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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rec. 1952)

Victoria de los Angeles Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Sinfonia
2. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Piano, Pianissimo senza prlar
3. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Ecco Ridento In Cielo
4. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Ehi, Fiorello? ... Mio Signore
5. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Mille Grazie, Mio Signore
6. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Gente Indiscreta!
7. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Largo Al Factotum
8. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Ah, Che Bella Vita!
9. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Non E Venuto Ancora
10. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 1: Le Vostre Assidue Premure
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Disc: 2
1. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 2: Finora In Questa Camera
2. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 2: Ehi, Di Casa, Buona Gente
3. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 2: Che Cosa Accadde
4. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 2: Fredda Ed Immobile
5. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1, Scene 2: Ma Signor ... Ma Un dottor
6. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 2 : Ma Vedi Il Mio Destino!
7. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 2 : Pace E Gioia Sia Con Voi
8. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 2 : Insomma, Mio Signore
9. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 2 : Venite, Signorina
10. Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Act 2 : Contro Un Cor Che Accende Amore
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Recorded in 1952, long before what is now known as the Rossini revival, this set presents problems to the record-buyer. Serafin's tempi are far slower than anything we hear nowadays, but he still manages to keep things moving, and the action and wit clean. But his wit is almost overpowered by the longshoreman-like Figaro of the too-exciting, out-of-his-league-in-Rossini Gino Bechi; Nicola Monti as Almaviva/Lindoro is messy in the fast passages and afraid of heights, but his sound is engaging and he's an endearing vocal presence. Rossi-Lemeni is a vivid Basilio; Melchiorre Luise isn't as annoying as most other recorded Bartolos. The decision to buy this set, therefore, will lie with whether or not one wants to hear Victoria de los Angeles as Rosina. A soprano with a shortish top, she sings the role in the written mezzo keys (with an occasional high note bonus thrown in), and she is one of a kind. Clearly incapable of vulgarity, making an ungainly sound, or behaving stupidly, she's a delight throughout, her unique pearly tone always focused and beautiful. There are at least a half-dozen better, more complete, eventually more satisfying Barbers available, but there's only one de los Angeles. --Robert Levine

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Le Barbier de Séville, opéra-bouffe / Victoria de los Angeles, Nicola Monti, Gino Bechi, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Melchiorre Luise, Anna-Maria Canali, Erminio Benatti - Chœur & Orchestre Symphoniques de Milan, dir. Tullio Serafin

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Jan. 22 1999
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This is one of the greatest casts ever assembled, coupled with great conducting. Gino Bechi is fabulious with magnificent ringing high notes which many tenors today would lust after. He shows us why he was La Scala's leading Figero of his day. Victoria de los Angeles is a sweet and cunning Rosina in top voice. Nicola Monti has a beautiful lyric tenor voice with fabulious mezza voce and coloratura singing. Rossi-Lemeni is a stentorian basso second to none. This is one of the most exciting recodings of this opera ever recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recording to treasure, at least in CD. Jan. 18 1999
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This is a wonderful reading of one of the most wonderful of all operas. Serafin shows why he was one of the leading italian conductors of his time. His knowledge of Rossinian style and his love of Italian language allow him to find always the correct pace, so that the words be clearly and meaningly delivered, without necessity of the 'theatrical' effects so common nowadays. Although the edition is not Zedda's critical one, the recording is plenty of Rossinian spirit. Moreover, the virtuosistic speed of the 'concertato' at the end of Act I is unique. The cast is an ideal one: de los Angeles in her splendid youth is a delightful Rosina, singing at the original tessitura of mezzo; Bechi and Rossi Lemeni, both great singers of their time, sing Figaro and Basilio in an old fashioned and most effective way; Monti, elegant and delicate tenore, is an ideal Almaviva; and Luise, a Bartolo much preferable to so many non italians like Wallace or Ollendorf who had special needs of slow pace to sing the rapid 'sillabati', and without the exagerations of Corena. None of them use other way of expression that singing the exact words, splendidly articulating the phrases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Jan. 22 1999
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This is one of the greatest casts ever assembled, coupled with great conducting. Gino Bechi is fabulious with magnificent ringing high notes which many tenors today would lust after. He shows us why he was La Scala's leading Figero of his day. Victoria de los Angeles is a sweet and cunning Rosina in top voice. Nicola Monti has a beautiful lyric tenor voice with fabulious mezza voce and coloratura singing. Rossi-Lemeni is a stentorian basso second to none. This is one of the most exciting recodings of this opera ever recorded.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bellowing Barber Oct. 19 2011
By Steve Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly there are traditional cuts - specifically 'Ecco ridente' is missing some difficult bars and the Count's last act showpiece is missing altogether.
De Los Angeles is a lovely Rosina who mostly uses the mezzo version. She is a little short on personality but as always musical and responsive to the other singers. Monti is an open throated tenor whose voice is a matter of taste (I like him) and he sings with style and accuracy what is left of his role. Rossi-Lemeni sings a wonderful 'Slander Song' (arguably at least the equal of Chaliapin's version) but then over eggs the comedy pudding by exaggeration and plain mugging. All this under a fine conductor (as here) would still add up to something worth hearing if it wasn't for Bechi's barber. True the voice is splendid but he bellows his way through the role at full decibels without humour or appropriate style.It may pass muster as Gerard in Andrea Chenier but in Rossini it is crude and vulgar.
If you want the full score and stylish performance go for Naxos. If you want style and personality then there are much better versions elsewhere.
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