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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    As long as it's not the DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    As long as it's not the DVD.
    Yeah, I hear it is painful to watch. The other nice thing is I don't have to feel compelled to buy the other three as the singers are inconsistent throughout, in fact they say the Wotan in Rheingold is not very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Yeah, I hear it is painful to watch. The other nice thing is I don't have to feel compelled to buy the other three as the singers are inconsistent throughout, in fact they say the Wotan in Rheingold is not very good.
    Not surprising the singers changed, since each opera was staged by a different director. An interesting experiment, but not the most inspiring results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Not surprising the singers changed, since each opera was staged by a different director. An interesting experiment, but not the most inspiring results.
    Right, but supposedly, if the review I read is at all reliable (and there are precious few reviews out there), then Siegfried is the best of the four. It is almost like the disks don't exist. Most searches bring up the DVD reviews.
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    Another quick visit to the Little Shop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I like this version better than the one with Domingo - Carreras is good, and Malform is a more convincing errant wife than Sharon Sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I like this version better than the one with Domingo - Carreras is good, and Malform is a more convincing errant wife than Sharon Sweet.
    Big girls need love too!

    But yes, I see your point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I like this version better than the one with Domingo - Carreras is good, and Malform is a more convincing errant wife than Sharon Sweet.
    This one's on my wish list -- in addition to Carreras and Malfitano, it has Gwynne Howell, one of my favorite basses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Another quick visit to the Little Shop.

    excellent buy!

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    So this finally arrived today
    I eagerly tore off the wrapping.
    Let me tell you folks. This is one gorgeous package.
    A very sturdy cardboard outside contains a beautiful booklet and 3 cds.
    2 cds on the front, 1 cd and the blue ray disc on the back in heavy paper sleeves.
    The booklet opens with a title page with the cast listing.
    Then 2 black and white photos of the leads.
    Then full track listings.
    Then Culshaw's and other historic authors "Observations on the characters, the music and the recordings.
    First the story is fully explained with all its depth and intricacies.
    Then a back story and explanation of the music and leitmotifs.
    Then a full and i mean full synopsis of the opera.
    Another b&w photo.
    And then the entire libretto.
    Drawings of original stagings and photos throughout the pages.

    I was correct.
    The Acts are complete on their own discs! yaaaaaayyyyy

    The new remastered sound is fantastic.
    I would imagine the blue ray is amazing.

    Hey, it's not Furtwangler, BUT, it's exciting, the orchestra in wide, deep sound
    are awesome, awesome, awesome and the Decca sound and remaster is sumptuous.
    I like Uhl more than i thought i would and the rest of the cast is wonderful.
    Though Nilsson is not my ideal Isolde she's passionate and exciting.
    This will have many repeat listenings.
    This completes my Solti/Wagner collection.

    Needless to say i am very pleased and will be getting the new Parsifal issue next month.
    Decca will also be releasing Solti's Tannhauser and Salome in the same format in the near future for those interested.

    Happy listening.

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