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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse), Jennifer Rivera (Penelope), Aaron Sheehan (Telemaco), Leah Wool (Minerva), Owen McIntosh (Giove), Abigail Nims (Melanto), Daniel Auchincloss (Eumaeus), Sonja DuToit Tengblad (Juno), Ulysses Thomas (Antinous) & Marc Molomot (Irus)
    Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman
    Recorded April 2014, Mechanics Hall, Worcester Massachusetts

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    Of the surviving Monteverdi operas, this one has perhaps the most different interpretations. This is explained by Martin Pearlman in the accompanying booklet by the fact that we have less documentation. The only surviving manuscript is a copy probably made after the death of Monteverdi and it is incomplete; even the instrumentation is not recorded. He explains most of the opera is on just two staves: vocal line plus instrumental bass. There is very little orchestral accompaniment, in total about fifteen minutes of the opera. This is where mainly the variation in interpretation arises. How much orchestration?
    This is Martin Pearlmans version where he says he looks to take a balance between the no orchestration of the original score and some of the more fully orchestrated versions.
    Certainly it sounds fresher but this I put down mostly to the beautiful voice of Rivera which is an intelligent and beautiful Penelope and a well partnered Guimarães as Ulisse. The orchestration doesn't sound all that dramatically different but there is subtlety and delicacy perhaps, which I think I will need to hear more than once to appreciate better. I am looking forward to getting to know this version better.
    Intriguing, thank you.

    To begin with, I listened to this opera only to familiarise myself with it before I saw it live. At first I wasn't even sure if I liked it but it has totally got under my skin. I have three versions so far, Harnoncourt, Cavina and Jacobs and relish the thought of getting to know another.

    On my list to buy.
    "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
    Intriguing, thank you.

    To begin with, I listened to this opera only to familiarise myself with it before I saw it live. At first I wasn't even sure if I liked it but it has totally got under my skin. I have three versions so far, Harnoncourt, Cavina and Jacobs and relish the thought of getting to know another.

    On my list to buy.
    I kowtow to AVTRP

    Annie's Very Thorough Research Program!

    Though as you said, Monteverdi just does that to you!

    I also recommend the Glen Wilson De Nederlands Opera production but this is a DVD

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Ulisse), Graciela Araya (Penelope), Toby Spence (Telemaco), Jaco Huijpen (Antinoo), Christopher Gillett (Pisandro), Diana Montague (Minerva), Brian Asawa (Anfinomo)
    Baroque Ensemble Orchestra, Glen Wilson, stage direction by Pierre Audi

    All the cast and production is very good. It is the minimalist stage production that also produced the very good L'Incoronazione di Poppea; a very sincere and not off his rocker Pierre Audi.

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    Einstein on the Beach - Glass


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Einstein on the Beach - Glass
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    Ah but pray tell; what is in the glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ah but pray tell; what is in the glass?
    Greenore Irish single grain, earl grey bitters, orange blossom water, turbinado syrup, ice sphere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Greenore Irish single grain, earl grey bitters, orange blossom water, turbinado syrup, ice sphere
    Yeah, that IS opera in a glass! Sounds very good and I want to try some. You don't live anywhere near Berkhamsted do you?

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    Yeah, that IS opera in a glass! Sounds very good and I want to try some. You don't live anywhere near Berkhamsted do you?
    I wish I did! I'm a whisky nerd, and you've got access to many, many single malts I can't get in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post

    I also recommend the Glen Wilson De Nederlands Opera production but this is a DVD

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Ulisse), Graciela Araya (Penelope), Toby Spence (Telemaco), Jaco Huijpen (Antinoo), Christopher Gillett (Pisandro), Diana Montague (Minerva), Brian Asawa (Anfinomo)
    Baroque Ensemble Orchestra, Glen Wilson, stage direction by Pierre Audi

    All the cast and production is very good. It is the minimalist stage production that also produced the very good L'Incoronazione di Poppea; a very sincere and not off his rocker Pierre Audi.
    Sounds good. This one I presume?





    I have this and I think it's brilliant.

    "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 Vlad View Post
    I wish I did! I'm a whisky nerd, and you've got access to many, many single malts I can't get in the US.


    Okay, that does it. Gotta start a Whisky thread. I can drink and talk whisky until the grains come home.

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    UGH, All this bore-oque.

    I'll be back after some Wagner, Strauss, Mozart and Mefistofele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    UGH, All this bore-oque.

    I'll be back after some Wagner, Stauss, Mozart and Mefistofele.
    yes, I'm stuck in the seventeenth and eighteenth century and my obsession is making me broke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    yes, I'm stuck in the seventeenth and eighteenth century and my obsession is making me broke

    (nothing to do with my age , your remark is hilarious)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    UGH, All this bore-oque.

    I'll be back after some Wagner, Strauss, Mozart and Mefistofele.


    I'll be back to 'normal' after September!
    "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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    stuck on

    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
    Anna Netrebko (Iolanta), Sergey Skorokhodov (Vaudémont), Alexey Markov (Robert), Monika Bohinec (Martha), Junho You (Almerik), Lucas Meachem (Ibn-Hakia), Vitalij Kowaljow (King René), Luka Debevec Mayer (Bertrand), Nuška Rojko (Laura), Theresa Plut (Brigitte)
    Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Villaume
    Recorded November 2012 live at Philharmonie Essen

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    If anyone asks me about Anna Netrebko, I will point them to this recording (also the Stabat Mater with Marianna Pizzolato and Pappano). This is a wonderful opera but this performance is astounding. I record this performance in my memory as the one that explained "colour" in a voice to me. I'm probably confusing a little of the drama here to the musical term but the colour in her (Netrebko) voice paints this picture of the emotion of a small but dramatic journey of Iolanta so richly, it is not possible for me to imagine a more perfect portrayal. I have read the text translation twice, once with and once without the music. I am not reading the text recently, there is so much content in the voice and the music that I understand this translation better.
    Russian, romantic or Netrebko fans, I would urge to listen to this. Full Clayton guarantee applies (if you do not like it, I will buy you a pint the next time you are in Berko).

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    Rossini: Otello
    José Carreras (Tenor), Frederica von Stade (Mezzo-Soprano), Gian-Franco Pastine (Tenor), Samuel Ramey (Bass), Ambrosian Opera Chorus (Chorus), Salvatore Fisichella (Tenor), Alfonso Leoz (Tenor), Nucci Condò (Soprano), Keith Lewis (Tenor)
    Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos



    One of my favourite recordings - not only an astounding pair of lovers in Carreras and Von Stade but a flawless supporting cast, with some lovely Rossini tenors making a good contrast to Carreras. I actually prefer this "willow song" to Verdi's version. Highly recommended.
    Natalie

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