I know personally many of them.
Very nice compilation. Stuff from I Capuleti is no big deal because we already have the whole thing with her, but the big deal is this one:
All of "bel canto three" were great melodists, but probably only one who could write like this was Bellini. Those first four seconds are pure perfection, forgive me speaking about such short fragment, almost a detail, but so often brilliance of whole piece depends on such little thing. Take these four seconds away, the very first, longest notes of the theme which is so impressively melted with harmonic context and all is ruined.
At the side note, the other thing for which I love Bellini is that he does all those amazings things with flute. Others prefer clarinets, oboes, even bassoons - they mostly introduce aria's theme with these, but Bellini chooses the flute, my favourite wind intrument. There is perhaps no other piece where this choice is of such great importance as here.
My last operatic listening of 2011:
Having a "ball" listening to various versions, just got the Muti/EMI with Domingo - Arroyo
Comparing it to Abbado/DG with Domingo - Ricciarelli
Later tonight a new Fledermaus DVD I just received, a film version with Janowitz & Wachter......conductor Bohm. I have a couple opera DVD versions so be interesting to see how it compares
An absolutely top-notch cast, great acting and beautiful opulent costumes in a restricted palette of black and white. Fantastic.
Natalie.....there is an impressive grand entrance with real elephant on stage as I recall in that Serse DVD
(careful where you step)
Currently listening to La traviata live from ROH
Alfredo: Piotr Beczala
Violetta: Ailyn Pérez
Germont: Simon Keenlyside
Only *OK* so far but that's probably the fault of my PC
Edit: not live
Last edited by sospiro; December 31st, 2011 at 07:45 PM.
My first operatic listening of 2012: