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    Sale at Dearborn Music today:


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

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    Interesting group of soloists in that Messiah. Please let us know what you think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Interesting group of soloists in that Messiah. Please let us know what you think of it.
    It's going to be powerful! Perhaps with an operatic flair due to the singers. Here is a documentary on it. If you hover over the play line you will find each singer has a short bit exhibiting their singing in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Interesting group of soloists in that Messiah. Please let us know what you think of it.
    Well, I have mixed feelings. Sometimes it sounds quite good and other times a bit strange. I did some comparisons on the four soloists and a choral part with my favorite Messiah, and Solti remains my favorite. I am glad I only paid 8 dollars for the Wilberg set. Perhaps I will warm up to it over time. Interestingly, it is highly rated on Amazon at 4.6 out of 5 stars on 55 reviews. Messiah Guide rates it highly too at 8 out of 10 but the rater is biased as "a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir [who] participated in the making of this album."

    Possibly part of the problem is what is explained in the booklet regarding this recording:
    Using Handel's original orchestration of strings, oboes, and trumpets as a foundation, Wilberg has retained only the woodwind and brass parts from Mozart's and Prout's editions that are consistent with Handel's compositional and timbrel choices. He has refined the rhythms, phrasing, and articulations of the vocal and orchestral parts to reflect the 18th-century principals of clarity and definition...
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    I'm wondering what condition Villazón’s voice is in nowadays. I'm assuming this recording was made fairly recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I'm wondering what condition Villazón’s voice is in nowadays. I'm assuming this recording was made fairly recently.
    The recording is May 2014. I just listened several more times in the last couple days. I don't think there is anything wrong with Villazon's voice (though I am hardly qualified to judge that), it's just that he sounds strange singing an oratorio instead of opera. Terfel sounds the best to me, then the ladies are pretty good. Mumford's voice sometimes seems to have a steely edge, but otherwise sounds fine. Maybe the ladies just sing it in more of an operatic style? I don't have the musical background or ear to really say what is going on but overall it is a fine recording and for what I paid ($8 shipped), I have no regrets. It probably won't be on my main MP3 player but I'll give it a spin every now and then.
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    I went to my library store after not being there for over a month and found tons of good stuff so here is what I got for $1 each:

    Bach Mass in B Minor, Klemperer, Baker, Gedda, Prey, Crass, Giebel

    Bach St Matthews Passion, Klemperer, Fisher-Dieskau, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Gedda

    Elgar, Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures, Barbirolli, Baker

    Messiah, Gabrieli Consort & Players, McCreesh

    Prokofiev, Complete Concertos, Previn, Ashkenazy, Bell

    Mendelssohn, Elijan, Shaw, Bonney, Quivar, Hadley, Hampson

    Verdi Requiem, Solti, Sutherland, Pavarotti, Horne, Talvela


    Others to resell:

    Venetioan Vespers, McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort--SOLD $3.75

    Rubinstein, The Chopin Collection, The Mazurkas--SOLD $3.75

    Bernstein, Candide, conducted by Bernstein

    Messiah, Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey

    Bernstein, A Total Embrace: The Composer--SOLD $3.75

    Copeland, The Essence of America: Tilson Thomas--SOLD $3.75


    So based on selling four of these for $15, I am two dollars ahead and get to keep 9 sets free! I will see if my friend at work wants the Candide and Davis Messiah (I have that Messiah already), and will let her have them for a dollar each.
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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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    Double disk set for $1 at my library today:


    Also found this double disk set that I had purchased at same library some months ago and stuck in a pile with a bunch of other CDs that I have not gotten to yet:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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