Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Feb 20, 2015.
I have their earlier version ...
My understanding is that they only recorded them once.
I have this set:
I meant the earlier master ...
This is the only volume of the multi-volume boxes I have ...
Now on the turntable, "Handel - Semele" performed by The New Symphony Orchestra of London led by Anthony Lewis and featuring Jennifer Vyvyan, Helen Watts, William Herbert, George James, Thurston Dart and The Saint Anthony Singers on L'Oiseau-Lyre.
Originally recorded in 1956. This is a 1971 reissue and has been electronically enhanced for stereo!
Unlike the much later L'Oiseau-Lyre release, this one has to be non-HIP. My version is the following
and I may have a version on LP and other CD versions in some Handel big boxes ...
It is too bad Emma was not included in the cast but Emma rarely recorded with Gardiner.
Now listening to "Handel - Semele" performed by the English Chamber Orchestra led by John Nelson and featuring Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, John Aler, Sylvia McNair, Michael Chance and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus on DG.
Couldn't handle the sound on the other one!
Die Zauberflote, Don Giovanni.
While in the park, do you use iPod to write these discussions?
Coffee break. I was looking for something light, and to my suprise I couldn't find Sibelius' Karelia Suite on digital (I know there's an old LP by Okko Kamu with Karelia Suite, though). Therefore, today my light classical is Images (though Boulez makes it better, I think):
I think you should experience Puccini-Madame Butterfly, Turandot, LaBoheme,Tosca. Russian opera is challenging but rewarding-Boris Godunov, Prince Igor, The Queen of Spades, Iolanta, and of course Prokofiev's War and Peace-just to start. You will eventually want to collect all of them from Glinka,Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-korsakov, Borodin, Moussorgsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Richard Strauss-Salome, Electra and Ariadne und Naxos. Verdi-all of them but start with MacBeth. Another great-Benjamin Britten-any of them but start with The turn of the Screw. Wagner-any but start with The Ring. Just a few suggestions to get you started. Get your wallet ready! If you can start with LPs-you can get a lot of opera for low $.
This morning-Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde. Janet Baker, James King, Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink. Part of Philips label box-CD 23. Excellent!
Late to the party as always, but for what it's worth, in 1940 a series of anonymous records appeared on the label "The World's Greatest Operas." The dozen chosen wouldn't be a bad list for a "basic starter library" of core repertory:
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
Puccini: La Boheme
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Verdi: La Traviata
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Since then, Mozart's operas have become more prevalent and the so-called bel canto repertory has undergone a revival; to the above I'd certainly add Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Italian Girl in Algiers and Mozart's Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, and Abduction from the Seraglio. Maybe Cosi fan Tutte as well. Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Elixir of Love probably should be there as well. Tchaikowsky has also become more evident, and Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin should be added, as should Mussorgsky's Boris Gudounov. The list, of course, could grow to be endless, but in a rush waiting for my daughter to be ready to leave for school this group is at least a decent starting point.
Oh, one other thought: in this day and age, I'd start with DVDs, not audio-only records. Opera was meant to be seen as well as heard, and technology makes that easy now. That's especially true, I think, for the Wagner works, but it's valid as a general matter.
Generally, no. You all can wait until I get home.
I have the Karelia on Decca twice. Maazel and Ashkenazy.
Agree with this. I think I mentioned that in a prior post in response to you. I am currently halfway through the early 90's Ring Cycle conducted by James Levine. The sound, while PCM (and technically I believe CD quality), is not up to a good audio recording, but it is well filmed.
Two opera favorites that I don't think have been mentioned are Verdi's Otello and Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier..
You did not bring your iPad?
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas No.19 Op.49/1, No.21 Op.53 "Waldstein", No.23 Op.57 "Appassianoata", No.25 Op.79, No.26 Op.81a "Les Adiux" — Eric Heidseck (EMI Music France), CD 15 from:
Now enjoying Beethoven's Opuses 31-49 from the above set.
Now listening to "Josquin Desprez - Motets et Chansons" by The Hilliard Ensemble on EMI Reflexe.
Now listening to "Jommelli - Lamentazioni per il Mercoledi Santo" performed by Veronique Gens and Gerard Lesne with Il Seminario musicale led by Christophe Rousset on Virgin Classics.
Now on the turntable, side 1 from "Bach - Werke fur Solo-Instrumente" from the "Die Neue Bach-Edition" box sets on Archiv.
Side 1 performed by Goran Sollscher - guitar.
Fugue BWV 1000
Suite BWV 996
Now on the turntable, side 1 from "Bach - Kammermusik Vol. 1" performed by Alice Harnoncourt (violin), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (gambe) and Herbert Tachezi (cembalo) on Das Alte Werk.
Sonata BWV 1014
Sonata BWV 1015
Naturally, once I was out driving, I had further thoughts. I should have mentioned Bellini's Norma, widely considered the pinnacle of the bel canto operas, and I'd like to add two flawed masterpieces that still are dear to my heart (although only one has any claim to be "standard repertory," at least in the United States): Beethoven's Fidelio and Boito's Mefistofele.
I have Sollscher's Bach on CD. Not sure if he re-recorded them.
I had one box set from that series. Exquisitely quiet vinyl.
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