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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Wow! Thanks. Since it's blasphemy hour, I was just listening to the famous EMI Callas Tosca again....

IMHO the performance really begins to deliver once Scarpia gets going towards the end of Act 1. It seems to me that De Sabata also (finally) wakes up at that point as well.

Is it just me, or is the love music of Act 1 very phoned-in and expedient? Sabata makes Solti sound relatively like Sinopoli during those pages. A little more indulgence would have been nice. : ) I'm wondering if I should try the Karajan/Price next....

But back to the topic at hand. I'm ashamed to admit I only know the highlights of both operas. In fact, it was only last year that I sat and actively listened to the Magic Flute: I stumbled across a really nice lp box set of Beecham's Berlin performance from HMV Treasury, from the beginning of time. I really liked it! The Queen of the Night was something else! As was the rest of the Opera: Mozart's "simplicity" suddenly came across as unusually eccentric and charming, in a good way, such as the stuttering, Pa-pa-pageno duet.

The Beecham's available at Pristine. Hmmmm.

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