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    So much lovely singing from Klaus Florian Vogt, a great cast, and beautiful music. And it's a singspiel about the young Goethe, if that is not too much of an oxymoron. Highly recommended.

    Natalie

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    The first two operas of Puccini's greatest work.
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    Quite heavy Puccini listening recently (except for the usual Verdi around campus but I don't even count when I listen to fragments of Un Ballo in Maschera any more as it's usually a daily occurrence...)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    I hadn't listened to this recording of ICEIM since I bought it - it was time to queue it up again. Overall, I prefer the Muti/Gruberova/Baltsa set, but needed to give this one another shot.

    Conductor: Donald Runnicles
    Romeo: Jennifer Larmore
    Giulietta: Hei-Kyung-Hong
    Tebaldo: Paul Groves
    (1999)

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    Don Carlo with Montserrat Caballé. Mainly the main arias and so forth, so I can prepare for taking in the entire opera
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    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lellobeetle View Post
    Don Carlo with Montserrat Caballé. Mainly the main arias and so forth, so I can prepare for taking in the entire opera


    Have a great time
    "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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    One of the best recordings I have ever heard. Cannot be faulted. Amazing singing and playing, brings out every ounce of spookiness in this wonderful opera.

    Natalie

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    Needed a bit of Baroque after all the high-intensity spookiness and this lovely recording fitted the bill perfectly.

    Natalie

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    I finally was able to get out for a walk again yesterday - between out of town trips and lousy weather, winter is a tough time. So, I celebrated with:



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    This really is a glorious recording. I love Tebaldi's Elisabeth and also the pairing of Carlo Bergonzi and DFD in the famous duet. And, as I know I've said before, I really love Nicolai Ghiaurov's Philip II!


    This morning I decided on something I've only listened to once, and rather enjoyed:


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    Right now I'm thinking of Die Walküre for today's walk - very suitable as it is very cloudy/overcast.

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    Indeed, Die Walküre it was:



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    As much as I love Walküre, I have to admit that listening to Act II can be a bit taxing. It's important to the development of the plot, but there isn't much that happens musically until the end of the act and the confrontation between Wotan, Brunhilde, Siegmund & Sieglinde occurs, leading up to Siegmund's demise at the hand of Hunding.

    I just listened to Act III again this morning, and the music alone (that is, without watching the stage action) during the Wotan - Brunhilde scene is just heartbreaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Indeed, Die Walküre it was:



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    As much as I love Walküre, I have to admit that listening to Act II can be a bit taxing. It's important to the development of the plot, but there isn't much that happens musically until the end of the act and the confrontation between Wotan, Brunhilde, Siegmund & Sieglinde occurs, leading up to Siegmund's demise at the hand of Hunding.

    I just listened to Act III again this morning, and the music alone (that is, without watching the stage action) during the Wotan - Brunhilde scene is just heartbreaking.
    My favourite part of the opera occurs at the end of act 2 when as you mention things start looking up. I love the dialogue between Siegmund and Brünnhilde.
    Natalie

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    A somewhat Mixed listening today while revising for dissertation.
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    The second act is always chilling due to how light much of the music is in comparison to what you know is coming.

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    Been cycling through all the other Puccini the past fortnight so it seems like its Minnie's turn.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Leclair, J-M: Scylla et Glaucus
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    Les Nouveaux Caractères, Sébastien D’Hérin

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    Absolutely fabulous

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    This kept my spirits up while battling the wind and the horizontal rain today.



    I'm going to the final dress rehearsal of Nabucco at ROH in June. I'm rather hoping that it will be Platanias at the rehearsal and not PD. He's past it and he never was a baritone.
    "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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    Scary Imogen. I don't like the wind at all.

    Both kinds of wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    As much as I love Walküre, I have to admit that listening to Act II can be a bit taxing. It's important to the development of the plot, but there isn't much that happens musically until the end of the act and the confrontation between Wotan, Brunhilde, Siegmund & Sieglinde occurs, leading up to Siegmund's demise at the hand of Hunding.
    I love Act II. For me, the music, if not always suitable for concert excerpts, is wonderfully effective within the context of the compelling drama.

    But Walküre is my favorite opera, so I'm a bit biased.

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