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    Emil Tchakarov's Boris Godounov.



    I got a used copy from Amazon.com for $6.88 or £4.53. £4.53 post & packing so total = £9.06. Excellent condition, beautifully packaged, each CD in it's own case with a different design & lovely fat libretto all in a sturdy flip-top box.

    Listening to it now, just gorgeous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Aaah! One of my favourites!!
    "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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    I've just subscribed to Medici TV and am working my way doggedly through the catalogue to get my money's worth (Just closing my eyes and ignoring the UWP). I haven't seen about half the productions so it was worth it.

    Started with this, a bit of a hybrid between Mozart's unfinished opera and Peter Sellar's commetary on modern day slavery aka sweatshops, with some added music. I started off feeling rather grumpy about it, partly because of all the rattling and crashing on the set which we didn't need, and partly because of the extras (I like the oud but even Mozart at his most Turkish didn't sound like that) But I came round to it and the second half worked pretty weLl, with the action illustrating the music quite effectively, and a cliffhanger finale worthy of a soap opera.



    Robert Wilson's production of Madam Butterfly is very striking visually, conveyed through the use of stylised Japanese movement on an empty set (no props). It was moving, especially thanks to Cheryl Barker.



    Now watching La Clemenza di Tito, worth it for the wonderful Susan Graham as Sesto.

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    Working through the blu ray MET Ring, I have only seen youtube samples so I am not yet jaded in my expectation......I will try to love the machine




    My initial quickie view shows great promise, Orchestra under Miss Haim directing from keyboard is as good as it gets in HIP music, Cesare here is male singer Lawrence Zazzo and he is a let down from Sarah Conolly in famous Glyndebourne production, but this is a winner overall......"night at the museum" style production works well. More details soon in Handel thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    My initial quickie view shows great promise, Orchestra under Miss Haim directing from keyboard is as good as it gets in HIP music, Cesare here is male singer Lawrence Zazzo and he is a let down from Sarah Conolly in famous Glyndebourne production, but this is a real winner..."night at the museum" production works well. More details soon in Handel thread
    Look forward to your thoughts. I have the feeling I shall hate the staging but admire the singing and orchestra. We shall see. (I have not ordered it yet, but will).

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    Giuseppe Verdi - I due Foscari

    Francesco Foscari: Plácido Domingo
    Jacopo Foscari: Francesco Meli
    Lucrezia Contarini: Marina Poplavskaya


    Los Angeles Opera Orchestra & Chorus

    Conductor: James Conlon

    15 september 2012, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles)

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    I wish I could see a stage version of this. I liked it very much.



    Always have to balance other listening out with some Baroque:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I wish I could see a stage version of this. I liked it very much.
    Yes, Enescu's Oedipe is an excellent opera, I also own this CD version with Van Dam. I think there is a video version of the opera circulating out there on YouTube, I think. I vaguely remember thinking, "hey, a chance to see Oedipe on stage" but then I didn't follow through with it so I don't remember the details. Look it up.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I did but no luck so far - some murky excerpts filmed from a seat, might as well just read the libretto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post

    There are six other single CDs in that series. Do take your time, my friend.

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    Happy memories of a glorious few days this summer

    "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 HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    There are six other single CDs in that series. Do take your time, my friend.
    At the moment I'm just listening to what is on Spotify. This one was really gorgeous. A lot of the music is very familiar and I'm assuming he did a fair amount of recycling in his later operas, is that right HC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Happy memories of a glorious few days this summer

    It was so perfect that I haven't touched it since. I simply don't want anything to get in the way of my memories!
    Natalie

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