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Offline Fritz Kobus

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New here. Not new to classical music
« on: April 11, 2021, 09:51:44 AM »
My username is from a favorite opera, Mascagni's L'amico Fritz.

I love opera.  For non-opera classical I am mostly oriented to symphonic works  with favorites in Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Saint-Saens.  I do like some piano, but for now mostly Rachmaninoff's concertos.

Favorite operas:

Bellini: La Sonnambula
Flotow: Martha
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
Beethoven: Fidelio
Wagner: Hollander, Ring, and others
Donizetti: the three Queens, Daughter of the Regiment, Don Pasquale, Elixir of Love.
Rachmaninoff:  Miserly Knight
Puccini: Tosca,  La fanciulla del West
Verdi:  La Traviata
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Tchakiovsky:  Eugene Onegin
Weber: Der Freischutz
Lehar:  Land des Lachelns

Offline Papy Oli

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2021, 12:23:07 PM »
Hello and welcome  :)
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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2021, 12:43:54 PM »
Welcome aboard to GMG! Always great to see new members.  :)

Lots of opera and symphonic fans here!

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2021, 02:12:31 PM »
Welcome!
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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2021, 03:36:57 PM »
Good to see another opera lover on board !

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2021, 03:58:25 PM »
Thanks all. 

I have 25 commercial recordings of La Sonnambula. I could not find any more or would have bought them. 

I also love Handel's Messiah and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2021, 10:09:00 PM »
Welcome among us, Fritz.

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2021, 10:37:33 PM »
My username is from a favorite opera, Mascagni's L'amico Fritz.

I love opera.  For non-opera classical I am mostly oriented to symphonic works  with favorites in Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Saint-Saens.  I do like some piano, but for now mostly Rachmaninoff's concertos.

Favorite operas:

Bellini: La Sonnambula
Flotow: Martha
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
Beethoven: Fidelio
Wagner: Hollander, Ring, and others
Donizetti: the three Queens, Daughter of the Regiment, Don Pasquale, Elixir of Love.
Rachmaninoff:  Miserly Knight
Puccini: Tosca,  La fanciulla del West
Verdi:  La Traviata
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Tchakiovsky:  Eugene Onegin
Weber: Der Freischutz
Lehar:  Land des Lachelns

I've never heard the Poulenc.  A close friend of mine's favourite composer was Poulenc, but I respect rather than love his music.  My loss I'm sure - what is it about "Dialogues" that I should try and get into?

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2021, 12:09:24 AM »
Hello and welcome The Poulenc is heartwrenching and need a dose of Lehar after listening. Nice to see Lehar mentioned.

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2021, 02:06:20 AM »
Welcome aboard and enjoy your time here. You will find the company of a few like minded souls here.  :)
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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2021, 02:29:35 AM »
Welcome aboard, Fritz! Hope you enjoy it here...

Ah, le belle ciliegie!”  :)
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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2021, 02:40:32 AM »
My username is from a favorite opera, Mascagni's L'amico Fritz.

I love opera.  For non-opera classical I am mostly oriented to symphonic works  with favorites in Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Saint-Saens.  I do like some piano, but for now mostly Rachmaninoff's concertos.

Favorite operas:

Bellini: La Sonnambula
Flotow: Martha
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
Beethoven: Fidelio
Wagner: Hollander, Ring, and others
Donizetti: the three Queens, Daughter of the Regiment, Don Pasquale, Elixir of Love.
Rachmaninoff:  Miserly Knight
Puccini: Tosca,  La fanciulla del West
Verdi:  La Traviata
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Tchakiovsky:  Eugene Onegin
Weber: Der Freischutz
Lehar:  Land des Lachelns
Welcome Fritz!

And, wow!  25 recordings of La Sonnambula! Neat!  Looking forward to hearing about your favorites in the opera thread.  8)

PD

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2021, 06:21:21 AM »
I've never heard the Poulenc.  A close friend of mine's favourite composer was Poulenc, but I respect rather than love his music.  My loss I'm sure - what is it about "Dialogues" that I should try and get into?

There’s no specific scene or moment in Dialogues that would be a ‘point of entry’ into the whole work. As it goes on it becomes ever more gripping and downright bone-chilling. A great, great work.

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2021, 07:21:06 AM »
Welcome!  :)

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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2021, 12:20:42 PM »
There’s no specific scene or moment in Dialogues that would be a ‘point of entry’ into the whole work. As it goes on it becomes ever more gripping and downright bone-chilling. A great, great work.

The Nagano recording made me appreciate it as a sort of coherent, symphonic structure, with great sound; the Dervaux is perhaps somewhat different, IMHO.

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2021, 08:21:00 PM »
I've never heard the Poulenc.  A close friend of mine's favourite composer was Poulenc, but I respect rather than love his music.  My loss I'm sure - what is it about "Dialogues" that I should try and get into?

I find the story fascinating, so much so that I bought a well-researched book on the true story of the Carmelite nuns.  The climax is the finale where the nuns get their heads chopped off and you hear the slicing noise of the guillotine as they go one-by-one and, each time one goes, there is one less voice, until the very end a single voice, then chop!

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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2021, 05:02:16 PM »
Welcome aboard! Hope you enjoy your time here.
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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2021, 09:50:56 PM »
My username is from a favorite opera, Mascagni's L'amico Fritz.

I love opera.  For non-opera classical I am mostly oriented to symphonic works  with favorites in Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Saint-Saens.  I do like some piano, but for now mostly Rachmaninoff's concertos.

Favorite operas:

Bellini: La Sonnambula
Flotow: Martha
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz
Beethoven: Fidelio
Wagner: Hollander, Ring, and others
Donizetti: the three Queens, Daughter of the Regiment, Don Pasquale, Elixir of Love.
Rachmaninoff:  Miserly Knight
Puccini: Tosca,  La fanciulla del West
Verdi:  La Traviata
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Tchakiovsky:  Eugene Onegin
Weber: Der Freischutz
Lehar:  Land des Lachelns
Welcome here. I'm not generally an opera lover but Boris Godunov is one of my favourites.
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Re: New here. Not new to classical music
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2021, 10:17:22 PM »
There’s no specific scene or moment in Dialogues that would be a ‘point of entry’ into the whole work. As it goes on it becomes ever more gripping and downright bone-chilling. A great, great work.

thankyou for that.  Clearly I must investigate!

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« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2021, 07:31:22 AM »
thankyou for that.  Clearly I must investigate!

Not that I'm easily swayed or need an excuse to buy CD's...... BUT..... just pulled the trigger on.....



thankyou to all for the collective enthusiasm!