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Rossini Gala / Sutherland, Pavarotti, Horne, Berganza, Et Al


Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  London/Decca Grand Opera Series Catalog #: 458247   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Leo NucciDame Joan SutherlandMarilyn HorneLuciano Pavarotti,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe PatanéFrancesco Molinari-PradelliHenry LewisNicola Rescigno,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you love Rossini, or great singing, and don't own the recordings from which these excerpts are taken, this 75 minutes will delight you. From the composer's early Cambiale to his final opera, Tell, we get gorgeous melodies, endless roulades, great wit and charm, all sung with the kind of virtuosity that creates legends. Marilyn Horne is heard in all her glory as Rosina and Desdemona; her older, lighter-toned-but-just-as-great mezzo colleague Teresa Berganza sings Cenerentola's final Rondo with great style and takes part in a swell ensemble from L'Italiana; Joan Sutherland almost stuns as noble Semiramide and simple Fanny (in Cambiale); Nicolai Ghiaurov booms as Basilio; Leo Nucci impresses without overwhelming in "Largo al factotum"; Read more Renata Tebaldi is lovely as Mathilde in Tell; and almost best of all, Pavarotti, from 1969 (when he actually was the greatest tenor in the world), tackles Arnold's near-impossible final act scene from the same opera with such glorious tone, ringing high Bs and Cs, that had it been his only recording he would be worshipped. Don't ask questions, just go out and get this. [4/21/2001]

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Leo Nucci (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
2.
Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Guillaume Tell: Ne m'abandonne pas by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
La cambiale di matrimonio: Vorrei spiegarvi il giubilo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Otello: Assisa a piè d'un salice by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roberta McEwen (Soprano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Silvio Varviso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Rossini Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Guillaume Tell: Sombre forêt by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
L'italiana in Algeri: Act I - Finale by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), Fernando Corena (Bass), Luigi Alva (Tenor),
Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Mitì Truccato Pace (Mezzo Soprano), Paolo Montarsolo (Bass),
Giuliana Tavolaccini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Silvio Varviso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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