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    This is mine today

    "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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    Now that's just like shooting fish in a barrel.
    After listening to Lopez-Cobos' Le Comte Ory, I was going to go to Troy. However it is a beautiful blue sky in Berko and my morning potter in the garden was longer than usual and I think I have less time.
    So what with the above two posts....
    I think I will go to...

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    Maybe my favourite of the 3...

    I Puritani, Richard Bonynge, Sutherland, Cappuccilli, Ghiaurov, ROH Chorus, LSO.

    Given the choice of 6oz of Beluga and Champagne or 3 hours of this and I believe my brain may genuinely freeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Now that's just like shooting fish in a barrel.
    After listening to Lopez-Cobos' Le Comte Ory, I was going to go to Troy. However it is a beautiful blue sky in Berko and my morning potter in the garden was longer than usual and I think I have less time.
    So what with the above two posts....
    I think I will go to...

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    Maybe my favourite of the 3...

    I Puritani, Richard Bonynge, Sutherland, Cappuccilli, Ghiaurov, ROH Chorus, LSO.

    Given the choice of 6oz of Beluga and Champagne or 3 hours of this and I believe my brain may genuinely freeze.
    Thanks. Now I'm going to spend the day dreaming of Champagne, Beluga and the Sutherland/Pavarotti/Ghiaurov Puritani. Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Thanks. Now I'm going to spend the day dreaming of Champagne, Beluga and the Sutherland/Pavarotti/Ghiaurov Puritani. Yikes.
    Yes but it is a good dream, isn't it?

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    When opera seria gets into Ponnelle's hands it should really be renamed opera pazza, or even opera screaming bonkers.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    When opera seria gets into Ponnelle's hands it should really be renamed opera pazza, or even opera screaming bonkers.

    "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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    Another Puritani to the basket:


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    What is the sound like on this?

    He asks knowing full well the finger is already approaching the "buy" button

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    Almost as good as it gets for an early 60's live recording. Levels are a bit uneven in the ensembles, probably due to microphone positioning, but then this is not Così or the Cenerentola so it's more than enough.

    You can listen to the previews at qobuz.

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    Just watched Jacobs' 2005 Zauberflöte from La Monnaie. Really enjoyed it.

    Musically it's a total win. Cast seems all young and is very good looking, Topi Lehtippu looks like a boy as Tamino (and quite cute, may I say, even though the pale makeup isn't always flattering). Pamina is sung by Sophie Karthäuser, who has a very rich, full voice and is impressively even in volume anywhere on the stage (how does she manage that I don't know, I was quite puzzled trying to figure out, and I am positive they're not individualled mic'd). Stephan Loges' Papageno is very charismatic, although he sometimes struggles to play his flute on tempo. Köning and Sarastro as appealing — well, as appealing as Sarastro can be. And the three ladies (how I love the ladies!) are superb, Jacobs style. <3

    The staging, though, is a bit of a mess. Based almost entirely on video mapping, most of the time it doesn't make much sense either dramatically or aesthetically. A lot of triangles, pyramids and other freemasonry symbols going on, which, if not sheer obvious, can get repetitive. It only gets effective towards the second act finale, especially in the ordeals, when they do look threatening. Fortunately, while it doesn't contribute, it doesn't spoil such a good musical performance either.

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    Yes, musically this is my favourite Magic Flute.
    Natalie

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    I'm about halfway through this Lucrezia Borgia and I CAN HEAR EVERY WORD THE PROMPTER SAYS. I'm horrified. Did no sound engineer actually listen to it? Renée not coping very well either, lots of scooping and a rather harsh tone. Even Michael Fabiano can't make up for the irritation.

    This CD on the other hand is full of gems, excellently performed by Jaroussky.

    Natalie

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    Norma
    Bartoli, Jo, Osborn, Pertusi, Antonini

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    Mixologist Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi

    Base Norma,
    Splash of perceived Bellini style,
    Measure of interpreted character,
    A few dashes of period colouration.
    Give a good stir (not shaken),
    And serve with a Bartoli.

    Very nice; slightly fruity with just enough spice to make quite an enjoyable serving. Perhaps good with a nice Manchego.

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    Sorry, just re read the book. Maurizio Biondi is a Musicologist not a Mixologist and he was explaining about the production, not a drink.
    Too complicated for my small brain but I did like the recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I'm about halfway through this Lucrezia Borgia and I CAN HEAR EVERY WORD THE PROMPTER SAYS. I'm horrified. Did no sound engineer actually listen to it? Renée not coping very well either, lots of scooping and a rather harsh tone. Even Michael Fabiano can't make up for the irritation.
    Oh dear -- that sounds like the sort of thing one might encounter with one of the "budget" labels. From a major opera house, one expects better. I would guess reviews will not be kind.

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