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« Reply #2325 on: June 09, 2021, 08:41:32 am »

This is what comes of typing post's at tea time! Roll Eyes I usually count the asterisk's,very carefully! All I could think of was,that I was going to be having ********** **** and a nice ***** sliver of ****** ******* ******. I could almost ***** it ******* up the ***** ****!

 Grin Grin Grin Morning, cilgwyn. I hope you enjoyed your tea, especially the sliver of ****** ******* ******. I can't remember the last time I had any of that. Yum yum!
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« Reply #2326 on: June 09, 2021, 08:42:59 am »

Youse guys get off your asterisks and tap both of them foots cuz you HAVE to for Russian symphonies*.


* and I **** well mean it.

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« Reply #2327 on: June 09, 2021, 08:45:54 am »

The ever-erudite and well-researched Petroc Trelawney on R3: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie apparently became Principal of the RAM in 1891, eh?

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« Reply #2328 on: June 09, 2021, 07:46:01 pm »



Just listening to the Scottish Symphony from this set. Sometimes, only a masterpiece of the front rank will fulfil one's cravings. These performances by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Yannick Nézet-Séguin are exquisite. If you only have one integral set of Mendelssohn's symphonies, I'd make it either this one or Abbado's.
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« Reply #2329 on: June 10, 2021, 12:25:42 am »

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Gondoliers  soloists/ Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent    emi 2 cd's (I've got the old 'Fat Box' edition)

This has got to be the best sung Gondoliers. Not the D'Oyle Carte aren't good! The two stereo D'Oyly Carte recordings with dialogue are excellent! And,I'm a big fan of them! (The 1927 one is,arguably,even better! And the Pearl transfer has lots of lovely sausage frying noises! Shocked Grin) But for the sheer beauty & splendour of the singing,the Sargent has got to be my first choice,and takes some beating! It really is a feast for the old ear drums! I've got to disagree with Okapple about Sir Geraint Evans. He had a lovely voice & I wish he'd been in more of the Sargent Glyndebourne recordings! (My favourite Jack Point on record). And I've always liked Owen Brannigan,who is on splendid form here! And you've got Monica Sinclair and Elsie Morrison. Richard Lewis. You've even got Helen Watts in the cast! And as to being slow! No! The recording is vivacious! It skips along! They don't make 'em like this anymore! Wow! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

Duke of Plaza-Toro:   Geraint Evans
Luiz:                     Alexander Young
Don Alhambra:      Owen Brannigan
Marco:                  Richard Lewis
Giuseppe:             John Cameron
Antonio:                James Milligan
Francesco:             Alexander Young
Giorgio:                 James Milligan
Duchess of Plaza-Toro:   Monica Sinclair
Casilda:                 Edna Graham
Gianetta:                Elsie Morison
Tessa:                   Marjorie Thomas
Fiametta:              Stella Hitchens
Vittoria:                Lavinia Renton
Giulia:                   Helen Watts
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« Reply #2330 on: June 10, 2021, 11:03:18 am »

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Gondoliers  soloists/ Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent    emi 2 cd's (I've got the old 'Fat Box' edition)

This has got to be the best sung Gondoliers. Not the D'Oyle Carte aren't good! The two stereo D'Oyly Carte recordings with dialogue are excellent! And,I'm a big fan of them! (The 1927 one is,arguably,even better! And the Pearl transfer has lots of lovely sausage frying noises! Shocked Grin) But for the sheer beauty & splendour of the singing,the Sargent has got to be my first choice,and takes some beating! It really is a feast for the old ear drums! I've got to disagree with Okapple about Sir Geraint Evans. He had a lovely voice & I wish he'd been in more of the Sargent Glyndebourne recordings! (My favourite Jack Point on record). And I've always liked Owen Brannigan,who is on splendid form here! And you've got Monica Sinclair and Elsie Morrison. Richard Lewis. You've even got Helen Watts in the cast! And as to being slow! No! The recording is vivacious! It skips along! They don't make 'em like this anymore! Wow! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

I do so agree with you about the quality of the singers on these Sargent recordings. I have all Sargent's G&S recordings in a 16-CD boxed set (The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Trial by Jury and Yeomen of the Guard) that a good friend (knowing my proclivities!) kindly bought for me.

I sometimes wonder whether the Oakapple people will only accept productions that are either D'Oyly Carte's or clones of them. Anything a little bit different, even if artistically and objectively superior, seems less than acceptable to them. You just can't argue about the finesse of such artists as Elsie Morison, Heather Harper, Elizabeth Harwood, Monica Sinclair, Richard Lewis, Sir Geraint Evans and Owen Brannigan, can you? The orchestral contributions are spot on (larger string sections than you would get in a pit band but all the better for it) and first rate chorus singing too. Let's not forget that Beecham rightly said of Sargent as a chorus-master, "he makes the buggers sing like blazes". Each to his or her own but I'll take these Sargent recordings every time.
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« Reply #2331 on: June 11, 2021, 03:19:58 am »

This is what comes of typing post's at tea time! Roll Eyes I usually count the asterisk's,very carefully! All I could think of was,that I was going to be having ********** **** and a nice ***** sliver of ****** ******* ******. I could almost ***** it ******* up the ***** ****!

 Grin Grin Grin Morning, cilgwyn. I hope you enjoyed your tea, especially the sliver of ****** ******* ******. I can't remember the last time I had any of that. Yum yum!

is that morse code?
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« Reply #2332 on: June 12, 2021, 06:02:57 pm »



You don't have to write great symphonies and concertos to demonstrate that you are a genius. Oh, wait - he did that too!
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Stunning recording!
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« Reply #2335 on: Today at 08:51:40 am »



Stunning recording!

Fabulous!
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« Reply #2336 on: Today at 11:52:04 am »



Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Vincent d' Indy and Albert Dupuis. Franco-Belgian lusciousness!
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