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    Keeping with the Italians for today's operatic indulgences.


    Cavalleria rusticana - opera in one act [Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci] (1890):




    Pagliacci - opera in two acts with prologue [Libretto: Ruggiero Leoncavallo] (1891-92):




    Don Carlo - opera in five acts [Libretto: Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle (translated into Italian by Achille de Lauzières - later rev. by Angelo Zanardini), after the play by Friedrich Schiller] (1866-67 - rev. 1872, 1882-83 and 1886):

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (c. 1640 – c. 1700)

    - Les Couplets
    - Le Retrouvé
    - La Conférence
    - Le Change
    - Tombeau Les Regrets
    - Le Raporté
    - Le Majestueux
    - Le Précipité
    - Le Varié
    - L’Infidèlle
    Hille Perl, viola da gamba; Lorenz Duftschmid, viola da gamba; Lee Santana, theorbo, archlute and baroque lute; Andrew Lawrence-King, triple harp, Irish harp and organ (deutsche harmonia mundi)



    The booklet doesn’t say when the works had been composed. Even Wikipedia gives only scant information about the composer himself. It might be interesting to read an article by Jonathan Dunford, a gambist, who did some research:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20120626...l/sainte-c.htm

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    It's as well to remember that Callas only approved about half of the items on this disc for release, and then only after she had been inactive for some years. The voice, particularly in the first aria, O madre dal cielo from I Lombardi is often uningratiating and there are some audible tape joins before high notes. Most of the items were recorded in 1964 and 1965, around the same time as her return to the stage, though the two later items, the arias from Il Corsaro, were recorded in 1969 and are, surprisingly, more comfortable to listen to.

    That said, the artistry and immagination remain as does her command of fioriture, as well as Verdian style. Students could learn a lot about how to shape and measure the weight of a phrase.

    I have reviewed this more extensively on my blog, if anyone is interested https://tsaraslondon.wordpress.com/2...rdi-arias-iii/
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Stravinsky: Petrushka & The Firebird, Ravel: Miroirs & La Valse

    Beatrice Rana (piano)


    Presto Editor's Choice
    October 2019
    Editor's Choice
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    November 2019
    Editor's Choice
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    Diapason d’Or
    November 2019
    Nouveauté
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    The New York Times
    Recordings of the Year 2019
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    This months BBC MM disc's main work is Prokofiev's 5th symphony a proms recording from 17th August 2018 featuring the BBC SO conducted by Sakari Oramo.
    Oramo is proving to be a very reliable conductor and often a great deal better than that in most things I hear from him. This is no exception a very good performance that lacks just a little oomph to elevate it to the top rank.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

    I haven't heard this in several years. When it first came out, I though it was amazing. Now, it feels rushed, like he's so tied to the tempo that he won't stop to see the scenery. But the playing and dynamics are outstanding. Just my opinion, of course.

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    I got this recently (was curious and it was sooo cheap!!) ... but was not so convinced with the result...
    The 6th is OK but the 5th did not move me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribonucleic View Post
    Guess I'll have to return this and get you something else for Christmas...

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    Plenty of good stuff in this box... even though I am not always in synch with Mr Howard and prefer other interpretations here and there...

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    Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto In E Minor, Op. 85

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    Zuill Bailey
    Krzysztof Urbański
    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,

    Spotifying on the Elgar Cello concerto for more recent recordings....
    This is a muscular approach... full bodied Cello sound and going for extreme emotional dynamics...
    I really liked this straight on first listen. Very on your face sound but with the orchestra somewhat recessed compared with the Cello.

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    Joseph Haydn ‎– Die Schöpfung
    Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Werner Krenn, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
    Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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    A fine album of works by Vivaldi which also includes a couple of Sinfonias by Antonio Caldara.
    Here is part of the review from the Sunday Times:

    "Queyras’s handling of Vivaldi’s dazzling streams in the faster movements is brilliant and precise, despite extreme tempos, and he is eloquently expressive in the beautifully phrased slower music. In two effervescent and sophisticated concertos for two violins and cello (RV 416 and RV 565), his partners, Georg Kallweit and Elfa Run Kristinsdottir, are equally good"



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    Elgar - Concerto For Cello And Orchestra In E Minor, Op.85

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    Sol Gabetta
    Mario Venzago
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra

    Spotifying on the Elgar Cello concerto for more recent recordings....
    Quite a lot to enjoy on this with a outstanding cello technique... the disc fillers are also quite good.
    How I compare to the Zuill Bailey? No sure yet but the Cello tone on the latter is fuller...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post

    If Marina Domashenko was a cat she would be Joe B's avatar...

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    For this WE, let us go a little bit traditional with J.F Haendel and one great Tamerlano!English Baroque Soloists, Eliot Gardiner, Nancy Argenda and Nigel Robson and one very fresh quasi modern performance of this great operatic work. An Erato France 1987 production of high material standards. (3XLPB) For my old music friends a must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Why not—

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, op.111. Vladimir Sofronitsky

    Pretty good performance! I think this is the slowest Arietta in my collection at 18 and a half minutes, and it shows. It doesn't drag, but prior to the "boogie woogie" part, it is generally pretty relaxed and meditative. I like what I'm hearing; I'll be returning to this recording.
    Vladimir Sofronitsky is a star!!! He could extend the tempos on many pieces he played without loosing musical coherence, amazing!!!
    I have not herd his Beethoven ... now I will have to...

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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & American Suite

    Bamberger Symphoniker, Robin Ticciati
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