|Academy Records, 12 W. 18th St. World's greatest record store.|
Well, not completely new.
|Placído Domingo, looking confused.|
One of the opera box sets I picked up was a 1989 recording of the 'Paris version' of Tannhäuser, the one conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli with a very confused looking Placído Domingo on the cover. Although this was Mr. Domingo's second major Wagner recording on Deutsche Grammophon, he still looks confused. Maybe he's trying to figure out what to do with the harp that the prop guy handed him.
So my partner and I are sitting in a cafe across the street from the record store (an actual cafe, not a Starbucks) having coffee and looking at the stuff we've bought. I leaf through the CD book that came with Tannhäuser and I find that Mr. Domingo has, at some point, autographed the booklet--right across his head-shot.
|The set from Act II of Tannhäuser.|
It was a nice surprise. And of course the music is gorgeous. I've been listening to Tannhäuser a lot lately--mostly the superb Daniel Barenboim recording of the 'Dresden version' of the score. Also, I broke out the 1980 James Levine-conducted version of the opera from the Met, which is a superb record of a traditional, full-on performance done in traditional style, right down to the Act II set which is based on the architecture of the Wartburg, the German castle where the second act takes place.