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|Giacomo Meyerbeer, Richard Bonynge, Fiona James|
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Kenneth Gilman | Miami Fla | 07/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This, one of Meyerbeer's earliest Italian operas, is a great find. Opera Rara has done a fine job recording other Meyerbeer rarities but this Naxos recording is a wonderful addition to the music of Meyerbeer available on cd (though the singing is nowhere near the quality of Opera Rara recordings). Though a live preformance the sound is excellent with almost no distracting noise from the audience except applause. While not in the same league with Meyerbeer's later French grand operas, considering how early a piece this is, the music is very mature, with great soprano arias & duets. My only fault with the music is that it has no flavor of the time (ancient Babylon) in which the opera is set. Other than that the music is a delight. A must for anyone who enjoys bel canto opera & anyone who loves Meyerbeer in particular.
Since writing this review another recording of this opera on Dynamic has appeared. The Dynamic performance is much better sung & seems a more complete version than this Naxos edition. I own both, but if you only want one, the Dynamic is the one to own."
Good opera, well performed
Bruce Bogin | rural France | 09/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This opera of Meyerbeer's early days got a bad rap from a reviewer for whom I have nothing but the utmost respect. You will find that review on Classics Today which I consult several times a day. Compared to Robert Levine my knowledge of music and opera is nil and his is vast, and so I am going to chalk this up to a difference in taste. Frankly I bought this item because I enjoy Meyerbeer's music and I couldn't resist the price. After reading Mr. Levine's review I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised. This opera is not great but it is good and pleasurable to listen to. I find the singers and particularly the soprano to have extremely fine voices. I am enjoying this opera immensely and recommend it unreservedly, not just to Meyerbeer fans but to all who like early 19th century opera."
Rare but good
K. Wong | Virginia, USA | 08/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not all Meyerbeer sounds like Rossini, but this one does. The opera moves in a rather quick pace. Music is good in general, but singing, I say, is four stars, not five. You probably won't complain about bad singing but there is nothing to write home about either. However, since you are not going to get a major company recording this one with big names, this one is pretty good. I am grateful that Naxos is offering rarity like this, therefore five stars. If you are already a Meyerbeer fan, you won't want to miss this one."