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    I have a story about oven mitts . . .

    But no.

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    Longest one out there at 192 minutes (next longest one is 166 minutes).
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    OMG I need this on so many levels.
    OMG I need this on so many levels.

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    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
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    Aside from Knappertsbusch's crawling tempos, this is a fine recording. Sena Jurinac is one of my favorite Leonores -- one of my favorite sopranos, period. I also like Jan Peerce's Florestan, even if his German pronunciation isn't exactly idiomatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Aside from Knappertsbusch's crawling tempos, this is a fine recording. Sena Jurinac is one of my favorite Leonores -- one of my favorite sopranos, period. I also like Jan Peerce's Florestan, even if his German pronunciation isn't exactly idiomatic.
    I discovered too late that Klemperer has a live recording with Vickers and Jurinac that is equally good, perhaps better. I may end up with both. We'll see.
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    I wish I could warm up to Vickers' voice. I know he was a great singer and many people loved him, but he's just not my cup of tea. Otherwise, there are at least two other recordings of Fidelio I would have added to my collection. . .

    Another recording I can recommend is the 1981 version with Kurt Masur conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The cast includes Jeannine Altmeyer (Leonore), Siegfried Jerusalem (Florestan), Siegmund Nimsgern (Pizarro), and Peter Meven (Rocco).



    I heard Jerusalem as Florestan that year with the New Orleans Opera, and he was terrific. Here's a sample from the recording:



    Do you have the Fricsay Fidelio with Rysanek, Haefliger, and Fischer-Dieskau?

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    I just ordered the recent Blu ray of Traviata from last year's Glyndebourne performance, and the new Aureliano in Palmyra from Art Haus. These should arrive about the same time as the big order from Presto Classical of the 10/02 releases. If anyone notices any unusual seismic phenomena, I will be able to supply the reason(s): not everyone is as enthusiastic about a large influx of opera videos as I.

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    Kubiak was the Leonore down in New Orleans . . . Recordings have been released of some of the NO Opera's performances, but unfortunately, not the '81 Fidelio. Otherwise, I'd purchase that one pronto.

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    Guys, I may need help. I just made all these purchases today! Total only $20 shipped though. How could I resist?



    Live 1953 with Modl as Leonore and Jurinac as Marzelline:


    This one just because it was going for 32 cents and looks interesting:


    And for good measure:
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    Amazing, $20 for all these Fidelios! Well done!
    "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
    Amazing, $20 for all these Fidelios! Well done!
    Oops, I wrote that after three were posted and then edited back in that 4th opera and forgot to change the amount. The total comes out to $26 for all four. Still a great deal.
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
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    My interest in this opera looks downright casual compared to Florestan's!

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