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    No walking the last couple of days - too hot and humid for Hoffmann to venture very far without air conditioning. I might get brave enough for a short outing tomorrow before cabin fever sets in. So, no daytime opera.

    I sat down tonight to watch the baseball game (it's kind of like cricket, but much more complicated and subtle... snicker...) and my cable was out. I quickly decided that hurling my wine glass against one of the last remaining Panasonic plasma TVs would be foolhardy, so had to resort to drastic action. With a dinner of grilled tuna, heirloom tomato with mozzarella/vinaigrette and basil and a really lovely bordeaux blanc:


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    This is really quite brilliant, you know. Bellini almost makes up for no baseball.

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    Due to our new member and his Strauss enthusiasm :
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier. (on Vinyl)
    Evelyn Lear/ Frederica von Stade/ R. Welthing/ J.Bastin./ Jose Carreras.

    It was recorded in my home town concert hall and as you might know with friends on high places I could attend a recording session.
    On the day he smuggled me in and I watched Jose record his aria.
    Edo de Waart was very patience but after the 12 Th time he got a bit nervous. (as was Carreras.)
    So take 15 made on the recording.
    Saw some von Stade action as well, never to be forgotten .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Due to our new member and his Strauss enthusiasm :
    ahem, I've been a member since June 2012, but I suppose I have been a bit less active on Opera Lively than other members really!

    I am currently listening to this thing that a friend of mine has sent me via the interwebs



    However, Strauss enthusiasm will be back in full swing tomorrow

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    I love that recording

    and that reminds me

    gotta watch that Glyndebourne streaming before it stops in a couple of days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    ahem, I've been a member since June 2012, but I suppose I have been a bit less active on Opera Lively than other members really!



    However, Strauss enthusiasm will be back in full swing tomorrow
    Sorry , my mistake

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    Someone mentioned Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano

    then I am drawn to

    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Furio Zanasi, Luca Dordoli (tenor) & Sergio Foresti, Antonio Abete (bass)
    Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini 2007

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    Without a doubt my absolute favourite* recording of this opera.




    * perhaps tied with the Cavina, Savall, Parrott and Jacobs

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    I wish I was going to Bucharest with Sospiro

    apart from the local choir at St Peters church, I have never heard the music of Monteverdi live. This and going to Vienna is at the top of my wish list at the moment...

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    Bucharest does sound like an adventure. I'm sitting here with no place to go for months - Bucharest would be lovely.


    But, Vienna!


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    That's the arcade of the opera house on the left and, across the street, the Hotel Sacher on the corner.


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    Wiener Staatsoper


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    One day, I was walking to one of the museums, and ran into this group of guys in jackets and neckties moving these large blocks with letters on them. Very curious, I thought.


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    I followed them and, when all the blocks were lined up, they were a very clever pop-up advertisement for the Wien Mitte Mall.

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    Today's listen, finally getting outdoors for a walk on a gorgeous summer morning:


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    It was so beautiful that I totally forgot my camera and had to resort to my phone for photos from my route. I will try and assemble them now, but it likely will be tomorrow before I put them up.

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    Not really all that impressed with this. I suspect that it would be better watched than just heard.

    DargomÔzhsky: The Stone Guest

    Nikolai Vassiliev (Don Juan), Vyacheslav Pochapsky (Leporello), Tatyana Erastova (Laura), Marina Lapina (Donna Anna), Nikolai Nizienko (The Commander). Orchestra Of The Bolshoi Theatre, Andrey Chistjakov



    An interesting and individual interpretation of these famous arias. I enjoyed it.

    Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano) - Handel: Arias
    . The English Concert, Harry Bicket.

    Natalie

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    Another thing from my fantastic friend who sent me a copy of Elektra. She is very fond of this opera. It's Strauss, again, so I am sure I will like it too!


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    Today's walk featured baroque:


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    Hasse is not really first rank baroque, and it's not long enough for a long walk, but Marc'Antonio y Cleopatra has a lot to like. Like Vivica Genaux....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Today's listen, finally getting outdoors for a walk on a gorgeous summer morning:


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    It was so beautiful that I totally forgot my camera and had to resort to my phone for photos from my route. I will try and assemble them now, but it likely will be tomorrow before I put them up.
    Yesterday I compared this one with the Christie on.......
    Give me the Decca any day.
    The shear joy of sound and singers .....excellent

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    On second listening I've decided it's a keeper. Lovely arias.

    Gasparini: Il Bajazet
    Leonardo De Lisi (Bajazet), Filippo Mineccia (Tamerlano), Giuseppina Bridelli (Asteria), Ewa Gubanska (Irene), Antonio Giovannini (Andronico), Benedetta Mazzucato (Clearco), Raffaele Pe (Leone), Giorgia Cinciripi (Zaida)
    Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Yesterday I compared this one with the Christie on.......
    Give me the Decca any day.
    The shear joy of sound and singers .....excellent
    Solti is one of the finest conductors of operas the world has ever seen, and this recording features a truly magnificent cast.....but I have to say I have never ever felt disappointed by Christie and in this case his recording on Erato is just a tiny bit more to my preference than Soti's.

    Speaking of William Christie....my amazing friend has sent this to me today and I am listening to it right now:


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