Semiramideby Gioachino Rossini Performer:
Hélène Le Corre (Soprano),
Bernadette Manca di Nissa (Alto),
Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor),
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass),
Edita Gruberova (Soprano),
Julian Konstantinov (Bass),
Andreas Jankowitsch (Bass),
Jose Reyes (Bass)
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Vienna Concert Choir
Period: Romantic Written: 1823; Italy Length: 207 Minutes 23 Secs. Language: Italian Notes: Concert House, Vienna, Austria (03/11/1998); Concert House, Vienna, Austria (03/14/1998)
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Past Her PrimeJune 22, 2012By H. Carlson (Sandwich, IL)See All My Reviews"Finding this recording requires diligence on the part of the buyer as it is not readily available at most CD outlets.
Regrettably Gruberova should have recorded this role much earlier in her career, as listening to her at this point (late 1990's) is a bit difficult. She still has the technique, but most of her singing is labor intensive with many high notes ugly to hear. I also find Florez quite unattractive to listen to. He is very metallic and he sounds quite forced.
Manca di Nissa and D'Arcangelo do well even though neither opts for any of the high options. The conducting also lacts excitement. Several cuts are taken.
I do not agree with the reviewer who reviewed the Sutherland/Horne recording. I do not find Studer correct for the part and Larmore is more of a high mezzo so the lower chest tones are sometimes inaudible. I find Tamar and Scalchi totally superior. Tamar may not be a true coloratura but she tries. "Report Abuse
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