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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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    I struggled with this opera.

    Not the opera itself, oh no I like that. It's just that I felt the Opera Gods had decided that I was not meant to listen to it.

    To explain, I first ordered the Opera Rara recording not knowing it had completely gone. The vendor got back to me six months later to tell me it was not possible to supply me with the recording. Then the German site of Amazon listed it as in stock so I ordered again but only for them to return my money four months later. I heard Doris Day telling me it just wasn't going to happen.

    Then Cilla popped up saying Surprise! Surprise!, my favourite record label Nightingale Classics (the Edita connection) had come back to life to release this as their first recording!

    So as mister Guinness says, good things do come to those who wait.

    What a load of waffle!

    Yes. Please accept my apologies; I have been disconnected for a couple of days so had to give you guys a two day dose of Clayton.

    Bellini: La straniera
    Recorded in November 2012, Baden-Baden, Germany
    Edita Gruberova, Laura Polverelli, José Bros, Luca Grassi, Kay Stiefermann, Thomas Michael Allen
    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg & Orpheus Vokalensemble, Pietro Rizzo
    Recorded November 2012, Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus, Frieburg, Konzerthaus

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    Oh, so worth the wait. Absolutely lovely and a recommendation for Bellini fans. Just one complaint about the recording to Nightingale Classics; this is really upper price point now for opera CDs so really should include a libretto, especially as this one is , well, err.. a strange one. But I don't care so much because based on this, I am now definitely buying the Opera Rara download with the PDF booklet (that includes the text).

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    Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa
    Sonia Prina (Ottone), Julia Lezhneva (Caio Silio), Veronica Cangemi (Cleonilla), Roberta Invernizzi (Tullia) & Topi Lehtipuu (Decio)
    Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (director)
    Recorded May 2010 Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid (Spain)

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    Lovely arias and as with all the collection with great cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I struggled with this opera.

    Not the opera itself, oh no I like that. It's just that I felt the Opera Gods had decided that I was not meant to listen to it.

    To explain, I first ordered the Opera Rara recording not knowing it had completely gone. The vendor got back to me six months later to tell me it was not possible to supply me with the recording. Then the German site of Amazon listed it as in stock so I ordered again but only for them to return my money four months later. I heard Doris Day telling me it just wasn't going to happen.

    Then Cilla popped up saying Surprise! Surprise!, my favourite record label Nightingale Classics (the Edita connection) had come back to life to release this as their first recording!

    So as mister Guinness says, good things do come to those who wait.

    What a load of waffle!

    Yes. Please accept my apologies; I have been disconnected for a couple of days so had to give you guys a two day dose of Clayton.

    Bellini: La straniera
    Recorded in November 2012, Baden-Baden, Germany
    Edita Gruberova, Laura Polverelli, José Bros, Luca Grassi, Kay Stiefermann, Thomas Michael Allen
    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg & Orpheus Vokalensemble, Pietro Rizzo
    Recorded November 2012, Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus, Frieburg, Konzerthaus



    Oh, so worth the wait. Absolutely lovely and a recommendation for Bellini fans. Just one complaint about the recording to Nightingale Classics; this is really upper price point now for opera CDs so really should include a libretto, especially as this one is , well, err.. a strange one. But I don't care so much because based on this, I am now definitely buying the Opera Rara download with the PDF booklet (that includes the text).



    Did you know this one?
    I bought it long time ago,reasonable sound for a live recording.
    Souliotis is a plus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post

    Did you know this one?
    I bought it long time ago,reasonable sound for a live recording.
    Souliotis is a plus
    I think I read about a performance but I did not know it was recorded. I am going to keep an eye out for it on the second hand market/auction sites.

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    LA STRANIERA- CABALLE - SARDINERO- ZAMBON- LIVE NY, 22-3-69

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    I tried listening to this, but you can hear the prompter and it is driving me crazy.

    I am moving on to something else.

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    Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander (BBC 3 has this ROH production available)

    Egils Silins, Adrianne Pieczonka

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    Gluck: Alceste
    Vienna version
    Jessye Norman (Alceste), Nicolai Gedda (Admète), Tom Krause (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon), Bernd Weikl (Apollon), Robert Gambill (Evandre) & Siegmund Nimsgern (Hercule), Roland Bracht (La voix de l'Oracle), Kurt Rydl (Dieu infernal)
    Bavarian State Choir & Symphony Orchestra, Serge Baudo
    Studio recording, 1982

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    I forgot there was another Orpheus in the tea cabinet. So small completely missed him (play within a play job). Also a thousand apologgies to mister Foster-Williams of whom I said yesterday that I had not heard his performances before. Outrageous behaviour on my behalf.

    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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    I like this one better than the Jacobs but neither come within a country mile of the Claudio Cavina which Clayton recommended. Only in my opinion, I hasten to add.
    "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 usual, Sospiro's very thorough examination of a work continues

    unlike someone whose concentration span can only last










    wa wassay talken bout?

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    Sorry to interrupt everyones' baroque reveries here....

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    Actually, an enjoyable version of this wonderful beginning to the Ring. Doesn't seem as profound without George London, but much better than my initial listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Sorry to interrupt everyones' baroque reveries here....
    Hey, for a moment I thought you'd go all the way to the other end of the spectrum and praise a contemporary opera!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor
    I am listing to this one, on record, so the glasharp sounds on his best.
    Sills and Bergonzi are unbeatable in the first act duet.
    The mad scene is pretty amazing to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post


    Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor
    I am listing to this one, on record, so the glasharp sounds on his best.
    Sills and Bergonzi are unbeatable in the first act duet.
    The mad scene is pretty amazing to.
    Is it complete or has it been cut?
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Is it complete or has it been cut?
    I think this one can be called complete, with wolf's crag scene and glass harmonica (not even Donizetti got that experience).

    If you have access to spotify, you can test drive there but you know you really want it... don't you?

    Carlo Bergonzi...

    Piero Cappuccilli...

    Go on...

    You know it makes sense

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