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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post


    Amazing how good these recordings sound. This performance dates from 1953. I can't think of a better recording of I Puritani.

    Early Sutherland might be worthy...



    ...but then I've never been a big Sutherland fan.

    This may be the only other recording I'll pick up...
    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post


    ... along with the Netrebko DVD.
    I've never heard the Bubbles, but I can attest to the Sutherland, having that '61 Serafin performance of hers (I have all of hers actually ;D).

    It

    doesn't

    even

    come

    close

    to the Divina.

    Some of the pyrotechnical sections are admirably-done, and are even slicker in the stratospheric high-end than the Divina--- but not, as much as one may expect with a live early-sixties Sutherland performance. For the most part, that is to say: for about 97% of Sutherland's singing in that performance, the voice characterizations are soporific and earthbound. I love great Sutherland, and Senator, this is not great Sutherland.

    I wouldn't even consider the Netrebko.
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    Natalie Dessay's "Dal mio Permesso" sounds more eroticized than any other singer I've heard doing it.

    I love her expressivity in every way on this wonderful Orfeo.
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    Tales of Hoffmann: wonderful opening 'Disney-type' choruses, and of course Sutherland's sans pareil Doll's Song.

    Such
    fun.

    I can't even exhaust superlatives on how much light, Gallic charm these cuts exude.
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    Listening to Sinfonia antartica because it's been so freakin' cold here in the past few days, and snowy. Gonna be another deep chill tonight...

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    Weather report from the other side of the pond - blustery winds but temperatures at an almost balmy 13 deg. C

    Currently working my way through Hindemith's pre-exile chamber music (and he wrote lots of it...) Discs include this fine recording from Dabringhaus & Grimm:

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    @ Marschallin I don't often see you listening to Baroque music, but it looks like when you do, you listen to some of the best.

    I'm currently listening to:

    Ravel - L'Enfant et les Sortilèges


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    "You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency." Sir Joshua Reynolds, PRA, FRS, FRSA (1723 - 1792)

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    Charles Rosen playing for me :

    DISC 2
    Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

    Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39

    Chopin: Polonaise in A Flat major, Op. 53 No. 6

    Chopin: Mazurka No. 2 in C-sharp minor, Op. 6 No. 2

    Chopin: Mazurka No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 50 No. 2

    Chopin: Mazurka No. 32 in C-sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

    Chopin: Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2

    Chopin: Nocturne No. 5 in F-sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

    Chopin: Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

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    Henze's Phaedra - Michael Boder, cond.

    World Premiere from Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvaV9szNTFQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    . I can't think of a better recording of I Puritani.




    Early Sutherland might be worthy...



    ...but then I've never been a big Sutherland fan.

    This may be the only other recording I'll pick up...



    ... along with the Netrebko DVD.
    Well I can : Try to beat this one


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    Over and over again, just like the melodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    @ Marschallin I don't often see you listening to Baroque music, but it looks like when you do, you listen to some of the best.

    I'm currently listening to:

    Ravel - L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

    Why thank you, Darlin'. ;D

    Cheers on the Ravel box set.
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    The Janacek quartets, two of my favorites and among the most emotionally charged music i've ever heard.


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    Luigi Cherubini
    Requiem No. 1 in C minor
    Coro della Radio Svizzera Italiana
    Gruppo Vacale Cantemus
    Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana | Diego Fasolis


    Christoph Graupner
    Himmlische Stunden, seelige Zeiten
    Miriam Feuersinger, soprano | Capricomus Consort Basel

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    Hanson, Symphony No. 2 "Romantic", Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony. Call me old-fashioned, but I love this symphony.



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