Started by Tsaraslondon, April 10, 2017, 04:29:04 AM
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Quote from: Tsaraslondon on October 24, 2021, 01:50:45 AMI normally avoid Bartoli, but the rest of the cast, save for the rather weak Eustazio of Daniel Taylor, is excellent and David Daniels, at his mid career best, is superb. Wonderful performances too from Bernarda Fink, Luba Organasova and Gerald Finley, but Hogwood, as so often in opera, can be a bit stiff.
Quote from: The new erato on October 25, 2021, 03:49:48 AMI do as well. Wonderful agile singer, but she too often are too hectic and aggressive. She often simply wears me out.Now listening to an opera I never heard complete before. Dessay is outstanding as usual.
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on October 27, 2021, 06:54:13 AMKarajan's classic 1954 recording of Humperdinck's perenial favourite Hänsel und Gretel. Recorded in 1953 in very warm mono sound, it has hardly been out of the catalogue and this is only one of several CD reissues. I've read elsewhere that the digital transfer was better managed on some of the subsequent releases, but this one sounds good enough to me.The two Elisabeths (Grümmer and Schwarzkopf) give wonderfully light and exuberant performances as the two children, Else Schürhoff doesn't ham it up too much as the Witch and Maria von Ilosvay and Josef Metternich make characterful parents. Annie Febermeyer doubles as Sandman and Dew Fairy and is delightful as both.Some have remarked that Karajan's conception is more Sraussian than Wagnerian. Be that as it may, the Philharmonia play gloriously for him and I consider this recording to be as much of a classic as his Philharmonia Der Rosenkavalier and Falstaff.
Quote from: JBS on October 27, 2021, 05:27:19 PMThe libretto is certainly more like Strauss than Wagner--the former composed works in which the Witch and the Sandman would fit in, the latter didn't; and I don't want to think of what musical damage Wagner might have done to the children.
Quote from: JBS on October 27, 2021, 05:27:19 PMTDMy copy is the original release, with libretto in the booklet.
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on October 28, 2021, 01:11:31 AMWhat a gorgeous opera this is and beautifully performed here.
Quote from: The new erato on October 27, 2021, 11:37:37 PMPlayed this recently:Rather good, and nice to expand ones view of Saint-Saens.
Quote from: André on October 30, 2021, 11:50:32 AMWhat's your opinion, Jeffrey ? I have a disc of french opera arias with Hadley and it's a favourite of mine. I like both his vocal and verbal delivery.
Quote from: André on October 30, 2021, 05:11:16 PMThanks. No match for the best versions, then. The original version of Faust is substantially different and IMO flows much better (less bombast). It's on Bru Zane and this time an excellent tenor sings the title role.
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