I got that big Furtwangler set for something less than $100 when it was first released.
If that's the Hamlet with Stephane Degout I'd love to hear if it matches its rave reviews.I got $205 in gift cards from friends for my birthday, and went on a shopping spree today.
Thomas' Hamlet - DVD
Verdi's Stiffelio - DVD
Rossini's La Gazzeta (Blu-ray)
Cherubini's Medea - DVD
Gallupi's L'Olimpiade - DVD
Rameau's Les Boreades - DVD
Gluck's Alceste - DVD
Halevy's Clary - DVD
Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini - DVD
Rossini's Stabat Mater (not an opera) - CD
$6 left. I think I did well!
I believe it's just out, another one coming, Elīna Garanča/ Jonas KaufmannThoughts on this relatively new, audio-only recording of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci?
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Grazer Philarmoniker / Chor der Oper Graz
Conducted by Oksana Lyniv
Santuzza - Ezgi Kutlu
Turiddu - Aldo di Toro
Mamma Lucia - Cheryl Studer
Alfio - Audun Iversen
Lola - Mareike Jankowski
Canio - Aldo di Toro
Nedda - Aurelia Florian
Tonio - Audun Iversen
Beppo - Martin Fournier
Silvio - Neven Canić
I need a translation. Looks like there is at least an oratorio (?) on The Flood?View attachment 154640
Donizetti in the 1830's
** Release date: 24 September 2021 **
Aren't they reissues of previous Opera Rara releases? They may no longer be available (at least new), but I would prefer the original sets with the full notes and librettos.The Flood, exactly!
There is Sypnosis section on their web page (click to expand), check it out for details.
All in all, this boxset looks very tempting.
Looks like this reissue comes with 32-page booklet, which is not that impressive. Original Opera Rara's booklets are worth having especially if you have some extra shelf space. Some of their earlier boxsets command very high prices second hand, I'm glad I managed to get many for my collection, namely the Dom Sebastien, Roi di Portugal, which was hard to find at reasonable price/condition.Aren't they reissues of previous Opera Rara releases? They may no longer be available (at least new), but I would prefer the original sets with the full notes and librettos.
Yes! I too had the issue with the Dom Sebastien. It wasn't a set I had much interest in (despite its fine cast) when it was released. However, a friend played it to me and so I wanted to buy it and it was only available second hand and at a huge cost on Amazon. I finally got a good second hand set in good condition at an ok price. I went on quite an Opera Rara drive about a year ago, mostly getting their Rossini sets, but also a few of the Pacini ones (I really like Pacini).Looks like this reissue comes with 32-page booklet, which is not that impressive. Original Opera Rara's booklets are worth having especially if you have some extra shelf space. Some of their earlier boxsets command very high prices second hand, I'm glad I managed to get many for my collection, namely the Dom Sebastien, Roi di Portugal, which was hard to find at reasonable price/condition.
I'm feeling very odd. I checked out that Fritz Kobus, in his ongoing Wagner purchases, has clicked on a Holländer recording I appreciate: the Konwitschny 1960 in Berlin for Electrola, reissued by Brilliant. It's a tad cheap. So in my endless wait for the Muti Macbeth, I checked out the prices of the Konwitschny Tannhäuser and the Knappertsbusch stereo Parsifal (1962), and they have low prices in the marketplace in Amazon UK (14€ and 17€ delivery included). I would have liked to buy one of them, but I remember that I haven't even touched the Barenboim TUI because I'm insanely busy with opera challenges and Beethoven Symphony episodes reviewing 8 cycles in each one.
I need patience because probably in 5 years time I have already finished testing all the orchestral and operatic discography. I don't enjoy music, I enjoy comparing, and it's like I'm buying CDs for watching on my shelf instead of playing them. The thing now is that I'm not liking at all this Beethoven Symphony episode I'm in and I'm finding out I could like Beethoven Symphonies even less than many operas. Decision: no purchase.
I hope to be wrong and like more symphonic composers out of Bruckner, Mahler and Sibelius, but I see myself in the future with a single shelf full of opera recordings and no Baroque period whatsoever. I'd love to settle down one day and listen and enjoy my favourite operas, maybe being 36 and marrying my CD collection. Alone but not lonely.
I don't know, I'm not in a good mood this month. It's called lack of perspective.