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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Well done Nat! Knew you wouldn't let the side down
    I hope Soave has enough left in the piggy bank for new ROH Les Troyens coming very soon........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I didn't mean to revisit the Presto Classical sale but to my everlasting shame and penury I succumbed:


    Please be sure to report back on that Die Tote Stadt!

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    Another tuneful score from the composer of the classic operetta "Merrie England." The cd is well recorded and performed, albeit without dialogue. That this is a studio recording only and the company assembled did not embark on a staging of the entire operetta (dialogue and all) is evident in a certain stodginess to the performances. The singers do not perform with sufficient character, as would have been the case had they performed the roles on the stage. With few exceptions, it's somewhat dry and joyless (which is all the more regrettable as the dialogue, like the original book by Fielding, is uncommonly witty). While this lack of spontaneity somewhat detracts from the whole, it is still very welcome to have a complete recording of the score, as well as three additional numbers that were cut from its final revision. A further caveat that I have is that Naxos, in the accompanying booklet, does not provide a copy of the libretto. They do provide a link to a pdf file that contains the lyrics ONLY, without dialogue (in the booklet notes, it is stated that the dialogue remains in copyright until 2019!). A complete and unexpurgated scan of the libretto is, however, available gratis from archive.org. As is the case with most operettas, the score can really only be fully appreciated when heard in its proper context; that is to say, by listening to the recording while reading the libretto, pausing whenever necessary to read the dialogue. Despite a few misgivings, then, I warmly recommend this release and urge others to buy it (not only for the high quality of German's music, but also to make this cd a success so that other forgotten gems of English-language opera are recorded).

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    Big order day for me today

    Das Rheingold Gergiev
    Daphne Bohm
    Wagner at the Met various classic artists
    cant wait

    I really like Gergiev's Wagner series.
    Gorgeous sound, excellent singing, expansive tempi.
    Loving it.

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    I've been looking at that Böhm Daphne - please let us know what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I've been looking at that Böhm Daphne - please let us know what you think.
    Will do.

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    Finally got around to buying the Glyndebourne Tristan:



    I'm taking a continuing education course on "Eroticism in Literature: East and West," and the instructor, knowing my interest in opera, has asked me to collaborate with her on the upcoming class devoted to Tristan und Isolde. I've suggested showing DVD clips, and am thinking about presenting three of them--one from each act--from three different productions. The other two would be the Barenboim versions from Bayreuth and La Scala:

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    At this point, I'm planning to use the Act I confrontation between Tristan and Isolde from the Chereau La Scala production (which has perhaps the most nuanced personregie), the Act II climax of the love duet from the Lehnhoff Glyndebourne production (which has the most evocative set and lighting), and the Act III Liebestod from the Müller Bayreuth production (which has the most sublime final moments).

    The only problem is, Wagner is a bit long-winded (who knew?), and it's hard to find effective short clips. My selections currently total about twenty-five minutes, and I suspect the instructor will need that pared down. I'll meet with her in the next week or so and we'll try to hammer it out.

    Will keep you posted.

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    I haven't bought any music for months but Aramis recommended this (ages ago in the other place) & I've only just got round to getting it. Comes with full libretto. Have downloaded it to my Walkman so will give it a spin in the morning & report back.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    I haven't bought any music for months but Aramis recommended this (ages ago in the other place) & I've only just got round to getting it. Comes with full libretto. Have downloaded it to my Walkman so will give it a spin in the morning & report back.
    Walkman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Walkman?
    Oh dear we have been through this before, you apple people

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh dear we have been through this before, you apple people



    Actually mine looks a bit like this

    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Here's mine:


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    Here's mine:

    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; September 20th, 2013 at 08:32 AM.
    Natalie

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    Link seems to be broken, Soave.

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