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    Gaetano Donizetti - Rosmonda d'Inghilterra - "Perche non ho" (Renee Fleming & Diana Montague)

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    Dame Joan Sutherland & Richard Conrad - Don Pasquale: "Tornami a dir che m'ami"

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    Anna Moffo and Carlo Bergonzi as Luisa and Rodolfo (Luisa Miller)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    This must rank as one of the most beautiful things ever written. The recording by Bjoerling and Merrill will never probably be surpassed.

    The definitive pearl fishers duet.
    the iago/otello duet by the same singers is also unsurpassed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    If only Mozart could achieve epic grandeur, frightening intensity, and sheer sensual ecstasy as often as Wagner can take my breath away with a phrase! Beauty is more than perfect phrases - but Tristan's "Liebesnacht," to my mind, simply piles gorgeous phrase upon gorgeous phrase. Mozart's phrases are, of course, more symmetrically balanced and closed in form, not embedded in the same orchestrally rich, harmonically complex, polyphonic fabric as Wagner's. Mozart's melodic phrases are the focus of our attention because, most of the time, there is nothing else to focus on. That's not a criticism; in fact, in a style of such simplicity it's critical for inspiration to be high in order to avoid banality. Mozart's was high, no question. And in this duet he achieves the same sort of perfect childlike innocence he does in Zauberflote.

    I'm with those who'd call this Mozart "pretty" - very pretty indeed, of its kind as lovely as can be. Prettiness is a kind of "domesticated" beauty, designed to charm but not to disturb us or alter our perceptions; beauty is a category which includes prettiness but much more as well, and Mozart himself elsewhere explores the farther reaches of that category. And so I'd answer the question "Has anyone written anything more beautiful" with a "Yes, many people have - including Mozart."
    dont overstate this prettiness though.
    The duet between tamino and pamina when they come through the first trial - is that pretty? or something else.

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    The Pearl Fishers is fabulous but needs a Bjorling and Merrill to bring it off. I heard an ill fated attempt by Bocelli and Domingo recently.

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    “Pur ti miro” from Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea
    :: Núria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, Christina Pluhar/L’Arpeggiata (live ’08)


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    Duet between Virginia and Icilio from Mercadante's "Virginia"
    Virginia: Susan Patterson
    Icilio: Charles Castronovo
    Cond: Maurizio Benini

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star View Post
    The Pearl Fishers is fabulous but needs a Bjorling and Merrill to bring it off. I heard an ill fated attempt by Bocelli and Domingo recently.
    My wife asked me recently - who is the greatest tenor of the 20thC domingo or pav

    I said - Bjoerling

    who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    My wife asked me recently - who is the greatest tenor of the 20thC domingo or pav

    I said - Bjoerling

    who?
    Domingo at his peak was certainly the most versatile tenor. He could sing anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Domingo at his peak was certainly the most versatile tenor. He could sing anything!
    Yes he was sensational.
    But for me Bjoerling was the best - shame he died prematurely. That rec he made with Merrill shows what might have been in a full blown Otello recording.

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    Gioachino Rossini - Maometto II - "Anna... tu piangi" (Samuel Ramey & June Anderson)

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    Aida & Amneris Duet - Maria Chiara & Fiorenza Cossotto (from Verdi's Aida)

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