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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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    err... well they are Dark_Angel suggestions...

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    OK Mr Grigolo, THIS is how you do French repertoire, rather than sounding like some kind of ersatz Venetian gondolier trying to get a big tip. JDF has always been a fabulous singer, but his voice has now darkened a bit and in this album he's lost his goaty edge. His pourquoi me réveiller was the hit of this, perfectly capturing nineteenth century romantic melancholy (I wept). And the selection combines "hits" with some interesting lesser known repertoire. Recommended.

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    Admeto, Re di Tessaglia HWV22
    René Jacobs (Admeto), Rachel Yakar (Alceste), Ulrik Cold (Ercole/Apollo), Rita Dams (Orindo), James Bowman (Trasimede), Jill Gomez (Antigona), Max von Egmond (Meraspe/Un voce)
    Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco
    Recorded 23-29 May 1977, Menonitenkirche, Haarlem, Netherlands

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    Admeto: Of course this is now one of my favourite Handel operas (The last thing I heard is my favourite...).

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    I hadn't listened to this in a while and had to refresh my memory. Unfortunately, I have Kempe's crisp cadences echoing in my mind and got frustrated by Janowski's softer interpretation. On the other hand, Klaus Florian Vogt is terrific - his 'In Fernem Land' sends chills down my spine.

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    Campra: Le Carnaval de Venise
    Opéra-ballet. Paris, 1699
    Salomé Haller (Isabelle), Marina de Liso (Léonore), Andrew Foster-Williams (Rodolphe), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Léandre), Anders J. Dahlin (Orphée), Sarah Tynan (Euridice), Isabelle Druet (Minerve/La Fortune), Luigi de Donato (Le Carnaval/Pluton)
    Le Concert Spirituel,
    Hervé Niquet
    Recorded in the Salle Colonne, Paris, January 2011

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    Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
    Viktor Ribinsky (Le Roi de Trèfle), Nina Polyakova (Fata Morgana), Lyutsia Rashkovets (La Princesse Clarice), Vladimir Makhov (Le Prince), Boris Dobrin (Léandre), Yuri Yelnikov (Truffaldino), Ivan Budrin (Pantalon), Gennady Troitzky (Tchélio), Tamara Yerofeyeva (Linette), Tamara Medvedeva (Nicolette), Tatyana Kallistratova (Ninette), Georgi Abramov (La Cuisinière), Yuri Yakushev (Farfarello), Nina Postavnicheva (Sméraldine), Ivan Kartavenko (Le Maitre de Cérémonies), Miroslav Markov (Le Hérault)
    Choir and Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio,
    Dzhemal Dalgat
    Recorded 1961

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    Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Claudia Eder, Gabriel Bacquier, Justino Díaz, James Morris, Andreas Schmidt, Robert Gambill & Christa Ludwig
    Chœurs de Radio France & Orchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa
    Recorded 1989, studio not sure where but good sound

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    What fun! Edita sings all three roles here.

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    Puccini: Tosca
    Mirella Freni (Tosca), Plácido Domingo (Cavaradossi), Samuel Ramey (Scarpia), Angelo Veccia (Il Sagristano), Bryn Terfel (Angelotti), Anthony Laciura (Spoletta), Ralf Lukas (Sciarrone), Lee Tiernan (Un pastore), Bryan Secombe (Un carciere)
    Chorus of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra,
    Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Recorded All Saints' Church, Tooting London, May 1990

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    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso, RV728
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Lorenzo Regazzo, Ann Hallenberg, Blandine Staskiewicz
    Choeur Les Eléments & Ensemble Matheus,
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Recorded in June 2004 in Eglise Abbatialede Daoulas, Bretagne, France

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    What a great cast, lovely singing throughout

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    I forgot to add; so this is now my favourite Vivaldi...

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    Thinking back to July 2012 when several of us on here met up for Les Troyens in London. Happy times!!
    "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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    A little treat (maybe even a guilty pleasure):

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    No guilt possible with 1953 Callas Puritani, I think that was her 2nd recording for EMI with a steady stream of great recordings to follow

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    Tonight Trovatore with Miss Price, her finest studio version and an earlier live version with the definitive Manrico - Franco Corelli

    Unfortunately the otherwise fine RCA studio recording is overloaded on the climatic peaks with obvious clipping & distortion, a travesty because this is a great performance with singers in peak voice



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    Trovatore in the morning,........
    From Spotify premium library a 1957 studio version that sounds like it is recorded from a vinyl record with obvious surface noise, really great cast: Gencer, Del Monaco, Bastianini..........Azucena is Fedora Barbieri

    Ettore Bastianini is a magnificent Di Luna, what a voice





    Update, more research finds this is the studio soundtrack recording of the 1957 RAI film version Trovatore


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    Nice Tebaldi selections,
    That cast inAdriana is first rate. Did you ever listen to her in la Wally and Turandot.
    Nothing like an opera where all or most of the cast is tops.

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