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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1040 on: May 13, 2018, 12:11:14 AM »


A wonderful performance, Schwarzkopf's youthful Eva a particular delight.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1041 on: May 14, 2018, 10:29:17 PM »


Bartók's gorgeous symbolist opera in this classic performance.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1042 on: May 15, 2018, 09:33:04 AM »
Bartók's gorgeous symbolist opera in this classic performance.

Impressive, but the diction sounds weird to me, and I didn't like the dramatic changes in recording perspective in various scenes. I'd like less "theater of the mind" and more natural recording perspective.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1043 on: May 15, 2018, 10:07:47 AM »
Impressive, but the diction sounds weird to me, and I didn't like the dramatic changes in recording perspective in various scenes. I'd like less "theater of the mind" and more natural recording perspective.

I don't know Hungarian well enough to know if the diction was any good or not, though I wouldn't expect it to be as good as Hungarian forces. I do rather enjoy the changes in recording perspective, depending on what room they are entering, a sort of aural equivalent of a scene change.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1045 on: May 15, 2018, 11:37:23 PM »


Kempe's classic Lohengrin.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1046 on: May 16, 2018, 01:36:01 AM »

Arrived yesterday. I've watched about 2/3, loving it so far.


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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1047 on: May 17, 2018, 12:18:00 AM »


Britten's "Coronation" opera was not well received at its premiere and had to wait some time for re-assessment, first with the wonderful 1980s ENO production with Sarah Walker and then in the 1990s by Welsh National Opera, with Dame Josephine Barstow in the role of Elizabeth, on which this superb recording is based.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1048 on: May 17, 2018, 08:28:41 AM »

In Italian, Sutherland, Sills and Gruberova all recorded studio sets, but I prefer Caballe (live), particularly the one with Verrett as a thrilling Elisabeth.



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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1049 on: May 17, 2018, 08:42:51 AM »
I don't know Hungarian well enough to know if the diction was any good or not, though I wouldn't expect it to be as good as Hungarian forces. I do rather enjoy the changes in recording perspective, depending on what room they are entering, a sort of aural equivalent of a scene change.

A non-musical association also weighed against it in my mind. The fact that Berry and Ludwig were married at the time. The thought that a man and wife would perform this misogynistic tripe (beautiful music notwithstanding) struck me as awkward.
 

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1050 on: May 17, 2018, 09:26:40 AM »
A non-musical association also weighed against it in my mind. The fact that Berry and Ludwig were married at the time. The thought that a man and wife would perform this misogynistic tripe (beautiful music notwithstanding) struck me as awkward.

Now THAT would have been a good question, had I thought of it, when interviewing her.
It might have been shortly before their divorce, though... :-)

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1051 on: May 18, 2018, 12:38:23 AM »
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Hahaha! Yes indeed. What on earth were they thinking?
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1052 on: May 19, 2018, 01:03:42 PM »


Klemperer's magisterial Der fliegende Holländer has achieved almost classic status, though it's a bit slow in parts for my tastes.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1053 on: May 19, 2018, 10:15:27 PM »


Klemperer's magisterial Der fliegende Holländer has achieved almost classic status, though it's a bit slow in parts for my tastes.

Klemperer is usually too slow.... (in his later recordings).

But I still find his Holländer absolutely gripping!  :)

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1054 on: May 20, 2018, 03:28:33 AM »


Though James Bowman is a little hooty (I have to admit I'd rather hear someone like David Daniels in the role), he's an improvement on Alfred Deller, who sings Oberon on Britten's own recording. The rest of the cast is excellent, particularly Lillian Watson and Jill Gomez, and the splendid recording brings out all the brilliance of Britten's orchestration.


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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1055 on: May 20, 2018, 06:01:55 AM »
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1056 on: May 21, 2018, 04:02:22 PM »
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle            Fischer-Dieskau/Varady/Sawallisch/Bayerisches Staatsorchester   

Magnificent! An eery opera! I think I will disappear into some surreal realm tonight when I fall asleep. Great music making. Varady and Fischer-Dieskau are perfect in this work.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1057 on: May 22, 2018, 12:53:32 AM »


Of all Verdi's middle period opera, I Vespri Siciliani is probably the least loved. Originally conceived for the Paris Opéra, it is something of a prolix piece and patchily magnificent, passages of true inspiration being mixed with the occasionally routine. It does show Verdi increasingly in command of his orchestra. The overture and ballet music are among the best he ever composed.

This well cast and excellently sung studio recording serves the opera well, though Arroyo and Raimondi don't eclipse memories of Callas and Christoff in a live recording from Florence in 1951 under Erich Kleiber.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1058 on: May 22, 2018, 01:11:11 AM »


 Arroyo and Raimondi don't eclipse memories of Callas and Christoff in a live recording from Florence in 1951 under Erich Kleiber.

In Arroyo's case, she was replacing the originally-cast Montserrat Caballé, as she also did in Muti's EMI Ballo in Maschera and Gardelli's EMI Forza del Destino.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1059 on: May 22, 2018, 01:36:59 AM »
In Arroyo's case, she was replacing the originally-cast Montserrat Caballé, as she also did in Muti's EMI Ballo in Maschera and Gardelli's EMI Forza del Destino.

She's actually rather good, though a little lacking in personality perhaps. Hard to say if Caballé would have been better.
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