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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    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)
    Actually I was going to recommend the Purcell recital to you. It's like drowning in pleasure.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Actually I was going to recommend the Purcell recital to you. It's like drowning in pleasure.
    I also took note of that for Carolyn Sampson after her performance in Paride ed Elena. In fact I had added the Brilliant Classics' The Fairy Queen with Carolyn to my wish list a while ago (currently number 168).

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    Presto Melodiya Sale:



    More Handel I don't need:




    I think this one was Amfortas's fault:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    More Handel I don't need:
    I don't understand this sentence.



    Both that Acis and Galatea and that Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno were recordings you recommended to me. Do you mean you liked them so much you bought second copies?
    Then that sentence almost makes sense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I don't understand this sentence.



    Both that Acis and Galatea and that Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno were recordings you recommended to me. Do you mean you liked them so much you bought second copies?
    Then that sentence almost makes sense...
    I listened to them on Spotify and had to OWN them.

    See, told you I didn't need them.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I listened to them on Spotify...
    Is this a service where you can listen for free but can not download?

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    Spotify is a streaming rather than downloading service, with a very good catalogue even for classical and opera.

    I don't know about in the UK, but in NZ there are three levels of service:

    Free: Stream with annoying ads

    NZ$8 per month - Stream without ads

    NZ$14 per month - Stream and save to listen later (but without a transferable hard copy) on your mobile wifi device.

    I have the middle option - it means I can legally try a lot of stuff before buying,
    Natalie

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    Filling another gap in the ol' collection:

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    and, feeding my Tito Gobbi infatuation (even though it's missing Gardelli):

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    Two more videos inbound after a long period of empty buy basket, severe lack of any new opera video releases is really saving me money

    I have way too many Onegins, for reasons unknown we have been flooded with new Onegin videos last few years (and it is not one of my favorite operas)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Two more videos inbound after a long period of empty buy basket, severe lack of any new opera video releases is really saving me money

    I have way too many Onegins, for reasons unknown we have been flooded with new Onegin videos last few years (and it in not one of my favorite operas)

    I saw that Eugene Onegin at the Met (with that cast) last fall. I thought it was beautiful and well sung, but it failed to register with me emotionally - it didn't bring me to my feet. I have been attributing that to a certain, well, lacking on the part of the cast, but perhaps it's actually that the opera really just doesn't do it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I saw that Eugene Onegin at the Met (with that cast) last fall. I thought it was beautiful and well sung, but it failed to register with me emotionally - it didn't bring me to my feet. I have been attributing that to a certain, well, lacking on the part of the cast, but perhaps it's actually that the opera really just doesn't do it for me.
    You have to be in tune with that mother Russia suffering thing and only wanting what you cannot have, turning away the obvious too easy to have prize etc......does have some dazzling musical dance sequences thanks to Tchaikovsky (the ballet master)

    I buy all Netrebko videos so it was eventually an automatic buy for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    You have to be in tune with that mother Russia suffering thing and only wanting what you cannot have, turning away the obvious too easy to have prize etc......
    Oh, is that Russian?

    And here I always thought it was just the story of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I saw that Eugene Onegin at the Met (with that cast) last fall. I thought it was beautiful and well sung, but it failed to register with me emotionally - it didn't bring me to my feet. I have been attributing that to a certain, well, lacking on the part of the cast, but perhaps it's actually that the opera really just doesn't do it for me.
    Eugene Onegin isn't usually my favorite opera, but I really enjoyed this production when I watched it via my subscription to Met On Demand. I could enjoy anything with those stars in it.

    They all made it real enough for me to feel immersed in the plot:
    Mariusz Kwiecien is always good at creating tension on the stage, so I expected him to cause trouble at any moment, which he did of course. Piotr Beczala is well suited to portraying the softer man who gets victimised by Kwiecien's mean spirited Onegin. And, as usual, Anna does a great job of making her character change at different stages in her life.

    I read somewhere that Anna enjoyed creating a character who is so different from her real life self, referring both to the young Tatiana in the first half, who is so humble and introverted, and also to the mature Tatiana in later scenes who plays it safe by sticking to her reliable husband, rather than running off with the more exciting Onegin.
    "I would have f****d him" she said, about Onegin in the final scene. Anna was never one to stay on a Diva pedestal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    You have to be in tune with that mother Russia suffering thing and only wanting what you cannot have, turning away the obvious too easy to have prize etc......
    I also associate "Russian soul" with sentimental nostalgia, such as in the first scene of this opera, how Madame Larina reminisces about her own courtship and marriage, so long ago. Her current life seems mundane compared to her youth - or how she now remembers her youth through rose tinted glasses.

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    For this latest extravagance I blame:
    1. Presto Sales for tempting me to buy stuff I don't need - but it's so cheap!
    2. you rotten lot for egging me on with recommendations for stuff I don't need- but it's so good!



    Natalie

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