Presto News - 26th February 2016

Mark Elder conducts Donizetti's Le Duc d'Albe

The colourful history of Donizetti’s uncompleted grand opera Le Duc d’Albe is almost worthy of operatic treatment in itself. Set in Spanish-occupied Flanders and based on the same libretto as Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes (which premiered a decade after Donizetti reluctantly abandoned the half-finished project following wranglings with a difficult prima donna and ensuing legal battles between impresario and librettist), the existing score was fleshed out after the composer's death by his one-time pupil Matteo Salvi, and enjoyed brief popularity in the 1880s in an Italian-language version which alters the names of the leading characters (Hélène and Henri), who had by then become indelibly associated with Les Vêpres. It then fell into obscurity until the conductor Fernando Previtali came across a score by chance in the 1950s and made the first of half a dozen twentieth-century recordings of the work in its Italian incarnation.

Michael Spyres and Mark Elder
Michael Spyres and Mark Elder

Sixty years on, Opera Rara have other ideas. Deeming Salvi's completion to be unacceptably anachronistic (more Brahms than Donizetti, apparently!), Sir Mark Elder and his team have opted to record just the two acts which Donizetti so very nearly completed, in the original French and with flesh put on the few remaining bones by Martin Fitzpatrick. On paper this might sound like a slightly raw deal - the score’s so involving and appealing, and the performance so gripping that I won’t pretend I wasn’t dreaming of what Donizetti might have done with dramatic denouement, which (spoiler alert) sees the heroine’s attempt to avenge her father’s murder go tragically pear-shaped – but what we have here still adds up to a satisfying and unfailingly authentic package, and in practice it’s not so very different from enjoying the single movement of Mahler 10, or the Schubert Unfinished.

As one might expect from a score dating from the Parisian phase of Donizetti’s career, the emphasis is very much on through-composed musical drama rather than on vocal display as an end in itself: though there are some memorable set-pieces for the choruses of invading Spanish forces and the Flemish rebels (the second-act chorus of oppressed Belgians surely rivals that of Verdi’s Scottish refugees in Macbeth, and what opera isn’t improved by a hymn to the strength of Belgian beer?!), there are very few stand-alone arias, and coloratura pyrotechnics are used relatively sparingly in comparison to the composer’s earlier works in the Italian style.

That said, it’s hard not to be knocked sideways by the sheer vocal charisma of Michael Spyres as the hot-headed Oedipal rebel Henri de Bruges, forever crying havoc against the eponymous Duc (the ever-excellent Laurent Naouri, wringing every last drop of malevolence and sympathy from his single appearance in the first two acts), whilst blissfully unaware that he’s actually the nobleman’s estranged son. Sadly the inevitable ‘I am your father’ moment doesn’t survive, but their ten-minute scene together at the close of Act One is no small consolation – shades of the great ‘Friendship duet’ from Verdi’s Don Carlo[s] here, in terms of the unwitting empathy between the characters if not the brotherly warmth!

With a big, bright, mettlesome instrument that easily encompasses the role’s wide range, American soprano Angela Meade is formidable as Hélène, daughter of the recently executed Count d’Egmont, splendidly defiant in the first act as she answers her intimidators’ threatening demands for a song with a rallying-cry for the Flemish rebels, and heart-breaking in the great lament for her murdered father in the second. She and Spyres are a vocal match made in heaven (surely a casting-director’s dream for a number of hard-to-cast Verdi couples, not least their counterparts in Vêpres), capping off their glorious extended Act Two duet with simultaneous bull’s-eye top E flats.

All in all, then, the new recording more than lives up to Opera Rara's mission to resurrect bel canto gems which are not merely obscure but also genuinely well worth hearing! You can read more about their plans for the next couple of years via the link below – and next week will bring an exclusive interview with Michael Spyres about his career to date and his role in Le Duc d’Albe

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Donizetti: Le Duc d’Albe

Angela Meade (Hélène d’Egmont), Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges), Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe), Gianluca Buratto (Daniel Brauer), Hallé, Mark Elder

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Presto Interview – Hans Abraham's Let Me Tell You

Hans Abrahamsen's recently-composed song-cycle complements this Shakespeare anniversary year perfectly, setting as it does Ophelia's lines from Hamlet and re-shaping them into a modern-day song-cycle.

Hans talked to Katherine about this work, which was released in January on the Munich-based label Winter & Winter with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan - for whom it was in fact written.

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In the Studio – Five new projects from Opera Rara

If this week's review has whetted your appetite for more from Opera Rara, then there's great news - Katherine gives us a roundup of a whole series of new projects the label have announced, from Gounod to Offenbach, with a generous helping of Italian bel canto for good measure.

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Presto CD – 75 more Philips titles

This week's selection from Philips includes string quartets from the Guarneri quartet, Mozart symphonies from Frans Bruggen, and Friedrich Gulda playing some of his own piano compsitions. Hermann Baumann, Heinz Holliger and Michala Petri also perform wind concertos from Telemann to Strauss.

We’ve listed the latest batch here; you can also view all our Presto CDs here.

Katherine Cooper - katherine@prestoclassical.co.uk

New Releases

26th February 2016

This is just the pick of the recent releases. The New Releases and Future Releases pages are always available for browsing all the new and forthcoming releases.

Britten & Korngold: Violin Concertos

Vilde Frang (violin), Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan

Both concertos were written when their composers were in the USA around the time of World War II: the Korngold was completed in 1945, the Britten in 1939. In the course of the 1930s Korngold, an Austrian Jew, had become a prominent Hollywood composer, but could not return to his homeland after 1938; the young Britten, a pacifist, left the UK for New York shortly before the declaration of war in 1939.

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Chopin: Ballades

Yundi (piano)

Yundi’s Chopin credentials need little introduction: as the youngest-ever winner of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2000, he has since returned to sit on the competition jury last year. Alongside the four Ballades, Yundi also records here Chopin’s exquisite Berceuse Op.57, and the four Mazurkas op.17.

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

The London Haydn Quartet

The London Haydn Quartet turns to the six Op. 50 quartets. More serious and intellecutally taut than the Op. 33 Russian quartets which they follow in Haydn's output, these six Prussian quartets dazzle in such committed performances as these.

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Neeme Järvi conducts Martinů

Mikhail Zemtsov (viola), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Martinů's Špalíček might best be described as an opera-ballet, as alongside the many dances there are extensive roles for chorus and vocal soloists. The lyrical Rhapsody-Concerto for viola was written in 1952, at a time when Martinů was fighting homesickness and depression, worsened by the political situation in his native Czechoslovakia.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Ever since the tenure of its chief conductor Eduard van Beinum, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has cherished one of the greatest Bruckner symphonic traditions in the world. With this release Mariss Jansons adds a new chapter to their impressive performance history of Bruckner’s works, recorded live at the Concertgebouw in March 2014.

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Conductus Volume 3: Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France

John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump

The trio of master-medievalist tenors (John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, and Rogers Covey-Crump) presents a concluding instalment of Conductus, that most intimate form of music and poetry from thirteenth-century France.

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Australian Eloquence - New Releases

The latest batch of six releases from Australian Eloquence includes recordings of Pierre Monteux conducting music by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, Mozart recitals from Hilde Gueden and Lisa della Casa, and two discs of great Italian tenor arias by singers including Gianni Raimondi, Giuseppe Campora, and Gianni Poggi.

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Russian Opera Classics (8 DVDs)

Orlin Anastassov, Bo Skovhus, Ewa Podleś and Eva-Maria Westbroek are among the outstanding singers in this collection of Russian operas, with vivid, opulent productions from De Nederlanse Opera, Barcelona’s Liceu, and the Turin's Teatro Regio, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Mariss Jansons, Michael Boder, and Marc Albrecht. The operas performed are Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia, Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Pique Dame and Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.

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16-Jan-2012 -New Year’s Concert from Vienna
09-Jan-2012 -Mariusz Kwiecień
02-Jan-2012 -Fritz Kreisler
26-Dec-2011 -The year ahead and our latest new development
19-Dec-2011 -Two legendary performances
12-Dec-2011 -Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin
05-Dec-2011 -Christmas roundup
28-Nov-2011 -Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony
21-Nov-2011 -Duetti da Camera: Philippe Jaroussky & Max Emanuel Cencic
14-Nov-2011 -Bruckner and Mahler from Haitink and Pappano
07-Nov-2011 -Haydn from the Takács Quartet
31-Oct-2011 -Sublime Schubert from Paul Lewis
24-Oct-2011 -Franz Liszt
17-Oct-2011 -The Decca Sound
10-Oct-2011 -Pavel Haas Quartet the big winners at the Gramophone Awards
03-Oct-2011 -Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts from Paul McCreesh
26-Sep-2011 -Handel – Agrippina & Germanico
19-Sep-2011 -Wagner’s Flying Dutchman starts PentaTone’s 10th anniversary celebrations
12-Sep-2011 -Schubert's Schwanengesang from Padmore and Lewis
05-Sep-2011 -Gergiev and the LSO conclude their Mahler cycle
29-Aug-2011 -BIS - Maxim Rysanov, Sibelius and a special offer
22-Aug-2011 -Sublime Ravel from Ibragimova and Tiberghien
15-Aug-2011 -Gustavo Dudamel
08-Aug-2011 -Brahms/Schoenberg from Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
01-Aug-2011 -Lucia from the Mariinsky
25-Jul-2011 -Bayreuther Festspiele
18-Jul-2011 -Benjamin Grosvenor
11-Jul-2011 -Rossini’s William Tell
04-Jul-2011 -Bach Motets from Herreweghe
27-Jun-2011 -Sublime Vivaldi from Nathalie Stutzmann
20-Jun-2011 -Beethoven’s Fidelio from Abbado and Kaufmann
13-Jun-2011 -Byrd’s Complete Consort Music
06-Jun-2011 -Vaughan Williams’s The Garden of Proserpine
30-May-2011 -Beethoven's Diabelli Variations from Paul Lewis
23-May-2011 -New DVDs from Glyndebourne
16-May-2011 -Martha Argerich
09-May-2011 -Handel's Ariodante
02-May-2011 -Daniel Barenboim plays Chopin and conducts Tchaikovsky
25-Apr-2011 -Fliter and Ibragimova excel in Beethoven
18-Apr-2011 -Julia Lezhneva sings Rossini
11-Apr-2011 -Lully’s Bellérophon
04-Apr-2011 -Mining the archives
28-Mar-2011 -Rachmaninov's Second Symphony
21-Mar-2011 -Suk's Asrael Symphony
14-Mar-2011 -Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
07-Mar-2011 -Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts
28-Feb-2011 -Tomás Luis de Victoria
21-Feb-2011 -Lisa Batiashvili - Echoes of Time
14-Feb-2011 -Kate Royal: A Lesson in Love
07-Feb-2011 -Simon Rattle's new Mahler 2
31-Jan-2011 -Percy Grainger
24-Jan-2011 -Arne: Artaxerxes
17-Jan-2011 -Handel and Strauss from Dessay and Damrau
10-Jan-2011 -Nielsen Symphonies from Colin Davis and the LSO
03-Jan-2011 -The Genius of Mozart
27-Dec-2010 -The year ahead
20-Dec-2010 -Sheet Music now online, and other recent developments
13-Dec-2010 -Robert Schumann
06-Dec-2010 -Vivaldi Operas - Ottone in Villa and Ercole
29-Nov-2010 -Christmas Releases
22-Nov-2010 -Bach Cantatas - the Gardiner pilgrimage
15-Nov-2010 -Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
08-Nov-2010 -Schubert: Piano Duets
01-Nov-2010 -Verdi's Otello from the LSO and Colin Davis
25-Oct-2010 -The Three Baroque Tenors
18-Oct-2010 -Dame Joan Sutherland
11-Oct-2010 -Bach's Violin Concertos from Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
04-Oct-2010 -Gramophone Awards announced last Friday
27-Sep-2010 -Jonas Kaufmann: Verismo Arias
20-Sep-2010 -Wagner's Parsifal from the Mariinsky and Gergiev
13-Sep-2010 -Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte from René Jacobs
06-Sep-2010 -Puccini's forgotten masterpiece - La Rondine
30-Aug-2010 -Santiago a cappella
23-Aug-2010 -Elīna Garanča goes Spanish
16-Aug-2010 -Rued Langgaard - Music of the Spheres
09-Aug-2010 -Gramophone Awards - The Finalists
02-Aug-2010 -50 Years of the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg
26-Jul-2010 -Gustav Mahler
19-Jul-2010 -Sir Charles Mackerras
12-Jul-2010 -Beethoven - Paul Lewis and the BBC Proms
05-Jul-2010 -A Russian Sibelius cycle
28-Jun-2010 -Ronald Brautigam's Beethoven
21-Jun-2010 -Carlos Kleiber
14-Jun-2010 -Handel's Berenice
07-Jun-2010 -Channel Classics
31-May-2010 -Alfredo Casella
24-May-2010 -Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues from Melnikov
17-May-2010 -The multi-talented Julia Fischer
10-May-2010 -Nimbus
03-May-2010 -Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus Broadcasts
26-Apr-2010 -Frédéric Chopin
19-Apr-2010 -Wagner Lohengrin - BBC Awards
12-Apr-2010 -Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
05-Apr-2010 -Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Joyce DiDonato
29-Mar-2010 -Romantic Piano Concertos
22-Mar-2010 -Robin Ticciati and Brahms' Choral Works
15-Mar-2010 -Mozart Symphonies from Mackerras - Volume 2
08-Mar-2010 -Bernard Coutaz and Harmonia Mundi
01-Mar-2010 -Thomas Adès
22-Feb-2010 -Strauss: Alpine Symphony
15-Feb-2010 -Handel: Giulio Cesare and the Brockes Passion
08-Feb-2010 -Debussy and the Prix de Rome
01-Feb-2010 -Testament
25-Jan-2010 -BBC Music Magazine Awards Shortlist
18-Jan-2010 -Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
11-Jan-2010 -Bach for Violin and Voice
04-Jan-2010 -A Ring cycle for the 21st Century
28-Dec-2009 -Anniversaries - 2009 and 2010
21-Dec-2009 -Richard Farrell
14-Dec-2009 -Thomas Tallis's Secret Garden
07-Dec-2009 -El Sistema
30-Nov-2009 -Christmas Releases
23-Nov-2009 -Kirsten Flagstad
16-Nov-2009 -Nikolaus Harnoncourt
09-Nov-2009 -Two important Elgar rarities
02-Nov-2009 -Felix Mendelssohn
26-Oct-2009 -Cecilia Bartoli and the world of Castratos
19-Oct-2009 -Winterreise from Padmore and Lewis
12-Oct-2009 -Tchaikovsky's Moscow Cantata
05-Oct-2009 -The Quatuor Ebène and the Gramophone Awards
28-Sep-2009 -Unknown Britten
21-Sep-2009 -Australian Eloquence
14-Sep-2009 -Julia Fischer plays Schubert
07-Sep-2009 -Bach Cantata bargain of the year
31-Aug-2009 -Rattle conducts Brahms
24-Aug-2009 -Bruckner from the Concertgebouw
17-Aug-2009 -Gramophone Awards 2009 - Finalists
10-Aug-2009 -Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
03-Aug-2009 -The Vivaldi Edition
27-Jul-2009 -Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes
20-Jul-2009 -Sir Edward Downes
13-Jul-2009 -Brilliant Classics
06-Jul-2009 -Tomás Luis de Victoria
29-Jun-2009 -Britten's homage to Purcell
22-Jun-2009 -The Three Tenors
15-Jun-2009 -Penguin Rosettes and Building a Library
08-Jun-2009 -Masterclasses
01-Jun-2009 -Gergiev at the Mariinsky
25-May-2009 -Two recent re-discoveries light up Martinu year
18-May-2009 -Idomeneo from René Jacobs
11-May-2009 -A&R and Kate Royal's Midsummer Night
04-May-2009 -Chandos Records - 30 years young
27-Apr-2009 -Rachmaninov Preludes
20-Apr-2009 -20 Years of NMC
13-Apr-2009 -BBC Music Magazine Awards
06-Apr-2009 -Shostakovich 11 from the RLPO
30-Mar-2009 -BIS and the Sibelius Edition
23-Mar-2009 -Haydn - 'The Father of the Symphony'
16-Mar-2009 -George Frederic Handel
09-Mar-2009 -Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
02-Mar-2009 -Angela Gheorghiu in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
23-Feb-2009 -The world's most celebrated violins
16-Feb-2009 -Copyright to be extended
09-Feb-2009 -A feast of Early Music
02-Feb-2009 -Sarah Connolly gets Purcell year off to a flier
26-Jan-2009 -Monteverdi as you've never heard it before!
19-Jan-2009 -Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin put Platti firmly on the map
12-Jan-2009 -Hamelin proves his real class with Chopin
05-Jan-2009 -Lindsays lead the bargains
29-Dec-2008 -Jerusalem - in search of peace
22-Dec-2008 -Looking ahead - Handel, Haydn and more
15-Dec-2008 -2008 - A great year for DVDs
08-Dec-2008 -Top new Christmas recommendations
01-Dec-2008 -Richard Hickox
24-Nov-2008 -The World's Great Orchestras, and Euros and US Dollars now accepted
17-Nov-2008 -Lost manuscripts continue to be found
10-Nov-2008 -Haydn's String Quartets
03-Nov-2008 -Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony
27-Oct-2008 -Contemporary Music
20-Oct-2008 -Sir Peter Moores
13-Oct-2008 -Vivaldi in a new light
06-Oct-2008 -Americans in Pyongyang
29-Sep-2008 -Paul Lewis and the Gramophone Awards 2008
22-Sep-2008 -Songs her mother taught her
15-Sep-2008 -Vernon Handley
08-Sep-2008 -Zig Zag and the Atrium Quartet
01-Sep-2008 -Gramophone Awards nominations
25-Aug-2008 -Beautiful Messiah and Exquisite Morales
18-Aug-2008 -Great Pianists of the Past
11-Aug-2008 -Classical Television Broadcasts on the Internet
04-Aug-2008 -Chloë Hanslip and the unfamiliar
28-Jul-2008 -Leopold Godowsky and the virtuoso pianist
21-Jul-2008 -Linn Records
14-Jul-2008 -Vaughan Williams
07-Jul-2008 -Olivier Messiaen
30-Jun-2008 -Reginald Goodall's revelatory 'Mastersingers'
23-Jun-2008 -The French Baroque - 200 Years of Versailles
16-Jun-2008 -Bach Fugues from Onyx and the Emersons
09-Jun-2008 -New DVD page and Special Offer
02-Jun-2008 -Time to re-evaluate Miaskovsky
26-May-2008 -Superb Scholl sings Dowland and his circle
19-May-2008 -Fiesta! - Dudamel and the Venezuelans
12-May-2008 -The Guarneri Piano Trio and the label Praga
05-May-2008 -A La Bohème for all
28-Apr-2008 -Beethoven and Period Instruments
21-Apr-2008 -The Jerusalem Quartet
14-Apr-2008 -Nigel Kennedy
07-Apr-2008 -Paul Lewis's Beethoven
31-Mar-2008 -Ingrid Fliter
24-Mar-2008 -Mel Bonis
17-Mar-2008 -Stunning new Haydn Creation from Paul McCreesh
10-Mar-2008 -Hilary Hahn plays Schoenberg and Sibelius
03-Mar-2008 -Rattle and Gergiev on Mahler
25-Feb-2008 -Handel Organ Concertos
18-Feb-2008 -Late Mozart Symphonies
11-Feb-2008 -Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project
04-Feb-2008 -Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel
28-Jan-2008 -Undeservedly neglected music - John Marsh and Juan de Araujo
21-Jan-2008 -New Bach Cantatas page
14-Jan-2008 -Composers' Own Recordings
07-Jan-2008 -Francis Xavier and Jordi Savall
31-Dec-2007 -50 Years of Harmonia Mundi
24-Dec-2007 -Last thoughts on 2007, first on 2008
17-Dec-2007 -Discs of the Year
10-Dec-2007 -Stockhausen
03-Dec-2007 -25 Years of the Compact Disc
26-Nov-2007 -Pacini and the importance of first performances
19-Nov-2007 -Christmas music worth hearing
12-Nov-2007 -The forgotten Maria
05-Nov-2007 -Why composers marked repeats
29-Oct-2007 -Bach B minor Mass from Suzuki
22-Oct-2007 -New Mahler 8 from Pierre Boulez
15-Oct-2007 -Lucerne Festival Orchestra
08-Oct-2007 -Julia Fischer and the Gramophone Awards
01-Oct-2007 -Mozart - Don Giovanni from René Jacobs
24-Sep-2007 -Natalie Clein and the Elgar Cello Concerto
17-Sep-2007 -Joshua Bell
10-Sep-2007 -Luciano Pavarotti
03-Sep-2007 -Kate Royal
27-Aug-2007 -Gramophone Awards - finalists revealed
20-Aug-2007 -Exciting new baroque rediscovery - Conti's David
13-Aug-2007 -Venezuelan Youth Orchestra the envy of the world
06-Aug-2007 -Music's Best-kept Secrets
30-Jul-2007 -Haydn - the most underrated great composer
23-Jul-2007 -Beethoven Piano Sonatas
16-Jul-2007 -BBC Proms 2007
09-Jul-2007 -Elin Manahan Thomas
02-Jul-2007 -Open minds and superb Bernarda Fink
25-Jun-2007 -Excited by another batch of re-issues?
18-Jun-2007 -Composer Works lists now published
11-Jun-2007 -Padmore and Bostridge sing Handel
04-Jun-2007 -Elgar's Enigma Variations
28-May-2007 -Still suffering some seventy years on?
21-May-2007 -Buying Opera on CD or DVD
14-May-2007 -Debussy's new champion
07-May-2007 -Schütz's Legacy
30-Apr-2007 -Mstislav Rostropovich
23-Apr-2007 -Missed Opportunities
16-Apr-2007 -BBC Music Magazine Awards
09-Apr-2007 -The way we listen
02-Apr-2007 -Too much Mozart?
26-Mar-2007 -Harpsichord or Piano?
19-Mar-2007 -Strauss's Four Last Songs
12-Mar-2007 -The importance of government support
05-Mar-2007 -Do today's musicians all sound the same?

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