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    This very well may be my favorite Sonnambula:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    It's been a day or two - so:


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    Awesome cast - awesome recording. It was amazing once I stopped to listen:

    Leontyne Price
    Placido Domingo
    Sherril Milnes
    Fiorenza Cossotto


    Then, despite my better judgement:


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    Not to be confused with Vinci's version. I'm not sure what it was about Artaxerxes that was so fascinating to baroque composers but, anyway, composer Thomas Arne was not about to pose any competition for his (roughly) contemporary Georg Friedrich Handel. It might have been an off day for me, but I found this to be a rather dreary affair. Not to mention that it is in English and full of "thees and thous". Yikes.

    Back to Earth today:

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    Birgit Nilsson
    Wolfgang Windgassen
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Theo Adam

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    Gounod: Cinq-Mars
    One of those little known operas that benefitted from a recent revival and some pretty packaging. I'm listening and enjoying it a lot, it's very delectably French sounding.

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    I have 9 complete Rings:
    Solti
    Sawallisch 1989
    Swarowsky 1968
    Goodall sung in English
    Levine 1988
    Barenboim
    Krauss
    Janowaki
    Neuhold

    Barenboim just came the other day and I got about half way through Rheingold and quit. Went back to my absolute favorite. It is not that Barenboim is not good but it does not seem to have the same life that Sawallisch has. None of the others satisfy like this one (can also find the whole thing on You Tube but no subtitles):



    My second favorite is Swarowsky 1968 as it is a very good, yet obscure, Ring. I'll give Barenboim another try sometime.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I'm glad to read your assessment of Barenboim's Ring. I heard him conduct the Ring in 2013 and was heartily disappointed. I've seen Barenboim conduct many times since - sometimes he rises to the occasion, but generally I think he's overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I'm glad to read your assessment of Barenboim's Ring. I heard him conduct the Ring in 2013 and was heartily disappointed. I've seen Barenboim conduct many times since - sometimes he rises to the occasion, but generally I think he's overrated.
    Well, I did not give it much of a go and I am told by others that it is pretty good. It also is supposed to be live as there is a DVD of it. Seek more opinions before totally writing it off as I am by no means qualified and my personal preferences play in, especially my love for no other than Behrens for Brunnhilde lying in the back of my mind. I am going to try to do some comparative listening, and with the Ring it has to be broken down. So I'll start with just Rheingold (a very managable sized work) and listen to these sets next:

    Solti
    Levine 1988
    Barenboim
    Krauss

    In spite of Levine having Behrens Brunnhilde, I preferred the live Sawallisch Behrens Brunhilde. At any rate, I think with the Ring (and perhaps most opera), all else equal, live is preferred to studio.
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    Verdi Un Ballo in Mascera- Conducted by Leinsdorf

    This (IMHO) underrated Verdi opera is well known to me now, but this recording is not. I bought about two or three months ago in my Leontyne Price obsessive period but have over-listened to other recordings of this opera so I set it aside for later. I'm also happy to have it for Carlo Bergonzi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post

    Verdi Un Ballo in Mascera- Conducted by Leinsdorf

    This (IMHO) underrated Verdi opera is well known to me now, but this recording is not. I bought about two or three months ago in my Leontyne Price obsessive period but have over-listened to other recordings of this opera so I set it aside for later. I'm also happy to have it for Carlo Bergonzi.
    After reading this post this morning I couldn't wait to hear Un ballo in maschera so thank you Sonata!

    I have several versions but this is what I listened to during my slog to the supermarket and back.


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    After reading this post this morning I couldn't wait to hear Un ballo in maschera so thank you Sonata!

    I have several versions but this is what I listened to during my slog to the supermarket and back.

    Glad I could inspire your listening!!!
    I decided to listen again already myself This time, the Abaddo


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    Not been listening to Opera as much recently (university work) though continue to mess around and re-listen to this a lot (everyday different parts)
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    Definitely top quality Verdi!!!!

    Have also been dipping in and out of this after having been somewhat neglecting it for a while

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    I have the Abbado Un Ballo In Maschera but would definitely recommend

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    Un Ballo in Maschera is underrated even if it is among the top 30 or 40 operas performed worldwide it ranks among Verdi's very very best. I remain confused as to why it is not performed as often as Il Trovatore or Rigoletto (or even Nabucco and Aida). Definitely one of my favourite Verdi operas!!!
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Not been listening to Opera as much recently (university work) though continue to mess around and re-listen to this a lot (everyday different parts)

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    Definitely top quality Verdi!!!!
    Opera is definitely a good way to relax and to restore brain function!



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    I have the Abbado Un Ballo In Maschera but would definitely recommend

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    Un Ballo in Maschera is underrated even if it is among the top 30 or 40 operas performed worldwide it ranks among Verdi's very very best. I remain confused as to why it is not performed as often as Il Trovatore or Rigoletto (or even Nabucco and Aida). Definitely one of my favourite Verdi operas!!!
    I have that one too. Love it.

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    Yes, I own that one too my First Un Ballo. I really enjoy Pavarotti's characterization of Riccardo

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    Verdi- La Forza Del Destino. Conducted by James Levine, with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Underrated Mozart and a very good recording!

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