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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    And I, this one. This also is good.

    Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte
    Rolando Villazón (Ercole), Patrizia Ciofi (Orizia), Diana Damrau (Martesia), Joyce DiDonato (Ippolita), Vivica Genaux (Antiope), Topi Lehtipuu (Telemone), Philippe Jaroussky (Alceste), Romina Basso (Teseo)
    Europa Galante,
    Fabio Biondi
    Recorded Saloncino, Teatro della Pergola, Florence
    24-31 July 2008, 2-6 January 2009, 6-7 June 2010

    Attachment 4019

    Oh gawd! Its this kind of opera that is going to send me all over Vivaldi, looking for more.
    I can't afford this.
    Does it contain any of Vivaldi's original music?
    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    Does it contain any of Vivaldi's original music?
    Yes.

    Some arias completely untouched.

    Some small expansion (like second violin and second viola added)

    Some only parts (like single instrumentation and voice) found

    All recitatives lost.

    Mr. Biondi talks through each aria in the accompanying booklet.

    Still, very pretty.

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    Gluck: Ezio
    Original Prague version (1750)
    Sonia Prina (Ezio), Max Emanuel Cencic (Valentiniano), Ann Hallenberg (Fulvia), Topi Lehtipuu (Massimo), Julian Pregardien (Varo), Mayuko Karasava (Onorio)
    Il Complesso Barocco,
    Alan Curtis

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    Topi Lehtipuu, Ann Hallenberg... nice.

    Recommend with a Riesling.

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    Charpentier: Médée
    Jill Feldman (Médée), Jacques Bona (Créon), Sophie Boulin (Nérine), Philippe Cantor (Oronte), Agnès Mellon (Créuse), Gilles Ragon (Jason)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie

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    Stunningly beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I've had my eye on this for a while. Report back, will you?

    A beautiful opera - not particularly long but lovely with excellent singing. I have to admit I was snagged by the colorful cover art, but have not been disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    A beautiful opera - not particularly long but lovely with excellent singing. I have to admit I was snagged by the colorful cover art, but have not been disappointed.
    Who else is in it apart from Genaux?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Who else is in it apart from Genaux?
    Marc'Antonio: Vivica Genaux (mezzo
    Cleopatra: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (soprano)

    w/Le Musiche Nove
    Claudio Osele

    Note: Cleopatra was sung by Farinelli at the opera's premiere

    Interesting - I hadn't even noticed there are only the two principals
    Nice packaging job w/notes on the opera and libretto in 3 languages (German, Italian and English)

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    I don't listen to this very often, but am always totally astonished by the stunningly beautiful singing. Mady Mesple hits notes I didn't even know existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Yes.

    Some arias completely untouched.

    Some small expansion (like second violin and second viola added)

    Some only parts (like single instrumentation and voice) found

    All recitatives lost.

    Mr. Biondi talks through each aria in the accompanying booklet.

    Still, very pretty.

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    Good to know, Clayton. Thanks. I'd read somewhere that it was padded with different elements to substitute for the lost parts in the score. It's happened with some of his other operas - again, according to what I've read. Ercole is the one I see most frequently recommended of Vivaldi's operas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Charpentier: Médée
    Jill Feldman (Médée), Jacques Bona (Créon), Sophie Boulin (Nérine), Philippe Cantor (Oronte), Agnès Mellon (Créuse), Gilles Ragon (Jason)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie

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    Stunningly beautiful.
    Isn't there another version of Médée also conducted by Christie but with Lorraine Hunt Lieberman in the title role? Or was that someone else's Médée? I'm not even sure if that one was recorded or just staged in the 90s.
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    Nicola Alaimo (Belisario), Joyce El-Khoury (Antonina), Camilla Roberts (Irene), Alastair Miles (Giustiniano), Peter Hoare (Eutropio), Russell Thomas (Alamiro), Julia Sporsén (Eudora), Darren Jeffery (Centurion), Edward Price (Eusebio), Michael Bundy (Ottario),
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    Sir Mark Elder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    Isn't there another version of Médée also conducted by Christie but with Lorraine Hunt Lieberman in the title role? Or was that someone else's Médée? I'm not even sure if that one was recorded or just staged in the 90s.
    According to Fanfare Magazine (Issue 19:1 (Sept/Oct 1995) of Fanfare Magazine), Christie recorded Médée twice. The article in the 1995 issue reviews the recording you cite, which is the more recent of Christie's efforts. Clayton's recording, according to the review, is almost legendary and impossible to find:

    William Christie prefaces the booklet of this recording with an apologia of sorts, to justify recording Charpentier's only official opera a second time. The first version was issued in 1984, also on Harmonia Mundi, with principal soloists then active in Christie's famous ensemble, Les Arts Florissants. Jill Feldman was the Médée, Gilles Ragon the Jason, Agnès Mellon the Creuse, Philippe Cantor the Oronte, and Jacques Bona the Créon. This recording was reviewed in Fanfare 8:4 by Anthony D. Coggi. My holdings of the journal don't go back that far, so I can't satisfy your or my curiosity as to Coggi's opinion. I do not have the older recording; it was one of those near-misses that every collector has experienced—the record that slips through your fingers. I spotted the LP format on sale in a Paris shop, hesitated about buying it and lugging it home, returned the next day, and found that someone else had snapped up the last copy. Since then the 1984 Médée has been miniaturized, but I have not encountered the compacts in a record store nor has the album been listed in Schwann for years, if ever.

    Edit: Interesting. I see that Clayton's earlier recording is included in the Opera Baroque box set. I may have to spring for it... Help me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    Edit: Interesting. I see that Clayton's earlier recording is included in the Opera Baroque box set. I may have to spring for it... Help me..
    NO MAY! BUY!

    In the UK it was GBP 67 delivery included; for 19 operas. BARGAIN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    NO MAY! BUY!

    In the UK it was GBP 67 delivery included; for 19 operas. BARGAIN!
    Umm. I'm not sure that was what I had in mind for help, exactly, but ...

    I'm going to do it, but will have to wait a couple of days as I am going out of town thru the coming weekend and the next weekend and won't be here when package likely will be delivered, so have to time it for when I'm home (I hate to ask neighbors to be on watch for days on end).

    I only have 3 of the operas included in the set, and I don't like one of them, so good additions to the collection.

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    Conductor: Karl Böhm

    Leonora: Birgit Nilsson
    Florestan: Jon Vickers
    Pizarro: Hermann Uhde
    Rocco: Oskar Czerwenka
    Fernando: Giorgio Tozzi
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    Great singing, but sound in live recording (Met), 1960, complete with applause is somewhat distracting.

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