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Rossini: Le Comte Ory Import


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Audio CD, Import, September 26, 1989
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  • Performer: Sumi Jo, John Aler, Diana Montague, Gilles Cachemaille, Gino Quilico, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opera de Lyon
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (September 26, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000E3VK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Moss on February 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
John Eliot Gardiner's award winning Philips recording of Rossini's sparkling French comedy, with outstanding performances from John Aler, Diana Montague and the amazing Sumi Jo as the cause of all the trouble!

"Diana Montague's Isolier is a bright sparkling jewel of a performance ... Sumi Jo's Comtesse is a joy, too, fetching, dramatic and vocally expert ... In Act 1 Sumi Jo is all aerial brilliance ... in the Act 2 denouement, Jo brings a steely glint to her tone that leaves Ory, his fortunes sinking as fast as the vocal tessitura, in no doubt about who is the victor and who the vanquished ... John Aler ... is an accomplished Ory ... what Gardiner and his team invariably achieve is a strong sense of dramatic actuality ... this new set will give considerable pleasure to anyone who has yet to discover the inexhaustible delights afforded by this delectable score."
- THE GRAMOPHONE October 1989
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Comparison between the classic 1956 Glyndebourne mono recording on EMI and Gardiner's 1988 Philips set is not an easy task in that there are a number of disparities and variables which render them hardly comparable. Furthermore, there is the more recent live recording starring Juan Diego Florez to consider. I do not own it but, despite some approving voices, its merits by all accounts lie in its being a star vehicle for the tenor while the rest of the ensemble do not match his standard, so I am confining myself to considering these two most successful and lauded recordings.

I find that the necessary inferiority in the recorded sound of the EMI set becomes far less of an issue while you are actually listening to it, although audiophiles had best stick to Philips. Nor are the cuts for Glyndebourne much of an irritation; the best music is retained and the two main casualties are the Tutor's cavatina and a chunk of conversation between Isolier and the Countess towards the end of Act II.

No; for me, the main criterion is the quality of singing and conducting - especially the latter. I care not if Sir Jeggy's recording received awards - it certainly wasn't for his contribution. It is evident from the whimsical little overture that he hasn't Gui's feel for the sly Gallic charm of this mini-masterpiece. He completely misses the mock-heroic irony of the tone and has his Lyon orchestra bang away at it like a provincial German brass-band. Gui, by contrast, is all wit and charm and he communicates his empathy for the idiom to his cast who simply sound as if they are having much more fun than Gardiner and Co. - and hence, so do we.

This is no way diminishes the pleasure I take in some of the voices on display in the Philips recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James M. Ward on November 19, 2013
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Beautiful does not adequately describe the voices of the two leads. Jo, who sang at the Met but who was never in their first tier proves beyond doubt that her mastery of this the Bel Canto was unexcelled. In like manner, John Aler is so absolutely at ease in the frightening tessitura of Rossini's tenor roles such as Le Comte that this performance is breathtaking. And when you hear him, you realize the music was written to thrill, not to make one nervous, as is the case when this opera is sung by today's tenors. Aler is the biggest mystery of opera history: handsome, talented, with the perfect instrument for this repertoire. Why did he not have a Met career? Doesn't really matter. Order this recording and enjoy Rossini as you've never heard it before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brooklyn reader on June 4, 2013
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Le Comte Ory is a delight -- both amusing and lyrical. I listen to it over and over and always am surprised by the score and the singing in this performance.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hart on October 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is beautiful music. Sumi Jo shines. Everyone else is adequate. No one sings a top note. No one. No one even goes near it, it's like a conspiracy to end every number on the lowest note the singer(s) can reach. Bleah! Nonetheless I love it. There's more to an aria than the last note in it. This opera proves that in no uncertain terms. But it's beautiful coloratura music anyway. As a rule I don't like Rossini, but this I like. It's beautiful coloratura music without a head.
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