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    Finally!

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    Currently watching this as research for a paper I'm writing. And I'm absolutely loving it!

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    Barbara Bonney is gorgeous and amazing. And the choreography is fascinating. Although it is an updated version, I think it perfectly captures the spirit of tragédie lyrique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    Barbara Bonney is gorgeous and amazing. And the choreography is fascinating. Although it is an updated version, I think it perfectly captures the spirit of tragédie lyrique.
    Yes, this is definitely a keeper for me too. I love the bit where the Boreades pick all the flowers!
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    Yes, this is definitely a keeper for me too. I love the bit where the Boreades pick all the floweres!
    Me too! And when the followers of Apollo interrupt the act II ballet. And just act III in general.

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    Goodall's patient pace gives rise to some of the most luxuriant, beautiful Brangane singing I've ever heard. Just listen to that legato in "Welcher Wahn! Welch eitles Zürnen!"; genuine bel canto Wagner (compare to the studio Kleiber recording of the same passage where Brigitte Fassbaender can barely catch her breath keeping up with Kleiber's frenetic pace). Anne Wilkens sounds very soprano-sih (or is Gray just very mezzo-ish?) and makes it hard to discern whether Isolde or Brangane is singing, which is a boon for Wilkens really. Recommended for Tristan fanatics with a thing for Brangane's music.

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    This remastering is amazing. The mono is so spacious on some of these songs that it could easily be mistaken for stereo. DECCA was really... decades ahead of the curve.

    I'm listening to the Jewel Song and Vissi d'arte, both recorded in 1949. You know that commercial, I can't believe it's not butter? I can't believe it's not stereo.

    The old, fragmentary recordings of legends are often touted as mere "historical documents" due to the technological constraints of the day, but not these fragments.

    I've listened to the uploaded versions on YouTube here and here; they must have been from bootleg editions or an earlier edition because my CD sounds much better, especially the Vissi d'arte, where the constant scratching is minimized and the sound is much more transparent and direct, no mono "smokescreen" or distance.

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    I due Foscari - Giuseppe Verdi
    Carlo Maria Giulini (1951)

    Francesco Foscari - Giangiacomo Guelfi
    Jacopo Foscari - Carlo Bergonzi
    Lucrezia Contarini - Maria Vitale

    Orchestra: RAI, recorded live.


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    The Mozart CD is great, the Rossini one just good.

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    On the new DVD of Humperdinck's Königskinder (Kaufmann, Rey), I've been unable to locate Act III. At the end of Act II, the video automatically returns to the opening screen. Trying to use the chapter listing doesn't seem to work, either. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem, or is my disk a dud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    On the new DVD of Humperdinck's Königskinder (Kaufmann, Rey), I've been unable to locate Act III. At the end of Act II, the video automatically returns to the opening screen. Trying to use the chapter listing doesn't seem to work, either. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem, or is my disk a dud?

    You should have two discs. Look behind the booklet. If Act 3 is not there, you've got a dud.
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