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Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

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Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)

Claudio Abbado, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 572 Mb | Total time: 67:07+68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 7435 | Recorded: 1984

This is one of those great Rossinian singing competitions in which everyone–and, in particular, the listeners–wins. Composed as a piece of occasional entertainment for the coronation of Charles X in Paris, Rossini borrowed liberally from his recent comic success Le Comte Ory and fashioned a musical necklace chock filled with one shiny bauble after another. Each character has a showpiece aria, from the highs of soprano Cecilia Gasdia as a melodramatic poetess all the way down to the basso realms of Samuel Ramey and Ruggero Raimondi. The ensembles are as delicious as the solos, and Claudio Abbado, in a very theatrical mood (this was recorded live) keeps everything going wittily and with great elan. The plot is practically nonexistent, but with singing like this, it's hard to complain.

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

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John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia,  Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 56:06+73:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 232468 | Recorded: 1989

This is a reissue of a recording that was previously issued by Nuova Era and Mondo Musica. It allows us to hear Marilyn Horne in one of her signature roles, and it was presumably for her that this production was mounted at Venice’s La Fenice. Horne’s performance is what one would expect; she tosses off the coloratura with ease, and her performance is very assured. Her colleagues provide generally good support. Gasdia does not make as strong an impression as some of her recorded competition as Almirena, but her singing is technically assured.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 6] - Zelmira, Semiramide (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 6] - Zelmira, Semiramide (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 6]: Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia - Zelmira; Alberto Zedda, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Iano Tamar, Gloria Scalchi - Semiramide (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,47 Gb | Total time: 80:47+73:06+78:31+79:03+77:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1989, 1992

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5] - Ermione, Bianca e Falliero (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5] - Ermione, Bianca e Falliero (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 5]: Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Cecilia Gasdia - Ermione; Donato Renzetti, London Sinfonietta Opera Orchestra, Katia Ricciarelli, Marilyn Horne - Bianca e Falliero (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,20 Gb | Total time: 65:44+57:00+76:51+52:16+47:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1986, 1988

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)

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Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)

Claudio Scimone, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - Rossini: Ermione (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 524 Mb | Total time: 65:40+56:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # ECD 75336 | Recorded: 1986

Ermione is one of Rossini's greatest operas. The libretto by Andrea Tottola based on the tragedy by Racine, Andromaque, is one of the richest Rossini ever set, for Tottola in boiling down Racine retained the essence of the play without producing the silliness which so often characterizes bel canto librettos. Possibly, it was the atrength of the libretto that inspired Rossini to write his most profound and innovative opera. He is uncompromising on his demands on the singers. The opera also makes huge demands on the producer since there are major roles for at least three first-class tenors as well as extremely demanding music for a soprano, a contralto or mezzo soprano and a bass. The orchestral and chorus demands are also very high.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt - Rossini: Armida [2012/1991]

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt - Rossini: Armida [2012/1991]

Rossini - Armida (Claudio Scimone, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt) [2012/1991]
Classical | Brilliant Classics 94222 | TT: 76.10+76.45 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 625 Mb

After its successful premiere, Rossini’s opera “Armida” was quickly forgotten, only to be triumphantly revived by Maria Callas in 1952, and ever since it is considered a masterpiece. This performance with primarily Italian forces, has all the wit, charm, beauty and sparkle that any Rossini opera can wish for. Some big names here: Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt,William Matteuzzi and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Great addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection. Armida is today considered one of Rossini’s greatest operas, but following its premier in Naples in 1817 it quickly faded from the standard operatic repertoire. Its plot of knightly duties, love and supernatural worlds (foreshadowing Weber in places) inspired the composer to write some of his most original and inimitable music, with unusual combinations of instruments and some beautiful extended solos for cello and violin.The love music is undeniably heartfelt and sincere; Rossini’s inspiration may have been assisted by his romantic involvement with the soprano Isabella Colbran, a major star of the time and the first to perform the title role.