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Subject: Re: Rusalka from the Met today
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:55:08 -0500
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... or Lucia's Popp's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qxi-sYUT9s

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 7:45 PM, Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Bob,
>
> An old friend of mine, Bill Wells, had a radio program called “Opera for
> you” One night he broadcast an evening with Zinka Milanov which had been
> prerecorded. I was with him in his apartment during the broadcast and he
> received a call from the station that the broadcast was ending sooner than
> they had thought and what did Bill want to do. He called Milanov at home
> and asked her was there something particular she wanted to have played. She
> told him to play the aria from La Rondine — and that how proud she was
> about that recording. It was the first time I had heard her sing it and I
> can still remember how thrilling it was for me to hear it.
>
> Best,
> Michael
>
> Michael J. McPherson
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
>
> > On Feb 25, 2017, at 7:13 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Not to mention a somewhat long in the tooth Zinka Milanov, who
> > sang the aria with a repose and beauty of tone that were breathtaking.
> >
> > When you have known hers, Benackova's or Fleming's, you just can't
> > accept Opolais as a "contendah", or even adequate.
> >
> > Bob
> >
> > On Saturday, February 25, 2017, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >> Wasn't Dvorak heavily influenced by the two leading composers of his
> >> time: Brahms and Wagner?  He should have stuck with Brahms.
> >>
> >> Actually, he did stick with Brahms as far as his most enduring music
> >> reveals: the symphonies, concerti and numerous examples of splendid
> >> chamber music, as well as - like Brahms - some fine choral works and
> >> lieder.
> >>
> >> The first time I ever heard what I think was then called "Song to the
> Moon"
> >> was on a 45rpm by German soprano Elfriede Troetschel.  It suited her, or
> >> she suited it, so well, that I still enjoy it.
> >>
> >> dtmk
> >>
> >> On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]
> >> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
> >>
> >>> as heard on WQXR.
> >>>
> >>> When i attended a performance with Renee Fleming in 1997?, i
> >>> left after one act. She was fine; the opera was the problem.
> >>>
> >>> So, I was very interested to see how I'd feel about it after
> >>> about 20 years. Nothing has changed, but, since I was home,
> >>> I pretty much stuck with it.
> >>>
> >>> There may be 45 minutes of good music, though I really
> >>> think that's a stretch. There are very good reasons why some
> >>> operas appear every couple of years, while others are given
> >>> every decade or two.
> >>>
> >>> I'm mainly writing this note to praise Brandon Jovanovich, who I
> >>> thought, was superb. It is a beautiful voice that invariably lands in
> >>> the center of the tone. He was very impressive!
> >>>
> >>> Jamie Barton was fine, but Kristine Opolais was not. It's not easy
> >>> to destroy the magic of the "Hymn to the Moon" but she managed
> >>> to make it sound labored, sometimes unsteady, often out of tune,
> >>> and kind of ugly. That's not an easy thing to do.
> >>>
> >>> To end it, mercifully, I guess, it was worth it for Jovanovich, and, to
> >>> a lesser extent, Barton. And then there were none...
> >>>
> >>> Bob
> >>>
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