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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    wot I have NOT bought recently...



    dammit PC only has the download

    and any purchase from Amazon normally comes in powder form (or splinter option)

    and no more Crotchet store



    hmm



    Rameau collection


    Hippolyte et Aricie
    Anne Maria Panzarella (Aricie), Mark Padmore (Hippolyte), Mireille Delunsch (Prêtresse de Diane), Lorraine Hunt (Phèdre), Katalin Károlyi (Oenone), Eirian James (Diane), Yann Beuron (Arcas), Laurent Naouri (Thésée), François Piolino (Tisiphone), Nathan Berg (Pluton/Neptune/Jupiter), Patricia Petibon (Une Prêtresse/Une Bergère), Yann Beuron (Mercure), Gaëlle Méchaly (Une Matelote/L'Amour)
    Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

    Les Indes Galantes
    Gerda Hartman (Hébé/Emilie/Zaïre), Philippe Huttenlocher (Bellone/Osman/Huascar/Ali/Don Alvar), Jennifer Smith (L'Amour/Phanie/Fatime/Zima), Louis Devos (Valère/Carlos/Damon), Bernard Deletré (Huascar), Isabelle Poulenard (Phanie), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Carlos), John Elwes (Tacmas/Adario)
    Orchestre de Chambre «Jean-François Paillard», Orchestre de Chambre «A Coeur Joie» de Valence, Jean-François Paillard

    Castor et Pollux
    Zeger Vandersteene (Castor), Gérard Souzay (Pollux), Jeanette Scovotti (Télaire), Norma Lerer (Phébé), Rolf Leanderson (Mars), Jacques Villisech (Jupiter), Märta Schéle (Vénus), Zeger Vandersteene (L'Amour), Sven-Erik Alexandersson (Grand Prêtre de Jupiter), Jeanette Scovotti (Minerva)
    Wiener Concentus Musicus, Stockholm Kammerkoren, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    Les Fêtes d'Hébé
    Sophie Daneman, Sarah Connolly, Maryseult Wieczorek, Gaelle Mechaly (Dessus), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Paul Agnew (Haute-Contres) & Luc Coadou, Thierry Felix, Matthieu Lecroart, Laurent Slaars (Basses)
    Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

    Dardanus
    Christiane Eda-Pierre (Venus), Georges Gautier (Dardanus), Roger Soyer (Teucer), Veronique Dietschy (Une Phrygienne), Frederica Von Stade (Iphise), Michael Devlin (Antenor) & Jose Van Dam (Ismenor)
    Choeurs et Orchestre du Theatre & National de l’Opera de Paris, Raymond Leppard

    Platée
    Gilles Ragon (Platée), Jennifer Smith (La Folie, Thalie), Guy de Mey (Thespis, Mercure), Vincent le Texier (Jupiter, Un Satyre), Guillemette Laurens (Junon) & Veronique Gens (L’Amour, Clarine)
    Ensemble Vocal Francoise Herr & Les Musiciens de Louvre, Marc Minkowski

    Pygmalion
    Michael Goldthorpe (Pygmalion), Marilyn Hill Smith (Céphise/Statue), Anne-Marie Rodde (Amour)
    English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra & Singers, Nicholas McGegan

    Les Surprises de l'Amour
    Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

    Naïs: excerpts
    Lynda Russell (Naïs), Ian Caddy (Jupiter/Télénus/Neptune), Richard Jackson (Tiresie), Jennifer Smith (Flore/Une Bergère), John Tomlinson (Pluton), Brian Parsons (Astérion), Antony Ransome (Palémon), Ann Mackay (Une Jeune Bergère)
    English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra & Singers, Nicholas McGegan

    Zoroastre
    Mark Padmore (Zoroastre), Gaelle Mechaly (Amelite), Matthieu Lecroart (Zopire, La Vengeance), Eric Martin Bonnet (Oromases, Ariman), Nathan Berg (Abramane), Anna-Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Francois Bazola (Narbanor) & Stephanie Revidat (Cephie)
    Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

    La Guirlande
    Sophie Daneman (soprano), Paul Agnew (tenor)
    William Christie

    Zéphyre (extracts)
    Gaëlle Méchaly (Zéphyre), Rebecca Ockenden (Cloris), Sophie Decaudaveine (Diane), Rebecca Ockenden (Flore)
    Les Arts Florisants, William Christie

    Les Boréades
    Jennifer Smith (Alphise), Anne-Marie Rodde (Sémire), Edwige Bourdy (Polymnie), Martine March (Une Nymphe), Philip Langridge (Abaris), John Aler (Calisis), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Borée), Gilles Cachemaille (Borilée), François Le Roux (Adamas), Stephen Varcoe (Apollon), Elisabeth Priday (L'Amour)
    English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner
    Natalie

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    I see special offer on this one! It does overlap with a few I already have but at GBP 39 I think it still makes it a very reasonable package

    I think this is the answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    It does overlap with a few I already have but at GBP 39 I think it still makes it a very reasonable package
    Yes, that's why I bought it too. Now steadily working my way through it.
    Natalie

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    Apologies for recent absence opera listening was curtailed in light of the major news events occurring recently which fed into another of my hobbies. Feeling massively dejected and saddened by said news I went hunting for a book in a series I was reading to make me feel better only to find my two local bookstores did not have it. Being relatively bored and with some more time to kill having walked up a hill to get to the bookstores .I went into a charity shop I used to volunteer in nearby the bookstores and was pleased to find this:
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    Feeling mighty pleased with myself I was then ecstatic beyond belief to find this.

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    Surprisingly testing the sound for both they seem to be in good nick. Not bad for what was overall a £3 purchase. Now I can blast a loud version of Butterfly in the kitchen rather than just in my ipod headphones or on my laptop speakers!
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    For quite a while I thought I had purchased this, rather than just watched a library copy. High time to correct my mistake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    For quite a while I thought I had purchased this, rather than just watched a library copy. High time to correct my mistake.

    Did you like it? How was Heidi Stober in this?
    "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
    Did you like it? How was Heidi Stober in this?
    A lavish Francesca Zambello / San Francisco Opera production (and thus a fitting companion piece to her Porgy and Bess). Opera singers in the main roles give full value to Kern's sumptuous tunes. Much of the acting, though, is broad and stagey, performers playing to the back of the house in a way that doesn't work as well for the camera (Stober is a chief culprit here). Still, I highly recommend this DVD as an impressive live performance of an American classic.

    Here's a good representative sampling:


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    On a whim and like new condition for $3.99 shipped I could not resist.
    I read the synopsis quickly and ordered it.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    As I just finished the You Tube of Le Cid with Domingo and really enjoyed it, I did some searching and came up with an interesting movie of it:

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

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    Ordered from Amazon.

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    Conductor/orchestra: Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée
    Cast: Ian Bostridge (Orfeo), Natalie Dessay (La Musica), Patrizia Ciofi (Euridice), Véronique Gens (Proserpina), Alice Coote (Messaggiera), Sonia Prina (Speranza), Carolyn Sampson (Ninfa), Paul Agnew (Eco/Shepherd), Christopher Maltman (Apollo/Shepherd), Lorenzo Regazzo (Plutone), Mario Luperi (Caronte), Pascal Bertin, Richard Burkhard (Shepherds)

    I've had my eye on this recording for some time (just look at that cast!), and discovered it was on sale at Presto Classical for a little over $13.00. Okay, it's actually just over $17 when I include shipping and foreign transaction fee, but that compares to $53.89 new at Amazon. I'll need to wait about two months since this recording is currently out of stock at Presto's UK distributors, but for a savings like that, I'll wait!

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