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    Per Natalie's rec.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Can't go wrong with this one!

    And yours truly is featured, well in the audience at the end.

    Got it today and watched it. Were you the one standing up and applauding at the end?
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Can't go wrong with this one!

    And yours truly is featured, well in the audience at the end.
    Got the Tosca and watched it last night. Were you the one applauding at the end?

    It was ok. I'll decline to provide details, of which there are many, but I liked Gheorghiu much better in the filmed version with Alagna a few years ago. Kaufman was a standout imo. I prefer the aging Ruggiero Raimondi as Scarpia rather than Terfel's butcher boy apprentice approach. The stage direction was at some points clumsy and uninspired. Fine orchestra and, for the most part, singing. Hadn't seen Gheorghiu live for some time. (As someone said, close-ups are not for opera, at least in her case here).
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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

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    Just got Mozart's "Complete" operas: (not entirely complete I see!) and I also downloaded the incidental music for Thamos King of Egypt. I also ordered Jacob's version of Figaro. Haydn's Armide, Puccini's La Rondine, and Berlioz, Les Troyens.

    Problem? I don't listen to enough opera to justify all these purchases!!!! D'oh. Oh well, life's short right?
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    Mozart
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    Salieri
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    Boccherini
    Dvorak
    Haydn
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    Finally! Out February 17 in UK, not up at Amazon.com yet. Region 0, don't know if the disc is NTSC or PAL, but my player converts. Seeing the Live HD last March was a transcendent experience for me, and I think this is one for the ages. I hope (pleasepleaseplease) Gelb is locking Girard in for another production.

    I note with amusement the photo chosen for the cover - cover art dispute was rumored to be one reason for the delay - it was originally to be released in September, then November. I've always envisioned a cover more along these lines, in keeping with the spirit of the work:

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    But Sony marketing department thinks otherwise Do they think Parsifal (all 5.5 hours) is an impulse buy and the curly haired tenor on the bed will be the key to sales????

    They must be thrilled with Hoodiereisse then (not a curl in sight).

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    I used to own it on LP, way back in the day. It's been mentioned a few times in the bel canto threads, so I thought it was time I owned it again.
    "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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    I used to own it on LP, way back in the day. It's been mentioned a few times in the bel canto threads, so I thought it was time I owned it again.
    LOVE it. ...................
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
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    I used to own it on LP, way back in the day. It's been mentioned a few times in the bel canto threads, so I thought it was time I owned it again.
    It seems that you got an earlier pressing than I did - or the other way around...

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

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    Yes, yours is the most recent Revenant. Without booklet I believe. CD instead.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Yes, yours is the most recent Revenant. Without booklet I believe. CD instead.
    Yes, mine comes with booklet and translation. I much prefer that to having to download it from a website.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Yes, yours is the most recent Revenant. Without booklet I believe. CD instead.
    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    Yes, mine comes with booklet and translation. I much prefer that to having to download it from a website.
    Good point. I always prefer to have the printed booklet. Luckily for me, I have a very good compilation of libretti in one book, including GT, so luckily that did not become an issue for me in purchasing the cd set.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Working through Rossini, that relative inconnu (for me). Got this cd set recently, as a friend recommended this version over Moise et Pharaon.

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

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    I stumbled upon a used copy of Leinsdorf's recording of Strauss' Salome for £4 in the window of a local Charity Shop and had to pick it up. Montserrat Caballe is one of my favourite Sopranos and from the brief testing I have done shines very brightly here.

    The outer jacket shows some wear and tear but the contents are in superb condition. I'm happy to give this recording a home plus it helps a Charity which is always a pleasant bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AClockworkOrange View Post
    I stumbled upon a used copy of Leinsdorf's recording of Strauss' Salome for £4 in the window of a local Charity Shop and had to pick it up. Montserrat Caballe is one of my favourite Sopranos and from the brief testing I have done shines very brightly here.

    The outer jacket shows some wear and tear but the contents are in superb condition. I'm happy to give this recording a home plus it helps a Charity which is always a pleasant bonus.
    I have this recording and enjoy it very much. Caballe actually sounds like she could be a teenage girl, and Milnes' Jochanaan -- fantastic! This even has Richard Lewis as Herodes, a lyric tenor rather than a character tenor or some over-the-hill Heldentenor.

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