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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #360 on: June 18, 2017, 10:27:16 PM »
Parsifal. Barenboim is way better than Boulez here. The orchestra (for Barenboim) is gorgeous and the pacing mostly excellent (and singing also at a high level). If you want a dvd, the Barenboim (with Maier again) is even better (my opinion of course). On CD, I think Barenboim is in the second group (maybe more like 1B) after Kubelik, Knapps, and maybe a couple others. Of more recent recordings, it is probably the most successful.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #361 on: June 18, 2017, 10:38:22 PM »
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #362 on: June 22, 2017, 04:30:31 AM »
Been listening to this one this evening


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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #363 on: June 22, 2017, 06:36:49 AM »
Parsifal. Barenboim is way better than Boulez here. The orchestra (for Barenboim) is gorgeous and the pacing mostly excellent (and singing also at a high level). If you want a dvd, the Barenboim (with Maier again) is even better (my opinion of course). On CD, I think Barenboim is in the second group (maybe more like 1B) after Kubelik, Knapps, and maybe a couple others. Of more recent recordings, it is probably the most successful.
Is Kubelik this one?



I like it as well. Nicely paced and everything is very natural. I am not a big fan of Yvonne Minton's Kundry - the voice is a bit small and too shrill for the role I think. One of James King's finer efforts on disc.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #364 on: June 22, 2017, 07:49:45 AM »
I remember this being suggested for one of the best recordings of Falstaff.  Whoever made the suggestion was correct


For some reason, Amazon does not show the reissue I have, which is the most recent iteration of EMI/Warner's budget opera series.

EDIT: Found the version I have at AmazonUK

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #365 on: June 22, 2017, 08:48:46 AM »
Arrived today, and have (casually) listened to Act I:



I must say I find Kurt Eichhorn's conducting sluggish and heavy-handed, robbing the music (particularly the overture) of its dramatic thrust and much of its beauty.  >:( I don't even want to imagine a Parsifal conducted by this man.  ::)  ;D

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #366 on: June 22, 2017, 09:00:14 AM »
I remember this being suggested for one of the best recordings of Falstaff.  Whoever made the suggestion was correct




That might have been me. I absolutely love this recording. A superb orchestra and chorus conducted with style, elan and dash by Karajan, with a well-nigh faultless cast. You can't go wrong.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #367 on: June 23, 2017, 09:14:44 PM »
Now playing:



Listened to this version of Aida for the first time.
Quite a good cast for the recording - found this to be an enjoyable one.
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I like old Music :)

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #368 on: June 23, 2017, 09:17:42 PM »
I remember this being suggested for one of the best recordings of Falstaff.  Whoever made the suggestion was correct


For some reason, Amazon does not show the reissue I have, which is the most recent iteration of EMI/Warner's budget opera series.

EDIT: Found the version I have at AmazonUK



This recording is in my big Warner Verdi box - pleased to know it's a good one and I look forward to hearing it at some stage.
I like old Music :)

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #369 on: June 24, 2017, 12:03:40 AM »
Now playing:



Listened to this for the first time last week and I was knocked out by it - quite a sublime work: there seems to be one beautiful Aria after another.
So far I am rating this as one of Puccini's best Operas..
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #370 on: June 24, 2017, 04:27:22 AM »


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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #371 on: June 24, 2017, 04:55:17 AM »

Verdi : Don Carlo.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #372 on: June 24, 2017, 05:28:26 AM »

Verdi : Don Carlo.

Possibly my favourite Verdi opera, though, aside from Gobbi and Christoff, this set doesn't have much to commend it. I did a comparative review of three off my favourites on my blog.

https://tsaraslondon.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/verdis-don-carlos-a-comparison-of-three-different-recordings/

Gobbi and Christoff are probably best represented on this live recording of the famous Covent Garden Visconti production, if you can get hold of it.




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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #373 on: June 24, 2017, 09:53:44 AM »
Now playing:



Listened to this for the first time last week and I was knocked out by it - quite a sublime work: there seems to be one beautiful Aria after another.
So far I am rating this as one of Puccini's best Operas..

I think that's the only mature Puccini opera I have yet to hear. I have the Callas recording, just not yet played it.

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First listen to this recording

One of the recordings I haven't heard from this box.

Crespin as Marschallin, Minton as Oktavian, Donath as Sophie. And Pavarotti in the tenor cameo (the Italian singer).

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #374 on: June 24, 2017, 11:53:51 AM »
I think that's the only mature Puccini opera I have yet to hear. I have the Callas recording, just not yet played it.

Not my favourite Puccini by a long chalk, but Callas makes as good a case for it as is possible, even though she's not in her best voice.


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First listen to this recording

One of the recordings I haven't heard from this box.

Crespin as Marschallin, Minton as Oktavian, Donath as Sophie. And Pavarotti in the tenor cameo (the Italian singer).

This recording has its devotees, but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. I've never really taken to Solti, and find Crespin just a bit too matronly for my taste.

My favourite is still the first Karajan with Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Stich-Randall, Edelmann and Gedda as the Italian Singer.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #375 on: June 24, 2017, 12:26:32 PM »
Tsaraslondon, please let me know which are your top 3 La Sonnambula's. TIA.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #376 on: June 24, 2017, 12:39:46 PM »
Not my favourite Puccini by a long chalk, but Callas makes as good a case for it as is possible, even though she's not in her best voice.

This recording has its devotees, but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. I've never really taken to Solti, and find Crespin just a bit too matronly for my taste.

My favourite is still the first Karajan with Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Stich-Randall, Edelmann and Gedda as the Italian Singer.
I tend to agree. The HVK recording is one of my favorite opera recordings, of anything. Everything comes together in that. Sound is wonderful also.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #377 on: June 24, 2017, 12:56:39 PM »
I tend to agree. The HVK recording is one of my favorite opera recordings, of anything. Everything comes together in that. Sound is wonderful also.

Having heard the full recording, I am inclined to say I also agree.

My first recording was the Haitink, with Te Kanawa and Otter.  Then I got the DVD with Fleming, Koch, and Damrau, and was so taken with that I had no urge to get another recording. It's also available as audio CD if are interested in it (conductor is Theilemann).  I have the film with Schwarzkopf somewhere in my pile of DVDs that have yet to be viewed.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #378 on: June 24, 2017, 04:02:03 PM »
Tsaraslondon, please let me know which are your top 3 La Sonnambula's. TIA.

1. Callas, Monti, Zaccaria; Votto (Live La Scala in Cologne 1957)
2. Callas, Valetti, Modesti; Bernstein (Live La Scala 1955)
3. Callas, Monti, Zaccaria; Votto  (Studio 1957).

Well, you did ask!
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #379 on: June 24, 2017, 05:39:12 PM »
1. Callas, Monti, Zaccaria; Votto (Live La Scala in Cologne 1957)
2. Callas, Valetti, Modesti; Bernstein (Live La Scala 1955)
3. Callas, Monti, Zaccaria; Votto  (Studio 1957).

Well, you did ask!

All right, which three senza Callas!

I will point to the Bartoli, myself--which I mention for Florestan's benefit because I know you don't like it.

TD
Strauss Capriccio
The EMI recording with Schwarzkopf, DFD, Gedda, etc conducted by Sawallisch.
First listen ever to this opera so I will make only two trivial observations

1. Strauss actually had an affinity for one act operas, this merely being the last of a string that started with Salome.
2. I guess I will keep referring these recordings as EMI productions no matter how many years Warner keeps the catalogue.


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