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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Rossini experiment, 24 Aug 2008
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Mr. L. Carvana (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia (Audio CD)
Ok, This is no lost masterpiece but it's interesting to hear the young Rossini working on what was his first opera seria (discounting Demetrio & Polibio). There are a few good moments generally for the mezzo role of Ciro - an opening aria reminiscent of "Perche turbar la calma" in its cabaletta, his touching farewell to his wife and child as they are led off to execution. There'a also evidence of Rossini's renowned sense of humour in "Chi disprezzi gl'infelici", where the singer has to maintain a fairly unbroken line of Bb's, due to the original seconda donna only being able to sing this note well.

Overall the performances are average, no great revelations, but if you are interested in early ottocento opera seria, it's a pleasant recording.
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Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia by Gioachino Rossini (Audio CD - 2007)
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