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Subject: Re: Rusalka from the Met today
From: Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:44:13 -0600
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Bob:
You're right about the Zinka Milanov version of the Song to the Moon. It was included on an RCA stereo vocal recital in 1958. She sounded very good on the whole album and still listen to it occasionally.

> On February 25, 2017 at 6:13 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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