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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    How is Rene Kollo's Parsifal? He tended to have good days and not so good days. I saw him sing Lohengrin here in 1975, my second time at the opera, and he was awesome. That evening cemented my fascination and love of opera that has lasted a lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ha ha! A good length Wagner walk!

    I also think that performance is very exciting. In fact I've just decided that's my next listening!

    Well, I will only admit to you that I only walked 6 miles yesterday - far enough that I only got a little more than halfway through Act II. I finished up at home. This happens frequently...

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    This seems to be my favorite version of Magic Flute so far, I shall buy it at some point.


    My Verdi project rolls on


    In the mood for some Russian opera, and I enjoyed my first listen to Sadko.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post

    This seems to be my favorite version of Magic Flute so far, I shall buy it at some point.


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    In the mood for some Russian opera, and I enjoyed my first listen to Sadko.


    A nice diverse selection there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    How is Rene Kollo's Parsifal? He tended to have good days and not so good days. I saw him sing Lohengrin here in 1975, my second time at the opera, and he was awesome. That evening cemented my fascination and love of opera that has lasted a lifetime.
    I'm a complete novice when it comes to Wagner, and opera in general. But I love this performance. The sound is superb for a 1975 live recording, and musically speaking, it's one of the most beautiful operas I've listened to so far.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post


    A nice diverse selection there!
    Thank you Annie! I have a free trial of Amazon unlimited music, so I've been trying out as much as I can. Today I am listening to Prokofiev's War & Peace. I like it very much so far. I listened on my morning commute and all the snow was very evocative for a Russian opera setting


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    After a brief trip to the banks of the Seine to enjoy some poetry, music and dance (with Hébé and L'amour), I was back to

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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
    Live recording 11th January 1936

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    After a brief trip to the banks of the Seine to enjoy some poetry, music and dance (with Hébé and L'amour), I was back to

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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
    Live recording 11th January 1936
    Nice. How is the sound quality?
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Nice. How is the sound quality?
    The superb award winning Ward Marston has worked on this but it is a live recording from 1936 so has hiss, cracks and tape whirp. Though I also think it's wonderful!
    If you prefer the modern studio quality sounds and don't enjoy so much noisier live recordings then I wouldn't recommend this. However if you can see through cracks and pops then I think this is a get for Götterdämmerung fans for the experience of this great cast/performance.

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    Conductor/orchestra: Sir Antonio Pappano, Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
    Cast: Angela Gheorghiu (Butterfly), Jonas Kaufmann (Pinkerton), Enkelejda Shkosa (Suzuki), Fabio Capitanucci (Sharpless), Gregory Bonfatti (Goro) & Raymond Aceto (Bonze)

    Love the music; love this recording.

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    Going back two evenings and forward five years...

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    Wagner: Die Walküre
    Lauritz Melchior (Siegmund), Astrid Varnay (Sieglinde), Helen Traubel (Brünnhilde), Friedrich Schorr (Wotan), Kerstin Thorborg (Fricka)
    New York Metropolitan Opera and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf
    6th December 1941

    This time with Helen Traubel partnering Melchior; this is a better sound quality (five years later and taken from a radio broadcast) and has many wet dog moments (spine tingling or body shakes), it really is exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    The superb award winning Ward Marston has worked on this but it is a live recording from 1936 so has hiss, cracks and tape whirp. Though I also think it's wonderful!
    If you prefer the modern studio quality sounds and don't enjoy so much noisier live recordings then I wouldn't recommend this. However if you can see through cracks and pops then I think this is a get for Götterdämmerung fans for the experience of this great cast/performance.
    I was at Dearborn Music today. They had a NAXOs Historical Recording of Wagner Ring highlights from the '30s. I spun it in their player and quickly concluded I am not the Ring connoisseur to appreciate such recordings. Perhaps someday.
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