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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    The balance of my celebratory purchases:


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    For the life of me, I don't understand why I seem to be the only one here who adores this opera. It is extraordinary Rossini at his most brilliantly melodic. This set brings the number of Semiramides I own to 5. This particular set, according to "Fanfare" magazine critics is important for being complete, though the voices, apparently, are acceptable at best. However, at about $9.00, including shipping, how can I go wrong?


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    According to "Fanfare", this recording is a must for the stunning singing of Marilyn Horne, and I am helpless at the very thought.
    Well I might just have to wishlist this for later then. I'm enjoying Vivaldi opera AND Marilyn Horne this week; sounds like it might be nice to have both in one package

    Speaking of Marilyn Horne,
    anyone own this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Well I might just have to wishlist this for later then. I'm enjoying Vivaldi opera AND Marilyn Horne this week; sounds like it might be nice to have both in one package

    Speaking of Marilyn Horne,
    anyone own this?

    I have looked that one up a number of times on Amazon and it is on my wish list.
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    Used like new today from Dearborn Music 25% off sale.
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    Library Sale:










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    one more to the collection; I just downloaded over lunch.


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    I don't know this one; looking forward to hearing your comments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I don't know this one; looking forward to hearing your comments!
    I for one really like this one ... suggest putting it in Presto cart.

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    Meanwhile in the post from said Presto today:





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    I like the Vogel. So did one of my past neighbour Tiger teeth I think (only a name I gave).

    I also added to the buy basket whilst I was in the Glossa section something that sounds delicious and am very much looking forward to listening to...

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    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Recorded in Rieti (Teatro Flavio Vespasiano), Italy, in September 2014
    Vivica Genaux (Romeo), Valentina Farcas (Giulietta), Davide Giusti (Tebaldo), Fabrizio Beggi (Lorenzo), Ugo Guagliardo (Capellio)
    Belcanto Chorus & Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

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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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    Conductor/orchestra: Julius Rudel, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Cast: Frederica von Stade (Cendrillon), Nicolai Gedda (Le Prince Charmant), Jane Berbié (Mme. de la Haltière), Jules Bastin (Pandolfe), Ruth Welting (La Fée), Teresa Cahill (Noémie), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Dorothée)

    I think this is called an impulse buy . . . Yesterday, I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t purchased this recording when it was available at Presto Classical, and feared that if Amazon did stock it, the price would be somewhere in the hundreds. But I figured it wouldn’t hurt to check. End result: I bought a new recording for $33.56, which wasn’t bad at all considering that some of the vendors Amazon uses wanted close to $100 for it. (One listed a price of $123.00!) I should receive the set sometime around the middle of next week. But, hey, what’s a little money when opera’s involved, right?

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    Could not resist at $25 shipped:

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I don't know this one; looking forward to hearing your comments!
    I will need a second listen to formulate my thoughts on Tito Manlio. Initially it was a bit of a letdown, but it may have been only because it was in immediate competition with Ercole which has been my favorite. Also, I tire of extended recitatives, and there were a LOT in Tito. on the other hand many of the recitatives were very pretty. I trimmed down about 10-15 minutes of those and I will give it a relisten in a few days.

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    I did post this in the Vivaldi Opera thread, but thought I'd mention here too, I did purchase another Vivaldi opera set:



    La Verita in Cimento is Awesome!!! The driving percussion and the exciting female vocals are really working for me. I read that Vivaldi wrote his vocals similar to how he wrote his instrumental music which is a drawback for some listeners...for me it's part of his more unique appeal . (though I am aware not all of "vivaldi's" opera music is fully his, that there is some that may be from other composers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I will need a second listen to formulate my thoughts on Tito Manlio. Initially it was a bit of a letdown, but it may have been only because it was in immediate competition with Ercole which has been my favorite. Also, I tire of extended recitatives, and there were a LOT in Tito. on the other hand many of the recitatives were very pretty. I trimmed down about 10-15 minutes of those and I will give it a relisten in a few days.
    I rip the operas and then delete the recits on my MP3 player. Pretty much for all Vivaldi (not so much for Handel)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Could not resist at $25 shipped.
    Overall, I think some of the orchestral and vocal excerpts are more noteworthy than the complete opera recordings. But at $25 for 40 CDs, you're bound to get your money's worth.

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