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    • Monteverdi Vespers - which version
      Read David Fallows' chapter on the Vespers in "Choral Music on Record" and you'll wonder whether any textually reliable, musically coherent recording of the work ever could be made. The unresolved and probably forever unresolvable issues involved are horrendous, but performers keep guessing, usually while pretending they are not: https://books.google.com/books?id=wKDT9lZ3jfkC&pg=PA1&dq=monteverdi+vespers+fallows&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqrPiv08TMAhVIViYKHfnLDlsQ6AEILzAD#v=onepage&q=monteverdi%20vespers%20fallows&f=false
       
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    • Lohengrin
      Nope -- just Keilberth and Kempe, though I've heard very good things about Konya and also heard that Rita Gorr's voice was shot by that time.
    • Lohengrin
      do you know Matacic, Bayreuth '59?  
    • Monteverdi Vespers - which version
      Oh Craft is OK-- all of 1950s and 1960s recordings are at least that (most of his later ones too though sometimes there are issues with vocalists) and better conceived than many but I can't abide those sonorities except as a certain point in discography / performance practice. File with something like, I dunno... Hindemith's performing edition of L'Orfeo? I mistyped above btw, it's not Harnoncourt I on Teldec but rather Jurgen Jurgens that's of similar vintage / style as Harnoncourt's first St Matthew. Jurgens Vespers doesn't seem to be on youtube but here's his L'Orfeo from a few years later, give an idea of the soundworld-- *** *** there's a good Konrad Junghanel Vespers on Deutsch Harmonia Mundi but ultimately I found it too gentle or restrained, though not in an anemic (Parrott) or flashy yet po'faced way (Gardiner).