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    This for my schlep to town and back today. Lovely to re-visit an old favourite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Thanks. That is what I need to hear. I will sometimes find someone reminds me of someone else based on one characteristic and others don't see much similarity. For some reason I focus too much on a single trait and not the whole picture. Either way Kmentt is good. Now if Kaufmann would record Lyonel, but who would be Martha? Natalie Dessay? Again I just take wild guesses for I have no feel for the subtleties of individual voice, just the main categories. Perhaps Natalie not the right one. Hmmm, I know. Renee Fleming would be a perfect Martha (Lady Harriet).
    I actually thought Kmentt sounded like a lighter version of Vickers, but I suspect there are Vickers fans who would ask me what I've been smoking! I'd certainly like a recording of Martha with JK as Lyonel, perhaps with Genia Kühmeier as Martha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I have none
    Visit my new thread on Martha. I highly recommend you get one of the first two selections I list. They are very good sound quality and very good casts. You should be able to find a reasonably priced copy. Also the You Tube video I link at the end of that post is absolutely awesome! But you do not want the Berger set as your first one, it is not great sound quality.
    "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 Florestan View Post
    Visit my new thread on Martha. I highly recommend you get one of the first two selections I list. They are very good sound quality and very good casts. You should be able to find a reasonably priced copy. Also the You Tube video I link at the end of that post is absolutely awesome! But you do not want the Berger set as your first one, it is not great sound quality.
    Always good information, thanks, poor sound quality is a dealbreaker for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Always good information, thanks, poor sound quality is a dealbreaker for me
    You ought to start with the You Tube video. You will fall in love with the opera from that. The Lucia Popp recording also is up on You Tube in its entirety and I posted it in my Martha thread so you can sample it. Not sure if Rothenburg is on YT, maybe in bits and pieces. Really can't go wrong with Popp/Jerusalem though.
    "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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    Came in today's mail. Very good live performance.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    This is a very nice Baroque opera, but for me it is lacking because there is no alto/mezzo role, so it seems to have a missing dimension. If only they only included a mezzo instead of that pesky countertenor. This recording is very well regarded in this review.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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

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    Conductor/orchestra: Marcello Viotti, Placenza Symphony Orchestra
    Chorus of the City of Como
    Cast: Mariella Devia, Luca Canonici, Giuseppe Riva, Alessandro Verducci, Laura Musella, Elisabetta Battaglia, Vittorio Gattozzi

    Been a while since I've listened to this. Love the music, but would still like to give Elvino a swift kick in his posterior!

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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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    Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Marschallin), Christa Ludwig (Octavian), Teresa Stich-Randall (Sophie), Otto Edelmann (Ochs), Eberhard Wächter (Faninal), Ljuba Welitsch (Marianne), Paul Kuen (Valzacchi/Tierhändler), Kerstin Meyer (Annina), Nicolai Gedda (Italian Singer)
    Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
    Recorded December 1956 Kingsway Hall, London

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    Highlights:
    "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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