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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Amfortas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ah! Your writing.
    Yep. Kind of immersed these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Yep...
    Is this "Yep" for the prize and upgrade? Because I'm torn between the two.

    This would make us 1-1 on the biscuit front on account of the Dukas custard cream.

    Either way shall we just put it on slate? I think sending a biscuit transatlantic would be uneconomical and just downright irresponsible.

    With the book, are their plans for a print?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Paisiello wrote a famous opera called The Barber of Seville, destined to make his name immortal.

    Until . . . well, you know.
    I've seen it. It's not bad. Not as good as Rossini's, but good.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Frau Ohne Schatten from this awesome box set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Frau Ohne Schatten from this awesome box set.
    This one or the DG set..........

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    Verdi: Il Trovatore
    La Scala, Milan 7/12/1962
    Ettore Bastianini (Luna), Antonietta Stella (Leonora), Fiorenza Cossotto (Azucena), Franco Corelli (Manrico), Ivo Vinco (Ferrando), Mirella Fiorentini (Ines) & Piero de Palma (Ruiz)
    Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala,
    Enrico Gavazzeni

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    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giulio Cesare), Karina Gauvin (Cleopatra), Romina Basso (Cornelia), Emoke Barath (Sesto), Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo), Johannes Weisser (Achilla), Milena Storti (Nireno), Gianluca Buratto (Curio)
    Il Complesso Barocco,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Verdi: Il Trovatore
    La Scala, Milan 7/12/1962
    Ettore Bastianini (Luna), Antonietta Stella (Leonora), Fiorenza Cossotto (Azucena), Franco Corelli (Manrico), Ivo Vinco (Ferrando), Mirella Fiorentini (Ines) & Piero de Palma (Ruiz)
    Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala,
    Enrico Gavazzeni

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    How do you like this Trovatore.......I was very impressed with performance and very good live sound quality

    Also love that Handel Cesare on Naïve label, highest recommendation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    How do you like this Trovatore.......I was very impressed with performance and very good live sound quality

    Also love that Handel Cesare on Naïve label, highest recommendation
    Yes, I am sorry, I forgot to thank Dark_Angel for pointing me to another great recording.
    I had forgotten to, as this was an incidental purchase; the target acquisition was Ernani but I wanted to split USD 12 cost of purchase so ordered this one as well. As it turns out the average purchase cost turned out to be <GBP 16, which for a great recording is really very good (well, I haven't actually listened to Ernani yet).

    Anyway, as I said, I like it.
    Very good sound quality for 1962 live recording.
    Performance wise, Cossotto makes a great Azucena, more dramatic than Simionato in the 64 Schippers recording. I hear more fire when she tells me of her mother burning.
    Stella also makes a lovely Leonora, prettier than Tucci and Price (in the 78 Karajan, my benchmark).
    Whilst Bastianini is a grand Count, I think I prefer the richer more powerful (emotionally) renditions of Cappuccilli and Merrill.
    I am though still in favour of the orchestration by Karajan which I think is more dramatic than Schippers and Gavazzeni.
    Of course Corelli is great in both recordings, perhaps slightly more passionate (A si ben mio) but sometimes a little hurried (Di quella pira) in the 62 live performance and a little more powerful in the later recording. This one (the Rome recording) he also has a little less of the rlrlrlrlrlr (I don't know any technical term for this) which is preferable.

    Overall a great recording to listen to so thanking you again for the tip.

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    The recording that was purchased as a FLAC file, converted to WAV, burned to CD, transferred to MP3 then...

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    Ahh! Worth it.

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    Written on Skin
    recording of the first performance at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, July 2012
    Christopher Purves (The Protector), Barbara Hannigan (Agnès), Bejun Mehta (First Angel/Boy), Victoria Simmonds (Second Angel/Marie), Allan Clayton (Third Angel/John)

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    OK... Ok... I know it's technically an "operetta"... but I don't care.

    Right now I'm listening to yet another of Offenbach's delicious bon-bans:



    It surely warms the cockles... or whatever... on this absolutely frigid weekend. I guess Offenbach and his fans just never heard the rumor started by...? (Those who can't stand the idea that Art can be fun some times?) that he is dead and his music no longer part of the state official "canon".
    "Suppose you were an idiot ... And suppose you were a member of
    Congress .. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

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    Rene Jacobs + Mozart opera + great sound and luxury packaging =


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    The recording that was purchased as a FLAC file, converted to WAV, burned to CD, transferred to MP3 then...


    Ahh! Worth it.
    Don't forget turnipoverlord homepage on youtube he has posted amazing sound quality needledrops of his BJR vinyl Callas collection in HD quality format, what a resource!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/turnipoverlord

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    Pleasantly surprised by this, of course some of the music was VERY familiar. Carreras was predictably good (I love him in bel canto, nice meaty sound) but I also liked Ugo Benelli’s lovely light tenor and Valerie Masterson’s shining tones. I have to confess that while I admire Montsy’s piano notes, this recording has confirmed that I am not a fan of the timbre of her voice, especially when she goes more forte.



    Stefan Herheim’s Rusalka from La Monnaie should really be renamed “Water Gnome’s reincarnation as Pervy Old Dude”, as most of the action focusses on Willard White rather than beautiful Myrtò Papatanasiu in the title role. It’s an interesting production though, well sung and with excellent acting.



    The Tutto Verdi Ernani is a dog. It is lumpen, park and bark and overall badly sung. You could play “spot the passaggio” with Marco Berti; Giacomo Prestia has a terrible wobble and Susan Neves is shrill. Thank goodness for Carlo Guelfi as the King, he is the only redeeming feature.

    Natalie

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