Vargas has a larger, more tradition lyric tenor voice than either of his prestigious predecessors, but he sings the coloratura with exhilarating ease Buy it! A refreshing and vital contribution to this Rossini masterpi.
CD Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Highlights Rossini
Recorded complete, with mostly unknown singers Ramon Vargas excepted , this version brings out the lightness and sheer joy of the score. The singers are first rate vocal actors, and truly funny. Even the 'special effects', mostly the opening and slamming of creaky doors, brings a chuckle to the listener. This is an ensemble opera, and the interjections during the arias, the verve of the performances, gives one the feeling of being at a live show.
Humburg, with his Hungarian chamber orchestra, keeps up the frenetic pace most skilfully.
The sound is excellent. And with the Naxos sound, and price, one could hardly wish for more! He sounds marvelous with an excelent management of the agilities in his role of Almaviva. He sings the very famous aria: 'Cesa de piu resistire' in way that only Juan Diego Florez can match today. The reputation of Sonia Ganassi has grown notabily since she recorded this role years ago, and now she is recognized as one of the best mezzos for this kind of repertoire, and she was superb yet in this set.
The veteran Angelo Romero sound very much like Enzo Dara and is the real star of the performance with his funny old-fashioned-but-stilysh singing. Roberto Servile was a bright promise in begining of the 90's as a lyric baritone, but his carreer was then not so brilliant. Anyway here he sounds fresh, with beauty light voice and spirited ways. Franco de Grandis had a respectable career in the 80's and 90's, recording with Karajan or Muti.
On the other hand, the underrated Will Humburg made an amazing and very musical work managing and conducting the recitatives becoming them the real engine of the performance. I've never heard before but in the old Callas's set in EMI such intensity in the dialogues and recitative parts Complete partiture. Almost Alberto Zedda's revision. Youthful, funny and theatrical perfomance, with today starry singers in his prime. A fun cd to have.
Nowadays, there are not too many studio recordings of complete operas. The record companies just do not want to make the investment. Instead, they are pushing the likes of Andrea Bocelli, who, for goodness sake, is the "most famous opera singer in the US". What an oxymoron. Therefore, this gem really should be cherished. Ramon Vargas, the best lyric tenor at the present, is outstanding as Count Almaviva. The voice is just beautiful, agile and youthful.
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Il barbiere di Siviglia - The Barber of Seville
Anna Netrebko Orchestra of the M Mozart, Vol. Report item - opens in a new window or tab. Description Postage and payments. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. See the seller's listing for full details. See all condition definitions — opens in a new window or tab In , Sills, Gedda, and Milnes under Levine recorded a textually complete Il barbiere, and included the soprano aria lifted from Sigismondo. The completeness of the recording was what set it apart, since the performances are satisfactory but not particularly outstanding.
It is textually complete no Sigismondo interpolation , Rosina is sung in the soprano keys, a piano is used for the continuo, it is performed in concert applause is limited to ends of acts and certain key musical events , and it is very, very good.
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia - Naxos: - 3 CDs or download | Presto Classical
Gruberova was in her early fifties when the recording was made. Enric Serra sounds appropriately like the old man looking for a young wife. The real star of the show is conductor Ralf Weikert. He holds this long opera together and keeps affairs moving along merrily. There is a bounce and zest to the performance that sustains the freshness for the nearly three-hour duration. Everyone sounds like they are having a great time, especially during the Finale to the first act.
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