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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I was going to sail again with the wretched couple to Cornwall (get a nice pasty whilst I'm there) but got distracted This time inspired by Mario's choice of a Vivaldi masterpiece
    I think pasties were the last thing on their minds. But I reckon it could have save them a lot of trouble if they'd settled down with with a nice golden-brown one filled with savoury mince and veggies instead of insisting on death/love potions,
    Natalie

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    I think I have been poisoned... I ended up going, this time with Furtwängler at the helm...

    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Ludwig Suthaus (Tristan), Kirsten Flagstad (Isolde), Blanche Thebom (Brangaene), Josef Greindl (Konig Marke), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Kurwenal), Edgar Evans (Melot), Rudolf Schock (Hirt), Rhoderick Davies (Steuermann), Rudolf Schock (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)
    Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Wilhelm Furtwängler
    1952 Studio recording

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    This is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. It brought tears to my eyes (well, not really but would have if I wasn't a propa geeza). Furtwängler makes a really beautiful romantic story telling, Kirsten Flagstad's rendition is heart tearing and Ludwig Suthaus's Tristan is fairytale.
    The sound on this 2001 remastered recording is fine and there is very little noise (this was a studio first on tape). Yup, a blinding record and I can't believe it's available for only GBP 14.75.



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    I went straight after and heard the sample on Pristine for Andrew Rose's remaster. It is better but much like the story of diminishing returns on audiophile equip, it is difficult to reason the price difference.

    Of course, I went and ordered the Pristine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I was going to sail again with the wretched couple to Cornwall (get a nice pasty whilst I'm there) but got distracted This time inspired by Mario's choice of a Vivaldi masterpiece


    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso, RV728
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Lorenzo Regazzo, Ann Hallenberg, Blandine Staskiewicz
    Choeur Les Eléments & Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    2004

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    Great cast - I'll have to look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I think pasties were the last thing on their minds. But I reckon it could have save them a lot of trouble if they'd settled down with with a nice golden-brown one filled with savoury mince and veggies instead of insisting on death/love potions,

    Makes me wonder what that Leitmotiv might have sounded like! Might even have made an opera fan out of Julia Child.

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    For today's walk - and even at 8:30 this am it was really very hot.


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    This is my second listen to this one. I have trouble with the timbre of Hans Hopf's voice. It seems excessively reedy or something - almost whiny. I bought it because I like Konwitschny's conducting of Der Fliegende Hollander and because I thought Wunderlich would be singing Tannhäuser, which isn't the case; this recording has yet to grow on me.

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    Bellini : I Capulletti & I Montechi.
    You guessed it right, on vinyl, who need CD's with this kind of covers?

    Beverly Sills/ Janet Baker/ Nicolai Gedda .
    The weakest link is Baker but that could also be me, never liked the voice.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Bellini : I Capulletti & I Montechi.
    You guessed it right, on vinyl, who need CD's with this kind of covers?
    ...
    I love that cover and I love that recording.

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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Marta Mödl, Ramon Vinay, Werner Faulhaber, Hans Hotter, Ira Malaniuk, Ida Malaniuk, Ilda Malaniuk, Ludwig Weber, Herman Uhde, Gerhard Unger, Gerhard Stolze
    Orchester Der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor Der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor Der Festspiele, Herbert von Karajan
    Bayreuth Festspiele 1952
    Urania 2001 remaster

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    This too is very good, a faster and bouncier (Clayton technical term) interpretation making it a little more dramatic and very exciting performance from Mödl and Vinay. Sound is good (for a 1952 live performance).

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    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.

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    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    Huguette Tourangeau (Orfeo), Catherine Malfitano (Euridice), Barbara Hendricks (Amor)
    Residentie Orkest, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Hans Vonk
    Live recording 1975

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    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.

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    Handel: Tamerlano
    Xavier Sabata (Tamerlano), Max Emanuel Cencic (Andronico), John Mark Ainsley (Bajazet), Karina Gauvin (Asteria), Ruxandra Donose (Irene), Pavel Kudinov (Leone)
    Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi
    2013

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    Okay, so as much as I like Petrou and the orchestra of Patras, this makes so much more sense. Some very good performances from all round and all recorded in excellent sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Marta Mödl, Ramon Vinay, Werner Faulhaber, Hans Hotter, Ira Malaniuk, Ida Malaniuk, Ilda Malaniuk, Ludwig Weber, Herman Uhde, Gerhard Unger, Gerhard Stolze
    Orchester Der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor Der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor Der Festspiele, Herbert von Karajan
    Bayreuth Festspiele 1952
    Urania 2001 remaster

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    This too is very good, a faster and bouncier (Clayton technical term) interpretation making it a little more dramatic and very exciting performance from Mödl and Vinay. Sound is good (for a 1952 live performance).
    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.

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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

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    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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