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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Ah thanks. That would not be good.
    Could be worse. It could be sung in Japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Beware Fritz, it could be sung in German.
    Moreover, this is a highlights disk--you can tell by the "Grosser Querschnitt", which means something like "large cross-section" and is how German highlights disks are labeled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    Moreover, this is a highlights disk--you can tell by the "Grosser Querschnitt", which means something like "large cross-section" and is how German highlights disks are labeled.
    That is a useful bit of information. Thanks!
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    This one looks pretty good. I may have posted it before in this thread, but a lot of the images are failing to show up.
    Here is audio for the knifing scene.

    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    This one looks pretty good. I may have posted it before in this thread, but a lot of the images are failing to show up.
    Here is audio for the knifing scene.

    It had some pretty poor reviews when it came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    It had some pretty poor reviews when it came out.
    Here is a positive review.
    https://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-11876/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    It had some pretty poor reviews when it came out.
    I seem to remember it being quite well received.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    Moreover, this is a highlights disk--you can tell by the "Grosser Querschnitt", which means something like "large cross-section" and is how German highlights disks are labeled.
    Good to know: Someone called *me* a "Grosser Querschnitt" just the other day. Now I don't feel so bad.
    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Good to know: Someone called *me* a "Grosser Querschnitt" just the other day. Now I don't feel so bad.
    I suppose that depends on how large your cross-section is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    This one looks pretty good. I may have posted it before in this thread, but a lot of the images are failing to show up.
    Here is audio for the knifing scene.

    Sampling this on YouTube, I'm not impressed. Vishnevskaya is past her prime, nearly everything above the staff is a scream, and the voice seems basically too small in any case (listen to her marvelous Liu in a live 1964 Turandot under Gavazzeni, where she can be heard at her best). The other principals sound up to their jobs, although Bonisolli wasn't the most glamorous of tenors. Some of Rostropovich's tempi seem unnecessarily slow. Despite Vishnevskaya's characteristic dramatic flair, we're a long way from Callas and company and, I can't help feeling, from Italy. I don't need to hear the rest of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    I seem to remember it being quite well received.
    Not the ones I read at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Sampling this on YouTube, I'm not impressed. Vishnevskaya is past her prime, nearly everything above the staff is a scream, and the voice seems basically too small in any case (listen to her marvelous Liu in a live 1964 Turandot under Gavazzeni, where she can be heard at her best). The other principals sound up to their jobs, although Bonisolli wasn't the most glamorous of tenors. Some of Rostropovich's tempi seem unnecessarily slow. Despite Vishnevskaya's characteristic dramatic flair, we're a long way from Callas and company and, I can't help feeling, from Italy. I don't need to hear the rest of this.
    Thank you sir. You just saved me twenty bucks!

    Now I think we have a way to put an economic value on TC. Maybe I should tell my wife how much money I am saving by spending all my time here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Thank you sir. You just saved me twenty bucks!

    Now I think we have a way to put an economic value on TC. Maybe I should tell my wife how much money I am saving by spending all my time here.
    But don't tell her how much money you spend buying people's recommendations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    But don't tell her how much money you spend buying people's recommendations!
    Oh ha ha ha ha ha..

    She sometimes mentions how I have CDs arriving almost daily at times and wonders how do I find time to listen to all of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Oh ha ha ha ha ha..

    She sometimes mentions how I have CDs arriving almost daily at times and wonders how do I find time to listen to all of it.
    If you're anything like me you don't!

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