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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    A melodious and interesting opera, unfortunately a little spoiled by a teeth-grinding soprano with a horrible thin tone...
    something here (though I'm not sure which part) makes me want listen to this one.

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    meanwhile, between visiting Mohali for the cricket (over the radio waves) at 3am and falling asleep on the sofa at 3pm, I was listening to

    Arne: Artaxerxes
    Christopher Ainslie (Artaxerxes), Elizabeth Watts (Mandane), Caitlin Hulcup (Arbaces), Andrew Staples (Artabanes), Rebecca Bottone (Semira) & Daniel Norman (Rimenes)
    Classical Opera, Ian Page (director)
    Recorded 2009/2010

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    There's some very romantic and beautiful passages here with convincing performances

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    something here (though I'm not sure which part) makes me want listen to this one.
    The opera itself is worth an explore.
    Natalie

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    After 5 days in New York State w my sister and family, although I had a lovely time, finally able to get out for a proper walk. And try to lose the 5 lbs gained over the holiday. All over again.


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    Came in today's mail:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I'm not sure what are my usual suspects anymore. I need to keep a diary of my listening.


    Oh wait, there's this thread!

    Okay, I'll keep posting here all my listening...

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    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giulio Cesare), Karina Gauvin (Cleopatra), Romina Basso (Cornelia), Emoke Barath (Sesto), Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo), Johannes Weisser (Achilla), Milena Storti (Nireno), Gianluca Buratto (Curio)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

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    Name:  Iphigenie en Tauride - Marc Minkowski 1999, Mireille Delunsch, Simon Keenlyside, Yann Beuron, La.jpg
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    Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride
    Mireille Delunsch, Simon Keenlyside, Yann Beuron, Laurent Naouri, Alexia Cousin
    Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
    Recorded March 1999, Maison de Radio France

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    Fab, fab, fab!

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    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    Franco Fagioli (Orfeo), Malin Hartelius (Euridice), Emmanuelle de Negri (Amor)
    Accentus, Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey
    Recorded April 2015 Théâtre de Poissy, a live recording but with modern recording technology you can't really tell the difference from a studio recording for sound quality, only the dynamics of character interaction might make you suspect...

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    I forgot to add; a must listen for Orfeo and Fagioli fans!

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    EDIT: This Viaggio a Reims does not have the greatest sound quality. I read that Abbado did a live recording with the Berlin Philharmonic that has much better sound quality. Also features Cheryl Studer. I might have to get a copy. My set was $2 at a resale and was missing the booklet/libretto. I need a libretto or to watch a video to better appreciate this opera. Video selections seem few.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I'm listening at home for a couple of days due to omni-present rain. I'm not complaining as the mid-atlantic has had very dry conditions for some months - and, a break from my near obsessive walking...

    Anyway, yesterday's listen was:


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    This Opera Rara recording from 1988 features - to me - an unknown cast. The soprano voice(s) handled the high notes rather well, if with somewhat unpleasant timbres. The guys are quite good and there is plenty for them to sing. On the whole surprisingly good opera I didn't know - had barely even heard of - and like well enough to consider buying a ticket to next summer's performance at the Glimmerglass festival. Even if I am mad at Francesca Zambello...

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    This Viaggio a Reims does not have the greatest sound quality. I read that Abbado did a live recording with the Berlin Philharmonic that has much better sound quality. Also features Cheryl Studer. I might have to get a copy.

    This is the other Abbado recording. I haven't listened to it in a while, so maybe will cue it up today:


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    This one was maybe one of my best finds at the charity shop last year. Or was it the year before? Oh I don't know but I'm sure it was this decade.

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    Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Don Giovanni), Sena Jurinac (Donna Anna), Ernst Haeflinger (Don Ottavio), Maria Stader (Donna Elvira), Karl Christian Kohn (Leporello), Walter Kreppel (Il Commendatore), Ivan Sardi (Masetto), Irmgard Seefried (Zerlina)
    RIAS-Kammerchor Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
    Recorded Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin September/October 1958

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