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    Finally a couple of performances of this work that make me hear it for what it's worth!! There's a video from Paris of a nutty production (whatever) with Eric Cutler and Marius Kwiecen in which the singing is very good, but..

    this is even better.

    So Puccini and Rimsky-Korsakov sat down to tea, but Scriabin brought some hash, and pow!!! King Roger is born. It is glorious in this performance, I'm pretty pleased to say the least that I persevered.

    Highly recommended.

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    My Seraglio adventure continues.
    This Solti was very good. Not over driven as his reputation.
    Nicely paced with excellent playing and vocalists.
    Enjoyed it very much.
    High on my list.
    Beecham and C Davis still to go.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

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    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    My Seraglio adventure continues.
    This Solti was very good. Not over driven as his reputation.
    Nicely paced with excellent playing and vocalists.
    Enjoyed it very much.
    High on my list.
    Beecham and C Davis still to go.
    That reputation (Solti, overdriven) is nuts and a prejudice that needs to die. Solti's Mozart recordings that I know are all very good, and in some cases the best available. For one, he did not settle for singers. His Nozze di Figaro-- Te Kanawa, Popp, von Stade, Ramey, Allen. Really? That can't be real. Both his Magic Flutes are miraculous, I have a slight preference for the latter (Kurt Moll rather than Talvela). His later Cosi is very fine. I don't know the Don Giovanni but for his Magic Flutes and Figaro alone he should be considered what he was, a master of this repertoire.

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    I have mixed feelings about Sutherland (and Pavarotti) but this is an awesome Sutherland performance and overall perhaps the best La Fille on CD:


    For some reason I have not been pleased with the Italian version, La Figlia del Reggimento.
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    Continuing my attempt to get into this opera. I will say..... wow to the singing. Nelepp (who may have been a reprehensible human being according to memoirs of Vishnevskaya) but more voice than a person should be allowed, Lisitsian beautiful elegant singing. The recording is from about 1950 or thereabouts but very clear and my discs from House of Opera say that they are from an LP but there's no extraneous noise to support that.
    Very pleased with this version, I think it's by some stretch the best I've heard (didn't finish, more today). Gergiev would be an option but this was cheap and Gergiev... is not.

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    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

    Anita Rachvelishvili (Orfeo), Maite Alberola (Euridice), Auxiliadora
    Toledano (Amore)

    Orquesta BandArt, Gordan Nikolić
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    Every once in a while I try this again to see if it has secrets to yield up.

    Nope. Generally sort of shapeless and a bit turgid. I always ( the ears) perk up when Wunderlich appears, just the sound is something special, but the highlights that hold my attention in this are few and far between. End of the first act is a bit lovely, but that's as far as I can get, I can't convince myself that more time with this is worth losing other things.

    I used to have the Patzak, which I think was a better performance (the one without Fischer-Dieskau) and I never liked Gedda in this (with Fischer-Dieskau) and Kubelik. What would be the point of a performance with Peter dry-as-dust Schreier? So never heard that.

    Oh well, chalk one up. The instrumental interludes (recorded by Furtwaengler) are nice
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    Really enjoying this one:
    armide.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Johnson View Post
    Really enjoying this one:
    armide.jpg
    I love their Iphigenie en Tauride (Mireille DeLunsch and Yann Beuron) but never quite found the same sweet spot for this. Probably need to try again. More Delunsch is always a plus and Ewa Podles, the most underappreciated superstar mezzo ever.

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    Artiest(en): Sutherland Elkins

    The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra

    Richard Bonynge
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    I've been listening to almost exclusively chamber music recently and unfortunately haven't devoted overly much time to opera. However, I needed some uplifting music while studying, and there's probably no safer way to go than this :

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Solti, CSO, 1995)

    A thoroughly musical and wonderfully flowing performance so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by annaw View Post
    I've been listening to almost exclusively chamber music recently and unfortunately haven't devoted overly much time to opera. However, I needed some uplifting music while studying, and there's probably no safer way to go than this :

    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Solti, CSO, 1995)

    A thoroughly musical and wonderfully flowing performance so far!
    The ending will give you chills.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    The ending will give you chills.
    I can imagine! It's wonderful how Solti manages to make parts of Die Meistersinger sound equally passionate as Tristan. But I absolutely love it - I feel I might like it even more than Solti's VPO recording.

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