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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I remain weary of trying this without the libretto. Do you know of any source for the libretto?

    I looked but came up empty-handed. It must be really obscure if the internet doesn't know.

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    I did some quick hunting and came up with the Russian libretto but i think when it comes to the English it's out of luck. http://home.tiscali.cz:8080/ist987/libreta/orestea.html Could try the old google translate attempt but that would be mighty tedious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I did some quick hunting and came up with the Russian libretto but i think when it comes to the English it's out of luck. http://home.tiscali.cz:8080/ist987/libreta/orestea.html Could try the old google translate attempt but that would be mighty tedious.
    Thanks but I don't speak Russian!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I did some quick hunting and came up with the Russian libretto but i think when it comes to the English it's out of luck. http://home.tiscali.cz:8080/ist987/libreta/orestea.html Could try the old google translate attempt but that would be mighty tedious.

    Looks more like a software scramble to me!

    I wonder whether the libretto was ever translated into English. The opera has had very few performances in its lifetime - which is unfortunate. In the performance I saw at Bard College, the principals were mostly Russian. The Melodiya recording is Russian from the Soviet era (1965), so it's possible no one has taken the time to do a translation.

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    This has been lingering in my Unlistened to Pile for some time and I had totally forgotten about it:


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    This CD set, which is the four act version, has a terrific male cast, including Boris Christoff's Philip II and Tito Gobbi's Rodrigo, which is why I bought it. I don't know the female singers except by name, although they, too, are quite good. Set comments note that this was the first studio recording of the four-act version of Don Carlo, completed in 1954. Although noted as restored, the sound is good, but not as good as some other remastered sets from the same time period (like the Callas box set). Christoff's "Ella giammai m’amò" is amazing.

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    Hot off the CD ripper, purchased only an hour ago at Dearborn Music. Never heard this opera before:



    EDIT: I must say, I am not a fan of Massenet. Musically he does nothing for me, and I had his Cendrillon with von Stade and couldn't stand it, so got rid of it. But this is a keeper for the wonderful voice of Beverly Sills which unfortunately was very under-represented in recordings.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    snap! I was listening to this too

    twice

    as is the norm for this recording

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    No comments? I have this CD and find it incredibly beautiful. One of the best operas out there.
    sooooo beautiful, if I was any less butch of a guy, it would bring tears to my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    No comments? I have this CD and find it incredibly beautiful. One of the best operas out there.
    eerm... No baritones
    Natalie

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    Someone, somewhere was talking about Wagner or Der Ring des Nibelungen and that set me off...

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    I do have many ring cycles and I like them all. However, as is often the case, I come back frequently to this, the first recording I heard.

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    Then because thirteen-plus hours of Wagner is never quite enough, followed up with a double dose of

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    Then back to home territory

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    Handel: Orlando
    Bejun Mehta (Orlando), Sophie Karthäuser (Angelica), Kristina Hammarström (Medoro), Sunhae Im (Dorinda), Konstantin Wolff (Zoroastro)
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    A very good production, not least because of the lovely Dorinda

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    and Sunhae held my hand as we went together to Persia

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    Palau de la Músic Catalana, Barcelona June 2008

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    Wow! A busy couple of days for Clayton!

    How does the Böhm Meistersinger compare with the Kubelik?


    For me, I got carried away with walking a new route longer than I thought, so 11 miles today, accompanied by an old Hoffmann fave:


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    Yesterday, I really had to force myself to get out and walk, so relied on this sturdy walking companion:


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    Is this Rameau's best opera? This cast certainly makes a case for it.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...How does the Böhm Meistersinger compare with the Kubelik?...
    It's lighter, faster and gaier. The characters are also generally less depth all round. I'm saying this thinking this is not necessarily a negative aspect, I do like the production very much. The voices of this cast all are very beautiful and it is good sound. I'm guessing that if the prices for Orfeo were not so high, this recording would be more popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Is this Rameau's best opera? This cast certainly makes a case for it.

    I like it so much (the opera, I don't have that recording... YET), my playlist has just be altered.

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