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    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; May-17-2019 at 03:18.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post




    Newly discovered opera for you Fritz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Newly discovered opera for you Fritz?
    Actually I discovered it some time last year and went through several DVD and have 5 on CD: sung in English, Karajan, Mehta, Spanjaard, and Serafin (Stella). But now I am on a Gheorghiu kick!
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; May-17-2019 at 04:09.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Actually I discovered it some time last year and went through several DVD and have 5 on CD: sung in English, Karajan, Mehta, Spanjaard, and Serafin (Stella). But now I am on a Gheorghiu kick!
    In that case, her best two recital discs are: Verdi on Decca end a duet album on EMI; Verdi per due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    In that case, her best two recital discs are: Verdi on Decca end a duet album on EMI; Verdi per due.
    I got Casta Diva because I wanted many of the arias on it. I see there is a nice 9-disk set (8 CD and 1 DVD) of her over the years. Not buying it though because I usually only listen to complete operas.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Oops wrong thread. Post deleted.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; May-18-2019 at 20:37.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
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    Library sale half-off day so 50 cents each. From the La Scala Collection on Opus Arte I got four opera on DVD:

    Lucia di Lammermoor: this one I never wanted to watch as seems a dreadful story, but for 50 cents I can have it in the shelf just in case.

    I due Foscari: I know nothing of this one, so will have to look up the synopsis.

    La deonna del lago: Think I may have watched part of this on You Tube and got bored.

    Lo frate 'nnamorato: Bought this once for about $7 and got partway in, quit and sold it off. Now I have it again.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; May-19-2019 at 20:42.
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    Verdi
    La Forza del Destino Live recording
    Giuseppe di Stefano, Antonietta Stella, Ettore Bastianini, Ludwig Welter, Giulietta Simionato, Karl Dönch, Walter Kreppel, Harald Pröglhöf
    Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
    Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orfeo (1960/2006 Issue Edition)


    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    If it just didn’t have so much clapping, I would never doubt to spend the money necessary to buy this CD set. This is a live recording from the Wiena Staatsoper and transferred from the original radio tapes. I think this is the last opera that Mitropoulos conducted before his dead. His conducting is brutal, and the orchestra is fantastic. The sound is pristine. The secondary cast is the second greatest advantage, especially Preziosilla, Alcalde and Fra Melitone. The singers, Stella and Di Stefano, are not as good in the first Act as in the second half, where they burst and fill the hall. Bastianini sounds really fine as Don Carlo. It looks like it has cuts in the second scene of Act III, so I adore my life. It grows a lot in me. Act IV is a spectacle in singing, conducting and playing. If I get an Orfeo sale I would get this.
    I will finally get it although I'm not in a hurry to listen to it. It certainly is on sale in Amazon UK and France. I preferred to pay in France to save 1€. It was 15,33€ delivery included. I wouldn't buy another one, I think. I've grown to historical mono recordings way more than when I wrote this review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    If you're still collecting Traviatas, Fritz, have you taken a look at this classic Met recording yet? You have to make considerable allowances for the sound of this 1935 live broadcast, but it still preserves, through a dim veil, one of only two surviving complete opera performances by the legendary Rosa Ponselle. As Geraldine Farrar said, "When you wish to discuss singers, there are two you must put aside. One is Caruso, the other is Rosa Ponselle. Then you may begin."

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    Alan

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    How could I resist this for $7.40 shipped and in VG condition?
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    How could I resist this for $7.40 shipped and in VG condition?
    Wonderful visuals, questionable singing. But still an affecting film, well worth adding to your collection.
    Alan

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    Sale at Dearborn Music today:

    $7.49



    $2 No booklet



    $2
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; May-26-2019 at 02:40.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    How could I resist this for $7.40 shipped and in VG condition?
    Did you watched it already?

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