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Rossini: L'Italiana In Algeri

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Using the critical edition by Azio Corghi, this recording of L'Italiana in Algeri was made at a jubilee performance of the XXth Rossini in Wildbad Festival in 2008. For his tenth opera, the already celebrated 21-year-old Rossini wanted ‘a humorous libretto full of spectacle'. This spirited opera, completed in barely a month, scored an immediate hit and its manic atmosphere of ‘organized, total lunacy', as Stendhal put it, has ensured its enduring popularity.

"Pizzolato...[is] a deft, charming and witty Isabella. Lorenzo Regazzo's nifty Mustafa and Bruno De Simone's classic buffo Taddeo could hardly be bettered today, while the rising American tenor Lawrence Brownlee is a stylist to the tips of his vocal cords, with splendiferously pingy high notes. At Naxos prices, an unmissable bargain." -Sunday Times ****

"[Pizzolato's] disarmingly seductive Isabella is airier and more graceful than any of her predecessors on record...these latter-day Italian Rossinians act with spirit, project with intelligence and ornament with skill...The Czech Virtuosi Brunensis provide lean, light-fingered strings, stylish winds and a pair of horns well able to cope with the demands Rossini occasionally makes of them." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kursaal, Bad Wildbad, Germany (2008-07-02_2008-07-03&2008-).


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>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
  • Performer: Gianni Fabbrini (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alberto Zedda
  • Notes: Kursaal, Bad Wildbad, Germany (2008-07-02_2008-07-03&2008-)
  • Running Time: 114 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813