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Rossini: Opera Arias and Overtures with Maria Bayo and Rinaldo Alessandrini
Gioachino Rossini, Maria Bayo, Rinaldo Alessandrini
Rossini: Opera Arias and Overtures with Maria Bayo and Rinaldo Alessandrini
Genre: Classical
 
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Mario Bayo has won a strong following through her singing of Baroque rarities. Here, she turns to Rossini arias, on which her small, bright soprano generates lots of agility and allure but insufficient color and depth. The...  more »

     
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All Artists: Gioachino Rossini, Maria Bayo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
Title: Rossini: Opera Arias and Overtures with Maria Bayo and Rinaldo Alessandrini
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Label: Astree
Release Date: 3/12/2002
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 709861088539

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Mario Bayo has won a strong following through her singing of Baroque rarities. Here, she turns to Rossini arias, on which her small, bright soprano generates lots of agility and allure but insufficient color and depth. There's the welcome inclusion of relative rarities, such as the aria from Rossini's first success, the one-act L'inganno felice, and an aria the composer added for a revival of Barber of Seville. Of course, that opera's popular "Una voce poco fa" is here, too, done with brio if not with the coloratura fireworks others bring to it. A special treat is the contribution of Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano. In addition to characterful accompaniments, they play two overtures with wonderful zest, see-through transparency, and tonal polish. Beefed up to 33 players, this crack period-instrument band imbues every phrase with life, and the sound of their wind section is ravishing. To hear the way the ensemble rips into the Overture to La scala di sieta is alone worth the price of purchase. --Dan Davis
 

CD Reviews

Super Compilation of Rossini Arias
04/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Maria Bayo has one of the clearest, most flexible voices I have ever heard. She follows in the footsteps of her teachers, the late Teresa Berganza and Pilar Lorengar, with her Spaniard approach to Bel Canto and coloratura phrasing. This compilation has some rarities, excellent overtures, and the last aria (Track 8) really stands out as the jewel from the album. This is worth the price, being an import, and be sure to get her Mozart Arias and Handel Arias as well. She's one of the most up and coming singers in Zarzuela (Spanish bel canto) and lyric opera of Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti. I would not be surprised to hear her as the new greatest Lucia di Lammermoor after Anna Moffo or Natalie Dessay's recent attempt (which isn't bad, I might add, albeit different)."
Luscious! Wow! and double wow! Wow, again. And wow. Luscious
Steven Guy | Croydon, South Australia | 09/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Now this is what I am talking about! A wonderful voice, a great period instrument orchestra, an HIP approach and a beautifully recorded CD. What more could anyone want?

This marvellous and sexy recording of Rossini arias is just my cup of tea. Maria Bayo is just wonderful. Her period instrument orchestra is just wonderful and Rinaldo Alessandrini deserves a gold medal for this recording. The sounds are great and the music is just wonderful.

There are no other recordings like this one. This one is unique and there are no other recording of this repertoire on period instruments. So this is the only one available. But it is a wonder, nontheless.

Please consider buying this recording if you're a music lover - especially if you love Early Music and if you love 19th century opera - both come together on this recording."