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    It's only highlights but I am enjoying it. Enough of the English to satisfy.

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

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    Doesn't have the excitement of the DVD featuring Cecilia Bartoli as Nina, but that may be the difference between DVD and sound recording. However, I can't help sense a lack of insanity in the vocals on this CD.
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    Happy New Year, everybody!

    Yesterday morning:


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    Once this started playing, I recalled why I don't listen to it very often - an execrable recording! Early Ghiaurov, and the opera itself doesn't provide much of a vehicle for his remarkable voice.

    Then, for my walk (I did the easy 6 mile route but used my eyepatch, which makes walking more manageable and less disconcerting because the cars stay on the road and off the sidewalk):


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    A really lovely "Caro nome", such that I had to double check who it was that sings Gilda on this recording. Dumb Shock! Renata Scotto! Wow, in 1964 she could sing the socks off this role.

    This morning, as I write:

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    Leonie Rysanek doing an impressive job as Lady M.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I don't know this opera

    Any comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I don't know this opera

    Any comments?
    Is a typical captured-by-the-Moslems-and-rescued-type opera set in the late fifteenth century. What is exceptional to me is the great singing. I bought it for Larmore, but all the soloists are very good.

    EDIT: Also it is more an operetta as it fits on a single disk.
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    For my New Year's Day walk, a familiar favorite:


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    I really wanted to listen to Lohengrin but had neglected to recharge the iPod Nano with German operas. Not that Rossini is second best...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    EDIT: Also it is more an operetta as it fits on a single disk.
    Let's call it an operino then.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    How come no one's written an opera about all the times that's happened to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    How come no one's written an opera about all the times that's happened to me?
    Maybe this one was written about you. They just changed the names to protect your identity.




    oops!

    I revealed by accident...

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    I found some jewelry lying in the ditch and pawned it to pay for a down payment on my house and some geezer wrote this opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    For my New Year's Day walk, a familiar favorite:


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    I really wanted to listen to Lohengrin but had neglected to recharge the iPod Nano with German operas. Not that Rossini is second best...
    Wow. I thought I had a lot of music to have one dedicated music player to opera (my OperaPod). but to have it even further divided into seperate players by language. Wow!


    Right now I am enjoying my favorite female singer: Beverly Sills. I wouldn't try to make a claim that she's the best or even close, but I can't explain it. I feel warm and fuzzy when I hear her sing. She sounds like she loves singing




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    Kinda rainy again today but supposed to stop this afternoon, so pondering a walk.

    In the meantime, I am playing this as it has a great cast and two of my favorite singers in Frederica von Stade and Marilyn Horne:


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    Unfortunately, this live recording doesn't hold up very well against either the Opera d'Oro (Piero Bellugi w/Montserrat Caballe, Julia Hamari, Franco Bonisolli, et al., 1970) or the CBS Masterworks (Maurizio Pollini w/Katia Ricciarrelli, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Dano Raffanti, Samuel Ramey, et al. 1983).

    The recording levels seem out of balance - very singer forward with the orchestra sort of in the background and the performance doesn't seem any where near as polished as the other two. Plus, tenor Rockwell Blake especially did not seem to be having a good outing. I'm also not crazy about Marilyn Horne in the trouser role here, which may be me preferring her in the lighter comedic roles rather than in dramatic Rossini.

    Not sure if this was a pirate, as I don't recognize the label, but even used was a very pricey acquisition ($50).
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    Wow. I thought I had a lot of music to have one dedicated music player to opera (my OperaPod). but to have it even further divided into seperate players by language. Wow!
    Well, it's actually not that neat. It's not that easy to divide the catalogue.

    German operas were easy to separate out because there style and sound is sort of unique. However, my catalogue of recordings isn't all that big, so I've got some baroque and Russian language operas included.

    One of them is primarily bel canto - rather than Italian, and is pretty consistent with a couple of French operas added to the mix.

    The third is Italian/Verdi and Italian/Mozart with some more baroque added in.

    I'm at the point of really needing another - maybe just for baroque.

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    gotta go the way of So_Fa...

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    I bought this today, the only one left in the country. I've had my eye on one for ages as I am constantly juggling collections on various little Walkmen. This has 128GB (Still will only take part of the collection...). And before anyone mentions iPods, I just would like to express how much I hate iTunes.


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