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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Romania - Transylvania - Dracula
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    I was going to donate my brain to science but was told they didn't have enough funds for that sort of exploration work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Rossini: Ermione
    Carmen Giannattasio (Ermione), Patricia Bardon (Andromaca), Colin Lee (Oreste), Paul Nilon (Pirro), Bülent Bezdüz (Pilade), Graeme Broadbent (Fenicio), Rebecca Bottone (Cleone), Victoria Simmonds (Cefisa), Loïc Félix (Attalo)
    Geoffrey Mitchell Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra,
    David Parry
    Recorded March 2009 at Henry Wood Hall, London

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    This is another excellent Opera Rara production.
    I had myself a big ol' Rossini Day yesterday, myself:

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    I prefer Cecilia Gasdia over Carmen Giannattasio (at least the way she sang on Opera Rara's Il Pirata)

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    La Caballe was still in superb voice for this live recording done in 1970.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I had myself a big ol' Rossini Day yesterday, myself:

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    I prefer Cecilia Gasdia over Carmen Giannattasio (at least the way she sang on Opera Rara's Il Pirata)

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    La Caballe was still in superb voice for this live recording done in 1970.
    Ha! Doubley funny; I was just going to post a question asking for recommended La Donna del Lago recordings!

    Is the sound good in this? I don't at all mind live audience or stage noises, just the quality of voice and orchestra recording and balance.

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    Campra: Idoménée
    Monique Zanetti (Ilione), Bernard Deletre (Idomenee), Sandrine Piau (Electre), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Idamante), Marie Boyer (Venus), Jerome Correas (Eole/Neptune/La Jalousie/Nemesis),Richard Dugay (Arcas), Mary Saint-Palais (Une Cretoise), Anne Pichard (Premiere Bergere), Anne Mopin (Une Troyenne/Deuxieme Bergere), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Arbas/Protee)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie
    Recorded October 1991

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    Oh gosh! I think I may have to spend some more time with French Baroque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Rossini: Ermione
    Carmen Giannattasio (Ermione), Patricia Bardon (Andromaca), Colin Lee (Oreste), Paul Nilon (Pirro), Bülent Bezdüz (Pilade), Graeme Broadbent (Fenicio), Rebecca Bottone (Cleone), Victoria Simmonds (Cefisa), Loïc Félix (Attalo)
    Geoffrey Mitchell Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra,
    David Parry
    Recorded March 2009 at Henry Wood Hall, London

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    This is another excellent Opera Rara production.
    Too expensive for me in CD format, I will try a couple Opera Rara 320KB MP3 downloads, most include booklet in PDF file, over 50% cost savings......


    Where does Clayton get those "deep pockets" for endless opera purchases heh heh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ha! Doubley funny; I was just going to post a question asking for recommended La Donna del Lago recordings!

    Is the sound good in this? I don't at all mind live audience or stage noises, just the quality of voice and orchestra recording and balance.
    Yes, This is a very good recording - sound is good, audience noises kept to a minimum (I used to hate - hate - recordings with audience noises, but have pretty much come to terms with them). There is another live recording on Naxos conducted by Alberto Zedda and, of course an Opera Rara recording that I'm sure can be bought through multiple payments, if one were to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Campra: Idoménée
    Monique Zanetti (Ilione), Bernard Deletre (Idomenee), Sandrine Piau (Electre), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Idamante), Marie Boyer (Venus), Jerome Correas (Eole/Neptune/La Jalousie/Nemesis),Richard Dugay (Arcas), Mary Saint-Palais (Une Cretoise), Anne Pichard (Premiere Bergere), Anne Mopin (Une Troyenne/Deuxieme Bergere), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Arbas/Protee)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie
    Recorded October 1991

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    Oh gosh! I think I may have to spend some more time with French Baroque.
    My Opera Baroque box set arrived yesterday, and I'm still in the process of downloading the CDs on to iTunes, so haven't listened to this yet.

    I listened to Atys this morning:

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    which I like. Tomorrow, Monday, I've got Les Indes Galantes all cued up:

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    Talking of Les indes Galantes, I've just watched an extremely interesting production from Bordeaux. Starting and ending a sort of garden of Eden setting with the most innocent and joyful display of theatrical nudity I have ever seen, and accompanied by three rather comical tourist ladies as personifications of Love, it took us to loves vs convention in Turkey; drug lords and power excesses in Peru, gender discrimination and abuse in Persia, and deforestation and consumerism in the States. And somehow this worked really well with Rameau's music and even text, and was more satisfying and less episodic than the Christie DVD which is very good too.

    You can watch it for yourselves on CultureBox.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Campra: Idoménée
    Monique Zanetti (Ilione), Bernard Deletre (Idomenee), Sandrine Piau (Electre), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Idamante), Marie Boyer (Venus), Jerome Correas (Eole/Neptune/La Jalousie/Nemesis),Richard Dugay (Arcas), Mary Saint-Palais (Une Cretoise), Anne Pichard (Premiere Bergere), Anne Mopin (Une Troyenne/Deuxieme Bergere), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Arbas/Protee)
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie
    Recorded October 1991

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    Oh gosh! I think I may have to spend some more time with French Baroque.
    And don't forget Rameau if you haven't listened to something by him already. No countertenors in French Baroque, btw.
    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 Dark_Angel View Post
    Too expensive for me in CD format, I will try a couple Opera Rara 320KB MP3 downloads, most include booklet in PDF file, over 50% cost savings......
    try Belisario... If you don't like it, I will buy you a pint next time you're in Berkhamstead...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
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    Where does Clayton get those "deep pockets" for endless opera purchases heh heh
    Let's just say these drug trials make me feel funny. I don't think I'm in the plaseebo, plathebo, pla.. the group where you don't get the medicine.

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    At long last the search is over and I have acquired the holy grail of Norma recordings.....

    The 1967 stereo studio CD recording with Elena Suliotis in amazing voice, excellent luxury cast with roman god himself Mario Del Monaco in full forte tenor style and an excellent Adalgisa in Fiorenza Cossotto, sound quality is excellent by Decca.

    The recording is edited to shorten timing to fit on 2 vinyl LPs of original release, CD 2 is filled out with 4 bonus aria tracks showing great bel canto style of Elena

    Only singer to really come close to rivaling Callas as the definitive Norma is Suliotis in this recording, it has everything a Norma lover needs and seems impossible to capture with todays singers, this is an essential opera treasure!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    At long last the search is over and I have acquired the holy grail of Norma recordings.....

    The 1967 stereo studio CD recording with Elena Suliotis in amazing voice, excellent luxury cast with roman god himself Mario Del Monaco in full forte tenor style and an excellent Adalgisa in Fiorenza Cossotto, sound quality is excellent by Decca.

    The recording is edited to shorten timing to fit on 2 vinyl LPs of original release, CD 2 is filled out with 4 bonus aria tracks showing great bel canto style of Elena

    Only singer to really come close to rivaling Callas as the definitive Norma is Suliotis in this recording, is has everything a Norma lover needs and seems impossible to capture with todays singers, this is an essential opera treasure!




    Great photo of ES, btw!

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    Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
    Magda Olivero, Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro di San Carlo Napoli
    Mario Rossi
    Live recording, 28 November 1959

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    Fire! Do not use near combustible gases, dry timber etcetera.



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    Oh $%£&! Now this is one of my favourite operas.

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    Anna is now my favourite Tatyana. I love her in the Russian repertoire.



    Borrowed this from the library; an interesting but ultimately unconvincing production, and the first thing I've seen in where Skovhus' acting managed to overcome my dislike of his singing.



    Lovely Roberta Invernizzi:

    Natalie

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    From the Opera Baroque Box, a really lovely work:

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