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Rossini: La Cenerentola / Chailly, Bartoli, Dara, Matteuzzi

Release Date: 10/12/1993 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 5036257   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  William MatteuzziAlessandro CorbelliEnzo DaraFernanda Costa,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale ChorusBologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is probably now or never. With classic older sets vying with a clutch of more recent recordings, there is currently as complete and interesting an array of recordings of Rossini's La Cenerentola as we are likely to get at any one time. Among recent versions, Chailly's new Decca set is self-evidently a powerful contender. Cecilia Bartoli is arguably the most personable and musically accomplished Cenerentola since Teresa Berganza recorded the role with Abbado in 1971; and there is a strong cast of supporting principals, among them Alessandro Corbelli who offers the best characterized Dandini since Bruscantini. (With the added advantage of being far more technically expert in fioriture passages than was his distinguished predecessor.) Read more />
...All eyes and ears, inevitably, are on Bartoli, and she doesn't disappoint. In the past, I have been tempted to think it hardly matters if the Cenerentola is foxed by the technical intricacies of the Rondo finale, as Simionato is for de Fabritiis and as Marina de Gabarain is on the Glyndebourne set. For most of the opera, Cenerentola colours the score, adding her own sad tinta to it. When she does finally come into her own, in the last scene, the play is effectively over. We may still be in our seats, but mentally we are heading for the cloakroom. That said, even more than Berganza, Bartoli makes something of this final scene. The singing itself is ravishing. At the same time, the performance makes dramatic sense, Cenerentola's dream state giving way in the final verse to a mood that is liberated, carefree, spiritually buoyant.

-- Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  William Matteuzzi (Tenor), Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone), Enzo Dara (Bass Baritone),
Fernanda Costa (Soprano), Gloria Banditelli (Mezzo Soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano),
Michele Pertusi (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1992 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Bologna 
Length: 148 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La Cenerentola: Overture (Sinfonia)
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "No, no, no non v'è"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Una volta c'era un re"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Un tantin di carità"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "O figlie amabili"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: Date lor mezzo scudo
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Miei rampolli femminini"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Sappiate che fra poco"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Tutto è deserto"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: Una volta c'era...Una soave non so che
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Ma dunque io sono un ex"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Un segreto d'importanza"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Non so che dir"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: Una volta c'era un re...Quanto sei cara!
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Scegli la sposa" - "Come un'ape" - "Prence..." "Sire"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Ma ve l'avevo detto..."
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Allegrissimamente"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: Signore, una parola...Qui nel mio codice...Nel volto
La Cenerentola / Act 2: Temporale
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Scusate, amici"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Sì, tutto cangerà"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Son qui"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Là del diel nell'arcano profondo"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: Ah, signor, s'è ver che in petto
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Ma bravo, bravo, bravo"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Ora sono da voi"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: Dunque non siam burlate?
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Conciossiacosacché" - "Intendente? Direttor?"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: Della Fortuna instabile...Sposa - Signor perdona...
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Noi Don Magnifico..."
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Zitto, zitto: piano, piano"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Principino, dove siete?"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Venga, inoltri" - "Sapientissimo Alidoro"
La Cenerentola / Act 1: Ah! se velata ancor..Sprezzo quei don..Parlar, pensar
La Cenerentola / Act 1: "Signor... Altezza, è in tavola"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Mi par che quei birbanti"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Sia qualunque delle figlie"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Ah! questa bella incognita"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Sì, ritrovarla io giuro"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Non più mesta"

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