Started by Tsaraslondon, April 10, 2017, 04:29:04 AM
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Quote from: André on October 13, 2021, 10:44:52 AMGood day to you, Rafael !I found a used copy on Amazon. In the cart it goes
Quote from: ritter on October 13, 2021, 07:06:24 AMOnce again, Carl Orff's Der Mond, but this time in its first commercial recording* (which was the one I got to know the work with in my teens), conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Quote from: André on October 15, 2021, 07:00:15 AMI should explore that one. A poetic Roméo is just what I look for in that role. I have the bovine Raoul Jobin and the neurotic bull-in-the-china-shop Corelli...
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on October 15, 2021, 02:48:02 AMThis recording certainly makes the best case for Gounod's opera. Indeed, whilst listening to this performance, I began to wonder if Roméo et Juliette might be Gounod's greatest opera rather than Faust which I listened to a couple of days ago. I saw Alagna in his debut in this role at Covent Garden the year before this recording was made and he was quite superb. On that occasion his Juliette was the girlish Leontina Vaduva, but by the time of the recording (made in 1995, but not released until 1998) he and Gheorghiu had become an item and an obvious pairing. Alagna was always at his best when singing in his native tongue and his Roméo is impetuous, ardent and, most important of all, poetic, the quiet close to Act II being particularly magical. Gheorghiu is delightfully girlish in the opening scene, but has all the requisite power for her big Act IV aria, which often used to be cut. A superb supporting cast too, Simon Keenyside as Mercutio and José Van Dam as Frère Laurent being particularly noteworthy.Plasson improves here on his earlier recording, which had the stylish, but perceptibly aging Alfredo Kraus as Roméo. Malfitano is very good as Juliette, but she doesn't have Gheorghiu's beauty of tone.A really superb recording.
Quote from: Maestro267 on October 18, 2021, 07:10:40 AMFinally gotten round to hearing Tristan und Isolde in full. Bohm recording
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