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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMeatScience View Post
    I enjoy them both much more, particularly Donizetti. I was shocked how much I enjoyed L'elisir when I heard it at the Staatsoper last season. It had a certain dramatic tautness that a lot of 19th c opera doesn't. He's definitely first-rate in my book. The only Bellini I know well is Norma, which I enjoy but don't turn to frequently. Any suggestions?
    My absolute favorite opera of all time is Bellini's La Sonnambula. See my signature for a foretaste of the delights this quaint and beautiful opera has to offer.
    "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
    My absolute favorite opera of all time is Bellini's La Sonnambula. See my signature for a foretaste of the delights this quaint and beautiful opera has to offer.
    Norma, Sonnambula, Beatrice, Puritani, etc. Bellini is the greatest of the Italian opera.
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    Brahms symphonies, for some reason. Italian operas, often. Long-lasting solo harpsichord recitals. Wobbly vocalists, or those with poor foreign-language diction. Electronic music, mostly. Counter-tenors. Accordeons. Paganini. Gottschalk. Gregorian chant. Callas. Ferrier, mostly. Knappertsbusch. Rossini's Messe Solonelle. Hindemith Ludus Tonalis.

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    for those struggling with long works - Mahler Sym#3, Wagner operas, etc...don't try to swallow the whole thing at once...for M3, listen just the 1st mvt [35'], the shorter middle movements...the great Adagio is worth a listen just by itself...quite magnificent in the right hands...smaller chunks works well...
    Boris Goldovsky, the great opera guru, recounted a personal experience in his autobiography....he simply couldn't get into Act III of Parsifal....he'd go to live performances of the opera, by the time he got to Act III, he was done...his teacher, Enesco, iirc, advised him...next time, skip acts 1 and 2....go to the opera house in time for just Act III....it worked!! fresh ears did it for him....for Wagner, just take in one act, or even just a couple scenes at a time.

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    I'm at a low point for appreciating Bach's cello suites. Probably just need a new recording...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    for those struggling with long works - Mahler Sym#3, Wagner operas, etc...don't try to swallow the whole thing at once...for M3, listen just the 1st mvt [35'], the shorter middle movements...the great Adagio is worth a listen just by itself...quite magnificent in the right hands...smaller chunks works well...
    Boris Goldovsky, the great opera guru, recounted a personal experience in his autobiography....he simply couldn't get into Act III of Parsifal....he'd go to live performances of the opera, by the time he got to Act III, he was done...his teacher, Enesco, iirc, advised him...next time, skip acts 1 and 2....go to the opera house in time for just Act III....it worked!! fresh ears did it for him....for Wagner, just take in one act, or even just a couple scenes at a time.
    I agree that small chunks work very well for large works. It helped me get into Bruckner.

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    Why would it depress you what others like or not? Surely if you like it that is the most important thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulin View Post
    I don't understand the concept of "should like".

    Those Mahler symphonies particularly the 5th is like a lot of other symphonies I do like. Among what mbhaud has stated he founds great is Elgar. I now love both Elgars symphonies and can hardly put them down from start to finish. However I recall it took me a while of listening until they smacked and smote me, one day it just happened. I don't understand why this hasn't happened with Mahlers 5th, I think I should like it because I like other similar classical music.

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