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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Three gold stars awarded, a salute and a straitjacket for Florestan and his opera mania
    Going back at it again today!

    Edit: Wrapping up the 12th listen. I think I have had enough for now. Thinking that different CD of L'amico Fritz would be a good thing to pursue. Meanwhile, Roberto Devereux is up next with Beverly Sills.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I'd like Vittorio Grigňlo better if he didn't sound so overwhelmingly emotional in every phrase he sings. For once I agree with Rupert Christiansen's verdict of "lachrymose intensity". Go easy on the vibrato and rubato, boy, sing more with a straight tone and you will sound a lot better. On the other hand he has the best French pronunciation of any non-native singer I have heard. Yup, that's right, better than Jonas.

    Natalie

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    Tosca: Price/ Domingo/ Milnes/ Mehta .
    Not as stunning as the Karajan, but still in fine form .


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    Steffani: Niobe Regina di Tebe
    Karina Gauvin (Niobe), Philippe Jaroussky (Anfione), Amanda Forsythe (Manto), Aaron Sheehan (Clearte), Terry Wey (Creonte), Jesse Blumberg (Poliferno), Colin Balzer (Tiberino) & José Lemos (Nerea)
    Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs (musical directors)
    2013

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    Some very beautiful music and wonderful performances; another masterpiece from the seventeenth century resurrected from the dusty shelves of libraries...

    I might have to get the ROH version too

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    Handel: Orlando
    Owen Willetts (Orlando), Karina Gauvin (Angelica), Allyson McHardy (Medoro), Amanda Forsythe (Dorinda), Nathan Berg (Zoroastro)
    Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Alexander Weimann
    2012

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    I prefer Mehta's Orlando in the Jacobs recording but overall this is my favourite for overall cast. I think I need to listen again to see what difference Jacobs & B'Rock and Hogwood and Academy of Ancient Music make.

    Red Herring: Agostino Steffani was the first president of the Academy of Ancient Music (then known as London's Academy of Vocal Music)

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    This on CD (image appears to be from LP set)
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    This on CD (image appears to be from LP set)
    Those where the days

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    It's hot in Berkhamsted (I recorded 31.1°C or 88°F), probably just mildly warm compared to some areas where forum readers are but for England it is enough for the Health and Safety Executive to start issuing advice on good practice in the work place regarding extreme weather...

    though that is completely unrelated to my recent listening


    Handel: Tolomeo, Re di Egitto HWV25
    Ann Hallenberg (Tolomeo), Karina Gauvin (Seleuce), Anna Bonitatibus (Elisa), Romina Basso (Alessandro), Pietro Spagnoli (Araspe)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis 2006

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    This is a gorgeous opera. I think Florestan would like it very much.

    Schubert: Fierrabras
    Josef Protschka (Fierrabras), Karita Mattila (Emma), Cheryl Studer (Florinda), Brigitte Balleys (Maragond), Robert Gambill (Eginhard), Thomas Hampson (Roland), Robert Holl (König Karl), Laszlo Polgár (Boland), Hartmut Welker (Brutamonte)
    Arnold Schoenberg Chor & The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This is a gorgeous opera. I think Florestan would like it very much.

    Schubert: Fierrabras...
    I'm not Florestan (though we both like our cars and both have rather extreme listening habits*) but have just pulled the buy trigger


    *I like this opera so will listen to it multiple times back to back

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    That recording certainly has an impressive cast. Might need to add it to the wish list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Those where the days
    Whoops, I should have been going to bed instead of staying up too late and posting the wrong item. It was not Rossini's Elisabetta that I am listening to, but Donizetti's:


    But this means I have just discovered yet another queen of England opera to explore besides the four of Donizetti.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    A friend mentioned 'that Stella advert music' so it prompted me to listen to this on the morning walk to work.



    The gun shot is very loud and I have to remember to pause just before it happens and remove one of my ear pieces. When I first got it I played it so often I knew whereabouts on the river path I'd be when the gun went off!
    "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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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Day off work + perfect solitude + long walk

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    Beautiful mild winter's day:

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    Schubert:

    Natalie

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