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Rossini - Otello / Ford, Futral, Matteuzzi, D'Arcangelo, Lopera, Shkosa; Parry Import


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Disc: 1
1. Otello, opera
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Disc: 2
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Disc: 3
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Product Details

  • Performer: Gioachino Rossini, David Parry, Bruce Ford, Elizabeth Futral, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Opera Rara UK
  • ASIN: B000042O0H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on December 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It is not fair to compare Rossini's <Otello> with its libretto by Berio with that of Verdi with its libretto by Boito some 70 years later; and it is certainly not fair to compare it with the original Shakespeare tragedy, given the treatment other literary works have suffered at the hands of even the best librettists. On its own merits, the Rossini work has much to recommend it, even in the unShakespearean Acts I and II and certainly in the very dramatic Act III, in which the original is nearly bettered by the song of a gondolier from without quoting some pessimistic lines from Dante.
Nor will I waste words comparing the new Opera Rara edition (ORC 18) with the older one with Jose Carreras and Frederica von Stade. This newer effort seems to try to let us know what the work might have sounded like back in 1816. The title role is not nearly as effectively drawn dramatically or musically, but Bruce Ford makes his presence felt when he is on stage. The second tenor lead is Rodrigo (Cassio is written out of the script), and here William Matteuzzi has just the style for the high-pitched demands imposed by the composer; but there are moments when I felt he was straining to achieve his effects. The third tenor role (!) is that of Iago, who has very little to do and Juan Jose Lopera is impressive in that little.I have some trouble with Elizabeth Futral's Desdemona, which is (in the words of a "Gramophone" critic) "generally well sung." I find her voice a touch uneven, but such is the subjectivity of reviewing.
The reason for the work being offered on 3 rather than on 2 CDs is that an appendix is added in which we can enjoy the "happy ending" version imposed upon the opera by the Rome censors, who could not tolerate murder on stage and suicides on or off stage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McLeod on May 6, 2014
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Rossini composed the music for Otello, on a libretto by the Marchese Berio di Salsa, in 1816. The opera enjoyed wide popularity throughout the Western world, and was performed repeatedly, in venues from St. Petersburg to Mexico City, throughout the 19th century until the 1870s when Verdi introduced his version, after which Rossini's opera abruptly disappeared. Although it may seem quaint to modern minds, Rossini's Otello was an innovative and groundbreaking theatrical achievement that changed opera as an art form forever. It is beyond the scope of this review to go into any detail, but suffice it to say that, hard as it is to believe, before Otello, opera audiences were not accustomed to seeing characters die onstage. And that was not the only novelty that, starting with Otello, became de rigeur, in Italian opera. In fact, it was Berio, not Rossini, who seems to have been the innovator here, as there is evidence suggesting that when Rossini first undertook this opera, he did so with some reluctance for precisely this reason. However, Rossini did accept the commission and, perhaps unwittingly, changed the world in a way that is difficult for modern audiences to comprehend.

The present iteration is from a recording made in 1999 and released by the British company, Opera Rara, featuring Bruce Ford as Otello, Elizabeth Furtal as Desdemona and a mostly strong supporting ensemble, comes at a time when this opera seems to be enjoying a revival. As a document, the importance of this recording cannot be overestimated. This set is lovingly presented in luxurious packaging containing a glossy nearly 200-page booklet with libretto with English translation, a wonderful long essay by Jeremy Commons, and a carefully curated chronology of "important" performances.
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20 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
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I BOUGHT THIS CDS A FEW DAYS AGO: BELIEVE ME, IT'S A JOY ! FULL SCORE/SUPERB SINGING/GREAT LIBRETTO
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