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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    TWO TENORS.
    Knowing what tenors can be like.....

    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    I have just put this on spotify. I've only been familiar with Barenboim's recording of this prior to now. I might check out a few versions of Lohengrin in the next few days.....

    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    Make sure you try and listen to this one - one of the best opera recordings ever.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Make sure you try and listen to this one - one of the best opera recordings ever.


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    I'll be sure to check it out. Thank you.
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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    Donizetti: Don Pasquale
    Fernando Corena, Juan Oncina, Graziella Sciutti, Tom Krause, Angelo Mercuriali,
    Wiener Staatsopernchor und Orchester, István Kertész
    1965

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    Playing now:

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    Still trying to decide whether to walk today, weather report is predicting on and off rain showers all day. I hate getting caught in the rain.


    BTW: Simone Kermes is sensational here!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Knowing what tenors can be like.....

    That's romantic tenors. Baroque tenors are actually nice people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Make sure you try and listen to this one - one of the best opera recordings ever.
    I prefer the Janowski, although this is good too.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    That's romantic tenors. Baroque tenors are actually nice people.
    I should really become acquainted with them then!
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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    I like Tim Mead. On the other hand, the cover...


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    Janacek: Jenufa
    Elisabeth Söderström (Jenufa), Wieslav Ochman (Laca), Eva Randová (Kostelnicka), Petr Dvorsky (Steva), Lucia Popp (Karolka), Marie Mrázová (Stařenka Buryjovka), Václav Zitek (Mill Foreman), Dalibor Jedlicka (Mayor), Ivana Mixová (Mayor's Wife), Vera Soukupová (Herdswoman), Jindra Pokorná (Barena), Jana Jonásová (Jano)
    Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Charles Mackerras
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    Intense and dark colours, flavoured with beautiful melodies inspired by Slavonic folk music.

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    Really kicking myself for missing the broadcast of Die Walküre from Bayreuth.

    But I'm listening to this, which is amazing anyway.

    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella, D732
    Edith Mathis, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Eberhard Büchner & Theo Adam
    Rundfunkchor Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner
    Recorded 1978 Christuskirche, Berlin

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    This is lovely, beautiful Schubert melody and singing, despite the fact I was flying blind. I only noticed there was a libretto after I finished listening to the opera.

    *Note to recording company
    For online libretto availability, please print this at the start of the insert/booklet and not on the back page adjacent to advertising of other records available, especially when you have more than one libretto website.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella, D732
    Edith Mathis, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Eberhard Büchner & Theo Adam
    Rundfunkchor Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner
    Recorded 1978 Christuskirche, Berlin

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    This is lovely, beautiful Schubert melody and singing, despite the fact I was flying blind. I only noticed there was a libretto after I finished listening to the opera.

    *Note to recording company
    For online libretto availability, please print this at the start of the insert/booklet and not on the back page adjacent to advertising of other records available, especially when you have more than one libretto website.
    Thank you
    I've been curious about Schubert's operas....is this a good one to start with? Why are they (and Haydn's operas too) performed so rarely?
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    I've been curious about Schubert's operas....is this a good one to start with? Why are they (and Haydn's operas too) performed so rarely?
    Bernd Crispin writes a brief introductory essay in the insert which talks about a intent to depart from the contemporary opera by Schubert and his librettist, Franz von Schober, and also a reluctance of the company to try something different other than the established names like Rossini (so almost two hundred years later, not much change).

    So for this particular opera, interest was little and Schubert proceeded to write the opera without a commission. Webers' Euryanthe did not go down well at all and so any interest was completely lost.

    Perhaps it is a case of wrong time and wrong place. I missed the dramatical aspect of this opera as I said I did not have a libretto to hand but the music is certainly worthwhile listening to, especially if you like Schubert's songs.

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