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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I might have a touch of Verdi fever. I just ordered a copy of La Battaglia di Legnano. Not sure where it will fit in my ranking of the three I have heard...

    A whole new wonderful world yet to be discovered.









    Maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Also am planning to buy a CD set of Simon Boccanegra, but was debating between the Abbado set and the set with Hvorostovsky. I plan to go to Dearborn Music tomorrow and may buy a used set there if they have one.
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    Buy both!
    Well, I got the Abbado today at Dearborn Music (and a DVD with Te Kanawa). They also have the Hvorostovsky set for $25 and with the 20% sale I can get it for $20 brand new, which is comparable to online. Again, liking supporting the brick and mortar store. So maybe should do it, if for no other reason than in memory of the great Hvorostovsky! Am going back Monday to pick up more stuff anyway.
    "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 Clayton View Post
    A whole new wonderful world yet to be discovered.

    Maybe.
    Right, I am only going into part of the Verdi world. They have Ernani on sale, but I don't like the idea of suicide because of a vow.
    "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
    Well, I got the Abbado today at Dearborn Music (and a DVD with Te Kanawa). They also have the Hvorostovsky set for $25 and with the 20% sale I can get it for $20 brand new, which is comparable to online. Again, liking supporting the brick and mortar store. So maybe should do it, if for no other reason than in memory of the great Hvorostovsky! Am going back Monday to pick up more stuff anyway.
    I'm going to get that Hvorostovsky set. I've sold most of my CDs and hadn't planned on getting any more but will make an exception for this.

    I wish there was a bricks and mortar store near me as I'd do the same as you. When I went to Seattle there was a fabulous music store called Silver Platters opposite my hotel and I spent over $300 in there and nearly exceeded my weight allowance on my return flight. The guy in the classical music/opera section looked like he should have a Harley parked outside (big, bearded, tattooed, balding and with a ponytail) but looks can be deceptive. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about opera.
    "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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    I am liking this one quite a lot:


    Not sure what is the best recording. Kind of torn between these two, the first one being more complete at 2.5 hr vs the second at 2 hr. Also the second is live.



    Or maybe there is another recording that is even better.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    This is the one I've got. I bought it because I'm a huge fan of Gardelli and I like it very much.

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    Macbeth!

    Macbeth should be next! or Attila!

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    I now have quite a collection of Verdi opera:

    Aida
    Aroldo
    Battaglia di Legnano
    Giovanna d'Arco
    Jerusalem
    La Traviata
    Oberto
    Simon Boccanegra
    Il Trovatore

    One copy each but 5 sets of Il Trovatore and 10 sets of La Traviata. And I feel drawn to buy one more Traviata.

    Guess my favorites are pretty obvious.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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