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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    Oh no! Two Alessandros? Which to choose? Cencic would probably win out for me, but what else should I consider?
    Natalie

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    DECCA's Alessandro is not 100% confirmed for September, as there are some issues with Virgin Classics on which one should release the recording.

    After 25 years with no new Alessandro, there will be two to choose from.

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    I posted the Lawrence Zazzo version of Alessandro recently. This is an interesting move by competing record companies to the point of absurdity. The first ever recording of Alessandro was performed by La Petite Bande under Sisigwald Kuijken with René Jacobs taking the lead role. This was a 1985 recording, which has recently been re-released. Then, twenty-six years later, we have two new recordings of Alessandro released simultaneously!

    I will end up getting them all anyway. The Zazzo version is a live recording, whereas the Decca/George Petrou I think is a studio recording, which given how well Petrou has interpreted other Handel operas, I have high expectations of.


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    And just to get the record straight, there is a Handel self-pasticcio opera, HWV A13, called Alessandro Severo. This work has nothing to do with the original opera Alessandro (HWV 21) discussed above. For Alessandro Severo, Handel merely composed a new overture.

    The only version of it is by George Petrou.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh no! Two Alessandros? Which to choose? Cencic would probably win out for me, but what else should I consider?
    The Cencic one has Karina Gauvin! Karina Gauvin! She wins everything. That woman could sing me the phonebook. Also, I rather like Julia Lezhneva.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    The Cencic one has Karina Gauvin! Karina Gauvin! She wins everything. That woman could sing me the phonebook. Also, I rather like Julia Lezhneva.

    Yes, the Cencic version is looking good.
    Natalie

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    Don't choose, buy both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Don't choose, buy both.
    Or this one. I support this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Decca is finally releasing the DVD of Humperdinck's Die Königskinder from the Zürich Opera with Kaufmann as the Prince.

    http://www.deccaclassics.com/artist/...g?ART_ID=KAUJO

    Unfortunately, the early September release date doesn't seem to apply to this side of the pond. I checked Amazon, and there was no sign of it. I will certainly keep looking, though.
    It's here on Presto classical, all-region, good price too, yours for US$21.90 including P & P. Go on Mary, buy it buy it buy it.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    The Cencic one has Karina Gauvin! Karina Gauvin! She wins everything. That woman could sing me the phonebook. Also, I rather like Julia Lezhneva.

    This woman is scary!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's here on Presto classical, all-region, good price too, yours for US$21.90 including P & P. Go on Mary, buy it buy it buy it.
    Looks good. I will buy the Blu-ray. (Peer group pressure again).

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    This has now appeared on the Amazon Uk website, release Sept 3. I saw it twice on the plane from Singapore to London (very frustrating, no subtitles) and will definitely be getting it - lovely music, good story, great singers, interesting updating. Recommended.

    If you understand Italian there is a good "making of" on YouTube:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    This has now appeared on the Amazon Uk website, release Sept 3. I saw it twice on the plane from Singapore to London (very frustrating, no subtitles) and will definitely be getting it - lovely music, good story, great singers, interesting updating. Recommended.
    What a great way to pass the time. Was that an in-flight choice?
    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    What a great way to pass the time. Was that an in-flight choice?
    Yse, they had a selection of about 5 or 6 - but this was the only one I hadn't seen.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Yse, they had a selection of about 5 or 6 - but this was the only one I hadn't seen.
    Wow, five or six in-flight opera selections! Were you traveling first class, Nat?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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