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  1. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 18 and 19, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    As I discussed in the original post, the tracks I downloaded from Public Domain Classic did not contain all sixty sonatas from the set recorded by Ralph Kirkpatrick in the 1950’s. After further research, I believe the source could have been an Italian CD reissue containing 53 sonatas (Discogs link here). The Discogs reference in the original post points to a CBS Odyssey reissue of the sixty sonatas “in two volumes”, but the link itself points to Volume 1 only. The better link is to the original 1960 box set from Columbia (SL-221).

    In order to complete the set, I found (and assembled) some YouTube clips remastering the sixty sonatas in digital/faux stereo. The playlist is here:

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...ZLyFTpwFN6aV1H

    I uploaded the missing sonatas from those clips and added them to the original archive page (link in above original post)

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    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 17, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.


    As it happens, the YouTube clip that was used in the original post has since been removed. However, I did find an alternate playlist for your reference and listening pleasure. I note the playlist matches the original album in my collection, containing the Suite Española:

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OL...8E7fBV7gs8X7Ww

    Our archive page – https://archive.org/details/202IberiaLivre4No.11laMi

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    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 11 and 12, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    A few years ago, I created a pair of archive pages for the music shared in this post:

    The “unedited” video itself – https://archive.org/details/BBCProms...ightOfTheProms

    The audio track, with some editing – https://archive.org/details/LNP200402



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    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 9, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.


    Many of the early posts in the Vinyl’s Revenge series did not have an archive page, as we relied entirely on the YouTube playlist discussed in the original post. A survey of YouTube content shows many Wagner/Edo de Waart recordings, but no digital uploads of this specific recording other than ours. The archive page for this share uses our original digital transfer files:

    https://archive.org/details/02DieFeenOverture


    A word about the transfer quality: I used my old Crosley “One touch” recording system. It is convenient but sometimes introduces glitches. The Die Feen overture in particular had a few digital glitches. In spite of some wear and surface noise, the transfer is generally good.


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  5. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 8, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    In preparation for this post update, I encountered the discogs page for this particular CBC Records release and discovered (to my surprise!) that my above musing on this old vinyl disc was posted here as notes! The page link:

    https://www.discogs.com/Respighi-Sch...elease/6999490

    Many of the early posts in the Vinyl’s Revenge series did not have an archive page, as we relied entirely on the YouTube playlist discussed in the original post. The archive page for this share uses our original digital transfer files:

    https://archive.org/details/06-symph...en-re-majeur-d.

    A word about the transfer quality: I used my old Crosley “One touch” recording system. It is convenient but sometimes introduces glitches. The Respighi side of the LP is quite good, but the Schubert less so. The first movement has some surface noise and unfortunately a skip or two. I retained the transfer (my best effort) as I like the overall interpretation.


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  6. PaulFranz's Avatar
    I'd just like to point out that he has many more recorded versions of The Music of the Night than you've mentioned. Besides the many bootleg recordings (which could count as live ones), there's the live one at the Tony Awards in 91, the one on With Love and The Phantom Unmasked, the one with Barbara Streisand, and the one from the highlights CD.

    Also, I do consider his singing (a bit) operatic, especially when compared to that of most of the phantoms that came after him. The way they open up and belt above their secondi passaggi stands in marked contrast to his typical classical cover. I really started noticing this after studying theatrical and then classical singing, and noticing that everyone I sang with listened to other, more modern musical theater singers who never did anything like covering.
    Very few singers would or could sing O Holy Night with the approach that he used.

    Also, he may be my favorite singer of all time, though 99% of what I listen to is classical nowadays.
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  7. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 5, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    I was pleased to find this vintage radio broadcast performance by Mrs. Nelsova and Georg Ludwig Jochum on YouTube as part of the anthology collection of RIAS recordings made between 1956 and 1965 ”Portrait Zara Nelsova”. This anthology also includes works which she never recorded for a commercial label. It can be found at this address:It can be found, along with other performances by our soloist at this address:

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OL...Sp9CPYXZiI8WCA

    Many of the early posts in the Vinyl’s Revenge series did not have an archive page, as we relied entirely on the YouTube playlist discussed in the original post. Sometimes, the material (as was the case here) was uploaded from our vinyl collection, but sometimes relied on existing links that can disappear without notice. This is the reason why we later git in the habit of creating archive pages.
    The archive page for this Zara Nelsova post uses the newly discovered digital material:

    https://archive.org/details/01-conce...ncelle-et-orch

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  8. pianozach's Avatar
    I've musical directed dozens of musicals, and have been in the pit for a hundred more.

    Bye Bye Birdie is one of my least favorite musicals for several reasons, and, as a consequence, not one of my favorite Overtures.

    Phantom of the Opera has never impressed me. I don't enjoy Lloyd Webber's compositional "style" that much, although I do love Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

    The Overtures to Funny Girl (I don't know if I've ever heard it at all) and Candide (and I love me some Bernstein) don't really come to mind. But I'll cue them up.

    But I can tell you, of the hundreds I've heard and played, which ones are the most favorably memorable

    Gypsy
    Oklahoma
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    The Fantasticks
    West Side Story
    Urinetown
    The Man of La Mancha


    There's a few other openings that are memorable, but they are shows without Overtures or Prologues: Assassins, Fiddler On the Roof, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Cabaret, Evita, City of Angels.

    There's also some film Overtures that have stuck with me: Wizard of Oz, Around the World in 80 Days, Les Misérables.
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