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    I've been sitting and pondering today's walk, but not very enthusiastic about it for some reason. So, in the meantime, listening to


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    I bought this secondhand sometime ago and forgot I had it. Someone recently (MAuer, maybe?) said they had listened to it, so when I saw it in my library this morning, it clicked. And clicked, and popped and skipped and...

    It does have lovely music, once I got to disc #2, which doesn't seem as damaged as the first. Very disappointed with this purchase, but I guess that's the risk of buying used.

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    I finally managed to go out for my walk and decided on something different:


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    A great cast on this recording with Hilde Gueden, Fritz Wunderlich and James King. Then, because Daphne is somewhat short - or, at least not 10 miles worth - I needed a followup:


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    I really like Bluebeard's Castle. It start's off a little innocent and builds in intensity as it moves along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I've been sitting and pondering today's walk, but not very enthusiastic about it for some reason. So, in the meantime, listening to


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    I bought this secondhand sometime ago and forgot I had it. Someone recently (MAuer, maybe?) said they had listened to it, so when I saw it in my library this morning, it clicked. And clicked, and popped and skipped and...

    It does have lovely music, once I got to disc #2, which doesn't seem as damaged as the first. Very disappointed with this purchase, but I guess that's the risk of buying used.
    It's too bad you were stuck with damaged goods (things like this should be discarded, not sold to some unsuspecting person). This really is a wonderful recording, with all of the principal singers in their prime.

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    I know it was his birthday yesterday so I'm late but listened to this today to celebrate Bellini's birthday.

    "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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    Hmm, Bellini a Scorpio... Suddenly Norma makes a lot of sense...

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    I'm almost finished with my initial listen to Auber's La Muette de Portici and I like it! Considering that the opera dates to 1828, it's not surprising that it seems to bear some resemblance to Donizetti in style.

    According to Wikipedia, it is considered important as the earliest French Grand Opera.


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    After fourteen and a half days of listening to the cricket on the radio...

    I needed something with power to match but not too dark (the results were bad enough) and ended up here:

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Thomas Stewart (Hans Sachs), Sandor Konya (Walther von Stolzing), Gundula Janowitz (Eva), Thomas Hemsley (Beckmesser), Gerhard Unger (David), Brigitte Fassbaender (Magdalene), Franz Crass (Pogner), Keith Engen (Kothner), Raimund Grumbach (Nachtwächter)
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    fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    After fourteen and a half days of listening to the cricket on the radio...

    I needed something with power to match but not too dark (the results were bad enough) and ended up here:

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Thomas Stewart (Hans Sachs), Sandor Konya (Walther von Stolzing), Gundula Janowitz (Eva), Thomas Hemsley (Beckmesser), Gerhard Unger (David), Brigitte Fassbaender (Magdalene), Franz Crass (Pogner), Keith Engen (Kothner), Raimund Grumbach (Nachtwächter)
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Rafael Kubelik
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    fantastic
    Ooooooh, that is a wonderful set with Gundula Janowitz! I would buy a copy of it but can't find a reasonable price.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    NORMA with Montserrat Caballé and Jon Vickers from Orange 1974. Sublime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lellobeetle View Post
    NORMA with Montserrat Caballé and Jon Vickers from Orange 1974. Sublime.

    That must be a live recording. Jon Vickers singing Pollione sounds like a winner. I've only heard Caballe's studio recording of Norma with Fiorenza Cossotto and Placido Domingo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    That must be a live recording. Jon Vickers singing Pollione sounds like a winner. I've only heard Caballe's studio recording of Norma with Fiorenza Cossotto and Placido Domingo.
    You can get the full dvd from Amazon and some of the tracks are available on iTunes. I believe the full LIVE recording is also available on Amazon.

    On YouTube there's the full video from the Antique Theatre in Orange. When I post the link it doesn't work, but you can just look up Caballe Vickers Norma 1974 and it pops right up. It is so worth the 2:40:xx of your time.

    It's the best Casta Diva I've ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lellobeetle View Post
    You can get the full dvd from Amazon and some of the tracks are available on iTunes. I believe the full LIVE recording is also available on Amazon.

    On YouTube there's the full video from the Antique Theatre in Orange. When I post the link it doesn't work, but you can just look up Caballe Vickers Norma 1974 and it pops right up. It is so worth the 2:40:xx of your time.

    It's the best Casta Diva I've ever heard.

    Regards,
    Laura
    True, the best Casta Diva ever was in that Orange video.

    To embed a YouTube video, copy the link, click on the little film icon, then paste the link into the provided field that opens up.



    Casta Diva starts at 33:15

    I love the little smug look she delivers at 40:27 through 40:37 while she is being wildly applauded for it. I bet she is thinking: "yeah, I know I'm gooooood!!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    That must be a live recording. Jon Vickers singing Pollione sounds like a winner. I've only heard Caballe's studio recording of Norma with Fiorenza Cossotto and Placido Domingo.
    Somewhere in an interview that Luiz did (I think with Alagna) the latter said that the DVD had a studio version dubbed over the live performance.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Somewhere in an interview that Luiz did (I think with Alagna) the latter said that the DVD had a studio version dubbed over the live performance.
    That is a huge letdown if so. I want the live version from Orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    True, the best Casta Diva ever was in that Orange video.

    To embed a YouTube video, copy the link, click on the little film icon, then paste the link into the provided field that opens up.



    Casta Diva starts at 33:15

    I love the little smug look she delivers at 40:27 through 40:37 while she is being wildly applauded for it. I bet she is thinking: "yeah, I know I'm gooooood!!!"
    I love that glance to the audience too! Like she's thinking the meme...nailed it! Only she really did nail it. The breeze on their vestments just adds something heavenly in my book.

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