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Gioachino Rossini - Il Turco in Italia (Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, 2009) [Blu-ray] [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Simone Alaimo, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Bruno de Simone, Antonino Siragusa, Jonathan Webb
  • Directors: Egisto Martucci, Andrea Dorigo
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031O7UUK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Live recording of Rossini's 'Il Turco' performed at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy in 2009. Jonathan Webb conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice; soloists include Simone Alaimo, Myrto Papatanasiu, Bruno de Simone and Antonino Siragusa.

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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2014
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We have here a well staged and very watch-able presentation of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia. Both sound and picture quality are of the best in this Blu-ray version live from the Theatro Carlo Felice di Genova in 2009. The orchestration is of the best, the singing is, on the whole, very good and the whole performance is an uplifting delight from beginning to end. The staging is cleverly done and I especially liked the settee in the shape of two high backed easy chairs joined together, which is on stage in the second half of Act One. This work, which falls into the opera buffa genre, was first staged in 1814 when Rossini was around 22 years old.

I must say I thought Antonella Nappa verged on the lacklustre in her performance as the gipsy beauty Zaida. Although this role is small compared to the three main roles forming the triangle between Selim the Turk, Donna Florilla and her husband Don Geronio, it is, nevertheless, an important one in relation to the plot that requires a performer who is able to come across as a real gipsy and not just as a half-hearted attempt at being one. Fortunately, none of this is bad enough to either spoil the performance or warrant a star deduction. At least, I don't think so, although some might.

This work is of great value just to watch and listen to as a relaxing romp. There are so many kinds of opera which we can watch for a variety of reasons. Interest in a particular opera and its performance is enhanced when we are able to relate to it in relation to such things as the period in which it was composed, the age and experience of the composer when it was written, why it was composed and so on. For instance, we can say: 'Ah yea! This shows how the young composer was beginning to develop into his future greatness.
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This opera of Rossini's has some wonderful singing roles and they are very well sung in this production. The production is first class and the camera brings out the good acting skills that are used by the cast. Simone Alaimo does not perhaps seem the right person to play Selim, a man who is chased by two women but his good singing more than makes up for this.
I recommend this to Rossini lovers as this will be played repeatedly.
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It is difficult to find fault with this production. Wonderful sets
and costumes. The acting, singing and music making are first rate. The picture, camera work and sound quality are also very good. Highly recommended.
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Why is (or was) this one of the most neglected Operas of Rossini for over a century? Perhaps the hypothesis that I propound here may be the reason(s) why such a tuneful masterpiece was neglected and not really performed to its potential for over a century. Even when it was revived by Callas, it did not become a huge hit (except for Callas herself probably) for a few more decades. Oh yes. Some of the arias etc have always been in the repertoire of some singer or the other, but the Opera as such never took off.

I think it is about to, because the staging of this Opera in this production not only pleases, but such a fantastic recording of such balanced sound (in PCM that I heard it in) is going to make it go a long way. To top it all, the picture is almost perfect as a showpiece for a blu ray recording, although lights are harsh at certain places. To make it even more alluring, not many would fail to be smitten by Myrto Papatanasiu in the role of Fiorella. Let me assure you, a less pretty (or let me be brutally honest, an unattractive or plain 'fat') Soprano could just not have pulled it off, especially with the kind of personality that Fiorella portrays.

So, again according to me, why was this Opera neglected so far?

The incredulous plot (please read it elsewhere on the net, wont waste time elaborating it here) that falls to smithereens after a very solid beginning right up to slightly after the middle of the opera. I will not go into that in detail, it is to be experienced.

The plot is not just incredulous, but extremely daring for the beginning of the 19th century, whatever the truths about the 'morality' of the era may have been, even given the hypocrisy of both the nobility and the peasants alike.
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I have not been able to watch more than a few minutes. The image is tarnished with ugly little interlaced lo-def cut-ins. The sound is hollow, with no presence for the voices. This may be worth watching on your mobile device, but as a high-definition presentation it is inadequate.
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