Friday, April 1, 2011

Rossini - Il Turco in Italia - Caballe, Ramey, Chailly, National Philharmonic Orchestra







This recording, from 1982, has the famous and spectacular soprano Montserrat Caballe (as Donna Fiorilla), as the main star of this recording. Caballe, as always, doesn't have a, say, perfect Italian accent but her performance is extraordinary, she was in her better days, doing excellent and accomplishing a perfect interpretation with her unmistakable voice. It is also worth to highlight the basses Enzo Dara (Don Geronio) and Samuel Ramey (Selim), both possessing an incredible comicality in their arias. The tenor Ernesto Palacio (Don Narciso), Montserrat Caballébesides his brilliant voice, has a very beautiful Italian accent, very gallant. The recitative, accompanied by piano is in general a little monotonous as almost all opera recitatives, but very limpid and very well spoken. The part of the choirs is very well served by Ambrosian Opera Chorus, that is a great show by itself, with agile and vibrant voices in a perfect interaction with the main cast. Riccardo Chailly's excellent conducting of the National Philarmonic Orchestra is added to all this. The sound quality is very good, very well recorded and very clean. This is an excellent recording of Il Turco in Italia, good either to listen to Montserrat Caballé's voice in one of her top carreer moments or just to know the elegant comicality of Rossini in a wonderful recording with amazing performances.


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