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Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Pollini, Ricciarelli, Ramey, Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Rossini / Pollini
Release Date: 02/17/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985397962   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dano RaffantiLucia Valentini-TerraniDalmacio GonzalezKatia Ricciarelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Maurizio Pollini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic ChorusChamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rossini’s La donna del lago, loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake, “succeeds in conjuring up the atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands,” said BBC Music Magazine. “This tuneful, delicately orchestrated opera of innocent Romantic charm is given a splendid performance by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Maurizio Pollini and its cast could hardly be bettered today. Katia Ricciarelli brings to the title role rich creamy tone and a fine appreciation of the style, and Lucia Valentini Terrani is impressive in the travesti role of Malcolm. The two high-lying tenor parts are sung with assurance by Dalmacio Gonzales and Dano Raffanti, and Samuel Ramey is a tower of strength as Douglas, the heroine’s father. The recording is Read more admirably clear and sensibly balanced.” Read less

Works on This Recording

La donna del lago by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dano Raffanti (Tenor), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano), Dalmacio Gonzalez (Tenor),
Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano), Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Maurizio Pollini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great Performance, But Lacks Libretto April 5, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "If you enjoy the operas of Gioachino Rossini, you are sure to like this very fine SONY version of La Donna del Lago, recorded at Italy's Rossini Opera Festival in 1983. Maurizio Pollini (yes, it is the very same celebrated pianist) is the conductor of an exceptional cast of singers and an equally outstanding orchestra- the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He keeps the opera moving along at a steady-to-rapid pace, which in my view is the way to go with Rossini's frenetic operatic works. Regrettably, SONY did not include a libretto, and the synopsis provided in the CD notes unfortunately is seriously deficient, providing only a superficial plot summary. More could have been (and should have been done) with the 'peripherals' of this otherwise stellar recording, in my view. On the other hand, these packaging shortfalls constitute my only real criticisms of this recording, which distinguishes itself through the magnificent singing of soloists and chorus, as well as the beautifully played orchestral score. The story line of La Donna del Lago includes many of the traditional thematic threads found in other Rossini operas- the threat of political violence, personal conflicts leading to fatal consequences, competition among the leading male characters for the love of the leading lady, and of course an ultimate resolution dispensing all previous tensions, problems, and psychological dislocations. Taking place in Scotland and centering around the fate of Highland rebels operating against King James II, the plot may strike some as a bit far-fetched (aren't the majority of operatic story lines, even the most famous, a bit like this??), but please rest assured that this in no meaningful way detracts from the quality of the performance. The sound is crystal clear throughout, both singers and orchestra do a wonderful job developing and expressing the dynamics of Rossini's inevitable twists and turns, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience." Report Abuse
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