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Subject: Re: L'Elisir today from the Met as heard on WQXR
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:27:25 -0800
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Ditto on Carreras as Nemorino. Saw him in 1975 with Blegen, Wixell and Montarsolo. Didn’t know how good I had it!

He looked and sounded beautiful. So did she.

Max Paley

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> On Feb 10, 2018, at 17:06, Myriam Hernandez <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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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