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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (CBS) Jules Massenet – Le Cid (Domingo, Bumbry, Plishka)


This recording has been around for fourty years and now that I’ve acquired it I wonder why I didn’t do so earlier. Still, the plot is uncomplicated, the synopsis adequate, and the cues clear – so if you have a bit of French to boot you won’t be lost. There isn’t, to my knowledge, an alternative version, but with a performance and recording of this quality you won’t need one: the three principals are in magnificent voce – especially Bumbry – and the opera is packed with stirring emotion, lovely melodies and dramatic confrontations. Some of the triumphal music is redolent of “Aida” and Massenet once again manages to do what so many French composers seem to be capable of, and inject an authentic Spanish atmosphere into his score. You would hardly guess that it was a live, concert performance – the Carnegie Hall audience is very well behaved and the soloists sing faultlessly. Both the second soprano, Eleanor Berquist, and the baritone, Arnold Voketaitis, are singers unknown to me but they are estimable artists; she, in particular, has some beautiful music and sings both powerfully and sweetly. But the two not-of-this-world-stars are Mrs Bumbry and Mr Domingo.
The highest possible recommended!

Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: Grace Bumbry, Placido Domingo, Jake Gardner, Paul Plishka
Orchestra: The Opera Orchestra Of New York
Conductrix: Eve Queler
Vinyl 1977
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.15 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Rossini – La Cenerentola (Claudio Abbado, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle 1981) (2005,DVD9)

Rossini - La Cenerentola  (Claudio Abbado, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle 1981) (2005,DVD9)
Rossini – La Cenerentola (Claudio Abbado, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle 1981) (2005,DVD9)

Composer:Gioachino Antonio Rossini
Performer:Frederica von Stade
Orchestra:Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor:Claudio Abbado
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.42 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no
Server: datafile

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Jaques Offenbach – The Tales Of Hoffmann (Sutherland/Domingo)

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This is the first of many recordings that attempts to return this opera–which the composer left unfinished at his death–to something more in line with what he envisioned. While it may work in the theater, it seems fitful on record, particularly with spoken dialogue. The cast, with Plácido Domingo in the title role and Joan Sutherland playing all four heroines, has long made this recording a first-choice Hoffmann among some critics.

# Composer: Jaques Offenbach
# Performer: Joan Sutherland, Gabriel Bacquier, Huguette Tourangeau, Margarita Lilova, Paul Plishka, Placido Domingo
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge

# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0000041RR

# Size: 2.88 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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