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    This arrived a couple of days ago and I couldn't resist. It's good - the singing is competent, but neither is it on the same level as Sutherland, Horne, Studer, Ramey, Caballe, Larmore, etc. It's ok, but doesn't rank with the other recordings I tend to favor (except Naxos' Alex Penda, and this one is better than that).


    For yesterday's walk:

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    Love, love, love Frederica von Stade!

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    It was a particularly nice spring (!) day today, so went out for a walk, along with lots and lots of cyclists and runners also out on the trail this afternoon (requiring me to be extra cautious since I can't much see where all those people are these days).

    I listened to the last of my recent purchases:


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    This is a lively recording and features really lovely singing from Marilyn Horne, Victoria de los Angeles, Sesto Bruscantini, Nicola Zaccaria and others (and, for those who are interested, no counter-tenors in sight). I like it better than the Naive recording under Jean-Christophe Spinosi which seems a little deliberate in its pacing.

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    Very similar to Gotterdammerung in characters and story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigurd_(opera)
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    Behrens is an adorable Leonore:


    This is an excellent Fidelio:


    Next up (this one a bit quirky):
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    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.

    Mitchell will be delivering this tomorrow! exciting...

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    Just started this one:


    Later this evening:
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    Something a little different and, actually, pretty good. I think Caballe could do anything:


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    Best recording of the original version of Fidelio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Something a little different and, actually, pretty good. I think Caballe could do anything:


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    Hoffmann warming to this opera... I can't remember if it was a different version that you weren't that impressed with (going back a few years here) and did CaballÚ make the magic happen with Les Dana´des?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Best recording of the original version of Fidelio.
    This, of course, has the complete dialogue. But in terms of the cast, I'm rather partial to de Billy (with Camilla Nylund's Leonore and the late Gerd Grochowski as Pizarro) and John Eliot Gardiner (Hillevi Martinpelto and Kim Begley in the leads).

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    Conductor/orchestra: Sir Antonio Pappano, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
    Cast: Anja Harteros (Aida), Jonas Kaufmann (RadamŔs), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Ludovic Tezier (Amonasro), Erwin Schrott (Ramfis), Marco Spotti (King of Egypt), Paolo Fanale (Messenger), Eleonora Buratto (Temple Priestess)

    Love this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Hoffmann warming to this opera... I can't remember if it was a different version that you weren't that impressed with (going back a few years here) and did CaballÚ make the magic happen with Les Dana´des?
    Yes, when I wrote that yesterday, I wondered if my earlier comments would come back to haunt me. I listened to Les Dana´des with some trepidation yesterday, since I remembered that I wasn't all that much impressed the first time. This is the same recording as the earlier one I wrote about.

    Two things seem to be happening 1) All you fine folks with your wide experience and differing tastes have proven to have had a broadening effect on my own otherwise narrow listening habits. Yes, even Luiz and his constant encouragement to give contemporary opera a chance is having some success. I might not ultimately come to love the genre, but so far am finding pieces here and there that are impressive and enjoyable. And,

    2) Listening at home where I don't have the multitude of stimuli to distract me every second that are persistent during my walks allows more time to sit and appreciate what otherwise competes with said stimuli. I was actually able to listen to and appreciate CaballÚ's singing yesterday morning.

    Even without an artist of CaballÚ's caliber present on the recording, I might now be willing to give Salieri's Falstaff another go!

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    yes, sometimes venturing in to unknown territories can make it difficult to appreciate the qualities... like my listening today. I was very much looking forward to it but forgot how much such a different interpretation can throw you...

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    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Vivica Genaux (Romeo), Valentina Farcas (Giulietta), Davide Giusti (Tebaldo), Fabrizio Beggi (Lorenzo), Ugo Guagliardo (Capellio)
    Belcanto Chorus & Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi
    Recorded in Rieti (Teatro Flavio Vespasiano), Italy, in September 2014


    so foreign, I might as well have been listening to a Mongolian contemporary opera written in Swahili. Completely thrown, I'll need to stick my head in a bucket of lemon juice (maybe with a dash of gin) and try again.

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    much better

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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Wolfgang Windgassen (Tristan), Birgit Nilsson (Isolde), Christa Ludwig (Brangńne), Martti Talvela (King Marke), Eberhard Waechter (Kurwenal), Claude Heater (Melot), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Hirt), Gerd Nienstedt (Steuermann), Peter Schreier (Seemann)
    Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele 1966, Karl B÷hm

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    I can listen to this while waiting for it to ship because this site has it available for streaming.
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