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    This one again. Act 3
    I just love the way this one sounds.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    2011

    Muti's return to the podium after he sustained facial injuries after a fall at a Chicago rehearsal.
    https://mobile.reuters.com/article/a...72F36720110316
    Last edited by starthrower; Oct-28-2021 at 14:47.
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    This is such a beautiful score and this is a wonderful performance. It's no surprise that it is probably Janacek's most popular opera.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Zanetto, by Mascagni


    An exquisite little work, rather like an Italian Massenet. A beautiful score, more melodic and more carefully orchestrated than a lot of verismo. Intimate characterisation, melancholy, and ultimately quite moving. This version adds a new, more tragic ending. (The Youtube video is taken from a DVD, though, so might be slightly distorted.)

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    Not my best recent purchaseAttachment 16064661ShZcNK16L._AC_.jpg
    Only one act and only highlight.
    I listened to an opera the other night sung in English. I can't remember which one it was but being able to follow the singing was the weirdest thing ever, and not in a good way. It caused me to wonder if that's what opera is really like.
    I haven't listened to any part of any cycle in a few weeks and though my ears aren't exactly fresh, new and unbiased to Götterdämmerung my ears and colander-memory I might have been a little detuned from other recordings and the conductorial concensus.
    Starting off it appeared there was tape stretch of drive motor overshoot.
    Given my English language opera experience the other night I was rather concerned I would follow the text in this and it might spoil the opera for me. 'Fortunately' I couldn't make out a word they are singing.
    I tried I really tried to enjoy this. I tried EQing my listening experience by approaching it with the mindset that it's a laid-back piece to be savoured.
    That didn't work, it's just slow. I'm not sure how slow other than the full ring being reportedly 2.5 hours longer than others. It might not be the tempi but the drama has been sucked out.
    Ir all sounds rather muddied and I'm not perceiving much separation, so finding it hard to pick out instruments.
    Left wondering how many microphones were used, what models and how the microphones were placed. A couple of Decca trees? I don't imagine Goodall, Sadlers Wells had the budgets for Studio 1 / Musikverein / Sofiensaal grade equipment but I'm unsure which label did the original recording.
    I can listen to anything reasonably well-recorded if there's good instrument separation and I can get lost in the music dipping in and out of lines, so I suspect my dissatisfaction is with the recording set up more than the tempi.
    With the pronunciation not coming through - most like due to recording setup - there's no gain from this ostensibly being in English.
    I shan't spend my money on the full Goodall Ring and I'll put this purchase down to experience.
    Last edited by FrankE; Oct-28-2021 at 17:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankE View Post
    Not my best recent purchaseAttachment 16064661ShZcNK16L._AC_.jpg
    Only one act and only highlight.
    I listened to an opera the other night sung in English. I can't remember which one it was but being able to follow the singing was the weirdest thing ever, and not in a good way. It caused me to wonder if that's what opera is really like.
    I haven't listened to any part of any cycle in a few weeks and though my ears aren't exactly fresh, new and unbiased to Götterdämmerung my ears and colander-memory I might have been a little detuned from other recordings and the conductorial concensus.
    Starting off it appeared there was tape stretch of drive motor overshoot.
    Given my English language opera experience the other night I was rather concerned I would follow the text in this and it might spoil the opera for me. 'Fortunately' I couldn't make out a word they are singing.
    I tried I really tried to enjoy this. I tried EQing my listening experience by approaching it with the mindset that it's a laid-back piece to be savoured.
    That didn't work, it's just slow. I'm not sure how slow other than the full ring being reportedly 2.5 hours longer than others. It might not be the tempi but the drama has been sucked out.
    Ir all sounds rather muddied and I'm not perceiving much separation, so finding it hard to pick out instruments.
    Left wondering how many microphones were used, what models and how the microphones were placed. A couple of Decca trees? I don't imagine Goodall, Sadlers Wells had the budgets for Studio 1 / Musikverein / Sofiensaal grade equipment but I'm unsure which label did the original recording.
    I can listen to anything reasonably well-recorded if there's good instrument separation and I can get lost in the music dipping in and out of lines, so I suspect my dissatisfaction is with the recording set up more than the tempi.
    With the pronunciation not coming through - most like due to recording setup - there's no gain from this ostensibly being in English.
    I shan't spend my money on the full Goodall Ring and I'll put this purchase down to experience.
    Even though you seem to have convinced yourself, I’d point out that the recording you bought is a studio performance and the Goodall Ring cycle is a live performance from several years later. But I doubt you’ll ever get over this recent bad purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    Even though you seem to have convinced yourself, I’d point out that the recording you bought is a studio performance and the Goodall Ring cycle is a live performance from several years later. But I doubt you’ll ever get over this recent bad purchase.
    Any of us who buys much music has been thorugh something like this. If it was misrepresented in the listing, you might have a cause for a return. Could always donate to local library or charity shop for resale.

    I have the whole ring and also have the sampler disk that includes bits from all four operas:
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    DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale
    PERFORMANCE DATE: NOV 13, 2010



    NORINA: Anna Netrebko
    ERNESTO: Matthew Polenzani
    DR. MALATESTA: Mariusz Kwiecien
    DON PASQUALE: John Del Carlo
    CONDUCTOR: James Levine

    I have never seen or even listened to this opera prior to this viewing. This performance is nearly a decade before the Adriana Lecouvreur I watched, also with Netrebko and she is better here. But there is a quality to her voice, especially in the lower register which I find not as pleasant as the rest of her range. She also seems to be developing a wobble in higher sustained notes. But she is a charismatic actress and is a pleasure to watch, and listen to.

    Typical farce plot contrivances, but the music is really the whole point here.
    Last edited by SanAntone; Oct-28-2021 at 20:43.

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    Giuseppe Verdi
    Il trovatore


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    Manrico - Bruno Prevedi
    Azucena - Giulietta Simionato
    Leonora - Gwyneth Jones
    Conte di Luna - Peter Glossop
    Ferrando - Joseph Rouleau
    Ines - Elizabeth Bainbridge
    Ruiz - John Dobson
    Un vecchio zingaro - William Clothier
    Un messo - Handel Owen

    Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House


    26 November 1964

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    Any fans of Le Grand Macabre here? I for one am a big big big fan

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    Default Verdi, Verdi and more Verdi

    This week has been pretty much about Verdi.

    Giuseppe Verdi
    La Forza del Destino


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    Il Marchese di Calatrava - Antonio Massaria
    Leonora di Vargas - Anita Cerquetti
    Don Carlo - Aldo Protti
    Don Alvaro - Pier Miranda Ferraro
    Preziosilla - Giulietta Simionato
    Fra Melitone - Renato Capecchi
    Curra - Vera Presti
    Padre Guardiano - Boris Christoff
    Mastro Trabuco - Adelio Zagonora
    Un Chirurgo - Renzo Gonzales
    Un Alcalde - Eraldo Coda

    Nino Sanzogno
    Orchestra e Coro di Roma della Rai

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    Yup! More Verdi! Just got this one.
    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post


    Yup! More Verdi! Just got this one.
    Which one is that? The pic isn't showing up here.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    Which one is that? The pic isn't showing up here.
    Luisa Miller with Moffo, Bergonzi, etc. The image shows up on my laptop but not my phone.
    Last edited by starthrower; Oct-29-2021 at 15:16.
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