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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Tremendous cast. May have to see if I can get ahold of this recording. After all, it's only money.

    This afternoon I bought a Naxos Don Carlo CD set with Boris Christoff, conducted by Santini - I thought it was this recording, but it turns out to be a different Santini/Christoff effort from 1954-55. Oh well.


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    If you find it, let us know - I couldn't find it on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This afternoon I bought a Naxos Don Carlo CD set with Boris Christoff, conducted by Santini - I thought it was this recording, but it turns out to be a different Santini/Christoff effort from 1954-55. Oh well.

    If you find it, let us know - I couldn't find it on Amazon.
    Yes, I saw that other Santini Don Carlo; the cast didn't look as uniformly distinguished (though featuring Tito Gobbi!).

    The recording we've been discussing is available (in a different edition) on Amazon. A bit more than I want to spend right now, though, so I'll keep it in mind for later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I decided not to get the Solti as I'm not keen on DFD but my bias may be preventing me from hearing a great recording ...

    I wasn't familiar with Flaviano Lab˛ before but I love his voice on the Santini. Bastianini is one of my heroes and Christoff can do no wrong in my eyes/ears.





    I like it because of Nicolai Ghiaurov's Philip - does a great job with "Ella giammai m'amo"! Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi and Grace Bumbry also are pretty good...DFD doesn't bother me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Yes, I saw that other Santini Don Carlo; the cast didn't look as uniformly distinguished (though featuring Tito Gobbi!).

    The recording we've been discussing is available (in a different edition) on Amazon. A bit more than I want to spend right now, though, so I'll keep it in mind for later.

    I agree. $35 - $40 is when I have to scrutinize whether I want a recording that badly. Almost everything is typically available for around $20.

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    My brother in law was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court yesterday (not that bar) and said that he chatted with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about being an opera fan - when he asked her about her favorite opera, she said Marriage of Figaro or Don Giovanni - depending on the day.

    So, in honor of Her Honor:


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    Then, later:


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    This is the opera that put Beverly Sills on the front page of the New York Times. Lousy recording, lots of skips and sounds like it was recorded from the Empire Hotel across the street, but some wonderful duets. Applause also not so great, but sounds very enthusiastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floria View Post
    Tannhauser - Solti - Paris version -Wiener Staatsopernchor

    Helga Dernesch, Christa Ludwig, Hans Sotin, RenÚ Kollo, Victor Braun, Werner Hollweg
    The start of the second disc with the somewhat (almost) nervous sounding clarinet player.
    Absolute sublime in every way

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    Rachmaninov: Aleko
    Vassily Gerello (Aleko), Olga Guryakova (Zemfira), Vsevolod Grivnov (The Young Gypsy), Mikhail Kit (The Old Gypsy)
    Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Yurlov Capella, Constantine Orbelian

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Rachmaninov: Aleko...
    That sounds interesting, what is it like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    That sounds interesting, what is it like?
    Gorgeous music. I've just bought another version...
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Rachmaninov: Aleko
    Vassily Gerello (Aleko), Olga Guryakova (Zemfira), Vsevolod Grivnov (The Young Gypsy), Mikhail Kit (The Old Gypsy)
    Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Yurlov Capella, Constantine Orbelian



    Rachmaninov did an opera? For real?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Rachmaninov did an opera? For real?
    apparently not just one but three, available in a multipack at any good vendor near you...

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    Rimsky Korsakov:

    The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia

    Ivan Petrov (Prince Yury Vsevolodovich), Vladimir Ivanovsky (Prince Vsevolod Yur'yevich), Natalya Rozhdestvenskaya (Fevroniya), Dmitri Tarkhov (Grishka Kutyer'ma), Ilya Bogdanov (Fyodor Poyarok), Boris Dobrin (Balladeer)
    Moscow Radio Orchestra and Chorus, Vasily Nebolsin
    1956

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    A different interpretation by Nebolsin to Gergiev

    "hang on, I did this almost forty years before Gergiev; you should say HE did a different interpretation!"

    or rather Gergiev's interpretation is different to that of Nebolsin, who had a more gentle, gentle approach that makes the impact of the melodies have a different sound, almost more romantic and maybe less fantastical. Some wonderful singing by all the principles and a majestic Prince Yury. Grishka is more human, which again is another different dimension to Gergiev's (later) interpretation where we look more at with pity.
    A good remaster but how good, I am struggling to say. A reshuffle of furniture has repositioned the speakers which has suddenly increased accoustic quality very much. I need to go through entire library again...

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    adult entertainment

    Rubinstein:

    The Demon

    Alexander Polyakov (Demon), Nina Lebedeva (Tamara), Evgeny Vladimirov (Gudal), Alexey Usmanov (Sinodal), Nina Grigorieva (Nanny), Nina Derbina (Angel), Yury Elnikov (Messenger), Boris Morozov (Old Servant)
    Academic Choir of the USSR All-Union Radio, Symphony Orchestra of the USSR All-Union Radio, Boris Khaikin
    1974

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    well I only say adult because for some strange reason the CD has a symbol that looks like a guidance rating on the back

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    or does this mean something else?

    Whatever.

    It is a thrilling opera and performance.

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    Puccini: Madama Butterfly

    Maria Chiara
    James King
    Hermann Prey

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    This is my favorite Butterfly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Rachmaninov did an opera? For real?
    Yes, I watched two of them on culture box - read my post in the "watching" thread: http://operalively.com/forums/showth...ll=1#post48057

    There is also The Miserly Knight which I am still waiting to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    adult entertainment

    Rubinstein:

    The Demon

    Alexander Polyakov (Demon), Nina Lebedeva (Tamara), Evgeny Vladimirov (Gudal), Alexey Usmanov (Sinodal), Nina Grigorieva (Nanny), Nina Derbina (Angel), Yury Elnikov (Messenger), Boris Morozov (Old Servant)
    Academic Choir of the USSR All-Union Radio, Symphony Orchestra of the USSR All-Union Radio, Boris Khaikin
    1974

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    well I only say adult because for some strange reason the CD has a symbol that looks like a guidance rating on the back

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    or does this mean something else?

    Whatever.

    It is a thrilling opera and performance.
    One of my favourite recordings.
    Natalie

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