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Subject: Re: O ma lyre immortelle
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:55:32 -0400
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You forgot Beethoven.

I walked into the demolition proceedings one day and saw his name,
having been hacked out of the proscenium, being carefully lowered
to the ground.  I assume all six received the same treatment, and wonder
where they ended up.

dtmk

On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 4:24 PM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have been in love with this aria since I first heard it on Marilyn
> Horne's initial two LP recital for Decca where she sang among other things
> Abscheulicher, O pretres du bal and the Assisa a pie d'un salice from
> Rossini's Otello.  I hope my memory is good on that one.  The next was of
> course the great Regine Crespin and I still feel Crespin's is my favorite.
> I believe before she recorded it for Decca, its on an early French recital
> from the late 1950's.  Anything Shirley Verrett did was magnificent so no
> quibble from this quarter.
>
> When I heard Anita Rachvelishveli sing it at this years Bastille Day
> celebrations I was absolutely floored by the glorious tone, feeling and
> superb muscianship.  She is one of the best of the new generation and with
> Jamie Barton, for me at least, the cream of the crop among the mezzos.  (I
> hope I haven't offended anyone with this statement).  I am not sure if
> Sappho has been done, either years ago by the American Opera Society or
> later by Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York.  Somewhere in the back
> of my brain I think Crespin did it in NYC but it might have been the the
> Massenet Sappho.  Either way, its a gorgeous aria and I have always been a
> fan of Gounod.  DIdn't they call the old Met the Faustshpielhaus....it
> opened and closed with Faust and Faust and Romeo et Juliette were always
> prominent in its rep.  Indeed, Gounod was one of the composers immortalized
> on the proscenium along with Mozart, Gluck, Verdi and Wagner.  (Hope I got
> that right).
>
> Donald
>
> Donald
>
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM John Hebel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Sorry for mis-send.
> >
> > Greetings
> >
> > Currently obsessed with the aria "O ma lyre immortelle" from Sappho by
> > Gounod.
> >
> > It seems reminiscent of Gluck, and/or Massenet, and  unlike any other
> aria
> > by Gounod, in my opinion.
> >
> > There are beautiful performances by Verrett, Crespin and Horne, among
> > others, and I think Verrett is the best of these commercial recordings.
> >
> > But Anita Rachvelishvili is stupendous on youtube at the Bastille Day
> > concert.
> >
> > Anyone else love this aria?
> >
> > Has anyone seen or heard the complete opera?
> >
> > John
> >
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