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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I certainly think the Warner is the one to go for.

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    My ears hear no appreciable difference, but then who know if the clips here are even accurate:

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    I had not listened to this recording in the last 10 years and decided to return to it after many other rings, including the latest Blu-ray edition of the famed Karajan recording. What a magnificent achievement. I was going to listen only to Das Rheingold and ended up doing the complete Ring in the last couple of days. It is my favorite modern recording of Der Ring as it offers to my taste the best overall orchestral and vocal presentation. The sound recording in its Blu-ray incarnation is extraordinary.

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    Richard Wagner
    Der Ring des Nibelungen


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    Yesterday Rhinegold, today Walküre, tomorrow Siegfried. Good mono sound so far a very good to great performance.

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    Lalo: La Jacquerie


    Massenet: Cendrillon

    (This role was made for Frederica Von Stade!!)

    Mascagni: L'amico Fritz

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    Hi - I had started listening to this work last night (youtube) - do you have a recommendation for performers? (aside from Karajan which I didn't find on youtube).

    In the meantime I did find this insight fromt he Royal Opera House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP5_E3Ye2os for anyone who may be interested.
    Last edited by Caroline; Aug-17-2020 at 14:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline View Post
    Hi - I had started listening to this work last night (youtube) - do you have a recommendation for performers? (aside from Karajan which I didn't find on youtube).

    In the meantime I did find this insight fromt he Royal Opera House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP5_E3Ye2os for anyone who may be interested.

    Not on You-tube alas, snips and piece only

    Erratum:
    I found this one, I have the DVD and it's fun watching.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w3cnSoNW0I
    Last edited by Rogerx; Aug-17-2020 at 14:23.

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    Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

    Danielle de Niese (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Dr Bartolo), Björn Bürger (Figaro), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Christophoros Stamboglis (Basilio) & Janis Kelly (Berta)

    London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)

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    Peter Grimes has been extraordinarily lucky on disc and I'd be hard pressed to choose a favourite recording. This one is certainly one of the finest and the sound is superb.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    I'm in an Italian mood. Must be the heat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincula View Post
    I'm in an Italian mood. Must be the heat!

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    One of my two favourite recordings of the opera (the other is the Beecham). The role of Mimi might seem an unlikely role for Callas but she is totally convincing and the rest of the cast is also superb. It's just a shame it wasn't conducted by Serafin or Karajan.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    One of my two favourite recordings of the opera (the other is the Beecham). The role of Mimi might seem an unlikely role for Callas but she is totally convincing and the rest of the cast is also superb. It's just a shame it wasn't conducted by Serafin or Karajan.
    Votto gets the job done quite well, but your comment had me searching for Callas/Karajan on my shelves. I'm giving this one a spin. It's been a long time since I've listened to Verdi's Il Trovatore.

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    Despite the obvious merits on this rendition, as an opera I prefer Puccini's La Bohème.

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    Checking his one out
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincula View Post
    Votto gets the job done quite well, but your comment had me searching for Callas/Karajan on my shelves. I'm giving this one a spin. It's been a long time since I've listened to Verdi's Il Trovatore.

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    Despite the obvious merits on this rendition, as an opera I prefer Puccini's La Bohème.

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    Personally I prefer Il Trovatore and this is one of its finest recordings, maybe even its finest. I think it one of the best things Karajan ever did and Leonora was one of Callas's greatest roles in the theatre, "a miracle" according to Schwarzkopf and "perfection" according to Bjoerling. Unfortunately she never sang the role again after making this recording.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    Personally I prefer Il Trovatore and this is one of its finest recordings, maybe even its finest. I think it one of the best things Karajan ever did and Leonora was one of Callas's greatest roles in the theatre, "a miracle" according to Schwarzkopf and "perfection" according to Bjoerling. Unfortunately she never sang the role again after making this recording.
    I agree re Trov vs Boheme and this is one of the greatest recordings of the opera. I change my mind constantly over which is my favourite recording of the opera, but this one, Karajan in Salzburg, the Schippers and Callas live at La Scala are my top four over all others. The Mehta and Pappano studio sets have their merits, but don't come close to those four.

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    De gustibus... I agree on Callas' singing though. I couldn't help opening all the windows and turning up the volume up to head banging levels. I was home alone but felt like "sharing it with the world"

    I've got this one scheduled for tonight. Long day at work today...

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    I love Callas. Hope that won't upset my Lisa della Casa...

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