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Rossini - L'Italiana in Algeri / Horne · Ramey · Battle · Palacio · Zaccaria · I Solisti Veneti · Scimone


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  • Performer: Kathleen Battle, Gioachino Rossini, Claudio Scimone, Samuel Ramey, I Solisti Veneti, et al.
  • Orchestra: Marilyn Horne
  • Audio CD (September 3, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000005E6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Sinfonia
2. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 1 : 1. Introduzione - 2. Recitativo (Mustafa, Zulma, Elvira)
3. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 2 : Recitativo (Mustafa, Haly)
4. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 3 : 1. Cavatina (Lindoro) - 2. Recitativo (Mustafa, Lindoro) - 3. Duetto (Lindoro, Mustafa)
5. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 4 : 1. Coro e Cavatina (Coro, Haly, Isabella) - 2. Recitativo (Isabella, Taddeo, Haly)
6. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 5 : 1. Recitativo (Taddeo, Isabella) - 2. Duetto (Isabella, Taddeo)
7. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 7 : Recitativo (Mustafa, Lindoro)
8. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 8 : 1. Recitativo (Elvira, Mustafa, Haly) - 2. Aria (Mustafa)
9. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 10 : Coro, Haly, Mustafa
10. L'Italianan In Algeri: Act 1 : Scene 11 : Isabella, Mustafa
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 1 (Coro, Elvira, Zulma, Haly)
2. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 2 (Mustafa, Zulma, Elvira, Haly)
3. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 3 : 1. Recitativo (Isabella, Lindoro) - 2. Cavatina (Lindoro)
4. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 4 : 1. Recitativo (Taddeo, Mustafa) - 2. Coro - 3. Recitativo (Taddeo, Mustafa) - 4. Aria (Taddeo, Coro)
5. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 5 : 1. Recitativo (Isabella, Lindoro, Elvira, Zulma) - 2. Cavatina (Isabella, Mustafa, Taddeo, Lindoro)
6. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 6 : 1. Recitativo (Mustafa, Lindoro, Taddeo) - 2. Quintetto (Mustafa, Isabella, Taddeo, Lindoro, Elvira)
7. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 7 : 1. Recitativo (Haly) - 2. Aria (Haly)
8. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 8 (Taddeo, Lindoro)
9. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 9 : 1. Recitativo (Mustafa, Lindoro, Taddeo) - 2. Terzetto (Mustafa, Lindoro, Taddeo)
10. L'Italiana in Algeri: Act 2 : Scene 11 : 1. Recitativo (Taddeo, Lindoro) - 2. Coro, Recitativo, Rondo (Coro, Isabella)
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Editorial Reviews

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Isabella in L'Italiana was one of Marilyn Horne's great roles, and this recording attests to it. The character is smart, spunky, and sarcastic, with a sure-of-herself twinkle in her eye and voice. Horne was so in control of her vast talent when this set was recorded that she seems to be born into the role. She tosses off the most difficult coloratura with ease. The tone is big and grand from high B to low B and back again, and the fun she's obviously having is infectious. Her supporting cast is almost on the same level: Sam Ramey is a fine Mustafa, expressing pomposity while flowing easily over Rossini's roulades, and Ernesto Palacio gets through the high-flying tenor role with greater grace than most. The other low voices are good too, and listen for Kathleen Battle in one of her early roles--before she became a legend in her own mind--she's a sheer delight. Claudio Scimone, somewhat of a bel canto specialist, leads with verve. Good fun. --Robert Levine

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Horne is simply the best. She has an improbable voice - not really what you expect - but no one else has ever sung the core Rossini mezzo repertoire so well.
There have been only a few singers who have transformed the repertoire. Maria Callas was one, Sam Ramey is another. If you listen to Pasero's Assur you may admire it, but if you have heard Ramey you probably won't even recognize it. Pasero leaves so many of the notes out it becomes an different piece - one that he could sing. In a real sense then Ramey has invented the serious Rossini bass for the twentieth century.
In this recording Palacio is much less awful than he often has been. If you have heard his contribution to Ermione, be assured, he not that bad. He does not ruin this fine recording.
We all regret that Kathleen Battle went bonkers. Here she is good example of what we lost.
This is probably the best version available. It is certainly a bargain.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Great recording, but be warned, the libretto is only in Italian. So if you don't have any other recordings of this, and you don't speak Italian and you want to know what is going on, maybe go for another recording.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on July 19, 2002
This is a well done idiomatically correct version of a delightful Rossini opera. If you only know the composer from the Barber of Seville, you owe it to yourself to explore his other work. Marlyn Horne is a quintessential Rossini mezzo.
Highly Recommended.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Reynaldo Pulido on July 12, 2001
I met the happiest Rossini opera thanks to this recording, and i have to say, i never listened a moved version in my life. The Abbado version is so "correct", no freedom to the singers, nobody takes his time but are running. In this version Horne gives us more energy, she laugh, she perform a stage part, not only a singer part. Ramey is the best Mustafa, neihet Corena, nor Bruscantini nor Petri nor even Raimondi reach the quality of his voice. Battle is the unique Elvira who is to remember, the other, execpt Sciutti, are secondes. Palacio is good too, but I prefer Lopardo. Trimarchi is more BUFFO than the same Dara. In conclusion, you will feel a opera where the thing are moving, as the singers as the situations. You will be glad of this recording, even the orchestration in the Abbado version is better.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "montserratblackmaddona" on August 19, 2003
L'Italiana in Algeri is a hot & fun opera.....The duets and the ensembles are especially giddy and full of lustful yet comic high speeding word to word leaps and soaring runabouts.And there are some lovely arias here to.Just listen to Kathleen Battle spin golden melodies by herself at intervals through out the opera.Kathleen Battle is one beautiful black woman & she possess a voice to match,She sings rossini like she was born to do it ,the way she does it melts your icecream & has you standing up to give her your last arcane box of accolades & praiseworthies....I'll tell you this recording is one of the best out there,and should be in every library and tasteful home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on November 18, 2012
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Rossini - L'Italiana in Algeri Superb... 'Just wish it was a DVD!... How could you ask for more, Marilyn Horne!! Samuel Ramey!!! Kathleen Battle who is just about at the top of my favorites, and Palacio....who I did not know before but loved his singing!!! As I say, 'wish it was a DVD.
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