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Subject: Re: Guillaume Tell
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Date:Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:48:05 -0400
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Try watching the complete performance from Wichita Grand Opera.  Cuts, yes, but a 
very fine performance.
--
Lane A. Whitesell


---- "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> I have been listening to Rossini's "Guillaume Tell" in preparation for a visit to NY later this 
> month to hear the Met's new production (complete with rape - the production, I mean, not 
> my own planned activities).  It has been ages since I listened to this opera and I have been 
> bowled over by the magnificence of the music.  Yes, it is very long - it will be interesting to 
> see what and how much the Met cuts in performance, not too much I hope - but it has 
> many moments of splendor,  including exciting choruses and thrilling vocalism.  For those 
> who do not know this opera, I strongly encourage you to make its acquaintance.  It will be 
> well worth your while.
> 
> I have not listened to the famous Overture in probably 15 years and so hearing it again was 
> almost like coming to it fresh.  Try to forget "The Lone Ranger" and imagine the impact this 
> stunner must have made on first hearing.  I don't think there is a more exciting overture in 
> the entire operatic repertoire.     
> 
> The recording I have been listening to is the 1972 EMI with Bacquier, Gedda and Caballe, 
> conducted by Gardelli.  I got this in the mid-70s and have not listened to it in donkey's 
> years.  It is magnificent in all respects.
> 
> BTW, if anyone wants to hear G.T. in Italian, there is a corker of a recording on Decca with 
> Pavarotti, Freni and Milnes conducted by Chailly.  I've been listening to that, too, although 
> over all I prefer the opera in French.
> 
> MDW
> 
> 
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