<bigger>Dear Listers, 28 October 1998
I am in the process of redoing my Buying Guide to Bel Canto for the
first time in many years. To my horror almost all my recommended
LP recordings are no longer in the catalogs in any form that I can
The Buying Guide is arranged in the following ways: First record-
ings of complete operas by bel cantists from Monteverdi though
Handel and Rameau. Then the romantic melodramme of Rossini,
Donizetti, Bellini, Meyerbeer and certain Verdi through LUISA MILLER.
Then certain operas with major bel canto roles, e.g. LULU, CANDIDE,
Then recitals by major artists of the florid school (post WWII) and
finally a list of names of important earlier singers from Patti and
Lehmann to Tetrazzini and now there is a whole world of
new artists (especially counter tenors like Minter and Daniels
and singers like Lorraine Hunt) who hadn't recorded when this
buying guide was last revised.
I'd like your help with recommendations in all these categories
especially Handel's operas, and operas by Jomelli, Traettta,
Monteverdi, Cavalli, Rameau and then the recital work of such new
artists as Minter, Hunt, Daniels, Podles, Bartoli (also any complete
operas with her you'd truly recommend), Larmore, Dessay, Gruberova,
Any and all suggestions will be considered-Please send full info,
i.e. artists, conductor, ensemble, label and catalog #. Thanks in
advance for any and all help on this time consuming project.
Having studied bel canto for three decades any sets which get
several recommendations will be purchased and reviewed at
my web site: www.operalover.net. Thanks a million!
Michael Barclay, D.Lett.
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