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Subject: Re: Caruso favorites
From: John Greene <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Greene <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:03:27 -0400
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In addition to the many others listed, I would have to vote for "Ora per sempre, addio  from Othello. He takes it slower than we are accustomed to and it's a miracle. Also, "Angelo casto e bel." Both are sung with ease. 

John

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Donald Levine
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 12:07 PM
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Subject: Re: Caruso favorites

Right off the top of my hat, hard to say but my vote would go to two of  his later recordings, first the O souverain o juge o pere from Le Cid,
1915 or 16 i think and then one of his last, the 1920 Rachel quand du seigneur, even with the gasps and realization that all was not right with his health, this is a monumental reading that tells you everything you need to know about Caruso.  As with Ponselle, Flagstad, Ruffo and only a few others, there is something unique here about the voice and how it relates to the music that cannot be quantified.

Donald

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 8:07 PM, Amaury Leclerc <[log in to unmask]>
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> Caruso seems to be generally accepted as THE great tenor. However, no 
> one can be the best at absolutely everything (can they?). I just 
> listened to his aria from Pearl Fishers "Mi par udir" (Je crois 
> entendre). It doesn't seem like the best repertory for his type voice 
> to me, though I realize he's perfection in all things to many.
> So my question is, what is your favorite (or your favorites plural) 
> Caruso recording? The thing that best defines his greatness.
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