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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Verdi: Macbeth
    Sherrill Milnes (Macbeth), Fiorenza Cossotto (Lady Macbeth), Jose Carreras (Macduff), Ruggero Raimondi (Banco), Giuliano Bernardi (Malcolm), Maria Borgato (Dama), Carlo Del Bosco (Medico)
    Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti
    1976

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    Fabulous recording
    "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 sospiro View Post


    Fabulous recording
    Thank you Sospiro for good recommendation...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    You're right.

    So, after contemplating your post, I took your advice to heart and went and bought a new recording of Armida (Rossini's)! I am listening to the one I have,



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    but had to have the one by Renee Fleming:



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    Now you are talking! As long as you are not starving two young daughters like someone I know, it's OK to buy as many recordings as you want!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Another good pointer from JohnGerald

    courtesy of spotify

    Donizetti: Il diluvio universale
    Mirco Palazzi (Noe), Majella Cullagh (Sela), Manuela Custer (Ada), Colin Lee (Cadmo), Simon Bailey (Iafet), Mark Wilde (Sem), Dean Robinson (Cam), Irina Lungu (Tesbite), Ivana Dimitrijevic (Asfene), Anne-Marie Gibbons (Abra), Roland Wood (Artoo)
    Geoffrey Mitchell Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuliano Carella

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    Unfortunately world stocks sold out but I might have to buy download to get PDF libretto (that's a GBP 15 libretto but I did like it).

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    Cavalli: L’Ormindo
    Opera in a Prologue and Three Acts. world première recording of the original version from 1644
    Sandrine Piau, Magali Léger, Stéphanie Révidat (sopranos), Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano), Martin Oro, Dominique Visse (countertenors), Howard Crook, Jean-François Lombard (tenors), Jacques Bona, Benoît Arnould (baritones)
    Ensemble Les Paladins, Jérôme Correas (harpsichord & direction)

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    A rom-com straight out of the school of Monteverdi and madrigals. I am not sure if the wee welease comes with a libretto which is a pity if it doesn't but still worth it for Cavalli fans. Otherwise let's hope ROH are making a DVD of their production (today?)

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    Courtesy of Spotify (I'm starting to think subscribing to unlimited opera streaming service was not such a healthy idea)

    Gluck: Orpheus und Eurydike
    Hilde Rössel-Majdan (Orpheus), Sena Jurinac (Eurydice), Emmy Loose (Amor) & Heinz Wöster (Speaker)
    Chorus of Vienna State Opera & Vienna Radio
    Michael Gielen
    December 1953

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    Another very good recording, this time sung in German by contralto Hilde Rössel-Majdan. A little tape farting (clayton technical term for whirp-whirp noise from tape) that is not as annoying as the narrative between scenes but I still give it a thumbs up.

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    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620
    Rita Streich, Maria Stader, Ernst Haefliger, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Josef Greindl
    RIAS-Kammerchor & RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Ferenc Fricsay
    1955

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    again, I talked myself here

    do you think I talk to much?

    I only ask because I can't hear myself through all the blah, blah, blah...

    never mind. Where was I?

    I lost myself



    Oh yes

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    A busy day today with my sister and brother in law in town for a brief stay on their way back to frozen Massachusetts after 3 weeks in Florida. Still managed to squeeze in:

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    Callas is wonderful in this, but can't say I'm crazy about the opera. Maybe requires another listen...

    Then, sent family off to National Gallery of Art and then went for a walk for the first time in 3 days (I don't do below zero weather) and was on a Callas roll:


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    This might be the best rendition of this I've yet heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    again, I talked myself here

    do you think I talk to much?

    I only ask because I can't hear myself through all the blah, blah, blah...

    never mind. Where was I?

    I lost myself
    No!!

    Keep talking; I'm listening!
    "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 Clayton View Post
    Verdi: Macbeth
    Sherrill Milnes (Macbeth), Fiorenza Cossotto (Lady Macbeth), Jose Carreras (Macduff), Ruggero Raimondi (Banco), Giuliano Bernardi (Malcolm), Maria Borgato (Dama), Carlo Del Bosco (Medico)
    Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti
    1976

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    The best a men/ woman can get

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    Post from 14 February

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...Later morning:

    [Roussel: Padmâvatî]

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    I'm not so sure about this. Opera was composed in 1921 or 23 in the modern style. Marilyn Horne is wonderful - she really stands out in this. Nonetheless, I find modern operas a much harder listen than I do, well, 'regular' operas.

    Padmavati doesn't seem to have much of a reputation, so I'm uncertain whether the libretto is dramatically strong enough to sustain interest.
    I had never heard of this opera or composer, so it was odd seeing it for sale in the local charity shop so soon after your post. It is not like they have a big selection, only about ten complete operas at any one time. It is as if someone read your post and agreed and decided to dispose of it.
    I couldn't remember your exact comments but thought it was somewhere close to a meh category so did not buy it.

    So I have not listened to this. Just a bit of idle chat inserted in to the listening thread.

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    Cavalli: Artemisia
    Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Artemisia), Roberta Mameli (Artemia), Valentina Coladonato (Oronta), Maarten Engeltjes (Meraspe), Andrea Arrivabene (Alindo), Marina Bartoli (Ramiro), Silvia Frigato (Eurillo), Salvo Vitale (Indamoro), Alberto Allegrezza (Erisbe) & Alessandro Giangrande (Niso)
    La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina
    Recorded in Mondovì (Sala Ghisleri), Italy, in October 2010

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    I love Cavalli. Absolutely without a shadow of doubt my all time favourite composer in the entire galaxy. Well for today, that is.
    And this is one of his best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I couldn't remember your exact comments but thought it was somewhere close to a meh category so did not buy it.

    So I have not listened to this. Just a bit of idle chat inserted in to the listening thread.
    Meh? No, Padmavati is very good. You can see a longer evaluation of it in one of our Beyond the Standard Repertory articles.

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