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    Just arrived. Mid-way through ACT I and it's a great recording so far. Comes with 2-CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. Pretty cool release. Packaging and artwork are sensational. No libretto, though, which is curious. I have one from the LA Opera release, so that's ok for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mparta View Post
    I have just received the 1954 and 1955 La Scala/Callas/Di Stefano/HvK Lucias from House of Opera. I had one of them on the label SRO, and it was transferred at the wrong speed and unlistenable.

    So my principal interest in these is DiStefano (outrage and flames coming from ears and eyes, I know)-- because --

    His last scenes are included on a Myto release of Lucia with Scotto and Di Stefano. I know the Berlin performance of Lucia, but the Milano performances have the most gorgeous tenor singing I've ever heard, Di Stefano sounds like a grieving Romeo and the plangency, pity and gentleness of the voice are overwhelming. So I hope these transfers do that justice, and I of course want to hear the whole thing, I may even listen to Lucia's contributions Now let's see, what was her name?
    If I remember correctly, the 1954 La Scala Lucia, when was not captured complete. The sound is also nowhere near as good s the Berlin recording of the following year.

    That said, Callas is in incredible voice in 1954 and it is a great shame these performanes weren't captured complete and in better sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
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    Just arrived. Mid-way through ACT I and it's a great recording so far. Comes with 2-CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. Pretty cool release. Packaging and artwork are sensational. No libretto, though, which is curious. I have one from the LA Opera release, so that's ok for me.
    I loved the video of tge original Met production of this opera, with Renée Fleming, Teresa Stratas and Marilyn Horne, but I don't think it ever made it to DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I loved the video of tge original Met production of this opera, with Renée Fleming, Teresa Stratas and Marilyn Horne, but I don't think it ever made it to DVD.
    It was in the big Levine Anniversary DVD set, along with a lot of other Met productions that were never released on DVD separately. Many sellers broke that box up and sold individual operas from it (presumably because they wanted some parts of the content but not others), so I expect that separate DVD copies of the Met Ghosts of Versailles would appear 2ndhand from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gvn View Post
    It was in the big Levine Anniversary DVD set, along with a lot of other Met productions that were never released on DVD separately. Many sellers broke that box up and sold individual operas from it (presumably because they wanted some parts of the content but not others), so I expect that separate DVD copies of the Met Ghosts of Versailles would appear 2ndhand from time to time.
    I believe it was also sold separately in the Met shop, but it's a complete rarity (I've had my sights on it for about two years and never spotted a second hand one for sale).

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by gvn View Post
    It was in the big Levine Anniversary DVD set, along with a lot of other Met productions that were never released on DVD separately. Many sellers broke that box up and sold individual operas from it (presumably because they wanted some parts of the content but not others), so I expect that separate DVD copies of the Met Ghosts of Versailles would appear 2ndhand from time to time.
    When available, they tend to cost an arm and a leg--or a first-born child. Your choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    When available, they tend to cost an arm and a leg--or a first-born child. Your choice.
    Wow, then I must start selling off some of the components from my own set! And to think I nearly didn't buy it at all. I imagined almost everything in it would be reissued commercially as separate DVDs 6 months later.

    But that's the way with recordings, isn't it. Item A surfaces briefly, then becomes unobtainable for 20 years; item B, seemingly of interest to even fewer buyers, keeps being reissued all over the place.
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    Only half way through but pleased, which is odd, I think I didn't like it when I first heard it. The production is a bit dull, the ballet (choreography) terrible, but Zancanaro is good and Chris Merritt a much, much better singer than I remembered. Heading into Studer's big moment, I think her voice is well suited for this so I have high expectations.

    But nothing will ever match Caballe in the French version as per the above post. Singing for the ages.

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    I’ve wanted to get a copy of Furtwangler’s recording of Tristan und Isolde for a while now and I finally decided to get it. I found a good used copy on EBay for $5 more than the EMI budget reissue, and it comes with a very long booklet that has a complete libretto and many track breaks. I was listening to it this afternoon and was amazed at how much more full the sound is on nice speakers than through the headphones, which was the only way I heard the recording before this.

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    I found a good used copy of this on eBay. This recording has seemed to have gone out of print.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoPiano View Post
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    I found a good used copy of this on eBay. This recording has seemed to have gone out of print.


    The most recent issue looks like this.
    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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