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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Listening to a new acquisition - a well-reviewed (Fanfare Magazine) of the famous Beverly Sills - Marilyn Horne production of Rossini's L'Assedio Di Corinto . This is the role that made Sills famous and put her on the front page of the New York Times and Time magazine. According to Fanfare, Legato Classics somehow got hold of the original tape(s).

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    It is a much clearer, far improved recording of the same performance over the one I already had:

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    The bad news is that it seems the Legato Classics CD set also is out of print, i.e., not available new. My copy is skipping all over the place, but gives a much better sense why the performance is so famous.

    Back to the drawing board.
    I got the Legato edition and it is better. Here are some comparative clips:

    From Disk 1 (difference not as apparent here):
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    Legato A

    From Disk 2 (very clear difference here):
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    I think this has dethroned Giulio Cesare and is now my favourite Handel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post


    There's a moment in this I cherish in particular: first act finale, Griselda desperate in her grief saying NON HO PI VOCE, NON SO PARLAR... and then follows 4 minutes of violent coloratura. I always giggle.
    I have seen this posted a few times and now am thinking it might be something I should get. But I probably would go for the NAXOs one because this one has countertenors or something of that sort?

    Also have to consider if I would prefer the Bononcini or Scarletti Griseldas over the Vivaldi one.
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    La Sonnambula with Eva Lind

    La Fille du Regiment with Beverly Sills

    Now this wonderful performance (also available on DVD--highly recommended):
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    I see why this is a reference recording of the greatest British opera. I'm presuming Britten knew exactly what he wanted from the orchestra, and got it to brilliant effect, and Pears had me in tears in his mad scene. A must have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I see why this is a reference recording of the greatest British opera. I'm presuming Britten knew exactly what he wanted from the orchestra, and got it to brilliant effect, and Pears had me in tears in his mad scene. A must have.

    Wonderful recording. That was my homework edition before I saw the opera live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I have seen this posted a few times and now am thinking it might be something I should get. But I probably would go for the NAXOs one because this one has countertenors or something of that sort?
    The Naxos recording isn't half as good, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    The Naxos recordings isn't half as good, though.
    Nothing beats the Naive edition. And this is the golden age of countertenors, so it's worth giving them a chance.
    Natalie

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    But I do also have to consider Bononcini and Scarletti Griseldas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    But I do also have to consider Bononcini and Scarletti Griseldas.
    I would say that Vivaldi is the second best Baroque opera composer after Handel. A.Scarlatti is pretty good, but I personally prefer Sedecia, Carlo and his sacred works to his Griselda (Clayton might disagree...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I think this has dethroned Giulio Cesare and is now my favourite Handel.



    Like me, maybe this is related a little to the Aix-en-Provence/PaPe production

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    ah, just seen the watching thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I would say that Vivaldi is the second best Baroque opera composer after Handel. A.Scarlatti is pretty good, but I personally prefer Sedecia, Carlo and his sacred works to his Griselda (Clayton might disagree...)
    Well since my foray into Handel opera (on account of Beverly Sills) was not the most exciting music-wise, I perhaps should just dip my toes in the waters here and look at several operas by these composer before jumping into one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Well since my foray into Handel opera (on account of Beverly Sills) was not the most exciting music-wise, I perhaps should just dip my toes in the waters here and look at several operas by these composer before jumping into one.

    I seem to recall that you (at least I think it was you) have also expressed appreciation for Marilyn Horne () in the past. This is a Handel opera that doesn't get a lot of mention here, but is up near the top of my favorites - even above Giulio Cesare. This recording, mind you, was done with a lot of cuts. However, Marilyn Horne blows the socks off this role:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I seem to recall that you (at least I think it was you) have also expressed appreciation for Marilyn Horne () in the past. This is a Handel opera that doesn't get a lot of mention here, but is up near the top of my favorites - even above Giulio Cesare. This recording, mind you, was done with a lot of cuts. However, Marilyn Horne blows the socks off this role:


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    Interesting. I'll have to check them out.
    But for Horne, I should also look at all the operas she is in and then pick one. For example, Tancredi might be a good one.
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