What Opera Are You Listening to Now?

Started by Tsaraslondon, April 10, 2017, 04:29:04 AM

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I've been putting off listening to this, thereby completing the Warner Offenbach set.
But tonight I have the time (3 1/2 hours) and the mood.


The recording is a bit longer because it includes both Dappertutto's aria (Scintille diamant) and the Septet, both of which are post-Offenbach insertions in the Gulietta act, as appendices.

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Todd

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For the first time in 10, 12, maybe 15 years, I can't recall.  My memory of the opera was that the use of countertenors made it sound less than optimal, and sure enough that's the case.  I know of only one other recording, and it too uses countertenors, though I know that various performances have used female singers.  The other parts and the orchestral writing works better.  I should probably try a different Eötvös opera.
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Tsaraslondon



Gabriella Tucci - soprano
Dame Janet Baker - mezzo-soprano
Pierre Duval - tenor
Marti Talvela - bass

Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus - Georg Szell

Recorded 1968.

Not opera, I know, but it is Verdi and still pretty operatic.

After discovering the live Munich Muti performance, here's another live discovery. The sound on this is mono, and nowhere near as good as the Muti, but the performance is certainly interesting with Szell bringing out some things I hadn't heard before. He's not a conductor one would readily associate with Verdi, but he won me over.

Of the soloists the weak link is the tenor Pierre Duval, who is stretched to his limits and beyond and sounds tense and even a bit hoarse in places. Talvela was only 33 at the time of this performance. He muffs a couple of entries but his black bass certainly has class and Tucci is rather good. What a fine singer she was. The surprise of the set, though, is Janet Baker, who sounds almost like a different singer at times, using chest voice as I've never heard from her before and singing with her usual intelligence and dramatic flair. She was in her very best voice around this time too. She did record the Requiem with Solti some years later, but I think she is ever better here.
\"A beautiful voice is not enough.\" Maria Callas

Todd



Revisiting.  Stupid opera.  Stupid beautiful.
The universe is change; life is opinion. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

People would rather believe than know - E.O. Wilson

Propaganda death ensemble - Tom Araya

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Quote from: Todd on January 29, 2023, 12:00:51 PM

Revisiting.

Whisky per tutti!  ;D

QuoteStupid opera.  Stupid beautiful.
Very nicely put. A favourite of mine...
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« ...tout cela qui prend forme et solidité, est sorti, ville et jardins, de ma tasse de thé. »

Todd



It's been a good, long while since I last listened to any recording of Falstaff, and probably a decade or more since I last listened to this recording.  It more or less conformed to cloudy memories.  Playing is precise, detailed, and fairly light.  Sure, tuttis have oomph, but Abbado never lets things get heavy.  He also keeps things zippy.  Terfel sounds in your face and nearly intimidating at times, which works well, and every singer sounds very fine.  Would that big name cast, full priced operas like this were as commonly released as they once were.
The universe is change; life is opinion. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

People would rather believe than know - E.O. Wilson

Propaganda death ensemble - Tom Araya