Anyways, I'm finishing up The Magic Flute right now, and then moving on to Jacob's recording of Le nozze di Figaro, and possibly later, Cosi fan tutte.
Jocobs' Così is my favorite of his Mozart recordings.
The Jacobs Così is a fantastic recording. I even like it better than his Zauberflöte, which is already a seriously amazing CD.
I have to admit that I haven't listened to Cosi as much as I have the other 2, and Tito and Idomeneo and Don Giovanni even less. Not that I don't like those others, but they just haven't gotten the play time that these first two do. I will likely load those last 3 on my mp3 player for tomorrow. I am just about finished with Figaro.
I am part way through this opera by Michael Haydn, brother of Joseph, Andromeda und Perseus. So far, it's been pretty good for I have never listened to a Michael Haydn opera before.
Yet another L'Elisir. This time:
Metropolitan Opera House
March 16, 1968
Dr. Dulcamara...........Fernando Corena
Though quality isn't perfect I enjoyed it very much. I picked it to exclusively to hear Kraus in this role and I don't regret it - I never understood what people mean when they say that's some singer sounds "aristocratic", but Kraus made me understood that, he has such noble grace in his voice and singing manner - but I was also pleased to hear Corena whose Dulcamara really sings instead of groaning which often happens to others in this role.
Continuing my Handel exploration:
Marijana Mijanovic sounds wonderful here.
Nancy Argenta = pure silver
Borrowed this from the library, I'm glad I didn't buy it. The 61-year-old Edita Gruberova is at the limit of her powers there, as you could tell by the awful last note, and although her achievement is impressive I didn't entirely enjoy it. Alice Coote sounded uneven (surprising, she's usually very dependable. The performance I enjoyed the most was Pavol Breslik. The staging by Christof Loy was Regie lite and rather dull.
and I wondered if you might be referring to this very one. I'd checked it out from the library a few months ago, and was disappointed in Gruberova's performance. Also, I couldn't help laughing at the promoters of the video, who put a picture of Gruberova in an elaborate period gown on the cover, I assume in the hope that the buyer won't realize that she and the other singers are more-or-less on an empty stage, throughout the opera.Borrowed this from the library, I'm glad I didn't buy it. The 61-year-old Edita Gruberova is at the limit of her powers there
Yes, not a good one in my opinion. I think the opera is very good, but this production is sub-par.
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)