- Performer: Adami, Janes, Wurtemberg Po, Rossini Choir Altensteig, Bonynge Riedel
- Composer: Meyerbeer
- Audio CD (June 20 2006)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Nop
- ASIN: B000FGGKJE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
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The two great strengths of this recording are the hugely skilled conducting of Richard Bonynge (this is the sort of music that he can really bring to life -- and interestingly here without stellar performers) and the enthusiasm with which the principals, chorus and orchestra enter into the proceedings. That none of these are really top drawer is easily forgotten as the whole performance hangs together to provide very pleasant listening. While as another reviewer noted, the forces are not of the quality that Opera Rara usually brings to similarly obscure works, there is less of a feeling of rescuing an overly neglected work and more one of putting on a performance because the music is indeed worthwhile on its own merits. Finally, the price cannot be beat while the recording quality is good.
As a previous reviewer noted, Robert Levine gave an extremely negative review "This is living proof that all re-discovered masterpieces in fact are not necessarily masterpieces. Some, like this one, aren’t even close". Do not believe the expert! Listen to the music and I think you will agree that this is indeed a true Masterpiece.
I am a fan of Rossini and own many of his operas. However, this Semiramide to my ear equals or tops even the best of Rossini.
Where can I get more of this quality of music? The other Meyerbeer opera music that I have heard (L 'Africaine, Les Huguenots) seem uninspired in comparison.
Since writing this review another recording of this opera on Dynamic has appeared. The Dynamic performance is much better sung & seems a more complete version than this Naxos edition. I own both, but if you only want one, the Dynamic is the one to own.