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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 2nd, 2012, 05:17 AM
The organized threads below are specifically for reviews, although you're more than welcome to reply to fellow members' reviews, make comments, engage in light humor, etc.

But if you're about to post something that is not at all related to a review but *is* related to recordings on audio/video media, then rather post it here, to keep the review threads focused.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Aksel
February 21st, 2012, 02:10 PM
OMG! WANTZ!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrslt2YVOsY&feature=context&context=G266aa26FAAAAAAAAAAA

Schigolch
February 21st, 2012, 02:42 PM
You know the Canal 33 TV broadcast is available on youtube, don't you?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5GkbIORaNs

Aksel
February 21st, 2012, 03:56 PM
No, I didn't! Thanks a bunch, Schigloch!

Soave_Fanciulla
February 21st, 2012, 05:41 PM
No, I didn't! Thanks a bunch, Schigloch!

Go and have a look at the complete operas on youtube thread, Aksel. I posted this a couple of weeks ago. There might be some other treasures that you will like (I recommend the Rinaldo)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 6th, 2012, 12:03 AM
What has been your most terrible video direction experience?
For me, it's this one, with the camera constantly going from stage to pit and vice-versa every 3 to 10 seconds during the entire opera, to the point of causing nausea. Unbelievable!

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41rbL5NkKtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Soave_Fanciulla
March 6th, 2012, 02:54 AM
I have three:

Too much backstage business destroying the magic and interrupting the flow. Infuriating

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KtANSrqAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Never shows anyone but a heavily sweating Peter Seiffert, no matter who is singing.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4168SqG3W3L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Consistently cuts off the dancers' legs in this ballet-heavy opera.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51R50QS34GL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

I'd like to line them all up against a wall and and....:fish4:

myaskovsky2002
March 19th, 2012, 08:17 PM
Well...not really...But I bought the Ring by Mehta, not so far from Star wars...Furtheremore, Blu Ray, plenty of special effects and gadgets...This completes my Ring Collection: 4 conductors on CD (Solti, Krauss, Fürtwangler, Barenboim), and my 3 DVDs: James Levine, Barenboim, Mehta (Blu Ray). I am soooooooooooooo happy!

I love the Ring, I use it for my treadmill...I saw Barenboim complete (I finished two weeks ago), now James Levine (I started last week) still with the very first opera (the gold),

Sincerely,

Martin

AmericanGesamtkunstwerk
April 27th, 2012, 09:15 AM
Can there be a thread devoted towards "cineopera" ?

I think filmed operas are a very special thing, almost a sub-media unto itself. Sometimes I see in a plethora of taped stagings, a bonafide cineopera thrown in there and it can bug me that it's not seen as any different.

I'm having an especially tough time tracking down this guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osy8zDvPyfQ

Aksel
April 27th, 2012, 02:42 PM
Let us praise some kind of sky fairy, because the Glyndebourne Theodora has been released on CD!

We can now enjoy the amazingness that is Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Dawn Upshaw and David Daniels on the go!

http://glyndebourne.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product/theodora.caseresized.jpg

treemaker
May 26th, 2012, 09:52 PM
Seattle Opera is doing Poulenc's "La Voix Humaine" paired with Puccini's "Suor Angelica" this season. I'm in the market for productions on DVD. I consulted Amazon.com. "La Voix" is often paired with Menotti's "The Telephone". Obviously "Suor Angelica" is part of "Il Trittico".

Does anyone have favorites of these two operas?

Thanks,
Scott

Aksel
May 26th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Seattle Opera is doing Poulenc's "La Voix Humaine" paired with Puccini's "Suor Angelica" this season.

Yowza. That sounds like a real bucket of laughs.

treemaker
May 26th, 2012, 10:09 PM
I know, huh? I don't know either opera, but it sounds like red wine with fish to me. :D

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
Both are very dark and gloomy one-act operas, so it's reasonable to pair them.
I like La Voix Humaine. It's an interesting slice of life. I've never liked overdramatic and hyper-religious Suor Angélica. I much prefer the other two Trittico operas, the Verismo-like Il Tabarro with its cinematic score, and the very funny Gianni Schicchi.

Soave_Fanciulla
July 13th, 2012, 05:09 AM
Presto classical are having a massive clearance on DVD (mainly TDK) with some ridiculous prices - up to 80% off!

Festat
July 13th, 2012, 05:17 AM
Jesus Christ, I'm broke.

Aksel
July 13th, 2012, 07:50 AM
Presto classical are having a massive clearance on DVD (mainly TDK) with some ridiculous prices - up to 80% off!


Nat, I just want you to know that I am holding you solely responsible for my forthcoming financial ruin. That is all.

Ann Lander (sospiro)
July 13th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Presto classical are having a massive clearance on DVD (mainly TDK) with some ridiculous prices - up to 80% off!

:scold:

Ann Lander (sospiro)
September 8th, 2012, 05:33 PM
According to the information on Amazon this Eugene Onegin (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tchaikovsky-Eugene-Onegin-DVD-NTSC/dp/B004F29WKS/ref=sr_1_9?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1347125043&sr=1-9) is sung in Castillian

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JLVuAZtLL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


and this one (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eugene-Onegin-DVD-Maria-Gavrilova/dp/B0007DHPNK/ref=sr_1_12?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1347125043&sr=1-12)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Cq3XIJCdL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


Is that correct? Castillian and not Russian?

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 9th, 2012, 12:22 PM
According to the information on Amazon this Eugene Onegin (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tchaikovsky-Eugene-Onegin-DVD-NTSC/dp/B004F29WKS/ref=sr_1_9?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1347125043&sr=1-9) is sung in Castillian

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JLVuAZtLL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


and this one (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eugene-Onegin-DVD-Maria-Gavrilova/dp/B0007DHPNK/ref=sr_1_12?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1347125043&sr=1-12)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Cq3XIJCdL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


Is that correct? Castillian and not Russian?

While I don't know these products, in my opinion there are overwhelming chances that they are sung in Russian. The product description for the first one says: "The gifted singers are so secure in their command of the Russian idiom that the music's inner content, its lyrismo, is constantly at the fore." Besides, these being Bolshoi performances, I doubt they're not sung in Russian.

Often when the DVD language says "Castillian" or any other language, what they mean is that the menu language for the navigation entries is Castillian, not that the opera is sung in Castillian. Or else, they list the first option that comes on the DVD for the menu language. These "language" entries on Amazon are really not accurate at all, and shouldn't be seen as indicative of the sung language for the opera itself.

Tardis
May 20th, 2013, 08:05 PM
By that, I mean, on sonic character only, not necessarily performance-wise.

Tardis
May 20th, 2013, 09:08 PM
What are rare recordings that opera lovers haven't but should hear?

Dark_Angel
May 21st, 2013, 08:13 PM
By that, I mean, on sonic character only, not necessarily performance-wise.

I am getting incredibly clear finely detailed sound from the Naive label Vivaldi operas and the Harmonia Mundi label Mozart operas by Rene Jacobs

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QeOuAvKPL._SX300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61rqml4raxL._SX300_.jpg

Ann Lander (sospiro)
August 26th, 2013, 05:32 PM
Meyerbeer’s Dinorah ou le Pardon de Ploërmel

After this review (http://operaramblings.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/my-darling-goat/) I've just got to see it!!

Hoffmann
August 26th, 2013, 09:46 PM
Nothing like a few sheep and goats to liven up a late summers day! Be sure to report back...

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 27th, 2013, 12:29 AM
Meyerbeer’s Dinorah ou le Pardon de Ploërmel

After this review (http://operaramblings.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/my-darling-goat/) I've just got to see it!!

In my opinion Dinorah is Meyerbeer's best opera. I'm fully aware that others get much more diffusion but I think this opera's score is his best. Enjoy!

PS - This reviewer says "The music is typical Meyerbeer. i.e. it’s all over the place" - that's actually in my opinion not true. The overture is very good, the aria Ombre Légère is one of the best he's ever composed (compelling coloratura piece with a sort of waltzy feel), and unlike his other stuffy and overblown works, Dinorah is light, funny, full of rhythm and life, and not boring. It is good exactly because it is *not* typical Meyerbeer. This opera premiered in 1859, towards the end of the composer's life (it was his penultimate opera), and what we see at work is an experienced musician at the peak of his powers who reformed some of his own ways.

Let's listen to Natalie Dessay's truly spectacular (agile, light, ethereal) version of Ombre Légère:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSNwU1SsqBk

Clayton
December 28th, 2013, 04:37 PM
I saw this in a charity shop window this morning for GBP 20, the box still shiny and in an almost new condition. Whilst I was only briefly tempted, the more I look at the contents, the greater a bargain I think some buyer is going to get!

3192

Giuseppe Verdi: The Great Operas [La Traviata (Caballe, Bergonzi, Milnes, Pretre); Il Trovatore (Price, Cossotto, Domingo, Milnes, Giaiotti, Mehta); Rigoletto (Popp, Takacs, Aragall, Weikl, Rootering, Gardell); Aida (Price, Bumbry, Domingo, Milnes, Raimondi, Leinsdorf); Simon Boccanegra (Ricciarelli, Domingo, Cappuccilli, Raimondi, Gavazzeni); Un Ballo in Maschera (Price, Verrett, Grist, Bergonzi, Merrill, Leinsdorf); Otello (Rysanek, Vickers, Gobbi, Serafin); Macbeth (Rysanek, Bergonzi, Warren, Hines, Leinsdorf); Ernani (Price, Bergonzi, Sereni, Flagello, Schippers); Luisa Miller (Moffo, Verrett, Bergonzi, MacNeil, Flagello, Schippers); Falstaff (Sweet, Kaufmann, Quittmeyer, Horne, Lopardo, Titus, Panerai, Davis) ; La Forza Del Destino (Price, Verrett, Tucker, Merrill, Tozzi, Flagello, Schippers)]

MAuer
December 28th, 2013, 06:33 PM
The cast list for Falstaff grabbed my attention until I realized that "Kaufmann" must refer to Ana Maria, not Jonas. :sarcastic:

JohnGerald
August 26th, 2014, 12:40 PM
Some of the C Major "Tutto Verdi" series were filmed in the Teatro Giuseppi Verdi. Atilla is one.

Ann Lander (sospiro)
August 26th, 2014, 03:13 PM
Some of the C Major "Tutto Verdi" series were filmed in the Teatro Giuseppi Verdi. Atilla is one.

:dejection:

You mean this (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tutto-Verdi-Complete-Operas-DVD/dp/B009P6PAM8/ref=sr_1_3?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1409065841&sr=1-3&keywords=tutto+verdi)?

:dejection:

http://www.mdt.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/VERDI-Tutto-The-Complete-Operas-C-Major-Limited-Edition.jpg

:dejection:

Looks like I'm going to have to get it eventually!!

Nekrotzar
September 2nd, 2014, 03:09 AM
Does anyone know if there are any complete recordings of Lucio Silla on period instruments? CD or DVD....

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 2nd, 2014, 03:45 AM
Does anyone know if there are any complete recordings of Lucio Silla on period instruments? CD or DVD....

Yes

Lucio Silla

Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 1989 (live composite recording)

Orchestra - Concentus Musicus Wien
Chorus - Arnold Schönberg Chor
Lucio Silla - Peter Schreier
Giunia - Edita Gruberova
Cecilio - Cecilia Bartoli
Celia - Dawn Upshaw
Cinna - Yvonne Kenny

Teldec CD, aslo available as part of the Mozart 250th birthday edition by Warner Classics

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LdziVO7CL._SX425_.jpg

Available on Amazon: [clicky (http://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Lucio-Silla-Wolfgang-Amadeus/dp/B000000SC2/)]

As for being complete, it is somewhat abridged, with 4 missing arias and some trimming of the recitatives. The running time is 154 minutes.

Adrian
June 23rd, 2015, 07:43 AM
Please excuse me if this is not the right topic but I let myself convince to buy a new multi player .
DVD and Blue ray, so the question is........where to start, I don't going down the road to replace all my discs.
To make myself looks like a snob ... I don't really like the package of blue ray but that aside....
Where to go next?

Clayton
June 23rd, 2015, 08:44 AM
Please excuse me if this is not the right topic but I let myself convince to buy a new multi player .
DVD and Blue ray, so the question is........where to start, I don't going down the road to replace all my discs.
To make myself looks like a snob ... I don't really like the package of blue ray but that aside....
Where to go next?

My plan would be to visit your favourite department store (physically or electronically) like in the UK John Lewis

http://www.johnlewis.com/browse/electricals/dvd-blu-ray-home-cinema-sound-bars/_/N-akq

and get a rough idea of spending plan and what kind of device I like the looks of (I think looks are important for a large device that you are going to share your home and love with)

and what the prices are. Then to understand what the differences in performances are, I want to go to consult an organization dedicated to comparing these (understanding that they may have other interests like sponsorship) like What hi fi

http://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/best-blu-ray-players-2015

Armed with a better understanding of what I want, I can adjust my spending plan accordingly. Then if I understand that for my intended spending plan the differences in performance are minimal, I will just choose the model I like the looks of and check prices with different vendors (but only purchase from those that are trusted!).

Of course during this I would continue to keep forum members posted on progress!

Adrian
June 23rd, 2015, 11:34 AM
My plan would be to visit your favourite department store (physically or electronically) like in the UK John Lewis

http://www.johnlewis.com/browse/electricals/dvd-blu-ray-home-cinema-sound-bars/_/N-akq

and get a rough idea of spending plan and what kind of device I like the looks of (I think looks are important for a large device that you are going to share your home and love with)

and what the prices are. Then to understand what the differences in performances are, I want to go to consult an organization dedicated to comparing these (understanding that they may have other interests like sponsorship) like What hi fi

http://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/best-blu-ray-players-2015

Armed with a better understanding of what I want, I can adjust my spending plan accordingly. Then if I understand that for my intended spending plan the differences in performance are minimal, I will just choose the model I like the looks of and check prices with different vendors (but only purchase from those that are trusted!).

Of course during this I would continue to keep forum members posted on progress!


Thank you for the advice, I do have a store where I buy all my equipment, that's not the problem
(get even a reasonable discount as valued customer)
My problem is that I don't want to go buying DVD's I already own in Blue Ray.
Being their, done that from L.P to CD and from Tape to DVD.
I think I just have to look at new recordings on blue ray from now on.

JohnGerald
June 23rd, 2015, 01:53 PM
Thank you for the advice, I do have a store where I buy all my equipment, that's not the problem
(get even a reasonable discount as valued customer)
My problem is that I don't want to go buying DVD's I already own in Blue Ray.
Being their, done that from L.P to CD and from Tape to DVD.
I think I just have to look at new recordings on blue ray from now on.

Last year we moved to smaller quarters. As part of the downsizing, we got a flat screen HD TV. The old set didn't have the horsepower to display HD DVDs, but the new one does, so I ended up replacing many older DVDs with Blu ray, because the picture and sound are so dramatically better in Blu ray that the temptation was overwhelming.

(Of course, I am notoriously weak willed anyway ...)

Be warned about Blu ray.

Amfortas
June 23rd, 2015, 02:24 PM
My Blu ray player makes even my regular DVDs look better, so it's a worthwhile investment no matter what format you watch.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 23rd, 2015, 04:58 PM
Thank you for the advice, I do have a store where I buy all my equipment, that's not the problem
(get even a reasonable discount as valued customer)
My problem is that I don't want to go buying DVD's I already own in Blue Ray.
Being their, done that from L.P to CD and from Tape to DVD.
I think I just have to look at new recordings on blue ray from now on.

I don't think you need to throw away your DVDs. Blu-ray players can play both, and most modern DVDs are decent quality and I wouldn't spend money buying the exact same production on Blu-ray. I'd buy from now on, every production that interests you and comes in both formats, on Blu-ray. Besides, there are plenty of productions that exist on DVD but not on blu-ray so even if you wanted to replace your entire collection you wouldn't be able to, so you'll still have to live with DVDs even after you buy your blu-ray player.