Unexpected Wagner

I am under normal circumstances a tidy and organized person. But occasionally I find fairly startling things in my house. One time it was a house spider that I had to use a coffee can (A COFFEE CAN) to catch and dispose of. Another time it was a monograph by Stephen Greenblatt that, as it turns out, did not belong to me and so I was not responsible for dealing with it either on a theoretical or a practical level. This time it was five-disc boxed set of Kirsten Flagstad singing a selection of baroque arias, some Lieder, and a lot of Wagner.

20130407-002808.jpg I do remember buying this, but I can’t remember when, or what specifically sparked my interest. I don’t object to it at all. I listened to parts of the Wagner this afternoon. They’re nice. I intend to listen to the rest of it when I have time this week. But it makes me wonder what else is lurking in my house that I am unaware of.

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      1. I have the complete recording. It’s just odd to my ears to hear someone with a huge voice with quite a lot of vibrato singing Purcell. I haven’t listened to it in a while. Maybe I should have another listen.

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        1. Gosh it IS odd. The tempi are funereal and it’s rhythmically absolutely metronomic. Plus Flagstad’s voice is about as diametrically opposed to, say, Emma Kirkby as one could imagine.

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            1. I see what you mean. (Also: thanks!) I just listened to “Ah, Belinda I am pressed with woe” and – well, I think if you put a Kirkby-style Dido and Flagstad’s in a room together, they’d probably mutually annihilate in a burst of historically informed radiation.

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                1. I can’t listen to that recording. Oh the other hand, I found (in my car) Pinnock’s recording with the wonderful and amazing ASvO! Hooray!

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  1. I love finding music I didn’t know I had. It’s like buying a CD and not having to pay for it. Well…maybe not quite. But it IS a found treasure.

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    1. It is. I think in my case it was the result of not putting all the CDs onto the computer/iPod, and then realizing that I listen to music mostly via the computer/iPod . . . and so there are things that are actually on the shelves that I haven’t thought about either in years or at all.

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