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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    how is this recording? you might be talking me into getting it..
    What Martha recordings do you have now? If you have none, My highest recommendation is the one with Lucia Popp and Siegfried Jerusalem as the very best Martha on CD. Based on what you already have I can advise, but I found Edna Berger's voice a bit squeaky like a little girl. Just my opinion, and the sound quality is not first rate. I do believe that one is remastered and perhaps the best sound for the Berger set, which I discovered has releases with probably a dozen or more covers. In fact, I got mine in this set, which I believe is the same sound quality as the one I posted an image of:



    You can get this off of U.S. Amazon for $4.98 used VG by a seller that I think also lists on UK Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008ZL1X7A/

    But let me know what Martha's you have and I can better advise.
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    This for my schlep to town and back today. Lovely to re-visit an old favourite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Thanks. That is what I need to hear. I will sometimes find someone reminds me of someone else based on one characteristic and others don't see much similarity. For some reason I focus too much on a single trait and not the whole picture. Either way Kmentt is good. Now if Kaufmann would record Lyonel, but who would be Martha? Natalie Dessay? Again I just take wild guesses for I have no feel for the subtleties of individual voice, just the main categories. Perhaps Natalie not the right one. Hmmm, I know. Renee Fleming would be a perfect Martha (Lady Harriet).
    I actually thought Kmentt sounded like a lighter version of Vickers, but I suspect there are Vickers fans who would ask me what I've been smoking! I'd certainly like a recording of Martha with JK as Lyonel, perhaps with Genia Kühmeier as Martha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
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    Visit my new thread on Martha. I highly recommend you get one of the first two selections I list. They are very good sound quality and very good casts. You should be able to find a reasonably priced copy. Also the You Tube video I link at the end of that post is absolutely awesome! But you do not want the Berger set as your first one, it is not great sound quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Visit my new thread on Martha. I highly recommend you get one of the first two selections I list. They are very good sound quality and very good casts. You should be able to find a reasonably priced copy. Also the You Tube video I link at the end of that post is absolutely awesome! But you do not want the Berger set as your first one, it is not great sound quality.
    Always good information, thanks, poor sound quality is a dealbreaker for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Always good information, thanks, poor sound quality is a dealbreaker for me
    You ought to start with the You Tube video. You will fall in love with the opera from that. The Lucia Popp recording also is up on You Tube in its entirety and I posted it in my Martha thread so you can sample it. Not sure if Rothenburg is on YT, maybe in bits and pieces. Really can't go wrong with Popp/Jerusalem though.
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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Came in today's mail. Very good live performance.
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    This is a very nice Baroque opera, but for me it is lacking because there is no alto/mezzo role, so it seems to have a missing dimension. If only they only included a mezzo instead of that pesky countertenor. This recording is very well regarded in this review.
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    Sung in Italian
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    Conductor/orchestra: Marcello Viotti, Placenza Symphony Orchestra
    Chorus of the City of Como
    Cast: Mariella Devia, Luca Canonici, Giuseppe Riva, Alessandro Verducci, Laura Musella, Elisabetta Battaglia, Vittorio Gattozzi

    Been a while since I've listened to this. Love the music, but would still like to give Elvino a swift kick in his posterior!

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    Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Marschallin), Christa Ludwig (Octavian), Teresa Stich-Randall (Sophie), Otto Edelmann (Ochs), Eberhard Wächter (Faninal), Ljuba Welitsch (Marianne), Paul Kuen (Valzacchi/Tierhändler), Kerstin Meyer (Annina), Nicolai Gedda (Italian Singer)
    Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
    Recorded December 1956 Kingsway Hall, London

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