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    My favorite DVD Lucia along with 1953 studio Callas - Di Stephano CD set, we have a few Callas Lucias that are essential this being one of that group

    Callas signed her EMI contract in 1953 and quickly started producing a string of classic studio recordings with Stephano, Gobbi, Del Monaco and later Corelli

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    Soave would you rate the new Curtis Cesare as you favorite CD version now?

    I asked HC this question recently and he gave detailed favorable impression of set, but not sure if he was fully committed to declaring it his new reference.....Jacobs being the main competition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post

    Soave would you rate the new Curtis Cesare as you favorite CD version now?

    I asked HC this question recently and he gave detailed favorable impression of set, but not sure if he was fully committed to declaring it his new reference.....Jacobs being the main competition
    HC's review was brilliant. I go more on gut feel and I would say yes, mainly because I loved Lemieux and Gauvin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    My favorite DVD Lucia along with 1953 studio Callas - Di Stephano CD set, we have a few Callas Lucias that are essential this being one of that group

    Callas signed her EMI contract in 1953 and quickly started producing a string of classic studio recordings with Stephano, Gobbi, Del Monaco and later Corelli

    One thing leads to another more Lucia......1959 Serafin studio (stereo sound) and the legendary 1955 Karajan live. Too bad the 1959 did not feature Corelli whom she was often working with at that time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post

    Soave would you rate the new Curtis Cesare as you favorite CD version now?

    I asked HC this question recently and he gave detailed favorable impression of set, but not sure if he was fully committed to declaring it his new reference.....Jacobs being the main competition
    I would have both versions as very good benchmarks. I do prefer the Alan Curtis on recorded sound (the engineering was clearly better, a very big sound). The singing was top notch. I would prefer Derek Lee Ragin as Tolomeo and Babara Schlick as Cleopatra from the Rene Jacobs version. I guess the way to answer you question could be if a "newbie" wanted to buy one version to get to know this monumental work today here and now, I would recommend Alan Curtis' version because it is a new version and it is top notch overall.

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    I bought this based upon a recommendation I read on Arkivmusic, having been captured by their statement that Beverly Sills was still at the top of her form (1970) and that the mad scene includes the glass harmonica called for by Donizetti.

    I was looking to add a recording featuring someone other than Sutherland and Callas. I'm not crazy about it, but it might be that I need to adjust to a new and different voice.

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    I'm sure it is a fine CD. But that cover could also be posted in another long running thread here about cover appearances ...

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    The 2012 Turandot from Munich staged by the Fura dels Baus. Not sure about the ice hockey match at the beginning () but it was pretty spectacular. I really like Yonghoon Lee's Calaf, what a lovely voice and a handsome guy. And the way it finished with Liu's death - no inferior Alfano music to drag it out and spoil the effect. For a long time I had allowed my dislike of the principal characters to make me forget how amazing the music is. So I then listened to this, the highlight of which is the lovely Barbara Hendricks as Liu.



    Also have watched this:



    and from Youtube Acis and Galatea from Aix and a concert version of Domenico Scarlatti's "Ottavia Restituata"

    The library sent me this - a charming collection

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