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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    It has almost no taste and sometimes I just want oiliness and no flavour. Groundnut oil is similarly tasteless and this will do if I can't get grapeseed.
    Totally understand. As everyone here can attest, I'm big on tastelessness.

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    Nice one Lully-me-lad.

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    Felt lousy yesterday - don't know if it was a late, if reduced effect, of the stomach virus my nephew suffered through on Christmas morning or just the run-of-the-mill "blahs".

    Anyway, no walk, but listened to:

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    and, from the bottomless box of operas:



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    This is quite good - Roberta Peters is delightful as Rosina. I still don't think anyone is likely to beat Callas in the role, but am coming around to the idea there may be other good versions out there that deserve a listen.

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    Hope you feel better soon.
    Natalie

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    Always such a pleasure to listen to the aptly named silvery-voiced Nancy Argenta:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Anyway, no walk, but listened to:

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    Oh, so THAT explains it!

    xxxxx

    The longer I listened, the more confused I became!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Oh, so THAT explains it!

    xxxxx

    The longer I listened, the more confused I became!
    I think the cover works WAY better with Tristan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I had not heard of this opera before. Looks interesting. I am checking it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I had not heard of this opera before. Looks interesting. I am checking it out.
    It's really a masque not an opera, but it has the Cold Song which is extraordinary.

    Counter-tenor version (which I prefer)



    Bass baritone version as in the recording:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's really a masque not an opera, but it has the Cold Song which is extraordinary.

    Bass baritone version as in the recording:

    First video not available in my country. Just as well, I am not fond of counter-tenors, except in Handel's Chandos Anthems where there is no recording I am aware of without them.

    Second video plays and is fantastic. I like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    First video not available in my country. Just as well, I am not fond of counter-tenors, except in Handel's Chandos Anthems where there is no recording I am aware of without them.

    Second video plays and is fantastic. I like it!
    You have to remember that in 1683 the Thames froze over for 2 months, so Purcell really knew all about the power of great cold!

    When I hear this song I always think of this passage from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, about the frozen apple seller:

    "Great statesmen, in their beards and ruffs, despatched affairs of state under the crimson awning of the Royal Pagoda ... Frozen roses fell in showers when the Queen and her ladies walked abroad ... Near London Bridge, where the river had frozen to a depth of some twenty fathoms, a wrecked wherry boat was plainly visible, lying on the bed of the river where it had sunk last autumn, overladen with apples. The old bumboat woman, who was carrying her fruit to market on the Surrey side, sat there in her plaids and farthingales with her lap full of apples, for all the world as if she were about to serve a customer, though a certain blueness about the lips hinted the truth."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You have to remember that in 1683 the Thames froze over for 2 months, so Purcell really knew all about the power of great cold!

    When I hear this song I always think of this passage from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, about the frozen apple seller:

    "Great statesmen, in their beards and ruffs, despatched affairs of state under the crimson awning of the Royal Pagoda ... Frozen roses fell in showers when the Queen and her ladies walked abroad ... Near London Bridge, where the river had frozen to a depth of some twenty fathoms, a wrecked wherry boat was plainly visible, lying on the bed of the river where it had sunk last autumn, overladen with apples. The old bumboat woman, who was carrying her fruit to market on the Surrey side, sat there in her plaids and farthingales with her lap full of apples, for all the world as if she were about to serve a customer, though a certain blueness about the lips hinted the truth."
    Ugh, a rather macabre scene!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's really a masque not an opera, but it has the Cold Song which is extraordinary.

    Counter-tenor version (which I prefer)



    Bass baritone version as in the recording:

    Just wonderful. Love the bass baritone version so I'm very tempted to get this.
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    I thought Luciano and Dame Joan might like a trip to the shops today.

    "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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    I ended up going with the Clemens Krauss 1953 Bayreuth, remastered by Andrew Rose. A truly excellent recording.

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