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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I bought this one years ago in Eastern Berlin, (before the fall of the wall ) for about $5.00
    Lots of L.P. also very cheap all on the Eterna label, like all things then, no different brands, just Eterna.

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    Gasparini: Il Bajazet
    Leonardo De Lisi (Bajazet), Filippo Mineccia (Tamerlano), Giuseppina Bridelli (Asteria), Ewa Gubanska (Irene), Antonio Giovannini (Andronico), Benedetta Mazzucato (Clearco), Raffaele Pe (Leone), Giorgia Cinciripi (Zaida)
    Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata

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    Strong recommendation for Natalie

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    well, actually not just directed at Soave_Fanciulla but all lovers of baroque, Handel's Tamerlano, the age of the counter-tenor, beautiful melodies...

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    Donizetti: Les Martyrs
    Michael Spyres (Polyeucte), Joyce El-Khoury (Pauline), David Kempster (Sévère), Brindley Sherratt (Félix), Clive Bayley (Callisthènes), Wynne Evans (Néarque)
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder
    Recorded St Clement's Church, London October/November 2014

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    Not a disappointment. It is a very good opera, with drama and passion. It has good melodies, chorus and orchestral score and this production has emotional content. Michael Spyres is a very convincing Polyeucte with a beautiful thin voice that almost sounds like it has come from an old recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Gasparini: Il Bajazet
    Leonardo De Lisi (Bajazet), Filippo Mineccia (Tamerlano), Giuseppina Bridelli (Asteria), Ewa Gubanska (Irene), Antonio Giovannini (Andronico), Benedetta Mazzucato (Clearco), Raffaele Pe (Leone), Giorgia Cinciripi (Zaida)
    Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata

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    Strong recommendation for Natalie

    BUY!

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    I bought.
    Natalie

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    Wagner: Tannhäuser
    Bayreuth 1961
    Wolfgang Windgassen (Tannhäuser), Victoria de los Angeles (Elisabeth), Grace Bumbry (Venus), Josef Greindl (Landgraf), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Wolfram), Gerhard Stolze (Walther), Franz Crass (Biterolf), Gerhard Paskuda (Heinrich), Theo Adam (Reinmar)
    Orchesta of the Bayreuth Festival
    Wolfgang Sawallisch

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    for the 1961 live, good sound. Not excellent, just good but the music comes through very well.

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    An old classic for my walk this afternoon. A superb recording; Moffo in great voice as are all the principals.


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    I played this yesterday on vinyl:
    Bizet : Carmen.
    Love it ore load it but Horne makes a very special Carmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    I played this yesterday on vinyl:
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    I am very envious of Adrian's very cool turntable and opera record collection that is "metres"...

    It is apparent that the love of vinyl is still very much around; I saw that the showpiece of the La Scala Memories set (La Traviata 1956, Maria Callas) was the only one sold in a big red box. It was EUR 250 as opposed to the rest of the collection that was about EUR 30 so I did not buy that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I am very envious of Adrian's very cool turntable and opera record collection that is "metres"...

    It is apparent that the love of vinyl is still very much around; I saw that the showpiece of the La Scala Memories set (La Traviata 1956, Maria Callas) was the only one sold in a big red box. It was EUR 250 as opposed to the rest of the collection that was about EUR 30 so I did not buy that one.

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    I love the boxes with the lavish libretto's ,the Carmen is stunning as are the early Decca recordings, as you know I adore Joan Sutherland and they are special, all with beautiful reproductions of the Bonynge collection of paintings from singers and costumes from the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    I love the boxes with the lavish libretto's ,the Carmen is stunning as are the early Decca recordings, as you know I adore Joan Sutherland and they are special, all with beautiful reproductions of the Bonynge collection of paintings from singers and costumes from the past.
    The records were so much more than the CDs of today. They were so much more special (admittedly also so much more expensive).

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    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Laurence Dale (Orfeo), Efrat Ben-Nun (Euridice/La Musica), Jennifer Larmore (Messaggiera), Paul Gérimon (Caronte), Harry Peeters (Plutone), Bernarda Fink (Proserpina), Nicolas Rivenq (Apollo), Andreas Scholl (Speranza)
    Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs
    1995

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    Not only is this an excellent recording but Harmonia Mundi released this series in the CD book format. For the Monteverdi fan the whole series is a must. The books are really very good with a lot of writing on the music with pictures and diagrams and of course full text too. They are also VERY reasonable price with Presto Classical selling for GBP 13.20.

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/H...5901553%252F54

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    I pre-ordered that new Decca Vinci

    It is going to be a long wait until 26 May release date

    In the meantime, I remind myself why I pressed the buy button immediately on discovering it was available for pre-order

    Vinci, Leonardo: Artaserse
    Philippe Jaroussky (Artaserse), Max Emanuel Cencic (Mandane), Franco Fagioli (Arbace), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Semira), Yuriy Mynenko (Megabise), Daniel Behle (Artabano)
    Concerto Köln & Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano, Diego Fasolis
    2011

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    Hasse, J A: Didone Abbandonata
    Theresa Holzhauser (Didone), Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (Enea), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Iarba), Magdalena Hinterdobler (Selene), Maria Celeng (Araspe) & Andreas Burkhart (Osmida)
    Hofkapelle München, Michael Hofstetter
    Recorded from live performances May/June 2011, Prinzregententheater, Munich

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    Some stage noise as it is live performances but little and no way enough to distract from some stunning singing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Hasse, J A: Didone Abbandonata
    Theresa Holzhauser (Didone), Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (Enea), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Iarba), Magdalena Hinterdobler (Selene), Maria Celeng (Araspe) & Andreas Burkhart (Osmida)
    Hofkapelle München, Michael Hofstetter
    Recorded from live performances May/June 2011, Prinzregententheater, Munich

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    Some stage noise as it is live performances but little and no way enough to distract from some stunning singing.
    What about the opera itself? I don't know it, and I'm always interested in another telling of my favorite Antiquity story. Is it good?
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); April 30th, 2015 at 02:28 AM.
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    What about the opera itself? I don't know it, and I'm always interested in another telling of my favorite Antiquity story. Is it good?
    Yes it is a good opera and I am surprised I could only find this production.

    It has good exploration of the characters that are developed well. It has many good arias and some very good. It has few recitatives and a nice continuity.

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