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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Gaetano Donizetti: La zingara (2002)

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Arnold Bosman, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Gaetano Donizetti: La zingara (2002)

Arnold Bosman, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia - Gaetano Donizetti: La zingara (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 590 Mb | Total time: 76:04+48:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 396/1-2 | Recorded: 2001

Despite its moronic libretto, the opera was an enormous success at its premiere in Naples in 1822, and even Bellini wrote nice things about the second-act septet. Donizetti mixes buffo and serious characters, as well as Neapolitan dialect (there are no recitatives; numbers are separated by spoken dialogue) with “pure” Italian, and the absurd plot is (sort of) held together by the clever Argilla, who under the guise of telling fortunes gains entry to people’s feelings as well as to every area of the castle. Is it a masterpiece? Even close? No, but there are niceties galore–rhythmic arias and ensembles, good (if typical) characterizations, and good tunes.

Lü Jia, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (2008)

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Lü Jia, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (2008)

Lü Jia, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.56+6.64 Gb (2xDVD9) | 201 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

The title La Gazza Ladra is translated as ‘The Thieving Magpie’, which as expected is a story based around the theft of some silverwear which a magpie has absconded for its nest, a crime which a servant girl is wrongly accused of. La Gazza Ladra is an "opera semiseria", a genre from Rossini’s time which was used to define a drama with a happy ending in which the innocent victim, unjustly condemned, should be saved from the scaffold at the eleventh hour and the rascal persecutor punished.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 75:23+71:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas ‎| 5 45461 2 | Recorded: 2000

One of Handel’s rarer operas, Arminio, set at the time of the Roman Empire, was first performed in 1737. “On the evidence of this very fine recording,” said Gramophone when this performance first appeared, “it can stand among the best of the Handel operas, full of beautiful and imaginative things.” Conducting a cast led by the virtuosic Vivica Genaux in the title role – composed for the castrato Domenico Annibali – is the renowned Handel specialist Alan Curtis.

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Vivaldi: Giustino (2002)

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Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Vivaldi: Giustino (2002)

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Vivaldi: Giustino (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 65:43+68:36+65:17+78:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | # GB2307/10-2 | Recorded: 2002

The artistic heritage of Antonio Vivaldi, acknowledged for his talent as far as the mastery of instrumental music is concerned, has waited for years for a correct evaluation in the opera music field as well. On the other hand, a musician who in 1739, at 61 years of age, was able to boast of having composed no less than 94 operas had a legitimate right to describe himself first and foremost an opera composer. Nowadays, unfortunately, only 23 of his opera scores have been preserved and not all are complete; as the scholar Reinhard Strohm writes, "We're only able to document approximately 60 operatic performances between 1713 and 1739, in which the composer was personally involved in various ways.