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    Several recordings I'd ordered this month and last all arrived within the last few days. I started with the Idomeneo CD, which appealed to me because of the casting of Werner Krenn as Idamante and Sena Jurinac as Elettra. This is a live recording from the Vienna State Opera, 1971, and so far has been a mixed bag. It's different from previous recordings I have of this opera, particularly in the treatment of the chorus "Nettuno s'onori" which ends the first act. The solos have been cut, and an orchestral intermezzo substituted. Speaking of cuts -- both Idomeneo's "Vedrommi intorno" and Idamante's "Il padre adorato" are missing, much to my displeasure. Krenn is a wonderful, sweet-voiced Idamante, and I would have liked to hear him sing all of this role's music. Jurinac is a terrific Elettra; definitely better than the singers on my other two recordings. Waldamar Kmentt in the title role makes a much more favorable impression on me here than he did in his 1980s studio recording, with an attractively baritonal, spinto quality in his voice. Lisa Della Casa's Ilia is less impressive and sounds a bit long in the tooth. And all of these folks, with the exception of Jurinac, could stand a little improvement in their Italian diction. No "qvestas" or "qvellas," but I can hear Germanic vowels creeping in now and then.

    Still, I'm glad I have the recording and am looking forward to listening to the second disk this evening.

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    12 December 2011

    ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN

    LA TRAVIATA

    Violetta Ailyn Pérez
    Alfredo Piotr Beczała
    Germont Simon Keenlyside

    Conductor Patrick Lange

    Then:



    My first of her solo albums. Great to have it, it has wonderfully recorded mad scene from I Puritani which makes it possible to listen to her performance of it out of that not very marvelous DVD she made as her only complete I Puritani recording.

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    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.

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    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.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    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.
    Have also been enjoying my copy of this video. Jonas K. and Gheorghiu sound and look gorgeous; agree that Borodina sounds marvelous, but really comes across as quite a frump. One can easily believe that Maurizio's supposed interest in her is feigned and designed only to further his political ambitions. Costumes are impressive (that first act with the actresses in various stages of undress would probably send Alma's Boob-o-Meter soaring ).

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    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.

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    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
    Berlin Staatsoper
    Conductor : Mark Minkowski

    It's not that easy to find, but not impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    That is the greatest mustache I have ever seen!
    You said it before me!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Darn, I've never heard of this one. And here I was, thinking that I knew rather well the French repertory!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This is a very cute cover!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    This is a very cute cover!
    I think the opera is cute too. It's given me a "O ruddier than the cherry,O sweeter than the berry, O nymph more bright. Than moonshine night, Like kidlings blithe and merry" earworm.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    This is a very cute cover!
    One would think that DG of all people would have more sense than to use Comic Sans on a CD cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I think the opera is cute too.
    I've ordered this


    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's given me a "O ruddier than the cherry,O sweeter than the berry, O nymph more bright. Than moonshine night, Like kidlings blithe and merry" earworm.
    Remind me to tell you a story about Grigory before he went on stage in Aix.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Darn, I've never heard of this one. And here I was, thinking that I knew rather well the French repertory!
    It's a quite nice work, and Liliane Berton is singing wonderfully.


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