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    Doh!! I received L'Inco recently but have not...

    Doh!! I received L'Inco recently but have not listened to it yet. I should've at least perused the credits more closely. Thanks. Now I guess I need a seventh L'Orfeo.
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    I read a book on Shakespeare containing fairly...

    I read a book on Shakespeare containing fairly recent scholarship that made a good case for Emilia Lanier as the Dark Lady of the Sonnets. If she was the "ill-colored" mistress (meaning dark), then...
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    I don't believe I've heard anything recorded in...

    I don't believe I've heard anything recorded in the San Carlo church, but I've found that in general it's a good idea to record in a church because they have excellent acoustics for recording,...
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    That's actually an original and beguiling...

    That's actually an original and beguiling concept: Otello and Iago shouting at each other while atop a leafy tree. They already have the monkeys up there, but they may have problems with the goats...
  5. That's ok. Clever is good unless you're a...

    That's ok. Clever is good unless you're a konzept stage director. Endeavor to persevere!
  6. The one she married and divorced was Meneghini,...

    The one she married and divorced was Meneghini, the moderately wealthy and portly and middle aged Italian gentleman. With the shipping magnate she was never married, otherwise she would have died...
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    [Sigh] That's what I was afraid of, seeing the...

    [Sigh] That's what I was afraid of, seeing the late date of the recording. I bought it only because it was bundled with three other oratorios.
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    Sticky: Mis-Handeled by those who sent it to you with a...

    Mis-Handeled by those who sent it to you with a dodgy libretto. It was probably defaced by a descendant of that same opera company of nobles that gave Georgie Freddy so much trouble in his lifetime....
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    Sticky: It could also mean, however, that you may have...

    It could also mean, however, that you may have received a previously returned item. I would be very suspicious of the entire contents. Now someone else might receive a box set with that same...
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    Indietro! M'hai legato alla croce!

    Indietro! M'hai legato alla croce!
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    Tutti contra me, contra me... povero Rigoletto.. ...

    Tutti contra me, contra me... povero Rigoletto.. Tra la lala la la lala....
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    This went for a lower pricetag than a solo set of...

    This went for a lower pricetag than a solo set of the same Athalia. I'm learning. Not enough but I'm learning.

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    Hoffman!! What are you doing to me? Will it...

    Hoffman!! What are you doing to me? Will it ever end for me? Can't let go of the handle. I never even heard of Flavio, and now it's another on my neverending list of those that will haunt me...
  14. My favorite cd version is the 1955 Berlin Lucia:...

    My favorite cd version is the 1955 Berlin Lucia: Callas, di Stefano, HvK cond. Honorable mention to the Sutherland/Pavarotti, which includes the Wolf's Crag scene.

    The only video I like of this...
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    All fine singers here, particularly Lezhneva as...

    All fine singers here, particularly Lezhneva as Rossana, but I find that the two lead countertenors (Cencic, Sabata) challenge my ear to become used to a sound that is too close to falsetto in my...
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    Don't feel bad about it. For me it was 35 years...

    Don't feel bad about it. For me it was 35 years or so. Better late than never. Perhaps had I come to Wagner earlier I would not have appreciated him as much then as I do now.
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    Then I take it that you liked it somewhat. ...

    Then I take it that you liked it somewhat. :sarcastic:

    When it comes to the convoluted and ever-expanding authorship question, I say damn those theories! Poppea sounds like Monteverdi and to no...
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    I can't drive while listening to Bach. The...

    I can't drive while listening to Bach. The insistent, interweaving musical impulse always threatens to drive me off the road. I suspect Monteverdi and Cavalli (and whoever else had a hand in the...
  19. My favorite T&I cd is the 1952 studio recording...

    My favorite T&I cd is the 1952 studio recording conducted by Furtwangler, with Flagstad and Suthaus. My favorite video version (and by a long stretch) is the same Glyndebourne/Lehnoff/Stemme chosen...
  20. Same here. I just listened to it on Saturday. I...

    Same here. I just listened to it on Saturday. I particularly love the baroquey way that they pronounce 'reigneth' in the Hallelujah. Must have been some rehearsal sessions to achieve some of the...
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    I thought so, after watching a little bit of his...

    I thought so, after watching a little bit of his video of Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, which was wrong on many levels.
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    Indeed, you should have seen Treigle. The man...

    Indeed, you should have seen Treigle. The man was possessed (almost literally). He was certainly beset by demons. He died from "an overdose of sleeping pills" in a hotel room just two years after...
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    This one should arrive tomorrow. Got it just to...

    This one should arrive tomorrow. Got it just to make sure :tranquillity: My third digital Messiah. I also have a very old vinyl with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Yes, I know - was I ever that...
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    More than just one, surely...

    More than just one, surely...
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    I follow the exact same procedure. My concern is...

    I follow the exact same procedure. My concern is that cds from sources of which I'm not too sure might be warped, cracked, etc., and that would affect the listening experience whether it's coming...
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