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    I splurged on the full Bach Cantata Set a couple of weeks ago, but failed to understand there would be 71 CDs. 71 CDS are a lot of CDs. 71 CDs that need to be downloaded into my iTunes library! Although my iMac came with 1TB of storage, I am fearful what downloading these will do to the balance of memory (I was about to say my memory, but that would be a different thread...).

    Anyway, I started this morning because, well, it's Sunday - so some Bach Cantatas seem appropriate:


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    My listening this morning (before the cricket started)

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    Barbara Strozzi: Arias & cantatas Op. 8
    Emanuela Galli (soprano)
    La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni
    Recorded Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano November 2000

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    I love Sylvia McNair.


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    This is wonderful! For his disc of French opera arias, JK has recorded a number of selections that have personal significance for him, so we finally get to hear him in roles that injury (Gounod’s Roméo) or illness (Berlioz’s Enée) forced him to withdraw from. His “Ah, lève-toi soleil” is beautifully sung, and it’s unfortunate that he’s now probably past the point where he’d really be suitable vocally for Roméo. However, we can hope that some leading international house may yet offer him the chance to appear in Les Troyens. Along with the familiar pieces are the less well-known arias from Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys and Thomas’ Mignon, and they’re really lovely. A few people may carp that a couple of pieces here – Don José’s Flower Song and Werther’s “Pourquoi me réveiller” – were already included on one of his earlier discs, but they do allow one to hear how his thoughts about a character have developed over the years. He has excellent partners in the duets from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and Massenet’s Manon in Ludovic Tézier and Sonya Yoncheva.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    This is wonderful! For his disc of French opera arias, JK has recorded a number of selections that have personal significance for him, so we finally get to hear him in roles that injury (Gounod’s Roméo) or illness (Berlioz’s Enée) forced him to withdraw from. His “Ah, lève-toi soleil” is beautifully sung, and it’s unfortunate that he’s now probably past the point where he’d really be suitable vocally for Roméo. However, we can hope that some leading international house may yet offer him the chance to appear in Les Troyens. Along with the familiar pieces are the less well-known arias from Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys and Thomas’ Mignon, and they’re really lovely. A few people may carp that a couple of pieces here – Don José’s Flower Song and Werther’s “Pourquoi me réveiller” – were already included on one of his earlier discs, but they do allow one to hear how his thoughts about a character have developed over the years. He has excellent partners in the duets from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and Massenet’s Manon in Ludovic Tézier and Sonya Yoncheva.
    Enjoying this too.
    Natalie

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    Natalie

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    How did you like Flórez's Mozart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    How did you like Flórez's Mozart?
    Well it's all very perfect and carefully sung, but it's a bit lacking in humanity.
    Natalie

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    Wanted to see how much Flórez's voice has changed since he started out.



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    I wonder what's up with Erato suddenly switching to the German spelling? Up until this month they used only Handel.

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    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate Pueri & Confitebor
    Julia Lezhneva (soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
    I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis

    The two voices blend beautifully together.



    Duos for countertenors

    Filippo Mineccia (alto), Raffaele Pé (alto)
    La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina

    After a bit of a dull start this programme gets rather lovely, with some beautiful contemplative arias.

    Natalie

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