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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    ...Who can resist this wonderful recording with that stunning voice by Fleming?
    momentarily the stoopid prince. but not me.

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    Wagner: Das Rheingold
    George London (Wotan), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Set Svanholm (Loge), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plümacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde)
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded September/October 1958 Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Continuing my Verdi journey

    Stiffelio



    For Verdi enthusiasts there's an interesting piece in Wiki about the critical edition following Philip Goss' discoveries.
    "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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    Wagner: Die Walküre
    Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Christa Ludwig (Fricka)
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    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded October/November 1965, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Continuing my Verdi journey

    Stiffelio



    For Verdi enthusiasts there's an interesting piece in Wiki about the critical edition following Philip Goss' discoveries.
    This recording still trading on the A site for GBP 2,743 (okay, slight exaggeration, actually GBP 50). I wish recording companies would be more responsive to market demand and reprint or relicense quicker (DECCA also take note Norma/Suliotis).

    Is there an other recording (CD) you would recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh nice...



    Oh that's a shame. An opera lover's misery; going to see an opera they hold so dearly and then being disappointed by a production they feel just was not to their expectation.
    I have only just recently recovered from the shock of over ten years ago of seeing Lucia with mafia and automatic pistols.



    Quite. So said and felt Clayton.



    However, his view changed a bit after seeing Romeo Castellucci's production of Orfeo ed Eurydice at La Monnaie (through streaming service). There is now a lot more room for modern settings in Clayton. Just got to catch one of those special ones that grab your heart...
    The problem started for me long time ago. I was a long time subscriber to the Antwerp Opera.
    Then they closed for a while and when the reopened we got that horrible R . Cartstens.
    He did a Turandot and I remember (and I tried to block his settings) Ping, Pang and Pong were in those little cabins by the sea in swimwear.
    Later we had a act in witch he stripped the complete stage . You could see the stones the building was built with.
    In the centre of the stage there was a huge chair (I think symbol of the emperors throne) and from under that
    a completely naked young man appeared to be executed.(Another prince who failed to the riddles) .
    I can go on and on but it was horrible.

    The same happened here in Holland, everything had to change for the sake of changing.
    The best example is the Norma set in a dressing room under an big tree.
    I see it happening in the Met to, that last Rigoletto was to disgusting.
    I can go on and on but I don't want to be that old fellow spoiling it for other people.
    Give me a old fashioned production any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    ...horrible R . Cartstens.
    He did a Turandot and I remember (and I tried to block his settings) Ping, Pang and Pong were in those little cabins by the sea in swimwear.
    Later we had a act in witch he stripped the complete stage . You could see the stones the building was built with.
    In the centre of the stage there was a huge chair (I think symbol of the emperors throne) and from under that
    a completely naked young man appeared to be executed.(Another prince who failed to the riddles) .

    ...
    The best example is the Norma set in a dressing room under an big tree.
    ...
    Yup, you've seen some pretty odd ones. That sounds like it would put me off for life too.


    I'm having my own big change in different productions.

    Der Ring des Nibelungen, Böhm Bayreuth that I only knew to newly acquired Solti studio.

    Wagner: Siegfried
    Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Hans Hotter (Wanderer), Kurt Böhme (Fafner)
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    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded May & October 1962, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This recording still trading on the A site for GBP 2,743 (okay, slight exaggeration, actually GBP 50). I wish recording companies would be more responsive to market demand and reprint or relicense quicker (DECCA also take note Norma/Suliotis).

    Is there an other recording (CD) you would recommend?
    When I went to the Amazon site to collect the image info I was shocked at the price. I've just checked and I paid £7.99 for a 'Used - Very Good'. I have to confess I've never looked for another version so don't have anything else with which to compare.
    "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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    Kept me calm while seated next to a really big guy in the center seat while flying back to DC from Providence (Rhode Island). Lovely recording and a really lovely opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This recording still trading on the A site for GBP 2,743 (okay, slight exaggeration, actually GBP 50). I wish recording companies would be more responsive to market demand and reprint or relicense quicker (DECCA also take note Norma/Suliotis).

    Is there an other recording (CD) you would recommend?
    December 29, 1968 Parma Italy Peter Magg, conductor.

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    Wagner: Götterdämmerung
    Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gottlieb Frick (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (First Norn), Grace Hoffman (Second Norn), Anita Välkki (Third Norn)
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    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded May - November 1964, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    1762 Viennese version in Italian
    Bernarda Fink (Orfeo), Veronica Cangemi (Euridice) & Maria Cristina Kiehr (Amor)
    Freiburger Barockorchester, Rias Kammerchor
    René Jacobs
    Recorded January 2001 Teldec Studios, Berlin

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    I detect an Orfeo day coming up soon to compare different recordings but if this is not number one it is very close...

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    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
    Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Otter, Dana Hanchard, Michael Chance, Francesco Ellero d'Artegna, Catherine Bott, Bernarda Fink, Roberto Balconi
    English Baroque Soloists,
    John Eliot Gardiner
    Recorded December 1993, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

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    Though it might take a bit longer than a day to make comparisons of recordings of Poppea (slightly longer opera)...

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    Bellini: La Sonnambula
    Cecilia Bartoli (Amina), Juan Diego Flórez (Elvino), Ildebrando d' Arcangelo (Il Conte Rodolfo), Liliana Nikiteanu (Teresa), Gemma Bertagnolli (Lisa), Peter Kalman (Alessio) & Javier Camarena (Un Notaro)
    Orchestra La Scintilla,
    Alessandro De Marchi
    Recorded 2007/8 Evangelisch-reformierte Kirchgemeinde, Zürich-Oberstrass

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    Apparently this recording caused a bit of a marmite reaction. Like my marmite; I love it. Of course JDF wonderful.

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    Vivaldi: Atenaide
    Musical Drama in 3 Acts
    Sandrine Piau (Atenaide/Eudossa), Vivica Genaux (Teodosio), Guillemette Laurens (Pulcheria), Romina Basso (Varane), Nathalie Stutzmann (Marziano) Paul Agnew (Leontino), Stefano Ferrari (Probo)
    Federico Maria Sardelli
    Recorded April 2007, Teatro della Pergola, Firenze

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    So your regular baroque seven character opera

    a quick synopsis

    Eudossa, daughter of Leontino, is about to marry Teodosio, brother of Pulcheria who is courting Marziano and rejected Probo, attendant to Teodosio. When Varane, who loves Eudossa but knows her as Atanaide turns up and Teodosio asks Eudossa (Atenaide) to choose between him and Varane and give the message to Probo, who confuses the message and tells Varane to kidnap Atenaide (Eudossa). Then Teodosio banishes Eudossa but Leontino sees Probo’s plans and Marziano frees Atenaide from Varane and returns Eudossa to Teodosio .

    Gottit?

    I drew a picture first

    with coloured crayons

    as usual

    Though the beautiful music and singing from a superb cast makes it sooooo worthwhile.

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    I, too, went for a bit of Bellini today:

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