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Rossini: La Cenerentola Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, October 12, 1993
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We live in a golden age for Rossini singing, and this recording offers considerable proof of it. Although she occasionally strays into overdone vocal mannerisms, Cecilia Bartoli is a fetching Cenerentola with the right combination of pathos and triumph. William Matteuzzi offers an ardent Don Ramiro, while Alessandro Corbelli's Dandini is appropriately hilarious. Chailly keeps things moving in the right direction. For anyone who requires the most up-to-date recorded sound along with good, idiomatic singing, this recording is a natural. --Sarah Bryan Miller

Disc: 1
1. La Cenerentola: Sinfonia
2. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - No, no, no: non v'e
3. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Una volta c'era un re
4. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Un tantin di carita
5. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - O figlie amabili
6. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Date lor mezzo scudo
7. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Miei rampolli femminini
8. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Sappiate che fra poco
9. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Tutto e deserto
10. La Cenerentola: Act 1 - Una volta cera... Un soave non so che
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Disc: 2
1. La Cenerentola: Finale 1 - Zitto, zitto: piano, piano
2. La Cenerentola: Finale 1 - Principino, dove siete?
3. La Cenerentola: Finale 1 - Venga, inoltri, avanzi il pie
4. La Cenerentola: Finale 1 - Ah! se velata ancor
5. La Cenerentola: Finale 1 - Signor...Altezza, e in tavola
6. La Cenerentola: Act 2 - mi par che quei birbanti
7. La Cenerentola: Act 2 - Sia qualunque delle figlie
8. La Cenerentola: Act 2 - Ah! questa bella incognita
9. La Cenerentola: Act 2 - Si, ritrovarla io giuro
10. La Cenerentola: Act 2 - Ma dunque io son un ex
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Product Details

  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, Enzo Dara, William Matteuzzi, Alessandro Corbelli, Michele Pertusi, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (October 12, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000421G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. De Sapio on August 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Surveying recordings of LA CENERENTOLA made in recent times, there are two which stand out: the present recording, and the one on the Teldec label conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Both feature some of the greatest Rossini specialists of the 1990's. What makes this recording so special, besides having an idiomatic all-Italian cast, is that it was made on stage at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; thus even though it is not a live performance, it has the feel of live theater. This is exemplified by the recitatives, which are given an utterly delightful accompaniment of fortepiano and cello. Instead of merely plunking down chords, the accompanists become real participants in the dialogue, underlining the rhetoric with little frills and asides, or surrounding it in a magical gauze.

The casting of the three bass roles is one of the strong points of this recording. Alessandro Corbelli was for many years the definitive Dandini (he has since moved on to the role of Don Magnifico, which he sings on the Teldec set); he was at his vocal peak in these years, and he displays absolute comic and musical mastery of the role. Veteran buffo Enzo Dara, with his ripe, round bass voice, delivers a vivid characterization of Don Magnifico as well as mesmerizing patter in his third aria. By contrast, Michele Pertusi's Alidoro doesn't sound at all geriatric (Pertusi was 28 at the time, in fact); he gives a vocally rock-solid account of his taxing aria, and brings humanity to what can seem like a stock character. Concerning tenor William Matteuzzi I differ from most of the other reviewers here: I find him the weak link in the cast, making Prince Ramiro (a character who should be all virtue and nobility) sound like a nasal twerp.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Reynaldo Pulido on June 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to base this review just in a comparison between this recording and the Abbado 1972 one, because these are the rec. i've entirely listened. I've found that the Chailly recording is stronger than the Abbado's one in nearly all points, becuase the singers are better. The 1972 has three reasons to be purchased: Berganza (who has a sweeter voice than the Bartoli's one), Abbado, and the London Symphony Orch. In the Chailly rec. all shines like the sun: Dara
catch the Rossini spirit, Corbelli shows why he is the best Dandini of our times, and Pertusi sings the hard and short role of Alidoro. Besides, in this recording you will listen the best "Sia qualunque delle figlie", the most difficult "aria buffa" in the universal repertoire, because Dara can pronounce all the words with a such rapidity that you will want go back to listen him again. In the Abbado rec. Alva, Trama and Capecchi disappointed, the first, using falsetes, the second breaking his voive in the Alidoro's baritonal aria and Capecchi, mistaking the Dandini role, forgiving the staccato parts. I wanted to imagine a recording with Berganza, Benelli, Bruscantini and Dara, conducted by Abbado. But i've have the Chailly rec., which satisfy almost all my expectations: only I don't like the small sound from the orchestra, in moments like the finales and strettas. PD: I have both recordin and i interested in Sony rec.
In three words: buy THIS CD. I forgot Matteuzzi: he knock out the weak Alva, i don't know if he does it to Araiza.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
[...]The essence of what makes a quality operatic recording was summed up beautifully in one sentence: "A great opera recording should revolve around it's orchestra". Nowhere is this more true than with the operas of Gioacchino Rossini, which all display an uncompromising emphasis on continuous, highly expressive and virtuosic orchestral accompaniment. Chailly is one of the few conductors that truly understands this, which is why he is consistently one of Rossini's finest interpreters.
One of the few dogmatic statements that Rossini ever put forth was concerning the purpose and intent of a good singer, that he or she "should only be the conscientious interpreter of the composer's ideas, endeavouring to express them as effectively as possible and to present them as clearly as they can be presented." The singers in this recording appear to be infused by this; every number sparkles with an inspired vitality and precision rarely heard on any full operatic recording. The singers all perform as if motivated by one another; not a single passage is expressed inappropriately. Excesses are carefully avoided as each singer endeavors to support, rather than outdo, one another. The difficult ensemble numbers are executed with a skill that may baffle the listener as to how any singer could learn to perform in such a manner.
All of this is supported by an orchestral performance of equal prowess, as the musicians themselves all seem to be driven forward by this same spirit of perfection. Many of the louder, more vigorous orchestral passages have an almost electrical quality; there is a palpable energy that can be clearly perceived, provided that it is delivered through an adequate sound system.
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