Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri

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Festival productions can be hit or miss, depending on how much time the musicians have rehearsed together, and on the chemistry between them. This CD is an absolute hit, recorded at the 20th Rossini in Wildbad Festival. The singers beautifully embody their characters, while the orchestra Virtuosi Brunensis with Alberto Zedda is spirited and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir richly supportive. The energetic overture draws the listener into the opera's world, with the requisite full orchestra crescendo one expects of Rossini; the only difficulty is that the lower voices of the orchestra are not loud enough the orchestra may be a bit sparse. This musically spot-on introduction sets the tone for the rest of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Festival productions can be hit or miss, depending on how much time the musicians have rehearsed together, and on the chemistry between them. This CD is an absolute hit, recorded at the 20th Rossini in Wildbad Festival. The singers beautifully embody their characters, while the orchestra Virtuosi Brunensis with Alberto Zedda is spirited and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir richly supportive. The energetic overture draws the listener into the opera's world, with the requisite full orchestra crescendo one expects of Rossini; the only difficulty is that the lower voices of the orchestra are not loud enough the orchestra may be a bit sparse. This musically spot-on introduction sets the tone for the rest of the album. All the singers have a strong sense of musicality and very clear diction not surprising, given that many of them are singing in their native Italian: this is especially important in recitatives and in rapid-fire, chaotic, often comedic ensemble numbers that are a hallmark of Rossini. The opera is interpreted so well that the listener can easily follow along even without a libretto. Especially noteworthy are the tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who plays Lindoro, and Lorenzo Regazzo who plays the imperious Mustapha. Brownlee's tenor is very expressive with a fast vibrato, dramatic and heartfelt, even if on occasion all the notes in his melismas are not perfectly defined. Regazzo's charismatic performance recalls an earlier opera star, Tom Krause, and his character's mission and pompousness are comically conveyed. This is not to say that the other singers are any less worthy on this album, for Bruno de Simone's bass is as clear and agile as a tenor's, Marianna Pizzolato's contralto is passionate while always maintaining strong vocal control, and Giulio Mastrototaro's solo is quite enjoyable. Perhaps the only major criticism one could make of this album is that Elvira's timbre does not match the others, as it is very bright but this is in no way a criticism of the quality of her singing. Fans of "The Marriage of Figaro" will most certainly like this album, as the opera deals with common themes of infidelity, separated lovers, and trickery. In sum, each element here works, from the harpsichord accompaniment to the singers to the score to the orchestra. Highly recommended and highly entertaining. ~ V. Vasan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099028479
  • Catalog Number: 8660284-85
  • Sales rank: 210,740

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–43 L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera - Gioachino Rossini & Angelo Anelli (135:48)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
    Conducted byAlberto Zedda
    Performed byBruno de Simone, Alberto Zedda, Lorenzo Regazzo, Marianna Pizzolato, Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Giulio Mastrototaro, Lawrence Brownlee, Ruth González, Virtuosi Brunensis, Elsa Giannoulidou
    1. 1No. 1. Sinfonia
    2. 2Act 1. No. 2. Introduzione. Serenate il mesto ciglio / No. 3. Cavatina e Stretta dell'Introduzione.
    3. 3Act 1. No. 4. Recitativo. Ritiratevi tutti
    4. 4Act 1. No. 5. Cavatina. Languir per una bella
    5. 5Act 1. No. 6. Recitativo e Duetto. Ah quando fia
    6. 6Act 1. No. 6. Recitativo e Duetto. Se inclinassi a prender moglie
    7. 7Act 1. No. 7. Coro. Quanta roba! Quanti schiavi! / No. 8. Cavatina. Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!
    8. 8Act 1. No. 9. Recitativo. Già ci siam
    9. 9Act 1. No. 10. Recitativo e Duetto. Ah, Isabella, siam giunti a mal partito
    10. 10Act 1. No. 10. Recitativo e Duetto. Ai, capricci della sorte
    11. 11Act 1. No. 11. Recitativo ed Aria. E ricusar potresti
    12. 12Act 1. No. 11. Recitativo ed Aria. Già d'insolito ardore nel petto
    13. 13Act 1. No. 12. Recitativo. Vi dico il ver
    14. 14Act 1. No. 13. Coro nel Finale 1. Viva, viva, il flagel delle donne
    15. 15Act 1. No. 14. Duettino nel Finale 1. Oh! Che muso, che figura!
    16. 16Act 1. No. 15. Quartettino nel Finale 1. Vo' star con mia nipote
    17. 17Act 1. No. 16. Settimino nel Finale 1. Pria di dividerci / No. 17. Seguito e Stretta nel Finale 1.
    18. 18Act 2. No. 18. Introduzione. Uno stupido, uno stolto
    19. 19Act 2. No. 19. Recitativo. Amiche andate a dire all'Italiana
    20. 20Act 2. No. 20. Recitativo ed Aria. Qual disdetta e la mia
    21. 21Act 2. No. 20. Recitativo ed Aria. Oh come il cor di giubilo
    22. 22Act 2. No. 20. Recitativo. Ah se da solo a sola
    23. 23Act 2. No. 21. Coro. Viva, il grande Kaimakan
    24. 24Act 2. No. 22. Recitativo, Coro ed Aria. Kaimakan! Io non capisco niente
    25. 25Act 2. No. 22. Recitativo, Coro ed Aria. Ho un gran peso sulla testa
    26. 26Act 2. No. 23. Recitativo ed Aria. Dunque a momenti il signor Mustafà
    27. 27Act 2. No. 23. Recitativo ed Aria. Per lui che adoro
    28. 28Act 2. No. 24. Recitativo e Quintetto. Io non resisto più
    29. 29Act 2. No. 24. Recitativo e Quintetto. Ti presento di mia man
    30. 30Act 2. No. 24. Recitativo. Con tutti la sua boria
    31. 31Act 2. No. 25. Aria. Le femmine d'Italia
    32. 32Act 2. No. 26. Recitativo. E tu speri di togliere
    33. 33Act 2. No. 27. Recitativo e Terzetto. Orsù: la tua nipote con chi crede
    34. 34Act 2. No. 27. Recitativo e Terzetto. Pappataci! Che mai sento!
    35. 35Act 2. No. 28. Recitativo e Coro. Tutti i nostri italiani ottener dal bey spera Isabella?
    36. 36Act 2. No. 28. Recitativo e Coro. Pronti abbiamo e ferri e mani
    37. 37Act 2. No. 28. Recitativo accompagnato. Amici, in ogni evento m'affido a voi
    38. 38Act 2. No. 29. Scena ed Aria. Pensa alla patria
    39. 39Act 2. No. 30. Recitativo. Che bel core ha costei!
    40. 40Act 2. No. 31. Finale 2. Dei pappataci s'avanza il coro
    41. 41Act 2. No. 32. Quartetto nel Finale 2. Non sei tu, che il grado eletto
    42. 42Act 2. No. 33. Seguito. Son l'aure seconde
    43. 43Act 2. Stretta del Finale 2. Mio signore... Mio marito
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Alberto Zedda Primary Artist
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