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    This could be grestest recording of this opera. This could be greatest Gounod CD ever. Or how about greatest French opera CD ever. Corelli is spectacular and young Freni just a little bit less. All duets are just OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and AAAAAAAAAAAAA. And Corelli's Ah! leve-toi, soleil!, what one can say about such thing? There's little use of talking about other singers when it comes to this opera but I may say that Romeo's page is splendid here, though the voice is sort of too beautiful to be one of boastful page. But whatever.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    G.F.Haendel:Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt, HWV 17)


    Andreas Scholl, Giulio Cesare, Roman Emperor
    Cecilia Bartoli, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
    Anne Sofie von Otter, Cornelia, Pompeo's widow
    Philippe Jaroussky, Sesto, Pompeo's and Cornelia's son
    Christophe Dumaux, Tolomeo, King of Egypt, Cleopatra's brother
    Jochen Kowalski, Nireno
    Ruben Drole, Achilla, general, Tolomeo's advisor
    Peter Kálmán, Curio, Roman tribune

    Il Giardino Armonico


    Giovanni Antonini, Conductor
    Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, Stage Direction
    Christian Fenouillat, Stage Design
    Agostino Cavalca, Costume Design
    Christophe Forey, Lighting
    Konrad Kuhn, Dramaturgy
    Beate Vollack, Choreography
    What did you think of it?

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    With a cast that strong, I hope they also recorded it and will release it on DVD/Blu-ray soon. I will be surprised it they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    With a cast that strong, I hope they also recorded it and will release it on DVD/Blu-ray soon. I will be surprised it they don't.
    It was certainly recorded; it was broadcast live on Arte on Sunday. It's supposed to still be available for a couple of months, but I can't find it. But it will probably turn up.

    And yes, the cast was truly spectacular! Cecilia Bartoli is one of the greatest Cleopatras on record. And a DVD would actually be worth getting just for Anne Sofie von Otter's Cornelia alone.

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    I've got Mignon on the brain. Does anyone know of a good dvd of Mignon? I'd love to own this opera! Does there exist a version with Sills in the role? Anyway suggestions are most welcome!





    I've also been listening to this aria over and over again:

    I'd never heard of Les Huguenots or Meyerbeer before I came across this aria but I love it.
    Only the positive!

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    Countess, I don't think Mignon was ever released on video. I have this CD and it is highly recommended:


    http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Mignon/...8342986&sr=8-4
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I liked this a lot! Is it the perfect recording of Ercole sul Termodonte. Well not perfect, but it gets awfully close to perfection. This was the first time that I listened to a Vivaldi opera, and it is not the last. At least if I can find recordings like this.

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    I liked this a lot! Is it the perfect recording of Ercole sul Termodonte. Well not perfect, but it gets awfully close to perfection. This was the first time that I listened to a Vivaldi opera, and it is not the last. At least if I can find recordings like this.
    Just listened to this again today. I LOVE Vivaldi operas, and this is a stellar cast.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    I liked Jaroussky's Sesto Pompeo.
    Watching this Salzburg Giulio Cesare on YouTube today (here is the playlist). Jaroussky is vocal beauty on a stick.
    Natalie

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    I liked this a lot! Is it the perfect recording of Ercole sul Termodonte. Well not perfect, but it gets awfully close to perfection. This was the first time that I listened to a Vivaldi opera, and it is not the last. At least if I can find recordings like this.
    That is such a great recording!
    I put it on whenever I need to remind myself why I like Rolando Villazón. I still dunno why they made Alceste a tenor, but hey, we got Topi Lehtipuu, so I'm in no way complaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    That is such a great recording!
    I put it on whenever I need to remind myself why I like Rolando Villazón. I still dunno why they made Alceste a tenor, but hey, we got Topi Lehtipuu, so I'm in no way complaining.
    Villazón is surprisingly good in this Unlike Domingo, who manages to make Handel sound like verismo, he's adapted to the style and fits in well, and is a virile strong Ercole. And Romina Basso is gorrrrrgeous.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Villazón is surprisingly good in this Unlike Domingo, who manages to make Handel sound like verismo, he's adapted to the style and fits in well, and is a virile strong Ercole. And Romina Basso is gorrrrrgeous.
    I've heard some bad thing about Villazón's Händel, although I've never heard it. But I love him in this!
    But the part could have been transposed up a little. He doesn't have quite the punch on the low notes. It's really more of a high baritone role.

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    Principe di Bouillon GIORGIO GIUSEPPINI
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    There is something about general sound of this recording that made it almost annoying to listen to me, despite selection of great music and great singer. Is this bad modern orchestra or just a period ensamble?

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