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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I'm desperate to see in the ENO production, which looks stunning from the photos.





    It's an opera that needs a strong production because the music, although extremely beautiful and hypnotic, somewhat lacks variety; and nothing much happens.
    Wow! Yes, it looks stunning. About the music, true, but I happen to like beautiful and hypnotic music that lacks variety, thus my fondness for Glass and his minimalistic and repetitious style.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Wow! Yes, it looks stunning. About the music, true, but I happen to like beautiful and hypnotic music that lacks variety, thus my fondness for Glass and his minimalistic and repetitious style.
    Don't get me wrong, I like both those composers (although Glass operas like Akhnaten have more variety). But I got a wee bit bored when I listened to L'Amour de Loin on CD.
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    I did a little shopping yesterday. I ordered:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floria View Post
    I did a little shopping yesterday. I ordered:

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    That's an awesome Mefistofele!
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floria View Post
    I did a little shopping yesterday. I ordered:

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    Nice haul overall, (Sam Ramey) but you got the B cast on that Fanciulla.

    This is the A cast in the same production, knocks the socks off Voigt (shrill), Giordani (dull) and Gallo (bland):

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Nice haul overall, (Sam Ramey) but you got the B cast on that Fanciulla.

    This is the A cast in the same production, knocks the socks off Voigt (shrill), Giordani (dull) and Gallo (bland):

    Thanks
    I will keep this in mind for a future purchase !

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    Morton Feldman's only opera Neither... beautiful recording here:


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    I've been holding off from new purchases for several weeks. My plan is to go and have myself a wallow in my favorite music and book emporium on Friedrichstrasse, Dussmann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I've been holding off from new purchases for several weeks. My plan is to go and have myself a wallow in my favorite music and book emporium on Friedrichstrasse, Dussmann.

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    I don't blame you.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    I'd love to have a wallow there myself. Fabulous!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I'd love to have a wallow there myself. Fabulous!!
    You would be in heaven there with your native German than my, more or less, high school level stumblings. Nobody does this better than the Germans. That and a lunch of a Wurst, Sauerkraut, Brotchen and a Pils at KaDeWe practically brings tears to my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Nobody does this better than the Germans. That and a lunch of a Wurst, Sauerkraut, Brotchen and a Pils at KaDeWe practically brings tears to my eyes.
    They also had a composer, one Richard Wagner, who wasn't too shabby.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    They also had a composer, one Richard Wagner, who wasn't too shabby.
    Never liked the guy myself. Give me Carl Gottlieb Reissiger any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Never liked the guy myself.
    Which is why your nickname is Amfortas, right?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Wagner, Schmagner. They had Beethoven!!!

    (And my "native German" isn't all that great. My mother never really taught us the language, and I didn't formally learn it until I was in college. I doubt my command of the language is any better than Hoffmann's.)

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