Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe

Naxos: 8660329-30

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Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8660329-30
(8.660329-30)

Discs:

2

Release date:

3rd June 2013

Barcode:

0730099032971

Length:

2 hours 31 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe


Lorenzo Regazzo (bass), Majella Cullagh (soprano), Marc Sala (tenor), Michael Spyres (tenor), Matthieu Lécroart (bass), Gustavo Quaresma Ramos (tenor), Marco Filippo Romano (baritone) & Silvia Beltrami (mezzo-soprano)

Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań & Virtuosi Brunensis, Jean-Luc Tingaud

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Rossini adapted his own Italian opera of 1820, Maometto, for the Parisian stage under the title of Le Siège de Corinthe. As Rossini’s original work had already absorbed distinctive French characteristics such as heroic arias, and characterisation through orchestral colour, the newly composed music for the reworking makes for a powerful and compelling operatic tour de force. With its historical subject matter and tragic ending, Le Siège de Corinthe anticipates the advent of grand opera.

It is an important work, showing how Rossini both absorbed and continued to propagate the demands of the new French opera movement of the first third of the nineteenth century which required a strong sense of historic narrative and tragedy.

Gioachino Rossini: Le siege de Corinthe

Ouverture

Act I: Introduction: Ta noble voix seigneur (Chorus, Cleomene, Neocles) - Recitatif: Vaillants guerriers (Cleomene, Hieros, Neocles, Chorus) - La Grece est libre encore (Cleomene, Hieros)

Act I: Scene et Trio: Ta fille m'est promise - Disgrace horrible! (Neocles, Cleomene, Pamyra, Chorus)

Act I: Marche et Choeur: La flamme rapide (Chorus)

Act I: Recitatif et Air: Qu'a ma voix - Chef d'un peuple indomptable (Mahomet, Chorus)

Act I: Scene et Finale: Nous avons triomphe - Ah! l'amant qui m'enchaine (Omar, Mahomet, Cleomene, Pamyra, Chorus, Ismene)

Act II: Recitatif et Air: Que vais-je devenir? - Du sejour de la lumiere (Pamyra, Chorus)

Act II: Duo et Choeur: Rassure-toi - Que vois-je (Mahomet, Pamyra, Omar, Chorus) - Recitatif: Triomphe Pamyra (Mahomet)

Act II: Ballade: L'hymen lui donne une couronne (Ismene, Chorus)

Act II: Air de danse I

Act II: Air de danse II

Act II: Hymne: Divin prophete (Chorus) - Recitatif: Quel bruit se fait entendre? (Mahomet, Pamyra, Neocles, Omar, Chorus)

Act II: Finale: Il est son frere (Mahomet, Pamyra, Neocles, Omar, Chorus)

Act III: Recitatif et Priere: Avancons - O toi que je revere (Neocles, Adraste, Chorus)

Act III: Air: Grand Dieu, faut-il qu'un peuple (Neocles)

Act III: Scene et Trio: Cher Cleomene - Celeste providence (Neocles, Cleomene, Pamyra)

Act III: Recitatif, Scene et Choeur: Je viens de parcourir (Hieros, Cleomene, Hieros, Chorus, Pamyra, Ismene, Neocles)

Act III: Recitatif et Priere: L'heure fatale approche - Juste ciel! (Pamyra, Chorus)

Act III: Finale: Mais quels accents se font entendre… (Pamyra, Chorus, Mahomet)

BBC Music Magazine

September 2013

****

“[the] orchestra delivers plenty of energy and attack from the martial overture onwards...Cullagh's Pamyra meets all the coloratura challenges with assurance and is firm and expressive throughout...Spyres cuts a dash as Neocles”

International Record Review

June 2013

“fresh and lithe playing is well recorded. Tingaud seems to have a feel for Rossini's music. At hand is a very good cast...[Cullagh's] lustrous timbre is suited to the ornate sections of Pamyra's role and to the more restrained delivery of the prayer 'Juste ciel!'...I received a great deal of pleasure from this set, right from the Overture”

MusicWeb International

25th July 2013

“Spyres is up to the demands of the role...singing with vocal flexibility and appealing tone...[Cullagh's] strong characterisation allied to vocal flexibility is well in evidence...Jean-Luc Tingaud is fully at home in the idiom.”

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