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Warner Erato/Teldec Opera Collection

Warner 68355-9

Gioachino Rossini

L'Italiana in Algeri
  • Samuel Ramey
  • Kathleen Battle
  • Clara Foti
  • Nicola Zaccaria
Prague Philharmonic Choir
I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone
Warner Erato Opera Collection 2564-68355-9 141m 2CDs
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Warner 68827-8

Giuseppe Verdi

La Traviata
  • Edita Gruberova
  • Patricia Spence
  • Monica Bacelli
  • Neil Shicoff
Ambrosian Singers
London Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Rizzi
Warner Teldec Opera Collection 2564-68827-8 130m 2CDs
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Warner continues apace with their excellent opera series drawn from the rich Teldec and Erato back catalogues. Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri" received a now famous recording under the able baton of Claudio Scimone with Samuel Ramey in the title role of Mustafa'. Other notable singers in this early 1981 digital pressing are Kathleen Battle and Marilyn Horne who sing their roles with admirable capability and technical ability.

Verdi's "La Traviata" has received myriad recordings over the years and this one is definitely no exception. With Gruberova a fine "Violetta" and an equally fine Neil Shicoff as Alfredo Germont, the opera moves along quite nicely under the able direction of Carlo Rizzi. There is a sense of a grand occasion all round and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this particular version to all those who are perhaps new to the work.

Copyright © 2010, Gerald Fenech

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