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    Presto classical are having a massive clearance on DVD (mainly TDK) with some ridiculous prices - up to 80% off!

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    Jesus Christ, I'm broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Presto classical are having a massive clearance on DVD (mainly TDK) with some ridiculous prices - up to 80% off!

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    Nat, I just want you to know that I am holding you solely responsible for my forthcoming financial ruin. That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Presto classical are having a massive clearance on DVD (mainly TDK) with some ridiculous prices - up to 80% off!


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    Noooooooo!!!
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    According to the information on Amazon this Eugene Onegin is sung in Castillian




    and this one




    Is that correct? Castillian and not Russian?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    According to the information on Amazon this Eugene Onegin is sung in Castillian




    and this one




    Is that correct? Castillian and not Russian?
    While I don't know these products, in my opinion there are overwhelming chances that they are sung in Russian. The product description for the first one says: "The gifted singers are so secure in their command of the Russian idiom that the music's inner content, its lyrismo, is constantly at the fore." Besides, these being Bolshoi performances, I doubt they're not sung in Russian.

    Often when the DVD language says "Castillian" or any other language, what they mean is that the menu language for the navigation entries is Castillian, not that the opera is sung in Castillian. Or else, they list the first option that comes on the DVD for the menu language. These "language" entries on Amazon are really not accurate at all, and shouldn't be seen as indicative of the sung language for the opera itself.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Question Best/most realistic sound quality of any opera recording you've heard

    By that, I mean, on sonic character only, not necessarily performance-wise.

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    Question 10 Recordings for the Opera Veteran

    What are rare recordings that opera lovers haven't but should hear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    By that, I mean, on sonic character only, not necessarily performance-wise.
    I am getting incredibly clear finely detailed sound from the Naive label Vivaldi operas and the Harmonia Mundi label Mozart operas by Rene Jacobs


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    What are rare recordings that opera lovers haven't but should hear?
    Let's try this Aida sung in German:


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    Meyerbeer’s Dinorah ou le Pardon de Ploërmel

    After this review I've just got to see it!!
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    Nothing like a few sheep and goats to liven up a late summers day! Be sure to report back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Meyerbeer’s Dinorah ou le Pardon de Ploërmel

    After this review I've just got to see it!!
    In my opinion Dinorah is Meyerbeer's best opera. I'm fully aware that others get much more diffusion but I think this opera's score is his best. Enjoy!

    PS - This reviewer says "The music is typical Meyerbeer. i.e. it’s all over the place" - that's actually in my opinion not true. The overture is very good, the aria Ombre Légère is one of the best he's ever composed (compelling coloratura piece with a sort of waltzy feel), and unlike his other stuffy and overblown works, Dinorah is light, funny, full of rhythm and life, and not boring. It is good exactly because it is *not* typical Meyerbeer. This opera premiered in 1859, towards the end of the composer's life (it was his penultimate opera), and what we see at work is an experienced musician at the peak of his powers who reformed some of his own ways.

    Let's listen to Natalie Dessay's truly spectacular (agile, light, ethereal) version of Ombre Légère:



    Here is the beautiful and inventive overture, parts 1 and 2:



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    I saw this in a charity shop window this morning for GBP 20, the box still shiny and in an almost new condition. Whilst I was only briefly tempted, the more I look at the contents, the greater a bargain I think some buyer is going to get!

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    The cast list for Falstaff grabbed my attention until I realized that "Kaufmann" must refer to Ana Maria, not Jonas.

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