M. Hayward

"Dr Soil"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (32 of 47)
Location: Hampshire, UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 80,311 - Total Helpful Votes: 32 of 47
Puccini: La Bohème ~ Giacomo Puccini
Puccini: La Bohème ~ Giacomo Puccini
Opera has not been one of my musical loves, but I felt it was a dimension of classical music that I could become acquainted with now that prices are so low. I have listened to this set several times now and the melodies keep running through my head. Puccini is a good starting point because his melodies are irresistible and he avoids ancient gods and mythology. Reviews of this set are all positive, and who am I to disagree?
Puccini: Tosca ~ Giacomo Puccini
Puccini: Tosca ~ Giacomo Puccini
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Tosca, 23 Jun 2014
Having "got into" Puccini via La Boheme, I tried this for contrast. It is beautifully sung, and the orchestra is on great form. The Scarpia lacks menace. I was not disappointed as the price is low, and while it lacks the gut-wrenching drama of Callas/Gobbi (since purchased) it is a good interpretation. No libretto, and the synopsis does not make links to the numbers.
Bizet: Carmen ~ Teresa Berganza
Bizet: Carmen ~ Teresa Berganza
4.0 out of 5 stars First opera CD set, 23 Jun 2014
I have shunned opera, partly because of cost (multiple CDs) and time (when?). However, knowing the great tunes of this opera from the orchestral suites, I thought I would give this a go, It starts at a rollicking tempo, and all the great numbers occur, one after another with spoken dialogue in between. Heavy going it is not, and Berganza, although in her forties at the time (suspension of disbelief is important for opera!), sounds young and fresh and does not have horrible wide vibrato.I looked at reviews to find a bargain, and I was not disappointed with this.