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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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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. 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

    I love that recording! From DC's own Opera Lafayette and Ryan Brown!

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    Just arrived and is a wonderful recording:

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

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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.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    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.
    Much as I love Sam the Chest, this version is terribly heavy, slow and ponderous to my ears.
    Natalie

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    ^^^
    Talking of Sam The Chest, I listened to this today



    Nucci is just fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Discworld... makes so much sense

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    In the mood for some Russian opera, so I went with Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. Lovely!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    In the mood for some Russian opera, so I went with Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. Lovely!

    Absolutely fabulous (daaahling) and my charity shop find of the year. It's the finds like this one that happens occasionally that makes me pop in to the shop at least once a week!

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    There's also the Anna Netrebko recording which is also very good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Absolutely fabulous (daaahling) and my charity shop find of the year. It's the finds like this one that happens occasionally that makes me pop in to the shop at least once a week!

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    There's also the Anna Netrebko recording which is also very good
    'fraid I cheaped out and got the Hans Rotman Iolanta set which can be had for a dollar. Perhaps I am missing out?
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    ...Perhaps I am missing out?
    Armed with Florestan's attitude of "try anything that I think sounds interesting", I think surely not. I'm reading Florestan's posts to check I'm not missing out on something.

    If you did like the Iolanta, then I will recommend either or both of the Gergiev and Villaume productions though. I'm sure Florestan will be able to find a free sample somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Armed with Florestan's attitude of "try anything that I think sounds interesting", I think surely not. I'm reading Florestan's posts to check I'm not missing out on something.

    If you did like the Iolanta, then I will recommend either or both of the Gergiev and Villaume productions though. I'm sure Florestan will be able to find a free sample somewhere.
    Well I only listened to Iolanta a couple times. Need to give it another spin. Perhaps tonight. Scope out those other two recordings for deals. Actually, it is likely that what I need to get fired up over this opera is a DVD!

    Oooh, ooooh,oooh! I found one to watch with subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSn0qvYJsCs
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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    My first listen to Rossini's comic romp Il Turco in Italia, with Cecelia Bartoli and Ramon Vargas. Conducted by Chailly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post


    My first listen to Rossini's comic romp Il Turco in Italia, with Cecelia Bartoli and Ramon Vargas. Conducted by Chailly
    Now I know what I will listen to tonight. Have if from a library sale and only listened once. Worth another go.

    EDIT: Well I only got partway in and gave up. Just wasn't interesting me, but then I went to it's counterpart (also a low buck library get) and really am liking it a lot. Larmore's voice here is awesome:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I finished up Act III of Lohengrin from my walk the other day, because I couldn't stand not hearing "In fernem Land":


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    Every time I listen to this, I know why I love it so much: Jess Thomas' clarion singing, Elizabeth Grümmer's effortless and expressive Elsa and DFD's Telramund. Oh, and Rudolf Kempe's perfectly paced conducting.


    Then, it was time for something completely different:


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