Notes and Editorial Reviews
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Riccardo Chailly conducts this effervescent score with both charm and authority. Bartoli dazzles here as rarely before.
This recording received the 1998 Gramophone magazine award for "Best Opera Recording."
Mr Chailly’s genius for the Rossini style has ripened with the years. His performance has daring and velocity, the music stripped for action, yet it is open-hearted and free-spirited: obsessive and funny. Did Rossini really take so much care over his orchestration in this slender diversion? I had not thought so until now.... Mr Pertusi’s Selim is as vocally expert as
it is theatrically amusing. And Mme Bartoli dazzles here as rarely before. Such vocal brilliance and the words – my words! – so forward and crystal-clear. “Squallida veste bruna!” – an aria you will search for in vain on Mme Callas’s recording – is a tour de force...So there you have it, my friends: as fine a set of Il turco as you’re likely to get.
– Richard Osborne, Gramophone [5/1998]
...Cecilia Bartoli brings not only a beautiful voice but a lively sense of character to the role of the flirtatious Fiorilla.... Roberto de Candia, Ramón Vargas and Alessandro Corbelli ... reveal themselves to be absolute masters of Rossinian style.... Riccardo Chailly conducts this effervescent score with both charm and authority.
– BBC Music (5/98, p.65) - Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)
Works on This Recording
Il turco in Italia by Gioachino Rossini
Francesco Piccoli (Tenor),
Michele Pertusi (Bass),
Ramón Vargas (Tenor),
Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone),
Roberto De Candia (Baritone),
Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano),
Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1814; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1997
Venue: Verdi Hall, Verdi Conservatory, Milan
Length: 141 Minutes 41 Secs.
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