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    Janacek: Káta Kabanová
    Elisabeth Söderström (Katya), Peter Dvorsky (Boris), Nedezda Kniplová (Kabanicha), Vladimir Krejcik (Tichon), Libuse Márová (Varvara), Dalibor Jedlicka (Dikov), Jaroslav Soucek (Kuligin), Jitka Pavlová (Glasha), Gertrude Jahn (Feklusha)
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    Sir Charles Mackerras
    Recorded December 1976, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Now the end of this opera marks the time to get a drink but I could just as easily crawl in to a dark corner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Janacek: Káta Kabanová
    Elisabeth Söderström (Katya), Peter Dvorsky (Boris), Nedezda Kniplová (Kabanicha), Vladimir Krejcik (Tichon), Libuse Márová (Varvara), Dalibor Jedlicka (Dikov), Jaroslav Soucek (Kuligin), Jitka Pavlová (Glasha), Gertrude Jahn (Feklusha)
    Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker
    Sir Charles Mackerras
    Recorded December 1976, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Now the end of this opera marks the time to get a drink but I could just as easily crawl in to a dark corner...
    I've got that but it's in my ULP. Good?
    "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
    may be but I still want to know more

    What's innit? Does it work?
    It's a mid-17C work with a lot of fine laments, on its way to being a full Baroque opera with da capos n' everything, but also with some comic characters singing in Catania dialect. Enjoyable.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I've got that but it's in my ULP. Good?
    Yes, very good (or bad, depending how you look at it). Beautifuly scored music which is so evocative and a performance by Söderström that pains.

    Please remove from ULP with a strong heart only...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Yes, very good (or bad, depending how you look at it). Beautifuly scored music which is so evocative and a performance by Söderström that pains.

    Please remove from ULP with a strong heart only...
    With after thought, this comment does not really do this work justice

    I know it's not a spoiler alert as Sospiro would have already done much research on the work

    It's a really tragic tale that happens within a family of mis-suits. The romantic dreamer that is Káta who grew up as a free bird, the pathetic husband of Tichon son of Kabanicha, the hard ar$ed mother looking out for her son. Each of these characters are built so much in the first act and then we have Boris the lost puppy who has fallen in love with Káta, "the enabler" (excuse me JG whilst borrowing your phrase) of Varvara and Kudrjaš and the feeble opposite of Kabachina, Dikój.

    Janacek builds the characters and their relationships strongly and quickly and there is identification or reflection I feel more with contemporary works rather than traditional Russian or Slavic works of that period (not that I am very well educated in those fields) but with romantic themes in the score that are traditional with the period (ditto education/knowledge).

    I can't (back to edu/know) say importance of this piece for academics but drama and music very high scoring in Clayton charts.

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    Oh cŁap

    I just realized, Sospiro might have just been asking about the recording, already knowing about the opera.

    Well in that case, Söderström is a beautiful Káta, a somehow damaged, religion infused girl next door. Perfect imagery.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh cŁap

    I just realized, Sospiro might have just been asking about the recording, already knowing about the opera.

    Well in that case, Söderström is a beautiful Káta, a somehow damaged, religion infused girl next door. Perfect imagery.
    Well I enjoyed what you wrote. Succinct and enlightening.
    Natalie

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    Ok, so I made myself listen to this (only skipped a couple of Joanie arias). I see why Annie loves it - Ghiaurov and Cappuccilli were both stonking.

    Natalie

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    I had to catch up to vote on Madama Butterfly, so listened to the Barbirolli/Scotto recording this morning:

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    Then, during a walk this afternoon:

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    Very nice recording - the guys are really good. Fiorenza Cossotto always is dependably good, but I think her Lady Macbeth is a little on the light side here for my taste.

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    Like Hoffman I listened to Madama Butterfly.
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    Also, Montserrat Caballe, Bernabe Marti, Beverly Wolff, Seymour Schwartzman, Norman Kelly. Philadelphia Lyric Opera - Richard Karp, conductor Philadelphia, live recording 1967 - the sound is not great but I love Caballe in this.

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    Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
    Roberto Alagna (Roméo), Angela Gheorghiu (Juliette), José van Dam (Friar), Simon Keenlyside (Mercutio)
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    beautiful Angela...

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    related to previous listening (not planned, just coincidence)

    Ambroise Thomas: La Cour de Célimčne
    Laura Claycomb (La Comtesse), Joan Rodgers (La Baronne), Alastair Miles (Le Commandeur de Beaupré), Sébastien Droy (Le Chevalier de Mérac), Nicole Tibbels (Bretonne), Philharmonia Orchestra,
    Andrew Litton
    Recorded July 2007, Abbey Road Studios

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    Which one do I prefer? This one, this one and this one. This opera is classed (under the Clayton opera classification) as a A.HA.HA type. As in it makes me smile and laugh a ha ha in my heart.

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    Marie Miolan-Carvalho the legendary coloratura 1827-1895 created the role of the Countess in La Cour de Célimčne. She also created the role of Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (as well as Marguerite in Faust).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Ok, so I made myself listen to this (only skipped a couple of Joanie arias). I see why Annie loves it - Ghiaurov and Cappuccilli were both stonking.



    Way to go Nat!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Way to go Nat!!
    Now that you have met The Puritans, you are permitted, yea encouraged, to view the Blu ray with JDF and Nino Machaidze. Good bass, too, with D'Arcangelo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Then, during a walk this afternoon:

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    Very nice recording - the guys are really good. Fiorenza Cossotto always is dependably good, but I think her Lady Macbeth is a little on the light side here for my taste.

    There's a woman in this opera? Never knew that.
    "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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