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|1. Sinfonia - I Solisti Veneti|
|2. Lieto, Ridente Oltre L'usato|
|3. Ah! No: Sia Questo Di Tregua Il Giorno|
|4. Si, Guerrieri, Fian Sacre|
|5. Germano, a Te Richiede|
|6. Quell'astro Mattutino|
|7. Signor, Tanto Il Tuo Nome|
|8. Sventurata! Or Che Mi Resta|
|9. German, Se Togli Al Campo|
|10. Per Me Propizio Il Fato|
See all 24 tracks on this disc
|1. Dove Son Io|
|2. Mio Ben, Questa Che Premi|
|3. D'Amor La Reggia È Questa|
|4. Canzoni Amorose|
|5. D'Amore Al Dolce Impero|
|6. Dance & General Chorus|
|7. Come L'aurette Placide...?|
|8. Oh Quanto, Amico, D'Ascalona|
|9. Qui Tutto È Calma|
|10. Fuggite, Infernei Mostri|
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Armida is a rather peculiar opera, with one soprano role, six tenor roles and two bass roles. The tenors can to a large extent be doubled as can the bass roles, the lack of real dramatic coherence being indicated by the way in which so many of the characters do not interact with each other.
One of the main strengths of this recording is the conducting by Claudio Scimone of a first-class and sympathetic orchestra and a great chorus. As Gatti's unfortunate performance demonstrates, this work needs solid direction to make it at all coherent and this Scimone provides. The tenors produce some very fine singing indeed and they have sufficiently distinctive voices to help keep the drama alive in aural form alone. Chris Merritt in the principal male role gives a well-balanced and satisfying rendition. Bruce Ford and William Matteuzzi, each of whom sings two roles, also do very well; indeed, I can't remember hearing a better performance by Bruce Ford.
The central figure in the opera is Armida herself. Only here is there real competition from the alternative set. I actually prefer Cecilia Gasdia's interpretation, partly because Flemming, though more spectacular, is poorly recorded, but many would find Flemming preferable.
This set only provides the libretto in Italian only, while the rival does have translations into English, German and French.
Overall, however, there is no real competition to this set. It is not the best Rossini, but it does provide an enjoyable, well executed work.