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    Very cold here today (wind ENE) so needed some marching music.
    "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 Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's Anne of Cleves, Not only the wrong person, but the wrong historical period.
    Oh, OK. Ignorant Luiz thought that these ancient looking ladies were all the same.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Also cold and windy here - not good walking weather, so had to force myself. I decided on a bit of Mozart - an opera I don't know all that well proved to be good company, albeit not so much for marching:



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    A great cast and conductor:

    Colin Davis, Cond
    Janet Baker
    Yvonne Minton
    Lucia Popp
    Frederica von Stade
    Stuart Burrows


    Then, because I ran out of Clemenza before the end of my walk, I finished up with this old favorite:


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    The singing on this classic just seems to keep getting better and better. Elena Suliotis and Gobbi are truly amazing. It's no wonder critics wonder if Abigaille ruined Suliotis' voice. She's all-in and takes wild risks that really paid off - she hits notes that I was sure just don't exist (in a good way). This set ranks as a must-have and really serves to illustrate Verdi's genius.

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    $3.89 with free shipping, X library in good condition with booklet (my 10th Maria Stuarda set)
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    A variety of listening over the past two days. A return to my second/ joint favourite Verdi opera

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    The Ball Scene remains one of my favourite ending scene of any opera and the whole of Un Ballo in Maschera is very well paced. Then while I went for dinner alone I was reminded of one of my favourite things

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    It is operetta I know but I was weak and it is so beautiful that any tune from it will add a spring to my step and heighten my enjoyment of any walk.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Yesterday's walk:


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    It was while listening to this set that I started thinking about Festat's comment that much of the bel canto repertory commonly was subject to cuts in years past. I was in disbelief, especially considering that I Puritani is so wonderful that it easily could keep me happy for an additional hour (nevermind that the IP libretto might be a little weak... it's Bellini!).



    No walk today - walking was sacrificed to an afternoon bridge tournament. I didn't do particularly well, probably because I got so agitated listening to everyone compare notes about Broadway musicals they had seen during the brunch beforehand.

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    I've never met a Giulio Cesare I haven't liked, and this was no exception. Not quite up to the Curtis only because the horns aren't quite as secure.

    Natalie

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    I had dipped into this a month ago but hadn't listened to Il Trovatore in full for a lot longer. It needed a proper re-listen and I was well rewarded.

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    It might be my fourth favourite Verdi Opera but I still love it.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yesterday's walk:


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    It was while listening to this set that I started thinking about Festat's comment that much of the bel canto repertory commonly was subject to cuts in years past. I was in disbelief, especially considering that I Puritani is so wonderful that it easily could keep me happy for an additional hour (nevermind that the IP libretto might be a little weak... it's Bellini!).
    I Puritani is just wonderful and I must get that version. Reading about cuts, I remember how disappointed I was when I realised there were several scenes cut in the Callas Lucia I'd bought.

    Today I listened to my my favourite Lucia. Uncut.




    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    No walk today - walking was sacrificed to an afternoon bridge tournament. I didn't do particularly well, probably because I got so agitated listening to everyone compare notes about Broadway musicals they had seen during the brunch beforehand.
    "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 Puritani is just wonderful and I must get that version. Reading about cuts, I remember how disappointed I was when I realised there were several scenes cut in the Callas Lucia I'd bought.

    Scenes? Entire scenes? Lucia? Callas? Whatever were they thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Scenes? Entire scenes? Lucia? Callas? Whatever were they thinking?
    Wolf's Crag scene for one.

    "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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    Karajan Ring - wow.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Then ... I finished up with this old favorite:

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    The singing on this classic just seems to keep getting better and better. Elena Suliotis and Gobbi are truly amazing. It's no wonder critics wonder if Abigaille ruined Suliotis' voice. She's all-in and takes wild risks that really paid off - she hits notes that I was sure just don't exist (in a good way). This set ranks as a must-have and really serves to illustrate Verdi's genius.
    Ditto on my trip to the shops today.

    To celebrate the fact I managed to get two tickets for the final dress rehearsal of Nabucco, I listened to this sublime version. If ROH's production is only half as good, I'll be happy.
    "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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    Yesterday's walk:



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    My favorite Figaro, by far. Kiri Te Kanawa's "Dove Sono" stops me in my tracks. Te Kanawa and Samuel Ramey, Lucia Popp, Frederica von Stade all under Solti's baton, is as good as it gets!


    Last night I decided to listen to Muti's I Puritani set with Montserrat ("Montsy") Caballe and Alfredo Kraus as I usually listen only to the Sutherland (also referenced as "Sutherland 2") and Callas sets.


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    Caballe is very good, as always, as is Kraus. I find Matteo Manuguerra and Agostino Ferrin's Riccardo and Giorgio jarring, however. Once past their not-so-pleasing sound they do begin to grow on me, but my constant ear worm featuring Nicolai Ghiaurov and Piero Cappuccilli keeps fighting them along the way. They sing just fine, but their timbre(s) and sound seems just too idiosyncratic and hard for me to appreciate.

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    Today's walk was very nice - an especially nice spring day with temps in the 70s (ca. 25 C). That's the way it goes in DC: freezing cold gives way to heat with little break in between.

    So, I listened to this:


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    I have to admit that Il Corsaro is pleasant enough, but not particularly interesting. This recording is nicely sung, but the opera is fairly short, so I had to come up with a follow up:



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    La Gioconda is not my favorite opera, but this is rather well done. Since it's Callas, the recording emphasizes the high drama, so pretty good walking music.

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