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    An otherworldly spring day - DC sparkles on days like this. Temps in the 70s F/20s C, lots of sun and bright blue sky. Ideal walking weather made truly fabulous by listening to one of the really great Rossini operas - one I don't listen to nearly often enough. Completely gorgeous singing from beginning to end:


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    Conducted by Riccardo Frizza, I don't know the other principals in the cast: Bruno Taddia, Bruno DiSimone, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    An otherworldly spring day - DC sparkles on days like this. Temps in the 70s F/20s C, lots of sun and bright blue sky. Ideal walking weather made truly fabulous by listening to one of the really great Rossini operas - one I don't listen to nearly often enough. Completely gorgeous singing from beginning to end:


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    Conducted by Riccardo Frizza, I don't know the other principals in the cast: Bruno Taddia, Bruno DiSimone, etc.

    Yup, I'm happy to follow Hoffmann here as well

    I mean with the Rossini, not the walk.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I think this CD was one of my first charity shop purchases

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    I'm also predicting a mefistofele recording to queue jump the listening pile sometime soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I'm also predicting a mefistofele recording to queue jump the listening pile sometime soon
    Well, obviously, that didn't happen...

    whilst looking in the tea cabinet for the Mefistofele recording, I got distracted and ended up somewhere completely different


    Humperdinck: Königskinder
    Jonas Kaufmann, Ofelia Sala, Detlef Roth & Nora Gubisch
    Orchestra National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Armin Jordan

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    and that somehow took me to

    Rimsky Korsakov

    The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia

    Vladimir Galusin (Grishka Kutyer'ma), Galina Gorchakova (Fevroniya), Nikolai Putilin (Fyodor Poyarok), Nikolai Ohotnikov (Yury Vsevolodovich), Yevgeny Boitsov (Merchant I), Evgeny Fedorov (Merchant II), Nikolai Gassiev (Bear Trainer), Olga Korzhenskaya (Youth), Larissa Diadkova (Alkonost)
    Kirov Opera & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev
    Recorded in 1994

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    an astounding work, sometimes dubbed the Korsakov Parsifal (I haven't actually figured this one out yet, I'm just stating it as a piece of information on the work thinking it somehow shows the magnitude of the work). It is beautiful, tender, violent, sacred, magnificent, exciting, sad and lovely. Here, it is produced in a wonderful live recording appreciated as one of the best available with a superb cast and a modern good quality sound. I highly, highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    and that somehow took me to

    Rimsky Korsakov

    The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia

    Vladimir Galusin (Grishka Kutyer'ma), Galina Gorchakova (Fevroniya), Nikolai Putilin (Fyodor Poyarok), Nikolai Ohotnikov (Yury Vsevolodovich), Yevgeny Boitsov (Merchant I), Evgeny Fedorov (Merchant II), Nikolai Gassiev (Bear Trainer), Olga Korzhenskaya (Youth), Larissa Diadkova (Alkonost)
    Kirov Opera & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev
    Recorded in 1994

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    an astounding work, sometimes dubbed the Korsakov Parsifal (I haven't actually figured this one out yet, I'm just stating it as a piece of information on the work thinking it somehow shows the magnitude of the work). It is beautiful, tender, violent, sacred, magnificent, exciting, sad and lovely. Here, it is produced in a wonderful live recording appreciated as one of the best available with a superb cast and a modern good quality sound. I highly, highly recommend it.
    Such a great opera.
    Natalie

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    Artaserse sets a rather brisk pace. I overdid it a little today (another lovely day, btw) by miss-judging today's course - a new route, which ended up at just under 12 miles.

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    I feel like Florestan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I feel like Florestan.

    What is Kasarova like on this? I seem to remember a very uneven register from a DVD I watched, maybe of the same production.
    Natalie

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    Yes, I remember that DVD (because of that little boy's KILLER Oberto!) and I don't think it is as noticeable here, even though listening to Kasarova may indeed be rather like driving a manual transmission car sometimes, the shifting of gears can get apparent to the point I wonder if she's just having a bad time blending or actively exposing the mechanics of singing. I love her deep, weirdly dark tone but her ways can get tiresome.

    That Alcina CD set also isn't the best technically, constant on-and-off microphone axis during the recits and A LOT of stage noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Yes, I remember that DVD (because of that little boy's KILLER Oberto!)
    It was absolutely astonishing, wasn't it.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I feel like Florestan...
    unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on viewpoint), there's not a lot of Alcina out there

    The 'Holy Grail' for us has to be the Aix-en-Provence if it ever comes out on dvd...

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    I’m really enjoying this. It’s too bad many people know nothing more of La Gioconda then the oft-parodied Dance of the Hours. I’m glad the part of bad guy Barnaba is a fairly substantial one because Milnes sounds absolutely fantastic. (I could listen to this guy sing the contents of the Oxford English Dictionary.) Caballé really sinks her teeth into the title role – you don’t want to get on this gal’s bad side. I find the character of Laura to be rather bland in comparison, but Baltsa does the best she can with it. Enzo Grimaldo doesn’t strike me as all that interesting, either; he’s the typical impassioned hero whatever the circumstances may be. But such heroes need beautiful voices, and no question that Pavarotti delivers. Ghiaurov is a really nasty Alvise, and Alfreda Hodgson a fine La Cieca.

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    I'm sold



    well, I would have been. Thank goodness PC are sold out on this CD because I need another La Gioconda recording like I need

    err...

    another La Gioconda recording

    I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Yes, I remember that DVD (because of that little boy's KILLER Oberto!) and I don't think it is as noticeable here, even though listening to Kasarova may indeed be rather like driving a manual transmission car sometimes, the shifting of gears can get apparent to the point I wonder if she's just having a bad time blending or actively exposing the mechanics of singing. I love her deep, weirdly dark tone but her ways can get tiresome.

    That Alcina CD set also isn't the best technically, constant on-and-off microphone axis during the recits and A LOT of stage noise.
    Ah, the downside of live recordings. Fortunately, technology has improved to the point where it sometimes is hard to tell. The Matilde di Shabran recording is live - but I alway forget until the end of Act I (it's a long Act I) where brief applause is allowed.

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