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    I got my Visa bill today and, just what I needed, reassurance that I'm not about to go under!

    So, of course, I celebrated:

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    Don't know anything about this, and some of the obscure Bellini hasn't been thrilling, but who knows?



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    As long as I was in an exploring mood, I decided on a little Mozart...



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    And Rossini! There's always room for Rossini!

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    Having heard enough about how good this is, I could no longer - in good conscience - hold off.



    Oh, I thought. As long as I was in the buying mood, why not go for broke?

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    Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
    Sally Matthews (Blanche), Yann Beuron (Le Chevalier de la Force), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Le Marquis de la Force), Deborah Polaski (Madame de Croissy), Heidi Brunner (Madame Lidoine), Michelle Breedt (Mère Marie), Hendrickje van Kerckhove (Soeur Constance), Magdalena Anna Hofmann (Mere Jeanne), Christa Ratzenbock (Soeur Mathilde)
    ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien & Arnold Schoenberg Chor,
    Bertrand de Billy

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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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    Is it irony that this opera recording does not come with a libretto?

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    Today, I went to the shops to buy some tea and biscuits; I came back with this.

    Bizet: Carmen
    Teresa Berganza (Carmen), Plácido Domingo (Don Jose), Sherrill Milnes (Escamillo), Ileana Cotrubas (Micaela), Yvonne Kenny (Frasquita), Alicia Nafé (Mercédès), Gordon Sandison (Le Dancaïre), Geoffrey Pogson (Le Remendado), Robert Lloyd (Zuniga), Stuart Harling (Moralès)
    Ambrosian Singers, George Watson`s College Boys` Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra,
    Claudio Abbado
    Studio recording, 1977

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    My latest find in the charity shop, still factory sealed.

    The cover did make me think twice; I just hope it is about cars that I actually like.



    Post Script: I didn't forget the tea and biscuits.

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    It's my birthday, so I went ahead and ordered this:



    I grew up on the Solti Ring, but never got around to replacing all my old LPs. Now I'll have all but Götterdämmerung in this set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    It's my birthday...
    Happy Birthday to you!



    I hope this year is a very good year for you filled with lots of good music...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Happy Birthday to you!



    I hope this year is a very good year for you filled with lots of good music...

    Thanks! I'm hoping for good health as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Today, I went to the shops to buy some tea and biscuits; I came back with this.

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    My latest find in the charity shop, still factory sealed.

    The cover did make me think twice; I just hope it is about cars that I actually like.
    How much? And are the cars to your taste?
    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    It's my birthday, so I went ahead and ordered this:
    Happy Birthday Alan. Here is to a healthy year!
    Natalie

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    The last thing I need is more Wagner CDs, but if I'm going to have just one CD box set, this seems as good as any, my home listening is mostly LP so this is for travelling. £44 is a bargain!

    CD 1 3 Die Feen 3CDs Sir Edward Downes (BBC)
    CD 4 6 Das Liebesverbot 3CDs Sir Edward Downes (BBC)
    CD 7 9 Rienzi 3CDs Heinrich Hollreiser (EMI)
    CD 10 11 Der fliegende Holländer 2CDs Giuseppe Sinopoli
    CD 12 14 Tannhäuser (Paris version) 3CDs Giuseppe Sinopoli
    CD 15 18 Lohengrin 4CDs Sir Georg Solti
    CD 19 20 Das Rheingold - 2 CDs James Levine
    CD 21 24 Die Walküre - 4 CDs James Levine
    CD 25 28 Siegfried - 4 CDs James Levine
    CD 29 32 Götterdämmerung - 4 CDs James Levine
    CD 33 35 Tristan und Isolde 3CDs Carlos Kleiber
    CD 36 39 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 4CDs Eugen Jochum
    CD 40 43 Parsifal 4CDs Sir Georg Solti

    As you'd expect, the booklet is perfunctory, but all the information is available elsewhere. I.e. Stewart Spencer's Ring translation book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    The last thing I need is more Wagner CDs, but if I'm going to have just one CD box set, this seems as good as any, my home listening is mostly LP so this is for travelling. £44 is a bargain!

    CD 1 3 Die Feen 3CDs Sir Edward Downes (BBC)
    CD 4 6 Das Liebesverbot 3CDs Sir Edward Downes (BBC)
    CD 7 9 Rienzi 3CDs Heinrich Hollreiser (EMI)
    CD 10 11 Der fliegende Holländer 2CDs Giuseppe Sinopoli
    CD 12 14 Tannhäuser (Paris version) 3CDs Giuseppe Sinopoli
    CD 15 18 Lohengrin 4CDs Sir Georg Solti
    CD 19 20 Das Rheingold - 2 CDs James Levine
    CD 21 24 Die Walküre - 4 CDs James Levine
    CD 25 28 Siegfried - 4 CDs James Levine
    CD 29 32 Götterdämmerung - 4 CDs James Levine
    CD 33 35 Tristan und Isolde 3CDs Carlos Kleiber
    CD 36 39 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 4CDs Eugen Jochum
    CD 40 43 Parsifal 4CDs Sir Georg Solti

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    Yes, I got that last year. It's great to have the lot, particularly bearing in mind that individual copies of the earlier operas are so expensive.

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    I got this yesterday. I don't know any of the singers but this is a rarity so you have to take what there is.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    It's my birthday
    I'm quite sure this coming year of your life will be much better than the last one!!! Happy birthday, my friend!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Hope you had a fabulous birthday, Alan, and enjoyed listening to your new recording of Siegfried. I join with Clayton, Nat, and Luiz in wishing you a very happy and healthy year ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    It's my birthday ...
    Happy Birthday and wishing you better health in the coming year.
    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    How much? And are the cars to your taste?
    It was GBP 9 which I think is good value for money (I pay 9 and I think Gift aid adds another 2 or there abouts to the charity).

    There are no cars in this opera! It turns out that Carmen is the name of a girl!



    Though Teresa Berganza is lovely and wholly makes up for the lack of combustion engines in this dramatic work.

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