Kasarova radio alert

Edit: Here is the entire broadcast. The absolute highlight for me is her very brief Händel. I can not stress enough how well her voice fits .. and it pains me to not hear her enough in it..

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From VK’s fb fan site: Thursday 14/Jan/2016 live from Bulgaria, VK’s recital, i believe 1800H central european time (i could be wrong..) at this direct link. Also, she gave an interview in Bulgarian but with a realllllly lovely excerpt from her latest russian arias cd, makes me think we need to see her in one of these operas soon!!!

Edit: oh, here’s the official listing on Worldconcerthall: 17:00 hours GMT (1800h CET, 1200h Boston time, argh!)
worldconcerthall_VKrecital13Jan2016
(and the program for the concert tomorrow, via 1 of her fan from fb site:
Georges Bizet – “Carmen” – Horus and stage patter, Habanera;
• Gioachino Rossini – “The Italian Girl in Algiers” – chorus, recitative and rondo of Isabella;
• Ambroise Thomas – Overture to the opera “Raymond”;
• Camille Saint Saens – “Samson and Delilah” – Aria of Delilah;
• Giuseppe Verdi – “Don Carlos” – Horus and scene Aria Princess Eboli (Song of the veil)
• Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – “Eugene Onegin” – Waltz;
• Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – “Maid of Orleans” – Aria of Joanna;
• Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov – “Snow White” – Dance of acrobats;
• Modest Musogski – “Hovanshtina” – Aria of Marfa;
• Ruggiero Leoncavallo – “Pagliacci” – Choir;
• Francesco Cilea – “Adriana Lecouvreur” – Aria of princes de Bouillon.)

ps— could someone fire up the capturing machine please!! i might have a meeting, argh argh.

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105 Responses to Kasarova radio alert

  1. yvette says:

    Thank you a thousand time for this discovery and this share ! just what I need these days! Best Y

  2. Eyesometric says:

    🙂

  3. thả diều says:

    I up, with running commentary:
    – loove hearing the applause just before any performance. the suspense!
    – gosh, hearing this makes me wish she would sing in the full opera more often!
    – oh, the good news with having the chorus this time: Her Verdi’s aria will be accompanied!
    – here comes Carmen!! to the applause!
    – am waiting for this Carmen to settle in a bit…
    – “prends garde à toi…”
    – very rhythmic..
    – i love the incorporation of the chorus.. she has sung so many of these recitals without them..
    – coming full circle to the vintage 1996 Isabella who took over Italia
    – either the laptop speakers are strange or my ears? she sounds quite laboring without orchestra support… think it’s time to look for the headset.. probably terrible speakers..
    – oh jeah, shitty speakers.. should have had headset 1/2 hour ago… muuuuch better and warmer sound!
    – so lovely she has quite a few fans attending the concert live and posting photos on her fb site!!
    – even the sound of walking is suspenseful!! and ramping up with percussion..
    – that was a very lively overture!
    – now to Delilah, fingers crossed the tempo is faster than Moscow? yes, i think so…
    – “reponds à ma tendresse”… love the music.. that must be a clarinet?
    – woh, interesting ending there! i getting used to hearing her again 🙂 . interesting how she pauses right after “reponds” in that phrase, i haven’t noticed the breathing pause there before.
    – the contrast in her voice between that in the lovely song in Bulgarian Soul cd to now: the “ping” and more importantly the “ease” I’d say. It’s also the contrast of intimate (the recording) vs huge hall (today) that’s responsible for the less “ease” I believe.
    – oh hahha, that says a whole lot my knowledge of Verdi.. YES, THIS IS NIIIICE, the Veil song!! WITH CHORUS!!
    – hands up for piccolo lovers!

  4. dehggial says:

    Woke up too late…

    • thả diều says:

      oh, not too late, she’s pausing, 2nd half coming!
      Edit: she sang Carmen, Delilah, Isabella.. next up tossing baby into the pit! (i think..)

        • thả diều says:

          ps2- of course you recognize that’s her talking.. and now clip of that lovely cloud song from her bulgarian soul cd

          • dehggial says:

            ok, there’s talking, eh? or am I wrong? I don’t understand anything…

          • thả diều says:

            intermission, it’s a radio broadcast, so they’re running clips of interview and her Bulgarian Soul songs.. . 2nd half coming soon 🙂

          • dehggial says:

            ah, I see, music has thankfully started 😀

          • thả diều says:

            and i just realized it’s not tossing baby into fire! but this, with chorus!!

          • dehggial says:

            the bloody difficult veil song. Hope she gets through it well. I almost never like it sung by anyone.

          • thả diều says:

            well, here it comes!

          • dehggial says:

            hm, ok. Don’t know about the high notes.

          • thả diều says:

            ok, i have to say, it’s GREAT!! by my ears! my fav of this concert so far. Yes, i noticed the high notes, but i’m fine w/ how she navigated “around” it. what’s missing is the soprano! i was thinking they could extract one from the chorus.. but perhaps the line is too difficult. overall, i like a lot how she navigates and phrases it, as well as ease of the coloratura..

          • dehggial says:

            yea, the coloratura wasn’t bad. Maybe I just never quite get the aria. It should be a soprano aria or something. It just sounds odd with the low voice. I don’t know what I want from it 😀 but haven’t heard it yet. I think I heard Troyanos and someone once that came closer to what I could like but that’s it.

          • thả diều says:

            i thought it’s more that you need a “typical” Verdi mezzo with “large” dramatic voice, and with such they always plow right through the coloratura making a mud pit of it..
            by soprano, i mean she’s missing her soprano in that duet! so the mezzo’s line is left hanging a bit where the sop entered…

          • dehggial says:

            aha, isn’t that a trouser role? the kid who plays the lute?

            yea, either you’re getting the big voice or the proper coloratura. What the hell was Verdi thinking?!

          • thả diều says:

            – yes, the trousers! i love the version from Covent Garden (with my fav Elisabetta.. M.Pov..something..)
            – what was just that, Tchaikovsky i think?
            – it’s quite a “festive” mood the orchestra! i think jumping around like this is a bit more difficult to get into the mood..
            – her voice hasn’t changed since i heard her as Romeo.. which makes me think she should really sing more Romeo *with* baroque bands: more room for expression and not trying to get past the huge and high orchestra..

          • dehggial says:

            nice thing, I’m not the biggest R-K fan but that was cool.

            she must have her reasons for not singing Romeo anymore…

          • dehggial says:

            Maria Poplavskaya? I liked her in that role, too, but apparently she’s gone downhill or something. I’ve never seen her in anything else and even that one I couldn’t sit through the whole thing becuase of Verdi 😉

          • thả diều says:

            yes, that’s her. and my intro into Verdi.. i was able to sit right through.. but might have skipped all the male singing.. coz i only remember how great she was.. and the charming soprano in trousers 😀

          • dehggial says:

            my favourite bit of the evening! Let’s see what she will do:

          • dehggial says:

            yea, Don Carlo’s role is really annoying. 5 bloody acts?

          • thả diều says:

            stealing from 1 of fans who’s attending live and posting on her fb fan site:

          • dehggial says:

            that venue is ugly as hell! 😀

          • thả diều says:

            looks huge!
            what was just that? sounds very dark and dramatic.. i like it, she plunged down into the chest notes, very expressive! more so that navigating Verdi’s highs..

          • dehggial says:

            It was from Adriana Lecouvreur, Principessa de Bouillon’s aria. Please, please, I hope she sings that in proper production again! 😀 I was happy with it.

          • thả diều says:

            oh, that’s the end already?
            i love the reception! she’ll come out and sing “Kalimanku, Denku” 😉

          • dehggial says:

            well, it’s her home turf, eh? That’s why she could afford the chorus and stuff.

          • thả diều says:

            how charming, her teacher!

          • dehggial says:

            ah, i see. I’ll cheer to her teacher as well. If the teacher didn’t encourage her I wouldn’t be here today 😉 haha.

          • thả diều says:

            ombra mai fu 🙂

          • dehggial says:

            it’s only fair to have some Handel on top of that dramatic repertoire 😉

          • thả diều says:

            sh*t. who else thinks Händel is reallllly for her!!!! argh argh why all that dramatic stuff…. daaaaaaaang she has soooooooooo much rooooooom to express… brings tears to me eyes hearing this..

          • dehggial says:

            yes, right from the initial long note I thought the same. High notes for Handel = way fine. High notes for Verdi = errr…

          • thả diều says:

            in-haus reporting: “she’s in tears.. very emotional moment”

          • dehggial says:

            she’s quite an emotional person, it seems. Good for us, else she’d be a shit actress 😉

          • thả diều says:

            oh, that’s quite a gear shift, are we back to radio clips??

          • dehggial says:

            i think so. isn’t this the first song on her Bulgarian album?

          • thả diều says:

            yes, but she could also get the entire choir on stage 😉 . but the voice is much different, as well as how “clean” the sound is. i’m still thinking about her Händel… snif..

          • dehggial says:

            reminds me there’s an Alcina in Wiesbaden this year, with a bunch of people I don’t know.

          • thả diều says:

            the radio is still running.. now onto some solo piano and her singing.. could be from the russian arias cd…
            Alcina: new crop?
            back to radio: is this really from her latest cd? then her voice is JUST FINE singing this rep and Händel!

          • dehggial says:

            yea, i was about to go take a shower but the song was nice. I have no idea what this is. Although a bit wrist-slashing.

            I guess new crop for Alcina?

          • thả diều says:

            ok.. time to go back to bed.. i might steal more fan’s photos here later.. but one last bit from her media interview earlier this week: “She said that her biggest mistake was to change the TS to S in her last name”.

          • dehggial says:

            thanks to the commenter tonight who ssaid it 43665856 times, I learned the correct prononciation 😀 I will adjust from now on!

            but the biggest mistaje was the switch to dramatic repertoire 😉

          • dehggial says:

            for the heck of it, check out this hilarious interview with Poplavskaya. What a character!

          • thả diều says:

            “Ah, if I lose my voice, I will open office as immigration lawyer!”

          • thả diều says:

            ps- i was listening to the 1st half w/o my headset and sound was really shitty (due to my shitty speakers).. but laptop speakers missed the accompaniment of the orchestra and made it sound much drier so i heard her very laboring

          • dehggial says:

            what’s coming is more interesting anyway 😉 can’t wait for last bit.

          • thả diều says:

            so i’ve decided to dig into the past to relax, have you come across Shirley Verrett’s version? i really like it! the tempo gives a very nice swing, orchestra not too loud, soprano + chorus accompaniment! (so it must be a live version probably.. or recording of full opera..) , and i read in the comment box the range is quite large, hence the difficult high notes…

          • dehggial says:

            ! this is worth listening to a few times. Appropriate timbre for this character and she coped surprisingly well with the coloratura, plus I liked the way she phrased it. Sometimes it feels like it’s just there (and makes me wonder what’s the point of it). Thanks for it!

          • thả diều says:

            now on round 6 😀

          • thả diều says:

            ja, i was really paying attention to what she’s “saying” instead of hearing “blur”. i think part of it is the tempo which allows for phrasing, but of course you need someone able to do it.. i don’t know how this character should sound but also really like her “clarity” + “heft” , just the sort of voice i’d listen to tentatively :D. and as i mentioned, the weight of orchestra is really balanced here! probably studio recording?, but it’s on the same “weight” as her voice instead of VROOM right over.. so we hear as well its phrasing. everyone too, soprano + chorus included.

          • dehggial says:

            The way I see Eboli is someone kinda like Vitellia, a bit of dark and dangerous type, not an airy-fairy kinda woman, so the voice should reflect that. She might be young though I don’t see her as young as Elisabeta; someone who does what she wants. I agree, the balance with the orchestra is very good, the voice has that kind of heft.

          • thả diều says:

            how about her? (same audio as first link so you don’t have to listen again, but just the pix 😉 )

          • dehggial says:

            I think I have been won over!

          • dehggial says:

            Had this stuck in my head since!

          • thả diều says:

            hehe, now on mine, precisely when the soprano enters 😀

          • dehggial says:

            I have the trill.

          • thả diều says:

            ps- unrelated… but could you (and Stray, if you read this?) run this internet speed test and tell me what kind of download/upload speeds you have? am trying to figure out what i need in order to watch live-streams w/o interuption 😀 . for example, does anyone know if download speed of 50MBPS is good enough for live stream from Munich? (Stray?)

          • dehggial says:

            dl: 6.81mbps, upl: 0.84mbps

          • thả diều says:

            thanks. and you didn’t have issues watching stream from bayerishe staatsoper right?

          • dehggial says:

            not generally, it breaks off occasionally but no longer than a few minutes.

          • thả diều says:

            done picking speed 😀 , along with 100 other things.. the piccolo’s tune is pretty addictive too!

          • thả diều says:

            ps- think i’ve just answered my own hypothesis: she can phrase regardless of tempo 😀 , but you hear a bit of different breathing.. and the coloratura suffered a bit..

          • stray says:

            Be careful with that Shirley Verrett thing, that recording of Don Carlo will ruin an opera nerd for all others. (It’s this one, btw).

          • thả diều says:

            i done reading the book of reviews on this 😉 , now i need to find a cd player somewhere.. and check if the (new) library has a copy!

    • stray says:

      Okay but you know it said it just desired peaceful coexistence, and then it wrapped itself around my brain stem for the next 35 years.. If the library has it, make sure it is the second CD reissue, not the first, which was evidently remastered by a person with tinnitus.

      Failing all else, I can dbox it. Lemme know.

      • thả diều says:

        but you have some weird weakness for Carlos 😉 , whereas i tried hard but not quite managing taming Elisabeta.. could we dbx? cos i wouldnt manage cd now…

        • stray says:

          Haha! I think my weird weakness is for Verdi’s orchestration. Carlos has a nice vocal line, but so does everybody else 🙂

          Do you have a preferred format?

  5. yvette says:

    Dear all!
    I am thrilled reading your comments during the concert! On my side of the world everything was fine until the broadcast broke up after first part and never went back to normal. I was almost crying my eyes out… it must be the very bad spell of snow across the Alps… what happened is that the arias never arrived to an end and I became ever frustrated as Faru Kasarova has somptuous shades in her amazing voice, great form indeed ! (just during the Carmen, very difficult to start a concert with this killer, one could hear her breath but it soon vanished later on) I love her Carmen and still think she is the best, as her voice is a fine description of a strong character in this role…and a deeply moving one. I will try to save some Mp3 from the choppy lot I have got… Ombra is fine… and was so good with that little notes of hers so sweet and touching… I wish I could understand her talk at the end… and the orchestra and choir were somptuous throughout.What a place for music!!!yes she could sing Eboli with great appeal, I do not understand why she is not on stage here. her voice is simply amazing… best to you all! Y from Provence

    • thả diều says:

      thank you Yvette for the impression!! it’s too rare now that we get together “online” for VK’s (lack thereof) concerts! I did manage to save the whole show i believe, on 2 different methods! and I could pass it on to you if you’d like.

      • yvette says:

        you are fantastic! don’t know the time in Boston, but I expect you did not sleep much ! it is amazing if your sound was bbetter than mine? it seems to me I am the nearrest to Sofia over the Alps, and I never had such a poor reception! My system does not allow me to press ‘like ‘but I could click ‘like’ to all of you!!! thank you Ann !

  6. yvette says:

    And my frustration is just too much… never managed Princesse de Bouillon sound just went off… I wonder if this concert will be on somewhere after this broadcast?

    • thả diều says:

      i’ll check on fb and report. if not, i can always put on tube 🙂 . But for now, let me just edit my post and put the whole clip up for you (and any others who missed) to re-listen. The absolute highlight for me is her Händel.

    • SmorgCycle says:

      Sorry the broadcast misfired on you, Yvette! Here in San Diego it went quiet also, but came back after I reloaded the page. 🙂 VK was in tremendous form. She just about busted my eardrums with that unexpected finishing high B! Then, alas, I had to take off on an appointment. 😛 Thanks a bunch to An for spreading the info and capturing and commentary as well! 😀

  7. yvette says:

    Thanks soosooooosoooooo much for all your work for me and friends. I will do sthg with the ones which are fine on my blog and for you too… just to show I was willing !!!!!

    • thả diều says:

      🙂 . THanks Yvette. I decided I couldn’t wake up for the meeting.. but did set 4 alarms for this concert… was well worth it.. i’m still crying inside from hearing her Händel..

  8. yvette says:

    Her ombra tonight is something really special because her voice is so rich and her singing tecnique so good. It seems to me she has worked a lot on her low register to master her deep sounds and it could be felt in the Verdi’s arias and Bizet too. She is a tremendous muscian to my ears, she has got the Rita Gorr touch in her so rich and immense voice. Now I long to see her on stage again… what about this recial in Paris we were dreaming about?
    Thank you so much for the link at the top so soon and so good …

  9. stray says:

    Am I hallucinating or has she transposed the Veil Song significantly down in the main bit and then is basically singing a low harmony part in the chorus? Maybe it’s time she revamped her Verdi repertoire.

    • thả diều says:

      no, i think that’s the mezzo line with the soprano skating just above (the line we miss due to lack of sop).. but i could b wrong, am clearly no Verdi expert…
      “revamp”: u mean ditch it? 😉

      • stray says:

        ah maybe you’re right, maybe missing tebaldo is throwing off my ear. “revamp” meaning ditch that one and choose other stuff.

        • thả diều says:

          couldn’t agree more 🙂
          here, i remember re-listening to this clip quite a bit back in 2013.. and investigating the sop in trousers (she comes in already at 1.20).. the contrast between her voice and the mezzo is good so you can hear well both lines exactly at minute 5.00. While at it, we can clearly see the difference b/t the Verdi’s mezzo vs VK in term of voice. (ps- i like the contrast in Convent Garden more i think.. but can’t find clip anymore)

  10. thả diều says:

    A link with lots of photos, including with her teacher (Resse Koleva), with Stoyanova, and one with her mother! (courtesy of the VK club president Smorgie on fb).
    ps- Dehggi, what out for a certain dress 😉

  11. dehggial says:

    The tickets for Lucia with Damrau are going on sale tomorrow at 9am local time here. I don’t know if you’re still up for being in London during that period (7-25 April). Kurzak takes the lead between 11-19 May.

    • thả diều says:

      i really don’t know :/ , i can’t even tell how long i can be gone or if there’s anything coming up.. argh.. but if i can escape for a short time (it will be short bursts it seems from now on…) i’d like to see Harteros in DR (if she doesn’t cancel, she’s been cancelling EVERYTHING..). On much shorter timescale, i’d really love to escape for NS in Liverpool (sacrificing A.Hallenberg at Wigmore…)

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