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La Cenerentola

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  • Performer: Didonato, Swr Rso, Zedda
  • Composer: Rossini
  • Audio CD (Sept. 20 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nop
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Introduction: No, No, No: Non V'e
3. Recitative: Date Lor Mezzo Scudo
4. Cavatina: Miei Rampolli Femmini
5. Recitative: Sappiate Che Fra Poco
6. Scena And Duet: Tutto E Deserto
7. Recitative: Non So Che Dir
8. Chorus: Scegli La Sposa/Cavatina: Come Un'Ape Ne' Giorni D'Aprile
9. Recitative: Allegrissimamente
10. Recitative And Quintet: Signore, Una Parola
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Disc: 2
1. Chorus: Venga, Inoltri
2. Recitative: Signora Altezza, In Tavola
3. Tutti: Mi Par D'Essere Sognando
4. Chorus: Ah! Della Bella Incognita
5. Recitative: Mi Par Che Quei Birbanti
6. Aria: Sia Qualunque Delle Figlie
7. Recitative: Ah! Questa Bella Incognita
8. Recitative: E Allor... Se Non Ti Spaccio/Aria: Si, Ritrovarla Io Giuro
9. Recitative: La Notte E Omai Vicina
10. Duet: Un Segreto D'Importanza
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Rossini - La Cenerentola

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I absolutely love Joyce DiDonato. What a voice she has!!! and the rest of the cast is very good.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa58d8e40) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0xa28248a0) out of 5 stars A Sparkling 'Cinderella' Sept. 27 2005
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Stendhal, in his biography of Rossini, writes that not long after a performance of 'La Cenerentola' begins he starts feeling almost nauseated, and eventually indicates this is due to the opera's 'banality' and 'lack of idealism.' Well, I don't know what Stendhal was talking about. Generations of opera-goers have found it utterly delightful, and anyone who listens to this live performance from the Rossini in Wildbad (Germany) Festival will likely agree. The music is vintage Rossini, written right after 'Barbiere di Siviglia.' The conductor is one of the most respected Rossini scholars around, and he is conducting his own edition of the work. Indeed, Alberto Zedda is the editor of the Rossini Gesamtausgabe (Complete Edition), director of the Pesaro (Italy) Rossini Opera Festival, and has probably conducted more performances of Rossini operas than anyone alive. The Rossini in Wildbad Festival has introduced many young Rossini singers to the world and in this performance we get to hear the cream of the coming crop. The Cenerentola (Joyce Di Donato) is no stranger to the role, having sung it in several other productions (among them La Scala), including one I saw in her hometown, Kansas City; she was simply sensational then as she is in this performance. Di Donato is a comer; among other things she sang Sister Helen Prejean in the première of Jake Heggie's 'Dead Man Walking.' She has a rich, flexible mezzo, is a consummate actor with the voice and has perfect control of Rossini's fioriture.

The other singers in the cast do equally well. José Manuel Zapata is a lyrical and lovable prince, Don Ramiro. He and Di Donato sound marvelous together as the young lovers. Paolo Dordogna scores as Don Ramiro's valet who masquerades as the prince. Don Magnifico, the improverished baron, father of the two sisters Clorinda and Tisbe, is sung with comic relish by Bruno Praticò. He is particularly funny in the drunken scene where he pretends to be Dandini's wine steward. (I am always amused to recall once seeing a wine shop called 'Don Magnifico's.' An inside joke if I ever saw one.) The cast is rounded out by Patrizia Cigna and Martina Borst as Clorinda and Tisbe. And the engine of the plot, the philosopher Alidoro, is sung deliciously by basso Luca Pisaroni. The Prague Chamber Choir is excellent as is the orchestra, the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslauten led by Zedda. This is Rossini as to the manor born.

There have been any number of other recordings of this delightful opera but for a newcomer to the score, this budget release is more than value for cost. There is no libretto included in the booklet, but the Italian libretto is available online at an url supplied by the Naxos website.

An easy recommendation.

2CDs: 2:34:44

Scott Morrison
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28248f4) out of 5 stars La Cenerentola Feb. 24 2008
By Soeren Riis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Under the baton of Alberto Zedda, probably the best Rossini-conductor of our time, Joyce DiDenato creates a wonderful portrait of the unfortunate girl who wins the prince at the end. I have had the great fortune to hear Joyce DiDonate in the same role in Barcelona, and I simply adore her!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2824d2c) out of 5 stars The Real Deal!! Oct. 25 2012
By John G. Gleeson Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Reviewer Morrison has nailed it on this one, so I won't repeat what he has written about this marvellous performance. I think it is Joyce DiDonato's first commercial recording and she does her usual incredible performance with a rich, creamy voice and incredible bel canto technique. Jose Manuel Zapata is a near perfect Prince Ramiro with a light and agile technique that doesn't miss a beat. I have liked Bruno Pratico in anything I have seen or heard and he does not disappoint. Conductor Alberto Zedda is new to me, but he is totally with the score, producing what may be the best conducted Cenerentola I have heard.

This is my first CD version; I have four DVDs and usually prefer to watch. But I am delighted with this set, especially at the reasonable price Naxos sells for. I expect that it will get played a lot here. Bravi! Tutti bravii!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2824d14) out of 5 stars Great recording of DiDonato Aug. 12 2013
By paul sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
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Both DiDonato and the tenor on this recording are wonderful!! The recording quality could be better in some parts of the recording, but the major sections are excellent.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27fe0f0) out of 5 stars New Favorite July 1 2014
By K. Ives - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The CD was provided promptly and it has a place of honor in my car stereo now. Absolutely wonderful music and of course my girl Joyce is sublime.