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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I'm toying with getting this - report back!
    You should absolutely get this. It's a powerful performance, with a strong vocal and acting cast, and Francesca Zambello's fluid staging keeps the action moving. If you like the opera at all, this DVD is a must-have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    You should absolutely get this. It's a powerful performance, with a strong vocal and acting cast, and Francesca Zambello's fluid staging keeps the action moving. If you like the opera at all, this DVD is a must-have.
    Thanks amfortas. In my Presto cart for next month's extravaganza.
    Natalie

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    Are there any recommendations for Porgy and Bess CD's? I sat next to a musician in the hotel bar and he strongly recommended to me to listen to it but I forgot to ask which recording (it was well past sensible drinking time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Are there any recommendations for Porgy and Bess CD's? I sat next to a musician in the hotel bar and he strongly recommended to me to listen to it but I forgot to ask which recording (it was well past sensible drinking time).
    I haven't listened to Porgy CDs, but two seem to be the clear favorites. Both provide the original, operatic version of Gershwin's score.




    For what it's worth, one Amazon reviewer offers this comparison: "Maazel's version is much better recorded, has glorious singing, and conveys the excitement of new discovery, while Rattle has a better hold on the work's structure and idiom. (Still, Rattle's greatest virtue is his understanding of the composer's intensely personal, American approach to recitative; in this regard he is clearly superior to Maazel)."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mario View Post
    very strange, you've listened only the best and the worst Bellini Opera. There is a world of music between them.
    "I Puritani" is as good as "Norma" but you must listen it sung by great singers (Decca Bon Suth Pav)
    One very peculiar aspect of Bellini is that Bellini style is unmistakable, but his four main operas (Norma, La Sonnambula, I Puritani, Beatrice di Tenda) are very different from each other. There are two early works (il Pirata e I Capuleti e I Montecchi) which I find very pleasant.
    I know it sounds odd. I started listening in chronological order but just had to skip ahead a bit to check out his masterpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    Anna Netrebko (Giovanna d’Arco), Plácido Domingo (Giacomo), Francesco Meli (Carlo VII), Roberto Tagliavini (Talbot) & Johannes Dunz (Delil)

    Philharmonia Chor Wien & Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Paolo Carignani
    Okay, now that has got to be my last purchase of the year.

    Breakfast at Sarabeth's completely cleaned me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Okay, now that has got to be my last purchase of the year.

    Breakfast at Sarabeth's completely cleaned me out.
    Ha ha, it is fun to be a dreamer......
    I really love Joan of Arc another lesser known gem in the early Verdi catalog, there are a few very good previous recordings besides the new release that should be considered






    The Tutto Verdi DVD/Blu Ray is really excellent one of the very best of the series with a great performance by Vassileva

    The Caballe studio recording has megastar cast and beautiful singing overall, but the live 1951 Tebaldi would sweep the field if in modern studio sound......young Renata is just amazing here

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    Finally pulled the trigger on this purchase, after listening to the Youtube excerpts so often:



    Gets to join the Solti and Furtwängler Walküre's on the shelf.

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    I finally decided to break down and follow Clayton's lead on Macbeth, to see what all the fuss is about:

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    But, doing a little reading, also decided I needed this:

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    and this:

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    and then, I thought, what was that Salieri opera featured in the film Amadeus, anyway?

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    Not that I'm all that fond of the 2 Salieri operas I already have, or anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I finally decided to break down and follow Clayton's lead on Macbeth, to see what all the fuss is about:

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    But, doing a little reading, also decided I needed this:

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    I am 99.9% sure you will like the Verrett MacBeth........

    I also have the Nilsson MacBeth, one of her few non Wagner/R Strauss recordings and while not one of my very favorites well worth having, actually almost every studio recording of MacBeth is worth having....

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    The other day I found a modest iTunes gift certificate I had forgotten about from Christmas - a pleasant surprise. I thought about movie rentals, but decided to go with a couple of downloads especially because Opera Rara downloads (while still pricey) are significantly cheaper than when purchased with the fancy packaging:

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    Great Lucrezia recording. I am not a massive fan of Caballe but she is beautiful here. Verrett is a great Orsini. Oh £&$%! Just thinking about it makes me want to go listen to it again.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think about the Opera Rara recording. I assume you still get an electronic copy of the booklet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Great Lucrezia recording. I am not a massive fan of Caballe but she is beautiful here. Verrett is a great Orsini. Oh £&$%! Just thinking about it makes me want to go listen to it again.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think about the Opera Rara recording. I assume you still get an electronic copy of the booklet.
    Zelmira is a wonderful opera! Lots of good arias and ensemble singing. I thought the singers needed the first 30 minutes or so to warm up, but it really picked up after that.

    No electronic booklet from iTunes! What's up with that?

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    That Cilea sounds really interesting,

    "...the master of subtle portraits of the human soul, and every text from his opera L’Arlesiana attests to this talent..."

    I look forward to hearing your comments

    (for when my next purchasing window opens next year)

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