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    For close to a month I have been stuck on Rameau

    and the Rameau charts have been topped this week by

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    Rameau: Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte

    Carolyn Sampson, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Blandine Staskiewicz (sopranos), Jennifer Borghi (alto), Reinoud Van Mechelen, Mathias Vidal (countertenors), Tassis Christoyannis, Alain Buet (basses)
    Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

    “Few ensembles do French baroque as well as Le Concert Spirituel with their conductor Hervé Niquet. There’s a real understanding here of the innate sexiness of this music. The orchestral and choral sound is wonderfully rich without ever turning pompous.” The Guardian, 8th October 2014 ****

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    Alas as a student my budget does not allow me to purchase Opera as often as I wish. Thankfully though I can take solace with a personal favourite of mine whose lack of popularity in comparison to it older cousins baffles me. That opera is Name:  81qJnSru9lL._SL1417_.jpg
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    It is no secret among frequenters of the Puccini Game (Come join in guys we're down to the last 7!) or many of my other posts that I have a soft spot for this particular opera. Despite some of the flaws it has (the third act mainly is slower and less inspired though still has its merits) it remains one of my favourites after La Boheme and the collection of master works under the umbrella of Il Trittico. With a beautiful start several show stopping arias and lovely melodies throughout it remains an opera that is sorely neglected in my opinion and definitely worth a listen at least once!

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    A chance to hear some young Jonas and a bit of German Romantic excess. Still a better story than Twilight.

    Natalie

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    Getting back to some random listening now rather than listening to a piece before seeing it live.

    Some of my all time favourite singers on here. I know Nat thinks Caballé sounds chickeny but I don't care about the soprano anyway.

    "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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    In Russian (!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Getting back to some random listening now rather than listening to a piece before seeing it live.

    Some of my all time favourite singers on here. I know Nat thinks Caballé sounds chickeny but I don't care about the soprano anyway.

    Some serious bass/baritone talent.

    Natalie

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    I am so accustomed to the Kempe recording that it is difficult to listen to another recording without being critical about what makes it different.

    I am a big fan of KFV, and his Lohengrin is sung perfectly. That said, I can see where he might be an acquired taste for some who might prefer a little more "Helden" and a little less "tenor". His "In fernem Land" is good, but doesn't quite ring the way Jess Thomas does on Kempe.

    I think Gerd Grochowski's Telramund is ok, but I found him a little frustrating. To my taste, Annette Dash's Elsa kind of disappears, but I liked Susanne Resmark's Ortrud, especially in the second act where she starts plotting against Elsa.

    I also think that Janowski's tempos are a little ponderous compared to Kempe.

    Nonetheless, I love Lohengrin, which proved again to be good company for a long walk.

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

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    This for my walk today



    It's on da tube as well

    "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
    This for my walk today



    It's on da tube as well


    Walks are good, but you probably should stay away from cliffs along the coast when listening to this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Walks are good, but you probably should stay away from cliffs along the coast when listening to this one...
    Ha! Indeed! But I'm a long way from the coast.
    "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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    Buy this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post

    This would seem to be a little out of Opera Rara's usual wheelhouse. What do you think of the opera? I only know Der Schatzgräber, which isn't something I've really fallen for.

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    Friday's listen:


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    This proves, over and over, to be spectacularly good walking accompaniment. Very uplifting and constantly interesting.



    and, yesterday:

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    I love this opera. I hadn't listened to this version in a while, so chose it for the day's listen. It's very frustrating. I love both Elina Garanca and, of course, Anna Netrebko's singing, but, as I listened, thought the dramatic effect was stiff. I liked Joseph Calleja's Tebaldo, but really thought the deeper voices were weak. As I thought about it, it also occurred to me that conductor Fabio Luisi's pace was really off. The opera just didn't 'pop'.

    So, when I got home, I decided to listen to it again, but this time, selected:


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    What a contrast! Riccardo Muti's reading of the overture was night and day compared to Luisi's. Agnes Baltsa, who's voice isn't as even and lush as Garanca's is far more emphatic in her singing of Romeo. Gruberova's Juliet is terrific - certainly the equal of Netrebko but, again, more dramatic in her singing. Dano Raffanti's Tebaldo also is more successful dramatically, but has some strain in his top notes that Calleja doesn't seem to suffer. John Tomlinson's also delivers a more rewarding contrast than on the Luisi/Garanca/Netrebko set. The dramatic impact of the singing might well be the result of Muti's far stronger conducting, which really shines.

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