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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    I suppose one reason Thomas's Mignon is less well known is that it has a plot that is second only to Trovatore for unlikely coincidences- long-lost daughters, jealousy, unrequited love, gypsies, mysterious fires etc etc. But it's full of tunes, including a Gavotte that appears in the Suzuki Violin book 2 repertoire and that I have therefore heard massacred by generations of 7-year-olds at various camps, workshops and group lessons. Nice to hear it played the way it should be, and also great to have the lovely Flicka sing her aria to it.



    Marilyn Horne (Mignon), Alain Vanzo (Wilhelm Meister), Nicola Zaccaria (Lothario), Frederica von Stade (Frédéric), Ruth Welting (Philine), André Battedou (Laerte), Claude Meloni (Jarno)
    Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio De Almeida
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...the Suzuki Violin book...
    Ooh! That green and blue, the flower pattern... I can smell it now.

    Oh to be six years old again.

    Tiny milk bottles delivered to school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ooh! That green and blue, the flower pattern... I can smell it now.

    Oh to be six years old again.

    Tiny milk bottles delivered to school.
    Oh, you're a Suzuki boy? What instrument?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh, you're a Suzuki boy? What instrument?
    Every size right up to 3/4 of a ... violin.

    Last September, when I visited PC after you introduced me to them, I had a big aaah moment seeing the tiny little size babies...
    Last edited by Clayton; September 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 PM. Reason: nouns and pronouns... no idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Every size right up to 3/4 of a ... violin.

    Last September, when I visited PC after you introduced me to them, I had a big aaah moment seeing the tiny little size babies...
    Stay out of maternity wards, Clayton ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Every size right up to 3/4 of a ... violin.

    Last September, when I visited PC after you introduced me to them, I had a big aaah moment seeing the tiny little size babies...
    It's the 1/32nds that get me.

    On the other hand better seen than heard, especially played by a 3 year old beginner.
    Natalie

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    Arrived home this afternoon from Vermont after a week of opera deprivation - days were too busy and too many people around to listen to the iPods (but had them with me), so instead suffered through about a week of insipid pop music.

    So, what to listen to?

    Don't know why, but settled on Mitridate re de Ponto:

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    Conductor: Christophe Rousset
    with Les Talens Lyriques

    Mitridate: Giuseppe Sabbatini
    Aspasia: Natalie Dessay
    Sifare: Cecilia Bartoli
    Marzio: Juan Diego Florez
    et al.

    The more I listen to this, the more I love the opera and the recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Arrived home this afternoon from Vermont after a week of opera deprivation - days were too busy and too many people around to listen to the iPods (but had them with me), so instead suffered through about a week of insipid pop music.

    So, what to listen to?

    Don't know why, but settled on Mitridate re de Ponto:

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    Conductor: Christophe Rousset
    with Les Talens Lyriques

    Mitridate: Giuseppe Sabbatini
    Aspasia: Natalie Dessay
    Sifare: Cecilia Bartoli
    Marzio: Juan Diego Florez
    et al.

    The more I listen to this, the more I love the opera and the recording.
    Cleansing, but at the same time a tiny bit bonkers.
    Natalie

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    Hello and welcome back Hoffmann!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Arrived home this afternoon from Vermont after a week of opera deprivation...
    Doctor recommends plenty of aural intake, a good dose of Wagner, Handel, Verdi and Britten at least (though any combination of opera will be equally effective). Repeat course frequently and as often as possible until all symptoms have disappeared. Continue treatment for optimum health.

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    This mornings therapy course for Clayton

    Vivaldi: Il Teuzzone
    Paolo Lopez (Teuzzone), Raffaella Milanesi (Zelinda), Delphine Galou (Zidiana), Furio Zanasi (Silvenio), Roberta Mameli (Cino), Antonio Giovannini (Egaro) & Makoto Sakurada (Troncone)
    Le Concert des Nations
    Jordi Savall
    Recorded in 2011 at the Château de Versailles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Cleansing, but at the same time a tiny bit bonkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Yup, with affection, we think of you as a tiny bit bonkers.

    I am beyond help but I continue with my therapy.

    Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice
    Juan Diego Flórez (Orphée), Ainhoa Garmendia (Eurydice), Alessandra Marianelli (Amour)
    Coro y Orquesta del Teatro Real, Madrid
    Jesús López-Cobos
    Live recording Teatro Real, Madrid 27, 30 May & 2 June 2008

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    I am a fan of JDF but this cover design I charge Decca as lazy.

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    Inspired by one of Annie's postings from last week, I realized I hadn't listened to this classic, one of my all time favorites, in a long while:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Cleansing: Mozart

    a tiny bit bonkers: Mitridate
    Natalie

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    Whilst JDF's singing takes us on a thrilling ride, Jesús López-Cobos captures the dramatic tragedy within the heart of Orphée. However this compromises the delicacy that switches between heaven and hell, love and grief, or maybe it's just Orfeo and Orphée.
    Either way, slightly left wanting, I went back to Muti.

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