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    Brushing up on my Otello. Not my favourite Verdi but have got tickets for the rehearsal on 17 June and hopefully will see JK.



    I quite like this version. Doesn't sound 'live'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Brushing up on my Otello. Not my favourite Verdi
    Try Rossini's Otello one of these days! Good alternative. (I love them both)
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Try Rossini's Otello one of these days! Good alternative. (I love them both)
    I have it on CD and actually prefer the Rossini!

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    Conductor/orchestra: Lamberto Gardelli, ORF (Austrian Broadcasting) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
    Cast: Josť Carreras (Jacopo Foscari), Katia Ricciarelli (Lucrezia Contarini), Piero Cappuccilli (Francesco Foscari), Samuel Ramey (Jacopo Loredano), Vincenzo Bello (Barbarigo), Elizabeth Connell (Pisana), Franz Handlos (Doge’s Servant), Mieczyslaw Antoniak (Officer of the Council of Ten)

    This is an excellent recording, with no weak links anywhere and Carreras and Ricciarelli in superlative form. In addition to Verdi’s fabulous music, this opera also has an emotional and psychological depth that make it easy to understand why I due Foscari seems to be gaining a place in the standard repertoire. Another plus with this set: the enclosed booklet has the complete libretto, including an English translation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    Conductor/orchestra: Lamberto Gardelli, ORF (Austrian Broadcasting) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
    Cast: Josť Carreras (Jacopo Foscari), Katia Ricciarelli (Lucrezia Contarini), Piero Cappuccilli (Francesco Foscari), Samuel Ramey (Jacopo Loredano), Vincenzo Bello (Barbarigo), Elizabeth Connell (Pisana), Franz Handlos (Doge’s Servant), Mieczyslaw Antoniak (Officer of the Council of Ten)

    This is an excellent recording, with no weak links anywhere and Carreras and Ricciarelli in superlative form. In addition to Verdi’s fabulous music, this opera also has an emotional and psychological depth that make it easy to understand why I due Foscari seems to be gaining a place in the standard repertoire. Another plus with this set: the enclosed booklet has the complete libretto, including an English translation.
    Yes it is an interesting story.
    Natalie

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

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    Vivaldi Bajazet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post


    Vivaldi Bajazet
    Wikipedia tells me that Bajazet is also know as Tamerlano, which I have, except mine is Handel and yours is Vivaldi. So they must be different.
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    Yes. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing but I'm assuming bad due to the use of Comic Sans.
    More likely use of comic sands....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Wikipedia tells me that Bajazet is also know as Tamerlano, which I have, except mine is Handel and yours is Vivaldi. So they must be different.
    Bajazet is a the father of the love interest; they have both been captured by the dictator Tamerlano. So it is the same story, different focus.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Did you like it?

    I love this version. I listened to it as part of my homework before I saw it live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Did you like it?

    I love this version. I listened to it as part of my homework before I saw it live.
    I have been struggling to get into this early Baroque. Too much of a Renaissance sound which did not have a beauty that I am accustomed to, but on listening to this and the Orfeo from my Harnoncourt Monteverdi cycle I am warming up to it. My main incentives to get into this are that I have opportunity to see Orfeo in concert next April at Hill Auditorium, and that I am really into Vesselina Kasarova, which has led me to the video production of this opera featuring her (up next in my queue for videos). As I listen more and more, I am finding a beauty to this early Baroque, yet it still has that effect of all sounding the same (which is what my wife said of Handel's Ariodante). But I think I will get past that. The motivation is high and already I am planning to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale in August (right now it is only season ticket sales). Even if I didn't fully warm up to this style, the concert is a must do. I know if I don't go I will regret it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I have been struggling to get into this early Baroque. Too much of a Renaissance sound which did not have a beauty that I am accustomed to, but on listening to this and the Orfeo from my Harnoncourt Monteverdi cycle I am warming up to it. My main incentives to get into this are that I have opportunity to see Orfeo in concert next April at Hill Auditorium, and that I am really into Vesselina Kasarova, which has led me to the video production of this opera featuring her (up next in my queue for videos). As I listen more and more, I am finding a beauty to this early Baroque, yet it still has that effect of all sounding the same (which is what my wife said of Handel's Ariodante). But I think I will get past that. The motivation is high and already I am planning to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale in August (right now it is only season ticket sales). Even if I didn't fully warm up to this style, the concert is a must do. I know if I don't go I will regret it.
    I can identify with everything you say. When I first heard Ulisse, I was disappointed and, like you, I thought it all sounded the same. I had motivation as I was determined to learn it before I saw it live and all the homework paid off. The Harnoncourt DVD looks interesting and I might look for a cheap used copy.

    I'm sure you won't regret the time you spend getting to know Orfeo. I had to smile when I saw the date of your Orfeo in concert! That's the same date that I'm seeing A Midsummer Night's Dream in Vienna. We opera fans love booking stuff way in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I can identify with everything you say. When I first heard Ulisse, I was disappointed and, like you, I thought it all sounded the same. I had motivation as I was determined to learn it before I saw it live and all the homework paid off. The Harnoncourt DVD looks interesting and I might look for a cheap used copy.

    I'm sure you won't regret the time you spend getting to know Orfeo. I had to smile when I saw the date of your Orfeo in concert! That's the same date that I'm seeing A Midsummer Night's Dream in Vienna. We opera fans love booking stuff way in advance!
    Book early or be sorry later! I recommend you get the Monteverdi opera cycle set. It has Orfeo, Ulysse, and Popea (though I won't listen to that immoral story), and a spare disk of some select arias and such. Nice deal I got for $20 USD used VG instead of just Ofreo for $12 shipped. Glad I got the set.

    Midsummer Night's Dream would be nice to see too.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Book early or be sorry later! I recommend you get the Monteverdi opera cycle set. It has Orfeo, Ulysse, and Popea (though I won't listen to that immoral story), and a spare disk of some select arias and such. Nice deal I got for $20 USD used VG instead of just Ofreo for $12 shipped. Glad I got the set.
    Thanks for the advice, I'll look out for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Midsummer Night's Dream would be nice to see too.
    I'm still struggling with it. It's not because it's Britten, it's because it's Shakespeare! I've always struggled with Shakespeare's text. When the libretto is written in Italian or French (Macbeth, Falstaff etc and Hamlet), I can enjoy it but in it's 'Olde English' form I don't like it at all.

    Oh well, I have a year!!

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