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Opéra - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2019 | Prima Classic

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Opéra - Verschenen op 2 augustus 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Opéra - Verschenen op 12 juli 2019 | Naxos

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Rossini’s Eduardo e Cristina was a huge success in its day, but as perhaps the last centone opera (one assembled from previously existing material) by a major composer, it became forgotten under the subsequent tide of Romantic idealism. Today we can put these prejudices aside and enjoy this masterful creation for what it is: a hugely entertaining parade of beautiful and spectacular musical ‘hits’ set to a familiar story of secret love, dramatic crisis and triumphant resolution. This "2017 Bad Wildbad" revival was summed up as ‘an evening of pure bel canto pleasure!’ by Operagazet. © Naxos
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Opéra - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Prima Classic

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Opéra - Verschenen op 16 mei 2019 | WM Italy

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Opéra - Verschenen op 9 november 2018 | Naxos

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Rossini's opera Maometto II might not ring many bells. It was first performed in Naples in 1820. But what if we told you that the 1826 French version was named Le Siège de Corinthe… ? Of course, the revision for the French version was such that it is easy to think of them as two different works, if only because Maometto II deals with the Turkish-Venetian war of the 15th century (Mehmet II is a historical figure, an Ottoman Sultan), whereas Le Siège de Corinthe is pushed forwards into the 1820 Greek War of Independence! This is a recording of the original 1820 version and not one of the many reworkings that the piece underwent over the decades. Here we find Rossini in a most unusual mood: few bravura numbers and an almost unbroken writing style, it’s very close to the libretto and its incessant dramatic leaps. It is hardly surprising that Rossini didn't find much success with the piece’s many Italian performances. In a way it was too modern; it dared to deviate radically from the standards that everyone expected at the time. This is a live recording (so excuse the occasional rogue noises from the stage) made at the Rossini in Wildbad festival in 2017 with the Virtuosi Brunensis (an orchestra made up of Brno's finest stage musicians) and the Poznań Camerata Bach Choir, a fine set. © SM/Qobuz
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Opéra - Verschenen op 19 oktober 2018 | Bongiovanni

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Intégrales d'opéra - Verschenen op 14 september 2018 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Opéra - Verschenen op 25 juli 2018 | Scomegna Edizioni Musicali Srl

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Opéra - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Naxos

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No, sir: Ricciardo e Zoraide is not an obscure opera from the young Rossini. In the same year, 1818, the maestro had already stunned the world of lyrical music with Tancredi, L'Italiana in Algeri, Il turco in Italia , The Barber of Seville, Otello, La cenerentola, La gazza ladra and a good fifteen or so others. But then, why should the "drama" Riccardo e Zoraide remain in the shade, even today when there is something of a fashion for unearthing forgotten works? Let's just say that the script is worse even than most badly-put-together scripts. As Richard Osborne has it (in Rossini, his life and work), "with all these details, the work reads like a Marlowe epic re-written by the Marx brothers; only Rossini's music brings to life and carries these crude dramatic archetypes." … And yet: what a musical treasure! From the overture... There isn't an overture, at least, not one of those overtures which is pretty much interchangeable between operas: Rossini unfolds an ample musical prologue, which describes the start of the action, with the rather spectacular addition of a backstage orchestra. Airs, ensembles, choirs, the score contains innumerable splendours and it would be a crying shame for them to go unheard. We should add that after its first performance in 1818, Ricciardo e Zoraide was performed all over Europe, translated into German and French, and given a last outing at la Scala in 1846, before disappearing until 1990, and then falling out of sight yet again, before being unearthed for a performance at the Wildbad Rossini Festival 2013 in Germany. And here is a live recording of that very concert: a discographic rarity which merits discovery. © SM/Qobuz
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Opéra - Verschenen op 13 oktober 2017 | Naxos

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Extraits d'opéra - Verschenen op 6 oktober 2017 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Opéra - Verschenen op 15 september 2017 | Warner Classics

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Opéra - Verschenen op 8 september 2017 | Naxos

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Whatever its dramatic merits – the libretto was rather toned down from a French melodrama in which Falliero comes to a grim end at the hands of the ‘powers ­that ­be’ but the librettist, mindful of the susceptibilities of Milan’s then Austrian rulers‚ opted for a happier though less powerful ending – Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero is a vocal showcase of an opera. The sheer ferocity of the vocal writing, the highly intricate harmony (not an early Rossinian habit) and its curiously erotic allure are awe­-inspiring‚ as is the close gearing of the bel canto style to musical and psychological ends. Rossini was commissioned the opera by La Scala‚ Milan for its Carnival season of 1819-1820, where it was performed thirty times and then throughout Italy to some extent before largely disappearing into obscurity after 1846. Set in 17th­ century Venice‚ the story charts the machinations of a brutal father who would rather have the brilliant young general Falliero – coming home after defeating the enemies of Venice only to find his beloved Bianca promised to a rival and soon to be married – compromised‚ arraigned and executed than see him marry his daughter. The major highlights of the opera are the numerous ensembles, among which a fantastic quartet in the Third act, while the arias require a very serious vocal virtuosity from the soloists. Few recordings exist of that musical masterpiece, and the present album was recorded live in July 2015 during the XXVII Rossini in Wildbad Festival, with an orchestra handpicked from within the Brno Janáček Theatre Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic. This is a welcome addition to the recorded repertoire.
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Opéra - Verschenen op 9 juni 2017 | Naxos

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Intégrales d'opéra - Verschenen op 6 januari 2017 | Sony Classical

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Intégrales d'opéra - Verschenen op 1 augustus 2016 | Solstice

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