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    I, too, got distracted last evening and neglected to post my day's listenings. My distraction, however, was the Washington Nationals beating up the San Diego Padres 10 - 0 (that's baseball for all you guys who aren't baseball fans, which I think is almost everybody...).

    Anyway, I had a Rossini day, starting with:


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    This is a live recording with Montserrat Caballe, Marilyn Horne and Samuel Ramey, from some place called "France" in 1980. That's the sum total of information provided in the, well, handout. The sound is ok, nothing great, but the attraction is Caballe in a role usually owned by Joan Sutherland. So, it's kind of a novelty - I like the studio recordings much better.

    Then, for my walk:

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    This also is a live recording from 1989 performance in Venice's La Fenice which featured Cecilia Gasdia (Zelmira), William Matteuzzi (Ilo), Chris Merritt (Antenore), Bernarda Fink (Emma) and Jose Garcia (Polidoro) as the principals. Excellent recording of yet another unappreciated gem by Rossini.

    Now, I think I should go back and give the Opera Rara Zelmira another listen to get a better sense of which is the stronger recording.

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    Yesterday's walk, which was interrupted by an impending storm, necessitating flight by subway back to the suburbs, featured my only recording of a great opera:



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    But not, I think, such a great recording. This CD set was issued by the Metropolitan Opera of a performance from 1960 with Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers, et al. and conducted by Karl Böhm. Ok so far, for some reason the recording includes all applause, even lengthy applause for noteworthy arias ("Abscheulicher"), stage and audience movements and noises, etc. Very distracting. Vickers is in great voice here - I'm not so sure it was one of Nilsson's better days. Time to try something else; maybe a nice studio recording.


    This morning:


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    This is a wonderful Tallis Scholars recording of the ethereal "Spem in Alium". Really, a no-brainer for a Sunday morning, even without a hangover...

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    This was my first listen to this CD. Kermes has an unearthly sound that, to my ear, is particularly well-suited to baroque and some bel canto, but not so much to a couple of selections included here.

    She starts off with an unknown aria (to me) from Mercadante's Virginia, which is very nicely done and served to stimulate interest in a composer I've only ever heard of - but never heard.

    She does beautiful, exacting work of the two Queen of the Night arias from Die Zauberflöte and then goes where she probably shouldn't - a gorgeous rendition of "Casta Diva" from Norma. The problem here, I think, is what's missing: the thrilling, somewhat raw beauty I've gotten used to when this is sung by Callas and Suliotis. Kermes hits the notes precisely and with beauty, but leaves me with a hollow sense of the aria.

    She next tackles Donizetti, and does a great job with an aria from something called Betly, o La capanna svizzera and a thrilling version of "Ah! tardai troppo" from Linda di Chamounix. Kermes' next selection is from I Masnadieri, which I didn't like at all - hers is not a dramatic soprano voice and Verdi doesn't seem to be a very good match (although the aria, "Tu Del Mio Carlo al Seno" has a fair amount of coloratura that is beautifully executed).

    There follows a couple of selections from Bellini's Adelson e Salvini and Semiramide that are well done, but she saved the best for last - four minutes of the just jaw-droppingly beautiful "Si Dolce E Il Tormento" from Monteverdi's Scherzi Musicali.

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    I have been stuck in seventeenth century France for the past couple of days. I think the time machine is broken so I might be here for a while further. The facilities suck (they haven't got plumbing or shower facilities yet), no such things as washing machines (actually they don't even have electricity) but the music is good.

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    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Phaéton), Ingrid Perruche (Clymène), Isabelle Druet (Théone, Astrée), Gaëlle Arquez (Libye), Andrew Foster-Williams (Épaphus), Frédéric Caton (Mérops, Automne, Jupiter), Benoît Arnould (Protée, Saturne), Cyril Auvity (Triton, le Soleil)
    Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

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    Cyril Auvity, Judith Van Wanroij, Ingrid Perruche, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Benoît Arnould, Bénédicte Tauran, Hasnaa Bennani, Pierrick Boisseau, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Caroline Weynants & Virginie Thomas
    Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

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    Guy de Mey, Guillemette Laurens, Agnès Mellon, Jean-François Gardeil, Jacques Bona, Bernard Deletré, Isabelle Desrochers, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,Véronique Gens, Michel Laplénie, Stephan Maciejewski, Gilles Ragon, Noémi Rime, Françoise Semellaz, Arlette Steyer & Monique Zanetti
    Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

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    I'm listening to one of my favorite recordings while I decide whether to chance a walk when the day is supposed to be filled with thunderstorms. I hate getting caught in thunderstorms.



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    I will join Hoffmann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    How was this? Is there anything that stands our about this performance/recording?

    I'm always on the look out for a good Lohengrin.

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    ^Me too. I love Lohengrin. And I've had very good luck with these Walhall issues.
    I love listening to old Wagner recordings.
    These Walhalls are 24 bit remasters and sound very good.
    I got this one for the great Bayreuth cast.
    Plus they're on sale on Amazon for great prices.
    I listened to Act 1 today and was very pleased.
    Varney, Rysanek, Konya.

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    Verdi :I Lombardi.
    Deutekom/ Domingo / Raimondi

    Faboulos recording with Deutekom.

    I cherish the few who made it to the international stage.

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    I have still been stuck in seventeenth century France but the time machine is nearly fixed so should be able to move on soon (well, that is the plan).

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    Cyril Auvity (Bellérophon), Céline Scheen (Philonoé), Ingrid Perruche (Sténobeé), Jennifer Borghi (Argie/Pallas), Evgeniy Alexiev (Pan/Jobate-Le Roy), Jean Teitgen (Apollon/Amisodar) & Robert Getchell (Bacchis/La Pythie)
    Chamber Choir of Namur & Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset 2010

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    Salomé Haller (Proserpine), Bénédicte Tauran (La Paix), Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cérès); Hjördis Thébault (La Victoire), Blandine Staskiewicz (Aréthuse, Cyané), Cyril Auvity (Alphée), François-Nicolas Geslot (Mercure), Benoît Arnould (Ascalaphe), Marc Labonnette (Jupiter, Crinise), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (La Discorde) & Joao Fernandes (Pluton)
    Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet
    Recorded in Versailles and Poissy in September 2006 and November 2007

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    Charpentier, M-A: Médée
    Jill Feldman (Médée), Jacques Bona (Créon), Sophie Boulin (Nérine), Philippe Cantor (Oronte), Agnès Mellon (Créuse), Gilles Ragon (Jason)
    Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 1984

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    Have you tried this?


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    Also known as the "Hot Tub Time Machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Verdi :I Lombardi.
    Deutekom/ Domingo / Raimondi

    Faboulos recording with Deutekom.

    I cherish the few who made it to the international stage.
    Yep me too and I cherish these Gardelli recordings.
    "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
    I have still been stuck in seventeenth century France but the time machine is nearly fixed so should be able to move on soon (well, that is the plan).
    Maybe you can hitch a ride in the tardis.

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    Just watch out for these guys !

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    Verdi: Un ballo in maschera [1956]

    Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Antonino Votto

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    Excited by the news that PC has shipped the new Vinci recording today, I was drawn to the Vinci in the to-listen-to pile

    Vinci, Leonardo: La Partenope
    Sonia Prina (Partenope), Maria Grazia Schiavo (Rosmira), Maria Ercolano (Arsace), Eufemia Tufano (Emilio), Stefano Ferrari (Armindo) & Charles do Santos (Ormonte)
    I Turchini, Antonio Florio 2011
    This is the world première of Leonardo Vinci’s opera La Partenope.

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    Thrilling. Exciting. Barock'n roll

    I think I might have to "do a Florestan" and buy the DVD as well.

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