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Rossini Mezzo - Scenes And Arias / Silvia Tro Santafe


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 170   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A worthy heir to Teresa Berganza - more discs from her, please Signum.

‘… this recital has definitely whetted the appetite for more’ It was with these words that I finished my review of Silvia Tro Santafé’s previous recital (see review). That was just half a year ago (April 2009) and here is the sequel. The forerunner was entitled ‘Spanish Heroines’ which opened with Rosina’s two arias from Il barbiere di Sevilla. This explains why Rosina is absent from this all-Rossini disc.

The recital starts with substantial excerpts from Rossini’s first two real successes, Tancredi and
Read more L’Italiana in Algeri, which having been premiered within a few months in 1813 catapulted the young composer to the forefront among Italian opera writers. He turned 21 between the two premieres. For some reason they are presented here in reverse order, so the first character we encounter is the amiable but clever Isabella, a role that Teresa Berganza recorded complete back in 1963. Stylistically Silvia Tro Santafé reminds me a lot of Berganza: lyrical, elegant, light and fluent - and there is a generous helping of warmth as well in both voices - more so than in that of Marilyn Horne, who otherwise is an Isabella to reckon with. With springy accompaniments and theatrical contributions from the chorus these readings are worthy to set alongside any of the many excellent mezzos who have recorded this music.

The trouser role of Tancredi is a quite different character to Isabella, but listening to Di tanti palpiti without referring to the text, the two seem fairly alike. This is, to be honest, Rossini’s fault as much as Ms Tro Santafé’s, and she sings impressively. Even more impressive is her Angelina in the great final aria from La Cenerentola. This is one of the most demanding arias in Rossini’s production, but it is sung with all the requisite virtuosity and security.

Malcolm in La Donna del Lago is another trouser role. The opera, premiered in Naples in 1819, was the first to be based on a story by Sir Walter Scott. During the next twenty years there were twenty-five Italian operas based on his works, and a number in other languages as well. Here Santafé deploys her brilliant top to good effect.

Finally there is a third trouser role, Arsace in Semiramide, and his cavatina only confirms the good impressions from the earlier numbers. I would say that in the latest generation of Rossini mezzos, Silvia Tro Santafé is now at the top, rubbing shoulders with Joyce DiDonato, and she is a worthy heir to Teresa Berganza. More discs from her, please Signum!

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb Iternational 
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Works on This Recording

1. L'italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2. L'Italiana in Algeri: Amici, in ogni evento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3. L'italiana in Algeri: Pensa alla patria by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Tancredi: O patria! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5. Tancredi: Di tanti palpiti by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6. La Cenerentola: Della fortuna istabile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8. La donna del lago: Mura felici by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9. La donna del lago: Elena! Oh tu! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10. La donna del lago: A sì pera by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11. La donna del lago: Douglas, Douglas by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
12. Semiramide: Eccomi al fine in Babilonia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
13. Semiramide: Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Julian Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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