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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Day off work + perfect solitude + long walk

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    Sounds like a perfect day.

    Rangitoto + cloud is an abiding memory for me.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Sounds like a perfect day.

    Rangitoto + cloud is an abiding memory for me.
    Yes, this is from Bastion Point, near Mission bay. I had the whole Michael Joseph Savage park to myself. Bliss.
    Natalie

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

    but to be fair, my concentration has been very much disrupted by the Terradellas artaserse...
    I must have been very distracted. After a second listen with my full attention, I upgrade this from not very exciting to a very good all singing all dancing (well not all dancing but some very good minuets) french baroque opera that you should buy!

    The music IS very exciting, both beautiful and tragic that will bring a tear to the eye (maybe Clorinda's death act 5 sc 4), with some lovely arias, duets and good choruses. There is convincing love, dark hatred, jealousy, horrible vengeance and heartfelt sadness and all very well portrayed by a good cast.

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    *note to recording companies
    please stop glueing the accompanying booklet to the CD case. I don't think anyone wants to read the libretto holding the CD case as well.

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    Puccini : La Boheme.
    Freni/ Pavarotti/ Karajan . Decca

    Hoping that the glorious sound and singing gives me goosebumps, (or at least also cold hands) we surly need it down here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    ...Hoping that the glorious sound and singing gives me goosebumps, (or at least also cold hands) we surly need it down here.
    Is Adrian suffering from hot weather in the Netherlands? I recorded 33.1ºC (91.6ºF) here yesterday and spent the day with ice packs strapped to my feet...

    again, that has nothing to do with my recent listening

    Destouches, A: Callirhoé
    tragédie lyrique (version 1743)
    Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Callirhoé), Cyril Auvity (Agénor), Joao Fernandes (Corésus), Ingrid Perruche (La Reine), Renaud Delaigue (Le Ministre), Stéphanie Revidat (Une Bergère)
    Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet
    Recorded at the Grande Salle of the Arsenal de Metz, France, in February 2006

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    Destouches was a French opera composer whose name seems to have disappeared as he falls in to the period between Lully and Rameau where much opera disappeared over time due to a lack of interest and more so as he mainly composed operas only. This is one of his later works first performed 1712 but subject to changes (the revolution played a part in suitable stories) and this was a revision of 1743 which includes a vital scene to the drama (the ending!). The story is adapted from a Greek legend and is quite a dramatic opera.

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    Is Adrian suffering from hot weather in the Netherlands? I recorded 33.1ºC (91.6ºF) here yesterday and spent the day with ice packs strapped to my feet..
    The south of my county was 35.8 yesterday, my place is like yours, so I am doing nothing, absolutely noting.
    Just the radio in the very background and

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    Yesterday, I saw a brief clip of an interview with Joan Sutherland from about thirty years ago. When asked about her first reactions to the title La stupenda, she said she was very flattered but (laughing) also was a little unsure as to whether it referred to her voice or her size!

    Very cute.

    Though again, this has absolutely nothing to do with my recent listening.

    Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621
    Mark Padmore (Tito), Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Vitellia), Bernarda Fink (Sesto), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Annio), Sunhae Im (Servilia) & Sergio Foresti (Publio)
    RIAS Kammerchor & Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

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    It could, very possibly be the affliction of hearditis (I prefer the last thing I heard) but my preference for Lohengrin goes to the Kempe recording made between 1962 and 1963. OR maybe it is the studio recording factor (also remastered by EMI) giving the very good sound, the Kempe factor who does a very romantic interpretation of a romantic opera, or the cast which maybe are the most pathetic yet beautiful and well balanced cast. I don't know.

    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Jess Thomas (Lohengrin), Elisabeth Grümmer (Elsa), Christa Ludwig (Ortrud), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Telramund), Gottlob Frick (Heinrich), Otto Wiener (Herald)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe
    1962 and a bit in 1963

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    It could, very possibly be the affliction of hearditis (I prefer the last thing I heard) but my preference for Lohengrin goes to the Kempe recording made between 1962 and 1963. OR maybe it is the studio recording factor (also remastered by EMI) giving the very good sound, the Kempe factor who does a very romantic interpretation of a romantic opera, or the cast which maybe are the most pathetic yet beautiful and well balanced cast. I don't know.
    It's always first to come up when people discuss the best Lohengrin recordings ever, so it's not just your hearditis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    It's always first to come up when people discuss the best Lohengrin recordings ever, so it's not just your hearditis.
    Quite possibly so but I like the KFV / Dasch combination in the Janowski recording, they are such a pretty couple that if I listened to that one I might be saying that is my favourite...

    though that has nothing to do with my recent listening


    Wagner: Die Walküre
    Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Christa Ludwig (Fricka)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti
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    I have not yet seen a video of the Ring cycle and now I have the one month MET subscription I thought I would like to watch one. I know we have the recommended DVD thread but I want to watch it as a complete cycle and only have the choice of MET on demand.

    So for Das Rheingold (well the whole cycle)

    Levine 1990 with Ludwig, Jerusalem, Morris, Wlaschiha

    or

    Levine 2010 with Terfel, Croft, Owens, Blythe?

    Please send in your recommendation by midnight (Irkutsk time) Saturday 4th July and don't forget to include a SAE for your chance to win a kit-kat

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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Quite possibly so but I like the KFV / Dasch combination in the Janowski recording, they are such a pretty couple that if I listened to that one I might be saying that is my favourite...

    though that has nothing to do with my recent listening

    Wagner: Die Walküre
    Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Christa Ludwig (Fricka)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti
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    A magnificent opera, though the Solti Walküre, despite some real strengths (love me some Régine Crespin), is generally singled out (fairly or not) as the weak link of his set. If you ever get a chance, also check out the great Erich Leinsdorf studio recording!



    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I have not yet seen a video of the Ring cycle and now I have the one month MET subscription I thought I would like to watch one. I know we have the recommended DVD thread but I want to watch it as a complete cycle and only have the choice of MET on demand.

    So for Das Rheingold (well the whole cycle)

    Levine 1990 with Ludwig, Jerusalem, Morris, Wlaschiha

    or

    Levine 2010 with Terfel, Croft, Owens, Blythe?

    Please send in your recommendation by midnight (Irkutsk time) Saturday 4th July and don't forget to include a SAE for your chance to win a kit-kat
    A tough one. Some serious flaws in both cycles (as with any I've seen). I'd probably opt for the 1990 Rheingold but the 2010 Walküre; after that I'm not so sure.

    So I say, use your month to watch both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    A tough one. Some serious flaws in both cycles (as with any I've seen). I'd probably opt for the 1990 Rheingold but the 2010 Walküre; after that I'm not so sure.

    So I say, use your month to watch both!
    Good advice. The LePage Rheingold is a bit ludicrous but his Walküre is OK apart from the poor Walküres trying to slide down his paddlepop machine while singing. Jerusalem is an insufferable Siegfried but sings very well, while Morris is more noble and innocent. Behrens is rather harsh on the ear and by the end of the earlier cycle I never wanted to hear another note from her.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Good advice. The LePage Rheingold is a bit ludicrous but his Walküre is OK apart from the poor Walküres trying to slide down his paddlepop machine while singing. Jerusalem is an insufferable Siegfried but sings very well, while Morris is more noble and innocent. Behrens is rather harsh on the ear and by the end of the earlier cycle I never wanted to hear another note from her.
    But the same can be said of Voigt's Brünnhilde as well . . .

    There's no fully satisfying Ring; the cycle is too long and complex. Just resign yourself, Clayton, to watching different versions over the years, and gaining new insights from each of them.

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