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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 22, 2021, 05:57:42 pm


This opera is full of lovely,lush,sumptous late romantic style music. It really is quite beautiful,a veritable feast of sound. The cast is all top notch & the recording quality is superb. But what a morbid plot! These opera character's don't have allot of fun! Not that I bother with the libretto! Just wallow in the gorgeous waves of sound! Lot's of choruses and orchestral interludes to ease you along. Wow! Shocked Smiley Smiley Smiley
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 22, 2021, 05:42:46 pm
Thanks for the compliment! Smiley I can whistle,though! I was whistling on my way to the shop,yesterday! That's playing an instrument,isn't. I mean,technically! Roll Eyes



Okay,maybe not as well as this chap?! But,perhaps that's a good thing?!! Grin
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 10:08:30 pm


There was a time when you couldn't seem to open a local paper without a notice of the school or amateur operatic society putting on their production of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta or this lovely,tuneful,colourful opera,The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana! Although,not so lovely & tuneful in my own school's productions. (They were all tone deaf! Edith in 'Allo! 'Allo! is like Maria Callas by comparison!) Now,they seem to perform musical's by American & French composer's I've never heard of,and musical's wot they wrote themselves & I definitely,don't want to see or hear! It has been suggested that one of the reasons for the neglect of this opera is because some of the comedy revolves around a chap with a stammer!



The old Rudolf Kempe set has a stellar cast & wonderful singing,including the 'legendary' Fritz Wunderlich'! But,I've got to say,this set,is the one that does it for me! Not being a musician,like yourself,or being as musically inclined as The Williams Singers Grin,I just think it's got more "oomph!" And,imo,you can't beat a Czech orchestra & cast in this kind of repertoire!
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 09:56:47 pm
To be honest,I think I was probably the only kid at my school who enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan! I remember them holding the school,effectively hostage (No guns,but they still had the cane! Shocked Grin) until some of the kids agreed to participate in the school production of a G & S operetta (I forget which one!). In the end,faced with no 'tea' break,a few hands were,very reluctantly,raised! I'm talking about Secondary School,of course! I'm pretty sure The Wizard of Oz,Oliver and Mary Poppins would have had the same response! (Most of the kids were into punk rock!)
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 08:08:06 pm


There was a time when you couldn't seem to open a local paper without a notice of the school or amateur operatic society putting on their production of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta or this lovely,tuneful,colourful opera,The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana! Although,not so lovely & tuneful in my own school's productions. (They were all tone deaf! Edith in 'Allo! 'Allo! is like Maria Callas by comparison!) Now,they seem to perform musical's by American & French composer's I've never heard of,and musical's wot they wrote themselves & I definitely,don't want to see or hear! It has been suggested that one of the reasons for the neglect of this opera is because some of the comedy revolves around a chap with a stammer!


6  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 08:05:46 pm

Flippin' 'eck, worra pair! Just pop a dodgy wig on and adopt a rictus grin (are you sure it's not Bernard Manning?)...

 Roll Eyes

...but I'm sure it's a lovely recording.

 Smiley
I think they could could be on loan from the French Wax Museum?!

https://operafresh.blogspot.com/2011/06/opera-singers-as-wax-figures-at-musee.html
7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 07:33:56 pm


A concoction of Strauss Waltzes,Polka's and Marches arranged in the form of a,quite lovely,operetta,by Erich Wolfgang Korngold,Julius Bittner & Eugene Cool.First performed in Vienna in 1930, English versions were performed in London & on Broadway.There was even a film version by Hitchcock! This 1972 recording has a fine cast,Mady Mesplé on top form & the orchestra is expertly conducted by Jean Doussard. You get The Blue Danube in a sung,and quite beautiful choral arrangement,amongst other well known numbers! What not to enjoy in this 2 cd set?! Oh yes,no Williams Singers!! Smiley

Here they are in a recent performance of Mozart's Requiem...



...a bit of razzle-dazzle can liven up the gloomiest of evenings. Dies eerie...

 Cheesy
Grin
8  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 05:22:12 pm


A concoction of Strauss Waltzes,Polka's and Marches arranged in the form of a,quite lovely,operetta,by Erich Wolfgang Korngold,Julius Bittner & Eugene Cool.First performed in Vienna in 1930, English versions were performed in London & on Broadway.There was even a film version by Hitchcock! This 1972 recording has a fine cast,Mady Mesplé on top form & the orchestra is expertly conducted by Jean Doussard. You get The Blue Danube in a sung,and quite beautiful choral arrangement,amongst other well known numbers! What not to enjoy in this 2 cd set?! Oh yes,no Williams Singers!! Smiley
9  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 21, 2021, 01:47:56 pm
The Williams singers are just wrong for that kind of music! They remind me of that old Radio 2 program,Sing something Simple,where popular songs were all sung at the same tempi. The Williams Singers are like a hyperactive,manic,version! They're just so cheerful,it's almost as if they can't wait to jump in! As John Bercow might say (bellow) " Calm down! Take up yoga! Take some soothing medication!" Imagine them doing the choruses in Gilbert and Sullivan! Oh wait a minute! Nobody could possibly want to! Roll Eyes



Take up yoga,guys!


10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 20, 2021, 10:38:58 pm
Playing Now!



Another excellent recording of The Beggars Opera. Albion is right to call it a masterpiece. The Beggars Opera is grrreeeat! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
The artwork in this photo is a bit blurry! Thankfully,it's not really like that! (Or I just need new glasses?!! Roll Eyes)
11  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 20, 2021, 06:59:53 pm
     

I wonder what they're like in Chu-Chin-Chow?!! Roll Eyes                           Maybe,Shirley Bassey was more their scene?!!
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 20, 2021, 05:11:23 pm
I've got to say,I think the singing on that old recording of Merrie England is great,imho,and I'm dubious it could be bettered these days. I had it on Lp and cassette and I used to play it allot! The worst thing about the recording,imo,was the chorus who sounded like a hyperactive version of the Radio 2 show,Sing Something Simple! They were ridiculously perky sounding! They sounded like they'd drunk too much orange juice! You felt like shouting." For god's sake stop sounding so jolly!" I keep meaning to get the cd set. I recently discovered that the second tape in my cfp musicassette had been chewed up! (Even the cassette deck couldn't handle the jolliness! Roll Eyes) I like Peter Dawson's old recording's of individual song's too! His chorus are a bit mechanical;but at least they're not manic!!


I read a review on Amazon that states that the recording of Tom Jones does not include the dialogue,because they were refused permission on copyright reasons. Is this true?
Did Naxos,originally,intend to include some dialogue? I'm in the minority who actually quite like a bit of dialogue in between numbers;although,I can,certainly,live without it! I While you might argue the case for the inclusion of the dialogue in G & S,because WS Gilbert was a clever wordsmith & wit,I doubt if the dialogue in Tom Jones would be much fun,minus the stage 'action'?!!





 
13  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 20, 2021, 12:58:32 pm
My "Like New" copy of Ethel Smyth's The Boatswain's Mate for £5.06p arrived today;and it was "Like New"! Brand new,actually & still in it's shrink wrap! Absolutely pristine,too! Considering I paid around £16.95 for my new Roll Eyes copy & some idiot had put a small sticker on the front,that when peeled off wiith some difficulty,discoloured the card underneath! £16.95!! And I could have waited a bit longer & got it for a fiver! (I had it on 2 cd-r's!) What's that phrase? "I feel as sick as a parrott"!! Roll Eyes Grin Thank you to that ebay seller,though! Smiley And,nice to know Retrospect Opera got something for the sale,even if I end up having to sell my shirt's! Roll Eyes Grin
14  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 19, 2021, 07:23:13 pm
Round the Horne on Radio 4 Extra! Lionel got me listening to this. I remember,my late mother used to like it! Smiley
15  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: October 19, 2021, 05:50:57 pm
Bad news about Chappell! I didn't know that! Sad But,if the American's can do it,they could still record The Arcadians. The Ohio Light Opera recordings have had their critics; (I like some of their recordings) but I do I admire their enterprise. I looked up details of the 1972 broadcast of Edward German's Tom Jones,and I was surprised to see that Myer Fredman was the conductor! No sign of it online or on Youtube,however! I suppose someone has an off-air tape,somewhere? Or maybe,as it was being broadcast,it vanished into the ether,forever?!! Roll Eyes
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