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    Amici, diem perdidi - Titus Flavius when he learned that he didn't listen to any Flórez in the day that just passed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    What did you think of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    What did you think of it?
    Well it was quite funny, and I liked some of the music, but it didn't seem to be very individual. The production was spectacular though - I'd love to have been in the theatre to get the full benefit of the giant figure and the lighting and projection effects.

    Best in Show was Barbara Hannigan. That woman is brilliant.
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    Upon realizing that I would never hear Mario del Monaco live because I was born too late, I read everything that the Greek philosophers had written about overcoming grief but my sorrow defeats all consolation.

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    "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that DVD is but a joke"
    Kind sir, may I inquire to your MBTI?

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    That's in my "It's so cheap can I afford to pass it up" basket. What did you think?
    Early Domingo was an exciting tenor, so if it's coming very cheap... a no-brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    Kind sir, may I inquire to your MBTI?
    No idea why would you ask, I just had to check what is this thing, quicky answering the questions I assumed I'm INFP, though I've done it quickly and without much consideration. I don't really trust or belive these compartmentalizations of people that are so popular these days.

    Upon realizing that I would never hear Mario del Monaco live because I was born too late, I read everything that the Greek philosophers had written about overcoming grief but my sorrow defeats all consolation.
    Perhaps Greek philosophers didn't mention the fact that seeking out wonderful singers of present is great cure for this heartache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    No idea why would you ask, I just had to check what is this thing, quicky answering the questions I assumed I'm INFP, though I've done it quickly and without much consideration. I don't really trust or belive these compartmentalizations of people that are so popular these days.
    Sounds right.

    Perhaps Greek philosophers didn't mention the fact that seeking out wonderful singers of present is great cure for this heartache.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero#Family

    True, one can always sire more daughters.

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    Gaetano Donizetti
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    Vienna, 02.02.1989

    László Polgár, Baldassare
    Alfredo Kraus, Fernando
    Agnes Baltsa, Leonora
    Paolo Gavanelli, Alfonso XI

    ORF-Symphonieorchester
    Chor der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
    Giuseppe Patané

    (blown away) If Donizetti would ask me to unclog a sink for him I would feel I've received more honours than queen of England upon all her official visits. And Kraus is not much worse.

    It's great recording.

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    SO HOW DID YOU LOVE IT

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    WHY should I blame her that she filled my days
    With misery, or that she would of late
    Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
    Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
    Had they but courage equal to desire?
    What could have made her peaceful with a mind
    That nobleness made simple as a fire,
    With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
    That is not natural in an age like this,
    Being high and solitary and most stern?
    Why, what could she have done being what she is?
    Was there another Troy for her to burn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    SO HOW DID YOU LOVE IT
    9/10 WOULD STARVE A WEEK TO SAVE MONEY TO HEAR HIM LIVE.

    It's lovely, really something, though I have no point of reference as to how great a bel canto singer he is so I promptly ordered (huh) these three CDs and the rest of Florez's catalog.




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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    My Coriolanus fetish aside, you don't detect a slight mismatch between the score and libretto in Falstaff? The mature (geriatric?) Verdi's orchestration is heavily Wagnerian and suited more for the grandiose than the comic; at times it sounds like the text and music to be warring between themselves in Falstaff.
    Verdi may employ a Wagnerian density of orchestration, but he also adopts a Wagnerian propulsive continuity and invests it with a lively, mercurial character all his own (pretty impressive for a geriatric old man). The score may be grandiose, but I think that quality befits Falstaff's larger-than-life persona. In that sense, the grandiosity is part of the work's comic appeal.

    My take on it, anyway.

    And by the way, a Verdi Coriolanus would have been very cool.
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    Dessi, Armiliato and some very cool painstakingly handpainted trompe-l'oeil sets.



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    Today, I am enjoying some heavenly Renaissance polyphony from Palestrina, as sung by the Tallis Scholars. One of my favorite albums in my collection. Right now, his wonderful Missa Papae Marcelli.

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