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    Default Deleted opera recordings that HAVE TO be reissued...!

    I'm kicking myself for not buying the Goodall "Tristan" (Decca) on CD. It was readily available, it was reasonably priced, I didn't buy it and I regret it. I know it's available from ArkivMusic, but I'm not so keen on paying $45 for a reproduction. The prices demanded for the original on Amazon Marketplace and eBay are way too high. Are you listening, Universal Classics? Reissue, please!

    What deleted opera recordings do you really wish were made available again (i.e, "the-ones-that-got- away-and-now-I'm-hating-myself-for-it", or the ones that have yet to be released on CD/download)?

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    Wouldn't mind a re-release of Schnittke's Life With an Idiot on Sony (Rostropovich conducting the World Premier in Amsterdam, no less) - this is the only recording and I think it has been issued only the once back in the mid-90s, so if the interest is there it could do with a new lease of life (complete with libretto AND at a reasonable price, of course...).
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    Montemezzi's L'Amore dei tre Re with Moffo, Domingo et al. I had it on LP and really liked it. I'd like to hear it again.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Pretre's Lucia with Moffo and Bergonzi.
    Exquisite and complete.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Pretre's Lucia with Moffo and Bergonzi.
    Exquisite and complete.
    I think all these great RCA Moffo gems are currently oop, only used for sale..........




    RCA did remaster a few Moffo performances and released them as SCAD hybrids.......

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

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    I love this Trovatore yet EMI has not remastered or released this in a newer reduced price series
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post



    I love this Trovatore yet EMI has not remastered or released this in a newer reduced price series
    A favorite of mine too.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    More great RCA gems oop.........


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    This one deserves for sure a release on CD
    It's long , long overdue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    Montemezzi's L'Amore dei tre Re with Moffo, Domingo et al. I had it on LP and really liked it. I'd like to hear it again.
    This was a hole in my collection. I knew of the opera, but I have never heard it, and I had forgotten about the RCA recording altogether. Your post made me so curious that I rushed to eBay and bought the most recent CD issue second hand. Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I think all these great RCA Moffo gems are currently oop, only used for sale..........




    RCA did remaster a few Moffo performances and released them as SCAD hybrids.......

    The Solti Rigoletto was reissued once more:
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    It desperately needs a remastering, as both releases suffer from bad distortion during the loud moments. I used to have both issues - I bought the second hoping for massively improved sound. No such luck. Funnily, I've never liked the performance (so of course I absolutely had to have the second issue, too...)! The cast could hardly be bettered, but to my ears, Solti is way too aggressive, rushing the singers too often and stripping the music of too much of its elegance.

    No complaints about the sound on the SACD release of the Moffo/Previtali Traviata, though. Heard in the three-channel format, it is outstandingly good. The presence is quite remarkable, and serves Robert Merrill particularly well - it sounds almost like he's standing there, right in front if you. If, like me, you enjoy the performance, the SACD release can be warmly recommended.

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    Please Universal make this a worldwide re release

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    Quote Originally Posted by OperaGeek View Post
    The Solti Rigoletto was reissued once more:
    Rigoletto4.gif

    It desperately needs a remastering, as both releases suffer from bad distortion during the loud moments. I used to have both issues - I bought the second hoping for massively improved sound. No such luck. Funnily, I've never liked the performance (so of course I absolutely had to have the second issue, too...)! The cast could hardly be bettered, but to my ears, Solti is way too aggressive, rushing the singers too often and stripping the music of too much of its elegance.

    No complaints about the sound on the SACD release of the Moffo/Previtali Traviata, though. Heard in the three-channel format, it is outstandingly good. The presence is quite remarkable, and serves Robert Merrill particularly well - it sounds almost like he's standing there, right in front if you. If, like me, you enjoy the performance, the SACD release can be warmly recommended.
    the Solti Rigoletto was the first opera recording I ever bought. The cast is terrific and I listened to the LPs (full price at £4) again and again. Listening now I find Solti rushes the whole thing off its feet. Perhaps it was so they could issue it on just two LPs although that's probably not the reason. The exciting parts, the storm etc are really good. but the duets, which are at the heart of the piece, are rushed, which is a pity as Merrill and Moffo are wonderful.

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    One recording that has been recently reissued and can be bought for a song is the Bernstein Falstaff. Terrific performance if you can take D F-D as Falstaff.

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