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Amici e Rivali / Brownlee, Spryes, Rovaris, I Virtuosi Italiani

Spyres,Michael / Brownlee,Lawrence
Release Date: 11/20/2020 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 526947  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence BrownleeMichael SpyresXabier AnduagaTara Erraught
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Two of today's most brilliant tenors, Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee, celebrate the art of the trailblazing star singers of Rossini's time. Amici e Rivali - 'Friends and Rivals' - comprises arias, duets, and trios from seven of the composer's operas, written between 1815 and 1826: the most famous comic opera of them all, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and six serious dramatic works Otello, Armida, La donna del Lago, Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra, Le Siège de Corinthe, and, the rarest title here, Ricciardo e Zoraide.

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REVIEWS:

Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres’s new album of duelling-tenor pieces, “Amici e Rivali,” is a
Read more nice reminder of the sparks that fly when two first-rate voices meet in the playground of a Rossini opera.

– The New Yorker (Oussama Zahr)

This is impressive: two superb Rossinians in music written for the virtuoso tenors David and Nozzari in the composer’s nine Neapolitan operas from the 1810s. Brownlee has a brighter tone than Spyres, who sings Figaro in the Barber of Seville duet, but the latter shines in the darker French Rossini.

– Sunday Times (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La donna del lago: Qual pena in me giŕ desta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor), Michael Spyres (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
2.
Armida: In quale aspetto imbelle by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor), Xabier Anduaga (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
3.
Ricciardo e Zoraide: S'ella m' č ognor fedele...Qual sarŕ mai la gioia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor), Xabier Anduaga (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Italy 
4.
Ricciardo e Zoraide: Donala a questo core by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Italy 
5.
Otello: Non m'inganno, al mio rivale by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
6.
Otello: Ah, vieni, nel tuo sangui by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor), Xabier Anduaga (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
7.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: All' idea di qual metallo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Michael Spyres (Tenor), Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
8.
L'assedio di Corinto: Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor), Michael Spyres (Tenor), Tara Erraught (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Notes: "Grand Dieu, Faut-Il Qu'un Peuple" (Néoclès)
"Cher Cléomène" (Cléomène, Néoclès)
"Céleste Providence" (Cléomène, Néoclès, Pamyra) 

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