This is an attractive live recording of Rossini's madcap opera. The star is certainly tenor Laurence Brownlee who is the best exponent of Lindoro on commercial records. Fortunately, the remainder of the cast is also quite good and that includes the Isabella of Marianna Pizzolato, who delivers a vivacious and spirited reading of the title role.
The conductor is Rossini specialist and musicologist Alberto Zedda, and he certainly knows his way around the score. However, he has decided to add significant amounts of percussion to several numbers where it is not specified.
According to the urtext as published by Ricordi the only numbers that feature "Turkish" percussion are the overture and the quintet in the second act. Rossini referred to the percussion section in the overture as a "Banda Turca", which implies bass drum, cymbals, and triangle, plus any other exotic type percussion that might be available such as a Turkish crescent, or sistrum. Zedda editorially adds percussion to a number of other sections as well... and this includes the Finale to the first act. Regarding that finale, Rossini intended that the percussive sounds be achieved solely through vocal means. Not trusting the composer at this point Zedda adds commentary by his extensive band of percussion instruments. It is an interesting concept, but I am not sure if Rossini would have sanctioned such an intrusion.
Still, Zedda has extensively studied Rossini's scores so perhaps his instincts are correct. However, while I am not completely convinced, the effect is exciting... and with so large a percussion section available it is quite possible that Rossini himself might have sanctioned a bit of ad lib percussion at certain junctures. Still, in spite of having a reputation for overuse of the "bass drum"... Rossini was often quite chaste in his use of percussion. In fact, the original scores of quite a few operas call for absolutely no percussion at all!
In any event, this is a fine recording from a vocal point of view, and added percussion apart, is more than adequately conducted as well. Plus, the sound is good. Recommended, except to those who might be put off by those extra percussive sounds!