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    Cilea's Gina

    Listening on YouTube at the moment but I think I'll get the CD



    Love the overture and there's a fab aria starting just here
    "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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    Some more Pacini for me, this time the earlier and more succesful work than Carlo di Borgogna (imagine going to an opera festival that was deemed unsuccessful with also Parisina, Il Crociato, I Capuleti e i Montecchi at La Fenice with the likes of Giuditta Grisi performing). In fact when Alessandro nell'Indie premiered at Teatro San Carlo September 1824, it went on to a run of 38 performances. The most successful in the history of the theatre (Lucia had 22).

    Pacini: Alessandro nell’Indie
    Bruce Ford (Alessandro), Jennifer Larmore (Poro), Laura Claycomb (Cleofide), Dean Robinson (Timagene), Mark Wilde (Gandarte)
    London Philharmonic Orchestra & Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
    David Parry
    Recorded November 2006, Henry Wood Hall, London

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    Another good performance from all.

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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Thomas Stewart (Hans Sachs), Sandor Konya (Walther von Stolzing), Gundula Janowitz (Eva), Thomas Hemsley (Beckmesser), Gerhard Unger (David), Brigitte Fassbaender (Magdalene), Brigitte Fassbaender (Nachtwächter), Franz Crass (Pogner)
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Rafael Kubelik
    Recorded October 1967, Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz – München

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    Handel: Atalanta, HWV35
    Dominique Labelle (Atalanta), Susanne Rydén (Meleagro), Cécile van de Sant (Irene), Michael Slattery (Aminta), Philip Cutlip (Nicandro) & Corey Mckern (Mercurio)
    Philharmonia Chorale & Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
    Nicholas McGegan
    Recorded live 10-11 September 2005, First Congregational Church, Berkeley CA

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    A pastoral opera written for the wedding of Frederick the Prince of Wales to Princess Augusta of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 27 April 1736; so no one dies and a pretty ending dusted with love and happiness blah, blah, blah...

    It is a live recording, with full audience participation, including the chuckle brothers, clapping on every aria and wardrobe that includes super acoustic clogs. So it starts with thinking this is a no-headphone recording and progressing to a "oh no, I've been burned again on this score..."

    This changes soon after hearing Susanne Rydén and by the time Dominique Labelle comes on in scene 5 things start to look better. From the of time Meleagro's aria Non sarŕ poco the music and performance is wonderful and the noise has disappeared (just don't care anymore); it is a beautiful Handel opera.

    Yes, I liked this one.

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    "il caro Sassone", "...superior to all other lyric composers..." (Charles Burnley, not lemur), "...the father of music..." (Giovanni Battista Mancini, not me)

    Metastasio's Siroe, here told by Hasse

    Hasse, J A: Siroe re di Persia
    Dresden version (1763) (rewrote the recitatives and fourteen of the arias that include all Siroe's, then he ran out of time (not like 33 years was not enough time but he rewrote on short notice for festivities))
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Siroe), Franco Fagioli (Medarse), Julia Lezhneva (Laodice), Juan Sancho (Cosroe), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Emira), Laureen Snouffer (Arasse)
    Armonia Atenea
    George Petrou
    Recorded 21-31 July 2014, Parnassus Hall, Athens


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    a ball of baroque belcanto

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    While I'm waiting .... and .... waiting .... for this



    I'm listening to this on YouTube



    which I think is the Jacobs.

    Can anyone identify the painting?
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post

    Can anyone identify the painting?


    Answered my own question. It's Ulysses Returns Chryseis to her Father by Claude Lorrain
    "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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    'There are some really strange looking people out there. It's scary.' I said to myself as I gazed out of the highly ornate, gilt framed window.
    'That's queer,' I mused as I turned to leave the room, 'I've never seen a window above a fireplace in a house before.'


    ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty...


    Handel: Siroe, King of Persia, HWV24
    Yosemeh Adjei (Siroe), Anna Dennis (Emira), Aleksandra Zamojska (Laodice), Antonio Giovannini (Medarse), Lisandro Abadie (Cosroe) & Ross Ramgobin (Arasse)
    FestspielOrchester Göttingen
    Laurence Cummings
    Live recording Göttingen International Handel Festival, 20 May 2013

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    Bellini: La Sonnambula
    Edita Gruberova, Roberto Scandiuzzi, José Bros, Dawn Kotoski, Gloria Banditelli, Andreas Mogl, Tim Hennis
    Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Chor der Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Marcello Viotti
    Recorded February 1998 Herkulessaal, München

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    I like Edita Gruberova

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    'There are some really strange looking people out there. It's scary.' I said to myself as I gazed out of the highly ornate, gilt framed window.
    'That's queer,' I mused as I turned to leave the room, 'I've never seen a window above a fireplace in a house before.'


    ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty... ignore him, he's potty...


    Handel: Siroe, King of Persia, HWV24
    Yosemeh Adjei (Siroe), Anna Dennis (Emira), Aleksandra Zamojska (Laodice), Antonio Giovannini (Medarse), Lisandro Abadie (Cosroe) & Ross Ramgobin (Arasse)
    FestspielOrchester Göttingen
    Laurence Cummings
    Live recording Göttingen International Handel Festival, 20 May 2013

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    I have held off getting this because of the bad reviews. What do you think?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I have held off getting this because of the bad reviews. What do you think?
    Yes, Clayton bad habit of only reading the good bits of the reviews (as like Sydney artistic director says, can't please everyone)

    Early Music Review...
    arias are without exception quite stunning ...
    I agree and furthermore I would add that the production (does the conductor always select cast?) has done well to collect these members who work very well together

    Gramaphone...
    Soprano Anna Dennis and Aleksandra Zamojska are the most impressive cast ...
    I like Yosemeh Adjei's and Antonio Giovannini's voice and actually the rest of the cast too. I have since seen some of the negative reviews and was quite surprised. They sing beautifully and really add tenderness to the emotions and relationship between the characters is really well felt.

    Though it is a live recording so there are some banging and applause and gunshots (a bit surprising) but not distracting. I am not going to say it is my favourite Handel but maybe top half. I'm very happy with the recording.

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    I started off the morning right:


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    I love this opera and this is a particularly good recording.


    Then, for my walk this afternoon:


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    Ponchielli: La Gioconda

    *Barnabá (Piero Cappuccilli), Gioconda (Maria Callas), A Cega (Irene Copaneez), Alvise (Ivo Vinco), Laura (Fiorenza Cossotto), Coro e Orquestra do teatro Alla Scalla de Milăo, Regente (Antonino Votto).

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Jenufa


    Ok. One particular opera in the set or all 9 CDs?

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