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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Been an odd sort of week so returned to a new version of one of my favourite operas.

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    La Traviata is still one of my favourite Verdi Operas (especially the first two acts which are close to perfect) my favourite part remains the finale of act 2 scene 1 with Germont's famous aria and the sadly often cut "No, non udrai rimproveri"
    And this to me is the perfect recording. The particular timbre of Cotrubas's voice is just right for Violetta.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I listened to another perfect opera
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    I listened to this on the shopping schlep today - thanks for the memory nudge.
    "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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    I haven't stopped to figure out how many operas remain from that box I bought back in November, but I just put this on this recording from 1979 for this morning's listen:


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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Florestan's Avatar
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    After hearing this on DVD I could not help getting the CD of the same performance:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Winter series now over, there's no more cricket until the summer series starts in May (sad face) and I'm back to the world of opera (happy face)...

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    Verdi: Aida
    Anja Harteros (Aida), Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Ludovic Tezier (Amonasro), Erwin Schrott (Ramfis), Marco Spotti (Il Re d'Egitto), Paolo Fanale (Un Messaggero), Eleonora Buratto (Sacerdotessa)
    Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma; Coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Antonio Pappano
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    now if this had been around at the time we were recommending recordings for Aida in the favourite recordings thread, this would have been my choice, it is magnificent. Superb interpretation with magnificent cast, chorus and orchestra. A wonderful book format with libretto, synopsis, essays and pictures (I like pictures) and an absolute bargain price of GBP 14 at PC, it's a must get for Verdi, JK and Harteros fans amongst others.
    I do understand MAuer's point about the sound engineering leading to big changes in volume but to be honest a recording like this deserves to be played on speakers in an otherwise empty house at a volume that can be heard in ancient Egypt...

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    This is nice but, in my view, doesn't replace either the Muti or the Gardelli.

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    Essay reference time again. This means Puccini

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    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    José Cura does some of the most nuanced singing I have ever heard from him - he's great in this role. And Olga Borodina, mamma mia, what a force of nature. I reckon Samson could just sit and twiddle his thumbs and let her knock the temple down with her voice.

    Natalie

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    I needed something to last a trip to the mail sorting office to pick up a parcel plus a trip to the supermarket and this admirably served the purpose. I know when it happens but the gun shot always makes me jump!

    "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
    I needed something to last a trip to the mail sorting office to pick up a parcel plus a trip to the supermarket and this admirably served the purpose. I know when it happens but the gun shot always makes me jump!
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    Yes, I reeeeally don't like gun shots on the recordings... I rather they did not have them. Or occasionally the thunder. or smashing magic urns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Yes, I reeeeally don't like gun shots on the recordings... I rather they did not have them. Or occasionally the thunder. or smashing magic urns.
    Showing my ignorance here ... smashing magic urns?
    "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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    It's the Curtis recording of Alcina; it get's me every time!

    The wife sometimes calls me a hampster, after we once saw a documentary that told us the hampster scares very easily and can die of a heart attack as a consequence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    It's the Curtis recording of Alcina; it get's me every time!
    Ah that explains it, have not heard it.

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    The wife sometimes calls me a hampster, after we once saw a documentary that told us the hampster scares very easily and can die of a heart attack as a consequence!
    Hehe!

    "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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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    Boris Christoff (Boris/Pimen/Varlaam), Nicolai Gedda (Grigory (False Dmitry)), Kim Borg (Rangoni/Tchelkalov), Eugenia Zareska (Marina), Andre Bielecki (Shuisky/Missail), Eugenia Zareska (Fyodor), Ludmilla Lebedeva (Xenia), Lydia Romanova (Hostess), Wassili Pasternak (Simpleton)
    Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Choeurs Russes de Paris, Issay Dobrowen
    Studio recording, 1952

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    Wonderful Christoff
    and Gedda
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    This is a good recording, but... I just don't really get Schumann. I'm glad the library bought it rather than me!

    Natalie

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