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    Found this by chance today, I didn't remember I had it. Lovely music, especially the Salve Regina.

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    To celebrate Simon's return to good health.





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    Renée Fleming ; Poèmes.


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    Mine's supposed to arrive today. Can't wait!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Mine's supposed to arrive today. Can't wait!!
    Jonas was on BBC Breakfast this morning
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    This is a review from the Presto newsletter editor.
    Spot on!

    I don't think I can recall another new release which has received quite so much air-time in the Presto office, and not solely from my speakers (a few days after it arrived I was on the verge of rationing one of my colleagues to one track per day, and that only as a treat once deadlines had been met!).
    The roughly chronological selection of arias (including music from all of Puccini's operas barring Suor Angelica, for the very good reason that it contains no male roles) is split fairly equally between roles which Kaufmann has made his own over the past decade, and those which he's never sung on stage. Unlike his recent Verdi album, which featured several teasers of things to come, most of the latter are things he's unlikely to take on in a full production – the early operas Le Villi and Edgar get relatively few outings anyway, and few casting-directors would hire him as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi these days (the role's typically cast with an emerging lightish lyric tenor, though I love the hot-headed, slightly sardonic impetuosity that Kaufmann brings to his swaggering paean to the new, upwardly-mobile Florence).
    There are also a couple of roles which he's more or less retired from his stage repertoire: it's good to have his mature takes on Ruggero from La Rondine (one of his breakthrough roles) and Rodolfo (clearly a bit of a player here – his suggestion that he and Mimi skip pre-Christmas drinks with friends in favour of an early night comes off with the wry charm of one who knows he's pushing his luck). But where the disc really scores is in the true spinto roles in his current repertoire: the red-hot love-scene from Manon Lescaut is if anything even more scorching than it was at Covent Garden (the DVD of this production is out next month, incidentally), and Dick Johnson's baleful farewell to life and to Minnie from La fanciulla del West is also one of the stand-outs. And what of 'Nessun dorma', the aria which Kaufmann has regarded as a sort of holy of holies until now? Well, on this evidence Calaf could well be his greatest Puccini role of the lot, and the snapshot we get here left me itching to hear him sing it complete.
    Kaufmann may be an artist capable of immense interpretative subtlety, but as with his earlier discs of Verismo and Verdi he never short-changes in terms of the heart-on-sleeve theatricality that so much of this music demands. But this is no broad-brush one-size-fits-all sentimentality, and everything is done in the service of characterisation: the sobs in the voice as Pinkerton bids farewell to his glorified holiday-home in Japan underlines the feckless naval officer's melodramatic self-pity, and the breathless sotto voce as Des Grieux gets smacked by Cupid's arrow in the first track catches the young student's naïve ardour to perfection.
    You'd have to try pretty hard, I think, not to enjoy this disc immensely, at least if you modify your memory to erase any traces of Pavarotti (or indeed any of Kaufmann's brighter-voiced contemporaries such as Joseph Calleja and Roberto Alagna) in this repertoire: Puccini's tenor writing is often associated with a rather more 'golden' sound than Kaufmann's essentially coppery one, but once you adjust to that everything's glorious. Roll on tomorrow evening, when Kaufmann will surely share Calaf's triumph.

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    The Tallis Scholars are always great listening on a Sunday morning!


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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    The first one isn't properly a vocal album, it has only two or three vocal pieces sung by Bejun Mehta, but such exciting music!

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    I have purchased and given away several Messiah sets, and I own about 7 sets now, but I have never found one that I like as much as this one I am currently listening to. This was my very first Messiah, purchased in the mid 1980s on vinyl and repurchased a few years ago on CD:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I have purchased and given away several Messiah sets, and I own about 7 sets now, but I have never found one that I like as much as this one I am currently listening to. This was my very first Messiah, purchased in the mid 1980s on vinyl and repurchased a few years ago on CD:
    High praise indeed. It's fascinating how the version which first ignites our passion for a piece remains a favourite. Maybe if you'd heard another version first, you would not have the same feeling for Messiah.

    I've put it on the wish list.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    High praise indeed. It's fascinating how the version which first ignites our passion for a piece remains a favourite. Maybe if you'd heard another version first, you would not have the same feeling for Messiah.

    I've put it on the wish list.
    I think used copies are only a few dollars on A m a z o n. Yes, first listens have big influence, and I stick with those for this, Beethoven's Ninth (Fricsay) and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Ormandy). I did vary on my top Messiah for a while (preferring a Dublin version for a while), but am back to this one.

    EDIT: Changed the word A m a z o n because it seems Windows is making link automatically. I don't think this happens at home on my Linux OS.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    EDIT: Changed the word A m a z o n because it seems Windows is making link automatically. I don't think this happens at home on my Linux OS.
    It's one of the few ways this site can recoup costs, which are substantial and all come out of the private pocket of the owner Luiz Gazzola. So do him a favour and leave the link in - if people follow it he gets a few pennies from your purchase.

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