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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Like like like etc
    Natalie

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    After I exhausted all remaining Alcinas (Christie-Fleming-Graham, Leitner-Sutherland-Wunderlich, Bonynge-Sutherland-Berganza) I thought I should get out of Baroque at least a little...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    After I exhausted all remaining Alcinas (Christie-Fleming-Graham, Leitner-Sutherland-Wunderlich, Bonynge-Sutherland-Berganza) I thought I should get out of Baroque at least a little...

    I just bought this (yes, kill me, I should have bought it years ago, but the Baroque sucks up all my money. Do you KNOW how many operas Handel and Vivaldi wrote between them? And people keep recording new composers!)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    the Baroque sucks up all my money. Do you KNOW how many operas Handel and Vivaldi wrote between them? And people keep recording new composers!)
    "This month I'm going to finally get this Ring, and that Troyens blu-ray and this new opera so I keep up with contemporary stu-- OMG WHAT IS THIS?? A HANDEL OPERA I ALREADY HAVE SIX RECORDINGS OF???? OBSCURE RENAISSANCE COMPOSER COMPLETE SACRED MUSIC 12 CD SET????? SOME MIDDLE AGE NUN WHO WROTE SOME MUSIC NOBODY KNOWS HOW TO READ CORRECTLY?????? YASSS I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW WAGNER CAN WAIT"

    Accurate transcription os my thought process while browsing Amazon.
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    oh, we are all so similar here...

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    amongst the usual suspects, one that called me to take it out of the tea cabinet was

    Name:  La Toison d'or - Hervé Niquet 2013, Chor des Staatstheater Nürnberg, Le Concert Spirituel.jpg
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    Vogel, J C: La Toison d’or
    Marie Kalinine, Médée (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jason (baritone), Judith Van Wanroij, Hipsiphile (soprano), Jennifer Borghi, La Sybille (soprano), Hrachuhi Bassenz, Calciope (soprano) & Martin Nyvall, Arcas (tenor)
    Le Concert Spirituel & Chor des Staatstheater Nürnberg, Hervé Niquet

    It's another composer that died young (and in this case drunk). What a waste, I wonder what could have been with a sober application. I suppose it could have been worse. This is a good opera very much of it's period (late eighteenth) with dramatic and beautiful moments but maybe I like it more beacause of this production, particularily I like the voices of Bou and Wanroij. I think someone, somewhere mentioned Bou not having enough to perform in the theatre for a particular role but his voice works very well on a recording.

    One of the cats liked this but that cat is no longer with us. I think it went to that special farm where all the animals play happily ever after.

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    another less frequent show from the tea cabinet

    Name:  Tancrède - Olivier Schneebeli 2014, Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles & Or.jpg
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    Campra: Tancrède
    Benoît Arnould (Tancrède), Isabelle Druet (Clorinde), Chantal Santon (Herminie), Alain Buet (Argant) & Éric Martin-Bonnet (Isménor)
    Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles & Orchestre Les Temps Présents, Olivier Schneebeli

    A wonderful, romantic work from a French baroque master; I should be listening to this more often.

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    Going to see a new production of Il trovatore (well the final dress rehearsal anyway) at ROH soon so blew the (metaphorical) dust off this today. Yonks since I listened to this version and it made a nice change.

    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Yes, the famous "Lisbon Traviata".

    Why it became a thing, I don't know. This is a live performance from 1958, so the sound, while it could be way worse, still is only so-so. Callas starts a little rocky, but warms up nicely. Alfredo Kraus, so far, hasn't made much of an impression on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yes, the famous "Lisbon Traviata".

    Why it became a thing, I don't know. This is a live performance from 1958, so the sound, while it could be way worse, still is only so-so. Callas starts a little rocky, but warms up nicely. Alfredo Kraus, so far, hasn't made much of an impression on me.
    Thanks. A while back I passed on this item at the secondhand store, though I grabbed some highly rated Callas performances of other operas. I kept thinking maybe I'd snag this one eventually as well, until someone else beat me to it.

    Now I don't feel so bad.

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

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    Today's walk:


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    Thanks to P.B. for raising the idea of Tannhäuser and Wolfram's "O du mein Holder Abendstern".

    I love this recording, with Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau all in peak form. Some really heartbreakingly beautiful singing from all 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    ...Yes, the famous "Lisbon Traviata".

    Why it became a thing, I don't know. This is a live performance from 1958, so the sound, while it could be way worse, still is only so-so. Callas starts a little rocky, but warms up nicely. Alfredo Kraus, so far, hasn't made much of an impression on me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Thanks. A while back I passed on this item at the secondhand store, though I grabbed some highly rated Callas performances of other operas. I kept thinking maybe I'd snag this one eventually as well, until someone else beat me to it.

    Now I don't feel so bad.
    I would be in the group that says "snag this one".

    I can't see anyone else in the group though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    ...
    and now this,
    I pass Kenilworth castle (or what remains of it) each time I go to Presto Classical; it's about seven or eight minutes from the centre of Leamington Spa. I always think I would like to visit it.

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    and coincidentally I was just listening to a recording I purchased last time I was there (last year to pick up some Gramophone magazines someone was giving away).

    I hadn't heard of the composer before and it was a wild stab in the dark but it hit the mark dead centre. Cesti was apparently a very successful composer of the period and very well paid. He composed many works for court (where he was very well favoured) and theatre.

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    Cesti: Orontea
    Andrea Bierbaum (Filosofia), Cettina Cadelo (Amore, Tibrino), Helga Müller-Molinari (Orontea), Gregory Reinhart (Creonte), Guy de Mey (Aristea), René Jacobs (Alidoro, Floridano), Gastone Sarti (Gelone), David James (Corindo), Isabelle Poulenard (Silandra), Jill Feldman (Giacinta, Ismero)
    Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs

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