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    Today, years and a terrifying amount of money after, I am so hyperbolic about pretty much everything I last listened to...

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    like todays listening, the best cast for the greatest composer's most beautiful opera with the loveliest melodies ever!

    ok, I may have stretched that one a bit but it is very good

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    Vivaldi: La Veritą in cimento
    Nathalie Stutzmann, Gemma Bertagnoli, Sara Mingardo, Guillemette Laurens, Philippe Jaroussky, Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Recorded September 2002, Eglise de Daoulas, Bretagne

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    ^ What a gaudy tattoo she has! Or did she accidentally put her hand on a red hot ornate heater grate?
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Poured down rain all day so no walking.

    Instead, I sat at home and listened to:


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    This is a replacement for the copy I bought used a year or so ago that was unlistenable. Excellent early opera of Verdi's! Great voices at or near their peak performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Excellent early opera of Verdi's! Great voices at or near their peak performance.
    Good to hear. I still haven't listened to my copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    ^ What a gaudy tattoo she has! Or did she accidentally put her hand on a red hot ornate heater grate?
    I think and hope it's just henna.
    "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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    Yesterday morning while contemplating my walk:


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    and then, later, while walking (and started much too late, so after dark when arrived home...):


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    Sir Georg Solti; Regine Crespin, Yvonne Minton, Helen Donath, Manfred Jungwirth and Luciano Pavarotti as an Italian tenor
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    Arrived in today's mail. Beautifully packaged in a clamshell box with
    cardboard sleeves for each of the three disks. My 4th Baroque opera.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    WOW yeah baby!



    Listen to this lovely slow aria with oboe obbligato and swoon from pleasure:

    Natalie

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    ditto on the Pergolesi. Adam, the postman, delivered it day before yesterday so it was my post cricket opera that day. I didn't swoon but it is lovely.

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    Going for Baroque! Listening thru my small Baroque collection of opera (Ariodante, Caesar, Ottone, and Tolomeo)

    Just finished this one


    Just started this one (which I learned of from someone posting it on OperaLively!)
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I've had my eye on that Julius Caesar for a while - maybe more for Norman Treigle than La Sills. Treigle was an ensemble member of the late New York City Opera and a legendary Mefistofeles in Boito's opera - and almost everything else he sang.

    What do you think of the recording?

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    An early polar vortex has hit the U.S., so I was hestitating about heading out for a walk yesterday. While I pondered, I cued up this:


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    After that, from my famous box of operas, I listened to this, which apparently is an operetta (quite pleasant):


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    Then, at the last minute, I decided I had to get outside and walk after all, so:


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    I don't even remember the last time I listened to this. Say what you will about Sutherland, and this recording from 1966 is relatively early, she was just unbelievably good. Also features a very early and unbelievably good and pre self-indulgent Pavarotti as well.

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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 Hoffmann View Post
    I've had my eye on that Julius Caesar for a while - maybe more for Norman Treigle than La Sills. Treigle was an ensemble member of the late New York City Opera and a legendary Mefistofeles in Boito's opera - and almost everything else he sang.

    What do you think of the recording?
    I like it a lot. The sound quality is very good for a older performance. I haven't listened enough or compared it to any other performances of the same so can't give a definitive response. It gets pretty decent ratings on Amazon, 4.3 out of 5 start on 53 reviews. I think that sample size is big enough to lend some weight to the rating vs something with only a few reviews.
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 6th, 2018 at 06:54 AM.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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