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  • Audio CD (25 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Fonit
  • ASIN: B00005Y6QN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abert on 22 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a live recording of Rossini's 'Messa di Gloria' in 1992. The work has very few recordings. I must say that I did not succeed in purchasing this CD, but only managed to view its entirety as recorded on Youtube (as video).
Accardo seldom conducts, and he is reasonably good in Rossini's rarely performed piece. The tempi are a bit slow, but in the main, he brings out the drama very well, especially in the 'Gloria in excelsis'.
The soloists (with solo parts to sing) are tenors Robert Gambill and Francisco Araiza, soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci and bass baritone Pietro Spagnoli.
Needless to say, in 1992, Ms. Antonacci was barely 30 years old, and Spagnoli in his early 30's. I had a hard time recognising Mr. Spagnoli in the video, but he sang really well in this live performance. His last bass aria Quoniam tu solis sanctum really throws clear light on the great operatic career ahead of him!
A bit on the green side is the young Anna Caterina Antonacci, but she too sings impeccably, if her Laudamus Te is not as suave as Sumi Jo for Marriner (also recorded in 1992, but in Studio).
So you'd notice that in 1992 there were two Rossini 'Messa di Gloria' recordings - this live one conducted by Accardo, and studio one by Neville Marriner.
While the bass part and the soprano part are ideally sung in this Accardo's live performance, the two tenors are less than ideal, alas.
Francisco Araiza also sung in Marriner's studio recording. Here, however, he sung the 'opposite' tenor parts than in that studio recording, and the result is quite disastrous, as his solo aria Gratias witnessed what singing heavy repertoire of Wagner did to his voice, especially in Rossini.
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(-) Good for Spagnoli and Antonacci, with Accardo on a rare podium. 22 Jan. 2013
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a live recording of Rossini's 'Messa di Gloria' in 1992. The work has very few recordings. I must say that I did not succeed in purchasing this CD, but only managed to view its entirety as recorded on Youtube (as video).
Accardo seldom conducts, and he is reasonably good in Rossini's rarely performed piece. The tempi are a bit slow, but in the main, he brings out the drama very well, especially in the 'Gloria in excelsis'.
The soloists (with solo parts to sing) are tenors Robert Gambill and Francisco Araiza, soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci and bass baritone Pietro Spagnoli.
Needless to say, in 1992, Ms. Antonacci was barely 30 years old, and Spagnoli in his early 30's. I had a hard time recognising Mr. Spagnoli in the video, but he sang really well in this live performance. His last bass aria Quoniam tu solis sanctum really throws clear light on the great operatic career ahead of him!
A bit on the green side is the young Anna Caterina Antonacci, but she too sings impeccably, if her Laudamus Te is not as suave as Sumi Jo for Marriner (also recorded in 1992, but in Studio).
So you'd notice that in 1992 there were two Rossini 'Messa di Gloria' recordings - this live one conducted by Accardo, and studio one by Neville Marriner.
While the bass part and the soprano part are ideally sung in this Accardo's live performance, the two tenors are less than ideal, alas.
Francisco Araiza also sung in Marriner's studio recording. Here, however, he sung the 'opposite' tenor parts than in that studio recording, and the result is quite disastrous, as his solo aria Gratias witnessed what singing heavy repertoire of Wagner did to his voice, especially in Rossini. The high notes at the end of his Gratias agimus tibi cracked one after the other, and as this is a live performance, there is simply no escape. As indeed, in the swapped tenor part for Marriner, there are also signs of vocal wear in the Qui tollis peccata, though in a studio recording, one can always re-do and re-make by different takes.
As the other tenor (singing the solo Qui tollis peccata), Robert Gambill really fared no better than Francisco Araiza. The battling with the high notes are heroic, but not entirely successful. Gambill's problem, however, is not a worn out voice, but lack of vocal range.
Indeed, Rossini's 'Messa di Gloria' is real challenge for Rossini tenors. It is not a surprise that Juan Diego Florez had not, to-date, sung its tenor parts in entirety.
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