To celebrate the première of Mefistofele on this day in 1868, I've had this on the Walkman today.
This has the added bonus of duets with Christophe Dumaux, and their voices go together perfectly. Not to mention that Purcell is a genius.
Vogt delivers the most poetic Winterstürme I have ever heard. And his diction is so clear I could understand every word and they painted pictures in my mind. I'd be his Sieglinde any time.
Finished the Solti Ring. Was disappointed that my favourite bit of Siegfried was sung by Sutherland, got a bit sick of Nilsson's metallic timbre by the end, but then all was forgiven when I nearly passed out because I couldn't breathe during Siegfried's funeral march.
After all that I had to move on to something completely different; I really enjoyed all the Arabic/Jewish/Spanish sounding rhythms and Dawn Upshaw and Jessica Rivera's singing in this.
Now exploring the outer reaches of English Baroque and Italian Belcanto respectively