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Rossini: Otello / Lopez Cobos, Carreras, Von Stade, Ramey

Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 432456   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Frederica Von StadeSamuel RameyKeith LewisAlfonso Leoz,   ... 
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carreras is searingly noble as Otello and Von Stade as Desdemona is chaste and luminous as a sculpture in Carrara marble.

The Naples years, 1815 to 1822, are at the very centre of Rossini's creative life. It is here that genius—''I had facility and lots of instinct''—was put to school. And firmly so: the serious masterpieces of the Naples years take as their subjects the Bible and Shakespeare, Scott and Racine, Tasso and English historical romance.

...Otello (Naples 1816)...has a strong cast, headed by Carreras's searingly noble Moor. The Desdemona is Frederica von Stade: chaste and as luminous as a sculpture in Carrara marble. The set also displays casting in depth. In Rossini's day Naples was awash with
Read more great tenors, a situation that nowadays creates prodigious difficulties. Yet both the Iago, Gianfranco Pastine, and the Rodrigo, Salvatore Fisichella, emerge with honour, barely bloodied and never for a moment bowed by Rossini's terrible arsenal of vocal effects. ''They have been crucifying Otello into an opera,'' wrote Byron in 1818. Well, yes and no. By all means treat Acts 1 and 2 as flashy rodomontade, but Act 3 is glorious, inspired enough and sufficiently close to Shakespeare to have been a near fatal deterrant to what Verdi called his own ''chocolate project''. I thrilled to it afresh—off-stage Gondolier and all—in these brilliant new CD transfers.

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [12/1992]
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Works on This Recording

Otello by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Samuel Ramey (Bass), Keith Lewis (Tenor),
Alfonso Leoz (Tenor), Gianfranco Fisichella (Tenor), Nucci Condo (Mezzo Soprano),
José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  London 
Language: Italian 

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