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    I thank you all for your kind words. I am about 60% back; the cricket super series is on so I am listening to TMS on the radio all day...

    However this morning I was listening to

    Strauss, R: Arabella
    Lisa della Casa (Arabella), Hilde Gueden (Zdenka), George London (Mandryka), Anton Dermota (Matteo), Otto Edelmann (Graf Waldner), Ira Malaniuk (Adelaide), Mimi Coertse (Fiakermilli), Waldemar Kmentt (Elemer), Eberhard Wächter (Dominik)
    Wiener Philharmoniker,
    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded: May/June 1957 Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Very glad to make aquaintance with Arabella/Lisa Della Casa.

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    Natalie

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    This is really good, but I think I prefer the studio version - the microphone placement is critical in live recordings.



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    A lovely opera and a wonderful recording I only had listened to once before. Anita Cerquetti and her male co-stars really bring do bring down the house.



    And, for my afternoon walk:

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    Why, you ask? Well, because what is life without Bellini?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Why, you ask? Well, because what is life without Bellini?
    I wouldn't question anyone listening to any Bellini; even his student/earlier pieces.

    What is life without Bellini? Like a broken pencil; pointless (A humbug for anyone who can say where that quote comes from)

    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Call me shallow (I've been called worse) but that recording of Thaďs went straight into the shopping basket almost just for the cover alone...

    Now this on the other hand is in the running for one of the worst cover designs in my tea cabinet. The opera though is beautiful and Edita is as always like a strawberry shortcake and champagne whilst listening to TMS on the radio under the parasol. (? - okay, odd even by my standards)

    Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix
    Edita Gruberova, Don Bernardini, Monika Groop, Ettore Kim, Stefano Palatchi, Anders Melander, Ulrika Precht, Klas Hedlund
    Mikaeli Chamber Choir, Members of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
    Freidrich Haider
    Recorded Sptember 1993, Berwaldhallen Stockholm, Sweden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Call me shallow (I've been called worse) but that recording of Thaďs went straight into the shopping basket almost just for the cover alone...
    I think you will love it. Such beautiful music, and Renee is vocally just right for Thais.
    Natalie

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    You guys have convinced me, as well - I just added it to my wish list. After seeing Renee Fleming sing the Marschallin a couple of months ago, I think she's a national treasure.

    Unfortunately, my dentist told me the other day that I need an implant (a little too cheerily, I might add), so that will probably end my buying much of anything except beanie-weenies until, oh .. the end of time.

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    Call me shallow (I've been called worse) but that recording of Thaďs went straight into the shopping basket almost just for the cover alone...
    Even better the entrance of Thais in the famous MET video features a really stunning dress that will go down in opera history as iconic, great cover photo of Renee........very good video version overall as well


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

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    A lovely opera and a wonderful recording I only had listened to once before. Anita Cerquetti and her male co-stars really bring do bring down the house.
    The CD cover really does sum it up nicely "five titans at their peak" indeed........

    The more you listen to Verdi's early operas the more you realize they are great works that are just overshadowed by even greater later works

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    Un Ballo x 2, both feature Reri Grist as Oscar.........and very strongly cast Ulrica's with Cossotto and Verrett


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    This really is stunningly well sung/performed. I listen to the first 3 in this Ring with some regularity, but never seem to make it all the way through to Götterdämmerung - it's wonderful!

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    more Macbeth

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    more Orfeo ed Euridice

    Grace Bumbry, (Orfeo), Anneliese Rothenberger (Euridice), Ruth-Margret Pütz (Amor)
    Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig,
    Václav Neumann
    Recorded Heilandkskirche Leipzig October 1966

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    If La Monnaie would issue a recording of their performance I would buy immediately...

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    more Gluck

    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
    Live recording Théâtre de Poissy, 18 December 2008

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    Live recording but I wouldn't know it unless I looked at the booklet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    more Gluck

    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
    Live recording Théâtre de Poissy, 18 December 2008

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    Live recording but I wouldn't know it unless I looked at the booklet.
    They try to confuse us with having two Ezio sets both conducted by Alan Curtis, Gluck and Handel......I have the Handel


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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    more Macbeth

    This CD set made around the same time as video movie version with Nucci and Verrett, very good but I give the edge to earlier Verrett version with young Abbado conducting......serious Verdi fans must own both


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