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Rossini: Tancredi / Kasarova, Mei, Vargas, Peeters


Release Date: 09/17/1996 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68349   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Ramón VargasEva MeiMelinda PaulsenVeronica Cangemi,   ... 
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusMunich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kasarova brings an impeccable sense of style to the title role in this authoritative account of Tancredi, which includes additional music Rossini composed after its premiere.

The renaissance of Rossini’s serious operas continues apace, thanks mainly to the annual festival in the composer’s birthplace, Pesaro. Tancredi has had a number of productions, there and elsewhere, in recent years, and deservedly so, for it is Rossini’s earliest great opera seria, a work which, given singers able to cope with its demands on their virtuosity, can hold the stage today as effectively as when it was first performed in 1813. The action of its complicated plot takes place in Syracuse in 1005AD. The music is fresh and vigorous
Read more throughout, and Rossini never wrote a more delectable tune than the contralto hero’s ‘Di tanti palpiti’ (which Wagner parodied in the Tailors’ Song in Die Meistersinger). Vesselina Kasarova brings a rich chest register, firm top notes, great flexibility and an impeccable sense of style to the role of the warrior Tancredi, Eva Mei’s supple soprano has no difficulty with the music of the much put-upon heroine Amenaide, and Ramòn Vargas in the tenor role of her father, Argirio, is more than adequate. Roberto Abbado conducts an authoritative account of the score, which here includes the additional music Rossini composed for the opera’s second staging in Ferrara, only weeks after its Venice premiere, when the libretto was altered to accord more closely to the tragedy by Voltaire on which it was based.

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tancredi by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Eva Mei (Soprano), Melinda Paulsen (Alto),
Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Harry Peeters (Bass), Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 171 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Tancredi: Act 2 Finale by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Eva Mei (Soprano), Janos Maté (Violin), Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano),
Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Veronica Cangemi (Soprano), Melinda Paulsen (Alto),
Harry Peeters (Bass)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 25 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This was the finale used for the original production in Venice on February 6, 1813. It opens with the same Tancredi scene ("Dove son io?...Fra quil orror...") and chorus ("Regna il terror nella Città...) as in the Ferrara production.
The remainder of the Venetian finale, however, contains different material: secco recitative for Tancredi, Amenaide and Argiro ("Fra Saraceni io dunque son?...), a scene for Tancredi and chorus ("Qual suon - che miro..."), another secco recitative for for the same three characters with Isaura ("Ah! ch'ei si perde!...") and a new final scene ("Fra quei soavi palpiti"). 
3.
Tancredi: Ah! se pur morir degg'io by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Eva Mei (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Tancredi: O sospirato lido! o caro albergo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano), Janos Maté (Violin)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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