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    Finally in my collection, some of the greatest soprano Rossini singing ever to be committed to disc. Pity the tenors aren't anywhere near up to it. I've had this in various incarnations, but this is the best sound I've ever heard.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
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    Finally in my collection, some of the greatest soprano Rossini singing ever to be committed to disc. Pity the tenors aren't anywhere near up to it. I've had this in various incarnations, but this is the best sound I've ever heard.
    I SENT AWAY FOR MY COPY FROM DIVINA RECORDS ALMOST THREE WEEKS AGO AND I STILL DON'T HAVE IT!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuh! . . . I believe your glowing appraisal with religous conviction. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. . . Forget the galas of the 'Roman' Festivals, I'm going to the 'Callas' Festivals at Covent, Dallas, and La Scala.
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    I decided to dip into Wagner these last few weeks. Being opera I always need to start with a DVD with libretto / subtitles and total undivided attention.

    Started off with Das Rheingold. Levine's 1990 Met Opera interpretation is good and an ideal start for a newcomer like me in view of the traditional setting. Siegfried Jerusalem as Loge is a brilliant interpreter and actor. James Morris as Wotan has top notch singing ability:

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    Next in line was Boulez's 1980 offering at Bayreuth. The acting is amazing, with fine singers throughout. The camera work was especially detailed and choreographed well. Feels like watching a movie at times. The orchestra was lighter but well paced. Still I long for a good interpretation such as this in a traditional Wagnerian setting.
    Heinz Zetnik gave a great interpretation as Loge the demigod of Fire

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    Solti's Das Rheingold was next in line in CD format. Fast paced with obvious focus on the brass and the most dramatic aspects of the music. Awesome interpretation.

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    Can't wait to sample Barenboim's DVD version as well as the Copenhagen's rendition soon.

    Following this I'll delve into the other three operas completing the Ring cycle. I am in no hurry and love focusing on the different leitmotifs whenever they crop up. The helmet motif at times is just there for fleeting seconds!

    Only repeated listening can do Wagner justice.

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    I've ordered a copy of Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges/L'heure espagnole

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    These two just ordered:

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    I'm not sure, but I think the Belshazzar just came out last year.
    Last edited by Revenant; Feb-27-2014 at 09:58.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muse Wanderer View Post
    I decided to dip into Wagner these last few weeks. Being opera I always need to start with a DVD with libretto / subtitles and total undivided attention.

    Started off with Das Rheingold. Levine's 1990 Met Opera interpretation is good and an ideal start for a newcomer like me in view of the traditional setting. Siegfried Jerusalem as Loge is a brilliant interpreter and actor. James Morris as Wotan has top notch singing ability:

    Rheingold8788.01.jpg

    Next in line was Boulez's 1980 offering at Bayreuth. The acting is amazing, with fine singers throughout. The camera work was especially detailed and choreographed well. Feels like watching a movie at times. The orchestra was lighter but well paced. Still I long for a good interpretation such as this in a traditional Wagnerian setting.
    Heinz Zetnik gave a great interpretation as Loge the demigod of Fire

    Chereau-Rheingold-Zednik-545.jpg

    Solti's Das Rheingold was next in line in CD format. Fast paced with obvious focus on the brass and the most dramatic aspects of the music. Awesome interpretation.

    611aQL8ulVL._SL1162_.jpg

    Can't wait to sample Barenboim's DVD version as well as the Copenhagen's rendition soon.

    Following this I'll delve into the other three operas completing the Ring cycle. I am in no hurry and love focusing on the different leitmotifs whenever they crop up. The helmet motif at times is just there for fleeting seconds!

    Only repeated listening can do Wagner justice.
    Sooooooooo true.
    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

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    With the GREAT Jerome Hines as Wotan.
    Wow.
    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

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    The first disc on this set arrived with a blemish caused by a cheap plastic sleeve. Almost as if a piece of it had seared right onto the cd surface. That must have been one strong combination of pressure and in-transit heat exposure??!! Did the UPS driver keep it close to the engine manifest? Anyhoo, I contacted the seller and will be able to have it replaced soon, I hope. Details about the packing of the discs lead me to suspect that they sent me an item that a previous buyer had returned. So I may have to postpone my acquaintance with the late Ms. Hunt.

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    This is me sad ->
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Several Wagner CDs.
    The Ring, Barenboim, Bayreuth
    Tristan undo Isolde, Barenboim, Teldec
    Parsifal, Barenboim, Teldec
    Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Karajan, EMI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    The first disc on this set arrived with a blemish caused by a cheap plastic sleeve. Almost as if a piece of it had seared right onto the cd surface. That must have been one strong combination of pressure and in-transit heat exposure??!! Did the UPS driver keep it close to the engine manifest? Anyhoo, I contacted the seller and will be able to have it replaced soon, I hope. Details about the packing of the discs lead me to suspect that they sent me an item that a previous buyer had returned. So I may have to postpone my acquaintance with the late Ms. Hunt.

    This is me sad ->
    Hope you get it replaced and soon!
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    The first disc on this set arrived with a blemish caused by a cheap plastic sleeve. Almost as if a piece of it had seared right onto the cd surface. That must have been one strong combination of pressure and in-transit heat exposure??!! Did the UPS driver keep it close to the engine manifest? Anyhoo, I contacted the seller and will be able to have it replaced soon, I hope. Details about the packing of the discs lead me to suspect that they sent me an item that a previous buyer had returned. So I may have to postpone my acquaintance with the late Ms. Hunt.

    Theodora1.jpg


    This is me sad ->
    I feel your pain. But Ms Hunt Lieberson is definitely worth waiting for.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Wagner's Lohengrin - the Kempe 1963 recording on EMI with Jess Thomas. I found a digital download for only $19.99. Thus completes my collection of Wagner's major operas. I am enjoying the Ring, but Wagner has not yet convinced me enough yet that I desire multiple recordings. For now, one of each should suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMike View Post
    Wagner's Lohengrin - the Kempe 1963 recording on EMI with Jess Thomas. I found a digital download for only $19.99. Thus completes my collection of Wagner's major operas. I am enjoying the Ring, but Wagner has not yet convinced me enough yet that I desire multiple recordings. For now, one of each should suffice.
    You can't do better than the Kempe.
    Course, i'm a Lohengrin fan, so I have like 7 or 8 of them.
    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

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMike View Post
    Wagner's Lohengrin - the Kempe 1963 recording on EMI with Jess Thomas. I found a digital download for only $19.99. Thus completes my collection of Wagner's major operas. I am enjoying the Ring, but Wagner has not yet convinced me enough yet that I desire multiple recordings. For now, one of each should suffice.
    The Kempe is the best. I didn't warm up to all of Wagner until a few years ago, but I did buy an excerpts LP album of this one back in 1966. That Lohengrin, Tannhauser and the Solti Rheingold were my first preliminary introduction to Wagner back in the day. Now I also have the mp3 download, with the digital libretto included.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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