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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just ordered this double album for my collection.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TMMQUI/
    Looks like she's playing an imaginary violin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just ordered this double album for my collection.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TMMQUI/
    Great choice! It's such a great collection. The second disc is just pristine! I also prefer the version of Casta Diva on Sospiri to the version on Maria. Though I think both are beautiful.

    Now, we need to talk. Why don't you like Cecilia's version of La Cenerentola. She's so adorable.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jermaine View Post
    Now, we need to talk. Why don't you like Cecilia's version of La Cenerentola. She's so adorable.
    Well, I think it just took some time to get over my earlier initial reaction. So, what happened is I was bored about 5 days ago and surfed my "saved for later" shopping cart at Amazon and the Bartoli Cenerentola was sitting there so I looked into it on You Tube and decided it is a very good production. So I ordered a copy of the DVD and am looking forward to it. This will be my third Cenerentola after von Stade and Ann Murray.
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    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just ordered this double album for my collection.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TMMQUI/

    Odd, that Decca released a single CD and double CD Sospiri with identical covers. Although one gets more bang for his/her buck with the double (21 vs 13 tracks), I think the program/flow on the single is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Odd, that Decca released a single CD and double CD Sospiri with identical covers. Although one gets more bang for his/her buck with the double (21 vs 13 tracks), I think the program/flow on the single is better.
    The double is in the form of a small book, approximately jewel case sized. Bartoli has a lot of these book sets and I have maybe half a dozen of them. I was not aware that the single was anything other than the first disk of this double set.

    Still thinking I should get the St Petersburg book set.
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    I fear I have fallen under the same spell as this person who made this comment on the video:

    I've watched a few other versions of this aria, and none even come close to this performance. I can't even bear to listen to this aria unless Bartoli is singing it.
    From 1:31 onwards is just outright ridiculous. She's such a wonder. Quelle excellente femme!
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    What's not to love?

    I cannot contain my excitement. I am going to China for a bit, but now I am regretting it. I guess I'll have to sell everything I have and then some to see this.

    I absolutely love her rendition of "Scherza Infida uit."


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    Heads up Bartoli fans! Her NINA DVD has been pretty pricey but now I see a very reasonable Amazon listing (do search other sites as I have not because I got mine last year). Used VG from a very reputable seller I have purchased from a lot (this one Region 1 US Canada only):
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000AYL0J/
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    Do you have this one already Florestan?
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00003L29U/...oding=UTF8&me=
    In Germany a very cheap one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Do you have this one already Florestan?
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00003L29U/...oding=UTF8&me=
    In Germany a very cheap one.
    No but going to check it out. That one didn't come up when I searched Bartoli recordings. Heading out the door now but later today will look into it. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Heads up Bartoli fans! Her NINA DVD has been pretty pricey but now I see a very reasonable Amazon listing (do search other sites as I have not because I got mine last year). Used VG from a very reputable seller I have purchased from a lot (this one Region 1 US Canada only):
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000AYL0J/

    Folks. Don't pass this one up. It is superb! Look at this review (pertinent quote below) which is very accurate from my experience of watching the video. There is one part where Bartoli as Nina actually scares you, her madness is so effectively portrayed!
    Nina is mad from her first entrance, but unlike such loose screws of the opera world as Lucy of Lammermoor or Adina in La sonnambula , Nina is aware of her madness to a certain extent. She can’t control it, but she knows why she is mad, and at times understands that she is not normal, and those moments are touching because they seem real. She is trapped inside this bubble we call madness, and occasionally struggles to escape it, but she can’t because, in the end, the madness overwhelms her ability to reason and act. In performing this complex madwoman, Bartoli uses all her powers of stage illusion to create a character that is both believably insane and believably likeable. It is not an easy road she has taken, particularly in a work that, with the wrong cast or director, could easily be reduced to mundane tedium, but she succeeds. In the scene where Nina hands out gold chains and watches to the peasants, she looks both disoriented and distracted like Peter Grimes when he is first brought into the dock to start his trial. Her first-act aria, “Il mio ben quando verrà,” is really a fine piece of music, but Bartoli makes it more effective by the way she handles and inhabits the role. Her shading and coloring of her voice makes the words mean something. Even the pauses are dramatic. A fine aria thus becomes a great one, supported in turn by a conductor who understands what she and the director are driving at. That is what I mean by genius. A little later, her maid, Susanna, reminds her of Lindoro; the mention of his name temporarily grounds her and brings her back to earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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