.

    2. Don Giovanni
    I bought this because it is a remaster and features an exceptionally strong cast and, of course, because I love George London. An excellent recording with top sound.

    3. Cosi fan Tutte
    I own the Solti (Decca) recording with Renee Fleming that leaves me cold - and struggling to appreciate the opera. This Karajan from 1954 may or may not be remastered - it doesn't say so - but it is a warm, lovely performance with both Schwarzkopf and Söderström in peak form. It makes me happy.

    4. Lucia di Lammermoor
    I know that both Clayton and Dark Angel have raved about the remastered Callas recording purchased from Pristine or Divina Records (I don't recall which), so when I saw this remaster on the shelf, it was a no-brainer. Wonderful. Callas was at the top of her game, in sweet beautiful voice with her awesome technique, that made me want to play it over again as soon as it finished. It probably isn't as good as the ones bought from those specialty companies, but it's a marvel to hear Callas as she should be heard.

    5. Norma I've already covered. Great recording of Suliotis.

    6. Le Nozze di Figaro
    I played this at a friend's place while I was in Berlin, and thought it kind of an eccentric recording - not lush and beautiful like my fave Solti CD. Needs another listen.

    There you have it - to date. Stay tuned.

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    It is unfortunate that opera releases remain so very expensive compared to other media releases, for instance this week for the same price do I buy Parsifal blu ray (Kaufmann) or season 3 of Game of Thrones blu ray, both about same price.

    I will buy both of course...........


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
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    ...season 3 of Game of Thrones...
    ?

    Wikipedia to the rescue.

    hmm. Normally something with Sean Bean in sells very well here (alternatively anything he sells in adverts sells well).

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    That La Traviata with Stratas and Wunderlich looks awfully tempting, especially since it's sung in the original Italian and not a German translation. I may have to do some checking on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    That La Traviata with Stratas and Wunderlich looks awfully tempting, especially since it's sung in the original Italian and not a German translation. I may have to do some checking on Amazon.
    It is a great cast - I haven't listened to it yet, but will bump it up to the top of my list.

    I listened to the Wunderlich Tannhäuser this morning, and on first listen, wasn't crazy about it. I don't think FW had a classic heldentenor voice, which makes him sound kind of, well, weird in the role. Elizabeth Grummer is great - as always, as is Hans Hopf. The one interesting thing about the recording is the use of bells - in the shepherd's aria, there is the distinct clinking sound of bells that might have been on goats - very atmospheric - and, I think when the Pilgrims' Chorus first appears, they are accompanied by the pronounced sound of church bells in the distance - also very atmospheric.

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    Isn't Walther von der Vogelweide usually sung by a lyric tenor? (Of course, Siegfried Jerusalem sings the role in the audio version of Tannhäuser that I have; the video from Baden-Baden has Marcel Reijans.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Isn't Walther von der Vogelweide usually sung by a lyric tenor? (Of course, Siegfried Jerusalem sings the role in the audio version of Tannhäuser that I have; the video from Baden-Baden has Marcel Reijans.)
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    This is the other version I have - which I love. Walther von der Vogelweide is sung by Horst R. Laubenthal - all the principals are terrific.

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    These two are on the way. I've been wanting to get the Alcina with Auger for some time. The Tamerlano I bought on impulse, which happens to me sometime. The regular picture uploader wouldn't work for me in this thread, for some reason. So, I tried the basic version and the images came up really big. Needlessly so. Sorry.

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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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    The latter came with a nice little present (with the first 200 sold, I think)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    These two are on the way. I've been wanting to get the Alcina with Auger for some time. The Tamerlano I bought on impulse, which happens to me sometime. The regular picture uploader wouldn't work for me in this thread, for some reason. So, I tried the basic version and the images came up really big. Needlessly so. Sorry.

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    Arleen Auger is wonderful. I thought maybe I would add this Alcina recording, but then my Visa bill arrived yesterday afternoon. I'm afraid to open it.

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    Teatro Alla Scala Memories 1957

    Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    Callas, Maria; Carturan, Gabriella; Clabassi, Plinio; Raimondi, Gianni; Rossi-Lemeni, Nicola; Rumbo, Luigi; Simionato, Giulietta

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    I didn't have any plans to buy at the Scala but then again, we never do do we?

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    Teatro Alla Scala Memories 1964

    Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
    Bergonzi, Carlo; Cappuccilli, Piero; De Palma, Piero; Fiorentini, Mirella; Ricciardi, Franco; Simionato, Giulietta; Tucci, Gabriella; Vinco, Ivo

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    I wanted to buy the whole collection...

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    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Giacomo Aragall (Romeo), Renata Scotto (Giulietta), Luciano Pavarotti (Tebaldo), Agostino Ferrin (Capellio), Alfredo Giacomotti (Lorenzo)
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala,
    Claudio Abbado
    Recorded live Teatro alla Scala di Milano 1968

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    The first recording I heard of I Capuleti e i Montecchi and of Luciano Pavarotti, except in my tiny mind it was Napoli. Does this recording exist or was I confused with this?

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