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Re: Martinu's Greek Passion
Posted by Dafydd Jones on June 15, 2017, 12:57 pm, in reply to "Martinu's Greek Passion"
I have the original Supraphon release of the opera on 2 musicassettes and can confirm that my set includes five pages of very thorough notes,which cover;Martinu on The Greek Passion-extracts from his letters,Martinu:the Opera Composer,Martinu:The Musician,Manolios as Christ,The Greek Orthodox Church,Religious Regalia as well as a Synopsis and English libretto.I can only assume that the cd set includes this. I have yet to purchase a Supraphon set that did not include notes.Unlike some other labels I can think of,they always seemed to,thoughtfully,include a libretto;even if some of their translations were unintentionally hilarious;in an endearing way (Cpo take note!) I still have a cassette deck in g.w.o and playing it recently,I can confirm that opera itself is a simply stunning experience,as is the Mackerras performance,itself. I have not heard the new recording,but I would be amazed if it is any kind of improvement.For fans of retro style equipment I can also confirm that the sound quality of the Supraphon cassettes is very good!!! Best wishes!
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