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Rossini: Arias / Jennifer Larmore, Giuliano Carella, European Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 02/17/2009 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 698958   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer LarmoreWilliam Powers
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the magnificent Rossini Festival at Pesaro annually digs deeper into his 40 operas, more and more delights are uncovered, and our ‘amour per Rossini’ continues to grow. Here are eight arias for mezzo-soprano – some from female roles, others from male roles, for Rossini often wrote his male heroic roles for the contralto or mezzo voices. All are relatively unfamiliar, and the two from Matilde di Shabran are recorded for the first time.

One of the Matilde arias, ‘Piange il mio ciglio’, is an uncharacteristically dull piece, but the other, ‘Ah! perche, perche la morte’, has dignity and elegance. Clarice’s double aria, ‘Se per voi le care io torno’ from La pietra del paragone, is exciting and Calbo’s ‘Non temer’ from Maometto
Read more II with its florid cabaletta is one of the most exhilarating pieces on this disc.

The American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, who specialises in Rossini, is completely at home in this repertoire. She has a voice of great warmth, dark in timbre in its lower register and brilliant at the top, plus a huge range and great coloratura flexibility. All the arias give her wonderful opportunities – which she seizes triumphantly – to display these qualities.

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine Reviewing original release, Teldec 13147
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'assedio di Corinto: L'ora fatal...Giusto ciel! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Maometto secondo: Non temer d'un basso affetto by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Armida: D'amore al dolce impero by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
La pietra del paragone: Se l'italie contrade by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Mathilda di Shabran: Sazia tu fossi alfine...Ah! Perché by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), William Powers (Bass)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Bianca e Falliero: Se per l'Adria il ferro strinsi by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Otello: Assisa a piè d'un salice by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Mathilda di Shabran: Piange il mio ciglio by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La Pietra del Paragone : Act 2 "Se l'itale contrade... Seper voi le care io torno" [Clarice]: Rossini : La Pietra del Paragone : Act 2 "Se l'itale contrade... Seper voi le care io torno" [Clarice]
Matilde di Shabran : Act 2 "Sazia tu fossi alfine... Ah! Perché, perché la morte" [Edoardo]: Rossini : Matilde di Shabran : Act 2 "Sazia tu fossi alfine... Ah! Perché, perché la morte" [Edoardo]
Le Siège de Corinthe : Act 3 "L'heure fatale approche... Juste ciel! Ah! ta clémence" [Pamyra]: Rossini : Le Siège de Corinthe : Act 3 "L'heure fatale approche... Juste ciel! Ah! ta clémence" [Pamyra]
Maometto II : Act 2 "Non temer: d'un basso affetto" [Calbo]: Rossini : Maometto II : Act 2 "Non temer: d'un basso affetto" [Calbo]
Bianca e Falliero : Act 1 "Se per l'Adria il ferro strinsi" [Falliero]: Rossini : Bianca e Falliero : Act 1 "Se per l'Adria il ferro strinsi" [Falliero]
Otello : Act 3 "Isaura!... Isaura!... Assisa a piè d'un salice... Deh calma, o ciel" [Desdemona]: Rossini : Otello : Act 3 "Isaura!... Isaura!... Assisa a piè d'un salice... Deh calma, o ciel" [Desdemona]
Matilde di Shabran : Act 1 "Piange il mio ciglio" [Edoardo]: Rossini : Matilde di Shabran : Act 1 "Piange il mio ciglio" [Edoardo]
Armida : Act 2 "D'Amor al dolce impero" [Armida]: Rossini : Armida : Act 2 "D'Amor al dolce impero" [Armida]

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