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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I listened to part of this again just yesterday; may have to finish the rest this evening. In recent years some have called it the best Tristan recording of all, despite the sound limitations. Mödl may not have the most beautiful of voices, but her Isolde is sharply characterized. Vinay makes for a noble, heroic Tristan, but I can't help feeling his voice sounds just a bit tired even in Act II. Still, it's a memorable performance, under the young Karajan's driving energy.
    Is it this (Urania) version that you have or can you recommend another version? I like it very much and would like to listen to it without the very disrupting spotify gaps. I know there are many different releases of this performance with different remasters but am a little unsure which one to go for, especially as it is a live performance.

    I can't recognize the tired voice of Vinay; I am still quite new to this opera and find act one and the last the most exciting at the moment.

    I could almost buy this CD for that beautiful, beautiful picture of young Karajan on the cover. I find that all pictures of musicians performing show them at their most attractive

    like this one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Is it this (Urania) version that you have or can you recommend another version? I like it very much and would like to listen to it without the very disrupting spotify gaps. I know there are many different releases of this performance with different remasters but am a little unsure which one to go for, especially as it is a live performance.
    There are several different releases; I've got the Membran. It seems of decent sound quality, given the age of the recording, but I haven't compared it to other versions.



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    I can't recognize the tired voice of Vinay; I am still quite new to this opera and find act one and the last the most exciting at the moment.
    I'm not sure about Vinay's voice; at times it strikes me as tired, but that may be him softening it in a kind of crooning. Not a strong argument against the performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    Huguette Tourangeau (Orfeo), Catherine Malfitano (Euridice), Barbara Hendricks (Amor)
    Residentie Orkest, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Hans Vonk
    Live recording 1975

    Attachment 7877

    Very beautiful performance. The sound is okay; I wish a studio recording had been made of this, in which case it would definitely had been a top three. As it is there is too much ballet farts (technical term for pitter patter pitter patter shloop shloop sound made by ballet dancers) in the recording but I still like this recording very much.

    I saw this production, Tourangeau is the most strange voice I ever heard.
    The anti fans called her the horny pigeon

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    I had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with Terradellas (he's from Barcelona)

    Terradellas: Artaserse
    Anna Maria Panzarella (Artaserse), Céline Ricci (Arbace), Marina Comparato (Mandane), Sunhae Im (Semira), Augustin Prunell-Friend (Artabano) & Mariví Blasco (Megabise)
    La Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara, Juan Bautista Otero
    2008

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    second listen has just put this as CD of the month, even against some almost superlative competition. Superb singing and music that reaches some parts that many other composer just do not reach.

    Terradellas, from Barcelona (sorry, that is the last time I say that), a composer of the Neapolitan school, studied under Francesco Durante who also counted Pergolesi amongst his students. The teacher did well and we hear some of the beautiful lyrical melodies of Pergolesi's composition and I also hear some of the genius of Vivaldi's structure.

    Unfortunately the accompanying booklet does not contain English text but in this case I do not care, the music is enough for me.

    9.2177/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Reading John Gerald's post, I had to pull out

    Donizetti: Belisario
    Nicola Alaimo (Belisario), Joyce El-Khoury (Antonina), Camilla Roberts (Irene), Russell Thomas (Alamiro), Alastair Miles (Giustiniano), Julia Sporsen (Eudora), Peter Hoare (Eutropio), Edward Price (Eusebio), MIchael Bundy (Ottario), Darren Jeffery (Centurione)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder
    2012

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    It is a very good opera and a very good recording. I love it.

    Just ordered it, very curious, will let you know

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    This morning I went to another student of Durante

    Anfossi: La finta giardiniera
    Nuria Rial (Sandrina), Krystian Adam (Belfiore), Maria Espada (Ramiro), Katja Stuber (Arminda), Miljenko Turk (Podestà), Florian Götz (Nardo) & Monika Reinhard (Serpetta)
    L'Arte del Mondo, Werner Ehrhardt
    2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Just ordered it, very curious, will let you know
    I hope you'll like it. It is a very good opera that got lost in it's sister's (Lucia) shadow. That and I think it's a bit difficult to stage. Opera Rara did very well to show that it is an opera to be appreciated more.

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    "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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    Campra: Tancrède
    Benoît Arnould (Tancrède), Isabelle Druet (Clorinde), Chantal Santon (Herminie), Alain Buet (Argant) & Éric Martin-Bonnet (Isménor)
    Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles & Orchestre Les Temps Présents, Olivier Schneebeli
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Terradellas, from Barcelona (sorry, that is the last time I say that) . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Campra: Tancrède
    Benoît Arnould (Tancrède), Isabelle Druet (Clorinde), Chantal Santon (Herminie), Alain Buet (Argant) & Éric Martin-Bonnet (Isménor)
    Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles & Orchestre Les Temps Présents, Olivier Schneebeli
    2014

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    Welll.. ? It's in my basket, do I press buy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Is it this (Urania) version that you have or can you recommend another version? I like it very much and would like to listen to it without the very disrupting spotify gaps. I know there are many different releases of this performance with different remasters but am a little unsure which one to go for, especially as it is a live performance.

    I can't recognize the tired voice of Vinay; I am still quite new to this opera and find act one and the last the most exciting at the moment.

    I could almost buy this CD for that beautiful, beautiful picture of young Karajan on the cover. I find that all pictures of musicians performing show them at their most attractive

    like this one
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    The second act is totally magic - it's the love duet with Brangäne's warning weaving above that makes me weak. The Liebestod, however, at the end of a live performance is killer. Even when the singing has been less than satisfying - and T&I is a tough outing for singers - the Liebestod very neatly wraps up the evening and makes everything ok.

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    For today's walk, a beautiful day, partly sunny with enough overcast to block the sun from broiling would-be walkers. That, and a lovely breeze that was a delight. Not even the Russians could bring me down:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Welll.. ? It's in my basket, do I press buy?
    On the first listen I was not excited

    but to be fair, my concentration has been very much disrupted by the Terradellas artaserse.

    I shall listen to it again later today or tomorrow (as soon as above vacates head) and post thoughts on second listen.

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    I believe Sospiro was saying that she has been enjoying Gardelli's Nabucco...

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