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Rossini: Il Turco In Italia / Gavazzeni, Callas, Gedda

Rossini / Gavazzeni,Gianadrea / Callas,Maria
Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 29080   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria CallasNicola Rossi-LemeniNicolai GeddaMariano Stabile,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fiorilla was one of two comic roles in Maria Callas' repertoire, the other being Rossini's Rosina. Il Turco is a strange work, witty and wry rather than zany, and very literary. Most of the score's highlights are ensembles, and you might imagine that Callas could overpower her co-stars in such a situation. But the opposite is true despite her unique timbre that always shines through. She's in great voice in this 1954 recording, absolutely secure throughout her range, and her impeccable rhythmic sense makes her work in the tricky, sometimes off-the-beat ensembles ideal. She turns out to be a team player par excellence. The role is of a headstrong, sassy woman who loves the attention men give her, and she loves playing one off against the Read more other. Callas uses a girlish tone when being seductive but puts some iron into it when she has to make a point. Bass Nicola Rossi-Lemeni plays the Turk Callas plays games with, and he's as expressive and fluid as she is. The rest of the cast is equally good. There have been better (and more complete) recordings since, but Callas is in a class by herself, and this is utterly charming.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Il turco in Italia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Mariano Stabile (Baritone), Jolanda Gardino (Soprano), Franco Calabrese (Bass),
Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
Length: 112 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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