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Rossini: The Barber Of Seville Highlights / Marriner


Release Date: 08/19/2011 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438498   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Thomas AllenFrancisco AraizaAgnes BaltsaDomenico Trimarchi,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsAmbrosian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one the most stylish and engaging accounts of Il barbiere to appear on record — a consistent delight musically and theatrically.

This is the most stylish and engaging account of Il barbiere to have appeared on record since the famous de los Angeles/Bruscantini set recorded by HMV with Glyndebourne forces in 1962. There the orchestra, Beecham-trained and Gui-led, was the RPO; here, making a rare but welcome appearance in an opera recording, it is the comparably stylish Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The ASMF has already shown itself to be a front-rank Rossini ensemble in its integral recording of the overtures... [T]his is as pointed and sure-footed an account of the score as you could hope to hear, a
Read more reading which entirely belies the much-publicized fact that this is Neville Marriner's operatic debut on record. Played as it is here, with a fine overall line and a wealth of instrumental detail dancing attendance on the drama, the Act I finale is fit to be ranked with the Act 2 dénouements of Mozart's Figaro and Verdi's Falstaff.

Quite how the producer...created so live a sense of theatre in so essentially unconvivial a place as Watford Town Hall...must for ever remain a mystery...a tribute, in the first place, to the degree to which Thomas Allen, Francisco Araiza, Domenico Trimarchi, Agnes Baltsa, Robert Lloyd and their fellows are inside their roles musically and dramatically.

...Thomas Allen's Figaro and Francisco Araiza's Count bring out the opera's virility, its peculiarly masculine strength. (Agnes Baltsa is by turns cunning, charming, and passionate; but this is a man's world, one feels, full of an ardour and energy which she complements but never initiates.) Allen has a vivid sense of character and a brilliant technique. The "Largo" is a tour de force, and not only in the stretto; earlier there is as much verbal pointing as you'll find in Gobbi's performance (HMV/Galliera) or Bruscantini's (HMV/Gui)... Araiza is similarly compelling... Baltsa, too, is infected by the set's general liveliness: witness the delighted gurgle of joy which escapes from her at the news of the Count's intentions... With excellent choral work in the all important ensembles, and with a delightful Berta from Sally Burgess, this is undoubtedly one of the very best Barbers the gramophone has yet given us.

-- Gramophone [6/1983, reviewing the complete opera]
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Works on This Recording

1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
2. Il barbiere di Siviglia: All' idea di qual metallo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
3. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
4. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
5. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ma, signor by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Robert Lloyd (Bass), Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
6. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Pace e gioia sia con voi by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
7. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Contro un cor by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
8. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Orsù, signor Don Bartolo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Robert Lloyd (Bass), Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Francisco Araiza (Tenor),
Thomas Allen (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
9. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ah! qual colpo inaspettato by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
10. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Di sì felice innesto by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano), Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
Thomas Allen (Baritone), Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Robert Lloyd (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 very enjoyable May 17, 2012 By Philip D. (HASLETT, MI) See All My Reviews "Delightful, famous arias. Unfortunately, the overture is not included." Report Abuse
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