Rossini Maometto II

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Gioachino Rossini

Genre:

Opera

Label: Digital Classics

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 412 148-2PH3

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Maometto Secondo June Anderson
Mark Zimmermann
Laurence Dale
Ernesto Palacio
Samuel Ramey
Claudio Scimone
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Predictably, Philips's pioneering recording of Rossini's Maometto II, his penultimate Neapolitan opera, sounds even better on CD than it did on LP; and in matters of editing in extraneous effects it is marginally cleaner. Certainly the set will come as a revelation to those who mistakenly consider Rossini to be successful only as a composer of opera buffa. Purloining Dr Johnson on Shakespeare, we might say that Rossini's tragedy is all skill where his comedy is instinct; but by 1820 that skill was of a high order as men like Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi later, readily acknowledged. Let's hope that it won't be too long before we have on CD a French-language performance of Maometto II's Paris revision, Le siege de Corinthe.'

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