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    I'm very glad that I can give helpful advice to other members, even if it is only on the listing!

    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    ...my list of Lucias to buy...
    Now this sounds interesting!

    I have forgotten or maybe I haven't asked but do you have the Sills'/Schippers?

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    This is my number 3...

    (after Edita and Maria)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    The 1953 Lucia Lammermoor is Callas EMI label debut after Walter Legge signed her from Cetra label thus the superior male cast of Stephano and Gobbi, this is a definitive Lucia for me on many levels! A near seamless bravura performance by Maria with dazzling mad scence you will really treasure, the Pristine XR remaster crushes the EMI release in superior sound quality, this is truely an unforgetable opera treasure!
    Stunning sound quality. that's quite a difference! Absolutely beautiful.

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    Lucrezia Borgia
    Andriy Yurkevych
    WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln
    Edita Gruberova Jose Bros Franco Vassallo Silvia Tro Santafe

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    I love Silvia Tro Santafe's Orsini here. He is a cheeky chappy, good buddy. Jose is good here too and of course I think Edita is brilliant also, whether 67 or not.

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    Ha! Ha!

    Yessir! I will go to there sometime soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I'm very glad that I can give helpful advice to other members, even if it is only on the listing!



    Now this sounds interesting!


    I have forgotten or maybe I haven't asked but do you have the Sills'/Schippers?

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    This is my number 3...

    (after Edita and Maria)
    I love the Sills Lucia recording! It took me a couple of listens to get used to her voice - I had gotten so totally transfixed by La Stupenda's bel canto, that any other soprano sounded harsh. This Sills recording is great, in my view, and does the mad scene with glass harmonica accompaniment, which is downright creepy (in a good way), which is the way Donizetti first wrote it. He later changed it to the flute accompaniment.

    I also have the Gruberova recording, which is good, but prefer the Sills. If I can figure out the Pristine/Divina downloads, I will go after that Callas version, which has me drooling (even more than usual).

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    This cold and snowy (but not as bad as up north) Friday morning:

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    I finally got my tickets for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and have a ticket to see Il Turco in Italia with Idlebrando D'Archangelo, Lawrence Brownlee and Nino Machaidze (whom I've not heard of).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I also have the Gruberova recording, which is good, but prefer the Sills...
    Which one, the Bonynge or the other one (Friedrich Hader)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Which one, the Bonynge or the other one (Friedrich Hader)?
    Neither - Nicola Rescigno/Edita Gruberova/Alfredo Kraus/Renato Bruson/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/et. al.

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    Oh yes. I remember now. We've been here before. I have a very small brain and tend to forget...

    What were we talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I also have the Gruberova recording, which is good, but prefer the Sills. If I can figure out the Pristine/Divina downloads, I will go after that Callas version, which has me drooling (even more than usual).
    I'm still here (it's bugging me). Different approach. I can't find the post but do I remember correctly that you have the naxos recording of the 1953 studio recording? If so, the difference with the Pristine is like listening from a different room with the speakers covered. It is so brilliant it will make you smile after 2-3 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I'm still here (it's bugging me). Different approach. I can't find the post but do I remember correctly that you have the naxos recording of the 1953 studio recording? If so, the difference with the Pristine is like listening from a different room with the speakers covered. It is so brilliant it will make you smile after 2-3 seconds.
    Close. I have the 1957 Anna Bolena with Callas (EMI), which is lousy - but have not yet heard her Lucia. I do, however, have the awesome Naxos 1957 Callas La Sonnambula , which is so good that I erased the recent Dessay Sonnambula from iTunes - banished her to the Cloud forever and ever.

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    Damn me and my miniscule brain!

    You think EMI 57 Anna lousy? Oh gosh! I need to put William Tell on hold again and go check that once more. I've only listened to it once but I thought it was a good balance with noise. Divina will let you hear sooo much more but there is some noise that they had to let through... like in act 3 scene 3 between "Piangete voi" and "Al doce guidami" the noise is bad and you would want to skip through that part.
    Absolutely no fault with the Pristine Lucia. It is beautiful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Close. I have the 1957 Anna Bolena with Callas (EMI), which is lousy - but have not yet heard her Lucia. I do, however, have the awesome Naxos 1957 Callas La Sonnambula , which is so good that I erased the recent Dessay Sonnambula from iTunes - banished her to the Cloud forever and ever.
    So you threw Dessay in to the ...

    funny.

    SCRAP that! I am confused AGAIN.

    I understand what lousy means. Yes there is a lot of %&$ on EMI recording not on Divina.
    Last edited by Clayton; January 3rd, 2014 at 06:03 PM. Reason: quick sound check done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Damn me and my miniscule brain!

    You think EMI 57 Anna lousy? Oh gosh! I need to put William Tell on hold again and go check that once more. I've only listened to it once but I thought it was a good balance with noise. Divina will let you hear sooo much more but there is some noise that they had to let through... like in act 3 scene 3 between "Piangete voi" and "Al doce guidami" the noise is bad and you would want to skip through that part.
    Absolutely no fault with the Pristine Lucia. It is beautiful.



    So you threw Dessay in to the ...

    funny.

    SCRAP that! I am confused AGAIN.

    I understand what lousy means. Yes there is a lot of %&$ on EMI recording not on Divina.
    Oh yeah. Sorry about that. I realized after I posted that by 'lousy' I was referring to the quality of the recording itself, and not Mari- which might have been unclear.

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    What do you guys know.

    This is the best COMPLETE recording of Lucia out there.
    Moffo and Bergonzi are killer and Pretre nails it.
    The Sills is a great one too.
    I'm talking COMPLETE guys. Which reveals this opera for the masterpiece it is.


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