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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Not that I'm all that fond of the 2 Salieri operas I already have, or anything...
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    This proved problematic. I bought the recording used off Amazon and although discs appeared to be in good shape, toward the end, disc #1 proved unlistenable - so is being returned. Poor Salieri just can't win.
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    Hoffmann, I think it's time to let this one go...

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    As much as our tastes sometimes differ (Il pirata for example)

    Now I think I will give Salieri a miss

    At least until I've gone through my current wish list (now at 246)

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    I read on Amazon: "Ravishing music sung with the greatest subtlety and emotion" so I gave it a spin on Spotify. Not quite sure where the subtlety comes in but every single phrase of every aria demonstrates hyper-active emotion. I was quite exhausted by the end. I'd call him a graduate of the Andrea Bocelli school of dramatic interpretation,

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I read on Amazon: "Ravishing music sung with the greatest subtlety and emotion" so I gave it a spin on Spotify. Not quite sure where the subtlety comes in but every single phrase of every aria demonstrates hyper-active emotion. I was quite exhausted by the end. I'd call him a graduate of the Andrea Bocelli school of dramatic interpretation,



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Hoffmann, I think it's time to let this one go...

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    As much as our tastes sometimes differ (Il pirata for example)

    Now I think I will give Salieri a miss

    At least until I've gone through my current wish list (now at 246)
    But, but.. Joseph II said it was "the best opera ever written" (see Amadeus) - and he was the Holy Roman Emperor, so he ought to know...

    I'm over Salieri. Done.

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    Some lovely ladies make this a good bet:



    Very good largely francophone cast on this CD means that you can understand every word of what is happening. Very enjoyable, pity about the Battenberg cake front cover (What was the designer thinking?)

    Natalie

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    Yesterday:

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    This was a very pleasant way to start my morning.

    and, later:

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    The tunes in Mathilde aren't themselves really memorable, but once this opera starts heating up, the singing in this bel canto gem is pretty spectacular throughout.

    This morning:

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    This is my second time listening - great cast; trying to get a better sense of lesser known Verdi -

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    Sounds interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Sounds interesting...
    It's very beautiful. This is just the version that popped up on Spotify, I don't know if it's the best one although Ian Bostridge was amazing.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco
    Anna Netrebko (Giovanna d’Arco), Plácido Domingo (Giacomo), Francesco Meli (Carlo VII), Roberto Tagliavini (Talbot) & Johannes Dunz (Delil)
    Philharmonia Chor Wien & Münchner Rundfunkorchester,
    Paolo Carignani
    Recorded live at the 2013 Salzburg Festival

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    Absolutely delicious opera; I can see why it is so popular. Anna Netrebko is stunningly beautiful here. She is a different Anna from the one I know from one of my favourite recordings ICeIM and at first picturing a young maiden, I thought 'Eh?' Though that thought disappeared fairly quicky to just 'Ooh!' by the time she was into her prayer 'Sempre all'alba...'. I thoroughly recommend this recording for Anna fans.
    That unfortunately is the problem, it is not a well known or popular opera. The fact that this release is a "live" 2013 Salzburg Festival performance and not a "studio" recording is the result. I am only aware of one studio recording to date the EMI Levine, I will probably get the Netrebko version "used" when price cools off.....

    The Tutto Verdi video is fortunately one of the very best of the series with Svetla Vassileva doing a fine job as Giovanna


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    That unfortunately is the problem it is not a well known or popular opera, the fact that above release is a live 2013 Salzburg Festival performance and not a studio recording is the result. I am only aware of one studio recording to date on major labels the EMI Levine, I will probably get the Netrebko version "used" when price cools off.....
    As it was in the Opera Lively top 100 recommended operas list, I was a little surprised at the lack of recordings available. So when this came up, more so with Anna in the cast, I jumped at it. I'm very happy with the purchase, though for GBP18 I would have thought it would come in the normal jewel case and not cardboard sleeves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    The Tutto Verdi video is fortunately one of the very best of the series with Svetla Vassileva doing a fine job as Giovanna
    Yes, I endorse that. It's the version I own, and it is a fine one.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    It must be the time of year:

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    This is the only recording I have of Alcina, I love Joyce DiDonato, so maybe will pick up a copy of the Archiv CD.

    I realized I hadn't listened to Mozart in a while, so decided to catch up:

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