|Derek, why am I not surprised? Once again, you have picked one of my all-time favorite albums. I bought this within milliseconds of its release, bought it again when I wore out the first copy, and now have it on CD. I find the cd less "warm" than the 33, but that is often the case. These are some of my favorite songs ( we'll discuss Strauss' "Four Last Songs" some other day). I have many recordings, all remarkably different, but several renditions are strikingly effective in their different ways. Dawn Upshaw's is probably the most eccentric, but it is bright and quite wonderful. I like Flicka's more than you. Te Kanawa always manages to win me over, although I am well aware of her flaws. Next to Moffo, it is de los Angeles for me. But, head and shoulders above all, is this recording. I'm going to go dig it out and play it right now.|
I had a duet album with Moffo and Sergio Franchi that I used to love. I am embarrassed that I don't know the "One Night of Love" album.
It is so wonderful to discover you, Linz, and others who hear music from its essential core. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. I look forward to discovering all that you recommend.