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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Well that's a big requirement!

    Actually it's quite a small piece, even by Donizetti, barely an 90 mins and is more the Conte and Maria. Enrico has just one aria and the Visconte is a small part.
    I do think it is a lovely opera with beautiful melodies of his later works and as most, this is a very good production by Opera Rara which comes with book including full libretto, synopsis, essays, history of productions and (for clayton) pictures.
    Thanks. I'm certainly tempted.

    ... and (for clayton) pictures.
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    Dipped in and out of this while walking around campus today.

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    Il Trovatore is an opera I rarely listen to all the way through but it does have a lot of highlights including Di Due Figli near the start which is one of my favourite Verdi bass showpieces.(Below is the great Ghiaurov proving this!)

    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Ewa Podles and Sumi Jo (terrible image quality):
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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

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    Listened to it a month ago but It's Puccini.....

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    I have no idea where I rank any of Puccini's opera bar Il trittico (1st place) and Manon Lescaut (8th place) anymore. The rest (La Rondine, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Boheme, Turandot and La Fanciulla De West) are constantly fighting out for supremacy over other competitors. The best I can say is that Tosca and La Boheme are in a constant feud (A feud more vicious than an angry Tosca!) for 2nd place while the others vary day by day. I don't know what I'd do without any of them now... *

    *Except Manon Lescaut it's nice but probably not the greatest idea to buy an opera on iTunes after several glasses of Gin and soft drink lucky that my itunes still has some of the Christmas present iTunes cards left over (Opera loving student troubles...)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Listened to it a month ago but It's Puccini.....

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    I have no idea where I rank any of Puccini's opera bar Il trittico (1st place) and Manon Lescaut (8th place) anymore. The rest (La Rondine, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Boheme, Turandot and La Fanciulla De West) are constantly fighting out for supremacy over other competitors. The best I can say is that Tosca and La Boheme are in a constant feud (A feud more vicious than an angry Tosca!) for 2nd place while the others vary day by day. I don't know what I'd do without any of them now... *

    *Except Manon Lescaut it's nice but probably not the greatest idea to buy an opera on iTunes after several glasses of Gin and soft drink lucky that my itunes still has some of the Christmas present iTunes cards left over (Opera loving student troubles...)
    My "Top Ten" have been evolving constantly for the last 6 years. I'm not even sure that any of the operas that would have been in 6 years ago would still be in there now.
    Natalie

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    So much lovely singing from Klaus Florian Vogt, a great cast, and beautiful music. And it's a singspiel about the young Goethe, if that is not too much of an oxymoron. Highly recommended.

    Natalie

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    The first two operas of Puccini's greatest work.
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    Quite heavy Puccini listening recently (except for the usual Verdi around campus but I don't even count when I listen to fragments of Un Ballo in Maschera any more as it's usually a daily occurrence...)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    I hadn't listened to this recording of ICEIM since I bought it - it was time to queue it up again. Overall, I prefer the Muti/Gruberova/Baltsa set, but needed to give this one another shot.

    Conductor: Donald Runnicles
    Romeo: Jennifer Larmore
    Giulietta: Hei-Kyung-Hong
    Tebaldo: Paul Groves
    (1999)

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    Don Carlo with Montserrat Caballé. Mainly the main arias and so forth, so I can prepare for taking in the entire opera
    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lellobeetle View Post
    Don Carlo with Montserrat Caballé. Mainly the main arias and so forth, so I can prepare for taking in the entire opera


    Have a great time
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    One of the best recordings I have ever heard. Cannot be faulted. Amazing singing and playing, brings out every ounce of spookiness in this wonderful opera.

    Natalie

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    Needed a bit of Baroque after all the high-intensity spookiness and this lovely recording fitted the bill perfectly.

    Natalie

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    I finally was able to get out for a walk again yesterday - between out of town trips and lousy weather, winter is a tough time. So, I celebrated with:



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    This really is a glorious recording. I love Tebaldi's Elisabeth and also the pairing of Carlo Bergonzi and DFD in the famous duet. And, as I know I've said before, I really love Nicolai Ghiaurov's Philip II!


    This morning I decided on something I've only listened to once, and rather enjoyed:


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    Right now I'm thinking of Die Walküre for today's walk - very suitable as it is very cloudy/overcast.

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    Indeed, Die Walküre it was:



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    As much as I love Walküre, I have to admit that listening to Act II can be a bit taxing. It's important to the development of the plot, but there isn't much that happens musically until the end of the act and the confrontation between Wotan, Brunhilde, Siegmund & Sieglinde occurs, leading up to Siegmund's demise at the hand of Hunding.

    I just listened to Act III again this morning, and the music alone (that is, without watching the stage action) during the Wotan - Brunhilde scene is just heartbreaking.

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