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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg
    Ferdinand Frantz - Hans Sachs
    Gottlob Frick - Veit Pogner
    Benno Kushce - Sixtus Beckmesser
    Elisabeth Grümmer - Eva
    Marga Höffgen - Magdalene
    Rudolph Schock - Walther Von Stolzing
    Gerhard Unger - David
    Hermann Prey - Ein Nachtwächter

    Choirs of the Municipal Opera and German State Opera, Berlin
    (chorus master: Hermann Lüddecke)
    Choir of St. Hedwin's Cathedral, Berlin
    (chorus-master: Karl Forster)
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conducted by Rudolf Kempe
    Studio recording from 1956
    XR remastering by Andrew Rose at Pristine Audio, August-October 2010

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    I would suggest an absolute must for Meistersinger fans. Wonderful sound, beautiful singing and music that is romantic, poetic and a little comic.
    Sounds wonderful. Am I safe in assuming that Act III is included?


    Great minds do thing alike! For my walk yesterday, another great Meistersinger recording:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Good thing I read through all the posts before hitting reply. I was really searching, trying to figure out what was wrong with me that I couldn't recall an opera so well known that folks refer to it as TMS...
    Yes sorry, Clayton and I went ever so slightly off topic! TMS - Test Match Special is the name of the programme/commentary team for Test cricket. They are legendary.


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    But doesn't really qualify as light and frothy!
    Un giorno di regno was the light and frothy one to go with sorting the papers. Boris Godunov was for the book case job which was much more difficult!
    "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 Hoffmann View Post
    Sounds wonderful. Am I safe in assuming that Act III is included?
    It is very good and I do recommend it and it is the entire opera

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    Great minds do thing alike! For my walk yesterday, another great Meistersinger recording:
    Another mammoth walk! Actually I have the Kubelik out on my desk (and the Vienna Solti) in case rain interrupted play but I might just listen to the Kempe again next.

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    I have to admit that the Overture never fails to make me smile. As most folks know (though I don't know about overseas), the center, lively part of the Overture was used as the theme music for the TV cowboy show "The Lone Ranger" when I was about 10 years old. It became so ingrained that even now I am unable to separate the two emotionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I have to admit that the Overture never fails to make me smile. As most folks know (though I don't know about overseas), the center, lively part of the Overture was used as the theme music for the TV cowboy show "The Lone Ranger" when I was about 10 years old. It became so ingrained that even now I am unable to separate the two emotionally.
    Before I even knew there was such a things as opera, my father used to sit me on his knees and give me a horsy ride while singing this. At a crucial moment he would let me fall back nearly to the ground, squealing with excitement. I could never get enough of this game and played it with my own children when they were toddlers, using the same tune.
    Natalie

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    Just when I thought things were calming down in work insanity returned. I have had a Medea week.

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    I didn't think that Vinci's Artaserse could be topped but this is even better - the music gorgeous, the orchestra more exciting and focused, the countertenor voices more sharply differentiated and the singing simply amazing (perhaps Vince Yi could do with some more vocal colours and a pinch of vibrato, but that is mere quibbling). Highly recommended A++.

    Vinci, Leonardo: Catone in Utica
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Arbace), Franco Fagioli (Cesare), Valer Sabadus (Marzia), Martin Mitterutzner (Fulvio), Vince Yi (Emilia), Juan Sancho (Catone). Il Pomo D'oro, Riccardo Minasi





    This suffers in comparison - although I have a soft spot for Sonia Prina, her coloratura is a bit forced (especially after hearing Franco Fagioli) and the rest of the cast is just OK; orchestra also no more than correct.

    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




    Cencic and Kermes shine in a beautiful serenata, a pasticcio with probably contributions from Porpora, Albinoni, Porta, and probably a bare minimum from Vivaldi.

    Vivaldi etc: Andromeda Liberata

    Simone Kermes (Soprano), Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor), Katerina Beranova (Soprano), Anna Bonitatibus (Contralto), Mark Tucker (Tenor). Venice Baroque Orchestra & La Stagione Armonica, Andrea Marcon

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I didn't think that Vinci's Artaserse could be topped but this is even better - the music gorgeous, the orchestra more exciting and focused, the countertenor voices more sharply differentiated and the singing simply amazing (perhaps Vince Yi could do with some more vocal colours and a pinch of vibrato, but that is mere quibbling). Highly recommended A++.

    Vinci, Leonardo: Catone in Utica...
    I first thought Vince Yi was somewhere between unique and strange thinking maybe they could have stuck a soprano in here but as the character developed I really started to warm to this performance (of Yi). It was one (just one) of the aspects that led me on to a second and third cycle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I first thought Vince Yi was somewhere between unique and strange thinking maybe they could have stuck a soprano in here but as the character developed I really started to warm to this performance (of Yi). It was one (just one) of the aspects that led me on to a second and third cycle...
    He wasn't new to me as I had time to get used to him in the Purcell/Sellars Indian Queen from the Liceu, which sadly has now disappeared from YT. Certainly a unique voice...
    Natalie

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    Also an aspect of this that takes some getting used to is the length of the recitatives. Five or six minutes in part; at one point Catone says to Cesare Speak quickly, I'm busy and don't have a lot time.... That made me laugh. Though maybe it was because I was expecting it on the next time around but this also I am happy with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I have to admit that the Overture never fails to make me smile. As most folks know (though I don't know about overseas), the center, lively part of the Overture was used as the theme music for the TV cowboy show "The Lone Ranger" when I was about 10 years old. It became so ingrained that even now I am unable to separate the two emotionally.
    Warner Brothers also borrowed some music from this overture for their animated "Loony Tunes" cartoons. As I told my sister, one goes straight from Bugs Bunny into the Lone Ranger!

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    Vinci, Leonardo: Catone in Utica
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Arbace), Franco Fagioli (Cesare), Valer Sabadus (Marzia), Martin Mitterutzner (Fulvio), Vince Yi (Emilia), Juan Sancho (Catone). Il Pomo D'oro, Riccardo Minasi

    I just went to add this to my Amazon Wish List and it comes very dear. $51.60 - or $46.25 on PC. No wonder CD sales are off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just went to add this to my Amazon Wish List and it comes very dear. $51.60 - or $46.25 on PC. No wonder CD sales are off.
    I think this price is too much. The music content is excellent; like Soave_Fanciulla says, the music is gorgeous and the singing is excellent. However these prices are going to cut out a lot of potential listeners which is a shame. It is not even as if it is like Opera Rara's lavish presentation. It is a fairly bog standard job, so I was really disappointed with that.

    That said, again I would highly recommend it as an opera recording if cost was not an issue

    You can get this at PC for download only for USD 25, or maybe wait until it goes on special offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I have to admit that the Overture never fails to make me smile. As most folks know (though I don't know about overseas), the center, lively part of the Overture was used as the theme music for the TV cowboy show "The Lone Ranger" when I was about 10 years old. It became so ingrained that even now I am unable to separate the two emotionally.
    That is a nice story. I have very little memories of my father from when I was a child but once I met him in NY when we were both there coincidentally on business and I took him to the MET where there was a production of La Traviata.

    He was asleep. Opera was not his thing...

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    Rain interrupted play (cricket) so I went back to Die Meistersinger but it was neither Kempe, Kubelik nor Solti...

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Albert Dohmen (Hans Sachs), Robert Dean Smith (Walther von Stolzing), Edith Haller (Eva), Dietrich Henschel (Sixtus Beckmesser), Peter Sonn (David), Michelle Breedt (Magdalene), Georg Zeppenfeld (Veit Pogner), Matti Salminen (Night Watchman), Tuomas Pursio (Fritz Kothner), Michael Smallwood (Kunz Vogelsang), Sebastian Noack (Konrad Nachtigall), Jörg Schörner (Balthasar Zorn)
    Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
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    I like this recording very much. It is very different from the Kempe and aside from the difference of this being a modern production with beautiful sound, it is a more comic approach and with crispier music and singing. Hans Sachs is quite different and could be a bit love him or hate him but the rest of the cast is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just went to add this to my Amazon Wish List and it comes very dear. $51.60 - or $46.25 on PC. No wonder CD sales are off.
    Yes absolutely ridiculous. I even left a comment about this on Decca's facebook. But the download was affordable.
    Natalie

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