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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B003PN5U6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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titolo-il barbiere di sivigliacompositore-gioachino rossini orchestra-academy of st. martin in the fields direttore-sir neville marriner interpreti-thomas allen (cantante)-francisco araiza (cantante)etichetta-decca-n. dischi2data-2 novembre 2010supporto-cd audiogenere-opera e canto--------branidisco 11.overture (sinfonia) 2.no.1 introduzione: "piano, pianissimo" 3.cavatina: "ecco, ridente in cielo" 4.recitativo: "gente indiscreta" 5.no.2 cavatina: "largo al factotum" 6.recitativo: "ah, ah! che bella vita" - no.3 canzone: "se il mio nome saper voi bramate" - recitativo: "oh cielo!" - "nella stanza" 7.no.4 duetto: "all'idea di quel metallo" 8.no.5 cavatina: "una voce poco fa" - "io sono docile" 9.recitativo: "si', si', la vincero'" 10.no.6 aria: "la calunnia e' un venticello" 11.recitativo: "ah, che ne dite?" 12.no.7 duetto: "dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?" 13.recitativo: "ora mi sento meglio" 14.no.8 aria: "a un dottor della mia sorte" disco 21.recitativo: "finora in questa camera" - no.9 finale i: "ehi, di casa!... buona gente!..." 2.recitativo: "ma vedi il mio destino" - no.10 duetto: "pace e gioia sia con voi" 3.recitativo: "insomma, mio signore" 4.no.11 aria: "contro un cor che accende amore" 5.recitativo: "bella voce! bravissima!" - no.12 arietta: "quando mi sei vicina" 6.recitativo: "bravo, signor barbiere" 7.no.13 quintetto: "don basilio!" "cosa veggo!" 8.recitativo: "sempre gridi e tumulti" - no.14 aria: "il vecchiotto cerca moglie" 9.recitativo: "dunque voi don alonso non conoscete" 10.no.15 temporale (thunderstorm) 11.recitativo: "alfine, eccoci qua" 12.no.16 terzetto: "ah! qual colpo inaspettato!" 13.recitativo: "ah! disgraziati noi!" - no.17 recitativo strumentato: "il conte!" 14.no.18 aria: "cessa di piu' resistere" 15.recitativo: "insomma, io ho tutti i torti" 16.no.19 finaletto ii: "di si' felice innesto"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. R. J. McCaughan on 16 Mar. 2011
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There's a consensus among reviewers, professional and enthusiast, that this is an evenly cast, finely characterised and sung performance, which can hold its own against intense competition from de Los Angeles, Bruscantini, Callas, Gobbi, Berganza and so on.

But the real hero is Marriner, who plays the score with a respect and delicacy that makes one understand why contemporaries rated Rossini so highly - the true successor of Haydn. Rossini uses the orchestra as much more than a "big banjo" to provide a backdrop for the singers : rather the instruments converse with, decorate, precipitate or hold back, and subvert the vocal line. The result is a performance that abounds with a grace, elegance and wit that no other conductor since Gui can match.

The sound is very clean and spacious, and it's offered at a remarkably low price : what's not to like?

Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2010
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This recording presents Marriner's debut as an opera conductor and is one of Francisco Araiza's earlier full operatic roles on disc. The former is an unqualified success, the second more debatable. I have never warmed to Araiza's rather nasal, throttled tone; it is somewhat grating and immediately contrasts oddly with the plummy, muffled vocal production of Matthew Best's Fiorello. Nor will Araiza's aspirated divisions please purists who become exercised over such things; Lawrence Brownlee in the more recent Sony set is a far neater and conventionally elegant singer with a much mellower, more ingratiating sound.

Agnes Baltsa is a rather ferocious Rosina, long on vocal athleticism with an impressive range but a little short on charm - and she too aspirates her runs more here than in her Rossini recital discs. Thomas Allen is not ideally refulgent of voice as Figaro - I like a Stracciari, a Gobbi or at least a more resonant Italianate sound - but his energy is infectious. His frequent use of mezza voce and falsetto contributes to a light, nuanced, mercurial account less of an overbearing self-publicist than some singers make the barber out to be. He is fleet and agile, taking top note options and verbally he is extraordinarily varied and fluent - with impeccable Italian. Figaro's banter with Rosina is as sharp and as wittily inflected as any I have heard and a there is always a sense of interplay between characters. Marriner's direction is impeccable: sappy, sprung and alive; the ASMF sound as though they are having fun and although the sense of theatricality is not as pronounced here as it is in the widely praised, super-budget Naxos set, it is still one of the least studio-bound I know and the Act One finale in particular exhibits special joie de vivre.
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By Peter Daly on 31 July 2014
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This has been my favourite opera recording since I borrowed the vinyl box set from my local library in the 1980s, so it is pleasing to have it available on CD at such a bargain price. I have an alternative recording with some very famous singers, but I much prefer to listen to this set.

What puts this recording above the competition is the cast fleshing out the characters and bringing the comic drama to life with some really nice acting touches; they don’t just beautifully sing the words on the page. Good examples of this from Act II are Rosina’s shriek on seeing ‘Don Alonso’ and her indignant sigh when later told her aria is boring, and Bartolo’s comic mimicry in the pace e gioia duet, his choking when Figaro ties his shaving bib too tight and his audibly blowing the speck from Figaro’s eye. These moments are more engaging than in other offerings.

30 years on and this Il Barbiere di Siviglia remains top choice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snooks on 24 Nov. 2012
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Good product, arrived quickly, very satisfied, always wanted a copy of this and the price was excellent, very very competitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Full of joie de vivre but some vocal flaws 26 Feb. 2015
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording presents Marriner's debut as an opera conductor and is one of Francisco Araiza's earlier full operatic roles on disc. The former is an unqualified success, the second more debatable. I have never warmed to Araiza's rather nasal, throttled tone; it is somewhat grating and immediately contrasts oddly with the plummy, muffled vocal production of Matthew Best's Fiorello. Nor will Araiza's aspirated divisions please purists who become exercised over such things; Lawrence Brownlee in the more recent Sony set is a far neater and conventionally elegant singer with a much mellower, more ingratiating sound.

Agnes Baltsa is a rather ferocious Rosina, long on vocal athleticism with an impressive range but a little short on charm - and she too aspirates her runs more here than in her Rossini recital discs. Thomas Allen is not ideally refulgent of voice as Figaro - I like a Stracciari, a Gobbi or at least a more resonant Italianate sound - but his energy is infectious. His frequent use of mezza voce and falsetto contributes to a light, nuanced, mercurial account less of an overbearing self-publicist than some singers make the barber out to be. He is fleet and agile, taking top note options and verbally he is extraordinarily varied and fluent - with impeccable Italian. Figaro's banter with Rosina is as sharp and as wittily inflected as any I have heard and a there is always a sense of interplay between characters. Marriner's direction is impeccable: sappy, sprung and alive; the ASMF sound as though they are having fun and although the sense of theatricality is not as pronounced here as it is in the widely praised, super-budget Naxos set, it is still one of the least studio-bound I know and the Act One finale in particular exhibits special joie de vivre.

Robert Lloyd is a terrific Basilio; he is not afraid of distorting his beautiful bass for comic effect and really creates an aural picture of the seedy old sponger. He really relishes the role and like all the cast here, seems completely at home in the quickfire patter. The intrinsic quality of his enormous bass rather shows up Trimarchi's thin, wobbly sound, but the latter is a seasoned buffo campaigner and camps it up splendidly. Sally Burgess is a characterful Berta.

Despite its many virtues, this set does not inspire in me the same admiration and affection as it does in some commentators and for sheer vocal personality my first loyalties still lie with the famous (but cut) Callas-Gobbi version; as a theatrical experience I rate this Marriner set highly but also enjoy very much the Humburg set on Naxos and also the fleet, youthful Sony recording conducted by Miguel Gomez-Martinez with Nathan Gunn, Lawrence Brownlee and a rather ordinary Elina Garanca, who is outshone by Baltsa.

This 2 CD set is one of a new series of bargain issues by Decca in crude, 1960's pop-art style in hideous, acidic colours. Despite their appearance, they are very good value, even if there is no libretto.
Rossini at his best! 26 Nov. 2014
By Donald Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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A fine recording, dinged one star because a libretto wasn't included.
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