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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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    Yes, I like it too. I think it's a good suggestion for this afternoon's listening!

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    yesterday's post cricket opera

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    Handel: Partenope, HWV 27
    Philippe Jaroussky (Arsace), Karina Gauvin (Partenope), John Mark Ainsley (Emilio), Teresa Iervolino (Rosmira), Emöke Barath (Armindo), Luca Tittoto (Ormonte)
    Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi
    Recorded February 2015, Lonigo Italy.

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    Handel: Serse
    Conductor: Piero Bellugi
    Cast: Luigi Alva (Serse), Mirella Freni (Romilda), Rolando Panerai (Arsamene), Irčne Companeez (Amastre), Fiorenza Cossotto (Atalanta), Leonardo Monreale (Ariodate), Franco Calabrese (Elviro)
    Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala

    This opera has some of the loveliest music I’ve ever heard – along with some music I’ve evidently never heard. Of course, Opera d’Oro’s bare-bones packaging doesn’t include anything resembling a libretto, so after I purchased this recording, I hunted online and was lucky enough to find a copy along with an English translation. However, when I attempted to listen to the opera while following along in the libretto, I found that after a while there was discrepancy – a big discrepancy. In this live La Scala performance from early 1962, the score seems to have been sliced and diced and rearranged by someone in charge (conductor Piero Bellugi?), with entire sections of recitative as well as some arias omitted. It’s a pity, because the cast is a fine one. I wasn’t all that keen on Luigi Alva’s Serse at first, but his voice has grown on me with repeated listening. Mirella Freni and Fiorenza Cossotto are delightful as the sisters Romilda and Atalanta, and I’m quite impressed by Irčne Companeez’s Amastre, sung with a beautiful lyric mezzo. Eventually, I’ll need to purchase the German language version with Wunderlich in the title role in order to hear the complete opera (I hope). I know; this is what I get for insisting on a tenor Serse . . .

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I really like this one. Have you got it?


    I do have it! I don't think I've ever listened to it tho' ... I'll cue it up next time, great cast.

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    This morning, I decided to listen to another recording that came out of that big box I bought last year and hadn't listened to:


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    An excellent rendition of this opera and as good as Roberta Peters is in the role, it remains that I can't get Maria Callas' voice out of my head - so that recording stays in first place.


    Then, for my walk, I hadn't listened to another old favorite in some months, so decided to indulge:


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

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    I was aiming for Porpora but distracted by itywltmt's post, missed the target completely

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    Catalani: La Wally
    Renata Tebaldi (Wally), Mario del Monaco (Giuseppe Hagenbach), Piero Cappuccilli (Vincenzo), Justino Diaz (Stromminger), Stefania Malagu (Afra), Lydia Marimpietri (Walter), Alfredo Merlotti (Soldier)
    Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo, Fausto Cleva
    Recorded Salle Alcazar, June 1968
    Last edited by Clayton; November 20th, 2016 at 11:50 AM. Reason: same as usual, spelling worse than a dyslexic cat that's never been to school

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    Not so sure about walking today - exceedingly windy with gusts to 50 mph. I've been walking lots in the last week or so, trying to drop some weight that I gained while traveling during the summer. But wind is not conducive to happy walking, so maybe I'll take a break today.

    So, this morning, I decided to listen to the Callas I Puritani remastered recording to compare with the Sutherland/Ghiaurov/Pavarotti set I like so well. Callas is terrific, of course, and it may be the less than sophisticated recording technique used in 1953, but I don't find the recording nearly as satisying. While I'm not sure how to explain it, it seems that the style of singing itself is much different than in the 1970s and later - there seemed to be a lot of vibrato in the male voices, which were quite capable of hitting the notes, but something was off. Also, the pace of the conducting on the Callas set (Tullio Serafin) seems to be slower than the Bonynge.


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    Currently listening to the 1869 off of this set:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I have to confess I'm struggling with this but maybe it'll grow on me!

    I think this is an opera better seen than heard.
    "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 sospiro View Post


    I have to confess I'm struggling with this but maybe it'll grow on me!

    I think this is an opera better seen than heard.
    Yes I got a bit lost there too and "better seen than heard", I think were pretty much the same words Soave_Fanciulla said at the time to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    I have to confess I'm struggling with this but maybe it'll grow on me!

    I think this is an opera better seen than heard.

    I think that typically is the case with modern/contemporary works which tend to be stronger in their musical-dramatic arcs than is true of most traditional works. Except Wagner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I think that typically is the case with modern/contemporary works which tend to be stronger in their musical-dramatic arcs than is true of most traditional works. Except Wagner.
    You've got a point there. I got nowhere listening to Written On Skin.
    "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 sospiro View Post
    You've got a point there. I got nowhere listening to Written On Skin.
    It does grow on you after a few listens. Enjoy the contrast between the spooky music for the fairies and the more robust stuff for lovers and mechanicals. The old Glyndebourne DVD is worth a watch - very sad though that they did not re-film it with Iestyn Davies and a wonderful Puck.
    Natalie

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