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    Always such a pleasure to listen to the aptly named silvery-voiced Nancy Argenta:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Anyway, no walk, but listened to:

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    Oh, so THAT explains it!

    xxxxx

    The longer I listened, the more confused I became!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Oh, so THAT explains it!

    xxxxx

    The longer I listened, the more confused I became!
    I think the cover works WAY better with Tristan.
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; December 31st, 2015 at 02:23 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I had not heard of this opera before. Looks interesting. I am checking it out.
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I had not heard of this opera before. Looks interesting. I am checking it out.
    It's really a masque not an opera, but it has the Cold Song which is extraordinary.

    Counter-tenor version (which I prefer)



    Bass baritone version as in the recording:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's really a masque not an opera, but it has the Cold Song which is extraordinary.

    Bass baritone version as in the recording:

    First video not available in my country. Just as well, I am not fond of counter-tenors, except in Handel's Chandos Anthems where there is no recording I am aware of without them.

    Second video plays and is fantastic. I like it!
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    First video not available in my country. Just as well, I am not fond of counter-tenors, except in Handel's Chandos Anthems where there is no recording I am aware of without them.

    Second video plays and is fantastic. I like it!
    You have to remember that in 1683 the Thames froze over for 2 months, so Purcell really knew all about the power of great cold!

    When I hear this song I always think of this passage from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, about the frozen apple seller:

    "Great statesmen, in their beards and ruffs, despatched affairs of state under the crimson awning of the Royal Pagoda ... Frozen roses fell in showers when the Queen and her ladies walked abroad ... Near London Bridge, where the river had frozen to a depth of some twenty fathoms, a wrecked wherry boat was plainly visible, lying on the bed of the river where it had sunk last autumn, overladen with apples. The old bumboat woman, who was carrying her fruit to market on the Surrey side, sat there in her plaids and farthingales with her lap full of apples, for all the world as if she were about to serve a customer, though a certain blueness about the lips hinted the truth."
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You have to remember that in 1683 the Thames froze over for 2 months, so Purcell really knew all about the power of great cold!

    When I hear this song I always think of this passage from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, about the frozen apple seller:

    "Great statesmen, in their beards and ruffs, despatched affairs of state under the crimson awning of the Royal Pagoda ... Frozen roses fell in showers when the Queen and her ladies walked abroad ... Near London Bridge, where the river had frozen to a depth of some twenty fathoms, a wrecked wherry boat was plainly visible, lying on the bed of the river where it had sunk last autumn, overladen with apples. The old bumboat woman, who was carrying her fruit to market on the Surrey side, sat there in her plaids and farthingales with her lap full of apples, for all the world as if she were about to serve a customer, though a certain blueness about the lips hinted the truth."
    Ugh, a rather macabre scene!
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's really a masque not an opera, but it has the Cold Song which is extraordinary.

    Counter-tenor version (which I prefer)



    Bass baritone version as in the recording:

    Just wonderful. Love the bass baritone version so I'm very tempted to get this.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    I thought Luciano and Dame Joan might like a trip to the shops today.

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    I ended up going with the Clemens Krauss 1953 Bayreuth, remastered by Andrew Rose. A truly excellent recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I thought Luciano and Dame Joan might like a trip to the shops today.

    Well I can report that both of them enjoyed their trip to Sainsbury's. I caught Luciano muttering 'mama mia' when I put the chocolate in my trolley and Dame Joan wasn't impressed at the absence of lamingtons but both recovered in time to give me some good marching tunes for my walk home.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I ended up going with the Clemens Krauss 1953 Bayreuth, remastered by Andrew Rose. A truly excellent recording.

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    Ooooh. And on XR, no less! Very tempting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Well I can report that both of them enjoyed their trip to Sainsbury's. I caught Luciano muttering 'mama mia' when I put the chocolate in my trolley and Dame Joan wasn't impressed at the absence of lamingtons but both recovered in time to give me some good marching tunes for my walk home.
    I have a feeling Luciano may have had a passing acquaintance with chocolate himself!
    Natalie

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    My New Years' listen:


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    This is the only Fidelio I own, and it's not particularly satisfying. Vickers' performance is the highlight, I'm not crazy about Nilsson's Leonore. The sound (live performance recorded in 1960) is acceptable, but not much better than that.

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