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    Interesting lieders by CPE Bach. An unknown part of his repertoire.


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    Parade of awesomeness.

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    Weeping like a baby by the end of this. Meier was magnificent in all possible ways, and for once there was a Tristan who sounded good.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Weeping like a baby by the end of this. Meier was magnificent in all possible ways, and for once there was a Tristan who sounded good.

    I'm excited, I got it in the mail yesterday, will probably watch it at some point this weekend.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I'm excited, I got it in the mail yesterday
    "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that DVD is but a joke"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that DVD is but a joke"
    Jokes that include gorgeous Waltraud Meier (who is not only a fine-looking lady but was also voted by our members as the best female singer in activity) are exciting regardless of anything else that might go on.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Everybody needs to have this in their collection. Don't argue, just buy it. And if you have it in your UWP, go and watch it.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Everybody needs to have this in their collection. Don't argue, just buy it. And if you have it in your UWP, go and watch it.
    Yes ma'am!
    "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 Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Everybody needs to have this in their collection. Don't argue, just buy it. And if you have it in your UWP, go and watch it.
    Again, is it like Claus Gurth's staged version of Handel's The Messiah? I will likely buy it one day when it goes on sale. No hurry at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Don't argue, just buy it.
    Yikes. Nat has resumed her assertive assaults on people's wallets. We're all doomed!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that DVD is but a joke"
    And many, on the other hand, who wonder what took you guys so long to make the discovery.

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    Yikes. Nat has resumed her assertive assaults on people's wallets. We're all doomed!
    She started ages ago, and it's already begun to affect my personal economy. Being an opera obsessed student is not an easy task, I tell you!

    But I've heard many great things about that St. Matthew Passion. Is Topi Lehtipuu singing the Evangelist, or is Mark Padmore?

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    I have a 40-minute each way bus commute and spend that time with my noise-canceling headphones & iPod. My "heavy rotation" has a lot of "expected" works either burned from CDs or MP3 downloads (which could become an easy addiction but I limit myself to one a month for some reason). Last week I listened to my Carmen with Domingo/Berganza/Milnes/Cotrubas as well as one of my 2 Gluck Orfee et Eurydice, the JDF one, but I also enjoy the other one I have with Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Catherine Dubosc, Suzie Le Blanc. What I'd have hoped for but will never have is a recording of the one we had a few months ago in Seattle with William Burden, Davinia Rodriguez and Julianne Gearheart, which I hope to give you a review of sorts in the appropriate thread soon.

    Now due to a comment about Tancredi (and Ewa Podles) from a different thread, that's the one I will start tomorrow morning for this week.

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    St Matthew Passion:

    It's nothing like the Guth Messiah. It's not staged, per se, but the singers, instrumental soloists and choir move around. Often a soloist and singer will be opposite each other, and play/sing to each other, to great effect (when I mean soloist I mean players like Albrecht Meyer). It feels like a real telling of a heart-rending story.

    Mark Padmore is the main Evangelist, and this must be the performance of his life, but Lehtipuu sings some of the tenor parts. Every singer seems completely invested and absorbed by the story he or she is telling, and the story is entirely what is in the text, nothing extraneous.

    This had a great emotional effect on me, and on the audience. At the end they were completely quiet for about 40 seconds, and then just erupted.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    St Matthew Passion:

    It's nothing like the Guth Messiah. It's not staged, per se, but the singers, instrumental soloists and choir move around. Often a soloist and singer will be opposite each other, and play/sing to each other, to great effect (when I mean soloist I mean players like Albrecht Meyer). It feels like a real telling of a heart-rending story.

    Mark Padmore is the main Evangelist, and this must be the performance of his life, but Lehtipuu sings some of the tenor parts. Every singer seems completely invested and absorbed by the story he or she is telling, and the story is entirely what is in the text, nothing extraneous.

    This had a great emotional effect on me, and on the audience. At the end they were completely quiet for about 40 seconds, and then just erupted.
    Wonderful description. I'm looking forward to seeing this.

    Thank goodness premature applause didn't spoil the silence at the end. There was quite a long silence when I went which I found spine-tingling as if nobody wanted to be the first to break the spell.
    "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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