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    More stuff on the way during my convalescence:






    Also: Box set of Karajan Strauss orchestral works, Quartetto Italiano late Beethoven quartets, and Beatles Red and Blue Greatest Hits albums!

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    Wunderlich and Sutherland at their best - with excellent sound for a 1959 recording!

    and

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Wunderlich and Sutherland at their best - with excellent sound for a 1959 recording!
    I want this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I want this.
    It's a wonderful recording, but beware: according to the review in Fanfare magazine, the score here has been "fiecely cut" - e.g., the role of Oberto is completely eliminated, along with two other arias and the entire ballet at the end of Act II - along with some cuts in the da capo. I don't notice it because I didn't otherwise know the opera and, of course, because the singing is so good.

    P.S: It's available on iTunes for $14.99

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    I read somewhere that Leyla Gencer is amazing in this role (though her supporting singers, apparently, not so much), that the reviewer thought Sutherland is kind of apathetic. I decided I that I have to find out for myself, so have ordered this (used):

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    I keep telling myself that I will never be, nor want to be, a Handel completist. No, no, no. For that way madness and irrecuperable financial loss lie. Going oratorios now. These two on the way. (Again with the unintentionally oversized jpegs.)

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    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I want this.
    This is the version of Alcina I have, and it's terrific. Really makes one wish that La Stupenda and Wunderlich had recorded more operas together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    I keep telling myself that I will never be, nor want to be, a Handel completist. No, no, no. For that way madness and irrecuperable financial loss lie.
    "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 Clayton View Post
    Teatro Alla Scala Memories 1964

    Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
    Bergonzi, Carlo; Cappuccilli, Piero; De Palma, Piero; Fiorentini, Mirella; Ricciardi, Franco; Simionato, Giulietta; Tucci, Gabriella; Vinco, Ivo

    Gianandrea Gavazzeni

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    I wanted to buy the whole collection...
    I have that performance in the cheaper opera d oro label release, love Gabriella Tucci


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    Pre-ordered from Amazon today; should receive them in about another month. I'm still trying to track down the videos of the Salzburg Don Carlo and Ariadne auf Naxos, especially since the former also has Anja Harteros.

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    Gluck: Ezio
    Original Prague version (1750)
    Sonia Prina (Ezio), Max Emanuel Cencic (Valentiniano), Ann Hallenberg (Fulvia), Topi Lehtipuu (Massimo), Julian Pregardien (Varo), Mayuko Karasava (Onorio)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

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    "Clearance" sale at Presto Classical

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    Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte
    Rolando Villazón (Ercole), Patrizia Ciofi (Orizia), Diana Damrau (Martesia), Joyce DiDonato (Ippolita), Vivica Genaux (Antiope), Topi Lehtipuu (Telemone), Philippe Jaroussky (Alceste), Romina Basso (Teseo)
    Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

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    "Clearance" sale at Presto Classical

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    Rossini: Guillaume Tell
    Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), John Osborn (Arnaud), Malin Byström (Mathilde), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Hedwige), Matthew Rose (Walter Furst), Frédéric Caton (Melchtal), Elena Xanthoudakis (Jemmy), Carlo Cigni (Gesler), Carlo Bosi (Rodolphe), Celso Albelo (Ruodi), Dawid Kimberg (Leuthold), Davide Malvestio (Un Chasseur)
    Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

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    Also on sale. All 3 for just over GBP 30 inc postage.

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    So, what do you think of the 3 (Ezio, Ercole and Wm Tell)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post






    Pre-ordered from Amazon today; should receive them in about another month. I'm still trying to track down the videos of the Salzburg Don Carlo and Ariadne auf Naxos, especially since the former also has Anja Harteros.


    That Parsifal is tempting enough to get me to try and get going with some kind DVD capacity...

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