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Ernani
Ernani
Price: £5.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance! (NY Met, 1956), 26 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Ernani (MP3 Download)
It's not labelled properly here, but this is the 1956 live performance of Ernani from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Price: £8.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Verdi - Ernani (1956)
Verdi - Ernani (1956)
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £14.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Verdi - Ernani (1956) (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Verdi: Ernani - Del Monaco, Milanov, Mitropoulos
Verdi: Ernani - Del Monaco, Milanov, Mitropoulos
Price: £16.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Ernani
Ernani
Price: £21.46

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Ernani (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Verdi - Ernani - Dimitri Mitropoulos (2 CD Set)
Verdi - Ernani - Dimitri Mitropoulos (2 CD Set)

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Ernani (French Import)
Ernani (French Import)
Price: £17.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Ernani (French Import) (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Verdi: Ernani
Verdi: Ernani

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Performance!, 26 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Verdi: Ernani (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely cracking recording of a 'crackers' opera. Unusually, the 4 lead characters get a virtually identical amount of time on stage, so they need to be really good, both individually and in ensemble. In this case we have Mario del Monaco in the title role, Zinka Milanov as Elvira, Leonard Warren as Carlo and Cesare Siepi as Silva, who pull out all the stops (and then some) for this live performance from 1956. All 3 male characters are in love with Elvira and the unfortunate collision of lust, revenge, honour and power means, of course, a messy ending.

The recording is the radio equivalent of the current 'Live In HD' series that the Met transmits around the world and, as it happens, last night's performance was of Ernani. In that they emphasised how the singers tend to bring out their best performances when they know they are being seen and heard across the globe, and I'm sure this was equally the case in 1956. All four are on top form: Mario del Monaco provides an excellent performance (with none of the 'shouting'/oversinging he was later guilty of), Zinka Milanov avoids the slightly wobbly performances that she sometimes gave, Cesare Siepi is magnificent as always and Leonard Warren reminds us that he should be remembered for more than his unfortunate death on stage during a performance of La Forza del Destino.

We have the bonus of around 15 minutes of ballet music (absent from last night's performance and from many of the recordings) as well as the thrill of Warren's opening aria in Act III, where he jumps up the octave on his final note and you can hear the audience go wild! The closing ensemble of this act, 'O sommo Carlo' is beautifully performed by soloists, chorus and orchestra.

A decent mono transfer of an exciting night's opera (one star off for the recording quality - perhaps a little harsh, depending on your point of view).


Caraselle Banana Guard
Caraselle Banana Guard
Offered by Office Stationery Supplies
Price: £7.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lunch-time conversation piece!, 22 Feb. 2012
I didn't think I'd find myself writing a review for this product, but you just never know, do you?

I'd gently mocked this kind of item until I was given one for a Christmas present. I thought I'd better try it out and - being the sort of chap who takes a banana to work for his lunch - was impressed by how well it works.

The hard, hinged shell stops the banana getting bashed, squashed or dented in your bag/case and the holes allow the air to circulate, stopping the banana becoming uneatable if left in your bag for a few hours (or even longer). A definite improvement over letting the banana take its chances in your bag, or putting it in an airtight bag or box.

I've not yet found a banana which doesn't fit it, and would highly recommend it at this sort of price. It's available in some upmarket stores for much, much more.

Just be prepared for some frankly unrepeatable comments from your colleagues until they get used to it. At least the conversation never flags!


The Banana Guard
The Banana Guard

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lunch-time conversation piece!, 22 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Banana Guard (Electronics)
I didn't think I'd find myself writing a review for this product, but you just never know, do you?

I'd gently mocked this kind of item until I was given one for a Christmas present. I thought I'd better try it out and - being the sort of chap who takes a banana to work for his lunch - was impressed by how well it works.

The hard, hinged shell stops the banana getting bashed, squashed or dented in your bag/case and the holes allow the air to circulate, stopping the banana becoming uneatable if left in your bag for a few hours (or even longer). A definite improvement over letting the banana take its chances in your bag, or putting it in an airtight bag or box.

I've not yet found a banana which doesn't fit it, and would highly recommend it at this sort of price. It's available in some upmarket stores for much, much more.

Just be prepared for some frankly unrepeatable comments from your colleagues until they get used to it. At least the conversation never flags!


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