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Rossini - La Donna del Lago / Caballé, Bonisolli, Hamari, Bottazzo

Gioachino Rossini , Piero Bellugi , Montserrat Caballé , Franco Bonisolli , Julia Hamari , Pietro Bottazzo , Gino Sinimberghi , Paolo Washington Audio CD
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  • Performer: Gioachino Rossini, Piero Bellugi, Montserrat Caballé, Franco Bonisolli, Julia Hamari, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera D'oro
  • ASIN: B00000K0W8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Del di la messaggiera
2. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Oh mattutini albori
3. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Sull'alta rocca
4. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Scendi nel piccol legno
5. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Uberto, ah, dove ti nascondi?
6. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Sei gia nel tetto mio
7. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: D'Inibace Donzella
8. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Sei gia sposa?
9. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Ma son sorpreso
10. La Donna Del Lago: Act One: Mura felici, ove il mio ben
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Disc: 2
1. La Donna del Lago: Act One: La mia spada, e la piu fida
2. La Donna del Lago: Act One: Crudele sospetto che m'agiti il petto!
3. La Donna del Lago: Act One: Sul colle a Morve opposto
4. La Donna del Lago: Act One: Gia un reggia forier
5. La Donna del Lago: Act One: Su amici, guerrieri marciamo!
6. La Donna del Lago: Act Two: Oh fiamma soave
7. La Donna del Lago: Act Two: Nume possente...alla ragion deh riede
8. La Donna del Lago: Act Two: Nume se a'miei sospiri
9. La Donna del Lago: Act Two: Da rio periglio
10. La Donna del Lago: Act Two: Parla! Chi sei?
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain Classic August 26, 2000
By Halvor
Format:Audio CD
Here's a recording I disliked on first hearing. By the second playing I began to enjoy it; and now this performance is on Halvor's Personal Favorites List. The excellent Chorus and Orchestra of RAI Torino are conducted with expertise and flair by Piero Bellugi in this lively reading. Montserrat Caballe's lush, sumptuous vocalizing and her elegant phrasing are the highlights of this 1970 live performance. This may even be one of her better recordings! Franco Bonisolli is more musically subtle than other times I have heard him. He sings more gracefully and is less noisy, though he does have the necessary muscle to carry over large ensembles. His vocal articulation is also much better than I had expected it to be. Julia Hamari also has a beautiful voice and can handle the coloratura of her big aria quite well. Hers is a straightforward reading; there are no embellishments to speak of. The rest of the soloists, especially Paolo Washington, are extremely good. The recording itself is somewhat bright sounding, and has a very quiet audience for a live recording. There is also little or no stage noise, cluing me that this was a concert performance, probably taped for Italian radio broadcast. As for other things, there is an English synopsis, but no libretto at all. (The libretto is probably inane anyway.) This is a highly enjoyable performance available at a bargain price. (The folks at Opera d'Oro done good here!) Four thumbs up! Go for this one!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Available Recordings January 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Caballe is sensational. She is far better tahn Riciarelli on Sony. This is one of her best recordings ever.
Franco Bonnisoli of course is crazy - everyone says so. He is a real hoot here. If you don't know his voice be prepared for a surprise. He has a very dark baritonal voice with a huge top. He is most famous for his Manrico. He recorded it with Von Karaian and Price. He sounds quite a bit like Mario Lanza but perhaps has even worse musical taste.
La Donna has of course two lead tenor parts. One was written for Andrea Nozzari the other for Giovanni David. Nozzari's roles were written to exploit his bigger and more dramatic voice with many low extensions. The Neopolitan Rossini operas didn't have baritone roles. Instead they had the unique Nozzari tenor parts.
The David parts were written for a higher and sweeter voice. Today Chris Merrit makes his living on the Nozzari parts. Merrit of course has the best low notes of any major tenor in opera history. The David parts are now-a-days taken by someone like Stanford Olsen - someone with a very free light and beautiful sound.
Strangely enough Bonisolli chooses to sing the David role. I told you he's crazy. It isn't really right but it is wonderful. You won't hear anyone else sing Oh Fiamma Soave like this.
The other tenor doing the Nozzari role has a very strange strangled sound. Pity. He's the worst of the three Roderick's on record.
Buy this recording for Caballe and Bonisolli.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very excellent October 7, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is alive recording but the sound is good. I agree that the singers are not necessarily (especially the men) my first choice in this music, which is very difficult, and very high lying. Yet, they come across with excitement. Caballe is wonderful, but Hamari does nothing for me. To me, she hasn't the slightest clue of how to make this music come alive.
For those into live recordings, and pirates, there is a far better recording of this work with Marilyn Horne and Von Stade. It is sung with real excitement and with all the masterful embellishments those singers are able to do. It far surpasses the studio recording with Ricchielli (which is boring at times), and the sound quality is clear.
This recording of this work is very good, but if you can find the other, it is superior.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic bargain March 22, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality on this label varies dramatically, but be assured that the sound on this recording is EXCELLENT.
The music is exceptionally good, and the performances are first rate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!!! March 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First of all, this is a glorious opera; why it does not get more accolades as one of Rossini's best is a mystery to me. Perhaps, it's the story-but who cares when you can hear such incredible music and singing on this very well recorded version.

In addition to Caballe's beautiful singing, I was very impressed by the conducting of Piero Beluggi; much betterand more precise than Muti's rushed version.

It's just one great melody after another which will fill your head with sweet sounds for days after listening to it. A steal at this price
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