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    So guys, who are your favorite Frickas?

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    Die Walküre is my favorite opera from the Ring's cycle, by far.

    In this moment, I think a very good option available is Stephanie Blythe. About historical singers: Kerstin Thorborg, Rita Gorr, Margarete Klose,... are my personal choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Die Walküre is my favorite opera from the Ring's cycle, by far.
    Agreed.

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    In this moment, I think a very good option available is Stephanie Blythe. About historical singers: Kerstin Thorborg, Rita Gorr, Margarete Klose,... are my personal choices.
    I like Christa Ludwig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    So guys, who are your favorite Frickas?
    She's on this recording: Waltraud Meier.

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    I'm with Amfortas: Christa Ludwig, all the way. In my experience, her combination of fury at having her authority defied with a strong undercurrent of erotic longing is unique, and her vocalism is gorgeous, especially on the Solti set.
    How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.


    The Merchant of Venice, V, i.

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    How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.


    The Merchant of Venice, V, i.

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    How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.


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    Tales of Hoffman x 2 (both Domingo)



    Sutherland sings all 3 female roles as does Gruberova....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Tales of Hoffman x 2 (both Domingo)



    Sutherland sings all 3 female roles as does Gruberova....
    I love both these recordings. Gruberova sings a subito pianissimo high D-flat in the second verse of the Doll Song that is not to be believed. I nearly had a stroke the first time I heard it. Absolutely beautiful.
    How far that little candle throws his beams!
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    The Merchant of Venice, V, i.

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    Dixit Dominus x 2
    First CD features Roberta Invernizzi, yesssssssssss


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    I was hunting around in my basement for something else, and found a box with some long lost recordings. I had forgotten I had this, and totally forgot how good it is:

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    I hadn't heard this before and was pleasantly surprised. No question that Rienzi is not why people listen to Wagner, but it nonetheless has some wonderful music and it is easy to get a sense of how Wagner developed. This particular recording is well done, although Rene Kollo's trouble with higher notes is present even in 1974. Maybe call it a guilty pleasure?

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    Oh yeah - Although I haven't listened to them yet - but, for what it's worth, here's what else (besides some old rock recordings) was in the box:

    Tristan und Isolde Böhm/Nilsson/Windgassen/Ludwig/Talvela - Bayreuther Festspiele 1966

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    Don Carlo Solti/Bergonzi/Tebaldi/Ghiaurov/Fischer-Dieskau/Bumbry - Orchestra and Chorus of the ROH, Covent Garden

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    Lakme Bonynge/Sutherland/Vanzo/Bacquier - Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo

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    Der Rosenkavalier Bernstein/Ludwig/Gwyneth Jones/Walter Berry/Popp/Domingo - Vienna Philharmonic

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    Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos Alfred Brendel with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Levine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    Later, I listened to this new acquistion:

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    I hadn't heard this before and was pleasantly surprised. No question that Rienzi is not why people listen to Wagner, but it nonetheless has some wonderful music and it is easy to get a sense of how Wagner developed. This particular recording is well done, although Rene Kollo's trouble with higher notes is present even in 1974. Maybe call it a guilty pleasure?
    Working my way through this at the moment. It's great marching music
    Natalie

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