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    yes, sometimes venturing in to unknown territories can make it difficult to appreciate the qualities... like my listening today. I was very much looking forward to it but forgot how much such a different interpretation can throw you...

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    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Vivica Genaux (Romeo), Valentina Farcas (Giulietta), Davide Giusti (Tebaldo), Fabrizio Beggi (Lorenzo), Ugo Guagliardo (Capellio)
    Belcanto Chorus & Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi
    Recorded in Rieti (Teatro Flavio Vespasiano), Italy, in September 2014


    so foreign, I might as well have been listening to a Mongolian contemporary opera written in Swahili. Completely thrown, I'll need to stick my head in a bucket of lemon juice (maybe with a dash of gin) and try again.

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    much better

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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    Wolfgang Windgassen (Tristan), Birgit Nilsson (Isolde), Christa Ludwig (Brangäne), Martti Talvela (King Marke), Eberhard Waechter (Kurwenal), Claude Heater (Melot), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Hirt), Gerd Nienstedt (Steuermann), Peter Schreier (Seemann)
    Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele 1966, Karl Böhm

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    I can listen to this while waiting for it to ship because this site has it available for streaming.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Highly recommended if you are open to English language opera. I think it's important musically to hear an opera in its native language. That said, I have had a lot of enjoyment out of the Chandos opera in english series. more effective and efficient for me when available compared to reading a libretto. This is one of my favorite of the series so far (I've so far listened to Barber of Seville, Rhinegold, Walkure, Tosca, and parts of Siegfried and Ernani)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    yes, sometimes venturing in to unknown territories can make it difficult to appreciate the qualities... like my listening today. I was very much looking forward to it but forgot how much such a different interpretation can throw you...

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    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
    Vivica Genaux (Romeo), Valentina Farcas (Giulietta), Davide Giusti (Tebaldo), Fabrizio Beggi (Lorenzo), Ugo Guagliardo (Capellio)
    Belcanto Chorus & Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi
    Recorded in Rieti (Teatro Flavio Vespasiano), Italy, in September 2014


    so foreign, I might as well have been listening to a Mongolian contemporary opera written in Swahili. Completely thrown, I'll need to stick my head in a bucket of lemon juice (maybe with a dash of gin) and try again.
    I think the proportions for gin in a bucket of lemon juice require more than a dash! But, maybe, that's just me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post


    Highly recommended if you are open to English language opera. I think it's important musically to hear an opera in its native language. That said, I have had a lot of enjoyment out of the Chandos opera in english series. more effective and efficient for me when available compared to reading a libretto. This is one of my favorite of the series so far (I've so far listened to Barber of Seville, Rhinegold, Walkure, Tosca, and parts of Siegfried and Ernani)
    I noticed that the other day and added it my wish list - despite its being an English translation. Mattiwilda Dobbs was a long-time resident of my building here in Virginia, so am interested to hear what she sounded like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    yes, sometimes venturing in to unknown territories can make it difficult to appreciate the qualities... like my listening today. I was very much looking forward to it but forgot how much such a different interpretation can throw you...

    so foreign, I might as well have been listening to a Mongolian contemporary opera written in Swahili. Completely thrown, I'll need to stick my head in a bucket of lemon juice (maybe with a dash of gin) and try again.


    Having grown up in Uganda and become fluent, I could have helped you there.

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    I've always been hesitant to buy the now-legendary 1980 Kubelik Parsifal, since there were no samples available on Amazon or Presto, and only one short clip on YouTube. Recently, though, someone has posted the entire opera there. Not sure how long it will stay up, but I've been listening--enough to confirm all the praise for this recording and make me put it high on my wish list.




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    Library sign out for the car:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Donizetti: Maria Padilla
    Lois McDonal (Maria), Della Jones (Ines), Graham Clark (Don Ruiz), Christian du Plessis (Don Pedro), Roderick Earle (Ramiro), Ian Caley (Don Luigi), Roderick Kennedy (Don Alfonso)
    London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Alun Francis
    Recorded Henry Wood Hall, June 1980

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    We had a discussion a few years ago about Donizetti's operas and one member mentioned Maria Padilla as *quite interesting* and I took note but the recording wasn't available at the time. I think it's more than interesting; dramatic and beautifully performed here, it's definitely worth listening to for Donizetti fans. I'm very happy the record label had a 50% off sale for this!
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    Caccini, F: La liberazione di Ruggerio dall'isola di Alcina
    Commedia in musica Florence, 1625
    Elena Sartori (harpsichord/direction), Elena Biscuola, Mauro Borgioni, Gabriella Martellacci, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Emanuela Galli, Raffaele Giordani & Yiannis Vassilakis
    Allabastrina, La Pifarescha
    Elena Sartori direction 2016

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    Joy! A brilliant work brought back to life. Thank you Elena Sartori.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I've always been hesitant to buy the now-legendary 1980 Kubelik Parsifal, since there were no samples available on Amazon or Presto, and only one short clip on YouTube. Recently, though, someone has posted the entire opera there. Not sure how long it will stay up, but I've been listening--enough to confirm all the praise for this recording and make me put it high on my wish list.
    Just a quick followup: Kurt Moll *has* to be the best Gurnemanz of all time.

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    Today:

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

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    From one Caccini to another...

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    Caccini, G: Euridice
    Silvia Frigato (Euridice, La Tragedia), Furio Zanasi (Orfeo), Giampaolo Fagotto (Arcetro), Luca Dordolo (Tirsi, Aminta), Sara Mingardo (Dafne, Proserpina), Monica Piccinini (Venere), Antonio Abete (Plutone), Matteo Bellotto (Radamanto) & Mauro Borgioni (Caronte)
    Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Live recording (though studio quality) August 2013 Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik

    Beautiful early baroque interpretation of the story and a very good production with the best of period specialists.

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