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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I was relatively rich in personal cash. Most of it I blew on classical music and operas. The rest I wasted.
    Story of my life.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I'm starting to worry this can only fail; I'm building it up too much in my mind. At the moment I've got it down as the most exciting thing to happen this year in recorded music...
    Well yes - that line up of singers + Vinci pyrotechnics promises to be quite something.

    Knowing me I'll end up buying it anyway.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I also forgot to mention that a few weeks (or was it months?) back I purchased The Gambler by Prokofiev on Blu-ray. This was obviously an accident as I do not have a Blu-ray machine.

    Still it does have a pretty cover to look at until I return it (sort of a Breakfast at Tiffany look).

    What a dipstick.
    Blu-ray players are very cheap, these days. Why not get one?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Strauss, R: Feuersnot, Op. 50
    Lars Woldt (bass), Simone Schneider (soprano), Arabella Wäscher (vocals), Monica Mascus (mezzo-soprano), Sandra Janke (alto), Olena Tokar (alto), Wilhelm Schwinghammer (bass), Ludwig Mittelhammer (bass), Michael Kupfer (baritone), Sung Min Song (tenor), Jutta Neumann (alto), Andreas Burkhart (baritone), Markus Eiche (baritone), Rouwen Huther (tenor), Joachim Roth (tenor), Catalina Bertucci (soprano)
    Kinderchor des Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Ulf Schirmer

    Lots and lots of lovely Markus Eiche, and a fun opera.




    Veracini: Adriano en Siria
    recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus
    Sonia Prina (Adriano), Ann Hallenberg (Farnaspe), Roberta Invernizzi (Emirena), Romino Basso (Sabina), Lucia Cirillo (Idalma), Ugo Guagliardo (Osroa)
    Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

    Top line up of baroque singers all in one package. The original had parts for Senesino AND Farinelli AND Cuzzoni.

    Natalie

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    Mozart: La finta giardiniera, K196
    Opéra de Lille, 2014. Sung in Italian
    Carlo Allemano (Don Anchise, Podestà), Erin Morley (Sandrina/Violante), Enea Scala (Comte Belfiore), Marie-Adeline Henry (Arminda), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Ramiro), Maria V. Savastano (Serpetta) & Nikolay Borchev (Roberto (Nardo))
    Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) & David Lescot (stage director)



    Mayr: Medea in Corinto
    Live Recording from The Nationaltheater München, 2010
    Nadja Michael (Medea), Ramón Vargas (Giasone), Alastair Miles (Creonte), Alek Shrader (Egeo), Elena Tsallagova (Creusa), Kenneth Roberson (Evandro), Laura Nicorescu (Ismene)
    Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Hans Neuenfels (stage director)



    Rossini: Guillaume Tell
    Nicola Alaima (Tell), Marina Rebeka (Mathilde), Juan Diego Flórez (Arnaud), Amanda Forsythe (Jemmy), Veronia Sieoni (Hedwige), Simon Orfila (Walter Furst), Luca Tittoto (Gesler), Alessandro Luciano (Rodolphe), Wojtek Gierlach (Leuthold/Un chasseur), Celso Albelo (Ruodi)
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti. Staged by Graham Vick



    Strauss, R: Feuersnot, Op. 50

    Live from the Teatro Massimo Palermo, 2014
    Nicola Beller Carbone (Diemut), Dietrich Henschel (Kunrad), Alex Wawiloff (Schweiker von Gundelfingen) & Ruben Amoretti (Ortolf Sentlinger)
    Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus of the Teatro Massimo, Gabriele Ferro (conductor) & Emma Dante (stage director)
    Set Designer: Carmine Maringola

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Blu-ray players are very cheap, these days. Why not get one?
    That's what friends tell me almost daily, my answer..."another machine and another system".
    I am short of time as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Mozart: La finta giardiniera, K196
    Opéra de Lille, 2014. Sung in Italian
    Carlo Allemano (Don Anchise, Podestà), Erin Morley (Sandrina/Violante), Enea Scala (Comte Belfiore), Marie-Adeline Henry (Arminda), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Ramiro), Maria V. Savastano (Serpetta) & Nikolay Borchev (Roberto (Nardo))
    Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) & David Lescot (stage director)



    Mayr: Medea in Corinto
    Live Recording from The Nationaltheater München, 2010
    Nadja Michael (Medea), Ramón Vargas (Giasone), Alastair Miles (Creonte), Alek Shrader (Egeo), Elena Tsallagova (Creusa), Kenneth Roberson (Evandro), Laura Nicorescu (Ismene)
    Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Hans Neuenfels (stage director)



    Rossini: Guillaume Tell
    Nicola Alaima (Tell), Marina Rebeka (Mathilde), Juan Diego Flórez (Arnaud), Amanda Forsythe (Jemmy), Veronia Sieoni (Hedwige), Simon Orfila (Walter Furst), Luca Tittoto (Gesler), Alessandro Luciano (Rodolphe), Wojtek Gierlach (Leuthold/Un chasseur), Celso Albelo (Ruodi)
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti. Staged by Graham Vick



    Strauss, R: Feuersnot, Op. 50

    Live from the Teatro Massimo Palermo, 2014
    Nicola Beller Carbone (Diemut), Dietrich Henschel (Kunrad), Alex Wawiloff (Schweiker von Gundelfingen) & Ruben Amoretti (Ortolf Sentlinger)
    Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus of the Teatro Massimo, Gabriele Ferro (conductor) & Emma Dante (stage director)
    Set Designer: Carmine Maringola

    That Tell looks awful. Are they wearing Giorgio Armani?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    That Tell looks awful. Are they wearing Giorgio Armani?
    I've seen it on YouTube. Production is slightly daft (they are tending more to what was fashionable under the later Hapsburg empire, and there are a LOT of horse statues.) But the singing is great, the acting is fine, and that's why I wanted it.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I've seen it on YouTube. Production is slightly daft (they are tending more to what was fashionable under the later Hapsburg empire, and there are a LOT of horse statues.) But the singing is great, the acting is fine, and that's why I wanted it.
    There's a production on youtube that's really beautiful. A traditional one that's unfortunately completely out of synch. i'd like to find that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Have you been happy with Pristine's quality?
    Yes. I have five recordings from Pristine (1953-1955) of Callas recordings that there are many releases available but these stand out as exceptional remasters.

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    Rossini: Guillaume Tell
    Conductor: Antonino Fogliani
    Virtuosi Brunensis; Camerata Bach Choir, Posnań
    Andrew Foster-Williams (Tell), Judith Howarth (Mathilde), Michael Spyres (Arnold), et. al.
    Naxos 8660363-66



    This is one of Rossini's major operas, and I knew I needed to get acquainted with it. Finally found a recording that appeals: it's the opera's original French version, it's complete, and I really like the tenor's voice. I think Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee are probably my favorites in the bel canto repertoire today; both have a very masculine sound that I prefer to that of Juan Diego Flóres, John Osborn, or José Bros, for example. (Not that the aforementioned gents aren't wonderful singers.) As a matter of fact, Naxos has a recording of Rossini's Otello with Spyres in the title role that I may just have to acquire.

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    ^^^^^^^^^
    It's not just one of Rossini's major operas, it's a MASTERPIECE.
    But imho you should have gotten the Gardelli.

    But let us know what you think of it please.

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    I don't like the Gardelli much, I prefer the Pappano. Like Mauer, I go on whether I like the singers rather than on the conductor, and I LOVE Finley and Osborn. But I have had my eye on this recording for a while, in fact it is currently residing in my Presto cart while I dither about it.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I don't like the Gardelli much, I prefer the Pappano. Like Mauer, I go on whether I like the singers rather than on the conductor, and I LOVE Finley and Osborn. But I have had my eye on this recording for a while, in fact it is currently residing in my Presto cart while I dither about it.
    I thought the Pappano was terrible.
    Rushed and cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    I thought the Pappano was terrible.
    Rushed and cut.
    I thought the Pappano was excellent.
    I took my time and sewed.

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