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Rossini - Maometto Secondo [Box set]

Gioachino Rossini , Brno Cohen , Czech Chamber Soloists , Denis Sedov , Anna Rita Gemmabella , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Denis Sedov, Anna Rita Gemmabella, Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade, Antonio de Gobbi, Massimiliano Barbolini, et al.
  • Orchestra: Czech Chamber Soloists
  • Conductor: Brno Cohen
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00030B9FM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I: Sinfonia - Maestoso-Allegro10:08Album Only
Listen  2. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 1, No. 1: Introduzione - Al tuo cenno, Erisso12:12Album Only
Listen  3. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 1, No. 2: Coro di Donne - Restate, amici 4:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 2, No. 3: Scena e Quartetto con Coro - Ilarita! ... Per me?... Speranza!14:15Album Only
Listen  5. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 2, No. 4: Scena e Terzetto: Che sento! Oh Dio! 4:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 3, No. 4 (continued): Giusto Cielo, in tal periglio 8:45Album Only
Listen  7. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 3, No. 4 (continued): Mira, Signor, quel pianto 8:01Album Only
Listen  8. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 4, No. 5: Coro e Cavatina - Dal ferro, dal foco10:05Album Only


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I No. 6: Finale - Compiuta ancor del tutto 8:19Album Only
Listen  2. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 5, No. 6 (continued): Giusto ciel, che strazio e questo! 5:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act I Scene 5, No. 6 (continued): Guardie, ola, costor si traggano12:08Album Only


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Listen  1. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 1, No. 7: Introduzione - E follia sul fior degli anni 4:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 1, No. 8: Scena - Tacete. Ahime! quai detti iniqui ascolto! 3:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 2, No. 8 (continued): Anna ... tu piangi?12:41Album Only
Listen  4. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 3, No. 9: Scena - Oh! come un cieco affetto 4:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 4, No. 9 (continued): Non temer: d'un basso affetto 7:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 5, No. 10: Scena - Oh! come al cor soavi 1:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 6, No. 10 (continued): Pria svenar con ferme ciglia12:50Album Only
Listen  8. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Scene 7, No. 11: Gran Scena ed Aria - Alfin compiuta e un a meta 9:06Album Only
Listen  9. Maometto secondo (Venice version): Act II Final Scene, No. 12: Scena e Rondo finale: I puri voti accogli11:12Album Only


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rossini happy ending 31 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Maometto secondo" started life in 1820 as one of Rossini's Naples operas, where it ends tragically with the heroine's suicide as the triumphant Turks conquer Negroponte. When Rossini came to transfer the opera to Venice, he added an overture and a happy ending, since both were the custom there; and otherwise tweaked the piece, for example adding a chorus from his earlier "Ermione". All this might predispose one to think the Venice version inferior, but far from it -- it's a little shorter than the original (compare this with the Anderson and Ramey version of the original, on Philips), but that just tightens up a somewhat confusing plot.
Naxos have produced an excellent recording, at a great price. Denis Sedov isn't quite Samuel Ramey, but he acts engagingly as well as singing, getting you involved in the story; the same can be said for Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade's Anna. In this version, Anna is a mezzo, and one of the previously tenor roles, the Venetian general Condulmiero, is played by a bass; personally, I found this lower sound gave a different and attractive character to the opera as a whole. For those who like a happy ending, in this version of the story, Maometto isn't confronted with Anna's suicide over the tomb of her mother. Instead he's invited outside to duel with Calbo, the young Venetian general to whom Anna has become betrothed (here sung by the contralto Anna-Rita Gemmabella). Offstage, Calbo evidently defeats Maometto - although we don't see it - since instead of the 1820 version's influx of triumphant Turks into the besieged city, we get a parade of triumphant Venetians, and all that's left is for Anna to fall into Calbo's arms for the rondo finale.
Naxos are doing well by Rossini at the moment: their "Tancredi" (with Ewa Podles and Sumi Jo) is astounding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but ... 9 Dec 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Naxos claims this is a first recording. And indeed it is, in a sense. Many Rossinians, though, remember a blockbuster recording of 'Maometto Secondo' issued in 1983 on Philips (and now available at mid-price and available here at Amazon) with a star-studded cast: Philip Ramey as Maometto, June Anderson as Anna, Margarita Zimmermann as Calbo, with the Philharmonia under Claudio Scimone. The thing that makes this recording a world première is that it is a performance of a revision that Rossini made for the less sophisticated Venice opera after its première in the house for which it was written. the San Carlo in Naples. As a consequence some of the more complicated numbers are cut; I estimate the new version is about twenty minutes shorter than the original.

This is a live recording of what I take to be a concert performance. Applause is inobtrusive and there are no stage noises. It took place at the Bad Wildbad Festival, which presents many Rossini operas (and presented a similarly titled but completely different 'Maometto' by Peter von Winter in the same season as this performance; it has been issued on Marco Polo) and features young and upcoming singers, a Czech orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of an Australian conductor, Brad Cohen.

The plot needn't concern us here, but there is a very detailed synopsis in the CD booklet and one can access the Italian libretto (without an English translation) online at a Naxos site given in the booklet.

The cast of singers is quite a mixed bag. The part of Erisso is sung by a dry-voiced tenor who frankly detracts from the proceedings; his coloratura is, ahem, pretty basic, but he does contribute nicely in the ensembles. The basso singing Maometto, Denis Sedov, does not have quite the resonance of his competition, Sam Ramey on the Philips set but he is fine vocal actor. Calbo (a general, a pants-role) is sung fabulously by a mezzo (who actually sounds more like a coloratura contralto and has a very solid lower extension), Anna-Rita Gemmabella. She handles the fioriture with ease, makes dramatic hay when appropriate, and plays a vital part in the ensembles that this opera is known for, and particularly in the passages where she sings in close harmony with Anna. She is stellar in the terzetto in Act I (which, by the way, is simplified from the extraordinarily complicated--and grand--terzettone of the Naples version). The real discovery here, for me, is a lyric coloratura, Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade, whose Anna is a real delight. She is excellent in the part's dramatic demands (and they are many). Her singing in her big Act I aria is lovely. I like her bright-sounding fast vibrato. She holds her own against her competition in the Philips set, June Anderson.

Brad Cohen's direction is pointed and solid. His orchestra and chorus are just a notch less than top-rate. We must remember that this is a live performance at a festival whose budget cannot be all that big. They tend to get by (and nicely, from the sound of it) with young artists.

All in all, I am glad I have this version. But I'm also glad I have the Philips set. I frankly don't know which of Rossini's versions I prefer. (And this doesn't bring into the equation the final French-language revision that Rossini made for Paris, considerably recast and moved to a Greek setting as 'La Siège de Corinthe.')

3 CDs. Act I is continued onto a short CD2, and then Act II is on CD3. TT=ca. 165

Scott Morrison
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but a good one 4 Sep 2011
By nmharleyrider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I prefer the old recording as I think there is more depth in the cast and, of course, the Philharmonia orchestra is first rate. Sam Ramey in his prime was something else, the first bass I had ever heard who could actually sing all the notes.
If you want to see this wonderful underrated Rossini, come to the Santa Fe Opera summer of 2012 where they will be presenting the new critical edition of Maometto II with Luca Pisaroni.
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not in it but it's good 7 Mar 2005
By Woglinde de Bilitis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I hesitated to purchase this set, even at its fantastic bargain price, as I already had the fantastic Philips set with Zimmermann, Ramey and Anderson and its highlight, the spectacular Act Three trio, is missing from this version, an adaptation Rossini made for Venice which replaces the tragic ending with a happy one. How pleased was I, then, when I bought it anyway and discovered that the replacement finale is an absolute corker featuring a dazzling star turn from Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade. I've never heard of her before but when it comes to vocal gymnastics she's nearly as good as me. And their Maometto also has a wonderful instrument which quite frankly I wouldn't mind getting my hands on as I'm hoping to mount Maometto at the South Hobart Light Opera Company in the near future. Roles like Anna are as rare as hen's teeth for singers like me and Islam-Ali_Zade whose forte is primarily Wagnerian coloratura so a part like this is not to be sniffed at. If I could level one criticism however, I would have liked to have heard a few more bangs on the tambourine from this soprano during the climaxes which is something I always do to keep audiences riveted - when high kicks are not appropriate. Still, with roulades like this, some extra flash is only a mtter of time. Well done!
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