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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
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    27 Blu ray -$150
    Now $97 on Amazon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    i had this on order from Amazon a few years ago as it was offered at a ridiculously cheap price (around £37 I seem to remember). Unfortunately, after waiting patiently for several weeks, I got a message to say that they could no longer supply. The next day the set more than doubled in price. I note it is now selling for £150!
    This is the Plasson French operas set and I have most of those recordings (although there are some nice rarities in there I don't have that sound intriguing). There are now a Gounod edition and a Massenet box set brought out by Warner, but they have the earlier recordings in, most of which you will already have. It might cost in to get the recordings you don't have in the Plasson box separately rather than paying £150!

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    The big composer sets are mostly mixed bags, better for beginners who want a good number of recordings cheaply to discover the works and then can get more sets of their favourites. My approach to opera was similar, I started with compilation albums, some of excerpts from single operas and some of general excerpts and then I started by getting all the complete opera recordings of singers I liked and then supplemented those where there were better recordings, but you can get quite far in Italian opera if your favourite singers are Callas, De los Angeles, Gobbi and Corelli. Tebaldi, Freni, Scotto and Olivero open the door to Verismo, Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau to Mozart, Studer, Meier and Barenboim to Wagner and Gergiev to the Russian rep and then you are away!

    I like some of that Tutto Verdi Blu-ray set, but I wish they had included the alternative versions of Stiffelio and Lombardi (Jerusalem is practically a totally different opera) and the Alzira is a concert performance. It's not as if there is really any competition for those works. None of the performances rival other versions of the main works (why go for singer 'De Provinciale' in minimalist, contemporary productions when you can have the likes of Vickers, Domingo, Pavarotti, Freni, Scotto, Milnes or Bruson in lavish Met spectacles (not to mention the old black and white Tokyo films with Tucci, Simionato, Del Monaco and Gobbi)).

    Where the Tutto Verdi comes into its own is in the lesser performed works. The Giorno di Regno is excellent and the Battaglia di Legnano is worth having due to the lack of alternatives. I would get the Masnadieri, but I am hoping that the film made at La Scala last year will be released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    i had this on order from Amazon a few years ago as it was offered at a ridiculously cheap price (around £37 I seem to remember). Unfortunately, after waiting patiently for several weeks, I got a message to say that they could no longer supply. The next day the set more than doubled in price. I note it is now selling for £150!
    I ran across a pristine copy in a used CD store for $50US. I hadn’t even been aware that it existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Some of the selections in this box do not inspire great confidence, and there's no Arabella.

    This set strikes me as a better choice:

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    Does this set have any libretti? That would be helpful for Strauss's more obscure operas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Does this set have any libretti? That would be helpful for Strauss's more obscure operas.
    The Amazon listing doesn’t mention libretti, just a booklet with synopses.
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    This set as a whole is not perfect (REALLY should have used the Downes Rienzi!) as DG seems to have chosen the subpar recordings in their catalogue for some of the operas, BUT it does have the most essential recordings of Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot in likely the best sound quality they have ever seen. Fortunately, I got the libretti downloads for those two before DG stupidly removed the libretti downloads from their website. (By the way, I must say that the new Universal Music website is one of the absolute worst websites I've ever seen.) When I inquired about downloading the other libretti, I got an email response months later with a link to download mp3s, completely irrelevant to what I asked. I asked again and have not heard back. Don't expect much as far as customer service from DG. OK enough ranting.

    The set is expensive now, but I think you can download it. Amazingly I won an auction for a really low price on Ebay for it. One of the best purchases for a Wagner completist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    The Amazon listing doesn’t mention libretti.
    I'm guessing it probably doesn't have them considering how big the box is. But the set has some rarities. Wonder if the full libretti for things such as Feuersnot and Friedenstag can be found anywhere...
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    This is a decent set for some of the lesser known German operas and has some big name singers listed (see back cover).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    Now $97 on Amazon
    Even better, decent performance, no "stars"but you can't have all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    This is a decent set for some of the lesser known German operas and has some big name singers listed (see back cover).
    All nicked/ borrowed from Ariola and other companies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    All nicked/ borrowed from Ariola and other companies.
    I suspect it would be worthwhile if they’re native German singers in traditional well-practiced roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    I suspect it would be worthwhile if they’re native German singers in traditional well-practiced roles.
    This is you change

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    This is a decent set for some of the lesser known German operas and has some big name singers listed (see back cover).
    This is a new one for me and is a perfect set. Great recordings of rare rep, much better than the endless 'best of Verdi' or 'Wagner, all the operas' sets that inevitably have a number of subpar recordings.

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