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    Exceptionally windy here today, so walking is not very appealing.

    This morning's listen:


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    I'm still pondering what to listen to this afternoon. Maybe a nap first, then decide....

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    Gosh I love that opera/recording. Always my listening to that opera is much longer than the recording as I press "replay" so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Exceptionally windy here today, so walking is not very appealing.

    This morning's listen:


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    I'm still pondering what to listen to this afternoon. Maybe a nap first, then decide....
    I'm having nap envy. I'm just back from work and now have to drive off for two hours of violin lesson hell.
    Natalie

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    Conductor/chorus and orchestra: Jean Fournet, Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur, Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux
    Cast: Pierrette Alarie (Leila), Léopold Simoneau (Nadir), René Bianco (Zurga), Xavier Depraz (Nourabad)

    Although the original recording was made with the old monaural technology, the quality of the sound on the CDs seems fine to me. Among the cast members, my favorites are Léopold Simoneau and Xavier Depraz; the tenor’s elegant, virile, lyrical voice is a pleasure to listen to, and Depraz makes me wish Nourabad had more to sing. Pierrette Alarie had one of those light lyric coloratura sopranos that to me seems close to a soubrette – similar to Mado Robin or Erna Sack, a Papagena or Olympia – and while her technique is flawless, I sometimes find myself wishing for a voice with a little more fullness. Her sound doesn’t bother me the way Erika Köth’s does, but a prolonged exposure to it makes me feel as though I’ve eaten too much sugar. René Bianco is an unobjectionable Zurga, and while I don’t dislike his baritone, I can’t really warm up to it, either. The chorus and orchestra are excellent, and Maestro Fournet’s interpretation captures all of the plot’s varying moods.

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    This morning, while pondering my income taxes:


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    I wasn't familiar with the opera Hamlet, and found it had pleasant moments but isn't particularly interesting.


    Then, for my walk today:


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    From the library for listening in the car this week (Siegfried):
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This morning, while pondering my income taxes:

    [Thomas, Hamlet]

    I wasn't familiar with the opera Hamlet, and found it had pleasant moments but isn't particularly interesting.
    ...
    give it a better go; try a glass of single malt with the listening instead of tax returns...

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    I got up early this morning to do homework (getting my master's online), which involved needing to achieve a metric of at least 15. I kept getting 3s and 4s, so I took a very long shower, during which I listened to the first 2 acts of Don Carlo, and gave it another try afterwards. Got 31, which is the theoretical maximum. Verdi: not only dramatic and exciting, but good for quiet contemplation as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    ...I took a very long shower, during which I listened to the first 2 acts of Don Carlo...
    *expletive* that's a long shower! some might say "too much information"...

    I say "yes , fab recording" (Hoffman favourite) "but amazed to hear the human body doesn't dissolve or shrink in that amount of time under water..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    *expletive* that's a long shower! some might say "too much information"...

    I say "yes , fab recording" (Hoffman favourite) "but amazed to hear the human body doesn't dissolve or shrink in that amount of time under water..."
    It's lovely, I can recommend it!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I have this. Haven't listened in a long time, but my recollection is that it is a great recording.

    EDIT: Just queued this one up and am listening to it now.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Highly recommended to all French Baroque fans. Finishes with a truly gorgeous duet, up there with "Pur ti miro: from L'Incoronazione and "Caro! - Bella!" from Giulio Cesare.

    Natalie

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    An oldie (for authentic performance) but a real goodie. Especially Schreier, and of course Salminen who has ALL the low notes!

    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; February 18th, 2017 at 06:53 PM.
    Natalie

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