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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This is the production that convinced me it was a good idea to sell not only my kidney but all my other usuable organs on forward order so that I could buy a new sound system for my picture box.

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    Delightful music, fantastic cast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    sorry, I was having interweb issues yesterday... and cut short this post

    From the Aix-en-Provence Festival July 2015

    Handel: Alcina
    Patricia Petibon (Alcina), Philippe Jaroussky (Ruggiero), Anna Prohaska (Morgana), Katarina Bradic (Bradamante), Anthony Gregory (Oronte), Krzysztof Baczyk (Melisso), Elias Mädler, Lionel Wunsch (Oberto)
    Freiburger Barockorchester, MusicAeterna (Chorus of the Perm Opera), Andrea Marcon (musical director) & Katie Mitchell (stage director)

    This is the production that convinced me it was a good idea to sell not only my kidney but all my other usuable organs on forward order so that I could buy a new sound system for my picture box.
    Can't take Jaroussky, but I see one with Kasarova as Ruggiero so will be very tempted to buy that one except it seems only to be in blu ray.
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    This remains a highly satisfying recording - Sutherland and Horne together in their prime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Can't take Jaroussky, but I see one with Kasarova as Ruggiero so will be very tempted to buy that one except it seems only to be in blu ray.
    Not Kasarova's best form, though. I've kinda learned to like her eccentric fierceness on the Bolton live recording despite the harsh gear changing, but it is even worse on that performance to the point it gets irritating. Not Hartero's best part either, and even Cangemi sounds a little shrill. Alois singing Oberto, though, show stopper but very minor role. If you have to avoid countertenors I'd rather go for the Stuttgart DVD with Catherine Naglestad and Alice Coot. It is also a better production in my opinion. Both are Regie however. If you're willing to compromise for Jaroussky — and everybody here will agree — there is no doubt the Aix Alcina is by far the best Alcina on video.

    There is a traditional production with Arleen Auger, Della Jones and Lynne Dawson that's really, really good but I don't think it has ever been commercially released. It'd be the perfect choice for you, I guess. It was on youtube once but vanished.

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    Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment
    with Beverly Sills

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Not Kasarova's best form, though. I've kinda learned to like her eccentric fierceness on the Bolton live recording despite the harsh gear changing, but it is even worse on that performance to the point it gets irritating.
    I found her singing absolutely intolerable on this recording

    Cangemi sounds a little shrill.
    Never can stand her . If I see her name on a recording I have to be reassured that it's a minor part. She has an unpleasant thin unevenness about her.

    Alois singing Oberto, though, show stopper but very minor role.
    Yes. YES!!!!

    If you have to avoid countertenors I'd rather go for the Stuttgart DVD with Catherine Naglestad and Alice Coot. It is also a better production in my opinion. Both are Regie however. If you're willing to compromise for Jaroussky — and everybody here will agree — there is no doubt the Aix Alcina is by far the best Alcina on video.
    Definitely. However I don't see Florestan liking either of these productions. Out of the two, at least the Aix one doesn't look as though it is set in a seedy Bournemouth boarding house; and it is a much more interesting concept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...a seedy Bournemouth boarding house...
    the B&B I once stayed in (as it was the *only* room I can find in the whole town after the hotel I had reserved had had a fire) with the shower cubicle in the bedroom at the foot of the bed...

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    Wozzeck in English


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    Russian opera is awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I found her singing absolutely intolerable on this recording


    Never can stand her . If I see her name on a recording I have to be reassured that it's a minor part. She has an unpleasant thin unevenness about her.



    Yes. YES!!!!



    Definitely. However I don't see Florestan liking either of these productions. Out of the two, at least the Aix one doesn't look as though it is set in a seedy Bournemouth boarding house; and it is a much more interesting concept.
    Hmm. I'm a little lacking on my knowledge of seedy Bournemouth boarding houses. There are some things seedy that I have a bit of knowledge about but, um, only second-hand..

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    Wozzeck in English



    Does English help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Hmm. I'm a little lacking on my knowledge of seedy Bournemouth boarding houses. There are some things seedy that I have a bit of knowledge about but, um, only second-hand..

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    Does English help?
    Yes it does thank you. I often don't bother with the plot of new-to-me operas, but Berg's music is so different from what i am used to listening to, that I felt I needed to follow along with the story to appreciate the music. It will never vie for a favorite but it's worthwhile to listen to. I have a recording in the original language which I'll try out next month.

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    Mozart: Magic Flute
    Conducted by Otto Klemperer.

    This recording lives up to its reputation. It is brilliant! This moves Magic Flute into second favorite Mozart opera, behind Cosi Fan Tutte. Admittedly, I find the plot of Don Giovanni more compelling, but opera has always been music first for me. Just a wonderful recording!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Wozzeck in English

    I went to see this a couple of years ago and watched it on YouTube with subtitles but didn't get a CD and I wish I had now. It was one of the most memorable performances I'd ever seen and I was cross with myself because I kept having to look at the surtitles. Simon Keenlyside and Karita Mattila starred.

    This scene lasted about six minutes and Simon never moved. I sat on the front row and try as I might I could not see his breathing tube.

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    Get the PaPe dvd!
    Oh yes! René Pape was a stunning Alcina!

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