HarpsichordConcerto listening to harpsichord concertos (complete) by Baroque opera composer Baldassare Galuppi.
Ensemble ConSerto Musico (on period instruments)
The other broadcast of Met's recent L'Elisir than one I followed live. This time was even better - the other time I had impression that Kwiecień wasn't warmed up in his first scene, this time he was amazing from the beginning. And Flórez gave the encore of Una Furtiva Lagrima. I don't like encores of such arias that create particular atmosphere which can't be hold up for encore but I was very impressed that he managed to sing it diffrently, he even added some improvised (I guess) variations in the end, what a man. If not the audience sounds (including phone ringing for a sec in last scene) I could belive it's studio recording - such perfection and purity.
Very pretty. Kaufmann sounded wonderful and did his best with an unsympathetic role (what is Maurizio up to, smooth-talking creep?). Gheorghiu looked lovely, sounded pretty good and played la Gheorghiu to perfection (for once, not too far from the requirements of the role). When I see these two together they look fantastic but I cannot ever believe in more than a slightly cool professional relationship between them. I've never seen such tightly clamped-shut lips in a stage kiss.
The cherry on top was Alessandro Corbelli as Michonnet (actually my favourite character). It was great to hear Borodina but she really can't act at all, can she, makes Gheorghiu look like Sarah Bernhart.
Having myself some diva time:
The Dessay set is maddening since you see samples of all these great performances but for some you cannot buy the complete performance anywhere
there are a couple operas there recorded 10-15yrs before the others, the newer versions sound much better to me not because of sound but because Curtis changed/improved his style and singers now much better at baroque singing technique.....not complaining since low price is a steal over individual releases
You are right. I'd certainly go for a few of those Hoffmans, and I wish she was on my French Lucie instead fo Ciofi (fond as I am of Ciofi).The Dessay set is maddening since you see samples of all these great performances but for some you cannot buy the complete performance anywhere
There is always this to cheer you up, DA: