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    This Edinburgh set is quite good (beware any who would buy this--there is a Melodrama with a near identical cover but different performance and online listings are not precise, so I confirmed this before buying it).

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

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    Today's listening includes the following, and I think I like the Schartzkopf set the best, followed by Donath, then Rothenberger set. This is based on the whole production, not just the leading lady.




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

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    Conductor/orchestra: Bertrand de Billy, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arnold Schoenberg Choir
    Cast: Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Kurt Streit (Florestan), Peter Rose (Rocco), Gerd Grochowski (Pizarro), Brigitte Geller (Marzelline), Dietmar Kerschbaum (Jaquino), Ralf Lukas (Don Fernando), et. al.

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    I'm taking a page out of Florestan's book:

    Bellini: La Sonnambula
    Cecilia Bartoli, Juan Diego Florez


    I plan on getting a lot more familiar with this one. I also have a recording with Patricia Ciofi and Maria Callas, both from the Bellini complete operas package. So far this recording is my favorite,but maybe I'll be proved wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I'm taking a page out of Florestan's book:

    Bellini: La Sonnambula
    Cecilia Bartoli, Juan Diego Florez


    I plan on getting a lot more familiar with this one. I also have a recording with Patricia Ciofi and Maria Callas, both from the Bellini complete operas package. So far this recording is my favorite,but maybe I'll be proved wrong
    I do think that Cecilia's singing in this one is wonderful, but for me, she just doesn't fit the role of Amina.

    I just finished the DVD of La fille du Regiment with Florz and Ciofi. Very good. I think Ciofi may come in second to Cecilia on the facial-contortions-while-singing contest. I should go back and try my Ciofi Sonnambula again, but I think she is like Dessay to me in that both are good but just for some reason don't do it for me.

    So, you bought the Bellini complete operas box of 25 disks, or did you get the download for $10 minus the DVD (I think it had a DVD as disk 25 in the physical box set, which was very expensive at the time I got my download)?

    I just noticed that the I Capuleti e I Montecchi on that set has Romeo sung by a soprano. That is rather odd.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Heavy on reverb, but I'm giving it another try. Nope, the reverb is just too much. Can't enjoy it.
    "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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    "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
    I do think that Cecilia's singing in this one is wonderful, but for me, she just doesn't fit the role of Amina.

    I just finished the DVD of La fille du Regiment with Florz and Ciofi. Very good. I think Ciofi may come in second to Cecilia on the facial-contortions-while-singing contest. I should go back and try my Ciofi Sonnambula again, but I think she is like Dessay to me in that both are good but just for some reason don't do it for me.

    So, you bought the Bellini complete operas box of 25 disks, or did you get the download for $10 minus the DVD (I think it had a DVD as disk 25 in the physical box set, which was very expensive at the time I got my download)?

    I just noticed that the I Capuleti e I Montecchi on that set has Romeo sung by a soprano. That is rather odd.
    I got the $10 dollar download as well. That is unusual about the I Capuleti having a soprano Romeo. I actually have not listened to that Capuleti yet because I have also the one with Beverly Sills and Janet Baker. You know me and Beverly Sills! I can't resist I wish Lawrence Brownlee started to record some Bellini. Are you familiar with Brownlee? He has the most beautiful tenor voice for Bel Canto. he is one of my favorite singers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Right back at you, listening to the same one right now . Preferring the Bartoli recording. I still have the Callas recording from the boxed set ahead of me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Are you familiar with Brownlee? He has the most beautiful tenor voice for Bel Canto. he is one of my favorite singers
    He is wonderful. Maybe he will do a Bellini album to follow up on his Rossini one.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I got the $10 dollar download as well. That is unusual about the I Capuleti having a soprano Romeo. I actually have not listened to that Capuleti yet because I have also the one with Beverly Sills and Janet Baker. You know me and Beverly Sills! I can't resist I wish Lawrence Brownlee started to record some Bellini. Are you familiar with Brownlee? He has the most beautiful tenor voice for Bel Canto. he is one of my favorite singers
    Never heard of Brownlee.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    He is wonderful. Maybe he will do a Bellini album to follow up on his Rossini one.
    oooh! oooh! I hope he does La Sonnambula! Who would sing Amina 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Never heard of Brownlee.
    He is wonderful. Read his interview with us. Not only a great singer but also a great guy!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Couldn't find any clips from La Sonnambula, but here he is singing "A te, o cara" from I Puritani. Gorgeous voice, and one of my favorites in the bel canto repertoire. I wish there would be more recordings with him.

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