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    One of Donizetti's most exhilarating.


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    Auber's overtures are delightful.

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    Donizetti Overture 'Ugo, Conte di Parigi'
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    Mozart: Overture - 'Zaide'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post




    Mozart: Overture - 'Zaide'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Shatterhand View Post
    Yes, the overture to Iphigénie en Aulide is magnificent. I prefer the fleeter original, especially on HIP instruments; the 19th century German rearrangement is rather ponderous. Here's Gardiner:
    I don't mind your telling me you prefer the fleeter version to my own. Some people hate any kind of criticism of their favorites, but we're here to discuss, and with discussion comes natural disagreement. So, I prefer a slower version with longer phrases and those strings have to have a clean sound.

    This version I posted is not my favorite, either. I taped a version decades ago that is my standard, but I don't know whose it is. This overture is one of the first classical pieces I ever heard, it blew me away and helped motivate me to continue exploring classical music.
    "No one chooses the tuba" - Alexander von Puttkamer

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    Donizetti: Maria Stuarda - Overture
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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    I don't mind your telling me you prefer the fleeter version to my own. Some people hate any kind of criticism of their favorites, but we're here to discuss, and with discussion comes natural disagreement. So, I prefer a slower version with longer phrases and those strings have to have a clean sound.

    This version I posted is not my favorite, either. I taped a version decades ago that is my standard, but I don't know whose it is. This overture is one of the first classical pieces I ever heard, it blew me away and helped motivate me to continue exploring classical music.
    Discussion and friendly disagreement!

    What do you think of Gluck's operas themselves?
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    The great Cherubini.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Shatterhand View Post
    Discussion and friendly disagreement!

    What do you think of Gluck's operas themselves?
    You would think I might have heard the complete Iphigenie en Aulide by now, but I haven't.

    I know Iphigenie en Tauride from a Metropolitan Opera performance of a few years ago which I saw as an HD broadcast. Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, Paul Groves. The staging was somber but I liked the music and singing so much I DVR'd it. Alas, my cable company did an update that purged my DVR library.

    What do you know of Gluck's operas?
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    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Verdi: Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio - Overture (Sinfonia)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    You would think I might have heard the complete Iphigenie en Aulide by now, but I haven't.

    I know Iphigenie en Tauride from a Metropolitan Opera performance of a few years ago which I saw as an HD broadcast. Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, Paul Groves. The staging was somber but I liked the music and singing so much I DVR'd it. Alas, my cable company did an update that purged my DVR library.

    What do you know of Gluck's operas?
    Gluck's sublime. My favourite opera composer of the 18th century. When I have time, I'll post more about him.

    Do you have Met on Demand? You can find their Tauride there. https://www.metopera.org/season/on-d...c=811357014110
    I'd recommend Marc Minkowski's recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgmncbsqzg. Some of the best post-war singers - Rita Gorr, Nicolai Gedda, and Ernest Blanc - recorded extracts in 1961: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai2FppOrGLg.

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    How about a Brazilian pseudo-Verdian?

    Gomes - Overture to "Il Guarany"

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    Verdi: Alzira - Overture
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