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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I'm still getting to know this opera, but already, in comparing the two versions on my shelf, I can announce a clear winner. The more recent recording, besides having better sound, strikes me as much more lively and engaging, led by Plasson's evocative conducting and Dessay's nuanced, sensitive portrayal of the young heroine.

    So all of you agonizing over which Lakmé to buy can finally set your minds at ease.
    Absolutely agree 100%

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    Saint-Saëns: Henry VIII
    (The video of the performance in the original French, clips of which are also on YouTube, is on the to-be-purchased list.)
    Good. It's excellent.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I know you've all been on pins and needles, but fear not. Your long wait is over: my verdict is in.





    I'm still getting to know this opera, but already, in comparing the two versions on my shelf, I can announce a clear winner. The more recent recording, besides having better sound, strikes me as much more lively and engaging, led by Plasson's evocative conducting and Dessay's nuanced, sensitive portrayal of the young heroine.

    So all of you agonizing over which Lakmé to buy can finally set your minds at ease.

    Welllll. You didn't include this one - my favorite (I also own but don't really like the Sutherland all that much):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Welllll. You didn't include this one - my favorite (I also own but don't really like the Sutherland all that much):

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    Sorry, my bad. At least we agree about the Sutherland.

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    Me not big Sutherland fan either.

    Meahwhile, very excited. This just arrived in today's mail. Haven't listened to Callas in a long time and this is one of my favorite operas.



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

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

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    Meahwhile, very excited. This just arrived in today's mail. Haven't listened to Callas in a long time and this is one of my favorite operas.

    Yes! That's my go-to Barber of Seville! Once I heard that recording, I decided there's no reason to own another. Callas is Rosina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yes! That's my go-to Barber of Seville! Once I heard that recording, I decided there's no reason to own another. Callas is Rosina.
    She is wonderful in coloratura as are Peters and Gruberova, but I am more focused into the mezzo-sopranos and find Larmore and perhaps Bartoli (my set has not arrived so can't quite judge it) more to my liking. Really want an contralto but best I can get is an Ewa Podles aria CD with Una voce poco fa. For sopranos I think I favor Gruberova on the coloratura. And Sills is also a wonderful set. Well, I like them all really. Have 11 sets.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    ^^^ Enjoying it? I'm thinking I may have to order this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    ^^^ Enjoying it? I'm thinking I may have to order this one.
    Quite, but Scotto less than charming when you can't see her acting to compensate for the rather acidulous tone of her voice. The boys both very fine (Gérard is actually the hero, isn't he, in that he is the more interesting character).
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Quite, but Scotto less than charming when you can't see her acting to compensate for the rather acidulous tone of her voice. The boys both very fine (Gérard is actually the hero, isn't he, in that he is the more interesting character).
    Yes, her vocal quality, particularly in the upper notes, has always been criticized. On the other hand, I admire her purely vocal acting as Desdemona in the Otello recording--also with Levine, Domingo, and Milnes--from a year after the Andrea Chenier. So I look forward to checking out this one as well.

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

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    I finally was able to get outside for a walk today - I returned from Germany a couple of weeks ago with what I would guess was a pulled muscle in my back, so unable to do much of anything physical with comfort, so no walking. I bought a new mattress, which seemed to improve things, though I'm still not certain I chose wisely.

    So:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I finally was able to get outside for a walk today - I returned from Germany a couple of weeks ago with what I would guess was a pulled muscle in my back, so unable to do much of anything physical with comfort, so no walking. I bought a new mattress, which seemed to improve things, though I'm still not certain I chose wisely.

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    Sorry to hear about your back. Have you tried some gentle yoga or Pilates?
    "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."
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    Sorry to hear about your back. Have you tried some gentle yoga or Pilates?
    I've thought about trying yoga, but haven't gotten motivated yet to investigating. I think I need to do something, though!

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