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In many ways this is a magnificent achievement…Muti conducts with real assurance. Pacing the drama magnificently, it is on performances like these that the controversial Maestro has made his well-deserved musical reputation. Tell emerges as a masterpiece from first to last. Rossini's compositional confidence in his craft is never once in doubt, and there is no trace of any longueur anywhere.
This is clearly an opera for which Muti has unbounded affection. This comes out clearly in the Overture, with its 'vocal' solo cello and its inclusion of oases of peace alongside real
excitement…The Scala chorus, too, are in fine fettle, as they amply demonstrate in the gentle prayer that precedes the rather stand-and-deliver Fisherman (Vittorio Terranova).
Chris Merritt is a strong Arnoldo, ardent in his love for Mathilde, thirsty for revenge in Act 3. The long scene he has with Guglielmo in Act 1 works particularly well, because of the intensity both singers bring to their parts. His best moments are saved for the Fourth and final Act; his high register there is simply lovely. Mathilde is Cheryl Studer, who comes into her own in Act 2. Her scene is magnificent in its lyricism and her sensitive shading of the line…In Act 3 Studer is if anything even more impressive - her vocal manoeuvrability is astonishing.
Alberto Noli is a forceful Leutoldo…Luigi Roni’s Gessler is on the wobbly side initially although he improves tremendously as the opera progresses.
Ensembles are a consistent joy – just try the finale of Act 1 – thanks to Muti's clear direction and the superb choral forces…The composer's inspiration never once flags. Do try to experience this treat.
-- Colin Clarke,
Works on This Recording
Guillaume Tell by Gioachino Rossini
Chris Merritt (Tenor),
Giorgio Surjan (Bass),
Franco De Grandis (Bass),
Amelia Felle (Soprano),
Cheryl Studer (Soprano),
Vittorio Terranova (Tenor),
Alberto Noli (Baritone),
Luigi Roni (Bass),
Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor),
Luciana D'Intino (Soprano),
Giorgio Zancanaro (Baritone),
Ernesto Pannariello (Bass)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1829; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/1988
Venue: Live Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy
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