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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossiniano View Post
    Vittorio Gui always had a way with Rossini even though he takes a few liberties here including the wrong version of the overture. Fortunately the opera is slightly less cut than was the norm at the time. Bruscantini is one of the best Figaro's ever. Plus, you get the best of two worlds with soprano Victoria de Los Angeles singing the mezzo version of Rosina. The perfect solution for those who prefer a brighter sounding Rosina! In my book she is the ne plus ultra of Rosina's! It is no wonder that she gets top billing on both sides of the CD jewel box!
    Ooooooh. I was not aware of "soprano Victoria de Los Angeles singing the mezzo version of Rosina" on this one. So now I have it on order, but this cover. Thanks for posting. I will add it to my other 15 Barber of Seville recordings.

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    Donizetti: Maria de Rudenz.


    Katia Ricciarelli / Alberto Cupido /Leo Nucci /Giorgio Surjan, et al

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    Das Rheingold, Salzburg Festival 1973. Fassbaender is a fantastic Fricka, Stewart a fair Wotan, everyone else is what you would expect for the period.

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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Mozart: Così fan tutte,


    Leontyne Price (Fiordiligi), Tatiana Troyanos (Dorabella), Judith Raskin (Despina), George Shirley (Ferrando), Sherrill Milnes (Guglielmo), Ezio Flagello (Don Alfonso)
    New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf
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    Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini


    Nicolai Gedda, Jules Bastin, Robert Massard, Roger Soyer, Derk Blackwell, Robert Lloyd

    Chorus of the Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis.
    How do you like this Pugg? I've been getting into Berlioz a bit as of late
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    Mozart: Così fan tutte,


    Leontyne Price (Fiordiligi), Tatiana Troyanos (Dorabella), Judith Raskin (Despina), George Shirley (Ferrando), Sherrill Milnes (Guglielmo), Ezio Flagello (Don Alfonso)
    New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf
    I'm listening to the Aida from that set, that as a separate issue looked like this:

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    Rossini Cenerentola

    Abbado / von Stade / dir Ponnelle

    If you need cheering up by a heartwarming comic tale this will do it in spades! One of the great opera films

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossiniano View Post
    Vittorio Gui always had a way with Rossini even though he takes a few liberties here including the wrong version of the overture. Fortunately the opera is slightly less cut than was the norm at the time. Bruscantini is one of the best Figaro's ever. Plus, you get the best of two worlds with soprano Victoria de Los Angeles singing the mezzo version of Rosina. The perfect solution for those who prefer a brighter sounding Rosina! In my book she is the ne plus ultra of Rosina's! It is no wonder that she gets top billing on both sides of the CD jewel box!
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    Yes the best version of the barber. I am one of the heretics who prefers it to the Callas version. I find de Los Angeles preferable and certainly Bruscantini tops Gobbi - a rare event in Italian opera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Yes the best version of the barber. I am one of the heretics who prefers it to the Callas version. I find de Los Angeles preferable and certainly Bruscantini tops Gobbi - a rare event in Italian opera!
    I totally agree and I'm happy to hear that I am not the only one who prefers de Los Angeles and Bruscantini over Callas and Gobbi. Also, to take it one step further even Alva is a bit better with Gui compared to the Galliera. Plus, as I mentioned in another thread the orchestral score used for the Callas recording is the most corrupt that I have ever come across. Gui uses a score that is roughly based on the autograph, but makes some emendations of his own devising such as the harp replacing the guitar in "Ecco ridente in cielo", some steccati replacing legati in the Quintet, timpani in the "Temporale" and the more heavily scored Elisabetta version of the overture among a few other liberties. These are all things that most listeners might not catch, but in the final analysis Gui's elegant almost Mozartean way with the score works for me!
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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini


    Nicolai Gedda, Jules Bastin, Robert Massard, Roger Soyer, Derk Blackwell, Robert Lloyd

    Chorus of the Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis.
    Hurrah! My favourite opera that isn't Straszny dwór or by Meyerbeer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    How do you like this Pugg? I've been getting into Berlioz a bit as of late
    It's growing on me, I don't dislike it but need a few more spins.
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    Wagner: Die Feen

    Linda Esther Gray (Ada), Kari Lövass (Farzana), Krisztina Laki (Zemina), John Alexander (Arindal), June Anderson (Lora), Roland Hermann (Morald), Kurt Moll (Der Feekönig), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Gernot), Cheryl Studer (Drolla), Roland Bracht (Stimme Gromas), Karl Helm (Harald)

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    Wolfgang Sawallisch, conducting.
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