Rossini L'Italiana in Algeri
Of the five currently available recordings of
Sadly, Erato dropped from the first CD reissue (8/88) the three alternative arias that Rossini wrote for Vicenza, Milan and Naples, and ''Per lui che adoro'' in its original scoring with flute obbligato. These appeared as fascinating addenda to the original three-LP set in 1981. In 1988 Erato decided against trying to squeeze them on to two CDs; though, tantalizingly, they are still discussed in the excellent booklet note by the editor of the Critical Edition, Azio Corghi.
In the event, this latest CD reissue is a straight re-run of the 1988 one. All that is different is the label logo. This has become Libretto, a shameless innovation given the fact that, once again, Erato provide an Italian text but no English one. Ironically, if you want an English libretto, you will have to ignore Libretto and buy the CBS set instead.'