Rossini: The 5 One-Act Operas (2005)
Alessandra Rossi De Simone (vocals), Alessandro Corbelli (vocals), Amelia Felle (vocals), Bruno de Simone (vocals), Bruno Pratico (vocals), Bruno Pratico (baritone), Danilo Serraiocco (vocals), Fabio Previati (vocals), Francesca Provisionato (vocals)
composed by Gioachino Rossini
Brilliant's breezy survey of Rossini's one-act operas is assembled from five different recordings originally released on the Claves label in the ... Show synopsis Brilliant's breezy survey of Rossini's one-act operas is assembled from five different recordings originally released on the Claves label in the early '90s. All were well received in their original form, and since all five were conducted by the veteran Marcello Viotti in similar-enough-for-non-audiophile acoustics, they make a convincing box set, and an attractive buy for those looking for a lighthearted Rossini infusion. The packaging is minimal, and the included libretti are in Italian only, so if you're counting on a translation you'll have to find it somewhere else. Viotti's work is exemplary and idiomatic throughout, always putting Rossini's most tuneful and lighthearted foot forward, while never forgetting that every good comedy has real moments of pathos. The overtures all seem a bit under tempo, and could use an extra shot of fun, but they are still upbeat enough to elicit a smile. The casts are uniformly excellent, mostly populated with journeyman Rossinians with fresh, if not always head...