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Clayton
December 9th, 2013, 10:56 PM
So 2013 is almost gone, lost, past, missed, a smack in the face or just a symbol of the eternity of life... but I am sure we will all remember it for all the great times we had! :excitement:

What were your favourite CDs/DVDs(/any other format) releases this year? Tell us of your single favourite or your top 100, any number of your treasures that you wish to share...

My favourite is Belisario by Opera Rara. I haven't bought many CDs or DVDs released this year (actually only 0 DVDs) but I liked this the most. It was the first time I had heard the opera and I loved it; dramatic story and romantic characters portrayed by a great cast through wonderful music. Opera Rara is also my absolute favourite when it comes to presentation; a beautiful cover/case and booklet...

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I also loved the Antonini/Bartoli Norma recording. I am not technically knowledgeable to argue on the musical merits of a new Norma recording resurrected with much work by musicologists but I love this opera and I also love this interpretation. The orchestration and the character of the voices have given me another opera I love. Of course it is in a wonderful presentation...

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I would finally add something that doesn't quite fit with the rest of the tea cabinet, Written on Skin. Frankly speaking I think this genre of music is too sophisticated for my current tastes. However listening to this opera immediately took me to another place. The voice of Benjamin is strong, his composition invoking feelings that are so human yet not seen every day. I recognize this as a striking work of art but I struggle to hang it on my wall. It ultimately gains a place in the tea cabinet for the performance of Barbara Hannigan.

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Amfortas
December 10th, 2013, 12:04 AM
I've been quite frugal this year, but very much enjoyed this production:

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An effective Regie staging, with the formidable Kristine Opolais and Artur Ruciński. Had a lovely evening sharing it with some friends who are otherwise not big opera buffs.

Soave_Fanciulla
December 10th, 2013, 03:12 AM
I've listened to this over and over since getting it.

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Very good atmospheric recording.

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You can't go wrong with Na´ve Vivaldi and this is a star cast.

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For recitals the two Kaufmann recordings - particularly the Verdi, are tops for me this year. I simply can't wait to hear Kaufmann in Otello.

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Also enjoyed these

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Soave_Fanciulla
December 10th, 2013, 03:22 AM
Lots of good DVDs this year. My favourites:

Christopher Maltman and Sarah Connolly combine to make this the most searing Lucretia imaginable, with a good unobtrusive direction that lets the action speak for itself.

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Can't think of anyone who could sing the role of Paul better than Klaus Florian Vogt, and the direction very effectively introduces Bruges-La-Morte into the action. I adore this opera.

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The star of this really charming production is the fully functional baroque theatre where it takes place. A gem

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A souvenir of a great experience with OL friends, and also a different experience from being in the house.

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Hockney's designs based on Hogarth's prints, and a fresh young cast including Miah Persson and Topi Lehtipuu, so something for everyone.

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Love the silent cinema take on this Fanciulla, and Nina Stemme and John Lundgren (playing Rance) are utterly fantastic

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Soave_Fanciulla
December 10th, 2013, 03:26 AM
I also loved the Antonini/Bartoli Norma recording. I am not technically knowledgeable to argue on the musical merits of a new Norma recording resurrected with much work by musicologists but I love this opera and I also love this interpretation. The orchestration and the character of the voices have given me another opera I love. Of course it is in a wonderful presentation...

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Yes, I enjoyed this very much, Anything that replaces a soprano with a mezzo in the title role is a winner in my book automatically anyway. I really like John Osborn's more lyrical Pollione here - I hate shouters in this part (cough cough Mario del Monaco)