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    Something different and obscure. Sound clips here.

    Niccolo Piccinni: La Cecchina ossia La buona Figliuola (Cecchina, or The Accomplish'd Maid; 1760)
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    This one has been on my list for a year or so. Finally got a deal.
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    Interesting article in the new ROH magazine (not available on line unfortunately) about the 25 anniversary of Richard Eyre's La traviata with Angela Gheorghiu, and how the BBC cleared the schedules to transmit a live broadcast so I thought it was about time I bought it to see what the fuss was about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Interesting article in the new ROH magazine (not available on line unfortunately) about the 25 anniversary of Richard Eyre's La traviata with Angela Gheorghiu, and how the BBC cleared the schedules to transmit a live broadcast so I thought it was about time I bought it to see what the fuss was about.
    This is one of my favorites. Hope to hear your thoughts on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Interesting article in the new ROH magazine (not available on line unfortunately) about the 25 anniversary of Richard Eyre's La traviata with Angela Gheorghiu, and how the BBC cleared the schedules to transmit a live broadcast so I thought it was about time I bought it to see what the fuss was about.

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    This is one of my favorites. Hope to hear your thoughts on this one.
    Well I've watched it and Ange just blew me away. I never thought I'd say that about a soprano or any woman singer for that matter.

    Unprofessional of me to comment on the other singers but I am terribly disappointed with the disc itself. Poor and patchy sound and contents difficult to find. The reviewers who gave it only 1* on Amazon did so because of the disc quality. Speaking to friends who have this, it's the same with theirs, so won't return it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Well I've watched it and Ange just blew me away. I never thought I'd say that about a soprano or any woman singer for that matter.

    Unprofessional of me to comment on the other singers but I am terribly disappointed with the disc itself. Poor and patchy sound and contents difficult to find. The reviewers who gave it only 1* on Amazon did so because of the disc quality. Speaking to friends who have this, it's the same with theirs, so won't return it.
    One isn't surprised by less than great quality when one purchases a recording on one of the budget labels, but when a major label like Decca produces such a shoddy product, that's really annoying. The artists and the consumers deserve better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    One isn't surprised by less than great quality when one purchases a recording on one of the budget labels, but when a major label like Decca produces such a shoddy product, that's really annoying. The artists and the consumers deserve better.
    Indeed they do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Well I've watched it and Ange just blew me away. I never thought I'd say that about a soprano or any woman singer for that matter.

    Unprofessional of me to comment on the other singers but I am terribly disappointed with the disc itself. Poor and patchy sound and contents difficult to find. The reviewers who gave it only 1* on Amazon did so because of the disc quality. Speaking to friends who have this, it's the same with theirs, so won't return it.
    I agree that Ange is AWESOME in this production. Later, as her fame increased, she seems to want to expose much of her breasts as can be shown by the album covers and the later Traviata production. I like her much more here. In fact I got rid of the later one on DVD. Rather watch this one.

    I found Frank Lopardo an awesome Alfredo. How did he make the extreme grief facial expression at the end when she dropped dead into his arms?

    Sound is fine for me, but then I have a $35 speaker system with pseudo-subwoofer on my computer, so who am I to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I agree that Ange is AWESOME in this production. Later, as her fame increased, she seems to want to expose much of her breasts as can be shown by the album covers and the later Traviata production. I like her much more here. In fact I got rid of the later one on DVD. Rather watch this one.

    I found Frank Lopardo an awesome Alfredo. How did he make the extreme grief facial expression at the end when she dropped dead into his arms?

    Sound is fine for me, but then I have a $35 speaker system with pseudo-subwoofer on my computer, so who am I to say.
    Sounds awesome! Although the disc is supposed to be 'region free', some of the reviewers say the quality is poor because it's NTSC and not PAL so it will play better in the US than in Europe. Still it's a piece of operatic history and to be treasured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Sounds awesome! Although the disc is supposed to be 'region free', some of the reviewers say the quality is poor because it's NTSC and not PAL so it will play better in the US than in Europe. Still it's a piece of operatic history and to be treasured.
    There is a deluxe edition that is a book with both audio CDs and the DVD in one set. Not sure the sound is any different, but nice packaging.
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