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    Thanks to a suggestion by Sonata, I just ordered this:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Holy heck, that cast! I think I might have some Vivaldi on order, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Thanks to a suggestion by Sonata, I just ordered this:
    A very excellent recording.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    Holy heck, that cast! I think I might have some Vivaldi on order, too...
    Yes, I forgot to mention the great cast. But, I seriously consider not including the Jaroussky tracks on my mp3 player. I'll never know the difference. Nothing against Jaroussky. He has a right to sing and a great voice too, just not my cup of tea. Like trying to breed cats with dogs or something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    A very excellent recording.
    Absolutely. And while it has recitatives, they do not overwhelm the recording as they do (for me) with Griselda.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Yes, I forgot to mention the great cast. But, I seriously consider not including the Jaroussky tracks on my mp3 player. I'll never know the difference. Nothing against Jaroussky. He has a right to sing and a great voice too, just not my cup of tea. Like trying to breed cats with dogs or something.
    He is one of the finest singers on stage today. But OK, I do appreciate the voice is not everyone's cup of tea.

    Absolutely. And while it has recitatives, they do not overwhelm the recording as they do (for me) with Griselda.
    I tend to cut the Naive Vivaldi recits off my mp3 player. But I keep Handel ones in.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    He is one of the finest singers on stage today. But OK, I do appreciate the voice is not everyone's cup of tea.
    One of my very favorite singers.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    During my stay in Berlin earlier this summer, I took a walk thru the Tiergarten one afternoon (one of my favorite places to walk) and did a little shopping at Dussmann - a true corner of civility in an otherwise chaotic world. I tried to buy recordings that offer some savings over what I might have to drop on Amazon, but most of what was offered was at full retail.


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    Discovered this gem from reading a book, Opera Every Child Should Know, by Delores Bacon.



    The book, Opera Every Child Should Know, is pretty nice. Bought it for Flotow's Martha, which it tells in story book fashion. I see there are electronic copies available if you Google for it could read online. Dates back to 1913.

    Table of contents:

    I. Balfe: The Bohemian Girl 3
    II. Beethoven: Fidelio 35
    III. Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust 51
    IV. Bizet: Carmen 69
    V. DeKoven: Robin Hood 95
    VI. Flotow: Martha 105
    VII. Humperdinck: Hänsel and Gretel 135
    VIII. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana 152
    IX. Meyerbeer: The Prophet 163
    X. Mozart: The Magic Flute 191
    XI. Sullivan: Pinafore 218
    XII. Verdi: Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aďda 238
    XIII. Wagner: The Nibelung Ring, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Lohengrin 306
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Two years ago I got this with Te Kanawa. I really wanted it with Fleming, but prices deterred me. The Te Kanawa was $10 shipped, but then I found this Fleming set today for $10 shipped and went for it. I did not like the opera that much two years ago, but will give it another try with Fleming, whom I have more or less ignored in the past but now am discovering that she is a fine soprano with a unique voice, well worth exploring further. Had I paid up for the more expensive Fleming set in the first place, the outcome would have been better, but perhaps it was not until now that I get Fleming-itis. I had plenty of other diversions back then.


    It is a binge. My first discovery of Fleming and I am digging in:






    I also do have a couple sets with Fleming that I will be revisiting today: Elijah, and Handel Alcina.

    "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 Hoffmann View Post
    During my stay in Berlin earlier this summer, I took a walk thru the Tiergarten one afternoon (one of my favorite places to walk) and did a little shopping at Dussmann - a true corner of civility in an otherwise chaotic world. I tried to buy recordings that offer some savings over what I might have to drop on Amazon, but most of what was offered was at full retail.


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    Nice haul and that's my favourite Boris.

    I love Dussmann's, spent hours in there last time I was in Berlin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    ... now that I get Fleming-itis...
    one treatment sometimes prescribed for this condition

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    Massenet: Thaďs
    Renée Fleming (Thaďs), Thomas Hampson (Athanaël) & Michael Schade (Nicias)
    Orchestra & Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Jesús López-Cobos (conductor) & John Cox (stage director)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    one treatment sometimes prescribed for this condition

    Massenet: Thaďs
    Renée Fleming (Thaďs), Thomas Hampson (Athanaël) & Michael Schade (Nicias)
    Orchestra & Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Jesús López-Cobos (conductor) & John Cox (stage director)
    Or this,

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

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    Forgot to mention in post 2965 above that my Lucrezia Borgia DVD set also comes with this one, in a double package on sale at PrestoClassical right now.
    "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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