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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Do you like it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Do you like it?
    Very nice production. I am not that excited about this opera though.
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    I'm finishing the listening of Act III of the Orfeo Tannhäuser as I write this review...
    Finished listening to these two (plainly different) great recordings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Very nice production. I am not that excited about this opera though.
    Don't you like the story?
    I must admit the Nile scene could be a bit shorter but the end is spectacular .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Don't you like the story?
    I must admit the Nile scene could be a bit shorter but the end is spectacular .
    Recently I feel like a lot of people don't like Aida. I like it though, so I'm confused, lol.

    Different tastes I guess.

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    I've scheduled this daaaaark opera for tonight, as I'm home alone for the first time in a long time. Got it on vinyl. Flip the record, pour some more red wine... I wouldn't dare listening to it on a cold and rainy November day. Thank God it feels almost harmless in August -or so I hope. Last time I listened to it I got a bit depressed. You have been warned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Don't you like the story?
    I must admit the Nile scene could be a bit shorter but the end is spectacular .
    Nile scene? Hmmmm. Must have missed that one. Didn't see a representation of water in it. I guess it is all right, good story, but well, I don't know. I am not getting the bug to go after a second DVD. Maybe some day. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Nile scene? Hmmmm. Must have missed that one. Didn't see a representation of water in it. I guess it is all right, good story, but well, I don't know. I am not getting the bug to go after a second DVD. Maybe some day. We'll see.
    It's the part with "O Patria Mia"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I must admit the Nile scene could be a bit shorter but the end is spectacular .
    Maybe it's the people singing it. The Nile Scene in the Serafin recording with Callas and Gobbi is the most dramatically thrilling part of the opera.
    Last edited by Tsaraslondon; Aug-15-2020 at 16:06.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    It's the part with "O Patria Mia"
    I would be hard pressed to find that if my life depended on it. I am such a musical and linguistic dunce.
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    This is very good. Adding it to my top Sonnambulas list unless I find one of the other Callas Sonnambulas to be better, but I suspect the Edinburg was not the best performance (she had a cold?), and the live 57 is supposed to be better than the studio, so maybe it is between this and the live 57. However, with Callas, sound quality aside, the older recordings are generally better voice, no? Or is two years difference not that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    This is very good. Adding it to my top Sonnambulas list unless I find one of the other Callas Sonnambulas to be better, but I suspect the Edinburg was not the best performance (she had a cold?), and the live 57 is supposed to be better than the studio, so maybe it is between this and the live 57. However, with Callas, sound quality aside, the older recordings are generally better voice, no? Or is two years difference not that much.

    I love both the 1955 Bernstein and the 1957 Cologne performances and wouldn't want to be without either. She is in slighty fresher voice in the 1955 and Cesare Valletti is a much more positive presence than Nicola Monti in 1957, but she is still in good voice in Cologne, and it does have that amazing cadenza between the two verses of Ah non giunge, where she hurls out a forte Eb in alt, effecting a diminuendo on it before cascading down a perfect string of pearls chromatic scale - a feat unheard of from any other singer. Pushed to have just one though, I'd probably decide in favour of the Bernstein - but only just! I've reviewed the Bernstein on my blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I love both the 1955 Bernstein and the 1957 Cologne performances and wouldn't want to be without either. She is in slighty fresher voice in the 1955 and Cesare Valletti is a much more positive presence than Nicola Monti in 1957, but she is still in good voice in Cologne, and it does have that amazing cadenza between the two verses of Ah non giunge, where she hurls out a forte Eb in alt, effecting a diminuendo on it before cascading down a perfect string of pearls chromatic scale - a feat unheard of from any other singer. Pushed to have just one though, I'd probably decide in favour of the Bernstein - but only just! I've reviewed the Bernstein on my blog.

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    Well I went on a 5-hour road trip today and played through a couple more, and am now on Edinburg. I think it is easy to eliminate Edinburg, but the studio set has the best sound, which was always my weak spot. I think there is room for more than one on my player, so probably Bernstein and the Cologne performance would be the best two--those are the only two that got votes for Callas in the Sonnambula votes earlier this week. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out tonight.

    EDIT: Read the review on your blog. Very informative. So the Warner release is significantly better sound? I have the Myto with Callas and Bernstein on the cover. Maybe I should grab a copy of the Warner remaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Well I went on a 5-hour road trip today and played through a couple more, and am now on Edinburg. I think it is easy to eliminate Edinburg, but the studio set has the best sound, which was always my weak spot. I think there is room for more than one on my player, so probably Bernstein and the Cologne performance would be the best two--those are the only two that got votes for Callas in the Sonnambula votes earlier this week. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out tonight.

    EDIT: Read the review on your blog. Very informative. So the Warner release is significantly better sound? I have the Myto with Callas and Bernstein on the cover. Maybe I should grab a copy of the Warner remaster.
    I certainly think the Warner is the one to go for.

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