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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Donizetti wrote La Favorite and Linda di Chamounix, both of which are well recorded on CD.
    Linda di Chamounix is in Italian, with a libretto by Gaetano Rossi. Maybe you are referring to a translated performance, although I don't know of any such recording. All 12 recordings listed on Operadis are in Italian.
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    Correct, with apologies. It reinforces the need to engage the mind before the fingers.

    The other French opera by Donizetti is his re-write of Lucia (Lucie di Lammermoor), which was released on TDK with Alagna, Ciofi and Tezier. Amazon sellers still offer it, but it has become pricey, due to being discontinued by TDK. Art Haus is re-issuing some former TDK discs, so it may re-appear.
    Last edited by JohnGerald; August 19th, 2014 at 12:18 PM. Reason: Forgot Lucie

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    Le Comte Ory by Rossini (thank you, Almaviva, for the recommendation) via Spotify. I'll do a bit more reading about this opera at a later date, for now I'm just going to enjoy the music. Coming from a musician/composition background I often enjoy listening to opera and thinking purely from an analytical point of view about the composition aspect of the music. I will get into the plot later, I promise!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Le Comte Ory by Rossini (thank you, Almaviva, for the recommendation) via Spotify. I'll do a bit more reading about this opera at a later date, for now I'm just going to enjoy the music. Coming from a musician/composition background I often enjoy listening to opera and thinking purely from an analytical point of view about the composition aspect of the music. I will get into the plot later, I promise!!!!

    Well, Le Comte Ory is a sort of hybrid, recovering music from earlier works Rossini wanted recycled (Il Viaggio a Reims) so maybe not the best example of Rossini's compositional efforts in terms of operatic structure. Lots of fun, though. In French, in terms of analyzing what he was trying to accomplish, it might be more stimulating to compare Maometto II (Italian) with Le Siège de Corinthe (French), and certainly Moïse et Pharaon is one of the more ambitious and musically compelling work in his French production.

    Oh God, what was I thinking when I didn't include Guillaume Tell???

    It's obviously the one you need, and the French original *is* a lot better than the Italian translation. Long but sublime, and you need a recording that has the whole thing. That's a great example of Rossini technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Well, Le Comte Ory is a sort of hybrid, recovering music from earlier works Rossini wanted recycled (Il Viaggio a Reims) so maybe not the best example of Rossini's compositional efforts in terms of operatic structure. Lots of fun, though. In French, in terms of analyzing what he was trying to accomplish, it might be more stimulating to compare Maometto II (Italian) with Le Siège de Corinthe (French), and certainly Moïse et Pharaon is one of the more ambitious and musically compelling work in his French production.

    Oh God, what was I thinking when I didn't include Guillaume Tell???

    It's obviously the one you need, and the French original *is* a lot better than the Italian translation. Long but sublime, and you need a recording that has the whole thing. That's a great example of Rossini technique.
    I happen to own a recording of Maometto II....I might bring it out to listen to again later on when I've heard Le Siège de Corinth.

    In the meantime, however....



    Faust: Richard Verrau
    Méphistopheles: Michel Roux
    Marguerite: Consuelo Rubio
    Brander: Pierre Mollet
    avec le Chœur Elisabeth Brasseur, Chœur Enfants RTF.
    Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris.
    Chef d'Orchestre: Igor Markevitch

    This thing I'm really diggin'

    I'm considering seeing the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Choir perform it in concert next year. I can't remember who all the soloists will be, although I do know that Bryn Terfel is one of them.

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    Okay, so the Berlioz theme has been cast...

    Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
    Bruce Ford (Cellini), Laura Claycomb (Teresa), Franz Hawlata (Bass), Monica Groop (Ascanio), Christopher Maltman (Fieramosca), Ralf Lukas (Cardinal Salviati), Johannes Chum (Francesco), Reinhard Mayr (Bernadino), Ekkehard Wagner (Cabaretier), Matthias Hoffmann (Pompeo)
    MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
    Roger Norrington
    Live recording 19 September 2003, Berlin Konzerthaus

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    actually I had really planned to listen to this last night

    Spooky

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    I had a long flight yesterday - my flight from Santa Fe to Dallas (and connection) was cancelled, so spent another night in Santa Fe, then routed through Los Angeles to Washington Reagan. So, Hoffmann had bel canto day, a guilty pleasure:

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    then, for comparison:


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    I much prefer this version although the guys' voices are a little eccentric and can't compare with the Ramey/Studer CD, above.
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    These made for seemingly much shorter flights than expected. Also, as a pleasant surprise, American Airlines treated us to a nearly new Boeing 737 - really quite comfortable, even in economy, with spacious overhead bins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post

    This thing I'm really diggin'
    I'm glad for that. La Damnation de Faust is one of my very favorite operas (rather an oratorio but very easy to stage as an opera and theatrical enough).
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I could listen to Kaufmann sing in sotto voce for hours. But this CD is probably better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post


    I could listen to Kaufmann sing in sotto voce for hours. But this CD is probably better.
    Did you go to his Melbourne concert, COAG?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Did you go to his Melbourne concert, COAG?
    I wish!!!! I know people who did, not surprisingly it was brilliant.

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    Having another break from my Verdi trip and listening to this:



    Going to see this next year and am slightly disappointed that in the production I'm seeing, Arbace is sung by a tenor. I was surprised to learn that this role could by sung by either baritone or tenor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    I wish!!!! I know people who did, not surprisingly it was brilliant.
    I went to the Sydney one. Now I wish I had gone to the Melbourne one because the acoustics would have been better. I also saw Don Giovanni and Rigoletto (because that was what was on.)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I went to the Sydney one. Now I wish I had gone to the Melbourne one because the acoustics would have been better. I also saw Don Giovanni and Rigoletto (because that was what was on.)
    Anything in Melbourne is bound to be better (speaking from experience)

    Have you posted anywhere about Don G and Rigoletto?

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    Don Pasquale is on the radio right now.

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