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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    This is a superb recording, sadly cut, but with those great all star casts that Decca excelled at in the 50s. It's a shame that EMI didn't have a similar template for their Callas recordings, whilst she recorded with Di Stefano, Gobbi and Barbieri their recordings would have been more competitive if they had included Christoff, engaged Corelli earlier and had that line up more consistently. Imagine the EMI Callas Gioconda with Callas/Corelli/Barbieri/Gobbi/Christoff.

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    Especially considering that Corelli was a great in-house Enzo as many of the live recordings attest. I do not believe Simionato was under an exclusive with Decca, so another alignment could have been Callas/Simionato/Corelli/Gobbi/Christoff//Serafin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    I am tempted by this Parsifal. I am a big fan of London and Hines. Margaret Harshaw is probably my favorite Waltraute (in the live Gotterdammerung with Traubel at the MET) and I would expect her to be a great Kundry. I am not familiar with the tenor though. How is his Parsifal? How is the sound quality?
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    Aida - Opéra Royal Wallonie-Liège (2019)



    Aida. Elaine Alvarez
    Radamès. Marcello Giordani.
    Amneris. Nino Surguladze.
    Amonasro. Lionel Lhote.
    Ramfis. Luca Dall'Amico.
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    I love this sparkling, effervescent set, which I'm playing today as a trubute to the late Mady Mesplé.

    I have a special affection for La vie parisienne as my father loved Offenbach and this was the last Offenbach operetta he conducted before he died. I was one of the dancers and I well remember him conducting with such evident love of the music.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentio View Post
    I am tempted by this Parsifal. I am a big fan of London and Hines. Margaret Harshaw is probably my favorite Waltraute (in the live Gotterdammerung with Traubel at the MET) and I would expect her to be a great Kundry. I am not familiar with the tenor though. How is his Parsifal? How is the sound quality?
    The SQ is ok as many of the early 1960s Met broadcasts. The score has many cuts, and the conducting is not ideal at all. Harshaw has a brilliant tone, not of my taste but not past prime. Liebl is a magnificient tenor in this age, his best years. He shouldn't let you down.
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    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    Klemperer Fidelio! Cool. Such a classic.

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    Who cares about sonics with singing like this? Callas's Lady Macbeth is so far ahead of the rest of the field it just has to be heard to be believed, as meticulous a realisation of Verdi's score as you are ever likely to hear. The other star of the recording is De Sabata whose direction is superb. Tajo and Penno are fine as Banquo and Macduff, but Mascherini is a bit wayward. I don't mind so much that he emerges as the weaker character as, both in Shakespeare and Verdi, it is his wife who drives the narrative, it's more that he's rather careless in musical matters. Nonetheless an essential recording in the Macbeth discography.
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    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    If you wonder what I'm doing: I'm now listening to my Otello challenge. First Opera challenge since the Pandemic. I finished Don Carlo during the first week of the curfew and realised any more Opera would make me lose my mind. Now that things are less monotonous I'm doing this to finish my Verdi Operas.

    37 Recordings. I don't know if I should really try Falstaff.

    Right now listening to the Erede Decca 1955 in stereophonic although I would qualify it in mono.



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    4-5 JUNE (PST)

    Giuseppe Verdi
    Otello

    on CD
    on DVD and Blu-Ray
    Also, the 2020 Opera on CD and DVD poll continues, precisely today and tomorrow with Otello.

    Link for the thread.
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    I am listening to this edition...
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    I have finished only the first act but so far it's amazing! Suthaus is on fire and Furtwängler in the pit is spectacular. He somehow manages to build it towards the climax so unnoticeably that when he finally reaches it during Siegmund heiß' ich und Siegmund bin ich! the sound and feeling are absolutely immense.

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    Continuing my work-at-home Fidelio binge:



    Carmen does Leonore:
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    Awesome production. Only part that bothered me was when Lenski shoved Olga to the ground. I just never felt that was part of Lenski's character.
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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