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Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 5, 2017
Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:21
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.
Armonia Atenea and Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Armonia Atenea and Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 01:15:20 | 173 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Curiously, Rossini has composed two roles for a castrato: to Alceo in the cantata Il vero omaggio, and that of Arsaces in Aureliano in Palmira, both for Giambattista Velluti, the last castrato internationally renowned opera . Against the Argentine tenor Franco Fagioli has deliberately given up these roles to this album Rossini, preferring to focus on transvestites roles that address sexual ambiguity from another angle. In operas "serious" by Rossini, rarely given today, there are many male characters whose roles were written for singers. Already, in the Baroque era, the role of the "primo uomo" could be entrusted to a woman if we did not have the proper castrato.
Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997)

Cecilia Bartoli, James Levine - An Italian Songbook: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti (1997)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: London/Decca | # 455 513-2 | Time: 01:07:23

The Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is one of the most charming and talented singers to appear on the scene in recent years, and this collection of Italian songs by three great opera composers–Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini–is a most deserving bestseller. There are many small pleasures in the selections, which reflect the bel canto predilections of their authors, and Bartoli renders them artfully. Some will be familiar even to casual listeners (Rossini's La Danza, the famous tarantella); others will be new to most, but equally deserving of a hearing. The sensitive and skillful accompaniment is by conductor-pianist James Levine.
Maria Callas - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (1958/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (1958) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 130:09 minutes | 2,76 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

As she demonstrated in both Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia, Callas, the great tragedienne, could also turn her skills to comedy. As it happened, the 1956 La Scala production of Rossini's most popular opera did not prove a great success with audiences, but its stars - Callas, Tito Gobbi and Luigi Alva - reassembled in London the following year for this recording. Callas sang the role of Rosina at its original mezzo-soprano pitch and her version of 'Una voce poco fa' - punctuated by an unforgettable 'ma' ('but') in the cabaletta - is a miracle of both elegance and wit.
Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 112:50 minutes | 1,23 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Callas's two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia. She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla - a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk - in Rome in 1950. Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli, also, famously, the director of her Covent Garden Tosca and Paris Norma. Gramophone wrote: 'Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting, melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a 'key' figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards'.
Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Andrea Battistoni) (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Andrea Battistoni) (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23931 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 39,8 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3985 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 170 min | 9,18 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

In Parma, where audiences are considered the most discerning in all Italy, the benchmark for vocal artists is set traditionally high. Operagoers here are intimately familiar with the works of their favourites, from Rossini to Puccini, and know every tricky corner by heart. God forbid any singer who fails to accomplish the task without due seemliness Unsurprisingly, then, this performance attempts no directorial experiments. The main setting for this realistically inspired production both indoors and out is Rosinas house, which is converted as required into its constituent parts.

Rossini - La Cenerentola (Dante; Perez) 2016 [HDTV 720p]  Music

Posted by stfine at Feb. 6, 2016
Rossini - La Cenerentola (Dante; Perez) 2016 [HDTV 720p]

Rossini - La Cenerentola (Dante; Pérez) 2016 [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), ~4.7 mbps, 25 fps | Italian, AC3 448 kbps, 5.1 ch | Subs: Eng, Fre, Ger, Ita, Spa | 02:55:32 | 6.1 GB
Classical, Opera | Teatro dell'Opera di Roma | HDTV->MKV

A magically entertaining work, Rossini’s version of the Cinderella folk tale features neither pumpkin nor glass slipper. Don Ramiro the prince (Argentinean tenor Juan Francisco Gatell) changes identities with his servant (Vito Priante) in the hopes of finding a girl who likes him simply for himself. Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi stars as Angelina (Cenerentola). Emma Dante's innovative production is brimming with talent. Recorded live at Teatro dell' Opera, Roma, January 22, 2016.

Rossini - The Five One-act Operas (Marcello Viotti) [2005]  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Sept. 18, 2015
Rossini - The Five One-act Operas (Marcello Viotti) [2005]

Rossini - The Five One-act Operas: Il signor Bruschino; La scala di seta; L'occasione fa il ladro; La cambiale di matrimonio;
L'inganno felice (Viotti, Pratico, Corbelli, Spagnoli, Bayo, de Carolis) [2005]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 8cd, 1.73 GB
Classical | Label: Brilliant | Catalog Number: 92399

Between 1810 and 1812 Rossini composed these five one-act "farces" for the Teatro San Moise in Venice. They may be formulaic–even in their plots, most of which concern a young couple fooling an older suitor, or a young couple trying to find happiness, or a Canadian suitor away from his home turf(!)–but each has something to recommend it and none outstays its welcome. And the last of the group, Il Signor Bruschino, is famous for its overture, in which Rossini asks the violinists to tap their bows against their stands–witty, unusual, and apparently annoying to the conservative Venetians.
–Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

Rossini - Il Turco in Italia (Jonathan Webb) (2010) [Blu-ray]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Aug. 27, 2015
Rossini - Il Turco in Italia (Jonathan Webb) (2010) [Blu-ray]

Rossini - Il Turco in Italia (Jonathan Webb) (2010) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 8488 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min |20,3GB
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio2: Italian / DTS-HD Master Audio / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4995 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Il Turco in Italia is one of Rossini‘s wittiest but most neglected works. It is full of ingenious and freshly composed invention. It is Rossini‘s fi rst collaboration with Felice Romani - Bellini‘s librettist - on this opera and Romani understood perfectly Rossini‘s love of pastiche and parody. He provided a commedia dell‘ arte scenario that gave Rossini plenty of opportunity to mock traditions he had helped to cultivate in the first place. The plot is delightfully salcious and among the many jewels in the score, the duet for Geronio and Selim, in which the Turk tries to persuade the ageing husband to sell his wife to him, is widely considered one of the composer‘s masterpieces.
Rossini - The Early Operas (Il Signor Bruschino; La Cambiale di Matrimonio; L'Occasione fa il Ladro; La Scala di Seta) [2008]

Rossini - The Early Operas (Il Signor Bruschino / La Cambiale di Matrimonio / L'Occasione fa il Ladro / La Scala di Seta)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LPCM, 2 ch) | 24.96 GB
Classical | Label: Art Haus | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

These video recordings all from the Schwetzingen opera festival were recorded in the late 80s and early 90s and originally released on laser disk on the Teldec label.