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    I'd asked Aramis for an 'accessible' Polish opera & this is what he suggested & I can thoroughly recommend it.

    Miecznik, The sword-bearer: Adam Kruszewski - baritone
    Hanna, Miecznik's daughter and sister of Jadwiga: Iwona Hossa - soprano
    Jadwiga, Miecznik's daughter and sister of Hanna: Anna Lubańska - mezzo soprano
    Damazy, a barrister: Krzysztof Szmyt - tenor
    Stefan, a hussar and brother of Zbigniew: Dariusz Stachura - tenor
    Zbigniew, a hussar and brother of Stefan: Piotr Nowacki - bass
    Cześnikowa, aunt of Stefan and Zbigniew: Stefania Toczyska - mezzo soprano
    Maciej, servant of Cześnikowa and her family: Zbigniew Macias - baritone
    Skołuba, Miecznik's head servant and gatekeeper: Romauld Tesarowicz - bass
    Marta, a housekeeper: Agnieszka Zwierko - mezzo soprano
    Grześ, a farm hand: Jacek Parol - baritone
    Stara niewiasta, old woman: Stefania Toczyska - mezzo soprano

    Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk
    Recorded in 2001

    It's very rare that an aria grabs me on first listen but one did & not just because it's a bass aria.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    It's finally been released on this side of the pond, and arrived in the mail Saturday. This is an absolutely fabulous recording -- lots of drama, incredible voices.
    Yes I've just watched it. A truly wonderful recording. I have the DVD version, and I liked having the visual aspect too like a concert in your living room. Anja Harteros is fantastic, but the others sang amazingly too.

    I also listen to Der Jonas's new Verdi. I'm sorry Alma, but he IS the best male singer in the world - he sings with as much artistry as Jaroussky , but with a better natural instrument and he vocally acts too. In this album he does more with the last note of Celeste Aida than most tenors manage with the whole aria. A really amazing diminuendo. And his Otello, OMG. I've never felt the pain of "Dio! mi potevi scagliar" with such heart-searing intensity (I wept, and I don't even like the character), and he then takes it up to an inferno of rage and jealousy that had me quaking in my boots.

    Natalie

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    There's a DVD version of the Requiem available??!!

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    I enjoyed this DVD - the music is undemanding but very lush and attractive in a sub-Puccini way, but that said, this was a well-thought-out production with good performances by the principals, particularly Charles Castonovo as the postino.



    This on the other hand was simply excellent - great singing and wonderful lively chaotic production of a fantastic opera. Highly recommended.



    My recent listening on spotify was to compare my two boys singing the lead in Königskinder.



    This is what spotify thinks I should listen to next. What do you reckon, guys?

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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This is what spotify thinks I should listen to next. What do you reckon, guys?

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    Nah, there is a guy who is much better, you should listen to him, next. His name is Andrea Bocelli.
    "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 what spotify thinks I should listen to next. What do you reckon, guys?

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    Definitely. He's got a sort of counter tenor voice, hasn't he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I also listen to Der Jonas's new Verdi. I'm sorry Alma, but he IS the best male singer in the world - he sings with as much artistry as Jaroussky , but with a better natural instrument and he vocally acts too. In this album he does more with the last note of Celeste Aida than most tenors manage with the whole aria. A really amazing diminuendo. And his Otello, OMG. I've never felt the pain of "Dio! mi potevi scagliar" with such heart-searing intensity (I wept, and I don't even like the character), and he then takes it up to an inferno of rage and jealousy that had me quaking in my boots.



    I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!! I'd read a couple of negative reviews & was worried that you'd be disappointed.
    "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."
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    It is a grey, misty but warm autumnal morning in Berkhamsted and I potter around the garden, a part of my daily morning constitution. I am initially attracted to the Magnolia with this days' new blooms when my attention is drawn to the Camellia planted next to it (they are sisters after all in my small mind). A spider has constructed a web across the branches that with the morning dew has become bejewelled in hundreds of crystals refracting light like a sparkly, sparkly thing. A clatter of wings from a brace of collared doves (my beautiful Middle-Eastern neighbours) dancing in the tree overhead brings me back.
    My morning opera has been decided.
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    My listening this morning which, so far, hasn't been nearly as interesting as yours:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Nah, there is a guy who is much better, you should listen to him, next. His name is Andrea Bocelli.
    There's an idea. Can you recommend a good recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    My listening this morning which, so far, hasn't been nearly as interesting as yours:

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    If you love this recording as much as I do the best sound is from Divina label which uses the BJR master tape as source plus you get a huge media file with rare opera production photos

    http://www.divinarecords.com/dvn018/dvn018.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    There's an idea. Can you recommend a good recording?
    No, but I bet we could come up with a few bad ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    It is a grey, misty but warm autumnal morning in Berkhamsted and I potter around the garden, a part of my daily morning constitution. I am initially attracted to the Magnolia with this days' new blooms when my attention is drawn to the Camellia planted next to it (they are sisters after all in my small mind). A spider has constructed a web across the branches that with the morning dew has become bejewelled in hundreds of crystals refracting light like a sparkly, sparkly thing. A clatter of wings from a brace of collared doves (my beautiful Middle-Eastern neighbours) dancing in the tree overhead brings me back.

    My morning opera has been decided.

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    So many Callas Traviatas and so little time, get to hear young Alfredo Kraus plus live sound is pretty good, Callas with dress from Lisbon Traviata production.....


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    DA:

    You're right - I love the Callas Anna Bolena performance, but the recording is, shall we say, lousy. I had never heard of Divina Records, so am happy to know about it (I think...).

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    This morning, I listened to this, for the first time:

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    I think it will take a couple more listens for me to gain an appreciation..

    Then, during my daily walk:

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    This is a really wonderful recording - I marvel at Elena Souliotis' voice every time I hear it.

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