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    I'll try again and see if I can get it right this time.

    For yesterday's walk, which was a beautiful - if somewhat chilly - day here in DC, I listened to yet another selection out of the endless depths of that box purchase:


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    Il Re Pastore (1775 and Mozart at about midway in his opera-composing career) is a charming opera with constantly interesting and pleasing music - though nothing presenting and ear-worm threat. Featuring Eva Mei under the baton of Nicolaus Harnoncourt, the singing is terrific. A really pleasant surprise.


    Unfortunately, Pastore wasn't long enough to get me close to the end of my walk, so needed something to see me through, so selected this from the bottom of the ULP:


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    This was unexpectedly enjoyable (considering it's Russian..) though wanders off into orchestral interludes with some frequency. Had to finish listening at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Unfortunately, Pastore wasn't long enough to get me close to the end of my walk, so needed something to see me through, so selected this from the bottom of the ULP:


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    This was unexpectedly enjoyable (considering it's Russian..) though wanders off into orchestral interludes with some frequency. Had to finish listening at home.
    Nice! I love Aleko.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Nice! I love Aleko.
    Me too!
    Natalie

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    Kiri and Flicka being wonderful is sort of a given, what always surprises me in this is David Rendall. He is good.

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    For today's walk, I decided on an opera I hadn't listened to in at least a year. Not my favorite Verdi, it proved to be a good companion for today's 10 miles:


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    Etvs: Love and Other Demons
    Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2008
    Allison Bell (Sierva Maria), Nathan Gunn (Father Cayetano Delaura), Mats Almgren (Don Toribio, the bishop), Felicity Palmer (Josefa Miranda) & Jean Rigby (Martina Laborde)
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    For today's walk, I decided on an opera I hadn't listened to in at least a year. Not my favorite Verdi, it proved to be a good companion for today's 10 miles:


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    I'm pleased with myself if I do three! Kudos to you sir!
    "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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    Yes, it's a bit of an obsession, I guess. Keeping my weight and blood pressure under control are my incentives.

    A factor also, I suppose, both of too much time on my hands and still hearing my mother's voice telling me when I was a kid to go outside and get some fresh air (or, at least as fresh as the air might be here in Washington...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    I'm pleased with myself if I do three! Kudos to you sir!
    Sometime I consider sitting down for a moment on my way from the bedroom to the kitchen. 10 miles to me sounds truly Olympian.

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    Rossini: Guglielmo Tell
    Andrew Foster-Williams (Tell), Alessandra Volpe (Hedwige), Judith Howarth (Mathilde), Michael Spyres (Arnold), Tara Stafford (Jemmy), Giulio Pelligra (Rodolphe), Artavazd Sargsyan (Ruodi), Nahuel Di Pierro (Walther Frst/Melchthal), Raffaele Facciol (Gesler), Marco Filippo Romano (Leuthold)
    Virtuosi Brunensis & Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań, Antonino Fogliani
    2013
    Recorded live Trinkhalle, Bad Wildbad

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    Der Wildschutz off this set:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    A little obscure Gluck this morning - I prefer La Danza over La Corona, btw:



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    Then, for this afternoon's walk, a reference recording:


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    This recording is really good. I started with this opera on DVD, then bought the Freni/Pavarotti set, followed by the Tagliavini/Tassinari set. But the opera was just not working for me on CD, perhaps because of the dated sound. So finally I grabbed the Alagna/Gheorghiu set and it is wonderful:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Lucia Popp and Siefgried Jerusalem make probably the most charismatic Pamina and Tamino ever.

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