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    Some argue that the 1974 studio recording is better but one edition of the Rough Guide to Opera includes both Sutherland recordings (and Sills) in their recommendations. It says "This live performance reveals how much more comfortable Sutherland and Bonynge were in the threatre than in the studio." Of Stuart Burrows as Leicester they note, "His voice is warmer than Pavarotti's, and his legato is smoother." In summary they say, "All in all, a superb performance, well recorded." I know that I am loving it and have never appreciated Sutherland's voice as much as in this live recording.

    EDIT: Bad cover design, being that the picture is not Mary Stuart. Someone told me that "the queen depicted is Mary II, Purcell's Queen Mary, the great great granddaughter of Mary (Stuart) Queen of Scots."
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Today's walking music:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Today's walking music:


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    Lots of stormy marching then?
    Natalie

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    Accompaniment today to damson jam-making.

    Natalie

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    and the tea cabinet this morning dished up

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    Boismortier: Daphnis et Chloé
    Gaëlle Méchaly, Marie-Louise Duthoit (sopranos), François-Nicolas Geslot (countertenor) & Till Fechner, Alain Buet, Renaud Delaigue, Arno Guillou, (basses)
    Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

    a wonderful work and production, it definitely should not have had so much dust on the CD (again, imaginary dust, there is no dust in the tea cabinet).

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    someone mentioned Glass and so I ended up pulling another dusty one from the tea cabinet

    Glass, P: Satyagraha
    Scott Reeve (Parsi Rustomji), Douglas Perry (M.K. Gandhi), Claudia Cummings (Miss Schlesen), Rhonda Liss (Kasturbai), Sheryl Woods (Mes. Naidoo), Robert McFarland (Mr. Kallenbach)
    New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Christopher Keene

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    I paid millions for this out of print recording (now a budget release available) but it is worth it. Enchanting. It really is. It really is. It really is. It really is. It really is. It really is. It really is. It really is.



    missing our friend Vlad...

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    Recorded in 1953, this came with the Callas remastered box set and I don't think I'd ever listened to it. I thought it would be interesting to hear Carlo Bergonzi and Tito Gobbi in their prime (not to mention Callas, of course).


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    Tomorrow, I'll try and listen to the remastered recording from 1964 to see how the recording changes with the same principals some 10 years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Recorded in 1953, this came with the Callas remastered box set and I don't think I'd ever listened to it. I thought it would be interesting to hear Carlo Bergonzi and Tito Gobbi in their prime (not to mention Callas, of course).
    The classic Tosca recording--but note that in this one Callas is partnered by Di Stefano, not Bergonzi.

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    Listening to this . . . so lovely. Really happy with my Solti box set; was loving on the Frau and Rosenkavalier earlier.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    The classic Tosca recording--but note that in this one Callas is partnered by Di Stefano, not Bergonzi.
    You're right. I miss-catalogued it.

    Oh well, I can still listen to Callas and see how she changed over that 10 year period. Oh - and, of course, Carlo Bergonzi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Recorded in 1953, this came with the Callas remastered box set and I don't think I'd ever listened to it. I thought it would be interesting to hear Carlo Bergonzi and Tito Gobbi in their prime (not to mention Callas, of course).


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    Tomorrow, I'll try and listen to the remastered recording from 1964 to see how the recording changes with the same principals some 10 years later.
    You've never heard this Tosca before?
    "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
    You've never heard this Tosca before?

    Um, well, I don't typically listen to much Puccini. I've seen umpty performances of Tosca over the years - WNO seems to stage it about every other year, so don't put it in the queue. This recording, tho', is spectacular, and should have been on my playlist a long time ago. It's Callas - I should have known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Um, well, I don't typically listen to much Puccini.
    Ah well I have never listened to Wagner and my Bel Canto Knowledge is minimal at best so each to their own...

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    This recording, tho', is spectacular, and should have been on my playlist a long time ago. It's Callas - I should have known.
    I'd say with a resounding YES that it might be the best recording of Tosca of all time and is about as close to perfection on any recording of opera you may find. It has perfect conducting,perfect singing and even the fact its Mono doesn't affect its quality that much.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Prototype rescue opera. Did you come to it from Devia or Fidelio or a bit of both?
    Natalie

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