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    I haven't posted in a while (the shame) although I have checked in from time to time. Probably it is because I wasn't listening to a lot of opera until just recently... partially due to a curmudgeon of a studio mate who continually complains when I break out the operas. Nevertheless... recent listening includes:









    I hadn't played this Lucia Popp disc in quite some time... and had forgotten just how good she was.



    And right now:

    "Suppose you were an idiot ... And suppose you were a member of
    Congress .. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

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    I listened to this on Spotify and now I want it. Spotify is supposed to save you money. Hollow laugh.



    This a a good recording of a good opera. The orchestral parts are particularly melodic.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    ... you need this......
    Stoppit D_A !!!!!!!!!
    "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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    Previously unknown to me 1986 studio MacBeth I found on spotify premium.

    Sylvia Sass is a revelation as Lady M here one of the very best ever, Cappuccilli back as MacBeth 10 years after his famous Verrett recording.

    Lambert Gardelli famous early Verdi conductor in the saddle here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    Previously unknown to me 1986 studio MacBeth I found on spotify premium.
    Sylvia Sass is a revelation as Lady M here one of the very best ever, Cappuccilli back as MacBeth 10 years after his famous Verrett recording.

    Lambert Gardelli famous early Verdi conductor in the saddle here


    You've done it again. Please stop it D_A! *Scuttles off to Amazon*

    Ouch £50
    Last edited by Ann Lander (sospiro); August 4th, 2014 at 04:50 AM. Reason: All D_A's fault
    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Isn't it gorgeous?
    Renée Fleming as Thaïs is gorgeous, enough to confuse any man and Thomas Hampson as Athanael is also wonderful, voice like an American Oak.

    This one however, I will come back to another day.

    Massenet: Don Quichotte
    Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte), Anna Kiknadze (Dulcinée) & Andrei Serov (Sancho Panza)
    Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers Ensemble & Mariinsky Orchestra & Soloists,
    Valery Gergiev
    Recorded 27-29 May 2011 Concert Hall Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    You've done it again. Please stop it D_A! *Scuttles off to Amazon*

    Ouch £50
    PC GBP 31 but download is GBP 24. Another Macbeth recording is not in my plans but if it was, that cover might do it for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    You've done it again. Please stop it D_A! *Scuttles off to Amazon*

    Ouch £50
    I wouldn't buy the CD it is very hard to find and very expensive version new and used, join spotify premium and get that and much much more at your fingertips

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    Spotify Premium is something else!

    It took me a while to figure out how to navigate the thing - I was nearly ready to throw in the towel, but DA had presented too many temptations to give up so quickly. I don't like not being able to save entire albums I want to listen to, but, considering everything else, can live with it.

    I just listened to this:

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    which includes most of what I already have, but really liked the Luisa Miller excerpt.

    Spotify also has this, which I believe has been mentioned here sometime in the past few months:

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    but haven't yet listened to it - because, right now, I'm listening to this:

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    Spotify offers quite a selection of Lady Macbeths: Callas, Verrett, Gencer, Sass, Ludwig and Rysanek (and I've probably missed a few).

    I don't know whether to listen to the Sass or the Gencer next. Nice problem to have. Thanks, DA, for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Spotify Premium is something else!

    It took me a while to figure out how to navigate the thing - I was nearly ready to throw in the towel, but DA had presented too many temptations to give up so quickly. I don't like not being able to save entire albums I want to listen to, but, considering everything else, can live with it.
    Most albums can be saved to your album playlist/library.......when playing album on right hand side of player with track listing there is usually a "save" button at the top, push that and changes to "saved" and tracks have check marks next to them.

    To play a saved album on left side under "your music" heading click "albums" and you will see your saved albums.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    but haven't yet listened to it - because, right now, I'm listening to this:

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    I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this Lady M performance, Callas is magnificent here and give us a vivid unforgettable tour de force performance, 1952 live sound is good enough to allow us to experience all the nuances, this is my reference performance......

    This a year before Callas was even signed to major label EMI contract

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    There has been a few mentions recently of Jess Thomas' Lohengrin recently and whilst I do not have that recording it did make me want to listen to Lohengin again.

    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Siegfried Jerusalem (Lohengrin), Cheryl Studer (Elsa), Waltraud Meier (Ortrud), Hartmut Welker (Telramund), Kurt Moll (King Heinrich)
    Vienna Philharmonic,
    Claudio Abbado
    Recorded Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Wien 11/1991; 5 & 6/1992

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    I do love this opera so much that another purchase has got to be considered...

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    Having listened to L'Italiana in Algeri, I wanted some more of Agnes Baltsa.

    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Agnes Baltsa (Romeo), Edita Gruberova (Giulietta), Dano Raffanti (Tebaldo), Gwynne Howell (Capellio), John Tomlinson (Lorenzo)
    Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
    Riccardo Muti
    Recorded live April 1984 ROH Covent Garden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I wouldn't buy the CD it is very hard to find and very expensive version new and used, join spotify premium and get that and much much more at your fingertips
    I know. Common sense tells me so ... but I do love to have the actual CD
    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Having listened to L'Italiana in Algeri, I wanted some more of Agnes Baltsa.

    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Agnes Baltsa (Romeo), Edita Gruberova (Giulietta), Dano Raffanti (Tebaldo), Gwynne Howell (Capellio), John Tomlinson (Lorenzo)
    Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
    Riccardo Muti
    Recorded live April 1984 ROH Covent Garden

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    I haven't listened to this in weeks - I've put it at the top of my list for tomorrow. Maybe I'll go one better and listen to Beatrice di Tenda in the afternoon, and have myself a good old wallow!

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