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    An opera-ballet? What is this then?

    Harmonia Mundi doesn’t help me; no synopsis but instead guides me in a foreign language

    opens with an astonishing ritournelle written in an à l’allemande fugal style

    Eh?!

    What’s that got to do with the price of fish then?



    So I arrive here with extreme prejudice.



    Oh!
    But… but… but…

    What is this?

    It’s so beautiful…


    JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)
    Les Indes galantes
    Opéra-ballet en un prologue et quatre actes
    Livret de Louis Fuzelier
    LES ARTS FLORISSANTS
    WILLIAM CHRISTIE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    That must be it it... I've been wracking my brains... mymate very expensive here and the local variety revoltingly sweet... now what am I going to have on my morning toast?
    Clayton on a business trip to Brasilia.

    West London lady in Brasilia asks for a favour.

    Must be desperate enough to ask Clayton; so Clayton complies.

    "A jar of veggiemite"

    Whaaa....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    An opera-ballet? What is this then?

    Harmonia Mundi doesn’t help me; no synopsis but instead guides me in a foreign language

    opens with an astonishing ritournelle written in an à l’allemande fugal style

    Eh?!

    What’s that got to do with the price of fish then?



    So I arrive here with extreme prejudice.



    Oh!
    But… but… but…

    What is this?

    It’s so beautiful…


    JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)
    Les Indes galantes
    Opéra-ballet en un prologue et quatre actes
    Livret de Louis Fuzelier
    LES ARTS FLORISSANTS
    WILLIAM CHRISTIE

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    Yep, opera-ballet, and one of the best. It's sublime! You absolutely should not just listen to it (opera-ballet, duh!) so this is the version to get, which not only renders this beautiful piece to perfection (both musically and visually), but is also one of the best operatic DVDs of all time:


    "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 Amfortas View Post
    are the two women really enough to make up for the lackluster men?
    What kind of question is that? Waltraud Meier and Nina Stemme can make up for an army of lackluster men.

    Here is my rule of thumb, and I have never seen it contradicted: any DVD with either Waltraud Meir or Nina Stemme is worth buying.

    When you get both, you're facing a "buy buy buy" situation. Who cares for the men, when these two fine ladies are singing/acting??
    "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 Clayton View Post
    Clayton on a business trip to Brasilia.

    West London lady in Brasilia asks for a favour.

    Must be desperate enough to ask Clayton; so Clayton complies.

    "A jar of veggiemite"

    Whaaa....?
    Brasilia, huh? I've been to it a couple of times. It's very atypical, doesn't look like other Brazilian cities. Amazing architecture. No sidewalks. You need a car. Anyway, we're having a major winter storm here in North Carolina. I left work at 1:40 PM since I was not on call, and was scared of driving in these conditions. No luck, I left too late. People who left at 12 noon had an easier time; heavy snow with wintry mix (sleet and freezing rain, that's the worst part of it!) started to fall at about 12:45 PM. Me, I left in the middle of the storm and faced slippery roads with hundreds of accidents and traffic jams. It took me 4 hours, no kidding, to get home. At some points, I despaired. I panicked and called a Hilton mid-way, booked a room for $200. Then I was trying to find it (left my sedan behind which is equipped with GPS and took my son's old SUV instead which doesn't have one), and couldn't. My cell phone has GPS but it wouldn't load. I guess all the thousands of stranded drivers were trying to access the networks and overwhelmed the cell phone towers. So, I called my wife and she was giving me directions over the phone, looking them up on Google Maps, but still, I drove past it and realized that the road ahead was actually a bit better, and decided to make a run for it. It was still very difficult but I made it home safely, unlike literally HUNDREDS of cars that crashed all over the place (I saw a 5-car pile-up among many other assorted accidents, including a guy right ahead of me who started to spin and hit the median - later learned that 13 people died). I tried to cancel the Hilton, no luck, those $200 are gone. Then I got home with my nerves shut. Really. I was literally shaking, and with a headache. I decided to then relax, and here is why I'm mentioning it: I opened a bottle of an exquisite Brazilian liquor, to have a little shot and settle down a little. It's great!

    Anyway, if you're in Brasilia, try to get a bottle of it. It's called Cachaça Canarinha. Oh boy, this is one of the best white spirits I've ever had. It's outstanding.



    Now I'm a little tipsy because it's so good, I had a second dose.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); February 13th, 2014 at 06:22 AM.
    "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 Amfortas View Post
    Based on video clips, I've been wary of this version, largely because of Simon O'Neill's less than impressive Siegmund. From an overall dramatic standpoint, are the two women really enough to make up for the lackluster men?
    O'Neill is a bit stolid but not THAT bad, the Wotan is rather wooden. But yes, Meier and Stemme are incandescent. I think this one is worth the money, but I wouldn't bother with the rest of the cycle, although I am going to have to get the Götterdämmerung because I can't bear incomplete collections and Ryan will be further diluted by Theorin and Petrenko AND I want to see Stemme put everyone in their place at the end.
    Natalie

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    Rossini: Guglielmo Tell
    Sherrill Milnes (Guglielmo Tell), Luciano Pavarotti (Arnoldo), Mirella Freni (Matilde), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Gualtiero Furst), John Tomlinson (Melchthal), Della Jones (Jemmy), Elizabeth Connell (Edwige), Richard Van Allan (Leutoldo), Piero De Palma (Rodolfo), John Noble (Un Cacciatore), Cesar Antonio Suarez (Un pescatore)
    Ambrosian Opera Chorus & National Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
    Recorded: Kingsway Hall, London, August 1979

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    Rossini: Matilde di Shabran
    Annick Massis (Matilde), Juan Diego Florez (Corradino Cuor di Ferro), Bruno Taddia (Raimondo Lopez), Hadar Halevy (Edoardo), Marco Vinco (Aliprando), Bruno de Simone (Isidoro), Chiara Chialli (Contessa d'Arco), Carlo Lepore (Ginardo), Gregory Bonfatti (Egoldo), Lubomir Moravec (Rodrigo)
    Orquesta Sinfonica De Galicia with the Prague Chamber Choir, Riccardo Frizza
    Recorded live at the 2004 Pesaro Rossini Festival.

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    Rossini: La Cenerentola
    Teresa Berganza (Cenerentola), Luigi Alva (Ramiro), Renato Capecchi (Dandini), Paolo Montarsolo (Don Magnifico)
    Scottish Opera Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra,
    Claudio Abbado

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    No intentional Rossini theme. Just filed together in the tea cabinet, so get distracted and "oh! that one!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Brasilia, huh? I've been to it a couple of times. It's very atypical, doesn't look like other Brazilian cities. Amazing architecture. No sidewalks. You need a car. Anyway, we're having a major winter storm here in North Carolina. I left work at 1:40 PM since I was not on call, and was scared of driving in these conditions. No luck, I left too late. People who left at 12 noon had an easier time; heavy snow with wintry mix (sleet and freezing rain, that's the worst part of it!) started to fall at about 12:45 PM. Me, I left in the middle of the storm and faced slippery roads with hundreds of accidents and traffic jams. It took me 4 hours, no kidding, to get home. At some points, I despaired. I panicked and called a Hilton mid-way, booked a room for $200. Then I was trying to find it (left my sedan behind which is equipped with GPS and took my son's old SUV instead which doesn't have one), and couldn't. My cell phone has GPS but it wouldn't load. I guess all the thousands of stranded drivers were trying to access the networks and overwhelmed the cell phone towers. So, I called my wife and she was giving me directions over the phone, looking them up on Google Maps, but still, I drove past it and realized that the road ahead was actually a bit better, and decided to make a run for it. It was still very difficult but I made it home safely, unlike literally HUNDREDS of cars that crashed all over the place (I saw a 5-car pile-up among many other assorted accidents, including a guy right ahead of me who started to spin and hit the median - later learned that 13 people died). I tried to cancel the Hilton, no luck, those $200 are gone. Then I got home with my nerves shut. Really. I was literally shaking, and with a headache. I decided to then relax, and here is why I'm mentioning it: I opened a bottle of an exquisite Brazilian liquor, to have a little shot and settle down a little. It's great!

    Anyway, if you're in Brasilia, try to get a bottle of it. It's called Cachaça Canarinha. Oh boy, this is one of the best white spirits I've ever had. It's outstanding.



    Now I'm a little tipsy because it's so good, I had a second dose.
    CRAZY weather! Glad you made it home. Sounds like a USD 200 loss is very cheap considering what could have gone wrong. Maybe SUV was better than the sedan for the conditions.

    My Brasilia trip(s) were a few years ago so unfortunately Cachaça Canarinha will have to wait until the next time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Brasilia, huh? I've been to it a couple of times. It's very atypical, doesn't look like other Brazilian cities. Amazing architecture. No sidewalks. You need a car. Anyway, we're having a major winter storm here in North Carolina. I left work at 1:40 PM since I was not on call, and was scared of driving in these conditions. No luck, I left too late. People who left at 12 noon had an easier time; heavy snow with wintry mix (sleet and freezing rain, that's the worst part of it!) started to fall at about 12:45 PM. Me, I left in the middle of the storm and faced slippery roads with hundreds of accidents and traffic jams. It took me 4 hours, no kidding, to get home. At some points, I despaired. I panicked and called a Hilton mid-way, booked a room for $200. Then I was trying to find it (left my sedan behind which is equipped with GPS and took my son's old SUV instead which doesn't have one), and couldn't. My cell phone has GPS but it wouldn't load. I guess all the thousands of stranded drivers were trying to access the networks and overwhelmed the cell phone towers. So, I called my wife and she was giving me directions over the phone, looking them up on Google Maps, but still, I drove past it and realized that the road ahead was actually a bit better, and decided to make a run for it. It was still very difficult but I made it home safely, unlike literally HUNDREDS of cars that crashed all over the place (I saw a 5-car pile-up among many other assorted accidents, including a guy right ahead of me who started to spin and hit the median - later learned that 13 people died). I tried to cancel the Hilton, no luck, those $200 are gone. Then I got home with my nerves shut. Really. I was literally shaking, and with a headache. I decided to then relax, and here is why I'm mentioning it: I opened a bottle of an exquisite Brazilian liquor, to have a little shot and settle down a little. It's great!

    Anyway, if you're in Brasilia, try to get a bottle of it. It's called Cachaça Canarinha. Oh boy, this is one of the best white spirits I've ever had. It's outstanding.



    Now I'm a little tipsy because it's so good, I had a second dose.
    By the sounds of that drive home, you needed it!

    We've had an unusually cold winter in this part of the Midwest, but nothing to compare to what you folks in the south are dealing with. Glad you arrived home safely.

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    Verdi: Aida
    Zinka Milanov (Aida), Jussi Björling (Radamès), Fedora Barbieri (Amneris), Leonard Warren (Amonasro), Boris Christoff (Ramphis/Il Re di Egitto), Bruna Rizzoli (Una Sacerdotessa), Mario Carlin (Un Messaggero)
    Orchestra e Coro dell Teatro dell'Opera di Roma,
    Jonel Perlea
    Recorded Rome Opera House 2-18 July 1955
    Tape transfers and mastering Andreas K. Meyer

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    I like the sound on this recording; not knowing the quality of the originals or indeed how close to true the sound is, I don't know how much is the work of Andreas K. Meyer.

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    Someone mention Handel?

    Handel: Tolomeo, Re di Egitto HWV25
    Ann Hallenberg (Tolomeo), Karina Gauvin (Seleuce), Anna Bonitatibus (Elisa), Romina Basso (Alessandro), Pietro Spagnoli (Araspe)
    Il Complesso Barocco,
    Alan Curtis
    Recorded Chiesa di Santa Maria della Rosa, Tuscania, September 2006

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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,
    Alan Curtis
    Recorded at Lonigo, Italy November 2011

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    Verdi: Otello
    Mario del Monaco (Otello), Aldo Protti (Iago), Renata Tebaldi (Desdemona), Nello Romanato (Cassio), Athos Cesarini (Rodrigo), Fernando Corena (Lodovico), Tom Krause (Montano), Ana Raquel Satra (Emilia)
    Wiener Philharmoniker,
    Herbert von Karajan
    Studio recording, Sofiensaal Vienna, May 1961

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