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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    This is a studio recording originally done for Italian La Cetra label which EMI later bought out, unfortunately we don't have have Di Stephano and Gobbi because of this but Callas caught in such dramatic fresh voice is unforgettable!
    I was wondering about that and that initially threw me off but again that face! (Well, okay the music too; La Traviata is important to me). I want that picture. I also want the picture on page 61 of the Memories La Vestale book.

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    Last installment of this great cycle ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Last installment of this great cycle ordered.
    So that makes how many cycles?

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    La Battaglia di Legnano
    Leyla Gencer, Giuseppe Taddei, Gastone Limarilli, Paolo Washington, Giorgio Giorgetti, Olga Carossi
    Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Vittorio Gui
    Recorded in the Tetro della Pergola, Florence on 10th May, 1959.
    Bonus Gencer performing in Lucia di Lammermoor.

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    Nabucco
    Dinon Dondi, Anita Cerquetti, Ugo Trama, Giovanna Fioroni, Gian Paolo Corradi
    Hilversum Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Fulvio Vernizzi
    Live recording, Hilversum, 24th September 1960

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    (Not sure what's going on here myself; I think exploring different voices slipped and went into time travel)

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    I Vespri Siciliani
    Maria Callas, Giorgio Kokolios-Bardi, Boris Christoff, Enzo Mascherini, Bruno Carmassi, Mario Frosini
    Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Erich Kleiber
    Recorded on 26th May 1951

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    So impressed by Christoff in Boris Godunov that I had to take it further...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    So that makes how many cycles?
    11 Ring cycles. All cd. the videos always make me laugh. only have 2 left on dvd.
    Levines first and Boulez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Nabucco
    Dinon Dondi, Anita Cerquetti, Ugo Trama, Giovanna Fioroni, Gian Paolo Corradi
    Hilversum Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Fulvio Vernizzi
    Live recording, Hilversum, 24th September 1960

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    (Not sure what's going on here myself; I think exploring different voices slipped and went into time travel)
    Good Heavens, that poor woman! Without all that war paint on her face, I suspect she's probably quite attractive.

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    I added La Favorita:

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    Don't like the recording, though - it's hard to tell whether the opera is even any good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I added La Favorita:

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    Don't like the recording, though - it's hard to tell whether the opera is even any good.
    There is a Decca studio recording with nearly the same cast $13 at Amazon USA sellers, live opera d oro releases always must be sampled before purchase since sound quality varies widely from very poor to pretty good.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I have this. I know Pavarotti isn't to everyone's taste but I like this very much.
    "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 Dark_Angel View Post
    There is a Decca studio recording with nearly the same cast $13 at Amazon USA sellers, live opera d oro releases always must be sampled before purchase since sound quality varies widely from very poor to pretty good.....

    Thanks - I ordered it, then realized that I should have waited until after Christmas, since I will be out of town for the week. I hope whoever robs my mailbox plays it on a good sound system!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Good Heavens, that poor woman! Without all that war paint on her face, I suspect she's probably quite attractive.
    This purchase inspired by Schigolch thread.

    ...Anita Cerquetti was not a beautiful woman. A "difficult" face, a big, rotund body...

    This was not an obstacle in the 1950s, and she was able to get a good career...
    In the operatic world of today, in spite of her truly magnificent voice, she will get some more trouble to get hired...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This purchase inspired by Schigolch thread.
    Cerquetti has a magnificent studio Gioconda that any opera owner must own, what a cast! One of her very few studio recordings......



    Every Gioconda stands in the tall shadow left by Callas, listen to this great Suicido on youtube using vinyl source by turnipoverlord, I am speechless......floated notes are exceptional and the dark "tenebre" 2:24 cannot be matched by any soprano I have heard, we intimately feel her deep anguish


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    A little birdie told me to buy more La Favorita, these two live recording pass the sound test with samples, order placed


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