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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I only wish Verdi had fulfilled his dream of a King Lear. And I wouldn't give up Otello or Falstaff for anything.
    Yes, because if there is something missing in Verdi's operas it's mad scene to match those of his grand ancestors. There is Lady Macbeth scene but Donizetti and Bellini had theirs in their best works. It would be particularly curious to see what mature Verdi could make out of that classic pattern.

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    45 minutes of quite simple opera buffa by Pergolesi. Nancy Argenta and period isntrument band La Petite Band under Sigiswald Kuijken.

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    Solti is a graceless brute. He pillages the score of every last potential drop of brassy, thumping climax he can contrive and skates slipshod over the rest.

    Oh why oh why can't we have better opera conductors with world class singers.

    Come back, Karajan! All is forgiven!

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    I can't stop listening to this recording. This record sets the record for the consecutive number of times I've listened straight through any recording, ever, literally, literally literally; last.fm never lies. The conducting, save Kubelik's, and playing is just miles any of the nearest competition and the cast, despite not being super-star-studded, is in complete harmony with itself and the orchestra.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I only wish Verdi had fulfilled his dream of a King Lear. And I wouldn't give up Otello or Falstaff for anything.
    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.

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    Listening to this again, this is quite capable music. Don Giovanni (1787), you read correctly. 68 minutes of Classical arias on one CD, version without recitatives.

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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 Schigolch View Post
    That's in my "It's so cheap can I afford to pass it up" basket. What did you think?
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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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    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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