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    Arrow MAGICAL opera recordings....................

    Where the total equals more than the sum of the parts..............

    Lightning in a bottle..........

    I offer Nozze and Giovanni---Giulini, EMI
    Cosi---Bohm, Flute---Klemperer, EMI
    Fidelio---Klemperer, EMI

    next...............
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    Ravel's [truly magical] ~ L'enfant et les sortilèges: Lorin Maazel; French RTF National Orchestra -- DGG

    Stravisnky ~ The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus -- Sony Classical

    Berg - Lulu (Friedrich Cerha completed version) Boulez; Stratas · Minton · Schwarz · Mazura · Riegel et alia -- DGG
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    Solti Ring is making the hairs on my arms stand up at regular intervals.
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    These recodings are ones i can never forget and have probably never found better "sum of" -maybe some parts can be bettered but not the whole.

    La Boheme - Karajan, Pavarotti and Freni. Just lush playing and beautiful singing. Pavarotti made a thrilling Rodolfo

    Tosca -Karajan, Price and Di Stefano and a wonderful Scarpia in Taddei. Superb singing and such gorgeous playing from the orchestra. Di Stefano singing 'O dolci Mani' is more than enough.

    La Traviata - De los Angeles and Carlo del Monte as a wondeful Alfredo. For me it has never been bettered.

    Manon Lescaut - Jussi Bjorling and Licia Albanese team up for what must be one of the most amazing recordings ever.

    Aida -Bjorling and Zinka Milanov -what a team! Just beautiful and the Tomb scene at the end is pure magic.

    I have countless versions of all of these but these are the ones i use as reference

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    Die Zauberflöte - 1965 recording with Böhm conducting Wunderlich, Fischer-Dieskau, Lear, Peters, and Crass. The entire cast is strong, but it's difficult to imagine a finer Tamino than Wunderlich. It was his signature role, and rightly so. He is simply unforgettable.

    Salome - Leinsdorf conducting Milnes, Caballe, Lewis, King, and Resnik. Caballe and Milnes bring gorgeous vocalism and dramatic credibility to the two leads.

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    Kempe Lohengrin
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    La Boheme Callas, Moffo, Di Stefano, Panerai, Zaccaria; Votto.

    Yes, Callas as Mimi. No other soprano, not even De Los Angeles, whom I love by the way, moves me quite so much in Act III. With one word ( Dorme?), Callas sums up like no other her utter devotion to Rodolfo. It gets me in the gut every time. Votto is not the most inspired of conductors, but he supports this cast wonderfully well. Definitely a recording that is much more than the sum of its parts.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Solti's Figaro.

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    Others?

    I second the Giulini Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro and would add the EMI Bohm Cosi fan tutte.

    Karajan's EMI Der Rosenkavalier, ditto his Ariadne auf Naxos, and Falstaff. Also the Sawallisch Capriccio.

    The Monteux Manon with De Los Angeles.

    I've already mentioned Callas's La Boheme, but, of her studio recordings, I would add the De Sabata Tosca, the Karajan Madama Butterfly and Il Trovatore, I Puritani, Rigoletto and Cavalleria Rusticanawith Serafin, and the second (EMI) La Gioconda.

    For Norma, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sommambulaand Un Ballo in Maschera I turn to live performances, which eclipse her studio recordings.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    La Traviata with Carlos Kleiber conducting Cotrubas, Domingo, and Milnes

    Carmen with Abbado conducting Berganza, Domingo, Milnes, and Cotrubas

    Madama Butterfly with Sir Tony Pappano conducting Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, and Capitanucci
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    The 1971 Giulini Don Carlos with Domingo, Caballe, Verrett, Milnes, Raimondi, in the 2001 remastering.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Bernd Alois Zimmermann Die Soldaten
    Kontarsky/Staatsorchester Stuttgart

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    Cluytens Faust and Tales of Hoffman.
    Karajans Hansel und Gretel.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Cluytens Faust and Tales of Hoffman.
    Karajans Hansel und Gretel.
    No arguments about the Faust and Hansel und Gretel.

    Not so sure about Tales of Hoffmann. This always seems to me like a recording that is a good deal less than the sum of its parts. Allegedly Legge originally wanted Callas to sing Olympia, though Callas is surely one singer who would have excelled in all three roles. Not, however, by 1964, when this set was recorded. Olympia's pyrotechnics would certainly have been beyond her by then. D'Angelo is adequate, no more, De Los Angeles sounds decidedly out of sorts, and Schwarzkopf hopelessly miscast as Giulietta. Gedda makes an interesting Hoffmann, to be sure, but the edition used is all over the place, including a male Niklausse. A nice idea that went hopelessly wrong.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Karajan's EMI Fidelio.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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