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Rossini: Operas / Claudio Abbado [9-CD Collector's Edition]

Abbado,Claudio
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001676502  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luigi RoniStefania MalagúRenato CesariEnzo Dara,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian Opera ChorusPrague Philharmonic Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 9 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claudio Abbado is one of the more enigmatic conductors still working–a micro-manager whose youthful fire seems to have been replaced by mere fussiness, as often as not. Fortunately, Rossini was as obsessive as Abbado (he actually dictated the distance between the players and their music stands), and his music sparkles when given the attention to details of articulation, phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics that Abbado lavishes on it here. These are four outstanding recordings, excellently sung and beautifully recorded, and with a bonus disc of overtures the result constitutes a cornerstone of any Rossini collection. The operas in brief:

1. The Barber of Seville (Prey, Berganza, Alva, Dara); this excellent recording features Hermann
Read more Prey as a warm and amiable Figaro, and Teresa Berganza’s highly acclaimed Rosina. A strong supporting cast and the London Symphony in excellent form make this performance a joy from start to finish.

2. Le Cenerentola (Berganza, Guglielmi, Zannini, Alva, Capecchi); Abbado deserves credit for revealing to the world what a great opera this is (many believe it’s a finer work than Barber–and I agree). Abbado also made an excellent video of the work, with Frederica von Stade in the title role, but Berganza is just as fine.

3. The Italian Woman in Algiers (Baltsa, Raimondi, Dara, Lopardo, Pace, Gonda, Corbelli). Agnes Baltsa never made a finer recording. She had almost impossible competition in the incomparable Marilyn Horne on Erato, but Baltsa makes the role very much her own, bringing a warmth and sexiness to Isabella that’s totally convincing. Her concluding cabaletta in “Cruda sorte!” (sound clip) gives Horne a good run for her money. Having the Vienna Philharmonic on hand is no small advantage too.

4. Il viaggio a Reims (Ricciarelli, Valentini Terrani, Cuberli, Gasdia, Araiza, Gimenez, Nucci, Raimondi, Ramey, Dara); The great Rossini discovery of modern times, Abbado assembled an all-star cast for this premiere recording, then jumped ship to Sony and did it all over again, with some of the same singers. It was ridiculous, and a telling sign of the insanity that overtook the classical music industry in the 90s. This is still the version to own.

The performances of the overtures (Barber, Cinderella, Semiramide, The Italian Woman in Algiers, William Tell, La scala di seta, La gazza ladra) are as good as it gets, and the duplicated items clearly reveal the influence of modern scholarship and the period performance movement in the handling of the orchestra (here, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe). Abbado has never done anything better.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luigi Roni (Bass), Stefania Malagú (Mezzo Soprano), Renato Cesari (Baritone),
Enzo Dara (Baritone), Luigi Alva (Tenor), Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), Paolo Montarsolo (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Language: Italian 
2.
Il viaggio a Reims by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  William Matteuzzi (Tenor), Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor), Luigi de Corato (Baritone),
Bernadette Manca di Nissa (Alto), Antonella Bandelli (Mezzo Soprano), Raquel Pierotti (Mezzo Soprano),
Oslavio di Credico (Tenor), Giorgio Surjan (Baritone), Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Enzo Dara (Bass), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Edoardo Giménez (Tenor), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano),
Lella Cuberli (Soprano), Cecilia Gasdia (Soprano), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Venue:  Live  Pesaro, Italy 
Length: 135 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Margherita Guglielmi (Soprano), Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Luigi Alva (Tenor),
Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), Paolo Montarsolo (Bass), Theodor Guschlbauer (Harpsichord),
Laura Zanini (Mezzo Soprano), Ugo Trama (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Scottish Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
L'italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass Baritone), Enzo Dara (Baritone),
Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone), Anna Gonda (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Pace (Soprano),
Frank Lopardo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Written: 1817 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Serenate il mesto ciglio
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Ritiratevi tutti
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Languir per una bella
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Ah, quando fia ch'io possa in Italia tomar?
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Se inclinassi a prender moglie
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Quanto roba! amor tiranno!
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Già ci siam. Tanto fa.
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Ah! Isabella ... siam giunti a mal partito
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Ai capricci della sorte
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Ascoltami, Italiano
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Dunque degg'io lasciarvi?
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Già d'insolito andore
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Vi dico il ver
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Viva, viva, il flagel delle donne
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: "Pria di dividerci da voi, Signore" - "Va sossopra il mio cervello"
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Uno stupido, uno stolto
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Amiche, andate a dire all'italiana
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Qual disdetta è la mia!
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Ah, come il cor di giubilo
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Ah! Se da solo a sola
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Viva il grande Kaimakan
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Kaimakan! Io non capisco niente
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Ho un gran peso sulla testa
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Dunque a momenti
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Per lui che adoro
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Io non resisto più
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Ti presento di mia man
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Con tutta la sua boria
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Le femmine d'Italia
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: E tu speri di togliere Isabella
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Pappataci! che mai sento?
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Tutti i nostri Italiani
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: "Pronti abbiamo e ferri e mani" - "Amici, in ogni evento" - "Pensa alla patria"
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Che bel cor ha costei!
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Dei Pappataci s'avanza il coro
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: Son L'aure seconde
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 2: "Mio Signore ..." - "Mio marito ..."
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture

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