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    Something different and probably one of my lesser heard Puccini operas in full (with the exception of Fermo che fai? T'Arresta which remains my very efficient alarm for 9 am lectures)
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    I like Turandot more than Manon Lescaut and possibly more than or close to La Fanciulla de West. I would like it more however if it had been finished as it would have been a great final masterpiece!
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Buon compleanno Gioachino Rossini! Born 29 February 1792 so listened to this on my morning travels.



    And we an Italian (well Julius Caesar) to thank for leap year.
    "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
    Buon compleanno Gioachino Rossini! Born 29 February 1792 so listened to this on my morning travels.



    And we an Italian (well Julius Caesar) to thank for leap year.
    OK I might need to take a break from work and watch a new Rossini out of respect for the man.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    listening a lot to opera... just suffering these past few days with crappy internet...

    anyhoo, today (amongst others)

    Handel: Tamerlano
    Xavier Sabata (Tamerlano), Max Emanuel Cencic (Andronico), John Mark Ainsley (Bajazet), Karina Gauvin (Asteria), Ruxandra Donose (Irene), Pavel Kudinov (Leone)
    Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi

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    oh and Happy Birthday GR!

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    Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
    Maria Ewing (Mélisande), François Le Roux (Pelléas), José van Dam (Golaud), Jean-Philippe Courtis (Arkel), Christa Ludwig (Genevieve), Patrizia Pace (Yniold), Rudolf Mazzola (Doctor)
    Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

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    I just looked it up; it was 1993 that I saw Abbado conducting this at Covent Garden. A different cast except we had François Le Roux and Patrizia Pace. Frederica von Stade was Mélisande.

    Oh I wish I could go back to 1993 for that one night so I could enjoy it... I didn't appreciate it then but I think it is stunningly beautiful now. Time can be cruel.

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    Beautiful day for a walk, if on the windy side. I had a little Handel to keep me company and in fine form:


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    Felt like something a tad different today

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    Much like La Fanciulla de west and as I said when I first reviewed the opera back in November or December there are not many immediate obvious highlights but a brilliant score which is well rounded and like La Fanciulla is growing on me a lot (Doesn't hurt that the cast and conducting is pretty much exemplary)
    "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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    Quite cold again today, but decided to venture out for my walk anyway. I discovered that it was chillier than I thought the hard way - I forgot to bring my gloves. Once I got going, my hands warmed up ok, but since I went out rather late, midway through a stiff breeze came up and I regretted my oversight.

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    I don't listen to this one very often, and it's rather good:

    Georg Solti, cond.
    Rene Kollo
    Christa Ludwig
    Hans Sotin
    Helga Dernesch

    and, of course, the Vienna Philharmonic

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    Because I am a wee bit suggestible I got past my profound irritation at the cover picture of this and was pleasantly surprised. Montsy (not my favourite soprano at all) does a very creditable job and a great vil bastarda. José is divine.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Because I am a wee bit suggestible I got past my profound irritation at the cover picture of this and was pleasantly surprised. Montsy (not my favourite soprano at all) does a very creditable job and a great vil bastarda. José is divine.

    What is wrong with this cover picture?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Because I am a wee bit suggestible I got past my profound irritation at the cover picture of this and was pleasantly surprised. Montsy (not my favourite soprano at all) does a very creditable job and a great vil bastarda. José is divine.
    There are several releases of this one with various cover pictures. But that cover picture is okay.

    I have this one:


    And there also is this one:


    But don't feel bad, my Sutherland Maria Stuarda shows the wrong woman on the cover (someone said the great granddaughter of Mary Stuart--great recording though):
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Because I am a wee bit suggestible I got past my profound irritation at the cover picture of this and was pleasantly surprised. Montsy (not my favourite soprano at all) does a very creditable job and a great vil bastarda. José is divine.

    Montsy??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    What is wrong with this cover picture?
    It's Anne of Cleves, Not only the wrong person, but the wrong historical period.

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    But don't feel bad, my Sutherland Maria Stuarda shows the wrong woman on the cover (someone said the great granddaughter of Mary Stuart--great recording though):
    Why are the designers so lazy? Yes that is Queen Mary of William and Mary fame. Mary Stuart but even further away historically.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Why are the designers so lazy? Yes that is Queen Mary of William and Mary fame. Mary Stuart but even further away historically.
    "People are bloody ignorant apes." --Samuel Beckett

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