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Rossini: Demetrio e Polibio / Acocella


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660405  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luca Dall'AmicoVictoria YarovayaCesar ArrietaSofia Mchedlishvili
Conductor:  Luciano Acocella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi BrunensisPoznan Camerata Bach Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The genesis of Rossini’s first full-scale opera Demetrio e Polibio is shrouded in speculation, but its initial intention as a ‘family opera’ for the tenor Domenico Mombelli, with roles for his daughters and a libretto by his wife seems clear. Its narrative of political turmoil, romance, kidnap, and the ultimate blessings of true love and unity is a prelude to subjects to which Rossini would frequently turn in future triumphs. The composer’s facility for melody and his genius for combining voices into the loveliest of duets is already much in evidence in this confident but rarely heard debut. The genesis of Rossini’s first full-scale opera Demetrio e Polibio is shrouded in speculation, but its initial intention as a ‘family opera’ for the tenor Domenico Mombelli, with roles for his daughters and a libretto by his wife seems clear. Its narrative of political turmoil, romance, kidnap, and the ultimate blessings of true love and unity is a prelude to subjects to which Rossini would frequently turn in future triumphs. The composer’s facility for melody and his genius for combining voices into the loveliest of duets is already much in evidence in this confident but rarely heard debut. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Demetrio e Polibio by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luca Dall'Amico (Bass Baritone), Victoria Yarovaya (Mezzo Soprano), Cesar Arrieta (Voice),
Sofia Mchedlishvili (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luciano Acocella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Brunensis,  Poznan Camerata Bach Choir
Period: Romantic 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Glorious ! July 24, 2018 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "It is so wonderful to get to hear this live performance of and basically unknown Rossini early work. It is well cast and the singers are expert in handling the difficult vocal writing as are the orchestra with this lively brilliant score. All of the singers voices are well developed and they are all fluent in the coloratura demands that Rossini places before them. Of special delight is the soprano Victoria Yarovaya. Not only does she have great agility an range, but her tone is exquisite. At times one is reminded of the crystal clear sound of glass bells. The only drawback to this delight is the absence of a libretto. It is not enough to have the synopsis of the plot. We opera lovers want to see all the text ! What a shame that it is not included. This seems to be the cast with many of the NAXOS recordings." Report Abuse
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