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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    From the Opera Baroque Box, a really lovely work:

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    Ha ha, funny. Snap (well almost). I just finished listening to

    Vogel, J C: La Toison d’or
    Marie Kalinine, Médée (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jason (baritone), Judith Van Wanroij, Hipsiphile (soprano), Jennifer Borghi, La Sybille (soprano), Hrachuhi Bassenz, Calciope (soprano) & Martin Nyvall, Arcas (tenor)
    Le Concert Spirituel & Chor des Staatstheater Nürnberg,
    Hervé Niquet
    Recorded 26/27 July 2012 Staatstheater Nürnberg

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    Also a very good opera and recording.

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    Marie Kalinine, Médée (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jason (baritone), Judith Van Wanroij, Hipsiphile (soprano)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
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    Marie Kalinine, Médée (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jason (baritone), Judith Van Wanroij, Hipsiphile (soprano)
    Goodness, do they sound as good as they look?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Goodness, do they sound as good as they look?
    In a word yes.

    Now for Clayton blah,blah,blah.
    They have very pretty voices. At first I thought fury lacked a bit of fury and Jason lacked a bit of boo (Van Wanroij very pretty from start) but I think this was preconcieved images of characters. After a listening a little bit more I could see much better the characters and more that the three sit not only well together but in Vogel's tale and music. I read that Vogel's music follows study of Gluck; I can see a little of the drama of Iphigenie and a little of the pretty romance of Paride ed Elena. I went out straight after to look for more Vogel...
    Boo. Only one more opera, Démophon and I can't find a recording. I hope Glossa produce it. I like all (three) Glossa productions I have heard so far.
    I do fear a bit that I am a yes-man. I don't think I have yet heard any opera recordings that I think No! That doesn't work at all. Maybe that's okay for now.

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    Handel: Tamerlano
    Nicholas Spanos (Tamerlano), Mata Katsuli (Asteria), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Andronico), Tassis Christoyannis (Bajazet), Irina Karaianni (Irene) & Petros Magoulas (Leone)
    Orchestra of Patras,
    George Petrou
    Recorded 24-30 July 2006 Patras, Greece

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
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    I do fear a bit that I am a yes-man. I don't think I have yet heard any opera recordings that I think No! That doesn't work at all. Maybe that's okay for now.
    I feel like that about most operas. I love pretty much everything.
    Natalie

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    Just checking out what you guys are getting all excited about:



    But really this is more my cup of tea. Big surprise: Rolando Villazón sounds good in this repertoire.

    Natalie

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    Janacek: Káta Kabanová
    Elisabeth Söderström (Katya), Peter Dvorsky (Boris), Nedezda Kniplová (Kabanicha), Vladimir Krejcik (Tichon), Libuse Márová (Varvara), Dalibor Jedlicka (Dikov), Jaroslav Soucek (Kuligin), Jitka Pavlová (Glasha), Gertrude Jahn (Feklusha)
    Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker,
    Sir Charles Mackerras
    Recorded December 1976, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    I finally had the chance to listen to this Pristine XR Remaster of Callas' Norma:

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    I was answering emails, reading the paper, etc., when I put this on to play this morning and had to drop what I was doing to listen. The singing is absolutely riveting. Clear as a bell. Wow.

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    I was absolutely astounded when I heard this. This has got to be one of the greatest opera performances available on record. It is FIRE! I trust you will recommend this as the best Norma on record.

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    I love the same picture on the CD; it is like a top dressing of caviar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I finally had the chance to listen to this Pristine XR Remaster of Callas' Norma:

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    I was answering emails, reading the paper, etc., when I put this on to play this morning and had to drop what I was doing to listen. The singing is absolutely riveting. Clear as a bell. Wow.
    I have heard about every remaster of that 1955 Norma and Pristine XR remaster sound is the best by far, the ambient stereo is nice effect adding a fullness to sound without sounding artificial

    Big fan of Andrew Rose's work for Pristine XR remasters, we need even more Callas remasters but not crazy about latest choice of La Boheme for XR series......Puccini is not Maria's signature work (except Tosca), must have Trovatore, MacBeth, Anna Bolena, Sonnambula etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I have heard about every remaster of that 1955 Norma and Pristine XR remaster sound is the best by far, the ambient stereo is nice effect adding a fullness to sound without sounding artificial

    Big fan of Andrew Rose's work for Pristine XR remasters, we need even more Callas remasters but not crazy about latest choice of La Boheme for XR series......Puccini is not Maria's signature work (except Tosca), must have Trovatore, MacBeth, Anna Bolena, Sonnambula etc

    My God! Macbeth! Tosca! The thought will keep me awake all night! I have to admit, though, that I think the La Sonnambula on Naxos is surprisingly good for a 1957 recording:

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    as is the EMI Barber of Seville (also 1957):

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    I have no need for further recordings of these two operas. I can't imagine they can be done any better than this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I have heard about every remaster of that 1955 Norma and Pristine XR remaster sound is the best by far, the ambient stereo is nice effect adding a fullness to sound without sounding artificial

    Big fan of Andrew Rose's work for Pristine XR remasters, we need even more Callas remasters but not crazy about latest choice of La Boheme for XR series......Puccini is not Maria's signature work (except Tosca), must have Trovatore, MacBeth, Anna Bolena, Sonnambula etc
    The man is a saint! I've always lamented the poor sound of the Krauss Ring, but I love it and have listened to it many times. Well, I recently got the Pristine remasterings of Rheingold and Walkure. Miraculous reconstruction, without shaving off the edges of the music as used to be the problem. Nothing short of a technical breakthrough by Pristine I'm sure. No more "oh Krauss is great but the sound is a problem."
    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
    The man is a saint! I've always lamented the poor sound of the Krauss Ring, but I love it and have listened to it many times. Well, I recently got the Pristine remasterings of Rheingold and Walkure. Miraculous reconstruction, without shaving off the edges of the music as used to be the problem. Nothing short of a technical breakthrough by Pristine I'm sure. No more "oh Krauss is great but the sound is a problem."
    I am amazed at how great the Pristine XR remaster of Krauss Ring sounds, blows away any previous CD release sound by large margin, crazy good uncovering layer after layer of fine detail and tonal nuance, a gift from the opera gods!


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    Gounod: Faust
    Nicolai Gedda (Faust), Victoria De Los Angeles (Marguerite), Boris Christoff (Mephistopheles), Ernest Blanc (Valentin), Liliane Berton (Siebel), Rita Gorr (Marthe) & Victor Autran (Wagner)
    Orchestre et Chœurs du Théâtre National de l’Opéra,
    André Cluytens
    Recorded Sep/Oct 1958 Salle de la Mutualité; Dec 1958 Église Saint-Roch, Paris

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    Handel: Orlando
    Owen Willetts (Orlando), Karina Gauvin (Angelica), Allyson McHardy (Medoro), Amanda Forsythe (Dorinda), Nathan Berg (Zoroastro)
    Pacific Baroque Orchestra,
    Alexander Weimann
    Recorded August 2012, Ryerson United Church, Vancouver

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