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Rossini: Amici e Rivali

Rossini: Amici e Rivali

by Michael Spyres Michael Spyres

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Overview

Amici e Rivali -- friends and rivals (not "frenemies," but generally one or the other) -- are terms that suffice to describe the contents of Rossini's rather slender output of tenor duets, in general not a common form in 19th century opera. Tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres don't have a lot to work with to put together an entire program, and one of the attractions of this Warner Classics/Erato release is how well they do at this: the sequence of pieces feels something like an opera. It lacks a slam-bang finale, but Brownlee and Spyres bring in other singers (mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and tenor Xabier Anduaga) just often enough to allow the addition of material that keeps things flowing. The paucity of tenor duets has an advantage: although "Il barbiere di Siviglia" is here, and the moderately popular "Otello," there are some very rarely performed pieces present, including those from the underrated (musically, at least) "Ricciardo e Zoraide." The combination of Brownlee's and Spyres' voices, lighter and fuller, respectively, is attractive. They are not interchangeable, but both get a chance to shine in the macho "Otello" material. I Virtuosi Italiani under Corrado Rovaris keep out of the way of the singers, as is proper, and the sound is clear. An enjoyable release that will also fill a few holes in Rossini collections.


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Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2020
Label: Erato
UPC: 0190295269470
catalogNumber: 526947
Rank: 20848

Tracks

  1. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act I: Scene 7: All'idea di quel metallo

    1. Act I: Scene 7: All'idea di quel metallo
  2. Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera: Act I: Scene 7: S'ella mi è ognor fedele

    1. Act I: Scene 7: S'ella mi è ognor fedele
  3. Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera: Act I: Scene 7: Qual sarà mai la gioia

    1. Act I: Scene 7: Qual sarà mai la gioia
  4. Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera: Act II: Scene 2: Donala a questo core

    1. Act II: Scene 2: Donala a questo core
  5. Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera: Act II: Scene 2: Teco or sarà

    1. Act II: Scene 2: Teco or sarà
  6. La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera: Act II: Scene 1: Nume! Se a' miei sospiri

    1. Act II: Scene 1: Nume! Se a' miei sospiri
  7. La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera: Act II: Scene 2: Qual pena in me già desta

    1. Act II: Scene 2: Qual pena in me già desta
  8. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera: Act II: Scene 13: Deh! Scusa i trasporti

    1. Act II: Scene 13: Deh! Scusa i trasporti
  9. Otello, opera: Act II: No. 7 Duetto: Non m'inganno: al mio rivale

    1. Act II: No. 7 Duetto: Non m'inganno: al mio rivale
  10. Otello, opera: Act II: No. 8 Terzetto: Ah! vieni, nel tuo sangue

    1. Act II: No. 8 Terzetto: Ah! vieni, nel tuo sangue vendicherò le offese
  11. Otello, opera: Act II: No. 8 Terzetto: Che fiero punto e questo

    1. Act II: No. 8 Terzetto: Che fiero punto e questo
  12. Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera: Act III: Scene 3: Grand Dieu, faut-il qu'un peuple

    1. Act III: Scene 3: Grand Dieu, faut-il qu'un peuple
  13. Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera: Act III: Scene 4 & 5: Cher Cléomène

    1. Act III: Scene 4 & 5: Cher Cléomène
  14. Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera: Act III: Scene 4 & 5: Céleste providence

    1. Act III: Scene 4 & 5: Céleste providence
  15. Armida, opera: Act III: Scene 6: In quale aspetto imbelle

    1. Act III: Scene 6: In quale aspetto imbelle

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