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    Been a chaotic past couple of weeks at University and a busy several months so my collection has stalled since I bought the Cav and Pag a while back having seen no new Operas since Salome. As such my listening was limited to two favourites on the train journey back.
    Butterfly to begin
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    I put it at 8 in the Puccini game but it has grown on me greatly since. I guess I just love Puccini operas as a whole (Lets see if Edgar can change this now I have a chance to watch it...)

    Then some Verdi

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    The ballroom scene at the end remains possibly my favourite operatic finale and I tend to mouth along to most of the recitative before and after Saper Vorreste.

    Hopefully I shall expand upon my admittedly small collection in the coming week or two now that Uni Work has died down mostly except for one last essay and the bulk of the dreaded dissertation. On the too watch list (Quite expansive at this point!) are Edgar, La Sonnambula, Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg, Any new Verdi (Viva Verdi!), La Cerentola and Pique Dame.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Yesterday's walk featured:


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    Conductor: Fabio Biondi
    David Daniels
    Vivica Genaux
    Elina Garanca
    Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
    Patrizia Ciofi


    I am coming to the somewhat reluctant conclusion that Baroque operas make for the best walking music - usually snappy music that keeps your attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I am coming to the somewhat reluctant conclusion that Baroque operas make for the best walking music - usually snappy music that keeps your attention.
    And often some good peppy marching tempi - especially anything to do with hunting!



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

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    It being Easter and all, I thought Parsifal would be the way to go today. However, it turns out that it isn't loaded on my iPod Nano, so did some quick thinking and decided on, what else?

    Parsifal, Jr.!


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    ...it was obvious where resurrecting the Bellini thread would lead Clayton to...

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    then went back to the other La clemenza

    Gluck: La Clemenza di Tito
    Rainer Trost (Tito Vespasiano), Laura Aikin (Vitellia), Raffaella Milanesi (Sesto), Arantza Ezenarro (Servilia), Valer Sabadus (Annio) & Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (Publio)
    L'arte del mondo, Werner Ehrhardt

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    a very good opera, a very good performance and a very good recording. These dhm/Sony recordings are such fantastic value for money (GBP14 at PC) http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/w/2...emenza-di-Tito

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    For yesterday's walk I decided to test my theory of baroque being the best accompaniment. I remembered that this probably was the best item in the box of operas I bought at auction last fall:


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    Conductor: Christophe Rousset
    Derek Lee Ragin
    Sandrine Piau
    Doris Lamprecht
    Olivier Lallouette
    Vanda Tabery
    Guy Flechter

    This is a wonderful opera with constantly interesting music and, although the cast is unknown to me, expertly sung.

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    If clips count, then I am listening to this and debating whether to buy a set. It reminds me somewhat of the style of Wagner's Lohengrin (probably not even close, but ...):


    Also did clips for this one with Janowitz:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Bought this ages ago and hadn't heard it until today. My path to town is flooded and I had to walk along the main road which I hate so I needed something entertaining and this is superb!

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

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    Yesterday, I decided to treat myself. To Rossini:


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    I have a few Opera d'Oro recordings, many of which have only so-so sound. This one is particularly good, with ol' Montsy in top form and terrific singing by tenors Franco Bonisolli and Pietro Botazzo.

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

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