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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I was aiming for Abbado's I Capuleti e i Montecchi but got distracted at the tea cabinet by this beautiful box.

    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Anna Netrebko (Giulietta), Elina Garanca (Romeo), Joseph Calleja (Tebaldo), Robert Gleadow (Lorenzo) & Tiziano Bracci (Capellio)
    Wiener Singakademie & Wiener Symphoniker,
    Fabio Luisi
    Recorded April 2008 in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

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    Not just a beautiful cover design; Anna, Elina and Joseph sing beautifully, Luisi's direction is pretty, romantic, sympathetic and the orchestra and solos wonderful too. I love this CD. It takes all my power of rational thought to not buy a second copy that I can keep as an untouched sacred treasure.
    That's a fabulous cast! So far, I own only this one:

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    I have to admit that it's really only within the last year that I've gotten over my determination to own no more than one reference copy of an opera - so, now I'll add the Netrebko/Garanca C&M to my list.


    Oh! I almost forgot. Builders next door are gone, and place now is at least partially furnished. It's unclear to me whether someone has moved in - no 'living' type noises (my street comprises not soundproof connected row houses), or whether house is being staged for sale.

    Until he hears otherwise (or someone gets brave enough too complain), Hoffmann will continue to blast Wagner, et al., to his full satisfaction on his sound system!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...So far, I own only this one...
    Ah! Beautiful, beautiful Edita! Particularly beautiful in that recording.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...I have to admit that it's really only within the last year that I've gotten over my determination to own no more than one reference copy of an opera...
    My thoughts and pattern too. That's Opera Lively for you; expanding our horizons whilst we rapidly adjust our balance sheet from current to intangible assets!

    And Tea cabinet 1, 2 and 3 completely full now. Nowhere to store my Baroque opera collection box.

    hmm...

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    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Giacomo Aragall (Romeo), Renata Scotto (Giulietta), Luciano Pavarotti (Tebaldo), Agostino Ferrin (Capellio), Alfredo Giacomotti (Lorenzo)
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala,
    Claudio Abbado
    Recorded live in 1968

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I have to admit that it's really only within the last year that I've gotten over my determination to own no more than one reference copy of an opera - so, now I'll add the Netrebko/Garanca C&M to my list.
    That opens the floodgates when you start to collect multiple copies of your favorite operas, giant sucking sound coming now from the bank account, he he

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    My thoughts and pattern too. That's Opera Lively for you; expanding our horizons whilst we rapidly adjust our balance sheet from current to intangible assets!

    And Tea cabinet 1, 2 and 3 completely full now. Nowhere to store my Baroque opera collection box.
    hmm...



    Time to get serious (or crazy) I have 5 of these with 1500 CD capacity.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post



    Time to get serious (or crazy) I have 5 of these with 1500 CD capacity.......
    Oh my God! Do you cycle through the different versions of the operas with some (attempted) regularity, or find yourself defaulting to a group of favorites?

    I don't feel so bad now with my paltry 4 versions each of Lucia, Don Carlos and Norma and 3 versions each of Figaro and Aida. Of course, the still modest size of my collection has more than tripled in the year since I joined OL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    That's a fabulous cast! So far, I own only this one:

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    I have to admit that it's really only within the last year that I've gotten over my determination to own no more than one reference copy of an opera - so, now I'll add the Netrebko/Garanca C&M to my list.


    Oh! I almost forgot. Builders next door are gone, and place now is at least partially furnished. It's unclear to me whether someone has moved in - no 'living' type noises (my street comprises not soundproof connected row houses), or whether house is being staged for sale.

    Until he hears otherwise (or someone gets brave enough too complain), Hoffmann will continue to blast Wagner, et al., to his full satisfaction on his sound system!
    I was thinking about I Capuleti e i Montecci after posting and started reminiscing that the only performance of the opera I've seen was the only time I went to the ROH Covent Garden in 1985. Lead singers were Katia Riccarelli and Tatiana Troyanos - quite an evening!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I was thinking about I Capuleti e i Montecci after posting and started reminiscing that the only performance of the opera I've seen was the only time I went to the ROH Covent Garden in 1985. Lead singers were Katia Riccarelli and Tatiana Troyanos - quite an evening!
    He he - we might have been in the audience on the same night.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    He he - we might have been in the audience on the same night.
    I just knew there was magic in the air that night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Time to get serious (or crazy)
    I say . . . seriously crazy.

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    Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    Edita Gruberova, Delores Ziegler, Stefano Palatchi, José Bros, Igor Morosow, Helene Schneiderman
    Chorus and Orchestra of Hungarian Radio and Television
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    Recorded Wiener Konzerthaus 28/11 & 1/12 1994

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Time to get serious (or crazy)...
    A small change of subject.

    Just thought I'd check; of course you do know that Teatro alla Scala Memories has a special edition Maria Callas La Traviata box don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    Edita Gruberova, Delores Ziegler, Stefano Palatchi, José Bros, Igor Morosow, Helene Schneiderman
    Chorus and Orchestra of Hungarian Radio and Television
    Elio Boncompagni
    Recorded Wiener Konzerthaus 28/11 & 1/12 1994

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    I guess great minds think alike:

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    That's funny. I had decided on the Suliotis but I looked at the Nightingale cover and Edita said I gave you "Anna"...

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    We start off with the “Les sauvages” dance from Les Indes Galantes. Can’t help it – I start tapping and wiggling, but I’m in a café so have to be discreet. Don’t stand up and do the chicken dance, Nat, they’ll never let you come back.

    Lots of top-notch Rameau arias as I start walking home, then… the telephone rings. Emmanuelle Haïm answers, muttering ‘I thought we got them disconnected” Who is it? “Folly” “Ah no, you weren’t invited” - but you can’t stop Patricia Petibon launching into a totally bonkers aria from Platée, with lots of fun improv.

    More arias.

    Suddenly the sun clouds over, and a frozen pall falls over the warm Auckland day, as Christopher Purves chills me to the bone with Purcell’s Cold Song.

    Nearly home. As I go down the hill, Philippe Jaroussky and Pascal Bertin launch into Purcell’s “Sound the trumpet”. Almost imperceptibly a Latin beat creeps in and by the time I’m halfway down we are right in the middle of a salsa party … which morphs again into English Baroque by the end. The crowd goes wild.

    This is a party I wish I had gone to.
    Natalie

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