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Rossini: Il Barbieri Di Siviglia / Gui, de los Angeles, Bruscantini


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67765   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  John Rhys EvansVictoria de los AngelesLuigi AlvaIan Wallace,   ... 
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraGlyndebourne Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fine performances of II barbiere di Siviglia are as rare as they are treasurable, which makes the long-awaited reissue of this celebrated 1963 Glyndebourne set doubly welcome. It is a near-perfect ensemble performance, a masterly account of the score to set beside the superbly styled, Callas-led HMV set (SLS853, 12/74) and the blithe, very engaging (though occasionally annoyingly foreshortened) Bartoletti set with Gianna d'Angelo on DG Privilege (2728 005, 2/75).

Gui conducts with perfect poise, paying Out the rhythms with equanimity whilst catching, too, the score's trenchancy and wit, the ardour and energy which proclaim the work's Spanish origin. The Rosina herself is properly Spanish, Victoria de los Angeles, smiling and
Read more alert. Does she perhaps now and then affect too strong a strain of romantic pathos? Perhaps, but this is an entrancing performance, and Alva, too, is as sweet-toned as he has ever been in the role on record. Bruscantini, that most mercurial of Figaros, is in excellent voice, always allowing the comedy to well up from within the music. (How often Figaros impose themselves on to Rossini's score!) Ian Wallace's beautifully sung and immensely engaging Dr Bartolo, ripe and benign, is a classic portrait in the Glyndebourne tradition. Carlo Cava is a sonorous Basilio, though, that said, he hasn't quite the plumb-line accuracy of Zaccaria on the rival Callas set (Zaccaria is far more comically obtuse in the great quintet "Buona sera"). He sings his Calumny Aria, very properly, in D, reverting to the usual downward transposition to C for the Bartoletti set in which he also appears. In spite of some small cuts in two dramatically crucial recitatives this is, all in all, an excellent version of 11 barbiere. The recording, true to the Glyndebourne ambience, is very immediate, a little dry, vividly 'produced' for stereo. Listening to the Act 1 finale, beautifully unfurled, or the whole of Act 2 as Gui and his team present it to us, it is easy to imagine .one self seated nicely forward in the Glyndebourne stalls. Some consolation, at least, for those of us who nowadays find it very difficult to secure tickets for heavily booked Glyndebourne performances.

-- Gramophone [7/1979], reviewing an earlier reissue
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Works on This Recording

1. Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  John Rhys Evans (Baritone), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Luigi Alva (Tenor),
Ian Wallace (Bass), Carlo Cava (Bass Baritone), Laura Sarti (Soprano),
Duncan Robertson (Tenor), Sesto Bruscantini (Baritone), Harold Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 141 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Piano, pianissimo, senza parlar (Fiorello/Coro/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Ecco ridente in cielo (Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Ehi, Fiorelli?...Mio signore (Conte/Fiorello/Coro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Mille grazie, mio signore (Conte/Fiorello/Coro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: L ran la le ra...Largo al factotum (Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Recitativo: Ah, che bella vita! (Figaro/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Recitativo:Non è venuto ancora (Rosina/Conte/Bartolo/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Recitativo: Le vostre assidue premure (Figaro/Conte/Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Se il mio nome saper voi bramate (Conte/Rosina/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Recitativo: Oh cielo!...Nella stanza convien (Conte/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: All'idea di quel metallo (Conte/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Piano, piano...un 'altra idea! (Conte/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Oh, il meglio mi scordavo (Conte/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Ah, che d'amore la fiamma io sento (Conte/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Una voce poco fa (Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Recitativo: Sì, sì, la vincerò (Rosina/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Recitativo: Ah, disgraziato Figaro! (Bartolo/Rosina/Berta/Ambrogio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Recitativo: Ah! Barbiere d'inferno (Bartolo/Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: La calunnia è un venticello (Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Recitativo: Ah! Che ne dite? (Basilio/Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Recitativo: Ma bravi! Ma benone! (Figaro/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Dunque io son (Figaro/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Fortunati affetti miei (Figaro/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Ora mi sento meglio (Rosina/Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: A un dottor della mia sorte (Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Finora in questa camera (Berta/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Ehi, di casa, buona gente (Conte/Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Ah, venisse, il caro oggetto (Conte/Bartolo/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Dunque, lei vuol
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Che cosa accadde (Figaro/Bartolo/Conte/Rosina/Berta/Basilio/Coro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Fermi tutti. Nessun si mova (Coro/Bartolo/Figaro/Basilio/Conte/Berta/Rosina/Ufficiale)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Fredda ed immobile (Rosina/Conte/Bartolo/Figaro/Basilio/Berta)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Ma signor...ma un dottor (Bartolo/Coro/Berta/Basilio/Rosina/Conte/Figaro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Ma vedi il mio destino! (Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Pace e gioia sia con voi (Conte/Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Insomma, mio signore (Bartolo/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Venite, signorina (Bartolo/Rosina/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Contro un chor che accende amore (Rosina/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Bella voce! Bravissima! (Conte/Rosina/Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Quando mi sei vicina (Bartolo)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Bravo, signor barbiere (Bartolo/Figaro/Rosina/Conte)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Don Basilio!...Cosa veggo! (Rosina/Conte/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Buona sera, mio signore (Rosina/Conte/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Orsù, Signor Don Bartolo (Figaro/Bartolo/Conte/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Che vecchio sospettoso! (Berta)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Il vecchiotto cerca moglie (Berta)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Dunque voi Don Alonso (Bartolo/Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Per forza o per amore Rosina (Bartolo/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Temporale (Orchestra)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Alfine eccoci qua (Figaro/Conte/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ah, qual colpo inaspettato! (Figaro/Conte/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Zitti, zitti, piano, piano (Figaro/Conte/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Ah, disgraziati noi! (Figaro/Conte/Rosina/Basilio/Bartolo/Ufficiale)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Recitativo: Insomma io ho tutti i torti (Bartolo/Figaro/Basilio/Conte/Rosina)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Di sì felice innesto (Figaro/Berta/Bartolo/Basilio/Coro/Rosina/Conte)

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