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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Festat's Avatar
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    I was avoiding this because I cultivate the same antipathy for Teodor Currentzis and Stanley Kubrick (WHO DOES 50 TAKES FOR GOD'S SAKE NOBODY NEEDS 50 TAKES RESPECT YOUR CREW) but I was in a Simone Kermes shopping spree anyway and I though "why not a 30th Così?"



    Turns out it's very nice.
    MusicAeterna is brilliant. It may very well be the best recording of this opera by a period ensemble I have heard, orchestra-wise. They don't sound like they've been recording for 13 hours at all. Singers, on the other hand, fine but not stellar. The whole things has a whisper-like quality that is very unusual. This wouldn't exist on a stage, without the microphone, and I have mixed feelings about it: if we are recording let's just admit it and explore aesthetic possibilities that the format offer, even though it may grow recording and live performance of opera further apart? Sounds legit to me, but the result here isn't always fully satisfactory, I think. Sometimes I am unable to tell if it was meant to be that way or the cast was just exhausted from the plain abusive recording schedule.

    Kermes, usually bright and vivacious and after all the reason why I bought this, is a very fragile Fiordiligi. Her Come scoglio is the opposite of the very commanding standard set by Schwarzkopf. Per pietà, ben mio, perdona is different from anything I have seen, sung very softly — the way she does so beautifully — probably her best moment. Even though her lower register sometimes drops to the point of inaudible, I was listening to it in the car stuck in huge traffic under heavy rain just like this:



    And I am #TeamDorabella.
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    Throughout the day I felt like a change from my usual Puccini (Il Trittico is hard to get bored with!) or my usual Verdi's (Dunque, signori, aspettovi Signori, aspettovi ...) so to Il Trovatore it was!
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    For Il Trovatore its plot will always be its biggest let down I still love it though.

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

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    Handel.

    Mostly Handel.

    Lately I have been listening to mostly Handel.

    In particular Alcina (because I reminded myself of it with the Aix-en-Provence post) that comes complete with mio cor, schernito sei-earworm

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    Handel: Alcina
    Joyce DiDonato (Alcina), Maite Beaumont (Ruggiero), Karina Gauvin (Morgana), Sonia Prina (Bradamante), Kobie Van Rensburg (Oronte), Laura Cherici (Oberto), Vito Priante (Melisso)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

    and because of Festat's Kermes, Kermes, Kermes

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    Handel: Rodelinda
    Simone Kermes (Rodelinda), Marijana Mijanovic (Bertarido), Sonia Prina (Eduige), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Unolfo), Steve Davislim (Grimoaldo), Vito Priante (Garibaldo)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

    and my preferred Kermes (Handel)

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    Handel: Deidamia
    Simone Kermes (Deidamia), Dominique Labelle (Nerea), Anna Maria Panzarella (Achille), Anna Bonitatibus (Ulisse), Furio Zanasi (Fenice) & Antonio Abete (Licomede)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

    This one is number two in the Clayton Handel charts this month. Though CAMP (Clayton Awards for Musical Performance) also recognizes Sally Matthew's Deidamia for excellence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post

    Though CAMP (Clayton Awards for Musical Performance) also recognizes Sally Matthew's Deidamia for excellence.

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    Sally Matthews is good in whatever I've seen her in - Deidamia, Jenůfa, Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail. Quite a range,
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Sally Matthews is good in whatever I've seen her in - Deidamia, Jenůfa, Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail. Quite a range,
    Which Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail production is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Which Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail production is this?
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    Any opinions on the best performances of this one? Amazon reviewer has reservations about Harding, but other reviewers praise him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post


    Any opinions on the best performances of this one? Amazon reviewer has reservations about Harding, but other reviewers praise him.
    I prefer this:

    Natalie

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    I agree with Natalie on the Bedford recording, but I never knew Naxos released it. The one I have has this very unintentionally comic and all the same kinda spooky cover:
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    Home alone this afternoon so cranked up the real hi-fi system (sans headphones yay!) and listened to this. Aida is still not high on my Verdi list but there were some great moments.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Which Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail production is this?
    slap-me-with-a-two-and-a-half-pound-kipper-it-must-be-too-much-of-the-brown-stuff jeez my data banks need a major overhaul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I agree with Natalie on the Bedfore recording, but I never knew Naxos released it. The one I have has this very unintentionally comic and all the same kinda spooky cover:
    I like this cover better than the Naxos. Will look for a used copy. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I agree with Natalie on the Bedfore recording, but I never knew Naxos released it. The one I have has this very unintentionally comic and all the same kinda spooky cover:
    Looks sorta' like: If you're not careful, this is what you could grow up to be.

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