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|Michele Govi, Giovanni Paisiello, Franco Trinca|
Giovanni Paisiello: La Frascatana
Paisiello at his best
B. Bork | Ontario, Canada | 08/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This fabulous classical opera represents Paisiello at his best and brightest. You get a mix of all that makes this composer great: simple yet tunefull melodies, clear emotional expression, and straight forward characterization.
The breakdown of La Frascatana is as follows: Overture, Introduzione (duetto), 3 Cavatina's (one is "a due"), 13 Arias, 2 Duetto's (excluding the Cavatina a due), 1 Quintetto, 2 finales, and 1 finaletto). Pretty standard fare for a Paisiello opera.
The three main joys of a Paisiello opera are all present in La Frascatana. The first is a quirky male duetto, the second is an "ensemble of manners" (the quintetto), and the third is an exciting finale or two.
In my opinion, Paisiellos greatest talent was in his ensembles and finales to the point where Rossini's early to middle period still reflects and adapts the structure that Paisiello established in his opera ensembles and finales. La Frascatana delievers this classic Paisiello ensemble structure in full with each major number (first finale, second finale, and quintetto) so that the full effect of his genius in this genre is evident.
The highest praises go to the first movement of the first finale, I'll never get over this ensembles melody or psychological accuracy. Paisiello doesn't compare to Mozart but he does have an exceptional sense of comedy and timing that moves the action forward in what seems to be a modified Rondo format (Paisiello's classic ensemble structure). Great stuff!
This CD was manufacture by BonGiovanni which can be hit and miss with their products but I'm glad to say that this recording is a hit. It may not have star performers but with the exeption of the second tenor and the third donna, they are up to the task in this delightfull gem of an opera.
This is one of my favorite Paisiello purchases and certainly one of my favorite operas as well. If you're a fan of the classical style, opera buffa, and good music then you'll love La Frascatana."