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Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri - Bruno de Simone (bass); Elsa Giannoulidou (mezzo-soprano); Gianni Fabbrini (harpsichord); Giulio Mastrototaro (bass);...
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  1. L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
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Festival productions can be hit or miss, depending on how much time the musicians have rehearsed together, and on the chemistry between them. This CD is an absolute hit, recorded at the 20th Rossini in Wildbad Festival. The singers beautifully embody their characters, while the orchestra (Virtuosi Brunensis with Alberto Zedda) is spirited and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir richly supportive. The energetic overture draws the listener into the opera's world, with the requisite full orchestra crescendo one expects ...