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Subject: Re: Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
From: Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 6 Feb 2017 19:03:47 -0600
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Preiser has issued the Schlusnus on CD.  There are almost 20 CD copies available through amazon, mostly from private sellers, as well as via MP3 and streaming.

Mike Leone

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Ecco il Leone!

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> On Feb 6, 2017, at 11:41 AM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I would like to add two recordings to the mix.  First of all, they both
> feature two of the greatest baritones of the 20th century.  The first is
> the old Scala Molajoli recording with Riccardo Stracciari, Mercedes Capsir
> and Dino Borgioli.  The second is in German, with a senior but still
> magnificent Henrich Schlusnus and the incredible supporting cast of Erna
> Berger, Helge Roswaenge, Josef Greindl and probably the greatest voice ever
> cast as Madalena, Margarete Klose.  Conductor is Robert Heger.  Both are
> probably difficult to find. I have seen the Molajoli on Amazon but I don't
> think the Schlusnus has ever been transferred to CD.  For my money,.
> Stracciari was the greatest of the Italian baritones.  In the small company
> of Ruffo, Granforte, Bastianini, Taddei, Bechi, Cappuccilli.  We are
> talking voice here, yes, I know I have left Gobbi out.  Supreme singer but
> the voice was just not in that league.  Schlusnus was the most Italian of
> German baritones and had few equals.
> 
> Donald (Il Fanciullo del West)  LOL
> 
> You can take the boy out of New York but you can't take New York out of the
> boy.
> 
>> On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 6:21 AM, Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Hello Dear List,
>> 
>> 
>> I love the opera, it rates within my three favourite operas.  Peerce/
>> Warren /Berger is a sensational example, Peerce is absolutely on fire in
>> that production and Warren is in every way exceptional. I also love
>> Tagliavini/ Taddei/Pagliughi, but my first ever was Merrill/ Peters/
>> Bjoerling, and that one has always a special place in my heart and soul. I
>> also hold very dear the magnificent performance of Australian Robert
>> Allman, whose Rigoletto I saw on tour in New Zealand, the company was a
>> mixed bag,  but his characterisation and his singing were magnificent.
>> 
>> 
>> The Opera is a masterpiece in my opinion, representing a great turning
>> point in the works of Verdi, a kind of coming of age.
>> 
>> The overture invariably succeeds in casting a spell, and the curtain opens
>> on a brilliant theatrical upbeat, which drives the story forward with great
>> power. The numbers come like a string of pearls and the drama builds upon
>> itself almost perfectly,  via the awful, the cynical and the tragic, right
>> through to the final duet, and Rigoletto's  mournful
>> 
>> Gilda! mia Gilda!...È morta!  ......   Ah, la maledizione!
>> 
>> Regards,
>> Isaac Alan
>> 
>> 
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