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Rossini: Mosè - Fernando Jacopucci (vocals); Franco Ventriglia (vocals); Giampaolo Corradi (vocals); Giovanni Gusmeroli (vocals); Gloria Lane (vocals); Mario Petri (vocals); Nicolai Ghiaurov (vocals); Ottavio Garaventa (vocals); Shirley Verrett (vocals)
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  1. Mosè in Egitto, opera
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Rossini wrote his grand opera, Mosè in Egitto, for Naples, but extensively revised it as Moïse et Pharoan for its 1827 Paris premiere, and it's the second version, in Italian translation, that's presented here. The recording comes from a live 1968 broadcast from Rome. The sound is clean for a live performance, with few distractions and good balance, but overall it's dinky sounding and somewhat distant. Once the ear has adjusted to the compromised acoustic, though, it's not hard to recognize this as a distinguished and ...