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Rossini: Armida / Gatti, Fleming, Kunde, Francis, Et Al

Release Date: 10/04/1994 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 58968   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Donald KaaschSergey ZadvornyIldebrando D'ArcangeloBruce Fowler,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale ChorusBologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes complete libretto in Italian, English, German and French.


An exciting performance of an enchanting rarity made near the start of Renée Fleming’s international career.

Rossini’s 1817 opera Armida, composed for his wife to be, Isabella Colbran, is a vocal showpiece even above and beyond the composer’s usual demands. Colbran apparently had a natural contralto voice that eventually gained higher notes as she matured; here more than two octaves, from pianissimo to fortissimo are required, as well as phenomenal agility and great ease with coloratura. The opera has another issue that makes it difficult to cast: six roles are written for tenor and at
Read more least three of them need to be of the first rank, with the same qualities as the soprano. Two basses add to the admixture that makes this opera’s texture so special. This recording was made near the start of Renée Fleming’s international career; she was substituting for another singer at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. She sails through the role with as much virtuosity as is needed, her sounds is luscious, she pays attention to the text, and she exhibits none of the scooping and other mannerisms that have since become irritating. Brava! She is surrounded by top-flight tenors, particularly Gregory Kunde as her lover, Rinaldo. There are three glorious love duets, a dazzling showpiece aria for Armida near the close of the second act, and a splendid three-tenor trio that boils the blood. A very exciting performance of an enchanting rarity.

-- Robert Levine, Listen [9/2009]
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Works on This Recording

Armida by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Donald Kaasch (Tenor), Sergey Zadvorny (), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass),
Bruce Fowler (Tenor), Iorio Zennaro (Tenor), Carlo Bosi (Tenor),
Jeffrey Francis (Tenor), Gregory Kunde (Tenor), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Rossini, Pesaro, Italy 
Length: 175 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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