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Subject: Re: L'Elisir today from the Met as heard on WQXR
From: Myriam Hernandez <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Myriam Hernandez <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 10 Feb 2018 20:06:02 -0500
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Besides Di Stefano and Bergonzi, a special mention should go to the
gorgeous Nemorino of the young José Carreras. Incomparable honeyed tone and
phrasing. Same praise goes to the late Luciano, who made of Nemorino one of
his signature roles.

Myriam

On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 5:26 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I only heard the second act, but I was not overly impressed,
> grouse bag that I am.
>
> Pretty was really very good, except that she shouldn't do
> high Eb kinda stuff with that sound. It's accurate but it ain't
> pretty. Still. she was more than ok, much more. She phrases
> very well, quite different from -
>
> Polenzani, who once again showed us what he can do rather
> than how it should go. "Una furtiva lagrima" featured all of
> his technical skills, and it went for nothing in this house.
> I hear variations on a theme of "anything he can do I can
> do better, except that I can't phrase". Listen to Schipa, Di Stefano
> and, especially, Bergonzi, to know how music, as opposed
> to notes, is supposed to go. There is a reason why he is
> not a World class star. The definition of "good", not "great".
>
> Since I only heard one act, I can't do an overall assessment, but
> I'd venture, from that which I heard, that it was very enjoyable,
> though far from a benchmark.
>
> Bob
>
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