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    This is my second listen to this - it's pretty wonderful:

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    Bellini: La Sonnambula
    Maria Callas (Amina), Nicola Monti (Elvino), Eugenia Ratti (Lisa), Fiorenza Cossotto (Teresa), Nicola Zaccaria (Rodolfo), Giuseppe Morresi (Alessio), Franco Ricciardi (Notaro)
    Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan
    Antonino Votto
    Recorded 3-9 March 1957 Basilica di Santa'Eufemia, Milan

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    Champagne and peaches

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    Bellini: I Puritani
    Joan Sutherland (Elvira), Nicola Filacuridi (Arturo), John Kentish (Bruno), Giuseppe Modesti (Giorgio), Ernest Blanc (Riccardo), David Ward (Valton) & Monica Sinclair (Enrichetta)
    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Vittorio Gui
    Recorded live 5 June 1960

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    1999 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with the juice of baby white peaches hand squeezed by fairies at Claridges

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    Bellini: Norma
    Cristina Deutekom (Norma), Tatiana Troyanos (Adalgisa), Robleto Merolla (Pollione), Clifford Grant (Oroveso), Janice Felty (Clotilde), Gary Burgess (Flavio)
    Chorus and Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera Association,
    Carlo Felice Cillario
    Live recording 31 October 1975

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    Champagne cocktail, fruit on the side optional

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    1999 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with the juice of baby white peaches hand squeezed by fairies at Claridges
    Is that good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Is that good?
    Well I was thinking "having your heart ripped out by a saber-tooth tiger" but I have not experienced that...

    At 2 hours 14 mins, you could almost call it abridged. It does not have the super star cast as the 1973 Bonynge recording and La Stupenda is not as dramatic as in that same. It is a 1960 live performance and whilst the engineer Sébastien Chonion has worked to remove tape noise, I can almost count the number of cigarette butts on the lawn and outside the theatre.

    However, Joan Sutherland's 33 year old voice is pretty and the rest of the cast are fine too. Gui does not do Bonynge bounce but an ultra definition super slo-mo, which defines each note so dramatically it is a powerful introduction for the opera that had not been performed in England since 1887. Perhaps not a recording for all but I love it. Glyndebourne did the remaster for an archiving exercise but I am so happy they made the commercial release.

    The recording also comes in my favourite book format.

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    Similarly, I would not recommend the Deutekom recording as much as I would not recommend having a champagne cocktail. In this recording the tape noise can make you sea sick (if you try listening with headphones) but yes, powerful, dramatic, saber-tooth tiger performance.

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    and yes, I like this one too


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    Today

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    courtesy of Medici

    and

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    courtesy of meMarantz

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    I had been undecided on whether to get the Tutto Verdi Traviata; it played to mixed reviews. But Santa left a nice Amazon gift card, so I took the plunge. I am four star delighted with it; the lack of a fifth star being the absence of the baritone's second act cabaletta. It is a very good performance, with huge applause from the demanding folks in Parma.

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    I like this!


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    This is a 1969 live recording. It's enough to give one a sense that it's a pretty good opera and that Leyla Gencer is a pretty good soprano. It's frustrating because the sound is recorded from a enough of a distance that it sounds like it might be under water in a Jacuzzi.

    I've cued up the Opera Rara recording on my wish list.

    I am calling for a Moment of Silence for the loss of studio recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This is a 1969 live recording. It's enough to give one a sense that it's a pretty good opera and that Leyla Gencer is a pretty good soprano. It's frustrating because the sound is recorded from a enough of a distance that it sounds like it might be under water in a Jacuzzi.
    I've heard some pretty dreadful sound on Opera D'Oro live recordings. Then again, the Amazon samples for this particular one don't seem too bad. Is the actual CD worse?

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    I am calling for a Moment of Silence for the loss of studio recordings.
    Yes, it's sad to see that glorious chapter closed.

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    A lovely recording of Cosi fan tutte sung in English. This Met performance/recording dates from 1951, yet the sound is quite good. It may not be my first choice for Cosi... but then again, there's no such thing as a "first choice" when it comes to Mozart's operas.
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    Congress .. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

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    Offenbach: Vert-Vert
    World Premiere Recording
    Thora Einarsdottir (Mimi), Ann Taylor (Emma), Lucy Crowe (Bathilde), Toby Spence (Valentin - 'Vert-Vert'), Mark Le Brocq (Binet), Mark Stone (Le Comte d'Arlange), Anne-Marie Owens (Mademoiselle Paturelle), Franck Leguérinel (Baladon), Loïc Félix (Chevalier de Bergerac), Jennifer Larmore (La Corilla), Sébastien Droy (Bellecour), Frank Lopez (Friquet)
    Geoffrey Mitchell Choir & Philharmonia Orchestra
    David Parry
    Recorded September 2008, Henry Wood Hall, London

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    Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers
    Yann Beuron (Orphée), Natalie Dessay (Euridice), Laurent Naouri (Jupiter), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Pluton-Aristée), Ewa Podles (L'Opinion Publique), Patricia Petibon (Cupidon), Jennifer Smith (Diane), Veronique Gens (Vénus), Steven Cole (John Styx), Virginie Pochon (Minerve), Etienne Lescroart (Mercure)
    Grenoble Chamber Orchestra & Lyon Opera Chorus and Orchestra
    Marc Minkowski
    Recorded live December 1997, Opéra National de Lyon

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    Vivaldi: La Verità in cimento
    Opera in three acts RV739
    Nathalie Stutzmann, Gemma Bertagnoli, Sara Mingardo, Guillemette Laurens, Philippe Jaroussky, Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Ensemble Matheus
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Recorded September 2002, Eglise de Daoulas, Bretagne, France

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    A great cast of beautiful voices and a beautiful opera with lovely melodies make this one of my favourite Vivaldi recordings. I really like Anthony Rolfe Johnson voice; the only cast member I did not know about.

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