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  1. Wagner: Rienzi (Edward Downes recording)

    The last of Wagner's early operas and his overall longest opera ever at 4 hours and 40 minutes. There's lots of pomp and circumstance here with choruses and ensembles, processions, and a 39 minute ballet. It was well worth the long time to listen to it all in my opinion. I actually quite like its over-the-top nature.

    There are many great selections. The overture, the opening scene, the Act I final, the Act II opening, the ballet, the Act II final, Adriano's aria "Gerechter Gott",
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    Updated Jul-26-2020 at 16:29 by adriesba

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  2. Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Edward Downes recording)

    BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and BBC Northern Singers

    Friedrich - Raimund Herincx
    Luzio - Alexander Young
    Claudio - Ian Caley
    Antonio - Neil Jenkins
    Angelo - William Elvin
    Isabella - April Cantelo
    Mariana - Ilse Wolf
    Brighella - Lawrence Richard
    Danieli - Leslie Fyson
    Dorella - Elizabeth Gale
    Pontio Pilato - David Lennox

    From the DG Wagner: Complete Operas box.

    Well, this was rather odd. It's hard
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    Updated Jul-24-2020 at 00:50 by adriesba

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  3. Wagner: Die Feen (Edward Downes recording)

    BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and BBC Northern Singers

    Arindal - John Mitchinson
    Ada - April Cantelo
    Lora - Lorna Haywood
    Morald - Tom McDonnell
    Gunther - Richard Greager
    Gernot - Paul Hudson
    Drolla - Teresa Cahill
    Zemina - Elizabeth Gale
    Farzana - Della Jones
    Harald - Don Garrard
    Groma - Don Garrard
    Fairy king - Don Garrard
    Messenger - Jolyon Dodgson


    Recording from the DG Wagner: Complete
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    Updated Jul-22-2020 at 12:25 by adriesba

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  4. The Forgotten Tony Winner of 1984: A Cast Album Review of THE TAP DANCE KID

    The Tap Dance Kid. Book by Charles Blackwell; Music by Henry Krieger; Lyrics by Robert Lorick. With Jimmy Tate (Willie); Martine Allard (Emma); Hinton Battle (Dipsey); Samuel E. Wright (William); Gail Nelson (Ginnie); Jackie Lowe (Carole); Alan Weeks (Daddy Bates). Polydor Records, 1984.

    In 1974, the late, Tennessee-born author Louise Fitzhugh wrote a novel for adolescents called Nobody’s Family Is Going to Change. In 1980, the novel became a thirty-minute film called The Tap
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    Updated Mar-17-2020 at 16:46 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Opera , Literature , Recorded Music
  5. Four Overtures by Charles Strouse

    Any serious fan of Broadway musicals has no doubt heard that the three greatest overtures are those for Gypsy, Funny Girl, and Candide. It is true that these overtures are all uncommonly creative in their blending of melodies from the respective shows’ scores, though I half-suspect the Candide one is “the greatest” mainly because Leonard Bernstein wrote it. De rigeur for Broadway musicals since the 1920’s at least, the overture fell somewhat out of fashion from the 1960’s onward; Charles
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    Updated Oct-12-2019 at 21:40 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Opera
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