Furtwängler's '38 Lohengrin prelude.
I must say I got right into Barenboim, Levine, Boulez, that it has taken me a little doin to get into old guys like Furtwängler, and the antique recording methods. but i'm startin that path.
I'm going to see Robert le diable & have started my homework as I don't know the work at all. There are only two recordings to choose from (there's an Italian version but I don't want that one) & both are live. I'm listening to this at the moment & really struggling with it - the quality of the recording is so poor.
I wish there was a DVD.
There is another recording you can try:
August 2000 – Festival Martina Franca
Isabelle: Patrizia Ciofi
Robert: Warren Mok
Bertram: Giorgio Surjan
Alice: Annalisa Raspagliosi
Raimbaut: Alessandro Codeluppi
Italian International Orchestra. Bratislava Chamber Choir
Conductor: Renato Palumbo
Warren Mok... well, he just did his best. The rest of the cast is pretty solid, especially Ciofi. Sound is ok.
If you get *really* hooked on Robert, there is a version with almost all the music written by Meyerbeer, with the following cast:
Isabelle : Nelly Miricioiu
Robert : Jianyi Zhang
Bertram : Kwangchul Youn
Alice : Marina Mescheriakova
Raimbaut : Stephan Rügamer
Conductor : Mark Minkowski
It's not that easy to find, but not impossible.
Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842).
I don't know much at all of Cherubini's operas. He appears to have written over 20 operas.