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Subject: Re: Il Barbiere - two Metropolitan Opera recordings and that Chicago Walkure
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:33:18 -0600
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Callas Gobbi Barbiere
A very interesting video of Barbiere is contralto Ewa Poodles.
Patrick Byrne

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 13, 2017, at 12:03 PM, James Camner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Last night I had a hankering to go to the Barber of Seville.
> 
> I did an Apple search and two that popped up were the 2011 Met Opera live
> performance with Mattei and Camarena (you have to enter "Il Barbiere" to
> find it) and the venerable Leinsdorf recording with Merrill and Valletti.
> (You need to enter "The Barber of Seville" for that one)
> 
> The 2011 recording sounds great in the digital download but the singing is,
> IMHO, sketchy, lots of aspirating, I didn't last long with it..
> 
> The Leinsdorf is a different matter, the singing is brilliant (I don't
> think anyone has come close to Valletti's Almaviva  or Merrill's Barber in
> subsequent recordings and Peters is quite good in an old fashioned way) and
> Sony's 2016 remastering is spectacular, it's never sounded this good
> before. What a reassuring treat. Operatic comfort food.
> 
> James Camner
> 
> PS, those Walkure photos from Chicago look dreadful and yet, all that
> praise from the NYT???. I wonder what Lepage could have done to the critics
> to get the bum's rush for a Ring that looked awfully good to me?
> 
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