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    Yes, the Karajan Turandot is indeed beautiful. Even Ricciarelli as Turandot is good! Doming, the sound, the orchestra and Hendricks superb Lui top it off. Well done Karajan!

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    From what I remember, the ice hockey thing in the Munich Turandot was something about public entertainment and bread and circus and things. I don't really remember it.
    And while I liked Yonghoon Lee, I kind of felt he just sang through it, no characterisation on his part. Still, he was very impressive indeed. But really, the greatest thing about that show was the Turandot of Irene Theorin.

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    It's true. Lee has a great voice, but I felt the same way when I saw Carmen. He's not as.expressive as you wish he could be. If he manages to figure that out or develops into it, he could be something else. His voice is amazing live though. It's like a blade. I think, better than he sounds on recordings actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    It's true. Lee has a great voice, but I felt the same way when I saw Carmen. He's not as.expressive as you wish he could be. If he manages to figure that out or develops into it, he could be something else. His voice is amazing live though. It's like a blade. I think, better than he sounds on recordings actually.
    I agree it's all a bit samey. This would be more problematic for a character like Don Jose, who has to develop and change throughout the opera, than for Calaf who is just a monomaniac dominated by obsessive love.
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    I think Lee did a good job. His voice is unusual but for me it lacks that real spinto edge that someone like Corelli, Giacomini or Del Monaco had. Mind, not sure who around today can sing Calaf well?

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    Callas seemed to be in particularly good voice for this -

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    Abbado's Lohengrin. meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    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
    i really like the 59. i think Callas was awesome in it.
    and i loved Tagliavinni too.
    but like all those old classic recordings
    there are so many cuts!!!
    ahhh, drives me crazy.
    if they ever re release the RCA Lucia with Moffo and Bergonzi, grab it.
    its awesome and UNCUT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Abbado's Lohengrin. meh.
    Is it the audio recording with Jerusalem, Studer, Meier, and Moll? I'm rather fond of that one, myself . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Callas seemed to be in particularly good voice for this -
    One of the very first EMI studio recordings made by Maria right after she signed her EMI contract 1953, a great one for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    i really like the 59. i think Callas was awesome in it.
    and i loved Tagliavinni too.
    but like all those old classic recordings
    there are so many cuts!!!
    ahhh, drives me crazy.
    if they ever re release the RCA Lucia with Moffo and Bergonzi, grab it.
    its awesome and UNCUT.
    You grab any Moffo studio recording from 1960s available and you will be well rewarded, consistently great artist during that time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Abbado's Lohengrin. meh.
    There are some more desireable versions led by Kempe from early 1960s now at mid price.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    There are some more desireable versions led by Kempe from early 1960s now at mid price.....

    yeah, i'm a Lohengrin lover. i have the Kempe which is great, the Solti which is great, the Karajan which is great and the Sawallisch which is great.
    i was somewhat disappointed in the Abbado. his act endings fall a little short imho. the digital sound is great though. i'll keep it. next one i'll be getting is the Leinsdorf for Konya and the complete text.

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    Callas 1959 stereo Gioconda, what a performance featuring a young Fiorenza Cossotto and Piero Cappuccilli as the most vile villian Barnaba. Gioconda was actually one of Callas favorite roles, Maria said in interviews the last act is her most accomplished recorded work and hearing the towering "suicidio" aria here who am I to argue......

    There is an earlier 1952 Callas Gioconda originally on Cetra label also conducted by Votto, Feodra Barbieri replaces Cossotto here although overall I prefer the 1959 above

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