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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Checking out this Carmen



    What do people think of this one? There seems to be divided opinion on Jessye Norman in the title role, I don't really know much about that but I like this recording.
    To me it is such a typical thing Philips did because they had Norman and no DDD Carmen in their catalogue.
    Calling on Freni to do Michaëla (4th time I guess)
    It is more prestige than art.
    For me Troyanos on Decca any day or Price under Karajan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    To me it is such a typical thing Philips did because they had Norman and no DDD Carmen in their catalogue.
    Calling on Freni to do Michaëla (4th time I guess)
    It is more prestige than art.
    For me Troyanos on Decca any day or Price under Karajan.
    Part of the problem, I suppose, is envisioning Jessye Norman singing the role on stage - and Norman, while a terrifically gifted singer, doesn't capture my imagination as Carmen.

    On the other hand, I saw her sing Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder at the Kennedy Center in the 1980s and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder in London (Barbican Center) around the same time, and was totally blown away. Grace, style, effortless - you name it, the whole package.

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    Name:  BeatriceLeylaGencer.jpg
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    Conductor: Vittorio Gui
    with Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venizia

    Beatrice: Leyla Gencer
    Orombello: Juan Oncina
    Filippo: Mario Zanasi
    Agese: Antigone Sgourda
    et al.

    (1964)

    Nice recording and nice for a change of pace, but Gencer, while very good, really is no where near as compelling as Sutherland's Beatrice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Checking out this Carmen

    ...
    What do people think of this one? There seems to be divided opinion on Jessye Norman in the title role, I don't really know much about that but I like this recording.
    I was mainly disappointed with the opera as there was no cars or any engines in it as the title suggested to me. However the recording I do have and like is with Teresa Berganza, absolutely lovely.

    Bizet: Carmen
    Teresa Berganza (Carmen), Plácido Domingo (Don Jose), Sherrill Milnes (Escamillo), Ileana Cotrubas (Micaela), Yvonne Kenny (Frasquita), Alicia Nafé (Mercédès), Gordon Sandison (Le Dancaïre), Geoffrey Pogson (Le Remendado), Robert Lloyd (Zuniga), Stuart Harling (Moralès)
    Ambrosian Singers, George Watson`s College Boys` Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Claudio Abbado
    Studio recording, 1977

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    Dodgy cover design but good content.

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    This morning I was in the garden (as usual).

    Anfossi: La finta giardiniera
    Nuria Rial (Sandrina), Krystian Adam (Belfiore), Maria Espada (Ramiro), Katja Stuber (Arminda), Miljenko Turk (Podestà), Florian Götz (Nardo) & Monika Reinhard (Serpetta)
    L'Arte del Mondo
    Werner Ehrhardt
    Recorded November 2-5 at das Erholungshaus, Kulturhaus der Bayer AG

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    Then, predictably, I go visit the pretty daughter of Frost and Spring.

    Rimsky Korsakov: Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden)
    Valentina Sokolik (Snow Maiden), Irina Arkhipova (Spring), Anton Grigoriev (Tsar Berendey), Anatoly Moksayakov (Mizgir), Lidya Sakharenko (Kupava), Alexander Vedernikov (King Frost), Vladimir Matorin (Bermyata) & Ivan Budrin (Carnival)
    Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
    Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Recorded 1975

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    I had to listen to this again, that glorious Decca sound and a special soprano.

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    I love the sea interludes as much as the singing itself

    "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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    As I have not listened to it for a few weeks...

    and because I have the Sennheisers, at a volume that shook my bones back two millennia...

    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
    Naples manuscript version
    Emanuela Galli (Poppea), Roberta Mameli (Nerone), Josè Maria Lo Monaco (Ottone), Xenia Meijer (Ottavia), Ian Honeyman (Arnalta) & Raffaele Costantini (Seneca)
    La Venexiana
    Claudio Cavina
    Recorded in the Church of San Carlo, Modena, Italy September 2009

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    Clayton's current top six favourite opera recordings

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    Let's see...

    Oh yes.

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    and, on my way to oral surgery (dental implant) this afternoon, something to calm me down (a little):

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    The dentist wouldn't even let me listen to my iPod while he was at work! What's up with that?

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    Miss Fleming always steals the show for me, particularity in this wonderful production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post


    Miss Fleming always steals the show for me, particularity in this wonderful production.
    Keith Miller stole it off her, methinks. And Lawrence Brownlee. And the cupid girl. But then I am not a soprano fan.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...
    and, on my way to oral surgery (dental implant) this afternoon, something to calm me down (a little):
    ...
    The dentist wouldn't even let me listen to my iPod while he was at work! What's up with that?
    Ouch and evil.

    Call him Abramane.

    I have an appointment late morning with the nice hygenist Jane. She is more like Amélite.


    This morning, I was listening to Rameau.

    Rameau: Zoroastre
    Mark Padmore (Zoroastre), Gaelle Mechaly (Amelite), Matthieu Lecroart (Zopire, La Vengeance), Eric Martin Bonnet (Oromases, Ariman), Nathan Berg (Abramane), Anna-Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Francois Bazola (Narbanor) & Stephanie Revidat (Cephie)
    Les Arts Florissants
    William Christie
    Recorded 28 August-10 September 2001, Théâtre de Poissy, France

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Keith Miller stole it off her, methinks. And Lawrence Brownlee. And the cupid girl. But then I am not a soprano fan.
    I hear you, and those were great, but I do think Ms. Fleming was phenomenal in this one, especially regarding acting range. This is a role that goes in all directions, from cunning woman to powerful woman to terrifying witch to evil revengeful woman to scorned, desperate and despondent, and Renee passed it all with flying colors (nice singing, too!).
    "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 Clayton View Post
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    I have just realized the book version of this recording is still available. I am considering the purchase to fit in to my burial plans (buy a spare copy to be buried with).

    In the meantime, I go to another Emanuela Galli, Glossa, Cavina, Monteverdi recording. Obviously another Clayton favourite.

    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Emanuela Galli (La Musica/Eurydice), Mirko Guadagnini (Orfeo), Marina De Liso (Messaggiera), Cristina Calzolari (Proserpina), Matteo Bellotto (Plutone), Josè Lo Monaco (Speranza), Salvo Vitale (Caronte), Vincenzo Di Donato (Apollo), Francesca Cassinari (Ninfa), Giovanni Caccamo (Pastore I), Makoto Sakurada (Pastore II/Spirito I), Claudio Cavina (Pastore III), Tony Corradini (Pastore IV/Spirito II)
    La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina
    Recorded at the Church of San Carlo, Modena (Italy) in February 2006

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    I love the pretty voice of Galli but she does not perform or record as much as I would like to hear her. Perhaps her voice is better recorded than it is heard live (?)

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