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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    After two Tristan Und Isoldes back to back, I was ready for something light and elegant. Enter the French Baroque!
    Lully: Psyche
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    On a road trip. Started this at 10 am, drove 500 miles...
    wow... I can't imagine driving 500 miles.

    If I drive 500 miles in England, I'll fall off the edge of the country and land in whatever's on the otherside of the edge long before I reach that number.

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    As I stated in the Verdi ranking thread I thought that Falstaff would move up my rankings and it already has after listening to it through a second time after the first watch of the mets 2013 production with this recording.*

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    I was happy this recording existed as I have never hidden the fact that I am fond of many of the principles (Gobbi, Barbieri, Panerai etc) in addition I am fond of Karajan's interpretation of Il Trovatore and he does just as good a job here. An excellent recording which has further convinced me that Falstaff was more than a worthy last opera for Verdi.

    *Probably moving to 8th place above Boccanegra, Miller and Forza quite possibly being on equal pegging with Macbeth for the time being and addictive enough that I haven't been able to stop listening to it like Ernani!
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    wow... I can't imagine driving 500 miles.

    If I drive 500 miles in England, I'll fall off the edge of the country and land in whatever's on the otherside of the edge long before I reach that number.
    Interior, South Dakota (Badlands Nat. Park), to Spring Valley in southeast Minnesota.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I just saw some pictures of Badlands National Park on the interweb. That's a pretty cool looking place to drive through whilst listening to Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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    Verdi: Nabucco
    From the Chandos Opera in English series, one of my favorite from the series.

    My listening today is notable for the fact that I am home alone and therefore I am playing the music on my stereo....which usually gathers dust. It is highly enjoyable and I'm playing the music perhaps a bit loud just because I can. It just fills my living room

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    And more Lully to come!! I also own: Atys, Thesee, and Armide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I just saw some pictures of Badlands National Park on the interweb. That's a pretty cool looking place to drive through whilst listening to Der Ring des Nibelungen.
    Yes. A perfect landscape for the Ring. We (wife, son & I) hiked about 7 miles of trails. Am going through same ring again today into tomorrow. Love Behrens' Brunhilde and Sawallisch has a great Hagen. Live performance too.

    Drove 220 miles today and stopped at 3 historic sites, 2 including guided tours (Laura Ingalls Wilder sites). Another 460 tomorrow and will be home.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Last night I listened to Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova, a beautiful opera! From my Mackerras Janacek opera box. This means I've heard all of Janacek's operas now


    This morning, some spritely Haydn to get my day going: Orlando Paladino, conducted by Nicklaus Harnoncourt


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    Sounds like you're having a memorable time Florestan, glad to hear it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Yes. A perfect landscape for the Ring. We (wife, son & I) hiked about 7 miles of trails. Am going through same ring again today into tomorrow. Love Behrens' Brunhilde and Sawallisch has a great Hagen. Live performance too.

    Drove 220 miles today and stopped at 3 historic sites, 2 including guided tours (Laura Ingalls Wilder sites). Another 460 tomorrow and will be home.
    I love the idea of you enjoying the Ring together with your family in the car!

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    Some fine walking weather here - usually unheard of in August in Washington, DC - so listened to:


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    I'm always struck by the fine ensemble singing on this recording - enough for me to forgive the numerous squally high notes from Eva Mei. Also features some great tenor singing - always important with Rossini.

    Then, after finishing the walk:

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    I admit that as good as Bartoli is on this recording that I still prefer Marilyn Horne on the otherwise severely cut recording on Nuovo Era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Last night I listened to Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova, a beautiful opera! From my Mackerras Janacek opera box. This means I've heard all of Janacek's operas now
    Now that people here have tempted me into buying the Gergiev Prokofiev opera box, the Mackerras Janáček is on the horizon.

    After that, I'll have all the music ever written, and will be able to stop.

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    I thought I would throw in a clip of Samuel Ramey singing Argante's entrance "Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto" from Rinaldo as a teaser:




    The photo is Ramey in the Met production from the early 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Now that people here have tempted me into buying the Gergiev Prokofiev opera box, the Mackerras Janáček is on the horizon.

    After that, I'll have all the music ever written, and will be able to stop.
    That's what friends are for!

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    Speaking of opera boxes, I am SORELY tempted to buy Rameau's opera box while it's on sale on Presto. But I told myself no more buying for now. So when I get a purchase impulse I tell myself that I don't need to buy, I just need to listen to something similar that I already own. Well I already have at least a half dozen French Baroque operas. So I am currently listening to Lully: Armide


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Speaking of opera boxes, I am SORELY tempted to buy Rameau's opera box while it's on sale on Presto. But I told myself no more buying for now.
    You can get it slightly cheaper, at everyday prices, from Amazon third-party sellers.

    EDIT: Oh crap! There I go again: one more added to my list!
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