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    Love Berganza here, but want the Sills set.
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    In the car:


    On my MP3 player:
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    A shorter walk today was in order to compensate for the week off due to travel and weather. So, a similarly shorter opera was required. As I thought about it, I realized I hadn't listened to Puccini in quite a while (with due apologies to Povero Buoso):


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    This morning's listen:


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    This CD set is nicely done. The sound is excellent (save a bit of an echo in some of the choruses) and the singing of a high standard. The opera itself is somewhat less melodic than what I recall from the Bard performance in 2013, but has a driving dramatic arc that makes the music great listening. I'm interested, now, to hear Leon Botstein's version available on iTunes for comparison.


    No walk today. Very cold (although it didn't stick, it snowed this morning for about an hour!) and very windy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    No comments? I have this CD and find it incredibly beautiful. One of the best operas out there.
    "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 Hoffmann View Post
    This morning's listen:


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    This CD set is nicely done. The sound is excellent (save a bit of an echo in some of the choruses) and the singing of a high standard. The opera itself is somewhat less melodic than what I recall from the Bard performance in 2013, but has a driving dramatic arc that makes the music great listening. I'm interested, now, to hear Leon Botstein's version available on iTunes for comparison.


    No walk today. Very cold (although it didn't stick, it snowed this morning for about an hour!) and very windy.
    I remain weary of trying this without the libretto. Do you know of any source for the libretto?
    "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
    I remain weary of trying this without the libretto. Do you know of any source for the libretto?

    I looked but came up empty-handed. It must be really obscure if the internet doesn't know.

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    I did some quick hunting and came up with the Russian libretto but i think when it comes to the English it's out of luck. http://home.tiscali.cz:8080/ist987/libreta/orestea.html Could try the old google translate attempt but that would be mighty tedious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I did some quick hunting and came up with the Russian libretto but i think when it comes to the English it's out of luck. http://home.tiscali.cz:8080/ist987/libreta/orestea.html Could try the old google translate attempt but that would be mighty tedious.
    Thanks but I don't speak Russian!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I did some quick hunting and came up with the Russian libretto but i think when it comes to the English it's out of luck. http://home.tiscali.cz:8080/ist987/libreta/orestea.html Could try the old google translate attempt but that would be mighty tedious.

    Looks more like a software scramble to me!

    I wonder whether the libretto was ever translated into English. The opera has had very few performances in its lifetime - which is unfortunate. In the performance I saw at Bard College, the principals were mostly Russian. The Melodiya recording is Russian from the Soviet era (1965), so it's possible no one has taken the time to do a translation.

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    This has been lingering in my Unlistened to Pile for some time and I had totally forgotten about it:


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    This CD set, which is the four act version, has a terrific male cast, including Boris Christoff's Philip II and Tito Gobbi's Rodrigo, which is why I bought it. I don't know the female singers except by name, although they, too, are quite good. Set comments note that this was the first studio recording of the four-act version of Don Carlo, completed in 1954. Although noted as restored, the sound is good, but not as good as some other remastered sets from the same time period (like the Callas box set). Christoff's "Ella giammai m’amň" is amazing.

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    Hot off the CD ripper, purchased only an hour ago at Dearborn Music. Never heard this opera before:



    EDIT: I must say, I am not a fan of Massenet. Musically he does nothing for me, and I had his Cendrillon with von Stade and couldn't stand it, so got rid of it. But this is a keeper for the wonderful voice of Beverly Sills which unfortunately was very under-represented in recordings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    snap! I was listening to this too

    twice

    as is the norm for this recording

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    No comments? I have this CD and find it incredibly beautiful. One of the best operas out there.
    sooooo beautiful, if I was any less butch of a guy, it would bring tears to my eyes.

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