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    Or the duet from Cosi


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post




    The Act II love duet from Tristan - take your pick.

    The Mozart is absolutely gorgeous- to be sure. For me its like having a crush on someone in the third grade.

    But the Wagner is like the unavoidable gravitational pull of irrepressiblly falling heads-over-heels in love and lust.
    Note the question asked was most beautiful not the most lust-filled!

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    Re Villazon and Netrebko:
    Oh how I wish that you could have seen them do their thing at LA Opera more than 10 years ago in Romeo et Juliette. That is one production that should have been saved. Their wedding scene was a sight to behold -- so touching. It was totally exquisite and both were at the top of their game.
    Sad that there is no copy.

    Here is a scene from that wonderful production so you can get an idea:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIpQRL9iy4g
    Last edited by nina foresti; Jun-18-2015 at 13:21.

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    In my opinion, the answer is 'yes'

    I love 'Nuit d'ivresse' from 'Les Troyens' ..... well, you did ask!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTsciFAGhUw
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Has anyone written anything more beautiful than this duet from Mozart's Tito?

    Not bad. But compared to Tristan und Isolde it is kind of tame. It falls into the category of "pretty".
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Not bad. But compared to Tristan und Isolde it is kind of tame. It falls into the category of "pretty".
    No it is not tame. Just miraculous! Mozart did not have to have singers bawl their heads off to get an effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    No it is not tame. Just miraculous!
    I will never beat up Mozart just because David beats up Wagner. ;D

    I love Mozart to death. I'm blessed and exalted to have both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    singers bawl their heads off to get an effect.
    But it is more awesome than not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Not bad. But compared to Tristan und Isolde it is kind of tame. It falls into the category of "pretty".
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    No it is not tame. Just miraculous! Mozart did not have to have singers bawl their heads off to get an effect.
    Both members make excellent points. I've chosen music most of which is more vigorous and emotional than Mozart's, and all of which is more tuneful than Wagner's, at least as far as Tristan und Isolde is concerned- yet aside from Lakme and the Pearl Fishers, it's massively unpopular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    Both members make excellent points. I've chosen music most of which is more vigorous and emotional than Mozart's, and all of which is more tuneful than Wagner's, at least as far as Tristan und Isolde is concerned- yet aside from Lakme and the Pearl Fishers, it's massively unpopular.
    I am listening to Tristan und Isolde at this very moment. I would say it is full of the most beautiful tunes.
    Then I can admit the music is a bit slow for my usual taste but when it is so beautiful it doesn´t matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    Both members make excellent points. I've chosen music most of which is more vigorous and emotional than Mozart's, and all of which is more tuneful than Wagner's, at least as far as Tristan und Isolde is concerned- yet aside from Lakme and the Pearl Fishers, it's massively unpopular.
    You should listen to all of Tristan und Isolde. There really are good tunes there
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloe View Post
    I am listening to Tristan und Isolde at this very moment. I would say it is full of the most beautiful tunes.
    Then I can admit the music is a bit slow for my usual taste but when it is so beautiful it doesn´t matter.
    I have no problem with Tristan apart from the fact it is over long for the subject material. Wagner certainly wrote beautiful music. What he lacked is the unerring subtlety of Mozart to take your breath away with a phrase.
    Last edited by DavidA; Jun-18-2015 at 16:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloe View Post
    I am listening to Tristan und Isolde at this very moment. I would say it is full of the most beautiful tunes.
    Then I can admit the music is a bit slow for my usual taste but when it is so beautiful it doesn´t matter.
    I wish I could discern them, but it just sounds like yelling to me. It seems to be a prime example of an opera that you either get or you don't- I didn't mean to malign those who do get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    You should listen to all of Tristan und Isolde. There really are good tunes there
    When I'm thinner I'll do it. I only have so much willpower...

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