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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Will you two just stop it, you're torturing me!! Have you seen how much it is?
    Well, I recently came across this new recording of La Gazza Ladra and, I must admit, I don't know most of the singers (except Kenneth Tarver, and then only by reputation - good), but I'm tempted. Oh.. Look at the price!

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/N...m_medium=email

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    Lovely opera, lovely recording. Lots of good music.

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    That's funny, because as someone reminded me of Edita yesterday, I was just listening to the same!

    Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix
    Edita Gruberova, Don Bernardini, Monika Groop, Ettore Kim, Stefano Palatchi, Anders Melander, Ulrika Precht, Klas Hedlund
    Mikaeli Chamber Choir, Members of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Freidrich Haider
    Recorded live September 1993, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Well, I recently came across this new recording of La Gazza Ladra and, I must admit, I don't know most of the singers (except Kenneth Tarver, and then only by reputation - good), but I'm tempted. Oh.. Look at the price!

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/N...m_medium=email
    Or this one, which is found on Ebay for $7 (Clips here):


    Or a DVD I found on Ebay for $10.55:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Well, I recently came across this new recording of La Gazza Ladra and, I must admit, I don't know most of the singers (except Kenneth Tarver, and then only by reputation - good), but I'm tempted. Oh.. Look at the price!

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/N...m_medium=email


    Thank you!
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    Stayed with Donizetti but distracted from listening pile by Almaviva mentioning Christopher Purves (so easily distracted)

    Donizetti: Maria di Rohan
    Krassimira Stoyanova (Maria di Rohan), José Bros (Riccardo), Christopher Purves (Enrico), Brindley Sherratt, Loïc Félix (Armando di Gondì), Graeme Broadbent (Il Visconte di Suze), Christopher Turner (Aubry), Riccardo Simonetti (Un Familiare di Chevreuse); Enkelejda Shkosa (mezzo - appendix arias)
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Mark Elder
    2009

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    Jeremy Commons in the accompanying booklet calls this one of two of Donizetti's "pruned" operas - operas which show him experimenting with ways of creating tense and unrelieved drama (the other of which is Imelda de' Lambertazzi)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    That's funny, because as someone reminded me of Edita yesterday, I was just listening to the same!

    Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix
    Edita Gruberova, Don Bernardini, Monika Groop, Ettore Kim, Stefano Palatchi, Anders Melander, Ulrika Precht, Klas Hedlund
    Mikaeli Chamber Choir, Members of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Freidrich Haider
    Recorded live September 1993, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm

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    I know it's Edita, so it has to be great/good...right? I see that it's a live recording - how's the sound?

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    then I was going to continue with Purves and listen to Parrott's L'Orfeo but was distracted by idea of Monteverdi and Emanuela Galli (so easily distracted)

    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
    Naples manuscript version
    Emanuela Galli (Poppea), Roberta Mameli (Nerone), Josè Maria Lo Monaco (Ottone), Xenia Meijer (Ottavia), Ian Honeyman (Arnalta) & Raffaele Costantini (Seneca)
    La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina
    2009

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    Emanuela Galli is the second most beautiful woman on the planet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I know it's Edita, so it has to be great/good...right? I see that it's a live recording - how's the sound?
    The sound is very good, well balanced between singers and orchestra (singers voices are forward and does not sound like theatre sound), there is no stage noise (no wooden clogs on these feet or comedy props falling over or regie guns going off(I really hate that) as I think it is concert performance), and the very polite Swedish audience (or any nationality audience who happened to be in Sweden to watch this performance) clap only after the music stops.

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    I was going to listen to Krol Roger as I want to watch the streamed performance tomorrow and have been inspired by Annie's homework approach but I had the Parrott L'Orfeo and so was distracted again (so easily distracted)

    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Charles Daniels (Orfeo), Faye Newton (Euridice), Emily Van Evera (Messaggiera), Clare Wilkinson (Speranza/Proserpina), Curtis Streetman (Caronte), Christopher Purves (Plutone), Anna Dennis (Ninfa), Guy Pelc (Apollo), Rodrigo del Pozo, Simon Wall, Gareth Morrell Robert Macdonald (Pastori), Richard Latham, Gareth Morrell, Curtis Streetman, (Spiriti infernali)
    Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott
    2012

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    Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort & Players definitely laid their mark here as in original interpretations (though that probably gets said every time a new interpretation that is different is made). I like some of the echo and tunnel sounds which sound authentic, almost like in the style of Harry Christopher performance of vespers.

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    oh, it's only 5:08pm. I forgot I woke up today at 4:30am so managed to enjoy much opera. I can still fit in another after tea (that's English for supper at this time of day, as opposed to tea at any other time of day which is, tea). Maybe I'll listen to Krol Roger. That's my plan for the moment.
    Though I do so easily get distracted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    oh, it's only 5:08pm. I forgot I woke up today at 4:30 am so managed to enjoy much opera. I can still fit in another after tea (that's English for supper at this time of day, as opposed to tea at any other time of day which is, tea). Maybe I'll listen to Krol Roger. That's my plan for the moment.
    Though I do so easily get distracted.
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    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Emanuela Galli (La Musica/Eurydice), Mirko Guadagnini (Orfeo), Marina De Liso (Messaggiera), Cristina Calzolari (Proserpina), Matteo Bellotto (Plutone), Josè Lo Monaco (Speranza), Salvo Vitale (Caronte), Vincenzo Di Donato (Apollo), Francesca Cassinari (Ninfa), Giovanni Caccamo (Pastore I), Makoto Sakurada (Pastore II/Spirito I), Claudio Cavina (Pastore III), Tony Corradini (Pastore IV/Spirito II). La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina



    Well here is yet another interpretation of L'Orfeo. It's quite earthy and rugged - a lot of the continuo is done by some kind of musette - wouldn't that have sounded too peasanty in the court of Mantua among all those nobles? Or was it appropriately pastoral? Anyway my feeling: I prefer the theorbo as a Baroque continuo instrument, and then the harpsichord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...Well here is yet another interpretation of L'Orfeo. It's quite earthy and rugged - a lot of the continuo is done by some kind of musette - wouldn't that have sounded too peasanty in the court of Mantua among all those nobles? Or was it appropriately pastoral? Anyway my feeling: I prefer the theorbo as a Baroque continuo instrument, and then the harpsichord.
    Coincidentally, that is what I think with Parrott, as with the muted trumpets I feel there is a little empty feeling. I want to hear the Toccata, for example, like I am the Duke of Mantua/Bill Gates and I just spent a lot of money to make a show

    The over riding factor with the Cavina, at the risk of sounding like a broken parrot (cross between a broken record and a parrot) is Galli singing the prologue. I think the Musica so is important as it sets the drama more significantly than other ouvertures/prologues (or is this my Galli goggles?). Still for this reason the Cavina is my preferred (closely followed by Alessandrini)

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