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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Amfortas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Very aptly named!
    Oh, OK. At first I thought it said "SCREAMS of Pleasure."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Oh, OK. At first I thought it said "SCREAMS of Pleasure."
    If that was the case, I would have added it to the ever expanding wish list.

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    No Orlandos for ages and then they all come at once. It's like London buses.
    Hee hee!

    This is almost exactly what Hugh Canning says before reviewing the Weimann production in the July edition of Opera magazine.

    So either

    London bus operations are that famous and everyone was waiting for the next Orlando recording...

    or

    Hugh Canning is also an Opera Lively fan and is reading our posts...

    I fancy the second analysis.

    So I thought I might come back here before deciding to promote the Jacobs recording up the wish list.

    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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    and oh dear! I might be back; trapped in that inescapable baroque phase.

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    Yesterday:

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    I didn't much like this the first time I listened to it - the sound quality isn't particularly good, which distracted me from enjoying the opera itself, which I didn't know. Yesterday, I was able to get past the sound and appreciate the opera and the very high quality of the singing on this CD.

    For my walk:

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    I do love Rossini - his operas are such a pleasure while walking, always make me smile.

    And, finally wound up the afternoon with the Pièce de résistance:

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    Suliotis' performance here sends chills down my spine! All the principals are great. Really, really, wonderful CD - I can't believe this is out of print and so hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yesterday:

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    I didn't much like this the first time I listened to it - the sound quality isn't particularly good, which distracted me from enjoying the opera itself, which I didn't know. Yesterday, I was able to get past the sound and appreciate the opera and the very high quality of the singing on this CD.
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    A very good option for USD 12 + shipping (I think 4 for US) from BelCanto Society

    Anita Cerquetti (Elvira), Mario Del Monaco (Ernani), Ettore Bastianini (Don Carlo), Boris Christoff (Silva), Luciana Boni (Giovanna), Athos Cesarini (Don Riccardo), Aurelian Neagu (Jago)
    Chorus and Orchestra of Maggio musicale fiorentino
    Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Live performance, Florence, 25 June 1957

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    Good sound (you can listen to a sample which is true on their website) and stunning singing!

    Also the Scnippers RCA recording is available on Arkiv

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    With Price, Bergonzi and Sereni performances that are quite brilliant.

    ...

    I know you are off the Pav at the moment so I'll leave that one out...

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    Two really great Ernani's mentioned by Clayton, you must own them........

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    err... well they are Dark_Angel suggestions...

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    OK Mr Grigolo, THIS is how you do French repertoire, rather than sounding like some kind of ersatz Venetian gondolier trying to get a big tip. JDF has always been a fabulous singer, but his voice has now darkened a bit and in this album he's lost his goaty edge. His pourquoi me réveiller was the hit of this, perfectly capturing nineteenth century romantic melancholy (I wept). And the selection combines "hits" with some interesting lesser known repertoire. Recommended.

    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; June 16th, 2014 at 03:41 AM.
    Natalie

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    Admeto, Re di Tessaglia HWV22
    René Jacobs (Admeto), Rachel Yakar (Alceste), Ulrik Cold (Ercole/Apollo), Rita Dams (Orindo), James Bowman (Trasimede), Jill Gomez (Antigona), Max von Egmond (Meraspe/Un voce)
    Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco
    Recorded 23-29 May 1977, Menonitenkirche, Haarlem, Netherlands

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    Admeto: Of course this is now one of my favourite Handel operas (The last thing I heard is my favourite...).

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    I hadn't listened to this in a while and had to refresh my memory. Unfortunately, I have Kempe's crisp cadences echoing in my mind and got frustrated by Janowski's softer interpretation. On the other hand, Klaus Florian Vogt is terrific - his 'In Fernem Land' sends chills down my spine.

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    Campra: Le Carnaval de Venise
    Opéra-ballet. Paris, 1699
    Salomé Haller (Isabelle), Marina de Liso (Léonore), Andrew Foster-Williams (Rodolphe), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Léandre), Anders J. Dahlin (Orphée), Sarah Tynan (Euridice), Isabelle Druet (Minerve/La Fortune), Luigi de Donato (Le Carnaval/Pluton)
    Le Concert Spirituel,
    Hervé Niquet
    Recorded in the Salle Colonne, Paris, January 2011

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    Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
    Viktor Ribinsky (Le Roi de Trèfle), Nina Polyakova (Fata Morgana), Lyutsia Rashkovets (La Princesse Clarice), Vladimir Makhov (Le Prince), Boris Dobrin (Léandre), Yuri Yelnikov (Truffaldino), Ivan Budrin (Pantalon), Gennady Troitzky (Tchélio), Tamara Yerofeyeva (Linette), Tamara Medvedeva (Nicolette), Tatyana Kallistratova (Ninette), Georgi Abramov (La Cuisinière), Yuri Yakushev (Farfarello), Nina Postavnicheva (Sméraldine), Ivan Kartavenko (Le Maitre de Cérémonies), Miroslav Markov (Le Hérault)
    Choir and Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio,
    Dzhemal Dalgat
    Recorded 1961

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    Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Claudia Eder, Gabriel Bacquier, Justino Díaz, James Morris, Andreas Schmidt, Robert Gambill & Christa Ludwig
    Chœurs de Radio France & Orchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa
    Recorded 1989, studio not sure where but good sound

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    What fun! Edita sings all three roles here.

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    Puccini: Tosca
    Mirella Freni (Tosca), Plácido Domingo (Cavaradossi), Samuel Ramey (Scarpia), Angelo Veccia (Il Sagristano), Bryn Terfel (Angelotti), Anthony Laciura (Spoletta), Ralf Lukas (Sciarrone), Lee Tiernan (Un pastore), Bryan Secombe (Un carciere)
    Chorus of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra,
    Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Recorded All Saints' Church, Tooting London, May 1990

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    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso, RV728
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Lorenzo Regazzo, Ann Hallenberg, Blandine Staskiewicz
    Choeur Les Eléments & Ensemble Matheus,
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Recorded in June 2004 in Eglise Abbatialede Daoulas, Bretagne, France

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    What a great cast, lovely singing throughout

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    I forgot to add; so this is now my favourite Vivaldi...

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