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    Haydn: L'anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice
    Cecilia Bartoli (Euridice/Genio), Uwe Heilmann (Orfeo), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Creonte), Andrea Silvestrelli (Pluto)
    The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood
    Recorded December 1995/April 1996 Henry Wood Hall, London

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    Another very good opera based on the Orpheus myth with a superb performance by Bartoli, including the Genio aria (described by H C Robbins Landon as "the greatest coloratura tour-de-force of the second part of the century").

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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Canadian tenor,

    French music

    London Orchestra,

    Korean director

    Deutsche recording label

    posted from New Zealand (by Swiss girl?)

    on an American website
    (owned by Italian descendant?)
    ...

    read in England
    (drinking wine from Argentina whilst listening to music by Austrian composer)


    the international opera community

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    and my psychiatrist is Welsh

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    I'm joking.

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    he's from Barcelona

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    sorry, I'm still being silly

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    go on, enjoy your opera now

    I'll shut up

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    For my walk today:



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    I like this opera and recording, but Katia Ricciarelli is good, but not outstanding. Samuel Ramey, though, wow! He's worth the price of the recording any day.


    And, yesterday's listening:


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    Bergonzi is great on this and Tebaldi and Bumbry good but, again, it's Nicolai Ghiaurov's bass and his "Ella giammai m' amò!" that jumps out and makes my day..

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    on an American website
    (owned by Italian descendant?)
    Actually a bit more than just a descendant. I do have Italian citizenship as well. I'm a dual citizen of Italy and the United States.

    Sono un italiano vero.

    "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 Clayton View Post
    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa), Susanne Resmark (Ortrud), Gerd Grochowski (Friedrich von Telramund), Markus Brück (Der Heerrufer des Königs), Günther Groissböck (Heinrich der Vogler)
    Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski
    Live recording 12 November 2011 concert performance Berlin Philharmonie

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    Still my preferred Lohengrin
    UUUGGHHHHH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    For my walk today:



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    I like this opera and recording, but Katia Ricciarelli is good, but not outstanding. Samuel Ramey, though, wow! He's worth the price of the recording any day.






    .
    Katia Ricciarelli is good, that's her problem , she never was outstanding, a bit dull sometimes.
    As for the opera: even more boring than La Cenerentola
    ( That is my humble opinion)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    UUUGGHHHHH
    Bad Itullian. You are condemned to a steady diet of countertenors for the next week.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Bad Itullian. You are condemned to a steady diet of countertenors for the next week.
    Including Vogt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Bad Itullian. You are condemned to a steady diet of countertenors for the next week.
    I've actually made arrangements for Itullian to be kidnapped and in a Clockwork Orange style be forced to watch a specially commisioned musical film adaptation of Lohengrin with adaptations by Tim Rice and Britney Spears, starring Dick Van Dyke as the King and Lily Savage as Ortrud. We blew the budget so the rest of the cast is made of waiters and waitresses picked from Hollywood diners though we did manage to get the Power Rangers to make a special dance routine on ice skates for a specially commisioned ballet during the wedding.
    He will be forced to watch this continually until a polygraph test shows he genuinely appreciates the Janowski production.

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    I had planned to listen to Glass' Orphee this morning but again I was distracted and ended up in a different century

    Bellini: La straniera
    Edita Gruberova, Laura Polverelli, José Bros, Luca Grassi, Kay Stiefermann, Thomas Michael Allen
    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg & Orpheus Vokalensemble, Pietro Rizzo
    Recorded in November 2012, Baden-Baden, Germany

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    DVD/CD Reviews
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    - Bellini: La Straniera
    Conductor: Pietro Rizzo
    Soloists: Edita Gruberova, José Bros, Laura Polverelli, Luca Grassi, Kay Stiefermann, Thomas Michael Allen
    Nightingale NC 0715603 (2 CDs)
    ...Edita Gruberova’s Alaide is pretty much the raison d’être for this recording, and her fans will likely want to acquire it. Her soprano retains its excellent focus, effortlessness in ornamentation, and the dynamic nuances that give her phrasing its characteristic intensity. But her spectrum of tonal colors is reduced, her sound has become harder, and intonation can be questionable; most significantly, the stupendous technical superiority that was once her trademark is gone, so this recording will also fill the listener with a little sadness…
    Okay, I read that and I hear that now so I am a little bit sad

    but even with only one eye with the Gruberova tinted spectacles it is still a good opera/recording

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I've actually made arrangements for Itullian to be kidnapped and in a Clockwork Orange style be forced to watch a specially commisioned musical film adaptation of Lohengrin with adaptations by Tim Rice and Britney Spears, starring Dick Van Dyke as the King and Lily Savage as Ortrud. We blew the budget so the rest of the cast is made of waiters and waitresses picked from Hollywood diners though we did manage to get the Power Rangers to make a special dance routine on ice skates for a specially commisioned ballet during the wedding.
    He will be forced to watch this continually until a polygraph test shows he genuinely appreciates the Janowski production.
    I thought the Clockwork Orange method was meant to inspire aversion, not love. So he'll hate film adaptations even more. Maybe you should call back your team and get a regular staged production DVD to have your great cast and musicians, so that he then gets turned off and turns to filmed opera instead. Make sure that the female Hollywood waitresses are not cute, though. Some of them are so your method might backfire.
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I thought the Clockwork Orange method was meant to inspire aversion, not love. So he'll hate film adaptations even more. Maybe you should call back your team and get a regular staged production DVD to have your great cast and musicians, so that he then gets turned off and turns to filmed opera instead. Make sure that the female Hollywood waitresses are not cute, though. Some of them are so your method might backfire.
    Well to be honest, rather than a reform programme it is more of a take that you rascal! exercise

    Goldfinger, do you expect me to talk?

    No mister Bond, I expect you to die!

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    I went back to see Edita 23 years ago

    Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda
    Edita Gruberova, Vasselina Kasarova, Igor Morosow, Don Bernadini, Branko Robinsak, Daniel Sumegi
    Wiener Jeunesse-Chor, Orf-Symphonieorchester
    Pinchas Steinberg
    Live recording 30 January/1 February 1992, Wiener Konzerthaus

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    Still feeling a little sad but that may be more the opera rather than the circle of life

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