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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and frolics!, 7 Oct 2009
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L. Beaumont (Brussels, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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What a dream cast! As Almaviva, Nicolai Gedda sounds attractively virile (many Almavivas tend to be vocally "wimpy"), and throws himself into the comedy scenes with gusto! His drunken soldier and ever-so-pious "singing teacher" acts are laugh-out-loud sections, even for a non-Italian speaker like myself. Milnes is in superb voice, and I defy anyone to deliver "Largo al factotum" as breathtakingly / humorously / brilliantly as he does. Like the rest of the cast, Milnes is a superb vocal actor. Capecchi is the funniest Bartolo around, and Ruggero Raimondi's powerful but cleverly nuanced bass-baritone makes for a suitably sinister (and sneaky!) Basilio. Beverley Sills was a real "stage animal", and her Rosina does not disappoint. Purists might object to a soprano singing a mezzo role, but Sills has a mellow lower register and a bell-like "top", not to mention a wonderful sense of mischief! James Levine's exciting conducting - the orchestra has as much fun as the singers! - is the icing on the cake. At a bargain price, too. If you enjoy the fun and magic of Rossini, buy this recording!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!, 10 May 2010
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This Opera has to be the most enjoyable to listen to. Since getting this cd with some trepidation in case it wasn't as nice as I had heard, I have thought it so wonderful that I've now ordered a DVD aswell. I now think this is simply the best music I have ever heard, one can imagine that it would be regularly played in Heaven.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite perfornance of a favorite opera, 11 Feb 2013
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John HOLLAS (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rossini: The Barber of Seville - Comic opera in two acts (MP3 Download)
A young James Levine conducting the London Symphony Orchestra with soloists including Sills, Gedda, Milnes, Capecchi, Raimondi. Superb performance of this wonderful opera at an incredible price. Buy!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old warhorses, 14 Jan 2013
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M. Hollands "crazy postman" (Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a fabulous vintage cast well worth catching at a bargain price. Sills sparkles as a soprano Rosina.on a lively recording with a young James Levine at the helm.
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