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3.8 out of 5 stars
Torvaldo E Dorliska
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on August 22, 2016
Not memorable Rossini, but well-written nevertheless. and enjoyable to those of us who adore him!
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on January 17, 2008
Although this opera was composed at a time when Rossini was churning out some of his best work, Torvaldo e Dorliska is not an outstanding opera. Few numbers really can catch fire and it is indicative that the extent to which Rossini later used this opera as a quarry for use in other operas is comparatively limited, though some of the best pieces did later show up in other works. Unfortunately, the cast, orchestra, chorus and conducting in this recording are hardly more than adequate, so that it never really produces excitement or even many memorable moments. It is however, apparently the only cd of the opera that is available. (I haven't seen the DVD yet.)
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on October 10, 2002
Rossini wrote this semiseria 2 months before "il Barbiere". It's a nice work, not so lively as his other comic operas, more introvert but nevertheless both dramatic and sophisticated. You won't find the same fireworks as in Barbiere or Cenerentola, but the opera has it's own special quality and "tinta".
The First-act finale is true Rossini, and there's a scene preceding it- a trio for the three male voices that is simply gorgeous, with a horn solo in-between. This recording is worth having only for those scene, but there are other arias and duets that also make this an enjoyable opus. There are some self-borrowings and they are specified in the accompanying booklet, but the libretto is only in italian.
All the singers are good, specially Palacio who is always a stylish Rossini-singer. The Dorliska (Pediconi) is a bit edgy but since I like personal voices that's no problem for me, but there are probably people who will regard her voice as ugly.
Antonucci as il Duca is also very good and the conductor too.
In sum , this is an interesting work and worth having if you like Rossini's music.
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on October 17, 2010
One recent reviewer gave this recording a three star rate and that prevented me from purchasing this very good recording for some time. I finally found it in a local CD shop, bought it and was delighted with the piece. I am not goint to enter into the merit of the opera itself, but I would like to make notice of an important issue: buyers of Amazon are not always lucky enough to live in London, New York or Paris, where they can, once in a while, have the pleasure of being an audience member of a Torvaldo and Dorliska production, with Flores, di Donato and friends. Therefore, a recording as this one, for Rossini lovers, unless REALLY bad produced (which is not the case here) should always have a 5 star rating. Bravo Naxos, continue surprising us like that!
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