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Thread: What opera are you currently listening to / watching? CD/DVD

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    I admit that I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the other three Ring operas in this cycle. This Siegfried, though, is among the best that I've heard in quite a while. Simon O'Neill may not have a particularly attractive tone, but he possesses welcome brilliance above the staff, and he's both tasteful and musical, far more so than any Siegfried of the past 30 years. Iain Paterson's voice is more baritone than bass, and sounds to be a size too small for the Wanderer, but like O'Neill, he sings stylishly and musically. Paterson reminds me a bit of Thomas Stewart. Gerhard Siegel is a superb Mime, the voice contrasting nicely with O'Neill's. The rest of the cast is fine; my only reservation, a mild one, is with the Brunnhilde of Rachel Nicholls, whose voice has a little too much vibrato for my taste. Elder's conducting is fluent, and the orchestra plays well.

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    [QUOTE=Fritz Kobus;1666928]Folks, this is an awesome Ring and you can stream it on this website. I am very interested if anyone gives it a listen, how do you like it?



    This is an excellent cycle, in excellent sound. I'm particularly fond of Siegfried, which features the underrated Jean Cox in the title role. I'm a little less enthusiastic about Gotterdammerung, mostly because Nienstedt is, IMO, an underpowered and unimaginative Hagen.

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    Die Kathrin, by Erich Korngold.

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    I have a certain amount of affection for this recording of Tosca despite its shortcomings, as it was the first recording of the opera I owned. Despite Callas's vocal shortcomings in 1964, it is still a vital perforance, even if it is not in the same class as the De Sabata 1953 studio recording. I would also now prefer the live 1964 Covent Garden recording, especially in its recent Warner master. That said, I do still get this set down from the shelves from time to time, as in some ways, having gone through the experience of re-thinking the role for Zeffirelli's Covent Garden production, Callas has deepened her characterisation, even if she no longer quite has the vocal means to carry it off.

    Fuller review on my blog https://tsaraslondon.wordpress.com/2...-stereo-tosca/
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    Excellent - but needs more countertenors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post


    I have a certain amount of affection for this recording of Tosca despite its shortcomings, as it was the first recording of the opera I owned. Despite Callas's vocal shortcomings in 1964, it is still a vital perforance, even if it is not in the same class as the De Sabata 1953 studio recording. I would also now prefer the live 1964 Covent Garden recording, especially in its recent Warner master. That said, I do still get this set down from the shelves from time to time, as in some ways, having gone through the experience of re-thinking the role for Zeffirelli's Covent Garden production, Callas has deepened her characterisation, even if she no longer quite has the vocal means to carry it off.

    Fuller review on my blog https://tsaraslondon.wordpress.com/2...-stereo-tosca/
    Felt this was an unnecessary recording. Might have been better if EMI had picked a good conductor but Pretre is pretty awful in this sort of repertoire.

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    Felt this was an unnecessary recording. Might have been better if EMI had picked a good conductor but Pretre is pretty awful in this sort of repertoire.
    Until you remember that Callas and Gobbi had just had a huge success in their respective roles at Covent Garden in 1964, and no doubt EMI wanted to cash in on this success by issuing a stereo version of the opera. In those days, great mono recordings of the past were not as revered as they are now. In any case, and according to Zeffirelli, it was to be the soundtrack for a projected film with Callas and Gobbi and to be directed by him.

    When you consider the circumstances, it is not at all surprising that it was made.
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    Wagner Tristan / Kleiber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    Until you remember that Callas and Gobbi has just had a huge success in their respective roles at Covent Garden in 1964, and no doubt EMI wanted to cash in on this success by issuing a stereo version of the opera. In those days, great mono recordings of the past were not as revered as they are now. In any case, and according to Zeffirelli, it was to be the soundtrack for a projected film with Callas and Gobbi and to be directed by him.

    When you consider the circumstances, it is not at all surprising that it was made.
    yes agree totally with that. Just that artistically it was unnecessary given everything with de Sabata is better. Zeffirelli was making operatic films at this time. His movie of Paggliacci was woefully conducted by Pretre too.

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    Price's beautifully light Isolde (as opposed to some Wagner heavyweights) makes you realise Tristan is falling in love with a princess, not boarding a battleship!

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