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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Being in Moscow at the moment, I got excited seeing that and looked with confusion at the Bolshoi website and didn't see Wozzeck in their repertoire, finally realizing that by "new", you meant the DVD of the Bolshoi production of two seasons ago. Alas...
    Yes, New out! For us all to enjoy!

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    To celebrate getting tickets for the Hytner Don Carlo at ROH next May (yours truly pays extra for priority booking), I've been listening to this:



    I know it's not five act but it's still my favourite.
    Ann

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    Grétry's La caravane du Caire (Marc Minkowski)



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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    To celebrate getting tickets for the Hytner Don Carlo at ROH next May (yours truly pays extra for priority booking), I've been listening to this:
    congratulations jealous jealous jealous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    congratulations jealous jealous jealous.
    He might cancel ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    (yours truly pays extra for priority booking)
    Nice ! I on the other hand would have to wait until 15 January 2013...

    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    He might cancel ...
    Don't think of it too much... :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    To celebrate getting tickets for the Hytner Don Carlo at ROH next May (yours truly pays extra for priority booking), I've been listening to this:



    I know it's not five act but it's still my favourite.
    Now, which do you prefer the Italian or French version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    Now, which do you prefer the Italian or French version?
    I personally like this particular version with the uncut, original 1867 French libretto which, despite having been well-sung, received horrible Amazon.com reviews mainly from the anti-Regieoper crowd for its staging.

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    This is a case of "caveat emptor." The performance is wonderful -- the first two acts of it, anyway. I'd really like to watch the third act, which is evidently contained on a second disk that was not included in the recording I purchased. It wasn't simply a matter of the second disk having been inadvertently left out; the box has no holder for a second disk. And, despite the fact that the disk I do have is labeled "DVD 1," and that the recording purchased by mamascarlatti did, indeed, come with two disks, Decca's own web site indicates that the entire opera is contained on a single DVD. If one wishes to contact them, one must do so via snail mail; their email isn't working, and hasn't been working for a couple of weeks.

    So, if you're thinking about purchasing this video, you may want to verify with the seller beforehand that the set includes two disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    This is a case of "caveat emptor." The performance is wonderful -- the first two acts of it, anyway. I'd really like to watch the third act, which is evidently contained on a second disk that was not included in the recording I purchased. It wasn't simply a matter of the second disk having been inadvertently left out; the box has no holder for a second disk. And, despite the fact that the disk I do have is labeled "DVD 1," and that the recording purchased by mamascarlatti did, indeed, come with two disks, Decca's own web site indicates that the entire opera is contained on a single DVD. If one wishes to contact them, one must do so via snail mail; their email isn't working, and hasn't been working for a couple of weeks.

    So, if you're thinking about purchasing this video, you may want to verify with the seller beforehand that the set includes two disks.
    Oh Mary that's awful. Surely you're entitled to a refund so you could then get a replacement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    Now, which do you prefer the Italian or French version?
    I've heard & watched both & although it might be sacrilege I think I prefer the Italian.
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    I do remember watching the Don Carlos from Amsterdam released on DVD many years back with Villazon and i thought that was terrific. However, i always remember a stunning VHS (think it is on DVD too now) French version with a young Roberto Alagna and was wowed big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I've heard & watched both & although it might be sacrilege I think I prefer the Italian.
    At this point, I think both French and Italian are almost canonical (although with so many editions, even from the man himself, perhaps canonical is a poor choice of terminology).
    Last edited by tyroneslothrop; Nov-27-2012 at 10:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Oh Mary that's awful. Surely you're entitled to a refund so you could then get a replacement?
    Yes, I probably need to go the "snail mail" route and see what sort of response I receive. Given the (erroneous) information on Decca's web site, I suspect that what happened to me isn't an isolated case -- which is why I wanted to caution anyone else who may be thinking of buying this recording.

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