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    Verdi: Ernani, Chandos Opera in English


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I just bought this, but haven't yet listened to it. The ULP is starting to tilt...

    Update: I downloaded the CD into my library and listened to this last night and love it. When looking at the library entry, I noticed another Orfeo ed Euridice that I bought a while back and never listened to:


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    I bought it because I am a big fan of Marilyn Horne, so listened to it immediately after I finished listening to the Jaroussky. I was very disappointed. Horne, of course, is terrific and was always wonderful at anything she sang, but the timbre difference between even a top-of-the-line mezzo and a top-of-the-line countertenor in this opera is dramatic and now, really, a bridge too far.

    I suppose my point of reference on this opera has been altered by having experienced the only staging of the opera I've seen with the countertenor Bejun Mehta - and that I had not listened to the opera in at least a year. My ear seems to have become accustomed to the countertenor sound and, likely, no going back..

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    Arrived today.

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    In between the fireworks that has been the England versus India test cricket...

    Some Barock'n roll providing some different fireworks

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    Porpora: Germanico in Germania
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Germanico), Julia Lezhneva (Ersinda), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Arminio), Juan Sancho (Segeste), Dilyara Idrisova (Rosmonda), Hasnaa Bennani (Cecina)
    Capella Cracoviensis (on period instruments), Jan Tomasz Adamus
    Recorded Radio Kraków, the I-would-love-to-visit-Poland, August 2016

    There is much that is brilliant about this recording and not least is Julia Lezhneva

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    picture belongs to decca and simon fowler

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    This is a live recording from December, 2015. I always find that Klaus Florian Vogt's voice immediately captures my attention - the unexpected sweetness and effortless control continue to amaze. The low voices here, Falk Struckmann's Heinrich and Evgeny Nitikin's Telramund aren't very satisfying. Katarina Dalayman's Ortrud is better, but she doesn't have a lot of dramatic intensity (I retain the memory of Waltraud Meier's plotting and conniving Ortrud on stage and it's hard to imagine anyone better than her).

    A good recording but, despite KFV, can't really compete with the Rudolf Kempe/Jess Thomas/Elisabeth Grümmer/Christa Ludwig/Gottlob Frick/Dietrich-Fischer Dieskau classic.

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    listening and viewing DON CARLO ON youtube. coming to LA Ca. in sept. free on the santa monica pier. and any recommendations for a youtube version?? thanks, this is the one i am watching now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halochef View Post
    listening and viewing DON CARLO ON youtube. coming to LA Ca. in sept. free on the santa monica pier. and any recommendations for a youtube version?? thanks, this is the one i am watching now.

    How fabulous to be able to see it live for free. I don't know this version but will have a watch and will let you know.
    "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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    Wagner man checking in again



    A recording for the ages folks.
    If you love Wagner don't hesitate.
    The Naxos re master is excellent.

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    Conductor/orchestra: James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra; Ambrosian Opera Chorus
    Cast: Montserrat Caballé (Giovanna), Plácido Domingo (Carlo VII), Sherrill Milnes (Giacomo), Keith Erwen (Delil), Robert Lloyd (Talbot), et. al.

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    I bought this a couple of years ago from Ludwig Beck in Munich for a reasonable €5 (brand new) but was in my ULP, still in its cellophane. I downloaded it today and transferred it to my mp3 player.

    I'm going to see it next year at ROH but I don't imagine the singers will be as good. This is wonderful.

    "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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    Itullian led me to the Furtwängler Ring but Italian Radio recording

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    RAI Milano Orchestra & Chorus, Wilhelm Furtwängler
    1953
    Cast: lots of singers (lots of roles).

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    When i was just a boy, we had a gramophone record of Barber of Seville with Callas/ Gobbi/Alva which we played on our radiogram or Dansette record player! Imagine my delight when i managed to get it on CD many years later. For me it is definitive though i am sure there are are other fine recordings out there. Any views? And did Callas do any other comic operas?

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    Really liking this one.
    "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 Da55id View Post
    When i was just a boy, we had a gramophone record of Barber of Seville with Callas/ Gobbi/Alva which we played on our radiogram or Dansette record player! Imagine my delight when i managed to get it on CD many years later. For me it is definitive though i am sure there are are other fine recordings out there. Any views? And did Callas do any other comic operas?
    Any post that starts "when I was just a boy" has got to be a good one

    As for whether the Callas recording is the definitive one, I think there are too many good recordings/interpretations to say so. I certainly like it and have it but I also like the production with Gruberova.

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    Edita Gruberova, Juan Diego Flórez, Vladimir Chernov, Rosa Laghezza, Enric Serra, Francesco Ellero d'Artegna, James Anderson
    Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Male Choir, Ralf Weikert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I bought this a couple of years ago from Ludwig Beck in Munich for a reasonable €5 (brand new) but was in my ULP, still in its cellophane. I downloaded it today and transferred it to my mp3 player.

    I'm going to see it next year at ROH but I don't imagine the singers will be as good. This is wonderful.

    A fantastic opera recording!

    As for me:
    Gounod: Romeo & Juliet
    with Franco Corelli and Mirella Freni
    still in a heavy (but not exclusive) rotation of French opera

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