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  • Composer: Rossini
  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Nop
  • ASIN: B00030B9FM
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Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia: Maestoso - Allegro
2. No. 1 Introduzione: Al Tuo Cenno, Erisso
3. No. 2 Coro Di Donne: Restate, Amici
4. No. 3 Scena E Quartetto Con Coro: Ilarita!...Per Me?...Speranza!
5. No. 4 Scena E Terzetto: Che Sento! Oh Dio!
6. No. 4 Continued: Giusto Cielo, In Tal Periglio
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. No. 6 Finale: Compiuta Ancor Del Tutto
2. No. 6 Continued: Giusto Ciel, Che Strazio E Questo!
3. No. 6 Continued: Guardie, Ola, Costor Si Traggano
Disc: 3
1. No. 7 Introduzione: E Follia Sul Fior Degli Anni
2. No. 8 Scena: Tacete. - Ahime! Quai Detti Inqui Ascolto!
3. No. 8 Continued: Anna... Tu Piangi?
4. No. 9 Scena: Oh! Come Un Cieco Affetto
5. No. 9 Continued: Non Temer: D'un Basso Affetto
6. No. 10 Scena: Oh! Come Al Cor Soavi
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9fb4ee70) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fb54d98) out of 5 stars Good, but ... Dec 8 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Naxos claims this is a first recording. And indeed it is, in a sense. Many Rossinians, though, remember a blockbuster recording of 'Maometto Secondo' issued in 1983 on Philips (and now available at mid-price and available here at Amazon) with a star-studded cast: Philip Ramey as Maometto, June Anderson as Anna, Margarita Zimmermann as Calbo, with the Philharmonia under Claudio Scimone. The thing that makes this recording a world première is that it is a performance of a revision that Rossini made for the less sophisticated Venice opera after its première in the house for which it was written. the San Carlo in Naples. As a consequence some of the more complicated numbers are cut; I estimate the new version is about twenty minutes shorter than the original.

This is a live recording of what I take to be a concert performance. Applause is inobtrusive and there are no stage noises. It took place at the Bad Wildbad Festival, which presents many Rossini operas (and presented a similarly titled but completely different 'Maometto' by Peter von Winter in the same season as this performance; it has been issued on Marco Polo) and features young and upcoming singers, a Czech orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of an Australian conductor, Brad Cohen.

The plot needn't concern us here, but there is a very detailed synopsis in the CD booklet and one can access the Italian libretto (without an English translation) online at a Naxos site given in the booklet.

The cast of singers is quite a mixed bag. The part of Erisso is sung by a dry-voiced tenor who frankly detracts from the proceedings; his coloratura is, ahem, pretty basic, but he does contribute nicely in the ensembles. The basso singing Maometto, Denis Sedov, does not have quite the resonance of his competition, Sam Ramey on the Philips set but he is fine vocal actor. Calbo (a general, a pants-role) is sung fabulously by a mezzo (who actually sounds more like a coloratura contralto and has a very solid lower extension), Anna-Rita Gemmabella. She handles the fioriture with ease, makes dramatic hay when appropriate, and plays a vital part in the ensembles that this opera is known for, and particularly in the passages where she sings in close harmony with Anna. She is stellar in the terzetto in Act I (which, by the way, is simplified from the extraordinarily complicated--and grand--terzettone of the Naples version). The real discovery here, for me, is a lyric coloratura, Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade, whose Anna is a real delight. She is excellent in the part's dramatic demands (and they are many). Her singing in her big Act I aria is lovely. I like her bright-sounding fast vibrato. She holds her own against her competition in the Philips set, June Anderson.

Brad Cohen's direction is pointed and solid. His orchestra and chorus are just a notch less than top-rate. We must remember that this is a live performance at a festival whose budget cannot be all that big. They tend to get by (and nicely, from the sound of it) with young artists.

All in all, I am glad I have this version. But I'm also glad I have the Philips set. I frankly don't know which of Rossini's versions I prefer. (And this doesn't bring into the equation the final French-language revision that Rossini made for Paris, considerably recast and moved to a Greek setting as 'La Siège de Corinthe.')

3 CDs. Act I is continued onto a short CD2, and then Act II is on CD3. TT=ca. 165

Scott Morrison
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5fcafc8) out of 5 stars Not the best but a good one Sept. 4 2011
By nmharleyrider - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I prefer the old recording as I think there is more depth in the cast and, of course, the Philharmonia orchestra is first rate. Sam Ramey in his prime was something else, the first bass I had ever heard who could actually sing all the notes.
If you want to see this wonderful underrated Rossini, come to the Santa Fe Opera summer of 2012 where they will be presenting the new critical edition of Maometto II with Luca Pisaroni.
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa88a14) out of 5 stars I'm not in it but it's good March 6 2005
By Woglinde de Bilitis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I hesitated to purchase this set, even at its fantastic bargain price, as I already had the fantastic Philips set with Zimmermann, Ramey and Anderson and its highlight, the spectacular Act Three trio, is missing from this version, an adaptation Rossini made for Venice which replaces the tragic ending with a happy one. How pleased was I, then, when I bought it anyway and discovered that the replacement finale is an absolute corker featuring a dazzling star turn from Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade. I've never heard of her before but when it comes to vocal gymnastics she's nearly as good as me. And their Maometto also has a wonderful instrument which quite frankly I wouldn't mind getting my hands on as I'm hoping to mount Maometto at the South Hobart Light Opera Company in the near future. Roles like Anna are as rare as hen's teeth for singers like me and Islam-Ali_Zade whose forte is primarily Wagnerian coloratura so a part like this is not to be sniffed at. If I could level one criticism however, I would have liked to have heard a few more bangs on the tambourine from this soprano during the climaxes which is something I always do to keep audiences riveted - when high kicks are not appropriate. Still, with roulades like this, some extra flash is only a mtter of time. Well done!