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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Includes complete libretto in Italian, English, German and French.
An exciting performance of an enchanting rarity made near the start of Renée Fleming’s international career.
Rossini’s 1817 opera
Armida, composed for his wife to be, Isabella Colbran, is a vocal showpiece even above and beyond the composer’s usual demands. Colbran apparently had a natural contralto voice that eventually gained higher notes as she matured; here more than two octaves, from pianissimo to fortissimo are required, as well as phenomenal agility and great ease with coloratura. The opera has another issue that makes it difficult to cast: six roles are written for tenor and at
least three of them need to be of the first rank, with the same qualities as the soprano. Two basses add to the admixture that makes this opera’s texture so special. This recording was made near the start of Renée Fleming’s international career; she was substituting for another singer at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. She sails through the role with as much virtuosity as is needed, her sounds is luscious, she pays attention to the text, and she exhibits none of the scooping and other mannerisms that have since become irritating. Brava! She is surrounded by top-flight tenors, particularly Gregory Kunde as her lover, Rinaldo. There are three glorious love duets, a dazzling showpiece aria for Armida near the close of the second act, and a splendid three-tenor trio that boils the blood. A very exciting performance of an enchanting rarity.
-- Robert Levine, Listen [9/2009]
Works on This Recording
Armida by Gioachino Rossini
Donald Kaasch (Tenor),
Sergey Zadvorny (),
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass),
Bruce Fowler (Tenor),
Iorio Zennaro (Tenor),
Carlo Bosi (Tenor),
Jeffrey Francis (Tenor),
Gregory Kunde (Tenor),
Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,
Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Written: 1817; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/1993
Venue: Live Teatro Rossini, Pesaro, Italy
Length: 175 Minutes 0 Secs.
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