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    Which recording (of any opera) could you not live without? Which one would be your 'desert island' opera recording and why?

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    I honestly don't think I could "live with" any RIGOLETTO other than the Bonynge/Milnes/Sutherland/Pavarotti version. The Gobbi/Callas version is no doubt more insightful, but the former recording is definitely "my" RIGOLETTO. It has such a "rightness" about it that it almost makes me believe, while listening to it, that it's the only way to play RIGOLETTO. It isn't necessarily my very favorite opera recording of all, but it is probably the only one I wouldn't want to contemplate life without.

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    I don't suppose I could haul all 12 of my Fidelio recordings with me, so I'd have to pick the DVD of the Zürich Opera production with Nylund and Kaufmann. They are my favorites as Leonore and Florestan (though I like Jurinac as well as Nylund), and I just couldn't do without them. They both have incredibly beautiful voices, the technical skill to handle whatever Beethoven sends their way, and the dramatic engagement that makes them credible in their roles. Kaufmann is the first Florestan I've seen who actually moves and speaks like someone debilitated by starvation. I may not be wild about Harnoncourt's quirky conducting or some of the oddities in Jürgen Flimm's production (why are Leonore and Florestan seated about seven feet away from each other when they sing "O namenlose Freude"?), and I'd really rather have someone like Fischer-Dieskau as Pizarro (probably his student Dietrich Henschel) instead of Alfred Muff. But of all the recordings in my collection, this is the one that I would keep if I had to part with all the others.

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    Last edited by Itullian; Jun-29-2014 at 21:07.
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post




    Isn't that cheating? If you think of the Ring as four operas, you've chosen six! I thought we were limited to one.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Choosing between my two favourite Callas recordings (both live) was always going to be difficult, but in the end I reluctantly set aside the Covent Garden La Traviata and go for the Live La Scala Norma, where voice and art find their truest equilibrium, and in this Divina Records transfer, it enjoys reasonable mono sound.
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    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    Isn't that cheating? If you think of the Ring as four operas, you've chosen six! I thought we were limited to one.
    Yes, I cheated.
    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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    reason: I like everything about it and it never gets old

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    Magnificent!
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    I posted my reasons for this very recently on Current Listening

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    PS - can I take the score with me too, please?
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    I posted my reasons for this very recently on Current Listening

    berlioz t.jpg

    PS - can I take the score with me too, please?
    I almost went for it too, but decided I couldn't be without Callas on my desert island.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    I posted my reasons for this very recently on Current Listening

    berlioz t.jpg

    PS - can I take the score with me too, please?
    Highlights for me please! . . . to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post
    Highlights for me please! . . . to go!
    Are we talking about hair highlights or opera highlights?
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    I almost went for it too, but decided I couldn't be without Callas on my desert island.
    Yup, but we can take one each and share sometimes
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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