View Poll Results: Which La Bohème recording do you prefer?

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  • Beecham

    12 63.16%
  • Karajan

    7 36.84%
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Thread: La Bohème - Beecham or Karajan

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS View Post
    Ultimately, words mean what common usage dictates. (That is how, over time, a hussy went from being a housewife to being a home wrecker.)
    Words also mean what the context dictates.
    Last edited by DavidA; Jun-28-2020 at 13:55.

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    Can’t vote in good conscience because I don’t know the HvK recording well enough. Now looking forward to checking it out. I do really like the Beecham and think de los Ángeles and Björling are superb. FWIW, my favorite recording of La bohème is Leinsdorf/Rome Opera Orchestra with Moffo, Tucker, and Merrill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VitellioScarpia View Post
    No, she isn't...
    That's only because you never saw Cotrubas with Shicoff in La Boheme.
    I challenge you not to walk away afterward without a soaked hankie.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttSAipywtHU
    Last edited by nina foresti; Jun-28-2020 at 14:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nina foresti View Post
    That's only because you never saw Cotrubas with Shicoff in La Boheme.
    I challenge you not to walk away afterward without a soaked hankie.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttSAipywtHU
    Actually, I did at the Met in the mid-80s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nina foresti View Post
    That's only because you never saw Cotrubas with Shicoff in La Boheme.
    I challenge you not to walk away afterward without a soaked hankie.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttSAipywtHU
    How about Stratas and Carreras?
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    Karajan by a mile for me. Desert island disc. It may be hell to Itullian, but Pavarotti's voice is absolute heaven to me. When it comes to Puccini we couldn't be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. Smooth as silk, wonderful full sonority, effortless perfect phasing, everything I want in a Boheme recording. Now if it we were talking Wagner, that would be a different story, but Puccini absolutely perfect.

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    Beecham for me, although the Karajan set is a lovely indulgence.

    If I want to hear Pavarotti and Freni in Boheme, my preference is actually the marvellous live recording conducted by Thomas Schippers

    For me, the result sounds spontaneous, fun, the sound is good and it is one of my favourite versions of the opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revitalized Classics View Post
    Beecham for me, although the Karajan set is a lovely indulgence.

    If I want to hear Pavarotti and Freni in Boheme, my preference is actually the marvellous live recording conducted by Thomas Schippers

    For me, the result sounds spontaneous, fun, the sound is good and it is one of my favourite versions of the opera.
    This is a real belter of a performance. Opera Depot have it for about £8 ($8.95) on download. CD unavailable at present.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    How about Stratas and Carreras?
    Unfortunately, Stratas deforming of her vowels when singing Italian is very distracting to me (see Sì, mi chiamano Mimì). Many of her a's, open e's, o's and i's sound like schwas and she deform the words. As a matter of personal taste, I found her an affected singer without being able to conceal the art.

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