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post #76 of 150
I like the picture on the cover...


Tristan!


TRISTAN!





(...und isolde)

See ya
Steve
post #77 of 150
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Perhaps the disc should have been titled: Placido and Isolde. In all fairness, I have some fears about this disc (Domingo's gratingly unidiomatic German first and foremost), but it will probably be wonderful.
post #78 of 150
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I like the picture on the cover...
Domingo looks more like Isolde's father. I'm sure he'll sound fine on this since it's a studio recording, but I doubt he would ever be able to sing this live, especially at this stage in his career. That said, I do admire Domingo as an artist and what he has accomplished over the years.
post #79 of 150
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Originally Posted by PSmith08
Perhaps the disc should have been titled: Placido and Isolde. In all fairness, I have some fears about this disc (Domingo's gratingly unidiomatic German first and foremost), but it will probably be wonderful.
Not being a native Geman or Italian speaker, accents don't bother me. If they can sing and act, that's all that really matters to me. Domingo can certainly do that. (And a lot of German born tenors can't!)

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Steve
post #80 of 150
To "learn" the Ring, may I also suggest:

1. pick up Lorin Maazel's "Ring without Words", and the Edo de Waart recording of Ring music arranged by Vlieger (there's also a fine Parsifal and Tristan). The reason is just to get familiar with the major themes, and to some degree their position in the cycle. Besides, sometimes opera without singing is easier on the ears.

2. Get Deryck Cookes excellent Introduction to the Ring featuring excerpts from the Solti set, a fine analysis of the music and the themes.

Then dig in: Solti, Karajan, Boulez, Levine...it's very good stuff! And then, when you are hooked, you gotta go to Seattle, LA, or Bayreauth and get it live.
post #81 of 150
mbhaub and all,

Thanks for the suggestions!
post #82 of 150
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Originally Posted by bigshot
Not being a native Geman or Italian speaker, accents don't bother me. If they can sing and act, that's all that really matters to me. Domingo can certainly do that. (And a lot of German born tenors can't!)

See ya
Steve
Sounding the part is as important as acting delusional. Wagner wrote his music with German going through his head. German with a Spanish accent or German with an Italian accent is most assuredly what Wagner had in mind.
post #83 of 150
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Originally Posted by mbhaub
1. pick up ... the Edo de Waart recording of Ring music arranged by Vlieger
..and then promptly set fire to the covers! Those are the most god-awful ugly classical CD covers ever created. Edo de Waart is an OK conductor, but I don't know anyone who was able to even look at these CDs in the store, much less suffer the humiliation of actually carrying them up to the counter to buy them. I hope the person that OK'ed this series was fired. de Waart should hire a hit man for the damage they have done to his career.

Please avert your eyes...



The Szell and Tennstedt "Wagner Without Words" collections are a lot better, and you don't have to suffer aesthetic rape.

See ya
Steve
post #84 of 150
Yikes, yes....that is bad....
post #85 of 150
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Originally Posted by scottder
Yikes, yes....that is bad....
The entire series is marked by absolutely vile covers.
post #86 of 150
Uh, I think I bought those recording because of the covers. They certainly stood out among the more buttoned-down cds. And, I wanted to hear the work of the arranger Henk de Vlieger, and these are the only recordings. And be fair, the Ring cover isn't that bad, and yes, there's something really kinky about the Parsifal cover. And where else have you ever seen the cover photographer ever get a bio in the booklet? Erwin Olaf is an award winning photographer.
Anyone remember some of the covers of the Westminster releases in the 70s? I remember Boult's Planets with a striking shot of a young woman in space costume. And think of Swarowsky's Ring: remember the Brunhilde wearing VW hubcap covers? Recall the London series "Mahler's Egg", "Tchaikovsky's Egg", etc? They were really weird, too. The musical landscape has had plenty of strange covers.

But don't burn the covers! In 20-30 these could be hot collector's items!
post #87 of 150
I know it's almost blasphemy to recommend the Karajan over the Solti, but here's one for you. There are just too many things about Karajan's set that I love.

FWIW, stay away from Levine. Lightweight, and then we get Gary Lakes. Yuck!
post #88 of 150
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Originally Posted by audiophilia
I know it's almost blasphemy to recommend the Karajan over the Solti, but here's one for you. There are just too many things about Karajan's set that I love.

FWIW, stay away from Levine. Lightweight, and then we get Gary Lakes. Yuck!
It's a shame DG doesn't offer the Operas Individually....
post #89 of 150
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Originally Posted by audiophilia
I know it's almost blasphemy to recommend the Karajan over the Solti, but here's one for you. There are just too many things about Karajan's set that I love.
Amen! And it's not blasphemy. You're not alone.
post #90 of 150
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Originally Posted by audiophilia
I know it's almost blasphemy to recommend the Karajan over the Solti, but here's one for you. There are just too many things about Karajan's set that I love.

FWIW, stay away from Levine. Lightweight, and then we get Gary Lakes. Yuck!
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Originally Posted by scottder
It's a shame DG doesn't offer the Operas Individually....
The iTunes Music Store offers downloads, though in 128 kbps AAC, of each of Von Karajan's Ring operas.

Von Karajan isn't bad, but I don't know if I would say that he is my favorite. His changing cast and occasionally odd balances are problematic for me. However, saving Siegfried, all of his operas are solid second recommendations and occasionally firsts.
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