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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Is it good? I'm tempted. Ever since Strassberger's interview and our recent Regie discussions, stage direction has interested me more and more.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Just started to read it, too early to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Just started to read it, too early to say.
    Just to complete the dialogue for the benefit of other readers: I asked Schigolch by PM for his full opinion on this Carsen book once he finished it, and apparently the book is boring, so, I'm passing.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A very good book, centered on the history of singing at Teatro Real, Madrid, since 1850 to 1925, but with some interesting digressions to more recent periods. Unfortunately, there is only the Spanish language version:

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    Not very exciting stuff.

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    I'm enjoying this book, it's a good one:



    This one, however, which I also got, is ultra-specialized, and more suitable for professional singers rather than the general public:

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I don't know if someone mentioned it yet, but I've started to read

    ''Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera'' and for now it's great! So many good pieces of advice and so true...=)

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    This book is on the analytic and philosophical side; Abbate tries to develop an ontology of opera i.e. what is the real "thing" when we refer to an opera; is it the score, the best performance, an always unrealized, "Platonic" performance, akin to fantasy recordings that all opera fans have, is it none of these? She traces the concept of opera from its beginnings in the myth of Orpheus and concludes with Debussy and Ravel. "Phantom voices" and the history and contrast between diegetic and non-diegetic sound is a large theme of the book. Abbate is known mainly for her Wagner scholarship so Wagner is a persistent presence in the book and Chapter three is devoted to the theme of metempsychosis in his works, especially Parsifal.

    Carolyn Abbate is, and I know I'm fond of superlatives but I'm being very literal here, the best music writer I've ever read. She has all the technical faculties of a musicologist (because she is a musicologist) but none of the parochialism and pedantry; she ties together history, philosophy, myth, and the nitty-gritty musical details seamlessly into the most profound book I've read on music thus far; she takes no gross liberties that historically philosophers have with music e.g. Schopenhauer's onanism over music as "the will itself" and whatnot.

    There are also many articles of hers available on Jstor; I would recommend anyone with the slightest interest in Wagner to read them. She debunks the "Wagner the Symphonist" myth, among others. Her chapter on Act II of Gotterdammerung in "Verdi and Wagner" is probably the best single piece of music criticism/analysis ever; she stays true to the work and never compromises the reality of the work to pigeon-hole it into some coherent "theory of music".

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    It will arrive in a couple of days...

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    Next week the book of Maestro Muti on Verdi will be released:



    It should be a quite interesting reading. I guess it will be published in English, eventually, for those of our members & readers that can't read Italian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Next week the book of Maestro Muti on Verdi will be released:



    It should be a quite interesting reading. I guess it will be published in English, eventually, for those of our members & readers that can't read Italian.
    Ooh, I want it! Amazon.co.uk?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I've already preordered the book here:

    http://www.amazon.es/Verdi-litaliano...2487304&sr=1-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    I've already preordered the book here:

    http://www.amazon.es/Verdi-litaliano...2487304&sr=1-1
    It looks like this is only Kindle edition. I looked it up on Amazon.co.uk, same thing, only Kindle.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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