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    1968 Maria Stuarda, Gencer vs Verret confrontation scence - two falcons in full flight






    In case you are wondering all three live "tudor queens" have very good live sound, you really should buy this.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by floozy View Post
    Robert Lloyd, La calunnia è un venticello, Rossini, Il barbiere

    https://youtu.be/YUtoL-IDUlk
    Pretty great, but I prefer:


    Actually this is probably not live, there is a live one out there with the aria encored, but I can't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    1968 Maria Stuarda, Gencer vs Verret confrontation scence - two falcons in full flight

    Terribly exciting, thanks for posting this!

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    Must confess that with all the recordings available this is a pretty impossible question to answer. I mean repertoire comes into it as well. Just heard some breathtaking Handel from Natalie Dessay on this:

    alcina.jpg

    My wife who is a singer heard it downstairs and immediately demanded to hear it it is so breathtaking.

    I mean though, where do you go for the greatest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Must confess that with all the recordings available this is a pretty impossible question to answer. I mean repertoire comes into it as well. Just heard some breathtaking Handel from Natalie Dessay on this:

    alcina.jpg

    My wife who is a singer heard it downstairs and immediately demanded to hear it it is so breathtaking.

    I mean though, where do you go for the greatest?

    The whole cast makes a very good effort.

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    Turandot 15: Act 2 In questa reggia
    Joan Sutherland

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    But are these recordings live?

    (That was one of the criteria in the OP.)

    N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    But are these recordings live?

    (That was one of the criteria in the OP.)

    N.
    Oops, mine is not.
    DavidA's one however is live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    Whilst I agree that this album could well qualify for some of the best singing on record, it doesn't qualify for this thread as the OP states that it is the best live singing captured in recorded sound. However, there is a live recording of Semiramide with Sutherland and Simionato and the bravura from the two is something awe inspiring.

    N.
    So sorry. Didn't notice that part.

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    My field of reference is too limited to have any authority in claiming this as the best, but I'm always astonished by Flagstad's 1936 live Covent Garden recording of Tristan und Isolde - particularly the verklarung/liebestod. To deliver this after four hours on stage is some singing.

    https://youtu.be/3dfbZ6S6DU4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kollwitz View Post
    My field of reference is too limited to have any authority in claiming this as the best, but I'm always astonished by Flagstad's 1936 live Covent Garden recording of Tristan und Isolde - particularly the verklarung/liebestod. To deliver this after four hours on stage is some singing.

    https://youtu.be/3dfbZ6S6DU4
    Incredible indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kollwitz View Post
    My field of reference is too limited to have any authority in claiming this as the best, but I'm always astonished by Flagstad's 1936 live Covent Garden recording of Tristan und Isolde - particularly the verklarung/liebestod. To deliver this after four hours on stage is some singing.

    https://youtu.be/3dfbZ6S6DU4
    There are many recorded Liebestods by Flagstad, but this one has an exceptional tenderness. Some said that Flagstad's simple nature never really understood Isolde, but she certainly understood the woman in love, and we can hear that here. It might be interesting to compare this gentle interpretation with the 1933 live recording of Flagstad's great Wagnerian predecessor at the Met, Frida Leider, who gave, at the end of her long evening, an outpouring of vibrant tone and sustained rapture that hasn't, in my estimation, been equaled:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbK1fDAy_jA

    Flagstad's Isolde is well-represented in a number of recordings, but this is apparently all we have of Leider's Isolde in the opera house.
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    Callas/Gui in Medea, Florence 1953.



    Tebaldi/Mitropoulos in La Forza, Firenze 1953.



    Listen to these two ladies at their vocal best, one can understand all the fuss about the alleged rivalry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    There are many recorded Liebestods by Flagstad, but this one has an exceptional tenderness. Some said that Flagstad's simple nature never really understood Isolde, but she certainly understood the woman in love, and we can hear that here. It might be interesting to compare this gentle interpretation with the 1933 live recording of Flagstad's great Wagnerian predecessor at the Met, Frida Leider, who gave, at the end of her long evening, an outpouring of vibrant tone and sustained rapture that hasn't, in my estimation, been equaled:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbK1fDAy_jA

    Flagstad's Isolde is well-represented in a number of recordings, but this is apparently all we have of Leider's Isolde in the opera house.
    Thanks, that's quite remarkable, particularly the sense of rapture you mentioned. Based on the whole opera and Isolde's character, I think it captures her intensity better than Flagstad.

    I'd listened to a few Leider Ring excerpts before after seeing them recommended on here (probably by you), but hadn't heard this recording.

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