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    Smile OPERA recordings you are considering...........................

    What recordings are you thinking about buying?
    Or on your "to buy" list?
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    I recently bought the Gergiev Rheingold and Walkure and now wondering whether to try the new Janowski versions. Since i did not like the first Janowski Ring cycle i am wondering if that is such a good idea!!

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    My "to buy" list is about a mile long! Cavalli's La Calisto is there, since our local opera company will be performing it next summer, and I'd like to become familiar with it before I attend the performance. The new DVD of Die Tote Stadt with Klaus Florian Vogt and Camilla Nylund has just joined the list, which also includes Handel's Giulio Cesare and Agrippina, and some more of Verdi's operas with which I'd like to get acquainted. I think the Met's new Parsifal with Jonas Kaufmann is also supposed to be released in DVD format at some point, and of course I'll absolutely have to buy it as soon as it's available!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    I recently bought the Gergiev Rheingold and Walkure and now wondering whether to try the new Janowski versions. Since i did not like the first Janowski Ring cycle i am wondering if that is such a good idea!!
    I loved his Walkure and Pasifal.
    Didn't like Rheingold.
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    trying to get used to Gergiev's slow speeds in sections....is a bit unusual for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    trying to get used to Gergiev's slow speeds in sections....is a bit unusual for me
    I like the slow speeds, but the acoustics put me off.
    To me, the voices lose their impact.
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    Opinions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


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    I've listened to selections here and there. The remastering/presentation of these historical live recordings seems to have been carried out, for the most part at least, with considerable care. There are always the consumptive coughing in the audience and stage noises to consider, but that is true of all live recordings. Of course, the Knappertsbusch '51 Parsifal was recorded by Decca so the sound is better than the recordings from Bavarian radio in the following years. If you have the '62 Knappy already, it makes for a good comparison. The 1959 Der Fliegender Hollander, conducted by Sawallisch (sadly lamented of late) and some of the other recordings are in stereo. In all, I would give you a preliminary opinion of a very good purchase indeed for the price.
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    30 dollars now.
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    $30!! I think I spent twice that when these were released.

    A fairly controversial recording in some quarters, but I like it a lot.

    And the presentation of this re-issue is top-notch.

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    If the prices came down a bit I'd like to get some of Hindemith's longer operas as opera is the only category of his repertoire that is completely unrepresented in my collection. I'd especially like Neues vom Tage and Die Harmonie der Welt but Wergo's prices are above my self-imposed spend limit so I might settle for getting the three shorter expressionist works with which he kicked off his operatic career - Morder, Hoffnung der Frauen, Das Nusch-Nuschi and Sancta Susanna.

    Also off-limits due to price is Schnittke's Life With an Idiot.

    Elsewhere, I'm somewhat overdue in getting recordings of Prokofiev's The Gambler and Love For Three Oranges, Janacek's Katya Kabanova and Cunning Little Vixen, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and Britten's Billy Budd - these are gaps I've been meaning to plug for some time but have never get around to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Elsewhere, I'm somewhat overdue in getting recordings of Prokofiev's The Gambler and Love For Three Oranges, Janacek's Katya Kabanova and Cunning Little Vixen, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and Britten's Billy Budd - these are gaps I've been meaning to plug for some time but have never get around to it.
    Billy Budd is one of my favourite operas. Of course the benchmark is the version Britten conducted, but to be honest, I prefer this. Everyone sounds just perfect:



    A very good DVD is this - you actually feels as though you are on a man'o'war, and Ainsley is an amazing Vere.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Billy Budd is one of my favourite operas. Of course the benchmark is the version Britten conducted, but to be honest, I prefer this. Everyone sounds just perfect:



    A very good DVD is this - you actually feels as though you are on a man'o'war, and Ainsley is an amazing Vere.

    The billy buddy budd is excellent with a superlative Vere in Langridge. Billy is the gorgeous Simon keenlyside and the big bass John Tomlinson as Claggart. A great recording. I also love the Halle recording with Anthony Rolfe Johnson as Vere. It is live and the longer act version. I love Langridge in all Britten operas but I usually prefer Rolfe Johnson as Grimes and Vere. Very highly recommended.

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    What a coincidence! I also have the Simon Keenlyside Billy Budd CD on my "to buy" list. As soon as I get my next paycheck...

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