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Rossini: Guglielmo Tell / Muti, Zancanaro, Studer, Merritt

Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422391   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Chris MerrittGiorgio SurjanFranco De GrandisAmelia Felle,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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In many ways this is a magnificent achievement…Muti conducts with real assurance. Pacing the drama magnificently, it is on performances like these that the controversial Maestro has made his well-deserved musical reputation. Tell emerges as a masterpiece from first to last. Rossini's compositional confidence in his craft is never once in doubt, and there is no trace of any longueur anywhere.

This is clearly an opera for which Muti has unbounded affection. This comes out clearly in the Overture, with its 'vocal' solo cello and its inclusion of oases of peace alongside real
Read more excitement…The Scala chorus, too, are in fine fettle, as they amply demonstrate in the gentle prayer that precedes the rather stand-and-deliver Fisherman (Vittorio Terranova).

Chris Merritt is a strong Arnoldo, ardent in his love for Mathilde, thirsty for revenge in Act 3. The long scene he has with Guglielmo in Act 1 works particularly well, because of the intensity both singers bring to their parts. His best moments are saved for the Fourth and final Act; his high register there is simply lovely. Mathilde is Cheryl Studer, who comes into her own in Act 2. Her scene is magnificent in its lyricism and her sensitive shading of the line…In Act 3 Studer is if anything even more impressive - her vocal manoeuvrability is astonishing.

Alberto Noli is a forceful Leutoldo…Luigi Roni’s Gessler is on the wobbly side initially although he improves tremendously as the opera progresses.

Ensembles are a consistent joy – just try the finale of Act 1 – thanks to Muti's clear direction and the superb choral forces…The composer's inspiration never once flags. Do try to experience this treat.

-- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Guillaume Tell by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Chris Merritt (Tenor), Giorgio Surjan (Bass), Franco De Grandis (Bass),
Amelia Felle (Soprano), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Vittorio Terranova (Tenor),
Alberto Noli (Baritone), Luigi Roni (Bass), Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor),
Luciana D'Intino (Soprano), Giorgio Zancanaro (Baritone), Ernesto Pannariello (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

William Tell: Overture
William Tell / Act 1: "E il ciel seren, sereno il giorno"
William Tell / Act 1: "Il piccol legno ascendi"
William Tell / Act 1: "Oh! quale alta d'intorno" - "Pastori intorno ergete il canto!"
William Tell / Act 1: "Al fremer del torrente"
William Tell / Act 1: "Contro l'ardor del giorno"
William Tell / Act 1: "Il mio giuro egli disse"
William Tell / Act 1: "Arresta! Qual dolor"
William Tell / Act 1: "Sul nostro capo il sole brilla"
William Tell / Act 1: "Ciel che del mondo"
William Tell / Act 2: "De'prodi ascolta, è già compiuto il patto"
William Tell / Act 1: "Ah! Vien Gessler!"
William Tell / Act 2: "La valanga che volve"
William Tell / Act 2: "Giuriam, giuriam pei nostri danni"
William Tell / Act 1: "Cinto il crine di bei fiori"
William Tell / Act 1: Passo a sei
William Tell / Act 1: "Gloria e onore al giovinetto"
William Tell / Act 1: "Egro e tremante"
William Tell / Act 1: "Nume pietoso"
William Tell / Act 1: "Che sento, ohimè!"
William Tell / Act 1: "Ciò ch'ei fece
William Tell / Act 2: "Qual silvestre metro intorno"
William Tell / Act 2: "S'allontanano alfine!"
William Tell / Act 2: "Selva opaca, deserta brughiera"
William Tell / Act 2: "Se il mio giunger t'oltraggia"
William Tell / Act 2: "Tutto apprendi, o sventurato"
William Tell / Act 2: "Alcun vien...Separiamci"
William Tell / Act 2: "Allor che scorre de'forti il sangue"
William Tell / Act 2: "Confuso da quel bosco" - "Con ardor richiese il cor"
William Tell / Act 2: "Domo, o ciel, da un stranier"

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