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Rossini: Semiramide (Arranged For Solo Guitar By Mauro Giuliani) / Izhar Elias

Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Izhar Elias
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You might say that Mauro Giuliani’s (1781-1829) arrangement of almost two hours of Rossini’s Semiramide, one of the composer’s most complicated scores, is an exercise in futility: how can you fill in all the instruments and voices with six strings? Well, here, playing an 1812 Guadagnini guitar, is the Dutch guitarist Izhar Elias, and you’ll rarely hear anyone work so hard. The playing is magnificent–fluent, tonally as varied as possible, rhythmically true to Rossini–and he even embellishes the da capo sections of arias and duets! But it’s like looking at a stage through the wrong end of binoculars; all of Rossini’s grandeur is miniaturized. The thrill of the human voices of course is absent, and there’s only a certain amount of volume Read more anyone can get out of a guitar; at times the effect is absurd. This is not to say that guitar enthusiasts should not flock to this recording; it’s merely a warning to opera lovers. The sound, including fingers sliding over strings, is superb. You know if you want this.

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

Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Izhar Elias (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Mauro Giuliani. 

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