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music, and writing - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
if I had to explain, you wouldn't understand
music, and writing
still on The Barber of Seville, which is rather wonderful to write to.

I need some more opera in my life, I think. I'm sure I used to have a copy of Tosca knocking around, but I can't find it, and have a horrible feeling I sold it.

The trouble with classical music and opera, I've found, is that there are *so* many recordings of stuff, and being a relative n00b, I have no idea what constitutes a 'good' one.

So, I'd like a copy of Tosca, and probably The Marriage of Figaro (which I saw many years ago and loved to bits).

Suggestions please?
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lossrockhart From: lossrockhart Date: November 12th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC) (linky)
This is a damn fine Tosca. Sure, it's mono, but it's Callas. It's hard to go wrong with the old EMI red label stuff.
From: innerly Date: November 12th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) (linky)
oops, sorry.. re-read again, you were not asking for opera advise

Edited at 2008-11-12 12:17 am (UTC)
dakegra From: dakegra Date: November 12th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC) (linky)
Madama Butterfly is wonderful, and I've not heard all of Carmina Burana (other than the famous bit)

poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: November 12th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC) (linky)
I'm not an opera buff either, but I'd recommend Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (I love early music) and anything by Mozart.
From: sloopjonb Date: November 12th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (linky)
Opera has some wonderful moments. And some terrible half-hours.
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