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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Fritz Ollendorf (vocals); Gabriella Carturan (mezzo-soprano); Luigi Alva (vocals); Maria Callas (soprano);...
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  1. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera
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EMI's 1957 Il barbiere di Siviglia remains near the top of the pack of recorded performances of the opera. As important as the fine cast is in making this a memorable version, it's a work that needs top-notch conducting to make its fullest impact, and Alceo Galliera leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus in a quicksilver performance that delivers the work's humor with lightness and its lyricism with warmth. The orchestra's playing is pristine and Galliera makes the most of Rossini's all-important dynamic gradations and ...