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    Puccini: La Bohème
    1956
    Maria Callas (Mimi), Giuseppe di Stefano (Rodolfo), Rolando Panerai (Marcello), Anna Moffo (Musetta), Nicola Zaccaria (Colline), Manuel Spatafora (Schaunard), Franco Ricciardi (Parpignol), Carlo Badioli (Alcindoro/Benoit)
    Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan
    Antonino Votto
    Recorded 20-25 August, 3-4 September 1956, Teatro alla Scala

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    Long walk, squeezed in two Verdis:

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    Ah, Samuel Ramey! What more does one need?

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    I tend to overlook this because the studio recording is one of my very favorites. This is very good - Suliotis sings thrillingly, as always, and with conviction. Nicolai Ghiaurov probably is in better voice than Tito Gobbi, hitting some amazing low notes. Gobbi, though, is way more expressive, so the studio recording (in my opinion) still rules.

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    Puccini: Turandot
    1957
    Maria Callas (Turandot), Eugenio Fernandi (Calaf), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Liù), Mario Borriello (Ping), Renato Ercolani (Pang), Piero De Palma (Pong), Nicola Zaccaria (Timur), Giuseppe Nessi (L'imperatore Altoum), Giulio Mauri (Un mandarino)
    Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan
    Tullio Serafin
    Recorded 9-13 & 15 July 1957, Teatro alla Scala

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    Puccini: Manon Lescaut
    1957
    Maria Callas (Manon Lescaut), Giuseppe di Stefano (Des Grieux), Giulio Fioravanti (Lescaut), Franco Calabrese (Geronte), Dino Formichini (Edmondo), Fiorenza Cossotto (Madrigal singer)
    Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan
    Tullio Serafin
    Recorded 18-27 July 1957, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

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    I have had a Puccini revelation over the past couple of days. Not one of my favourite composers but working so much better for me with these recordings at La Scala in the fifties with Callas. These four have climbed a total of over 400 positions in the Clayton charts, with number one being Madame Butterfly. It was languishing somewhere in the lower 200's but mein Gott! Now I really see the beauty of this opera.

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    I had been struggling with listening to this:

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    This is a 1956 recording of a live performance of a seemingly not very interesting opera - and, at least from what I see on the CD, not remastered. Murky 1950s sound.

    So, taking a cue from Clayton (I also don't listen to Puccini very often), I decided to give up Mose and just put on the remastered, but languishing, Callas Madama Butterfly. Just to start, Nicolai Gedda is terrific!

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    Handel: Teseo HWV 9
    Franco Fagioli (Teseo), Helene Schneiderman (Medea), Jutta Böhnert (Agilea), Kai Wessel (Egeo), Matthias Rexroth (Arcane), Olga Polyakova (Clizia)
    Staatsorchester Stuttgart
    Konrad Junghänel
    Live production, Stattsoper Stuttgart, May 2009

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    Handel's third opera for London, a very good opera with fine performance from cast. If it was not for the fact that I know not many people can afford the time to listen to an obscene amount of opera, I would question why this opera is not heard more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Handel: Teseo HWV 9
    Franco Fagioli (Teseo), Helene Schneiderman (Medea), Jutta Böhnert (Agilea), Kai Wessel (Egeo), Matthias Rexroth (Arcane), Olga Polyakova (Clizia)
    Staatsorchester Stuttgart
    Konrad Junghänel
    Live production, Stattsoper Stuttgart, May 2009

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    Handel's third opera for London, a very good opera with fine performance from cast. If it was not for the fact that I know not many people can afford the time to listen to an obscene amount of opera, I would question why this opera is not heard more often.
    OH NO. I didn't know about this version. Franco Fagioli! I can feel my finger dragging me to Presto!
    Natalie

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    Provenzale: La Stellidaura vendicante


    Jennifer Rivera, Carlo Allemano, Adrian Strooper, Enzo Capuano & Hagen Matzbit
    Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro de Marchi
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Provenzale: La Stellidaura vendicante


    Jennifer Rivera, Carlo Allemano, Adrian Strooper, Enzo Capuano & Hagen Matzbit
    Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro de Marchi
    Oh do tell more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh do tell more...
    Isn't Provenzale: La Stellidaura vindicate a sandwich?

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    Yesterdays listening began with:

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    in the afternoon:

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    Many lovely moments in Guillaume Tell, but it is a little difficult to acclimate oneself after listening to his earlier, flashier compositions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Isn't Provenzale: La Stellidaura vindicate a sandwich?
    may be but I still want to know more

    What's innit? Does it work?

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    I needed another hit of

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    José van Dam (Hans Sachs), Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing), Karita Mattila (Eva), Alan Opie (Beckmesser), Iris Vermillion (Magdalena), Herbert Lippert (David), René Pape (Pogner), Albert Dohmen (Kothner), Kelly Anderson (Nachtwächter)
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    Georg Solti
    Recorded during live performances 23-27 September 1995 Orchestra Hall, Chicago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I needed another hit of

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    José van Dam (Hans Sachs), Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing), Karita Mattila (Eva), Alan Opie (Beckmesser), Iris Vermillion (Magdalena), Herbert Lippert (David), René Pape (Pogner), Albert Dohmen (Kothner), Kelly Anderson (Nachtwächter)
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    Georg Solti
    Recorded during live performances 23-27 September 1995 Orchestra Hall, Chicago

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    Do you prefer one or the other of the Solti recordings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Do you prefer one or the other of the Solti recordings?
    I perfer the earlier, for the characters

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