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    this time Florestan is directing my listening...

    Name:  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Rafael Kubelik 1967, Thomas Stewart, Sandór Kónya, Gundula Jano.jpg
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Thomas Stewart (Hans Sachs), Sandor Konya (Walther von Stolzing), Gundula Janowitz (Eva), Thomas Hemsley (Beckmesser), Gerhard Unger (David), Brigitte Fassbaender (Magdalene), Franz Crass (Pogner), Keith Engen (Kothner), Raimund Grumbach (Nachtwächter)
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
    Recorded Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz October 1967

    This is a favourite recording for the work and it's quite easy to see why; it has a purity or honesty that is so engaging and plausible with the essential gaiety and comic touch. A fabulous recording, I strongly recommend for any DMVN or Wagner fan.

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    this morning I'm back to festat-programming

    (I tried thinking once; it hurt my brain too much)

    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea

    Emanuela Galli (Poppea), Roberta Mameli (Nerone), Josè Maria Lo Monaco (Ottone), Xenia Meijer (Ottavia), Ian Honeyman (Arnalta) & Raffaele Costantini (Seneca)
    La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina

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    This is the recording that made me fall in love with Monteverdi, LIDP and Emanuela Galli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post

    I love that opera - how is that recording? I love this one with the always fabulous Marilyn Horne and Samuel Ramey - not to mention Kathleen Battle! (inspired by your post, I just put it on for my morning listening):


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    I also have the Claudio Abbado with Agnes Baltsa and Ruggero Raimondi. It's pretty much lifeless compared with the Scimone.
    Last edited by Hoffmann; September 10th, 2016 at 02:50 PM.

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    I have those and two more Italianas (yes, I know...) and the Giulini is the one I play more often. Actually I think it is my most played Rossini! I can't really turn Giulietta Simionato down and 100% Italian cast is always a thumbs up in opera buffa. However, like all bel canto performed in the 50s, it has cuts: runs for about 1h50min, while the other recordings range from 2h10min to 2h30min.

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    The "quoi quoi quoi (kwa kwa kwa) frog chorus in Platée has to be one of the greatest musical jokes ever penned.



    Natalie

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    Lots of wonderful stuff here, from a fantastic cast

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    Hasse, J A: Siroe re di Persia
    Dresden version (1763)
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Siroe), Franco Fagioli (Medarse), Julia Lezhneva (Laodice), Juan Sancho (Cosroe), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Emira), Laureen Snouffer (Arasse)
    Armonia Atenea, George Petrou

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    Beethoven: Leonore
    Edda Moser (Leonore), Richard Cassilly (Florestan), Helen Donath (Marzelline), Eberhard Büchner (Jaquino), Theo Adam (Pizarro), Hermann Christian Polster (Fernando), Karl Ridderbusch (Rocco)
    Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I haven't heard this one before... any comments?

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    The postman always rings twice. Well, not always but most times as I've got the music playing and can't hear. Actually, I don't even have a doorbell so he knocks twice.
    Anyways, Mitchell must think I'm his happiest customer on the street as I'm always grinning ear to ear when he does knock as I mostly know it's something from Prestos. It's nice because it makes him smile too.

    So I got a delivery of a few Ring cycles and the first to be listened to was

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    Wagner: Götterdämmerung
    Marjorie Lawrence (Brunnhilde), Dorothee Manski (Gutrune), Kathryn Meisle (Waltraute), Lauritz Melchior (Siegfried), Friedrich Schorr (Gunther), Eduard Habich (Alberich) & Ludwig Hofmann (Hagen)
    Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, Artur Bodanzky
    Recorded 11 January 1936, remastered Ward Marston

    This is a very exciting and romantic account. There are not hiss, cracks and pops that I imagined but the recording has been wonderfully restored by the award winning engineer, Ward Marston. There are a few places with the tape whirpping noise but it's not too distracting and the music and drama manage to take you away from just a recording to a magical place. Of course there is no escaping the actual age of the recording and wife said it sounded like I was watching a 1930's science fiction film on the picture box, which is maybe another way of describing the sound quality.
    It's worth it to hear the voices recorded here, not just Melchior and Lawrence but Hofmann and the others too. Wonderful dramatic account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I haven't heard this one before... any comments?
    Very nice, but cut. Sophie Daneman as Rodelinda is a little breathy, I think, but nonetheless good. Very much worth it, although the Curtis-Kermes set should be the one to have if you only want one.

    But who would want only one Rodelinda anyway?
    Last edited by Festat; September 13th, 2016 at 03:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    ...But who would want only one Rodelinda anyway?
    can't imagine

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    Don Giovanni isn't exactly good marching music because of the recits but I love this version so I hop skip and jump through those bits.

    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    It's worth it to hear the voices recorded here, not just Melchior and Lawrence but Hofmann and the others too. Wonderful dramatic account.
    And how about that super-fast tempo for the final destruction of Valhalla? They say Bodanzky used to rush through so he could go to his card game afterwards.

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