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Subject: Re: CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR 2016
From: Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:16:18 -0500
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Only one word for Price  --------Incomparable!
----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:27:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR 2016

Les,

As you know I'm no fan of The Zink-a-lator but she, and especially Jussi do
nail this one vocally.  That being said, NO ONE can deliver the words
"Invan! tutto è finito" like Callas and in those 4 words, she vanquishes
the competition...

Steve

On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 7:41 PM, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I've given this so much thought because there are so many operatic wonders
> preserved in sound, but I always return to the Tomb Scene (Aida) as sung by
> Jussi Bjoerling and Zinka Milanov on the still-classic RCA recording. I
> discovered it when I was seventeen, and I still listen to it in wonderment.
> I've heard no other version of this scene that satisfies me as much.
> Les/Chicago
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "RAYMOND GOUIN" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "OPERA-L" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:45:09 PM
> Subject: CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR 2016
>
> Personal favorites that are my electronic Christmas presents to all for
> 2016 [ same as last year but worth repeating :) ].
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCk-ReQNd_w
>
> Carlo Bergonzi, "Cielo e mar", La Gioconda, nd
> This is likely taken from a Met Saturday broadcast. The aria
> is called "Cielo e mar". I call it perfection.
>
> ***
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK3OjbwBBwg
>
> Leontine Price, "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta", La Rondine
> This was on Price's first LP. As soon as I heard it, I placed it in my
> Parthenon of opera recordings. This is a live recording in less than
> perfect sound, but I wanted to demonstrate that her singing was not
> a trick of the recording studio.
>
> ***
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfP38nd-U0
>
> Leontine Price,1985 Met Farewell Performance, “O patria mia” from Aida.
> There were a few rough patches in Price’s last performance at the Met, but
> it all
> came together – many times over – for “O patria mia”. Stay with the two
> minutes
> of applause that follow and be thankful for the wise decision to keep the
> camera
> close up on Price. Raw emotion of this type is rarely captured by the
> camera.
>
> ***
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPDsNTXuozc
>
> Renata Tebaldi, Jussi Bjoerling, Arias & Duet Act 1, La Boheme. 1956.
> This excerpt has been around for a very long time, but it will always
> deserve another listen and view. It provides us a very rare and
> treasured visual of two opera titans at their finest.
>
> ***
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVOlpoxoq0
>
> Jon Vickers & Leonie Rysanek, Act I Finale, Die Walkure, 1972
> A very long excerpt, but so what. A reminder of what heldentenors are
> supposed to sound like and Leonie, after a bit of a rough start, is no
> chopped liver herself. Note how Vickers' singing is absolutely effortless.
>
> ***
>
> And two repeats from Christmas presents of past years:
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-RrG4sfdis
>
> From 1967, Franco Corelli in Parma, "E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca.
> This is one of those rare recordings where the electricity coursing
> through the audience becomes palpable as Corelli sings "discogliea dai
> veli", giving example as to his phenomenal breath control and diminuendo.
> You can skip the last three minutes which is all applause. Again thanks to
> Stefan who has had much to do with publicizing this performance.
>
> ***
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNg8VGrIqls
>
> From 1962, Beverly Sills singing the "Willow Song" from The Ballad of Baby
> Doe. The white haired gentleman seen in the opening and closing moments
> is the opera's composer, Douglas Moore. Although Sills did not create the
> role, once she assumed it at New York City Opera a few years after the
> premiere, it became indelibly associated with her. This is Bev as I knew
> her
> when I was with the Opera Company of Boston, in the years before she
> became THE Beverly Sills.
>
> ***
>
> Christmas blessings to all. Hanukkah Sameach! Have a safe and prosperous
> New Year,
> and may the wind always be at your back.
>
> Best from Boston
> Ray Gouin
>
>
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