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Rossini: Matilde di Shabran Import, Live

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1 - Sinfonia - Atto Primo 2 - Atto Primo (Conclusion) 3 - Atto Secondo


Disc: 1
1. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Sinfonia
2. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 1. Introduzione. Chi vi guida a queste mura?
3. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 1. Introduzione. Se viene il Cerbero fioccano i guai
4. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 1. (Recitativo) Dopo l'Introduzione. Vanno via come il vento!
5. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 2. Cavatina Isidoro. 'Intanto Armenia 'nfra l'ombrose piante...'
6. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 2. Cavatina Isidoro. Ma mo stò castellano
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Disc: 2
1. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 6. Quintetto. Dallo stupore oppresso, ignoto io provo
2. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 6. Quintetto. Signor, me n'vado, o resto?
3. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 6. (Recitativo) Dopo il Quintetto. Alla Contessa d'Arco un tale oltraggio! / Corradino d
4. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 7. Finale Primo. Cara, quel tuo sembiante l'alma mi mette in foco
5. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 7. Finale Primo. Qual fragor? - Signor!
6. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 1. No. 7. Finale Primo. Smarrito, dubbioso, al suono di guerra sospiro
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Disc: 3
1. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 2. No. 8. Introduzione dell'Atto secondo. Di Corradino il nome per ogni suol rimbomba
2. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 2. No. 8. Introduzione dell'Atto secondo. Le penne de i poeti so spade assai diverse
3. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 2. No. 8. (Recitativo) Dopo l'Introduzione dell'Atto secondo. Dove, o misero padre, e quando sp
4. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 2. No. 9. (Scena e Cavatina Edoardo). Sazia tu fossi alfine revolubil Fortuna!
5. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 2. No. 9. (Scena e Cavatina Edoardo). Ah! Se ancora un'altra volta ei ritorna al dolce amplesso
6. Matilde (di) Shabran, opera: Act 2. No. 9. (Recitativo Dopo l'Aria di Edoardo). Pur ti ragiunsi al fin... - Cosa pretendi? - Tec
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Product Details

  • Performer: Annick Massis, Juan Diego Florez, Bruno de Simone, Marco Vinco, Hadar Halevy, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (July 17, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000FQJNLG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Expedito on January 12, 2007
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I can't believe no one has reviewed this yet. Maybe it's because there is not much to add to the editorial reviews. But this is a truly wonderful all-around recording of a little-known Rossini opera - another mostly comic battle of the sexes in which a clever, strong-willed woman and love ultimately triumphs over a powerful and primitive man who is determined to resist the charms of all women. Rossini, of course, wrote many, many operas - some more memorable than others. To me, Matilde de Shabran is similar to L'Italiana in Algeri (and almost, but not quite as delightful).

Colatura duels as well as some wonderful ensembles keep the opera cheerfully zipping along from start to finish, despite a threatened but thwarted execution, which seems somehow incongruous - at least by today's standard - to the overall comic lightness of the music. Ah, but all ends well.

As you would expect, Juan Diego Florez is absolutely wonderful, and he is reason enough to buy this CD. Annick Massis as Mathilde, however, is equally excellent, as is Riccardo Frizza's conducting - and really, the rest of the cast.

The price for this CD may seem steep, but for me at least, it was worth every penny and then some.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Mitnick on May 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This may not be Rossini's greatest opera, but it certainly deserves to be heard for the singing alone. The story is part "seria" and part "buffo", but none of this matters. With the very special gifts of Juan Diego Florez (truly this opera could have been written for him!), as well as the honed florid skills of the rest of the cast, we are given here a Rossinian banquet of singing that must be heard to be believed. Florez, as expected, executes coloratura embellishments and roulades that would defeat any other tenor di grazia ---- living or historical. The beauty of his voice is never in doubt, and he rides the roller-coaster-like roulades and cadenzas with the precision of a machine gun. Annick Massis, a French soprano unknown in our country, is equally as impressive in the title role. She's clearly been well schooled in Rossini singing, and her singing has beauty, flexibility, as well as character. If Massis ultimately comes off with less sheer impact than Florez, it's probably because her role has a bit less "fireworks", and moreover, his is the star name in the cast. Virtually all of the cast members are top notch, especially Israeli mezzo Hadar Halevy in the trouser role of Eduardo. She too is given a role with formidable demands, and she meets them head-on. The orchestra and chorus, under the direction of Riccardo Frizza, is outstanding. If you love showy and spectacular singing, I can't see how you wouldn't want this in your collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I pretty much agree with all the previous reviewers, apart from the curiously curmudgeonly and wrong-headed one by S Wells, and would add only that the quality of sound is, for all practical purposes, indistinguishable from a studio recording in quality but gains from its source as a live recording. Florez is, of course, the star of the show but all the singers here have neat, firm, accomplished voices (with the exception of Chiara Chialli's wobbly mezzo as the Contessa; she quite spoils the homogeneity of the ensembles she is in) and I would particularly single out the Israeli mezzo, Halevy, for her "chocolate" tone and accurate roulades. It's true that not all the music is as inspired as that in Rossini's masterpieces and I don't warm to Massis as some do, finding her a little bland, but she certainly has all the notes. Glory in Florez' virtuosity in a part seemingly tailor-made for him; this is great fun and underscored by some nice satirical touches in an ironic storyline which parodies the very operatic conventions that Rossini himself helped to establish. This much-vilified plot emerges as no more absurd or incomprehensible than many another more celebrated opera and seems quite straightforward to me, if patently - and deliberately - absurd. A must for Rossini aficionados.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Filippo Secondo (aka AB) on December 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This recording of MATILDE DI SHABRAN (Pesaro 2004) being my 38th Rossini opera on disc (only RICCIARDO & ZORAIDE is missing!), I can't recommend it highly enough, not least to rare opera hunters. Hearing the set over and over again for more than a week now, I purchased it primarily for Massis, whose unforgettable Countess Adele I saw three times in Glyndebourne's LE COMTE ORY 10 years ago and still enjoy endlessly on DVD. She and Florez (my first disc of either artist) nail their fiendish notes disarmingly, as if they're doing nothing less than breathing like the rest of mankind, though many times you'd wonder if they breathe at all! The supporting (obscure but generally secure) cast - together with a superb chorus and orchestra - complement the well-matched athletic couple to near perfection. Only the fade-out of the end of set pieces - also true of Abbado's IL VIAGGIO A REIMS recordings - is slightly annoying: I sense that we lose a second or two evidently left out to preclude applause, which could have been abridged (I can't believe that the audience - whose applause here is confined to the end of each of the opera's two acts - responded silently to those breathtaking numbers, unless they were gagged and bound!). No need to hesitate: the memorable score is no less inspired than IL VIAGGIO and ORY (my favourite Rossini comedies), the extended ensembles (in particular) - which are nothing short of orgasmic - showing the composer at his most regal. It would be a crime if Decca didn't tape this for DVD release: if it weren't recorded, I hope the ROH will do us the favour of recording its production next year (either a new Pesaro staging or a revival of the 2004 production, but I'm sure with Florez). If you seriously think that Rossini is at his best only in IL BARBIERE and CENERENTOLA (neither is a favourite of mine), you'll realize how wrong you were upon discovering MATILDE. An irresistible, charming work from the king of dramatic melody.
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